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Responding to Transgender Victims of Sexual Assault (June 2014)
OVC, Electronic Document, 0 pages, NCJ 243903.
Transgender victims of sexual assault, like all crime victims, want and deserve to be respected, heard, believed, served, and supported. This user-friendly guide offers practical tools to promote understanding and support of transgender victims, whether you are a health care provider, law enforcement officer, emergency medical personnel, advocate, therapist, or support group facilitator. Learn how you can be a source of support and care for individuals in this high-risk population.
Abstract | HTML
Report to the U.S. Attorney General on Improving Federal Agency Response to Sexual Violence in Tribal Nations: Issues and Recommendations (June 2014)
OVC, Report, 37 pages, NCJ 248527.
This report from the National Coordination Committee on the American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner-Sexual Assault Response Team (SANE-SART) Initiative examines federal response to adult and child victims of sexual violence in tribal nations and reports recommendations for improvement.
PDF
Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center Fact Sheet (April 2014)
OVC, Fact Sheet, OVC Fact Sheets, FS000397.
This Fact Sheet describes the services and trainings available through the OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC) and how these resources can be accessed.
PDF
Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
Break the Silence: Sexual Assault and the SART Solution (June 2013)
OVC-Sponsored, 0 pages, NCJ 243297.
This online video is designed to help in the creation a Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) and can be used to educate other potential members, management, and the community on how SARTs can provide improved response to victims of sexual assault and increased offender conviction rates. Recognizing the severity, complexity and impact of sexual assault in Indian Country and rural areas, the video can be used by Native American and rural SARTs to make their respective communities aware of an existing SART program and its value.
Abstract | HTML
Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services Final Report (May 2013)
OVC, Report, 63 pages, NCJ 239957.
The Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services initiative was launched by OVC in fall 2010 to expand the vision and impact of the crime victim assistance field. This Final Report provides a set of findings and broad recommendations, informed by stakeholder forums and literature reviews, that form a framework for strategic, transformative change. The Final Report outlines ways the field can overcome the obstacles it faces and change how it meets victims' needs and addresses those who perpetrate crime.
Abstract | PDF (Full Report) | PDF (Summary & Recommendations) | PDF (At a Glance Fact Sheet)
SART Toolkit: Resources for Sexual Assault Response Teams (March 2011)
OVC, Electronic Document, 0 pages, NCJ 232786.
This toolkit is a compilation of resources for communities wanting to develop SARTs — coordinated teams of people who serve victims of sexual assault — and for communities wanting to improve their SART responses. The toolkit reviews the basics, lays out the steps involved in putting together your SART, describes how to retain focus on victims, highlights SART programs throughout the country, and includes sample resources to use when developing and evaluating your team.
HTML
Violence is Preventable: A Best Practices Guide for Launching & Sustaining a Hospital-based Program to Break the Cycle of Violence (2011)
OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 163 pages, NCJ 238801.
This OVC-funded replication guide, available from National Network of Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs, supports the development of programs in medical facilities across the country to engage patients in targeted services during their recovery to interrupt the cycle of violence.
Abstract | PDF
In Their Own Words: Domestic Abuse in Later Life (August 2010)
OVC, OVC Videos, 137 pages, NCJ 227928.
This two-DVD package and training guide (NCJ 227928) uses the voices of older victims to facilitate a dialog among a range of professionals about the dynamics of abuse, the barriers these victims have to overcome to live free from abuse, and interventions and potential collaborations that may be effective in such cases. In addition to individual segments with victims, family members, victim service providers, and allied professionals, the DVDs include several topical segments and a montage of victim and advocate voices designed for use by policymakers. It also includes an interactive role play between a parish nurse and an adult daughter caring for her father intended to help professionals recognize justifications for elder mistreatment. A trainer's guide, which accompanies these DVDs, provides background on the victims and discussion questions targeted at a variety of professional audiences.
Abstract | PDF (Trainer's Guide) | HTML (Transcript - Disc 1) | HTML (Transcript - Disc 2) | Video (Disc 1 .wmv Video Clip) | Video (Disc 1 .mov Video Clip) | Video (Disc 2 .wmv Video Clip) | Video (Disc 2 .mov Video Clip)
Part Of the OVC Videos Series
Nursing Response to Elder Mistreatment Curriculum (2010)
OVC-Sponsored, 12 pages, NCJ 234185.
Developed by the International Association of Forensic Nurses and funded by OVC, the goal of this course is to help nurses acquire essential knowledge and skills to appropriately respond to elder mistreatment.
Abstract | HTML
Strengthening Sexual Assault Victim's Right to Privacy (April 2009)
OVC, Electronic Document, 13 pages, NCJ 226501.
This online guide, developed by Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services, Inc., provides recommendations to statewide sexual assault coalitions and rape crisis centers concerned with protecting sexual assault victims’ privacy. It addresses common challenges, discusses core concepts, and offers practical tips to maintain victim confidentiality to better serve victims.
Abstract | PDF | HTML
Implementing SANE Programs in Rural Communities: The West Virginia Regional Mobile SANE Project (June 2008)
OVC, Portable Guide, 58 pages, NCJ 221749.
