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Being a victim of crime and navigating the criminal justice system is oftentimes a frightening and unsettling experience. Because of funding authorized under the 1984 Victims of Crime Act and the dedicated efforts of advocates, lawmakers, victim service providers, and crime victims, an extensive range of services and resources is available to help victims heal and obtain justice. Additionally, today, every state and many tribes have a body of basic statutory rights and protections for victims of crime, as does the federal government. These victims' rights statutes have significantly influenced the manner in which victims are treated within the federal, state, tribal, and local criminal justice systems.

The following resources provide information on victims' rights and the services available to victims of crime.


OVC and OVC-Sponsored Publications

Developing an Elder Abuse Case Review Multidisciplinary Team in Your Community (May 2017) OVC-Sponsored, Grant, NCJ 250736.
This resource facilitates the development and growth of multidisciplinary teams to address elder abuse cases. It also provides information about team structures and functions, along with common issues that arise with developing a case review team.
HTML
 
Alcohol-Facilitated Sexual Assault in Indian Country (December 2016) OVC, OVC Videos, 3 pages, NCJ 250235.
This four-video series is designed for criminal justice personnel, victim advocates, and allied professionals who work with victims of sexual assault in Indian Country. The videos in this series seek to increase awareness about the prevalence of alcohol-facilitated sexual violence, enhance the investigation and prosecution of sexual violence, and provide best practices for responding to victims
Abstract | HTML
Part Of the OVC Videos Series
 
Partners in Justice - Bureau of Indian Affairs Victim Specialists (December 2016) OVC, OVC Videos, 2 pages, NCJ 250461.
This video presents an overview of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Victim Specialist Program. The video, prepared by OVC and BIA, identifies some of the program’s successes and challenges providing services to victims of crime in Indian Country.
Abstract | HTML
Part Of the OVC Videos Series
 
Faces of Human Trafficking (January 2016) OVC, 10 pages, 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.
Abstract | 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
 

OJP Publications

Examining Criminal Justice Responses to and Help-Seeking Patterns of Sexual Violence Survivors With Disabilities (June 2016) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 87 pages, NCJ 250196.
The goal of this study used is to better understand the criminal justice experience of persons with disabilities that report a sexual assault or rape to the authorities. Results suggest that current criminal justice structures are not sufficient to provide support for one of the highest-risk adult populations for sexual assault and victimization in the U.S.
Abstract | PDF
 
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
 
No More Rights Without Remedies: An Impact Evaluation of the National Crime Victim Law Institute's Victims' Rights Clinics, Final Technical Report (2012) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 125 pages, NCJ 241752.
This grant report evaluates the National Crime Victim Law Institute's (NCVLI) victims' rights clinics. The clinics were designed to increase awareness of victims' rights among criminal justice professionals and to respond to violations of rights through legal advocacy. The current report examines the clinics' impact on the expansion of rights for victims, on court officials' attitudes toward victims' rights, on the extent to which victims' rights are honored in the criminal disposition process, and on the treatment of victims' rights in the print media. It also includes a discussion of sustainability of the clinics.
Abstract | PDF
 
Elder Abuse Emerges From the Shadows of Public Consciousness (April 2010) NIJ, Article, NIJ Journal, 4 pages, NCJ 229883.
This article reports on two studies sponsored by the National Institute of Justice that examined the prevalence of elder abuse and its detection through the forensic examination of the difference between accidental and inflicted bruising. The article concludes with descriptions of elder abuse cases in which prosecutors and victim-witness advocates have cooperated in gaining convictions of perpetrators of elder abuse.

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Finally Getting Victims Their Due: A Process Evaluation of the NCVLI Victims' Rights Clinics (August 2009) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 298 pages, NCJ 228389.
This report describes a process evaluation of the National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI) State and Federal victims' rights clinics, which were established to promote awareness, education, and enforcement of crime victims' rights in the criminal justice system.
Abstract | PDF
 

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Being a victim of crime and navigating the criminal justice system is oftentimes a frightening and unsettling experience. Because of funding authorized under the 1984 Victims of Crime Act and the dedicated efforts of advocates, lawmakers, victim service providers, and crime victims, an extensive range of services and resources is available to help victims heal and obtain justice. Additionally, today, every state and many tribes have a body of basic statutory rights and protections for victims of crime, as does the federal government. These victims' rights statutes have significantly influenced the manner in which victims are treated within the federal, state, tribal, and local criminal justice systems.

