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OVC and OVC-Sponsored Publications

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
 
Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth Guiding Principles (December 2016) OVC-Sponsored, Fact Sheet, 4 pages, NCJ 250518.
The OVC-sponsored Vision 21 Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth Program designed these Guiding Principles to: provide guidance for service providers assisting children and youth exposed to violence and their families and caregivers; offer a benchmark for conducting community needs assessments, and developing policies, and protocols; and help community collaboratives shape, inform, and review services and referrals to address children and youth exposed to violence.
Abstract | PDF
 
Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States: Fiscal Year 2015 Status Report (November 2016) OVC-Sponsored, 84 pages, NCJ 250414.
This status report identifies progress made by federal agencies during fiscal years 2015 to address the goals, objectives, and the actions identified in the Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States, 2013–2017 to ensure that all victims of human trafficking in the U.S. are identified and have access to the services they need to recover.
Abstract | PDF
 
A Healing Journey for Alaska Natives (October 2016) OVC, OVC Training, 4 pages, NCJ 249906.
This five–video series is designed to educate federal, state, local, and tribal victim service providers, criminal justice professionals, and others who work with Alaska Native victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.
Abstract | HTML
Part Of the OVC Training Series
 
A Healing Journey for Alaska Natives (October 2016) OVC, OVC Videos, 4 pages, NCJ 249906.
This five–video series is designed to educate federal, state, local, and tribal victim service providers, criminal justice professionals, and others who work with Alaska Native victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.
Abstract | HTML
Part Of the OVC Videos Series
 

OJP Publications

National Survey of Teen Relationships and Intimate Violence (STRiV) (August 2016) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 18 pages, NCJ 250292.
This study is the first to provide a comprehensive national portrait of teen dating violence with detailed measurements of both who perpetrates such violence and who has been victimized. The study found that approximately two thirds of youths (ages 12-18) who were in a relationship or had been in one in the past year reported they had been victimized (69 percent) or perpetrated violence (63 percent).
Abstract | PDF
 
Indicators of School Crime and Safety, 2015 (May 2016) BJS, 246 pages, NCJ 249758.
This report presents data on crime and safety at school from the perspectives of students, teachers, and principals. Topics covered include 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 | HTML (Tables)
 
Violence and Victimization Research Division's Compendium of Research on Violence Against Women, 1993-2015 (December 2015) NIJ, Report, 259 pages, NCJ 223572.
This regularly updated compendium lists and briefly describes all of the projects funded under the National Institute of Justice's (NIJ) Violence Against Women and Family Violence Program.
Abstract | PDF (Full Document) | PDF (Table of Contents) | PDF (Part A-i) | PDF (Part A-ii) | PDF (Part A-iii) | PDF (Part A-iv) | PDF (Part A-v) | PDF (Part A-vi) | PDF (Part A-vii) | PDF (Part A-viii) | PDF (Part A-ix) | PDF (Part B-i) | PDF (Part B-ii) | PDF (Part C-i) | PDF (Part C-ii) | PDF (Part C-iii) | PDF (Part C-iv) | PDF (Part D-i) | PDF (Part D-ii) | PDF (Part D-iii) | PDF (Part D-iv) | PDF (Part D-v) | PDF (Part D-vi) | PDF (Part E) | PDF (Part F) | PDF (Part G) | PDF (Part H) | PDF (Part I) | PDF (Part J) | PDF (Grants Index)
 
Children's Exposure to Violence, Crime, and Abuse: An Update (September 2015) OJJDP, Bulletin, OJJDP National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence Series, 16 pages, NCJ 248547.
This bulletin discusses the second National Survey of Children's Exposure to Violence (NatSCEV II), which was conducted in 2011 as a followup to the original NatSCEV I survey conducted in 2008.

