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OVC and OVC-Sponsored Publications

2016 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Guide (2016) OVC, 108 pages, NCJ 249210.
The 2016 NCVRW Resource Guide, released ahead of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 10 to 16, highlights this year’s theme, Serving Victims. Building Trust. Restoring Hope. The Guide includes user-friendly outreach tools and sample products, information on the history of victims’ rights in the United States, and practical ideas to show how serving victims and building trust restores hope and strengthens communities. The Guide is available in both English and Spanish.
Abstract | PDF (English) | PDF (Spanish) | HTML (English) | HTML (Spanish)
 
Office for Victims of Crime Snapshot Report: Data Summary from OVC's Trafficking Information Management System (TIMS), January 1 through December 31, 2012 (March 2016) OVC, NCJ 249680.
This report summarizes the activities of 39 OVC human trafficking victim services grantees from January 1, 2012, through December 31, 2012. It highlights key statistics on the trafficking population served, grantee collaborative partners, services provided, and outreach and training efforts supported by OVC funding.
PDF
 
Notifying Sexual Assault Victims After Testing Evidence (January 2016) OVC, NCJ 249153.
Using a victim-centered approach for notifying victims about the status of their sexual assault cases may help minimize the trauma a victim experiences when receiving this type of information, especially in older cases. This brochure explores the victim-centered approach that teams in Houston and Detroit used to develop victim notification protocols about the results of sexual assault kit (SAK) testing.
PDF
 
Faces of Human Trafficking (January 2016) OVC, NCJ 248754.
This video series and resource guide raise awareness of the seriousness of human trafficking, the many forms it can takes, and the important role that everyone can play in identifying and serving victims. This new multidisciplinary resource includes nine videos with Spanish subtitles; Public Service Announcements (PSAs) in English, Spanish, Thai, Hindi, and Tagalog; a discussion guide; four fact sheets; and four posters designed for service providers and allied professionals, law enforcement, the general public, and victims/survivors.
HTML
 
2016 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Poster (2015) OVC, PS000030.
The 2016 NCVRW Theme Poster evokes the theme-Serving Victims. Building Trust. Restoring Hope.—which underscores the importance of early intervention and victim services in establishing trust with victims, which in turn begins to restore their hope for healing and recovery. The poster is available for download in in color or black and white and can be customized by your organization before printing.
PDF (Color, 22' x 28') | PDF (Black and White, 22' x 28') | PDF (Customizable, Color) | PDF (Customizable, Black and White)
 

OJP Publications

Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women and Men: 2010 Findings From the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (May 2016) NIJ, Report, NIJ Research Report, 82 pages, NCJ 249736.
This report examines the prevalence of violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women and men, using a large nationally representative sample from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS). More specifically, it provides estimates of sexual violence, physical violence by intimate partners, stalking, and psychological aggression by intimate partners. It also provides estimates of interracial and intraracial victimizations and briefly examines the impact of violence. Results should be used to raise awareness and understanding about violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women and men.

Part Of the NIJ Research Report Series PDF
 
Campus Climate Survey Validation Study (CCSVS) Final Technical Report (January 2016) BJS, Report, 425 pages, NCJ 249545.
This report presents the results of a nine-school pilot test that was conducted to develop a campus climate survey that collects school-level data on sexual victimization of undergraduate students. The report includes estimates for each school on the prevalence and incidence of sexual assault, rape, and sexual battery during the 2014–15 academic year, as well as characteristics of the victims and incidents. It also provides estimates of the prevalence of sexual assault since entering college, during the student's lifetime, and examines the relationship between measures of campus climate and rates of sexual victimization.
Abstract | PDF
 
Notifying Sexual Assault Victims After Testing Evidence (January 2016) NIJ, NCJ 249153.
Using a victim-centered approach for notifying victims about the status of their sexual assault cases may help minimize the trauma a victim experiences when receiving this type of information, especially in older cases. This brochure explores the victim-centered approach that teams in Houston and Detroit used to develop victim notification protocols about the results of sexual assault kit (SAK) testing.
PDF
 
Victims of Identity Theft, 2014 (September 2015) BJS, Bulletin, BJS Bulletins, 26 pages, NCJ 248991.
This report presents findings on the prevalence and nature of identity theft during 2014. The report details the number and percentage of persons age 16 or older who reported at least one incident of identity theft over the past year. It describes how the personal information was obtained, financial losses due to identity theft, victim reporting to credit bureaus and police, and the impact of identity theft on victims’ lives. The report includes a lifetime prevalence rate for identity theft and information on the preventive actions taken to avoid becoming a victim of identity theft.