Although Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) programs have spread throughout the country, they remain scarce in rural communities. OVC’s replication guide highlights an OVC-funded demonstration project from the West Virginia Foundation for Rape Information and Services (FRIS), which sought to use on-call SANEs to serve hospitals throughout a four-county region in a rural area of West Virginia. The guide focuses on how the project was planned and implemented and the lessons learned by FRIS and other stakeholders. It also provides a checklist for other rural communities to use in replicating a similar project and access to materials developed during implementation.
Abstract | HTML
Recovering From Your Crime-Related Injuries (Spanish Subtitles) (April 2007)
OVC, OVC Videos, 0 pages, NCJ 215732.
This 12 minute DVD is a component of A Multimedia Program for Physically Injured Crime Victims. The DVD is English language audio with Spanish Subtitles and provides seriously injured crime victims with general information about the criminal justice system and strategies to cope with the negative emotions that often accompany victimization.
Abstract | HTML (Transcript) | Video (WMV Video Clip) | Video (QuickTime Video Clip)
Part Of the OVC Videos Series
Serving Crime Victims With Disabilities (April 2007)
OVC, OVC Videos, 0 pages, NCJ 213366.
This DVD presents two popular award-winning videos, "Meet Us Where We Are" and "The Time Is Now," originally produced in December 2002 and no longer available in VHS form. "The Time Is Now" helps crime victim service providers reach out and serve people with disabilities. "Meet Us Where We Are," which presents first person accounts of how crime affects people with disabilities, educates disability service providers and people with disabilities about crime victims' rights and resources.
Abstract | HTML (Disk 1 Transcript) | HTML (Disk 2 Transcript) | Video (Disk 1 WMV Video Clip) | Video (Disk 1 QuickTime Video Clip) | Video (Disk 2 WMV Video Clip) | Video (Disk 2 QuickTime Video Clip)
Part Of the OVC Videos Series
Recovering From Your Crime-Related Injuries (July 2006)
OVC, OVC Videos, 0 pages, NCJ 213709.
This 12 minute DVD is a component of A Multimedia Program for Physically Injured Crime Victims. The DVD provides seriously injured crime victims with general information about the criminal justice system and strategies to cope with the negative emotions that often accompany victimization.
Abstract | HTML (Transcript) | Video (WMV Video Clip) | Video (QuickTime Video Clip)
Part Of the OVC Videos Series
Elder Abuse Fatality Review Teams: A Replication Manual (June 2005)
OVC-Sponsored, 201 pages, NCJ 210901.
Developed by the American Bar Association and funded by OVC, this publication provides guidance to communities interested in establishing similar teams. Elder abuse fatality review teams review deaths caused by or related to elder abuse and can improve the response of community agencies to elder abuse victims. This document is available electronically from ABA's Commission on Law and Aging (http://www.americanbar.org/groups/law_aging.html).
Abstract | PDF
Family Violence: An Intervention Model for Dental Professionals (December 2004)
OVC, Bulletin, OVC Others, 11 pages, NCJ 204004.
Because most domestic violence injuries are to the head and neck, dentists are in a unique position to identify victims. This bulletin describes a training model that teaches dental professionals how to recognize symptoms and patterns of abuse, create a safe environment for disclosure, intervene appropriately when abuse is suspected, refer patients to appropriate services, and file mandatory reports.
Abstract | PDF | HTML
Part Of the OVC Others Series
Children at Clandestine Methamphetamine Labs: Helping Meth's Youngest Victims (June 2003)
OVC, Bulletin, 12 pages, NCJ 197590.
This bulletin describes the health and safety risks faced by children who live at or visit clandestine methamphetamine labs. Measures are suggested to respond to children’s mental and physical health issues when law enforcement officers seize meth labs. The experiences of several states that use multidisciplinary teams are offered as examples of promising interventions and the importance of collaboration among federal, state, and local agencies to ensure the care and protection of these children is emphasized.
Abstract | PDF | HTML
Understanding DNA Evidence: A Guide for Victim Service Providers (2001)
OVC, OVC Others, 12 pages, NCJ 185690.
This bulletin offers victim service providers an understanding of how DNA testing may be used in victims’ cases, the process and procedures used, and the potential outcomes from the test.
Abstract | PDF | HTML | TEXT
Part Of the OVC Others Series
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Recognizing When a Child's Injury or Illness Is Caused by Abuse (July 2014)
OJJDP, Portable Guide, OJJDP Portable Guides to Investigating Child Abuse, 28 pages, NCJ 243908.
This guide provides information about the many indicators of child maltreatment and abuse to help first responders and investigators differentiate between physical abuse and accidental injury.
Abstract | PDF
Part Of the OJJDP Portable Guides to Investigating Child Abuse Series
Improving Human Trafficking Victim Identification-Validation and Dissemination of a Screening Tool (June 2014)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 455 pages, NCJ 246712.
This guide provides users with recommendations on how to build trust with potential victims, maintain confidentiality, and use the tool correctly. When properly used, the tool could give victim service providers, law enforcement and legal, healthcare, and social service providers with a standard means of identifying victims of human trafficking.
Abstract | PDF
Screening for Human Trafficking: Guidelines for Administering the Trafficking Victim Identification Tool (TVIT) (June 2014)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 37 pages, NCJ 246713.
This tool is designed for victim service providers and other providers to assist in identifying victims of human trafficking. Developed over the last seven years by the Vera Institute of Justice in collaboration with 11 victim service organizations in California, Colorado, New York, Texas and Washington, this NIJ-funded tool has been validated with a diverse sample of potential victims of trafficking and found reliable in predicting labor and sex trafficking.