Part Of the OJJDP National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence Series Series 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
 

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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 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 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

On Jan 20 2016 at 2:00PM, Kimber Nicoletti, M.S.W., Director and Founder of Multicultural Efforts to End Sexual Assault at Purdue University, and Kiricka Yarbough Smith, former manager of the human trafficking program for the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault, hosted a discussion on Human Trafficking in Rural Communities

On Nov 17 2015 at 2:00PM, Geri Wisner, Tribal Prosecutor for the Pawnee Nation and Wyandotte Tribe of Oklahoma, and Sarah Collins, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota, hosted a discussion on Improving Federal Agency Response to Sexual Violence in Indian Country


Are there programs that will prevent a passport from being issued for a child without parental consent?
The Department of State's Children's Passport Issuance Alert Program (CPIAP) works to prevent intern... Read More

What is the Federal Government doing to combat human trafficking?
Although the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has long enforced criminal laws against involuntary se... Read More

How do I report child pornography?
Visit the Report a Crime section of the U.S. Department of Justice website to learn how you can repo... Read More

What steps are being taken by the Federal government to combat human trafficking?
Information on government efforts to combat human trafficking can be found in the Attorney General's... Read More

Who can I talk to about an abusive relationship?
Advocates with the 24 hour-a-day National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH) are available for victims... Read More

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FY 2017 Vision 21: Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth State Demonstration (PDF 225 kb)
Deadline: 05/11/2017
This solicitation seeks to address the enduring issue of child and youth victimization through state-level demonstration projects. Although many systems exist to respond to issues caused by child and youth victimization, these systems often fail to communicate and collaborate effectively to get to the root of the problem. The competitively awarded state-level demonstration sites will bring all of the relevant systems and professionals together to establish a coordinated approach which will ensure that every child entering these systems is assessed for victimization, that children and their families are provided comprehensive and coordinated services to fully address their needs, and that practices and policies are established to sustain this approach long term. The project will be conducted in two phases—Phase 1: Planning (15 months) and Phase 2: Implementation (5 years). OVC expects to make up to two awards of up to $500,000 each through this initiative. Apply by May 11, 2017.

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Publications

OVC and OVC-Sponsored Publications

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
 
Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth Guiding Principles (December 2016) OVC-Sponsored, Fact Sheet, 4 pages, NCJ 250518. The OVC-sponsored Vision 21 Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth Program designed these Guiding Principles to: provide guidance for service providers assisting children and youth exposed to violence and their families and caregivers; offer a benchmark for conducting community needs assessments, and developing policies, and protocols; and help community collaboratives shape, inform, and review services and referrals to address children and youth exposed to violence.
Abstract | PDF
 
Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States: Fiscal Year 2015 Status Report (November 2016) OVC-Sponsored, 84 pages, NCJ 250414. This status report identifies progress made by federal agencies during fiscal years 2015 to address the goals, objectives, and the actions identified in the Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States, 2013–2017 to ensure that all victims of human trafficking in the U.S. are identified and have access to the services they need to recover.
Abstract | PDF
 
A Healing Journey for Alaska Natives (October 2016) OVC, OVC Training, 4 pages, NCJ 249906. This five–video series is designed to educate federal, state, local, and tribal victim service providers, criminal justice professionals, and others who work with Alaska Native victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.
Abstract | HTML
Part Of the OVC Training Series
 
A Healing Journey for Alaska Natives (October 2016) OVC, OVC Videos, 4 pages, NCJ 249906. This five–video series is designed to educate federal, state, local, and tribal victim service providers, criminal justice professionals, and others who work with Alaska Native victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.
Abstract | HTML
Part Of the OVC Videos Series
 

OJP Publications

National Survey of Teen Relationships and Intimate Violence (STRiV) (August 2016) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 18 pages, NCJ 250292. This study is the first to provide a comprehensive national portrait of teen dating violence with detailed measurements of both who perpetrates such violence and who has been victimized. The study found that approximately two thirds of youths (ages 12-18) who were in a relationship or had been in one in the past year reported they had been victimized (69 percent) or perpetrated violence (63 percent).
Abstract | PDF
 
