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OVC and OVC-Sponsored Publications

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)
 
What You Can Do If You Are A Victim of Crime (2010) OVC, BC 000767.
This OVC brochure explains the rights of victims of crime and the compensation and assistance resources available to them. It also lists national organizations that help victims find information or obtain referrals.
PDF | HTML
 
A Victim-Centered Approach to Crimes Against American Indian and Alaska Native Children (August 2008) OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 223 pages, NCJ 235247.
This Guide is intended to give the legal drafting committees of tribal governments an overview of comparative federal, tribal, and state statutory provisions for the drafting of new or amended tribal child protection laws.
Abstract | PDF | DOC
 
Internet Crimes Against Children (December 2001) OVC, Bulletin, OVC Training, 8 pages, NCJ 184931.
This document explores the nature of Internet crime and the complex challenges it poses for law enforcement personnel and victim service providers as they work to protect children. The document discusses challenges such as investigating geographically dispersed crimes, gathering evidence, and apprehending offenders while considering how best to respond to children and their families.
Abstract | PDF | HTML
Part Of the OVC Training Series
 

OJP Publications

AMBER Alert Best Practices (May 2012) OJJDP, Report, 64 pages, NCJ 232271.
This guide is a compilation of the most effective and efficient strategies, provided by AMBER Alert partners and practitioners, for recovering missing or abducted children.
Abstract | PDF
 
Federal Resources on Missing and Exploited Children: A Directory for Law Enforcement and Other Public and Private Agencies Sixth Edition (May 2011) OJJDP, Report, 48 pages, NCJ 231619.
Describes the federal services, programs, publications, and training sessions that address child sexual exploitation issues, child pornography, child abduction, Internet crime, and missing children cases.
Abstract | PDF
 
Guide for Implementing or Enhancing an Endangered Missing Advisory (March 2011) OJJDP, Report, 37 pages, NCJ 232001.
Describes how a community can establish a task force to create an endangered missing advisory (EMA) plan, which creates voluntary partnerships to rapidly recover missing persons who do not fit the AMBER Alert criteria but who may be in danger. EMAs help law enforcement notify the general public that someone is missing and ultimately save lives. The guide provides directions for developing, activating, and sustaining an EMA plan and includes sample plans and press releases.
Abstract | PDF 888 KB
 
When Your Child Is Missing: A Family Survival Guide, Fourth Edition (May 2010) OJJDP, Report, 110 pages, NCJ 228735.
This document serves to guide parents and family members whose children go missing.
Abstract | PDF 5 MB | PDF (Spanish Version)
 
The Crime of Family Abduction: A Child's and Parent's Perspective (May 2010) OJJDP, Report, 72 pages, NCJ 229933.
This publication provides insight into the crime of family abduction from the perspective of both the child and the parent searching for their missing child.
Abstract | PDF 1 MB | PDF (Spanish Version)
 

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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 May 10 2011 at 2:00PM, Nadja Jones, Senior Community Development Specialist for the National Indian Child Welfare Association, hosted a discussion on Responding to Missing Children in Indian Country

On Jun 16 2010 at 2:00PM, Laurie Nathan, Manager of National Outreach and Partnerships NetSmartz Workshop, hosted a discussion on Preventing Child Victimization Associated with Technology

On May 19 2010 at 2:00PM, Debra Culberson, advisor to NamUs, and Duane Bowers, author of "Guiding Your Family Through Loss and Grief and A Child Is Missing: Providing Support for Families of Missing Children", hosted a discussion on Assisting Families of Missing or Unidentified Persons

On May 27 2008 at 2:00PM, Duane Bowers, LPC, and training consultant for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and Abby Potash, Program Manager for Team HOPE (Help Offering Parents Empowerment), hosted a discussion on Assisting Family Members of Missing Children

On May 23 2007 at 2:00PM, Laurie Caldwell, Senior Agent with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, and Bob Lowery, City Manager and Team Adam member, hosted a discussion on Addressing Cases With Missing or Unidentified Victims


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

Who can parents contact for assistance when their child has been abducted?
If you have not yet contacted the law enforcement regarding this matter, please do so immediately. A... Read More

How many missing and exploited children are there in the United States?
Missing and exploited children statistics are available from the National Incidence Studies on Missi... Read More

Are resources available to assist child abduction victims and their families?
Resources to assist child abduction victims and their families are available on the Child Abduction:... Read More

How many children have been abducted by non-family members?
The number of children abducted by non-family members is available in Nonfamily Abducted Children: N... Read More

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Publications

OVC and OVC-Sponsored Publications

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)
 
What You Can Do If You Are A Victim of Crime (2010) OVC, BC 000767. This OVC brochure explains the rights of victims of crime and the compensation and assistance resources available to them. It also lists national organizations that help victims find information or obtain referrals.
PDF | HTML
 
A Victim-Centered Approach to Crimes Against American Indian and Alaska Native Children (August 2008) OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 223 pages, NCJ 235247. This Guide is intended to give the legal drafting committees of tribal governments an overview of comparative federal, tribal, and state statutory provisions for the drafting of new or amended tribal child protection laws.
Abstract | PDF | DOC
 