Abstract | PDF
Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Exams and VAWA 2005: Payment Practices, Successes, and Directions for the Future (April 2014)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 230 pages, NCJ 247314.
The Violence Against Women Act of 2005 requires that sexual assault victims must not be required to file law enforcement reports in order to receive free exams. This study aimed to examine how states are meeting these goals. We found victim compensation funds are by far the largest funder of exams across the country. In the 19 jurisdictions included in case studies, victims generally received free exams without having to report if they did not want to. However, barriers to even accessing the exam prevent some victims from seeking help.
Abstract | PDF
Delivery and Evaluation of Sexual Assault Forensic (SAFE) Training Programs (March 2014)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 240 pages, NCJ 247081.
This study evaluated the effectiveness of the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) SAFE training programs. The study found that the IAFN SAFE training curriculum and blended training model offer a strong foundation that can be built upon to meet the diverse learning needs of clinicians across the country.
Abstract | PDF
Evaluating Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Programs (July 2013)
NIJ, Article, NIJ Journal, 4 pages, NCJ 241930.
This article discusses the efforts of Michigan State University researchers to develop a toolkit that SANE programs can use to evaluate how they affect the prosecution of sexual assault cases in their communities and explains how to implement the user-friendly toolkit. It also offers ideas for using the findings to improve practice and enhance a program's positive impact on the reporting, investigation and prosecution of sexual assault cases.
Abstract | PDF | HTML
Part Of the NIJ Journal Series
Untested Evidence in Sexual Assault Cases (February 2013)
NIJ-Sponsored, 6 pages, NCJ 241356.
In this article from the Sexual Assault Report™, NIJ staff member Nancy Ritter explores: whether every sexual assault kit (SAK) should be tested every kit - even ones that are 25 years old; should priority be given to certain kits, and if so, how do we decide; and how to handle cases in which the alleged perpetrator is already known. The article also explains where the weak spots are in collecting, storing, and testing kits; why the police might not send sexual assault kits to be tested; and what early evidence is showing about complex issues such as victim notification.
Abstract | PDF
Census of Publicly Funded Forensic Crime Laboratories, 2009 (August 2012)
BJS, Report, BJS Bulletins, 14 pages, NCJ 238252.
Presents data on the more than 400 state, municipal, county, and federal crime laboratories operating in the United States during 2009 that perform a variety of services, such as DNA tests, controlled substance analyses, and latent fingerprint examinations. This report examines crime lab personnel, budgets, workloads, and other administrative information, including backlogs in requests for forensic services. View additional reports in the Census of Publicly Funded Forensic Crime Laboratories Series at: http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbse&sid=75
Abstract | PDF | TEXT
Part Of the BJS Bulletins Series
Implementation of a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Practitioner Evaluation Toolkit (August 2012)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 145 pages, NCJ 240916.
The purpose of this project was to conduct an implementation evaluation of the SANE Practitioner Evaluation Toolkit. The authors selected six SANE programs (two rural, two mid-sized, and two urban) and provided comprehensive technical assistance to help these programs work through the steps in the Toolkit so that they could evaluate whether their programs were having a beneficial impact on prosecution rates.
Abstract | PDF
Evaluating the Work of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Programs in the Criminal Justice System: A Toolkit for Practitioners (August 2012)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 227 pages, NCJ 240917.
The focus of this Toolkit is the impact of SANE programs on the progression of sexual assault cases through the criminal justice system, meaning how many cases make it how far through the system. To that end, the Toolkit is designed to provide practitioners with the necessary information for understanding and evaluating SANE programs' impact on prosecution rates in their own community.
Abstract | PDF
Child and Youth Victimization Known to Police, School, and Medical Authorities (April 2012)
OJJDP, Bulletin, OJJDP National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence Series, 8 pages, NCJ 235394.
This bulletin presents survey results from the National Survey of Children's Exposure to Violence (NatSCEV) regarding authorities' knowledge of victimization incidents involving children and youth, particularly police, school, and medical authorities.
Abstract | PDF | HTML (EPUB) | HTML (MOBI)
Part Of the OJJDP National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence Series Series
Adolescent Sexual Assault Victims' Experiences with SANE-SARTs and the Criminal Justice System (May 2011)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 164 pages, NCJ 234466.
The purpose of this project was to examine adolescent sexual assault survivors' help-seeking experiences with the legal and medical systems in two Midwestern communities that have different models of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) / Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) interventions.
Abstract | PDF
People with Dementia as Witnesses to Emotional Events (April 2011)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 30 pages, NCJ 234132.
Elderly person with dementia are often the only witnesses to crimes against them, such as physical or financial elder abuse, yet they are disparaged and discounted as unreliable. Clinical experience with this population indicates that significant emotional experiences may be salient to people with dementia, and that certain behaviors and characteristics enhance their credibility as historians. This is the first systematic research to identify people with dementia with reliable emotional memory and their characteristics.
Abstract | PDF
Detecting, Addressing and Preventing Elder Abuse In Residential Care Facilities (November 2009)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 149 pages, NCJ 229299.