Part Of the BJS Bulletins Series Abstract | PDF (Summary) | PDF (Full Report)
 
Criminal Victimization, 2014 (August 2015) BJS, Bulletin, BJS Bulletins, 20 pages, NCJ 248973.
This bulletin presents 2014 estimates of rates and levels of criminal victimization in the United States, including 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 2013 and analyzes 10-year trends from 2005 through 2014.

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 Apr 7 2016 at 2:00PM, Kristian Hall, Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, North Carolina National Guard, and Yvonne Viel, Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, Test Wing, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, hosted a discussion on Confidentiality for Victims of Military Sexual Trauma

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

On Sep 16 2015 at 2:00PM, Stacy Malone, Esq., Executive Director of the Victim Rights Law Center, and Lindy Aldrich, Esq., Deputy Director of the Victim Rights Law Center’s Boston, hosted a discussion on Responding to Confidential Victim Disclosures on a College Campus

On Jun 25 2015 at 2:00PM, Catherine Thurston, Senior Director of Services and Training at Services & Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Elders (SAGE),, hosted a discussion on Elder Abuse in the LGBTQ Community

On May 14 2015 at 2:00PM, Raymond Goins, Sergeant, Norman (Oklahoma) Police Department, and Michael Milnor, Professor of Criminal Justice at Liberty University, hosted a discussion on Impact of Crime Scene Clean Up


How do I report elder abuse/exploitation?
If you or someone you know is in life-threatening danger, call 911. If the danger is not immediate, ... 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

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 murdered in the United States each year?
Statistics on homicide can be accessed via the Homicide Trends in the United States section of the B... Read More

How many crime victims know the person who committed the crime against them?
The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) report, Criminal Victimization in the United States, Statisti... Read More

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FY 2016 Using Telemedicine Technology to Enhance Access to Sexual Assault Forensic Exams (PDF 224 kb)
Deadline: 07/28/2016
OVC will make awards under two purpose areas to develop or enhance statewide telemedicine programs to deliver expert Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner guidance and support to medical professionals conducting sexual assault forensic exams in state correctional facilities, institutions of higher education, and rural and tribal communities. OVC will make one award of up to $1.2 million under purpose area one for the demonstration project to develop or enhance access, within their state, to sexual assault forensic exams for adult and adolescent victims of sexual assault using telemedicine technology in underserved communities. Under purpose area two, OVC will make one award of up to $300,000 to one technical assistance (TA) provider to support the demonstration site. Apply by July 28, 2016.


FY 2016 Building and Enhancing Partnerships to Support Incarcerated Survivors of Sexual Abuse (PDF 218 kb)
Deadline: 07/25/2016
OVC will make approximately 4 awards of up to $300,000 each to support the development and enhancement of partnerships between correctional agencies and community-based victim service providers with the goal of increasing access to outside support services for incarcerated survivors of sexual abuse. Eligible applicants shall be nonprofit organizations (including tribal nonprofit organizations) with demonstrated knowledge of and experience with providing support services to victims of sexual abuse and/or rape crisis coalitions and a strong desire to provide victim support services to incarcerated survivors of sexual abuse. Applicants are urged to begin in advance of the July 25, 2016, deadline.


