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OVC and OVC-Sponsored Publications

2015 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Guide (January 2015) OVC, 182 pages, NCJ 247813.
The 2015 NCVRW Resource Guide, released ahead of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 19 to 25, highlights this year’s theme, Engaging Communities. Empowering Victims. The Guide includes a wide array of user-friendly outreach tools and sample products, a Theme DVD, current statistics on victimization, information on the history of victims’ rights in the United States, and concrete, practical ideas for engaging your community and empowering victims. Hardcopy versions of this year's Guide, which can be ordered through the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) at www.ncjrs.gov, include Introductory Materials and NCVRW Resource Guide Artwork.
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Identity (ID) Theft Toolkit (2014) OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 2 pages, NCJ 248389.
National Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network (NITVAN) coalitions across the country each contributed to the creation of this toolkit for victim advocates, attorneys, law enforcement officers, and anyone else involved in assisting victims. In this toolkit, you’ll find guidance on improving and expanding service to identity theft victims, starting a collaborative group in your area, as well as downloadable, ready-to-customize training materials, brochures, and more.
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Circle of Healing for Native Children Endangered by Drugs (December 2014) OVC, 0 pages, NCJ 248443.
This seven-video series and companion resource guide feature Native programs and practices that incorporate cultural stories and traditions to help children, families, and communities in Indian Country to heal from substance abuse-related trauma.
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Eight Benefits of NIBRS to Victim Service Providers (November 2014) OVC, Bulletin, 0 pages, NCJ 248480.
This e-bulletin describes how victim service providers can use National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS)–a system for recording crimes known to the police–to gain a better understanding of specific types of victimization, determine disparities between victims known to law enforcement and those receiving victim services, and identify underserved groups of crime victims. Data presented from the 15 states which currently report to NIBRS can assist victim service providers to identify patterns of crime and victimization that can justify the need for additional resources and guide decisions on optimal resource development.
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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.
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OJP Publications

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
 
Rape and Sexual Assault Among College-age Females, 1995-2013 (December 2014) BJS, Report, BJS Special Reports, 20 pages, NCJ 248471.
Compares the characteristics of rape and sexual assault victimization against females ages 18 to 24 who are enrolled and not enrolled in college. This report examines the relationship between the victim and offender, the involvement of a weapon, location of the victimization, reporting to police, perceived offender characteristics, and victim demographics.

Part Of the BJS Special Reports Series Abstract | PDF | TEXT
 
Household Poverty and Nonfatal Violent Victimization, 2008-2012 (November 2014) BJS, Report, BJS Special Reports, 18 pages, NCJ 248384.
Presents findings from 2008 to 2012 on the relationship between households that were above or below the federal poverty level and nonfatal violent victimization, including rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault. This report examines the violent victimization experiences of persons living in households at various levels of poverty, focusing on type of violence, victim's race or Hispanic origin, and location of residence.

Part Of the BJS Special Reports Series Abstract | PDF | TEXT
 
Understanding the Organization, Operation, and Victimization Process of Labor Trafficking in the United States (October 2014) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 306 pages, NCJ 248461.
This report explores patterns of labor trafficking in the U.S., and found that trafficking occurs in multiple industries, including agriculture, hospitality, construction, and restaurants. The report verified that labor trafficking usually goes unreported, and law enforcement often have difficulty distinguishing labor trafficking from other workplace exploitation. Policy and practice implications of this research for federal and local law enforcement and victims' service agencies are outlined.
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Criminal Victimization, 2013 (September 2014) BJS, Bulletin, BJS Bulletins, 19 pages, NCJ 247648.
Presents 2013 estimates of rates and levels of criminal victimization in the United States. This bulletin includes violent victimization (rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault) and property victimization (burglary, motor vehicle theft, and property theft). It describes the annual change from 2012 and analyzes 10-year trends from 2004 through 2013. The bulletin includes estimates of domestic violence, intimate partner violence, and injury and use of weapons in violent victimization. It also describes the characteristics of victims.