This study examined State procedures for detecting, investigating, resolving, and preventing elder abuse in residential care facilities, which include assisted living facilities, personal care homes, domiciliary care homes, adult congregate living facilities, adult care homes, and shelter care homes
Abstract | PDF
Bruising as a Forensic Marker of Physical Elder Abuse (February 2009)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 27 pages, NCJ 226457.
Sixty-seven adults ages 65 and older reported to adult protective services for suspected physical elder abuse were examined to document the location and size of bruises and assess whether they were inflicted during physical abuse.
Abstract | PDF
Systems Change Analysis of SANE Programs: Identifying the Mediating Mechanisms of Criminal Justice System Impact (January 2009)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 201 pages, NCJ 226497.
This project determined whether adult sexual assault cases in a Midwestern community were more likely to be investigated and prosecuted after the implementation of a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program, and if so, which "critical ingredients" of the SANE program contributed to the improvements in sexual assault case-processing.
Abstract | PDF (Final Report) | PDF (Project Summary) | PDF (Tool Kit)
Systems Change Analysis of SANE Programs: Identifying the Mediating Mechanisms of Criminal Justice System Impact: Project Summary (January 2009)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 25 pages, NCJ 226498.
This project determined whether adult sexual assault cases in a Midwestern community were more likely to be investigated and prosecuted after the implementation of a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program, and if so, which "critical ingredients" of the SANE program contributed to the improvements in sexual assault case-processing.
Abstract | PDF (Project Summary) | PDF (Final Report) | PDF (Tool Kit)
Step-by-Step Practitioner Toolkit for Evaluating the Work of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Programs in the Criminal Justice System (January 2009)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 145 pages, NCJ 226499.
Developed as part of a large research study on the work of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs) in the criminal justice system, this Toolkit is designed to assist SANE program staff in evaluating how their program impacts the reporting, investigation, and prosecution of sexual assault cases in their community.
Abstract | PDF (Tool Kit) | PDF (Final Report) | PDF (Project Summary)
Evaluating Children's Advocacy Centers' Response to Child Sexual Abuse (August 2008)
OJJDP, Bulletin, 12 pages, NCJ 218530.
This report presents an overview of a four-site evaluation of Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs), which were established to provide a sensitive environment for child sexual abuse victims and other child-maltreatment victims, as well as their families, in the course of investigating their cases.
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Factors That Impact the Determination by Medical Examiners of Elder Mistreatment as a Cause of Death in Older People (Final Report) (July 2008)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 73 pages, NCJ 223288.
With medical examiners rarely considering elder mistreatment (EM) as a cause of death due to the possible lack of research and evidence to support this determination, this study was undertaken to begin to develop primary data and a literature base on the forensics of elder mistreatment.
Abstract | PDF
Mandatory Reporting of Nursing Home Deaths: Markers for Mistreatment, Effect on Care Quality, and Generalizability Final Report (2008)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 97 pages, NCJ 221893.
This study collected follow-up data for a previous study in exploring the potential impact of a 1999 Arkansas law that mandates the reporting of all nursing home deaths to the local coroner.
Abstract | PDF
Portable Guides to Investigating Child Abuse (May 2007)
OJJDP, Portable Guide, OJJDP Portable Guides to Investigating Child Abuse, LT000527.
Presents an overview of the 13 titles currently in OJJDP's Portable Guides Series, which provides practical information on investigating child abuse and neglect. Designed primarily for quick, on-the-job reference by police officers and detectives, the guides are also useful for social workers, physicians, nurses, emergency medical technicians, firefighters, psychologists, attorneys, judges-anyone on the frontlines of reporting, investigating, and prosecuting crimes against children. Visit www.ncjrs.gov for information on obtaining these products.
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Part Of the OJJDP Portable Guides to Investigating Child Abuse Series
Bruising in the Geriatric Population (June 2006)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 22 pages, NCJ 214649.
This study examined the occurrence, progression, and resolution of accidental bruising in a sample of adults ages 65 and older, in order to provide a knowledge base for the comparative identification of abusive bruising of elderly individuals.
Abstract | PDF
Identifying Victims Using DNA: A Guide for Families - Guia para las familias sobre la identificacion de victimas mediante analisis de ADN (April 2005)
NIJ, Report, 10 pages, NCJ 212872.
Intended for family members of crime victims, this guide describes the process of identifying the remains of a victim through DNA analysis.
Abstract | PDF (English) | PDF (Spanish)
Impact Evaluation of a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program (2003)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, NIJ Research Report, 128 pages, NCJ 203276.
This report details the findings of the University of New Mexico Hospital Emergency Medicine Department's comprehensive outcome evaluation of the Albuquerque Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Collaborative.
Abstract | PDF
Part Of the NIJ Research Report Series
Documenting Domestic Violence: How Health Care Providers Can Help Victims, Research in Brief (September 2001)
NIJ, Report, NIJ Research in Brief, 6 pages, NCJ 188564.
This NIJ Research in Brief outlines how health care providers can improve the admissibility of evidence and strengthen the case of domestic violence victims by keeping well-documented medical records.
Abstract | PDF | TEXT
Part Of the NIJ Research in Brief Series
Understanding DNA Evidence: A Guide for Victim Service Providers (May 2001)
NIJ, OVC, BC 000657.
This brochure offers victim service providers an understanding of how DNA testing may be used in victims’ cases, the process and procedures used, and the potential outcomes from the test.
PDF | TEXT
Understanding DNA Evidence: A Guide for Victim Service Providers (May 2001)
NIJ, OVC, BC 000657.