The following resources provide information on victims' rights and the services available to victims of crime.


Being a victim of crime and navigating the criminal justice system is oftentimes a frightening and unsettling experience. Because of funding authorized under the 1984 Victims of Crime Act and the dedicated efforts of advocates, lawmakers, victim service providers, and crime victims, an extensive range of services and resources is available to help victims heal and obtain justice. Additionally, today, every state and many tribes have a body of basic statutory rights and protections for victims of crime, as does the federal government. These victims' rights statutes have significantly influenced the manner in which victims are treated within the federal, state, tribal, and local criminal justice systems.

The following resources provide information on victims' rights and the services available to victims of crime.


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 Aug 12 2015 at 2:00PM, Jessica Alas, J.D., attorney with Lone Star Legal Aid in Houston, and Meg Garvin, M.A., J.D., Executive Director of the National Crime Victim Law Institute, hosted a discussion on Addressing the Legal Needs of Crime Victims

On Apr 22 2015 at 2:00PM, Teresa Huizar, Executive Director of National Children's Alliance, and Rebecca Khalil, J.D., staff attorney with the National Crime Victim Law Institute, hosted a discussion on Child Victims: Providing Effective Rights Enforcement Representation

On Aug 27 2014 at 2:00PM, Jessica Alas, attorney with Lone Star Legal Aid and Project Director for the Wraparound Victim Legal Assistance Network, and Raina Bayas, Legal Director of the Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center, hosted a discussion on Victim Legal Assistance Networks: Needs Assessment/Planning Implementation

On Jun 5 2013 at 2:00PM, Robin Parker, Executive Director of the Beyond Diversity Resource Center, and Sharon Stapel, Executive Director of the New York City Anti-Violence Project, hosted a discussion on Incorporating LGBTQ Victims’ Needs into Mainstream Victim Services

On Mar 6 2013 at 2:00PM, Jean Bruggeman, Human Trafficking Fellow with the Office for Victims of Crime, and Robin Hassler Thompson, consultant on issues related to human trafficking and domestic and sexual violence law and policy, hosted a discussion on Meeting Legal Needs of Adult and Minor Victims of Human Trafficking

Being a victim of crime and navigating the criminal justice system is oftentimes a frightening and unsettling experience. Because of funding authorized under the 1984 Victims of Crime Act and the dedicated efforts of advocates, lawmakers, victim service providers, and crime victims, an extensive range of services and resources is available to help victims heal and obtain justice. Additionally, today, every state and many tribes have a body of basic statutory rights and protections for victims of crime, as does the federal government. These victims' rights statutes have significantly influenced the manner in which victims are treated within the federal, state, tribal, and local criminal justice systems.

The following resources provide information on victims' rights and the services available to victims of crime.


How many States have a bill of rights for victims?
A listing States with a bill of rights for crime victims is available on the National Center for Vic... Read More

What rights and services are available to crime victims?
An extensive range of services and resources is available to help crime victims obtain justice and h... Read More

Where can I conduct legal research relating to victims' rights?
If you’re interested in conducting legal research relating to crime victims, visit the VictimLaw and... Read More

When will National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) be observed in 2017?
The National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) observance will be held on April 2-8, 2017. You may ... Read More

Where can I find information on the Federal victim notification system?
Federal victim notification information is available on the Department of Justice's Victim Notificat... Read More

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Being a victim of crime and navigating the criminal justice system is oftentimes a frightening and unsettling experience. Because of funding authorized under the 1984 Victims of Crime Act and the dedicated efforts of advocates, lawmakers, victim service providers, and crime victims, an extensive range of services and resources is available to help victims heal and obtain justice. Additionally, today, every state and many tribes have a body of basic statutory rights and protections for victims of crime, as does the federal government. These victims' rights statutes have significantly influenced the manner in which victims are treated within the federal, state, tribal, and local criminal justice systems.

The following resources provide information on victims' rights and the services available to victims of crime.


