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OVC and OVC-Sponsored Publications

Vision 21: Law Enforcement and the Communities They Serve (June 2017) OVC, Fact Sheet, OVC Fact Sheets, 2 pages, NCJ 250737.
This fact sheet discusses an OVC-sponsored project that is designed to assist law enforcement in developing evidence-based and trauma-informed response strategies in the wake of law enforcement-involved shootings and other high-profile incidents of violence. Additionally, the project will develop and disseminate comprehensive, expert technical assistance resources for law enforcement on trauma-informed culture and practice.
Abstract | PDF
Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
 
Developing an Elder Abuse Case Review Multidisciplinary Team in Your Community (May 2017) OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 4 pages, NCJ 250736.
This resource facilitates the development and growth of multidisciplinary teams to address elder abuse cases. It also provides information about team structures and functions, along with common issues that arise with developing a case review team.
Abstract | HTML
 
The Vicarious Trauma Toolkit (April 2017) OVC, NCJ 250647.
Research shows that vicarious trauma, when left unaddressed, can lead to staff burnout, turnover, stress, and a lesser quality of services for victims. This OVC toolkit offers guidance to help organizations strengthen their ability to address work-related exposure to trauma.
Abstract | HTML
 
Vision 21: Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth Fact Sheet (December 2016) OVC, OVC Fact Sheets, 2 pages, NCJ 249945.
Our Nation’s children and youth continue to experience crime and victimization at alarming rates, these young victims remain underserved, and the systems charged with caring for them provide fragmented and ineffective responses for children and their families. This fact sheet describes efforts to bring healthcare, child welfare, justice, and other systems together to coordinate and align efforts to ensure a timely and seamless response to young victims, their families, and caregivers, no matter the system of entry.
Abstract | PDF
Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
 
Alcohol-Facilitated Sexual Assault in Indian Country (December 2016) OVC, OVC Videos, 3 pages, NCJ 250235.
This four-video series is designed for criminal justice personnel, victim advocates, and allied professionals who work with victims of sexual assault in Indian Country. The videos in this series seek to increase awareness about the prevalence of alcohol-facilitated sexual violence, enhance the investigation and prosecution of sexual violence, and provide best practices for responding to victims
Abstract | HTML
Part Of the OVC Videos Series
 

OJP Publications

Indicators of School Crime and Safety, 2016 (May 2017) BJS, Report, 5 pages, NCJ 250650.
This annual report, a joint effort by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the National Center for Education Statistics, presents data on crime and safety at school from the perspectives of students, teachers, and principals. It contains 23 indicators of crime and safety at school on topics including victimization at school, teacher injury, bullying and cyber-bullying, school conditions, fights, weapons, availability and student use of drugs and alcohol, student perceptions of personal safety at school, and crime at postsecondary institutions.
Abstract | PDF
 
Enhancing Police Responses to Children Exposed to Violence: A Toolkit for Law Enforcement (February 2017) OJJDP-Sponsored, Electronic Document, 68 pages, NCJ 250768.
This toolkit provides practical resources to assist law enforcement agencies in building or enhancing effective operational responses to children exposed to violence (with or without a mental health partner).
Abstract | PDF
 
Examining Criminal Justice Responses to and Help-Seeking Patterns of Sexual Violence Survivors With Disabilities (June 2016) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 87 pages, NCJ 250196.
The goal of this study used is to better understand the criminal justice experience of persons with disabilities that report a sexual assault or rape to the authorities. Results suggest that current criminal justice structures are not sufficient to provide support for one of the highest-risk adult populations for sexual assault and victimization in the U.S.
Abstract | PDF
 
Missing Children, State Care, and Child Sex Trafficking: Engaging the Judiciary in Building a Collaborative Response (June 2015) OJJDP-Sponsored, 14 pages, NCJ 248940.
This technical assistance brief is intended to educate judges about steps to be taken to assist in the location and recovery efforts for children missing from care by ensuring the legal guardians, social workers, and child advocates within child serving agencies are aware of and engage assistance from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children on behalf of these endangered missing children.
Abstract | PDF
 