FY 2016 Fellowship Program (PDF 398 kb)
Deadline: 07/11/2016
OVC seeks fellowship proposals that further the goals of Vision 21 by supporting OVC’s efforts to provide training, technical assistance, capacity building, assessment, or strategic planning. Through these cooperative agreements, OVC will make one award for each of the nine purpose areas of up to $150,000 to individuals to work with OVC on Human Trafficking Task Forces, Human Trafficking Survivor-Informed Services, Mass Violence and Terrorism, Post-Conviction Victim Services, Underserved Victims of Sexual Assault, Victim Services in Law Enforcement and Prosecution, Services for Male Victims, Model Standards for Victim Assistance, and Child Sexual Exploitation. Applicants are urged to begin in advance of the July 11, 2016, deadline.

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Publications

OVC and OVC-Sponsored Publications

2016 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Guide (2016) OVC, 108 pages, NCJ 249210. The 2016 NCVRW Resource Guide, released ahead of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 10 to 16, highlights this year’s theme, Serving Victims. Building Trust. Restoring Hope. The Guide includes user-friendly outreach tools and sample products, information on the history of victims’ rights in the United States, and practical ideas to show how serving victims and building trust restores hope and strengthens communities. The Guide is available in both English and Spanish.
Abstract | PDF (English) | PDF (Spanish) | HTML (English) | HTML (Spanish)
 
Office for Victims of Crime Snapshot Report: Data Summary from OVC's Trafficking Information Management System (TIMS), January 1 through December 31, 2012 (March 2016) OVC, NCJ 249680. This report summarizes the activities of 39 OVC human trafficking victim services grantees from January 1, 2012, through December 31, 2012. It highlights key statistics on the trafficking population served, grantee collaborative partners, services provided, and outreach and training efforts supported by OVC funding.
PDF
 
Notifying Sexual Assault Victims After Testing Evidence (January 2016) OVC, NCJ 249153. Using a victim-centered approach for notifying victims about the status of their sexual assault cases may help minimize the trauma a victim experiences when receiving this type of information, especially in older cases. This brochure explores the victim-centered approach that teams in Houston and Detroit used to develop victim notification protocols about the results of sexual assault kit (SAK) testing.
PDF
 
Faces of Human Trafficking (January 2016) OVC, NCJ 248754. This video series and resource guide raise awareness of the seriousness of human trafficking, the many forms it can takes, and the important role that everyone can play in identifying and serving victims. This new multidisciplinary resource includes nine videos with Spanish subtitles; Public Service Announcements (PSAs) in English, Spanish, Thai, Hindi, and Tagalog; a discussion guide; four fact sheets; and four posters designed for service providers and allied professionals, law enforcement, the general public, and victims/survivors.
HTML
 
2016 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Poster (2015) OVC, PS000030. The 2016 NCVRW Theme Poster evokes the theme-Serving Victims. Building Trust. Restoring Hope.—which underscores the importance of early intervention and victim services in establishing trust with victims, which in turn begins to restore their hope for healing and recovery. The poster is available for download in in color or black and white and can be customized by your organization before printing.
PDF (Color, 22' x 28') | PDF (Black and White, 22' x 28') | PDF (Customizable, Color) | PDF (Customizable, Black and White)
 

OJP Publications

Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women and Men: 2010 Findings From the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (May 2016) NIJ, Report, NIJ Research Report, 82 pages, NCJ 249736. This report examines the prevalence of violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women and men, using a large nationally representative sample from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS). More specifically, it provides estimates of sexual violence, physical violence by intimate partners, stalking, and psychological aggression by intimate partners. It also provides estimates of interracial and intraracial victimizations and briefly examines the impact of violence. Results should be used to raise awareness and understanding about violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women and men.
Part Of the NIJ Research Report Series
PDF
 
Campus Climate Survey Validation Study (CCSVS) Final Technical Report (January 2016) BJS, Report, 425 pages, NCJ 249545. This report presents the results of a nine-school pilot test that was conducted to develop a campus climate survey that collects school-level data on sexual victimization of undergraduate students. The report includes estimates for each school on the prevalence and incidence of sexual assault, rape, and sexual battery during the 2014–15 academic year, as well as characteristics of the victims and incidents. It also provides estimates of the prevalence of sexual assault since entering college, during the student's lifetime, and examines the relationship between measures of campus climate and rates of sexual victimization.
Abstract | PDF
 