Indicators of School Crime and Safety, 2015 (May 2016) BJS, 246 pages, NCJ 249758. This report presents data on crime and safety at school from the perspectives of students, teachers, and principals. Topics covered include 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 | HTML (Tables)
 
Violence and Victimization Research Division's Compendium of Research on Violence Against Women, 1993-2015 (December 2015) NIJ, Report, 259 pages, NCJ 223572. This regularly updated compendium lists and briefly describes all of the projects funded under the National Institute of Justice's (NIJ) Violence Against Women and Family Violence Program.
Abstract | PDF (Full Document) | PDF (Table of Contents) | PDF (Part A-i) | PDF (Part A-ii) | PDF (Part A-iii) | PDF (Part A-iv) | PDF (Part A-v) | PDF (Part A-vi) | PDF (Part A-vii) | PDF (Part A-viii) | PDF (Part A-ix) | PDF (Part B-i) | PDF (Part B-ii) | PDF (Part C-i) | PDF (Part C-ii) | PDF (Part C-iii) | PDF (Part C-iv) | PDF (Part D-i) | PDF (Part D-ii) | PDF (Part D-iii) | PDF (Part D-iv) | PDF (Part D-v) | PDF (Part D-vi) | PDF (Part E) | PDF (Part F) | PDF (Part G) | PDF (Part H) | PDF (Part I) | PDF (Part J) | PDF (Grants Index)
 
Children's Exposure to Violence, Crime, and Abuse: An Update (September 2015) OJJDP, Bulletin, OJJDP National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence Series, 16 pages, NCJ 248547. This bulletin discusses the second National Survey of Children's Exposure to Violence (NatSCEV II), which was conducted in 2011 as a followup to the original NatSCEV I survey conducted in 2008.
Part Of the OJJDP National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence Series Series
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
 

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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.
 
Department of Labor & Industrial Relations Office of Community Services
The Office of Community Services assists Hawaii's low-income, immigrant and refugee populations to overcome and alleviate workforce barriers to economic self-sufficiency via an array of community-based programs and services. Through funding from OVC, this agency provides comprehensive services for victims of human trafficking.
 
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 Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI): Safeguarding Child-Victims' Rights Initiative
With funding from OVC, this NCVLI Program works to ensure that the rights of child-victims through education & training, litigation, and public policy.
 
Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN)
RAINN operates a 24-hour telephone hotline (1-800-656-HOPE) and an Online Hotline for victims of sexual assault. The secure web-based hotline provides a safe, secure, and anonymous place for victims to get help online. RAINN also works to promote education and prevention of sexual assault, compiles and shares links to Legal Resources, including the State Mandatory Regulations regarding children and the elderly.
 

Federal Resources

AMBER Alert
The America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response (AMBER) Alert System is a voluntary partnership between law-enforcement agencies, broadcasters, transportation agencies, and the wireless industry, to activate an urgent bulletin in the most serious child-abduction cases.
 
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI): Violent Crimes Against Children
This FBI program's mission is to: decrease the vulnerability of children to sexual exploitation; develop a nationwide capacity to provide a rapid, effective, and measured investigative response to crimes against children; and enhance the capabilities of state and local law enforcement investigators through programs, investigative assistance, and task force operations. The program's strategy involves using multi-disciplinary and multi-agency teams to investigate and prosecute crimes that cross legal, geographical, and jurisdictional boundaries; promoting and enhancing interagency sharing of intelligence, specialized skills, and services; and widely offering our victim/witness services.
 
National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP)
NREPP is a searchable online registry of more than hundreds of interventions supporting mental health promotion, substance abuse prevention, and mental health and substance abuse treatment.
 
StopBullying.gov
This Web site, managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provides information about how to prevent and address bullying in schools.
 