Legal Issues Related to Elder Abuse: A Pocket Guide for Law Enforcement (2014) BJA-Sponsored, 58 pages, NCJ 248541.
This guide provides legal concepts, documents, and tools that may be misused to commit elder abuse or used properly to remedy it. Also presented are issues and actions that justice system professionals should consider if they suspect elder abuse has occurred.
Abstract | PDF
 

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Each month the Nation's experts answer your questions about best practices in victim services. Below are upcoming and most recent session discussions in this topic:

On Sep 14 2016 at 2:00PM, Donna Barry, APN, FN-CSA, DNP, has been the Director of the University Health Center at Montclair State University, and Anthony Walker, former Chief of Police for Norfolk State University, hosted a discussion on Campus Services for Victims of Sexual Assault

On Jul 13 2016 at 2:00PM, Pamela Todd, Ph.D., CEO and founder of Ray of Hope Foster Care, Inc.,, and Diane Payne, owner of Justice for Native Children Consulting, hosted a discussion on Support and Services for Drug-Endangered Children

On May 24 2016 at 2:00PM, Linda McFarlane, MSW, LCSW, Deputy Executive Director, Just Detention International, and Jeralita Costa, community victim liaison with the Washington State Department of Corrections,, hosted a discussion on Helping Incarcerated Victims of Crime

On Feb 24 2016 at 2:00PM, Dr. John Rich, MD, MPH, Professor and Chair of Health Management and Policy at the Drexel University School of Public Health, and Linnea Ashley, MPH, Training and Advocacy Manager at Youth ALIVE!, hosted a discussion on Inner City Posttraumatic Stress

On Feb 10 2016 at 2:00PM, Michelle Harkey, founder and CEO of Stars Mentoring Services, LLC, and Keisha Varnell, Director of Interpersonal Violence Prevention Programs at Jackson State University, hosted a discussion on Outreach and Response to Teen Victims of Dating Violence


How do I apply to be a consultant for the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)?
The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC) is not accepti... Read More

Who is the Director of the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)?
Marilyn M. Roberts is the Acting Director of the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC).... Read More

What is the Online Directory of Crime Victim Services?
The Online Directory of Crime Victim Services is a Web-enabled, online resource sponsored by the Off... Read More

How can I sign up for the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC) listserv?
To sign up for the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC)... Read More

Does OVC offer online training?
For a complete listing of OVC’s online trainings, visit the Online Training section of the OVC Train... Read More

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FY 2017 Vision 21 Integrated Services for Victims Program: Increasing Access to Mental Health Services for Victims of Crime (PDF 537 kb)
Deadline: 08/10/2017
OVC seeks to bridge the divide between crime victims, victim service providers, and mental health service providers so communities are able to create a seamless network of services to assist crime victims. OVC anticipates making awards under five purpose areas. Purpose Area 1 aids victim services providers properly identify crime victims who may be exhibiting signs of suicidality, refer them to appropriate mental health services, and support their access to such services. Purpose Area 2 will provide funding for direct services (2A) and TTA (2B) to increase the capacity of both victim and mental health service providers to provide mental health services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault who also have a severe mental illness. Purpose Area 3 will provide funding for direct services (3A) and TTA (3B) to increase access to mental health services for traditionally underserved victims of crime. Apply by August 10, 2017.


FY 2017 Increasing Legal Access to Victims of Crime: Innovations in Access to Justice Programs (PDF 544 kb)
Deadline: 07/18/2017
Through this solicitation, OVC will provide funding for legal services for three distinct projects that will enhance legal access for crime victims, foster technological innovation, and provide training and technical assistance to those involved in the initiatives. OVC expects to make three awards (one in each category) totaling $8.15 million. Apply by July 18, 2017.