Part Of the BJS Bulletins Series Abstract | PDF | TEXT
 

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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 Jan 21 2015 at 2:00PM, Shannon Going, Attorney Director of Casa Cornelia Law Center’s Human Trafficking Program, and Carol Gomez, LCSW - Founder, Hearts and Minds Solidarity Project and Founder/Former Executive Director of MataHari: Eye of the Day, hosted a discussion on Serving Trafficking Victims in Immigrant Communities

On Sep 10 2014 at 2:00PM, Ilse Knecht, Deputy Director of Public Policy for NCVC and Project Manager for NCVC’s multiyear DNA education initiative, and Michele Mallin, rape survivor and public speaker, hosted a discussion on Working With Victims in Cold Hit DNA Cases

On Jun 25 2014 at 2:00PM, michael munson, cofounder and Executive Director of FORGE, and Loree Cook-Daniels, FORGE’s Policy and Program Director, hosted a discussion on Serving Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Sexual Assault Victims

On May 28 2014 at 2:00PM, Hazel Heckers, Victim Advocate, Colorado Bureau of Investigation, and founder of the Identify Theft Advocacy Network of Colorado (ITAN), and Merry O'Brien, Project Director, National Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network Project, Director of Special Grants, Maryland Crime Victims' Resou, hosted a discussion on Creating an Effective Identity Theft Coalition

On Apr 15 2014 at 2:00PM, Sally Laskey, Director of Special Projects for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, and Chris Newlin, M.S., L.P.C., Executive Director of the National Children’s Advocacy Center, hosted a discussion on CACs and SARTs Partnering for Sexual Violence Victims


What type of protection does the U.S. Department of Justice provide to trafficking victims?
Information for trafficking victims is available in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) brochu... Read More

Where do I report Internet child pornography?
Information about how to report child pornography (and other cases of sexual exploitation of childre... Read More

How many people are robbed at automated teller machines (ATMs)?
The number of robberies at ATM machines is available in the Office of Community Oriented Policing Se... Read More

How many people are murdered in the United States each year?
Year by year homicide statistics can be accessed via the Homicide Trends in the United States sectio... Read More

How many crime victims know their offenders?
The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) report, Criminal Victimization in the United States, Statisti... Read More

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FY 2015 Enhanced Collaborative Model to Combat Human Trafficking (PDF 411 kb)
Deadline: 05/11/2015
OVC and BJA will award between $600,000 and $900,000 to law enforcement agencies and victim service providers to work collaboratively to develop and enhance multidisciplinary human trafficking task forces that combat sex and labor trafficking of foreign nationals and U.S. citizens of all sexes and ages. Eligible applicants are law enforcement agencies and victim service providers who submit separate but coordinated proposals that outline how this funding will be used to implement the human trafficking task force specified within the application. Those applying are urged to begin in advance of the May 11, 2015, deadline.

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Publications

OVC and OVC-Sponsored Publications

2015 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Guide (January 2015) OVC, 182 pages, NCJ 247813. The 2015 NCVRW Resource Guide, released ahead of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 19 to 25, highlights this year’s theme, Engaging Communities. Empowering Victims. The Guide includes a wide array of user-friendly outreach tools and sample products, a Theme DVD, current statistics on victimization, information on the history of victims’ rights in the United States, and concrete, practical ideas for engaging your community and empowering victims. Hardcopy versions of this year's Guide, which can be ordered through the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) at www.ncjrs.gov, include Introductory Materials and NCVRW Resource Guide Artwork.
Abstract | PDF | HTML
 
Identity (ID) Theft Toolkit (2014) OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 2 pages, NCJ 248389. National Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network (NITVAN) coalitions across the country each contributed to the creation of this toolkit for victim advocates, attorneys, law enforcement officers, and anyone else involved in assisting victims. In this toolkit, you’ll find guidance on improving and expanding service to identity theft victims, starting a collaborative group in your area, as well as downloadable, ready-to-customize training materials, brochures, and more.
Abstract | HTML
 
Circle of Healing for Native Children Endangered by Drugs (December 2014) OVC, 0 pages, NCJ 248443. This seven-video series and companion resource guide feature Native programs and practices that incorporate cultural stories and traditions to help children, families, and communities in Indian Country to heal from substance abuse-related trauma.
Abstract | HTML
 
Eight Benefits of NIBRS to Victim Service Providers (November 2014) OVC, Bulletin, 0 pages, NCJ 248480. This e-bulletin describes how victim service providers can use National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS)–a system for recording crimes known to the police–to gain a better understanding of specific types of victimization, determine disparities between victims known to law enforcement and those receiving victim services, and identify underserved groups of crime victims. Data presented from the 15 states which currently report to NIBRS can assist victim service providers to identify patterns of crime and victimization that can justify the need for additional resources and guide decisions on optimal resource development.
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.
Abstract | PDF
 