This brochure offers victim service providers an understanding of how DNA testing may be used in victims’ cases, the process and procedures used, and the potential outcomes from the test.
PDF | TEXT
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Recognizing When a Child's Injury or Illness Is Caused by Abuse (July 2014)
OJJDP, Portable Guide, OJJDP Portable Guides to Investigating Child Abuse, 28 pages, NCJ 243908.
This guide provides information about the many indicators of child maltreatment and abuse to help first responders and investigators differentiate between physical abuse and accidental injury.
Abstract | PDF
Part Of the OJJDP Portable Guides to Investigating Child Abuse Series
Improving Human Trafficking Victim Identification-Validation and Dissemination of a Screening Tool (June 2014)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 455 pages, NCJ 246712.
This guide provides users with recommendations on how to build trust with potential victims, maintain confidentiality, and use the tool correctly. When properly used, the tool could give victim service providers, law enforcement and legal, healthcare, and social service providers with a standard means of identifying victims of human trafficking.
Abstract | PDF
Screening for Human Trafficking: Guidelines for Administering the Trafficking Victim Identification Tool (TVIT) (June 2014)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 37 pages, NCJ 246713.
This tool is designed for victim service providers and other providers to assist in identifying victims of human trafficking. Developed over the last seven years by the Vera Institute of Justice in collaboration with 11 victim service organizations in California, Colorado, New York, Texas and Washington, this NIJ-funded tool has been validated with a diverse sample of potential victims of trafficking and found reliable in predicting labor and sex trafficking.
Abstract | PDF
Responding to Transgender Victims of Sexual Assault (June 2014)
OVC, Electronic Document, 0 pages, NCJ 243903.
Transgender victims of sexual assault, like all crime victims, want and deserve to be respected, heard, believed, served, and supported. This user-friendly guide offers practical tools to promote understanding and support of transgender victims, whether you are a health care provider, law enforcement officer, emergency medical personnel, advocate, therapist, or support group facilitator. Learn how you can be a source of support and care for individuals in this high-risk population.
Abstract | HTML
Report to the U.S. Attorney General on Improving Federal Agency Response to Sexual Violence in Tribal Nations: Issues and Recommendations (June 2014)
OVC, Report, 37 pages, NCJ 248527.
This report from the National Coordination Committee on the American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner-Sexual Assault Response Team (SANE-SART) Initiative examines federal response to adult and child victims of sexual violence in tribal nations and reports recommendations for improvement.
PDF
Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Exams and VAWA 2005: Payment Practices, Successes, and Directions for the Future (April 2014)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 230 pages, NCJ 247314.
The Violence Against Women Act of 2005 requires that sexual assault victims must not be required to file law enforcement reports in order to receive free exams. This study aimed to examine how states are meeting these goals. We found victim compensation funds are by far the largest funder of exams across the country. In the 19 jurisdictions included in case studies, victims generally received free exams without having to report if they did not want to. However, barriers to even accessing the exam prevent some victims from seeking help.
Abstract | PDF
Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center Fact Sheet (April 2014)
OVC, Fact Sheet, OVC Fact Sheets, FS000397.
This Fact Sheet describes the services and trainings available through the OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC) and how these resources can be accessed.
PDF
Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
Delivery and Evaluation of Sexual Assault Forensic (SAFE) Training Programs (March 2014)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 240 pages, NCJ 247081.
This study evaluated the effectiveness of the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) SAFE training programs. The study found that the IAFN SAFE training curriculum and blended training model offer a strong foundation that can be built upon to meet the diverse learning needs of clinicians across the country.
Abstract | PDF
Evaluating Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Programs (July 2013)
NIJ, Article, NIJ Journal, 4 pages, NCJ 241930.
This article discusses the efforts of Michigan State University researchers to develop a toolkit that SANE programs can use to evaluate how they affect the prosecution of sexual assault cases in their communities and explains how to implement the user-friendly toolkit. It also offers ideas for using the findings to improve practice and enhance a program's positive impact on the reporting, investigation and prosecution of sexual assault cases.
Abstract | PDF | HTML
Part Of the NIJ Journal Series
Break the Silence: Sexual Assault and the SART Solution (June 2013)
OVC-Sponsored, 0 pages, NCJ 243297.
This online video is designed to help in the creation a Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) and can be used to educate other potential members, management, and the community on how SARTs can provide improved response to victims of sexual assault and increased offender conviction rates. Recognizing the severity, complexity and impact of sexual assault in Indian Country and rural areas, the video can be used by Native American and rural SARTs to make their respective communities aware of an existing SART program and its value.
Abstract | HTML
Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services Final Report (May 2013)
OVC, Report, 63 pages, NCJ 239957.
The Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services initiative was launched by OVC in fall 2010 to expand the vision and impact of the crime victim assistance field. This Final Report provides a set of findings and broad recommendations, informed by stakeholder forums and literature reviews, that form a framework for strategic, transformative change. The Final Report outlines ways the field can overcome the obstacles it faces and change how it meets victims' needs and addresses those who perpetrate crime.
Abstract | PDF (Full Report) | PDF (Summary & Recommendations) | PDF (At a Glance Fact Sheet)
Untested Evidence in Sexual Assault Cases (February 2013)
NIJ-Sponsored, 6 pages, NCJ 241356.