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Publications

OVC and OVC-Sponsored Publications

Vision 21: Law Enforcement and the Communities They Serve (June 2017) OVC, Fact Sheet, OVC Fact Sheets, 2 pages, NCJ 250737. This fact sheet discusses an OVC-sponsored project that is designed to assist law enforcement in developing evidence-based and trauma-informed response strategies in the wake of law enforcement-involved shootings and other high-profile incidents of violence. Additionally, the project will develop and disseminate comprehensive, expert technical assistance resources for law enforcement on trauma-informed culture and practice.
Abstract | PDF
Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
 
Developing an Elder Abuse Case Review Multidisciplinary Team in Your Community (May 2017) OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 4 pages, NCJ 250736. This resource facilitates the development and growth of multidisciplinary teams to address elder abuse cases. It also provides information about team structures and functions, along with common issues that arise with developing a case review team.
Abstract | HTML
 
The Vicarious Trauma Toolkit (April 2017) OVC, NCJ 250647. Research shows that vicarious trauma, when left unaddressed, can lead to staff burnout, turnover, stress, and a lesser quality of services for victims. This OVC toolkit offers guidance to help organizations strengthen their ability to address work-related exposure to trauma.
Abstract | HTML
 
Vision 21: Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth Fact Sheet (December 2016) OVC, OVC Fact Sheets, 2 pages, NCJ 249945. Our Nation’s children and youth continue to experience crime and victimization at alarming rates, these young victims remain underserved, and the systems charged with caring for them provide fragmented and ineffective responses for children and their families. This fact sheet describes efforts to bring healthcare, child welfare, justice, and other systems together to coordinate and align efforts to ensure a timely and seamless response to young victims, their families, and caregivers, no matter the system of entry.
Abstract | PDF
Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
 
Alcohol-Facilitated Sexual Assault in Indian Country (December 2016) OVC, OVC Videos, 3 pages, NCJ 250235. This four-video series is designed for criminal justice personnel, victim advocates, and allied professionals who work with victims of sexual assault in Indian Country. The videos in this series seek to increase awareness about the prevalence of alcohol-facilitated sexual violence, enhance the investigation and prosecution of sexual violence, and provide best practices for responding to victims
Abstract | HTML
Part Of the OVC Videos Series
 

OJP Publications

Indicators of School Crime and Safety, 2016 (May 2017) BJS, Report, 5 pages, NCJ 250650. This annual report, a joint effort by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the National Center for Education Statistics, presents data on crime and safety at school from the perspectives of students, teachers, and principals. It contains 23 indicators of crime and safety at school on topics including victimization at school, teacher injury, bullying and cyber-bullying, school conditions, fights, weapons, availability and student use of drugs and alcohol, student perceptions of personal safety at school, and crime at postsecondary institutions.
Abstract | PDF
 
Enhancing Police Responses to Children Exposed to Violence: A Toolkit for Law Enforcement (February 2017) OJJDP-Sponsored, Electronic Document, 68 pages, NCJ 250768. This toolkit provides practical resources to assist law enforcement agencies in building or enhancing effective operational responses to children exposed to violence (with or without a mental health partner).
Abstract | PDF
 
Examining Criminal Justice Responses to and Help-Seeking Patterns of Sexual Violence Survivors With Disabilities (June 2016) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 87 pages, NCJ 250196. The goal of this study used is to better understand the criminal justice experience of persons with disabilities that report a sexual assault or rape to the authorities. Results suggest that current criminal justice structures are not sufficient to provide support for one of the highest-risk adult populations for sexual assault and victimization in the U.S.
Abstract | PDF
 
Missing Children, State Care, and Child Sex Trafficking: Engaging the Judiciary in Building a Collaborative Response (June 2015) OJJDP-Sponsored, 14 pages, NCJ 248940. This technical assistance brief is intended to educate judges about steps to be taken to assist in the location and recovery efforts for children missing from care by ensuring the legal guardians, social workers, and child advocates within child serving agencies are aware of and engage assistance from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children on behalf of these endangered missing children.
Abstract | PDF
 
Legal Issues Related to Elder Abuse: A Pocket Guide for Law Enforcement (2014) BJA-Sponsored, 58 pages, NCJ 248541. This guide provides legal concepts, documents, and tools that may be misused to commit elder abuse or used properly to remedy it. Also presented are issues and actions that justice system professionals should consider if they suspect elder abuse has occurred.
Abstract | PDF
 

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Related Resources

OVC Funded Resources

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP): Medical Home for Children and Adolescents Exposed to Violence
Developed through a grant from OVC, this section of the AAP Web site provides pediatricians and all medical home teams with the resources they need to modify practice operations to more effectively identify, treat, and refer children and youth who have been exposed to or victimized by violence.
 