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Being a victim of crime and navigating the criminal justice system is oftentimes a frightening and unsettling experience. Because of funding authorized under the 1984 Victims of Crime Act and the dedicated efforts of advocates, lawmakers, victim service providers, and crime victims, an extensive range of services and resources is available to help victims heal and obtain justice. Additionally, today, every state and many tribes have a body of basic statutory rights and protections for victims of crime, as does the federal government. These victims' rights statutes have significantly influenced the manner in which victims are treated within the federal, state, tribal, and local criminal justice systems.

The following resources provide information on victims' rights and the services available to victims of crime.


Publications

OVC and OVC-Sponsored Publications

Developing an Elder Abuse Case Review Multidisciplinary Team in Your Community (May 2017) OVC-Sponsored, Grant, NCJ 250736. This resource facilitates the development and growth of multidisciplinary teams to address elder abuse cases. It also provides information about team structures and functions, along with common issues that arise with developing a case review team.
HTML
 
Alcohol-Facilitated Sexual Assault in Indian Country (December 2016) OVC, OVC Videos, 3 pages, NCJ 250235. This four-video series is designed for criminal justice personnel, victim advocates, and allied professionals who work with victims of sexual assault in Indian Country. The videos in this series seek to increase awareness about the prevalence of alcohol-facilitated sexual violence, enhance the investigation and prosecution of sexual violence, and provide best practices for responding to victims
Abstract | HTML
Part Of the OVC Videos Series
 
Partners in Justice - Bureau of Indian Affairs Victim Specialists (December 2016) OVC, OVC Videos, 2 pages, NCJ 250461. This video presents an overview of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Victim Specialist Program. The video, prepared by OVC and BIA, identifies some of the program’s successes and challenges providing services to victims of crime in Indian Country.
Abstract | HTML
Part Of the OVC Videos Series
 
Faces of Human Trafficking (January 2016) OVC, 10 pages, 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.
Abstract | 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
 

OJP Publications

Examining Criminal Justice Responses to and Help-Seeking Patterns of Sexual Violence Survivors With Disabilities (June 2016) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 87 pages, NCJ 250196. The goal of this study used is to better understand the criminal justice experience of persons with disabilities that report a sexual assault or rape to the authorities. Results suggest that current criminal justice structures are not sufficient to provide support for one of the highest-risk adult populations for sexual assault and victimization in the U.S.
Abstract | PDF
 
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
 
No More Rights Without Remedies: An Impact Evaluation of the National Crime Victim Law Institute's Victims' Rights Clinics, Final Technical Report (2012) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 125 pages, NCJ 241752. This grant report evaluates the National Crime Victim Law Institute's (NCVLI) victims' rights clinics. The clinics were designed to increase awareness of victims' rights among criminal justice professionals and to respond to violations of rights through legal advocacy. The current report examines the clinics' impact on the expansion of rights for victims, on court officials' attitudes toward victims' rights, on the extent to which victims' rights are honored in the criminal disposition process, and on the treatment of victims' rights in the print media. It also includes a discussion of sustainability of the clinics.
Abstract | PDF
 
Elder Abuse Emerges From the Shadows of Public Consciousness (April 2010) NIJ, Article, NIJ Journal, 4 pages, NCJ 229883. This article reports on two studies sponsored by the National Institute of Justice that examined the prevalence of elder abuse and its detection through the forensic examination of the difference between accidental and inflicted bruising. The article concludes with descriptions of elder abuse cases in which prosecutors and victim-witness advocates have cooperated in gaining convictions of perpetrators of elder abuse.
Part Of the NIJ Journal Series
Abstract | PDF | HTML
 
Finally Getting Victims Their Due: A Process Evaluation of the NCVLI Victims' Rights Clinics (August 2009) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 298 pages, NCJ 228389. This report describes a process evaluation of the National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI) State and Federal victims' rights clinics, which were established to promote awareness, education, and enforcement of crime victims' rights in the criminal justice system.
Abstract | PDF
 

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Related Resources

OVC Funded Resources

National Alliance of Victims' Rights Attorneys (NAVRA)
A project of the National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI) and partially funded through a grant from OVC, NAVRA is a membership alliance of attorneys and advocates committed to the protection, enforcement, and advancement of crime victims' rights nationwide.
 