In this article from the Sexual Assault Report™, NIJ staff member Nancy Ritter explores: whether every sexual assault kit (SAK) should be tested every kit - even ones that are 25 years old; should priority be given to certain kits, and if so, how do we decide; and how to handle cases in which the alleged perpetrator is already known. The article also explains where the weak spots are in collecting, storing, and testing kits; why the police might not send sexual assault kits to be tested; and what early evidence is showing about complex issues such as victim notification.
Abstract | PDF
Implementation of a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Practitioner Evaluation Toolkit (August 2012)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 145 pages, NCJ 240916.
The purpose of this project was to conduct an implementation evaluation of the SANE Practitioner Evaluation Toolkit. The authors selected six SANE programs (two rural, two mid-sized, and two urban) and provided comprehensive technical assistance to help these programs work through the steps in the Toolkit so that they could evaluate whether their programs were having a beneficial impact on prosecution rates.
Abstract | PDF
Evaluating the Work of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Programs in the Criminal Justice System: A Toolkit for Practitioners (August 2012)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 227 pages, NCJ 240917.
The focus of this Toolkit is the impact of SANE programs on the progression of sexual assault cases through the criminal justice system, meaning how many cases make it how far through the system. To that end, the Toolkit is designed to provide practitioners with the necessary information for understanding and evaluating SANE programs' impact on prosecution rates in their own community.
Abstract | PDF
Census of Publicly Funded Forensic Crime Laboratories, 2009 (August 2012)
BJS, Report, BJS Bulletins, 14 pages, NCJ 238252.
Presents data on the more than 400 state, municipal, county, and federal crime laboratories operating in the United States during 2009 that perform a variety of services, such as DNA tests, controlled substance analyses, and latent fingerprint examinations. This report examines crime lab personnel, budgets, workloads, and other administrative information, including backlogs in requests for forensic services. View additional reports in the Census of Publicly Funded Forensic Crime Laboratories Series at: http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbse&sid=75
Abstract | PDF | TEXT
Part Of the BJS Bulletins Series
Child and Youth Victimization Known to Police, School, and Medical Authorities (April 2012)
OJJDP, Bulletin, OJJDP National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence Series, 8 pages, NCJ 235394.
This bulletin presents survey results from the National Survey of Children's Exposure to Violence (NatSCEV) regarding authorities' knowledge of victimization incidents involving children and youth, particularly police, school, and medical authorities.
Abstract | PDF | HTML (EPUB) | HTML (MOBI)
Part Of the OJJDP National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence Series Series
Adolescent Sexual Assault Victims' Experiences with SANE-SARTs and the Criminal Justice System (May 2011)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 164 pages, NCJ 234466.
The purpose of this project was to examine adolescent sexual assault survivors' help-seeking experiences with the legal and medical systems in two Midwestern communities that have different models of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) / Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) interventions.
Abstract | PDF
People with Dementia as Witnesses to Emotional Events (April 2011)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 30 pages, NCJ 234132.
Elderly person with dementia are often the only witnesses to crimes against them, such as physical or financial elder abuse, yet they are disparaged and discounted as unreliable. Clinical experience with this population indicates that significant emotional experiences may be salient to people with dementia, and that certain behaviors and characteristics enhance their credibility as historians. This is the first systematic research to identify people with dementia with reliable emotional memory and their characteristics.
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SART Toolkit: Resources for Sexual Assault Response Teams (March 2011)
OVC, Electronic Document, 0 pages, NCJ 232786.
This toolkit is a compilation of resources for communities wanting to develop SARTs — coordinated teams of people who serve victims of sexual assault — and for communities wanting to improve their SART responses. The toolkit reviews the basics, lays out the steps involved in putting together your SART, describes how to retain focus on victims, highlights SART programs throughout the country, and includes sample resources to use when developing and evaluating your team.
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Violence is Preventable: A Best Practices Guide for Launching & Sustaining a Hospital-based Program to Break the Cycle of Violence (2011)
OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 163 pages, NCJ 238801.
This OVC-funded replication guide, available from National Network of Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs, supports the development of programs in medical facilities across the country to engage patients in targeted services during their recovery to interrupt the cycle of violence.
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In Their Own Words: Domestic Abuse in Later Life (August 2010)
OVC, OVC Videos, 137 pages, NCJ 227928.
This two-DVD package and training guide (NCJ 227928) uses the voices of older victims to facilitate a dialog among a range of professionals about the dynamics of abuse, the barriers these victims have to overcome to live free from abuse, and interventions and potential collaborations that may be effective in such cases. In addition to individual segments with victims, family members, victim service providers, and allied professionals, the DVDs include several topical segments and a montage of victim and advocate voices designed for use by policymakers. It also includes an interactive role play between a parish nurse and an adult daughter caring for her father intended to help professionals recognize justifications for elder mistreatment. A trainer's guide, which accompanies these DVDs, provides background on the victims and discussion questions targeted at a variety of professional audiences.
Abstract | PDF (Trainer's Guide) | HTML (Transcript - Disc 1) | HTML (Transcript - Disc 2) | Video (Disc 1 .wmv Video Clip) | Video (Disc 1 .mov Video Clip) | Video (Disc 2 .wmv Video Clip) | Video (Disc 2 .mov Video Clip)
Part Of the OVC Videos Series
Nursing Response to Elder Mistreatment Curriculum (2010)
OVC-Sponsored, 12 pages, NCJ 234185.