Internet Crimes Against Children (December 2001) OVC, Bulletin, OVC Training, 8 pages, NCJ 184931. This document explores the nature of Internet crime and the complex challenges it poses for law enforcement personnel and victim service providers as they work to protect children. The document discusses challenges such as investigating geographically dispersed crimes, gathering evidence, and apprehending offenders while considering how best to respond to children and their families.
Abstract | PDF | HTML
Part Of the OVC Training Series
 

OJP Publications

AMBER Alert Best Practices (May 2012) OJJDP, Report, 64 pages, NCJ 232271. This guide is a compilation of the most effective and efficient strategies, provided by AMBER Alert partners and practitioners, for recovering missing or abducted children.
Abstract | PDF
 
Federal Resources on Missing and Exploited Children: A Directory for Law Enforcement and Other Public and Private Agencies Sixth Edition (May 2011) OJJDP, Report, 48 pages, NCJ 231619. Describes the federal services, programs, publications, and training sessions that address child sexual exploitation issues, child pornography, child abduction, Internet crime, and missing children cases.
Abstract | PDF
 
Guide for Implementing or Enhancing an Endangered Missing Advisory (March 2011) OJJDP, Report, 37 pages, NCJ 232001. Describes how a community can establish a task force to create an endangered missing advisory (EMA) plan, which creates voluntary partnerships to rapidly recover missing persons who do not fit the AMBER Alert criteria but who may be in danger. EMAs help law enforcement notify the general public that someone is missing and ultimately save lives. The guide provides directions for developing, activating, and sustaining an EMA plan and includes sample plans and press releases.
Abstract | PDF 888 KB
 
When Your Child Is Missing: A Family Survival Guide, Fourth Edition (May 2010) OJJDP, Report, 110 pages, NCJ 228735. This document serves to guide parents and family members whose children go missing.
Abstract | PDF 5 MB | PDF (Spanish Version)
 
The Crime of Family Abduction: A Child's and Parent's Perspective (May 2010) OJJDP, Report, 72 pages, NCJ 229933. This publication provides insight into the crime of family abduction from the perspective of both the child and the parent searching for their missing child.
Abstract | PDF 1 MB | PDF (Spanish Version)
 

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Related Resources

OVC Funded Resources

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.
 
Child Abduction: Resources for Victims and Families
This section of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Web site provides information about publications developed to support child abduction victims and their families.
 
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.
 
U.S. Department of State: Office of Children's Issues
The Office of Children's Issues, a division within Overseas Citizens Services, provides specific services to parents in intercountry adoption and international family abductions.
 

Non-Governmental Resources

Child Crisis Network
The goal of Child Crisis Network is to help locate and prevent missing children by making timely information accessible to the public though the use of leading-edge network technologies.
 
Child Find of America
This nonprofit charity works to locate missing children for free and works to prevent child abduction. Child Find performs investigations, distributes photos, mediates, and disseminates information to the public.
 
Child Quest International
Child Quest International is dedicated to the prevention and recovery of missing, abused, and exploited children.
 
Child Witness to Violence Project (CWVP)
CWVP is a counseling, advocacy, and outreach project that focuses on the growing number of young children who are bystanders to community and domestic violence.
 
Operation Lookout: National Center for Missing Youth
Operation Lookout is a nonprofit that provides multiple services free of charge, including social services, investigative casework, national photo and poster dissemination, reunification planning, and victim assistance for families with missing and exploited children who disappear before age 18. Assistance is available 24 hours a day.
 

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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 May 10 2011 at 2:00PM, Nadja Jones, Senior Community Development Specialist for the National Indian Child Welfare Association, hosted a discussion on Responding to Missing Children in Indian Country

On Jun 16 2010 at 2:00PM, Laurie Nathan, Manager of National Outreach and Partnerships NetSmartz Workshop, hosted a discussion on Preventing Child Victimization Associated with Technology

On May 19 2010 at 2:00PM, Debra Culberson, advisor to NamUs, and Duane Bowers, author of "Guiding Your Family Through Loss and Grief and A Child Is Missing: Providing Support for Families of Missing Children", hosted a discussion on Assisting Families of Missing or Unidentified Persons

On May 27 2008 at 2:00PM, Duane Bowers, LPC, and training consultant for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and Abby Potash, Program Manager for Team HOPE (Help Offering Parents Empowerment), hosted a discussion on Assisting Family Members of Missing Children

On May 23 2007 at 2:00PM, Laurie Caldwell, Senior Agent with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, and Bob Lowery, City Manager and Team Adam member, hosted a discussion on Addressing Cases With Missing or Unidentified Victims


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

Who can parents contact for assistance when their child has been abducted?
If you have not yet contacted the law enforcement regarding this matter, please do so immediately. A... Read More

How many missing and exploited children are there in the United States?
Missing and exploited children statistics are available from the National Incidence Studies on Missi... Read More

Are resources available to assist child abduction victims and their families?
Resources to assist child abduction victims and their families are available on the Child Abduction:... Read More

How many children have been abducted by non-family members?
The number of children abducted by non-family members is available in Nonfamily Abducted Children: N... Read More

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Funding

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14th National Indian Nations Conference: Justice for Victims of Crime
Palm Springs, CA
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