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.
 
Office for Victims of Crime (OVC): Human Trafficking
OVC’s human trafficking Web site contains a wide range of information including resources and research from the Federal Government, publications and products from OVC, local and national direct assistance information, and related funding opportunities for victims and survivors of human trafficking, victim service providers, law enforcement, and allied professionals.
 
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.
 
WomensLaw.org
A project of the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), this Web site provides state-specific legal information and resources for survivors of domestic violence.
 

Federal Resources

Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA): Office of the Victims' Rights Ombudsman
A crime victim may file a complaint against any employee of the U.S. Department of Justice who violates or fails to provide the rights established under the Crime Victims' Rights Act of 2004, 18 U.S.C. Section 3771. The Department of Justice has established the Office of the Victims' Rights Ombudsman to receive and investigate complaints filed by crime victims against its employees, and has implemented Procedures To Promote Compliance With Crime Victims' Rights Obligations, 28 C.F.R. Section 45.10.
 
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.
 

Non-Governmental Resources

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ): Domestic Violence
NCJFCJ’s Family Violence Department has researched state domestic violence laws over the past 8 years from the 50 states, District of Columbia, and most U.S. territories and has compiled them into a comprehensive statutes database.
 
National Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Association
NCASAA provides advocacy, public education, and resources for CASA programs across the country. The association also trains CASA volunteers, who work to find safe, permanent homes for abused and neglected children.
 
National Crime Victim Bar Association (NCVBA)
NCVBA educates attorneys, victim service providers, and the general public about civil legal remedies for crime victims. It also refers crime victims to civil attorneys in their local area.
 
National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI)
NCVLI is an educational institution dedicated to promoting a fair and balanced criminal justice system through legal education, legal scholarship, legal information resources, and legal advocacy. NCVLI’s attorney staff accomplishes this mission by filing amicus curiae (friend of the court) briefs in cases nationwide advocating for victims’ rights; providing legal technical assistance to attorneys who represent crime victims, and conducting trainings all across the country on victims’ rights for attorneys, law students and victim services providers.
 
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 Aug 12 2015 at 2:00PM, Jessica Alas, J.D., attorney with Lone Star Legal Aid in Houston, and Meg Garvin, M.A., J.D., Executive Director of the National Crime Victim Law Institute, hosted a discussion on Addressing the Legal Needs of Crime Victims

On Apr 22 2015 at 2:00PM, Teresa Huizar, Executive Director of National Children's Alliance, and Rebecca Khalil, J.D., staff attorney with the National Crime Victim Law Institute, hosted a discussion on Child Victims: Providing Effective Rights Enforcement Representation

On Aug 27 2014 at 2:00PM, Jessica Alas, attorney with Lone Star Legal Aid and Project Director for the Wraparound Victim Legal Assistance Network, and Raina Bayas, Legal Director of the Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center, hosted a discussion on Victim Legal Assistance Networks: Needs Assessment/Planning Implementation

On Jun 5 2013 at 2:00PM, Robin Parker, Executive Director of the Beyond Diversity Resource Center, and Sharon Stapel, Executive Director of the New York City Anti-Violence Project, hosted a discussion on Incorporating LGBTQ Victims’ Needs into Mainstream Victim Services

On Mar 6 2013 at 2:00PM, Jean Bruggeman, Human Trafficking Fellow with the Office for Victims of Crime, and Robin Hassler Thompson, consultant on issues related to human trafficking and domestic and sexual violence law and policy, hosted a discussion on Meeting Legal Needs of Adult and Minor Victims of Human Trafficking


FAQs

How many States have a bill of rights for victims?
A listing States with a bill of rights for crime victims is available on the National Center for Vic... Read More

What rights and services are available to crime victims?
An extensive range of services and resources is available to help crime victims obtain justice and h... Read More

Where can I conduct legal research relating to victims' rights?
If you’re interested in conducting legal research relating to crime victims, visit the VictimLaw and... Read More

When will National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) be observed in 2017?
The National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) observance will be held on April 2-8, 2017. You may ... Read More

Where can I find information on the Federal victim notification system?
Federal victim notification information is available on the Department of Justice's Victim Notificat... Read More

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