Developed by the International Association of Forensic Nurses and funded by OVC, the goal of this course is to help nurses acquire essential knowledge and skills to appropriately respond to elder mistreatment.
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Detecting, Addressing and Preventing Elder Abuse In Residential Care Facilities (November 2009)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 149 pages, NCJ 229299.
This study examined State procedures for detecting, investigating, resolving, and preventing elder abuse in residential care facilities, which include assisted living facilities, personal care homes, domiciliary care homes, adult congregate living facilities, adult care homes, and shelter care homes
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Strengthening Sexual Assault Victim's Right to Privacy (April 2009)
OVC, Electronic Document, 13 pages, NCJ 226501.
This online guide, developed by Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services, Inc., provides recommendations to statewide sexual assault coalitions and rape crisis centers concerned with protecting sexual assault victims’ privacy. It addresses common challenges, discusses core concepts, and offers practical tips to maintain victim confidentiality to better serve victims.
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Bruising as a Forensic Marker of Physical Elder Abuse (February 2009)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 27 pages, NCJ 226457.
Sixty-seven adults ages 65 and older reported to adult protective services for suspected physical elder abuse were examined to document the location and size of bruises and assess whether they were inflicted during physical abuse.
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Systems Change Analysis of SANE Programs: Identifying the Mediating Mechanisms of Criminal Justice System Impact (January 2009)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 201 pages, NCJ 226497.
This project determined whether adult sexual assault cases in a Midwestern community were more likely to be investigated and prosecuted after the implementation of a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program, and if so, which "critical ingredients" of the SANE program contributed to the improvements in sexual assault case-processing.
Abstract | PDF (Final Report) | PDF (Project Summary) | PDF (Tool Kit)
Systems Change Analysis of SANE Programs: Identifying the Mediating Mechanisms of Criminal Justice System Impact: Project Summary (January 2009)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 25 pages, NCJ 226498.
This project determined whether adult sexual assault cases in a Midwestern community were more likely to be investigated and prosecuted after the implementation of a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program, and if so, which "critical ingredients" of the SANE program contributed to the improvements in sexual assault case-processing.
Abstract | PDF (Project Summary) | PDF (Final Report) | PDF (Tool Kit)
Step-by-Step Practitioner Toolkit for Evaluating the Work of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Programs in the Criminal Justice System (January 2009)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 145 pages, NCJ 226499.
Developed as part of a large research study on the work of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs) in the criminal justice system, this Toolkit is designed to assist SANE program staff in evaluating how their program impacts the reporting, investigation, and prosecution of sexual assault cases in their community.
Abstract | PDF (Tool Kit) | PDF (Final Report) | PDF (Project Summary)
Evaluating Children's Advocacy Centers' Response to Child Sexual Abuse (August 2008)
OJJDP, Bulletin, 12 pages, NCJ 218530.
This report presents an overview of a four-site evaluation of Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs), which were established to provide a sensitive environment for child sexual abuse victims and other child-maltreatment victims, as well as their families, in the course of investigating their cases.
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Factors That Impact the Determination by Medical Examiners of Elder Mistreatment as a Cause of Death in Older People (Final Report) (July 2008)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 73 pages, NCJ 223288.
With medical examiners rarely considering elder mistreatment (EM) as a cause of death due to the possible lack of research and evidence to support this determination, this study was undertaken to begin to develop primary data and a literature base on the forensics of elder mistreatment.
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Implementing SANE Programs in Rural Communities: The West Virginia Regional Mobile SANE Project (June 2008)
OVC, Portable Guide, 58 pages, NCJ 221749.
Although Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) programs have spread throughout the country, they remain scarce in rural communities. OVC’s replication guide highlights an OVC-funded demonstration project from the West Virginia Foundation for Rape Information and Services (FRIS), which sought to use on-call SANEs to serve hospitals throughout a four-county region in a rural area of West Virginia. The guide focuses on how the project was planned and implemented and the lessons learned by FRIS and other stakeholders. It also provides a checklist for other rural communities to use in replicating a similar project and access to materials developed during implementation.
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Mandatory Reporting of Nursing Home Deaths: Markers for Mistreatment, Effect on Care Quality, and Generalizability Final Report (2008)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 97 pages, NCJ 221893.
This study collected follow-up data for a previous study in exploring the potential impact of a 1999 Arkansas law that mandates the reporting of all nursing home deaths to the local coroner.
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Portable Guides to Investigating Child Abuse (May 2007)
OJJDP, Portable Guide, OJJDP Portable Guides to Investigating Child Abuse, LT000527.
Presents an overview of the 13 titles currently in OJJDP's Portable Guides Series, which provides practical information on investigating child abuse and neglect. Designed primarily for quick, on-the-job reference by police officers and detectives, the guides are also useful for social workers, physicians, nurses, emergency medical technicians, firefighters, psychologists, attorneys, judges-anyone on the frontlines of reporting, investigating, and prosecuting crimes against children. Visit www.ncjrs.gov for information on obtaining these products.
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Part Of the OJJDP Portable Guides to Investigating Child Abuse Series
Recovering From Your Crime-Related Injuries (Spanish Subtitles) (April 2007)
OVC, OVC Videos, 0 pages, NCJ 215732.