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ): Defending Childhood
Defending Childhood is an initiative of Attorney General Eric Holder that strives to harness resources from across the Department of Justice to: prevent children's exposure to violence, mitigate the negative impact of children's exposure to violence when it does occur, and develop knowledge and spread awareness about children's exposure to violence.
 

Non-Governmental Resources

Adult Survivors of Child Abuse (ASCA)
ASCA helps survivors of child abuse transform their self-identities from that of victim to that of survivor and, ultimately, thriver. The site includes resource materials and guidelines for establishing ASCA support networks.
 
Child Abuse Prevention Association (CAPA)
CAPA's mission is to prevent and treat all forms of child abuse by creating changes in individuals, families and society that strengthen relationships and promote healing.
 
Helping And Lending Outreach Support (HALOS)
HALOS's mission is to provide resources and special opportunities to abused and neglected children and their caregivers through partnerships with faith-based and other community organizations. HALOS matches community donations to the needs of foster children and children cared for in the homes of family members other than their parents. OVC produced a toolkit available at www.ovc.gov/halos which offers lessons learned and suggests strategies for establishing programs like HALOS wherever foster families and relatives need additional support for the children in their care.
 
Loveisrespect.org
This initiative promotes awareness of healthy dating relationships by making vital resources accessible to help teens experiencing dating violence and offering tips on preventing abusive relationships. Information about and access to the National Dating Abuse Helpline (NDAH), the site's direct service provider, is available on Loveisrespect.org. NDAH provides 24/7 phone, text and chat services to victims of dating violence; service providers and allied professionals; and concerned parents, friends and other members of the community.
 
Parents for Megan's Law (PFML)
PFML is a community and victim's rights organization dedicated to the prevention and treatment of sexual abuse through the provision of education, advocacy, counseling, victim services, policy and legislative support services.
 

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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 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 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

On Jan 20 2016 at 2:00PM, Kimber Nicoletti, M.S.W., Director and Founder of Multicultural Efforts to End Sexual Assault at Purdue University, and Kiricka Yarbough Smith, former manager of the human trafficking program for the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault, hosted a discussion on Human Trafficking in Rural Communities

On Nov 17 2015 at 2:00PM, Geri Wisner, Tribal Prosecutor for the Pawnee Nation and Wyandotte Tribe of Oklahoma, and Sarah Collins, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota, hosted a discussion on Improving Federal Agency Response to Sexual Violence in Indian Country


FAQs

Are there programs that will prevent a passport from being issued for a child without parental consent?
The Department of State's Children's Passport Issuance Alert Program (CPIAP) works to prevent intern... Read More

What is the Federal Government doing to combat human trafficking?
Although the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has long enforced criminal laws against involuntary se... Read More

How do I report child pornography?
Visit the Report a Crime section of the U.S. Department of Justice website to learn how you can repo... Read More

What steps are being taken by the Federal government to combat human trafficking?
Information on government efforts to combat human trafficking can be found in the Attorney General's... Read More

Who can I talk to about an abusive relationship?
Advocates with the 24 hour-a-day National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH) are available for victims... Read More

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Funding

FY 2017 Vision 21: Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth State Demonstration (PDF 225 kb)
Deadline: 05/11/2017
This solicitation seeks to address the enduring issue of child and youth victimization through state-level demonstration projects. Although many systems exist to respond to issues caused by child and youth victimization, these systems often fail to communicate and collaborate effectively to get to the root of the problem. The competitively awarded state-level demonstration sites will bring all of the relevant systems and professionals together to establish a coordinated approach which will ensure that every child entering these systems is assessed for victimization, that children and their families are provided comprehensive and coordinated services to fully address their needs, and that practices and policies are established to sustain this approach long term. The project will be conducted in two phases—Phase 1: Planning (15 months) and Phase 2: Implementation (5 years). OVC expects to make up to two awards of up to $500,000 each through this initiative. Apply by May 11, 2017.

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