ChildVictimWeb
ChildVictimWeb is a free online training resource designed for professionals from all disciplines who work with children who have experienced or witnessed serious violence. This course describes the prevalence and characteristics of different forms of victimization often experienced in childhood, their psychological, behavioral, social, and health consequences, and implications for practice. Assessment strategies, an evidence-based approach to treatment planning, trauma-informed case management skills, and information about evidence supported treatments are presented.
 
National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC): Cyberbullying
The National Crime Prevention Council, through funding from OVC, offers resources including fact sheets and four podcasts about general cyberbullying information, taking action in schools, creating community change, and how teens feel about cyberbullying.
 
National Network of Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs
Violence is preventable, and trauma centers and emergency rooms have a golden moment of opportunity at the hospital bedside to engage with a victim of violence and to stop the cycle of violence. The Network's purpose is to strengthen existing programs and help develop similar programs in communities across the country.
 
Office for Victims of Crime (OVC): American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner-Sexual Assault Response Team (SANE-SART) Initiative
OVC established the AI/AN SANE-SART Initiative in 2010 to address the comprehensive needs of tribal victims of sexual violence, with the ultimate goal of institutionalizing sustainable and evidence-based practices that meet the needs of tribal communities.
 

Federal Resources

Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program (AEAP)
OVC manages AEAP, which offers five funding streams to provide timely relief to communities affected by terrorism and criminal mass violence for immediate and ongoing victim assistance services in the form of grants to qualifying applicants (including state victim assistance and compensation programs); U.S. Attorneys' Offices; federal, state, and local governments; and nongovernmental victim service organizations.
 
National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)
NamUs, is the first national online repository for missing persons and unidentified dead cases. This initiative brings together two innovative, searchable databases to provide a powerful tool for law enforcement agencies, medical examiners and coroners, victim advocates, and the general public to search for matches between missing persons and unidentified human remains records. Other resources provided include links to state clearinghouses, medical examiner and coroner offices, law enforcement agencies, victim assistance groups and pertinent legislation.
 
Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVCTTAC)
OVC TTAC provides comprehensive, quality technical assistance and training resources to victim service providers and allied professionals. OVC TTAC can support faith-based organizations by providing conference and workshop speakers; staff and volunteer trainings; and expert, focused assistance in needs assessments, program development, and program evaluation. Faith-based organizations have requested OVC support in serving victims of crime on such issues as grief and loss, vicarious trauma, and ministering to victims of crime.
 
U.S. Department of Education: Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives
The goal of the center is to break down existing barriers and empower faith-based and community groups, enlisting them in support of the department's mission to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence for all Americans.
 
U.S. Postal Inspection Service
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is responsible for investigating fraudulent use the U.S. Mail and postal system. Victims of mail crime, including identity theft, fraud and mail theft, can file a report with this office.
 

Non-Governmental Resources

Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)
ACFE is an anti-fraud organization and provider of anti-fraud training and education.
 
Healing Justice: Restoration After Wrongful Conviction
Partnering with the Duke Center for Criminal Justice and Professional Responsibility, and working closely with innocence organizations and service providers in individual states, Healing Justice seeks to address the aftermath of wrongful convictions for all involved.
 
International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN)
IAFN provides leadership in forensic nursing practice by developing, promoting, and disseminating information internationally about forensic nursing science.
 
National Center for Rural Law Enforcement
NCRLE is a university-based organization committed to helping rural law enforcement agencies effectively combat crime in their communities.
 