This 12 minute DVD is a component of A Multimedia Program for Physically Injured Crime Victims. The DVD is English language audio with Spanish Subtitles and provides seriously injured crime victims with general information about the criminal justice system and strategies to cope with the negative emotions that often accompany victimization.
Abstract | HTML (Transcript) | Video (WMV Video Clip) | Video (QuickTime Video Clip)
Part Of the OVC Videos Series
Serving Crime Victims With Disabilities (April 2007)
OVC, OVC Videos, 0 pages, NCJ 213366.
This DVD presents two popular award-winning videos, "Meet Us Where We Are" and "The Time Is Now," originally produced in December 2002 and no longer available in VHS form. "The Time Is Now" helps crime victim service providers reach out and serve people with disabilities. "Meet Us Where We Are," which presents first person accounts of how crime affects people with disabilities, educates disability service providers and people with disabilities about crime victims' rights and resources.
Abstract | HTML (Disk 1 Transcript) | HTML (Disk 2 Transcript) | Video (Disk 1 WMV Video Clip) | Video (Disk 1 QuickTime Video Clip) | Video (Disk 2 WMV Video Clip) | Video (Disk 2 QuickTime Video Clip)
Part Of the OVC Videos Series
Recovering From Your Crime-Related Injuries (July 2006)
OVC, OVC Videos, 0 pages, NCJ 213709.
This 12 minute DVD is a component of A Multimedia Program for Physically Injured Crime Victims. The DVD provides seriously injured crime victims with general information about the criminal justice system and strategies to cope with the negative emotions that often accompany victimization.
Abstract | HTML (Transcript) | Video (WMV Video Clip) | Video (QuickTime Video Clip)
Part Of the OVC Videos Series
Bruising in the Geriatric Population (June 2006)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 22 pages, NCJ 214649.
This study examined the occurrence, progression, and resolution of accidental bruising in a sample of adults ages 65 and older, in order to provide a knowledge base for the comparative identification of abusive bruising of elderly individuals.
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Elder Abuse Fatality Review Teams: A Replication Manual (June 2005)
OVC-Sponsored, 201 pages, NCJ 210901.
Developed by the American Bar Association and funded by OVC, this publication provides guidance to communities interested in establishing similar teams. Elder abuse fatality review teams review deaths caused by or related to elder abuse and can improve the response of community agencies to elder abuse victims. This document is available electronically from ABA's Commission on Law and Aging (http://www.americanbar.org/groups/law_aging.html).
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Identifying Victims Using DNA: A Guide for Families - Guia para las familias sobre la identificacion de victimas mediante analisis de ADN (April 2005)
NIJ, Report, 10 pages, NCJ 212872.
Intended for family members of crime victims, this guide describes the process of identifying the remains of a victim through DNA analysis.
Abstract | PDF (English) | PDF (Spanish)
Family Violence: An Intervention Model for Dental Professionals (December 2004)
OVC, Bulletin, OVC Others, 11 pages, NCJ 204004.
Because most domestic violence injuries are to the head and neck, dentists are in a unique position to identify victims. This bulletin describes a training model that teaches dental professionals how to recognize symptoms and patterns of abuse, create a safe environment for disclosure, intervene appropriately when abuse is suspected, refer patients to appropriate services, and file mandatory reports.
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Part Of the OVC Others Series
Children at Clandestine Methamphetamine Labs: Helping Meth's Youngest Victims (June 2003)
OVC, Bulletin, 12 pages, NCJ 197590.
This bulletin describes the health and safety risks faced by children who live at or visit clandestine methamphetamine labs. Measures are suggested to respond to children’s mental and physical health issues when law enforcement officers seize meth labs. The experiences of several states that use multidisciplinary teams are offered as examples of promising interventions and the importance of collaboration among federal, state, and local agencies to ensure the care and protection of these children is emphasized.
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Impact Evaluation of a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program (2003)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, NIJ Research Report, 128 pages, NCJ 203276.
This report details the findings of the University of New Mexico Hospital Emergency Medicine Department's comprehensive outcome evaluation of the Albuquerque Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Collaborative.
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Part Of the NIJ Research Report Series
Documenting Domestic Violence: How Health Care Providers Can Help Victims, Research in Brief (September 2001)
NIJ, Report, NIJ Research in Brief, 6 pages, NCJ 188564.
This NIJ Research in Brief outlines how health care providers can improve the admissibility of evidence and strengthen the case of domestic violence victims by keeping well-documented medical records.
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Part Of the NIJ Research in Brief Series
Understanding DNA Evidence: A Guide for Victim Service Providers (May 2001)
NIJ, OVC, BC 000657.
This brochure offers victim service providers an understanding of how DNA testing may be used in victims’ cases, the process and procedures used, and the potential outcomes from the test.
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Understanding DNA Evidence: A Guide for Victim Service Providers (May 2001)
NIJ, OVC, BC 000657.
This brochure offers victim service providers an understanding of how DNA testing may be used in victims’ cases, the process and procedures used, and the potential outcomes from the test.
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Understanding DNA Evidence: A Guide for Victim Service Providers (2001)
OVC, OVC Others, 12 pages, NCJ 185690.
This bulletin offers victim service providers an understanding of how DNA testing may be used in victims’ cases, the process and procedures used, and the potential outcomes from the test.
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Part Of the OVC Others Series
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