Notifying Sexual Assault Victims After Testing Evidence (January 2016) NIJ, NCJ 249153. Using a victim-centered approach for notifying victims about the status of their sexual assault cases may help minimize the trauma a victim experiences when receiving this type of information, especially in older cases. This brochure explores the victim-centered approach that teams in Houston and Detroit used to develop victim notification protocols about the results of sexual assault kit (SAK) testing.
PDF
 
Victims of Identity Theft, 2014 (September 2015) BJS, Bulletin, BJS Bulletins, 26 pages, NCJ 248991. This report presents findings on the prevalence and nature of identity theft during 2014. The report details the number and percentage of persons age 16 or older who reported at least one incident of identity theft over the past year. It describes how the personal information was obtained, financial losses due to identity theft, victim reporting to credit bureaus and police, and the impact of identity theft on victims’ lives. The report includes a lifetime prevalence rate for identity theft and information on the preventive actions taken to avoid becoming a victim of identity theft.
Part Of the BJS Bulletins Series
Abstract | PDF (Summary) | PDF (Full Report)
 
Criminal Victimization, 2014 (August 2015) BJS, Bulletin, BJS Bulletins, 20 pages, NCJ 248973. This bulletin presents 2014 estimates of rates and levels of criminal victimization in the United States, including 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 2013 and analyzes 10-year trends from 2005 through 2014.
Part Of the BJS Bulletins Series
Abstract | PDF | TEXT
 

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Related Resources

OVC Funded Resources

ARC Community Services, Inc.
ARC Community Services, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit, 501(c)3 agency providing innovative, women responsive, strengths-based, family focused, community-based wraparound services since 1976, to women and their children/families in the Metropolitan Area of Madison, Wisconsin. With funding from OVC, ARC provides services for victims of human trafficking.
 
Identity Theft Victim Assistance Network Project
The Maryland Crime Victims' Resource Center, Inc. (MCVRC), with funding from OVC, this project seeks to improve the response (infrastructure, training, outreach tools, and direct victim assistance services) to victims of identity theft nationwide.
 
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.
 
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.
 
The Use of Technology to Stalk: An Online Course
Produced by the Stalking Resource Center of the National Center for Victims of Crime with funding from OVC, this free self-paced, interactive online training will help increase the ability of criminal justice professionals and victim service providers to recognize how stalkers use technology and, ultimately, enhance their ability to work with victims of stalking. This course highlights: how stalkers use technologies to locate, harass, and surveil their victims; steps to assist in investigating stalking crimes; and how to support victims of stalking.
 

Federal Resources

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI): Tips and Public Leads
If you would like to provide information pertaining to the criminal acts or other possible terrorist activity, please report any information to your local Federal Bureau of Investigation field office. You also may use the Web site to report electronically over a secure Internet connection.
 
NCJRS: Campus Safety Awareness Special Feature
To address the need for resources and strategies related to crime and safety at campuses of higher education, NCJRS presents this compilation of publications and related materials focusing on campus safety.
 
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA): Workplace Violence
The Workplace Violence section of the OSHA site links to a variety of reference materials on the prevention of workplace violence.
 
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
The USCIS within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) offers this Web page of federal agency links to information about the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000, implementation of the law, and victim benefits and services.
 
White House: End Human Trafficking
This section on the White House Web site provides updates on the Administration's actions to combat human trafficking and assist trafficking victims.
 

Non-Governmental Resources

Family Research Laboratory (FRL)
FRL works to understand family violence and the impact of violence in families.
 
National Center For Child Death Review
The National Center for Child Death Review promotes, supports and enhances child death review methodology and activities at the community, state, and national levels.
 
National Stalking Awareness Month
The Stalking Resource Center of the National Center for Victims of Crime presents a versatile set of resources to help plan the observance of National Stalking Awareness Month and outreach throughout the year.
 
The CASE Partnership
The CASE Partnership, a unique collaboration of prosecutors and faith communities that provides elder fraud prevention, crime detection and reporting, and victim support, is expanding from the Denver area throughout the United States. Fraud Alerts and clergy training sessions are among the proactive efforts being undertaken as a result of this partnership.
 