Working to Halt Online Abuse (WHOA)
WHOA, a volunteer organization, fights online harassment by educating the public and law enforcement and empowering victims.
 

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Web Forum Discussions

Each month the Nation's experts answer your questions about best practices in victim services. Below are upcoming and most recent session discussions in this topic:

On Sep 14 2016 at 2:00PM, Donna Barry, APN, FN-CSA, DNP, has been the Director of the University Health Center at Montclair State University, and Anthony Walker, former Chief of Police for Norfolk State University, hosted a discussion on Campus Services for Victims of Sexual Assault

On Jul 13 2016 at 2:00PM, Pamela Todd, Ph.D., CEO and founder of Ray of Hope Foster Care, Inc.,, and Diane Payne, owner of Justice for Native Children Consulting, hosted a discussion on Support and Services for Drug-Endangered Children

On May 24 2016 at 2:00PM, Linda McFarlane, MSW, LCSW, Deputy Executive Director, Just Detention International, and Jeralita Costa, community victim liaison with the Washington State Department of Corrections,, hosted a discussion on Helping Incarcerated Victims of Crime

On Feb 24 2016 at 2:00PM, Dr. John Rich, MD, MPH, Professor and Chair of Health Management and Policy at the Drexel University School of Public Health, and Linnea Ashley, MPH, Training and Advocacy Manager at Youth ALIVE!, hosted a discussion on Inner City Posttraumatic Stress

On Feb 10 2016 at 2:00PM, Michelle Harkey, founder and CEO of Stars Mentoring Services, LLC, and Keisha Varnell, Director of Interpersonal Violence Prevention Programs at Jackson State University, hosted a discussion on Outreach and Response to Teen Victims of Dating Violence


FAQs

How do I apply to be a consultant for the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)?
The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC) is not accepti... Read More

Who is the Director of the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)?
Marilyn M. Roberts is the Acting Director of the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC).... Read More

What is the Online Directory of Crime Victim Services?
The Online Directory of Crime Victim Services is a Web-enabled, online resource sponsored by the Off... Read More

How can I sign up for the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC) listserv?
To sign up for the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC)... Read More

Does OVC offer online training?
For a complete listing of OVC’s online trainings, visit the Online Training section of the OVC Train... Read More

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Funding

FY 2017 Vision 21 Integrated Services for Victims Program: Increasing Access to Mental Health Services for Victims of Crime (PDF 537 kb)
Deadline: 08/10/2017
OVC seeks to bridge the divide between crime victims, victim service providers, and mental health service providers so communities are able to create a seamless network of services to assist crime victims. OVC anticipates making awards under five purpose areas. Purpose Area 1 aids victim services providers properly identify crime victims who may be exhibiting signs of suicidality, refer them to appropriate mental health services, and support their access to such services. Purpose Area 2 will provide funding for direct services (2A) and TTA (2B) to increase the capacity of both victim and mental health service providers to provide mental health services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault who also have a severe mental illness. Purpose Area 3 will provide funding for direct services (3A) and TTA (3B) to increase access to mental health services for traditionally underserved victims of crime. Apply by August 10, 2017.


FY 2017 Increasing Legal Access to Victims of Crime: Innovations in Access to Justice Programs (PDF 544 kb)
Deadline: 07/18/2017
Through this solicitation, OVC will provide funding for legal services for three distinct projects that will enhance legal access for crime victims, foster technological innovation, and provide training and technical assistance to those involved in the initiatives. OVC expects to make three awards (one in each category) totaling $8.15 million. Apply by July 18, 2017.

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National Calendar of Crime Victim Assistance-Related Events
Upcoming Event(s)
National Organization for Victim Assistance Conference
San Diego, CA
08/14/2017-08/17/2017

2017 Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) National Training Conference
Washington, DC
08/15/2017-08/17/2017

National Center for Victims of Crime National Training Institute
Portland, OR
12/05/2017-12/07/2017

Online Directory of Crime Victims Services.