OJP Publications

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
 
Rape and Sexual Assault Among College-age Females, 1995-2013 (December 2014) BJS, Report, BJS Special Reports, 20 pages, NCJ 248471. Compares the characteristics of rape and sexual assault victimization against females ages 18 to 24 who are enrolled and not enrolled in college. This report examines the relationship between the victim and offender, the involvement of a weapon, location of the victimization, reporting to police, perceived offender characteristics, and victim demographics.
Part Of the BJS Special Reports Series
Abstract | PDF | TEXT
 
Household Poverty and Nonfatal Violent Victimization, 2008-2012 (November 2014) BJS, Report, BJS Special Reports, 18 pages, NCJ 248384. Presents findings from 2008 to 2012 on the relationship between households that were above or below the federal poverty level and nonfatal violent victimization, including rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault. This report examines the violent victimization experiences of persons living in households at various levels of poverty, focusing on type of violence, victim's race or Hispanic origin, and location of residence.
Part Of the BJS Special Reports Series
Abstract | PDF | TEXT
 
Understanding the Organization, Operation, and Victimization Process of Labor Trafficking in the United States (October 2014) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 306 pages, NCJ 248461. This report explores patterns of labor trafficking in the U.S., and found that trafficking occurs in multiple industries, including agriculture, hospitality, construction, and restaurants. The report verified that labor trafficking usually goes unreported, and law enforcement often have difficulty distinguishing labor trafficking from other workplace exploitation. Policy and practice implications of this research for federal and local law enforcement and victims' service agencies are outlined.
Abstract | PDF
 
Criminal Victimization, 2013 (September 2014) BJS, Bulletin, BJS Bulletins, 19 pages, NCJ 247648. Presents 2013 estimates of rates and levels of criminal victimization in the United States. This bulletin includes violent victimization (rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault) and property victimization (burglary, motor vehicle theft, and property theft). It describes the annual change from 2012 and analyzes 10-year trends from 2004 through 2013. The bulletin includes estimates of domestic violence, intimate partner violence, and injury and use of weapons in violent victimization. It also describes the characteristics of victims.
Part Of the BJS Bulletins Series
Abstract | PDF | TEXT
 

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Related Resources

OVC Funded Resources

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Rockville Centre
This organization provides services to foreign national victims of human trafficking in Suffolk and Nassau Counties, Long Island, New York using grant funds from OVC.
 
International Rescue Committee, Inc. (Phoenix)
The IRC provides assistance to refugees, displaced persons and others fleeing persecution and violent conflict throughout the world. Often one of the first agencies on the scene of an emergency, the IRC delivers critical medical and public health services, food, and shelter. Once a crisis stabilizes, it provides education, training, economic assistance and, if necessary, resettlement assistance.
 
SAGE Project, Inc.
The SAGE Project is a nonprofit organization with one primary aim: bringing an end to the commercial sexual exploitation of children and adults (CSE/CSEC). SAGE contributes to that goal by raising awareness about CSE/CSEC issues, and by providing outreach and services to CSE/CSEC survivors.
 
Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid, Inc.
Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid, Inc. (TRLA) is a non-profit organization that provides free legal services to low-income residents in sixty-eight counties of Southwest Texas, and represents migrant and seasonal farm workers throughout the state of Texas and six southern states: Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas. With funding from OVC, TRLA provides specialized legal services for victims of human trafficking.
 
Worker Justice Center of New York, Inc.
This organization provides services to victims human trafficking in New York state.
 

Federal Resources

Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3)
IC3 allows users to file complaints online. Its Web site also offers statistics, scam alerts, and fraud prevention tips. The program is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National White Collar Crime Center.
 
National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS)
Sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs, NCJRS offers information on victimology and victim assistance, criminal justice, juvenile justice, information to support research, policy, and program development worldwide. NCJRS supplies the victim services field with resources, publications, and program information. The NCJRS library collection includes more than 30,000 resources relevant to the field.
 
Office on Violence Against Women (OVW)
OVW, a component of the U.S. Department of Justice, provides federal leadership to reduce violence against women and to administer justice for and strengthen services to all victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
 
Social Security Administration: Office of the Inspector General
Among its responsibilities, this office is tasked to prevent and detect fraud, waste, and abuse in Social Security Administration programs and operations. The office operates a fraud hotline where you can report suspected cases of fraud, waste, and abuse.
 