Witness Justice
Witness Justice provides trauma victims and their loved ones with resources that promote physical, psychological, and spiritual healing. The site features access to experts, message boards, and other print and electronic victim resources.
 

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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 Apr 7 2016 at 2:00PM, Kristian Hall, Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, North Carolina National Guard, and Yvonne Viel, Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, Test Wing, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, hosted a discussion on Confidentiality for Victims of Military Sexual Trauma

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

On Sep 16 2015 at 2:00PM, Stacy Malone, Esq., Executive Director of the Victim Rights Law Center, and Lindy Aldrich, Esq., Deputy Director of the Victim Rights Law Center’s Boston, hosted a discussion on Responding to Confidential Victim Disclosures on a College Campus

On Jun 25 2015 at 2:00PM, Catherine Thurston, Senior Director of Services and Training at Services & Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Elders (SAGE),, hosted a discussion on Elder Abuse in the LGBTQ Community

On May 14 2015 at 2:00PM, Raymond Goins, Sergeant, Norman (Oklahoma) Police Department, and Michael Milnor, Professor of Criminal Justice at Liberty University, hosted a discussion on Impact of Crime Scene Clean Up


FAQs

How do I report elder abuse/exploitation?
If you or someone you know is in life-threatening danger, call 911. If the danger is not immediate, ... 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

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 murdered in the United States each year?
Statistics on homicide can be accessed via the Homicide Trends in the United States section of the B... Read More

How many crime victims know the person who committed the crime against them?
The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) report, Criminal Victimization in the United States, Statisti... Read More

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Funding

FY 2016 Using Telemedicine Technology to Enhance Access to Sexual Assault Forensic Exams (PDF 224 kb)
Deadline: 07/28/2016
OVC will make awards under two purpose areas to develop or enhance statewide telemedicine programs to deliver expert Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner guidance and support to medical professionals conducting sexual assault forensic exams in state correctional facilities, institutions of higher education, and rural and tribal communities. OVC will make one award of up to $1.2 million under purpose area one for the demonstration project to develop or enhance access, within their state, to sexual assault forensic exams for adult and adolescent victims of sexual assault using telemedicine technology in underserved communities. Under purpose area two, OVC will make one award of up to $300,000 to one technical assistance (TA) provider to support the demonstration site. Apply by July 28, 2016.


FY 2016 Building and Enhancing Partnerships to Support Incarcerated Survivors of Sexual Abuse (PDF 218 kb)
Deadline: 07/25/2016
OVC will make approximately 4 awards of up to $300,000 each to support the development and enhancement of partnerships between correctional agencies and community-based victim service providers with the goal of increasing access to outside support services for incarcerated survivors of sexual abuse. Eligible applicants shall be nonprofit organizations (including tribal nonprofit organizations) with demonstrated knowledge of and experience with providing support services to victims of sexual abuse and/or rape crisis coalitions and a strong desire to provide victim support services to incarcerated survivors of sexual abuse. Applicants are urged to begin in advance of the July 25, 2016, deadline.


FY 2016 Fellowship Program (PDF 398 kb)
Deadline: 07/11/2016
OVC seeks fellowship proposals that further the goals of Vision 21 by supporting OVC’s efforts to provide training, technical assistance, capacity building, assessment, or strategic planning. Through these cooperative agreements, OVC will make one award for each of the nine purpose areas of up to $150,000 to individuals to work with OVC on Human Trafficking Task Forces, Human Trafficking Survivor-Informed Services, Mass Violence and Terrorism, Post-Conviction Victim Services, Underserved Victims of Sexual Assault, Victim Services in Law Enforcement and Prosecution, Services for Male Victims, Model Standards for Victim Assistance, and Child Sexual Exploitation. Applicants are urged to begin in advance of the July 11, 2016, deadline.

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National Calendar of Crime Victim Assistance-Related Events
Upcoming Event(s)
2016 National Center for Victims of Crime National Training Institute
Philadelphia, PA
09/19/2016-09/21/2016

Online Directory of Crime Victims Services.