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS): Human Trafficking
The Department of Homeland Security is committed to combating the global crime of human trafficking. Through public outreach, victim protection, and law enforcement training, the Department works diligently to prevent human trafficking before it occurs, to protect victims when it has occurred, and to minimize reoccurrence by conducting investigations to bring traffickers to justice.
 

Non-Governmental Resources

Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence
The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence works to reform the gun industry by enacting and enforcing regulations to reduce gun violence and represents victims of gun violence in the courts.
 
National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA)
NAPSA provides state Adult Protective Services program administrators and staff with a forum for sharing information, solving problems, and improving the quality of services for victims of elder and vulnerable adult abuse.
 
Salvation Army: Combating Human Trafficking
These pages provide highlights of The Salvation Army's efforts to eradicate human trafficking.
 
State Attorney Generals Office Contact Information
This section of the National Association of Attorneys General Web site provides contact information for the attorney general of each state/territory in the U.S.
 
State Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs)
State PIRGs are locally based organizations that fight threats to public health and well-being through investigative research, grassroots organizing, advocacy, and litigation.
 

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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 Jan 21 2015 at 2:00PM, Shannon Going, Attorney Director of Casa Cornelia Law Center’s Human Trafficking Program, and Carol Gomez, LCSW - Founder, Hearts and Minds Solidarity Project and Founder/Former Executive Director of MataHari: Eye of the Day, hosted a discussion on Serving Trafficking Victims in Immigrant Communities

On Sep 10 2014 at 2:00PM, Ilse Knecht, Deputy Director of Public Policy for NCVC and Project Manager for NCVC’s multiyear DNA education initiative, and Michele Mallin, rape survivor and public speaker, hosted a discussion on Working With Victims in Cold Hit DNA Cases

On Jun 25 2014 at 2:00PM, michael munson, cofounder and Executive Director of FORGE, and Loree Cook-Daniels, FORGE’s Policy and Program Director, hosted a discussion on Serving Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Sexual Assault Victims

On May 28 2014 at 2:00PM, Hazel Heckers, Victim Advocate, Colorado Bureau of Investigation, and founder of the Identify Theft Advocacy Network of Colorado (ITAN), and Merry O'Brien, Project Director, National Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network Project, Director of Special Grants, Maryland Crime Victims' Resou, hosted a discussion on Creating an Effective Identity Theft Coalition

On Apr 15 2014 at 2:00PM, Sally Laskey, Director of Special Projects for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, and Chris Newlin, M.S., L.P.C., Executive Director of the National Children’s Advocacy Center, hosted a discussion on CACs and SARTs Partnering for Sexual Violence Victims


FAQs

What type of protection does the U.S. Department of Justice provide to trafficking victims?
Information for trafficking victims is available in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) brochu... Read More

Where do I report Internet child pornography?
Information about how to report child pornography (and other cases of sexual exploitation of childre... Read More

How many people are robbed at automated teller machines (ATMs)?
The number of robberies at ATM machines is available in the Office of Community Oriented Policing Se... Read More

How many people are murdered in the United States each year?
Year by year homicide statistics can be accessed via the Homicide Trends in the United States sectio... Read More

How many crime victims know their offenders?
The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) report, Criminal Victimization in the United States, Statisti... Read More

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Funding

FY 2015 Enhanced Collaborative Model to Combat Human Trafficking (PDF 411 kb)
Deadline: 05/11/2015
OVC and BJA will award between $600,000 and $900,000 to law enforcement agencies and victim service providers to work collaboratively to develop and enhance multidisciplinary human trafficking task forces that combat sex and labor trafficking of foreign nationals and U.S. citizens of all sexes and ages. Eligible applicants are law enforcement agencies and victim service providers who submit separate but coordinated proposals that outline how this funding will be used to implement the human trafficking task force specified within the application. Those applying are urged to begin in advance of the May 11, 2015, deadline.

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National Calendar of Crime Victim Assistance-Related Events
Upcoming Event(s)
2015 International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Campus Responses
New Orleans, LA
04/07/2015-04/09/2015

National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony
Washington, DC
04/21/2015-04/21/2015

Online Directory of Crime Victims Services.