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Victim and witness assistance programs ensure that victims and witnesses of crimes are treated with fairness and respect, afforded their rights, and provided with the services they need to help ease the impact of victimization. Victim and witness assistance services include, but are not limited to, crisis intervention, emergency shelter and transportation, counseling, and criminal justice advocacy. All states and most territories receive annual state victim assistance program formula grants that must be used to support local community-based organizations and public agencies that provide services directly to victims.

The following resources provide additional information about victim and witness assistance programs and services.


OVC and OVC-Sponsored Publications

Through Our Eyes: Children, Violence, and Trauma (April 2014) OVC, 0 pages, NCJ 241394.
This video series addresses the needs of children exposed to crime, abuse, and violence; highlights major issues in child victimization; identifies promising practices for service providers and others working with young victims; and shows how trauma-informed care can help child victims recover to lead healthy, productive lives. A companion resource guide accompanies each video and public awareness posters are available for download.
Abstract | HTML
 
2014 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Theme DVD and CD-ROM (February 2014) OVC, 0 pages, NCJ 243539.
The 2014 NCVRW Theme DVD highlights progress made since the passage of the Victims of Crime Act in 1984 that makes victim services and rights more open, inclusive, and flexible. The CD-ROM contains all 2014 NCVRW Resource Guide content, including the artwork in three electronic formats (JPEG, fillable PDF, and Adobe Creative Suite files) in both color and black and white.
Abstract | HTML
 
Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States 2013-2017 (January 2014) OVC, 84 pages, NCJ 244569.
This report was developed by the Departments of Justice, Health and Human Services, and Homeland Security, in partnership with the member agencies of the President's Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons and other federal agencies. The plan discusses goals and objectives and the actions that federal agencies will take to ensure that all victims of human trafficking in the U.S. are identified and have access to the services they need to recover.
PDF
 
2014 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Guide (January 2014) OVC, 150 pages, NCJ 243538.
The 2014 NCVRW Resource Guide includes a wide array of user-friendly outreach tools, current statistics on victimization, information on the history of victims' rights in the United States, and concrete, practical ideas on how your community can help restore the balance of justice for crime victims. Hardcopy versions of this year's Guide include Introductory Materials and NCVRW Resource Guide Artwork which can be ordered through the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) at www.ncjrs.gov. Hardcopies of the 2014 NCVRW Theme DVD and CD-ROM contain additional campaign material and can also be ordered at www.ncjrs.gov.
Abstract | PDF | HTML
 
2014 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Poster (2013) OVC, PS000026.
The 2014 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) theme poster is available for download in 11" x 17" in color and black and white and can be customized for your organization before printing. You also may order the 22" x 28" color version in English, which features the theme colors of blue and black through the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) by visiting www.ncjrs.gov. A Spanish version is also available for download.
PDF (11 x 17 Color) | PDF (11 x 17 Black & White) | PDF (22 x 28 Color) | PDF (22 x 28 Black & White) | PDF (Spanish Version)
 

OJP Publications

Practical Implications of Current Intimate Partner Violence Research for Victim Advocates and Service Providers (January 2013) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 260 pages, NCJ 244348.
This report expands and enhances the 2009 report titled "Practical Implications of Current Domestic Violence Research: For Law Enforcement, Prosecutors and Judges" to address the practical implications of current domestic violence research for victim advocates and service providers.
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
 
OJP 2012 Program Plan: Resources for the Criminal Justice and Juvenile Justice Field (April 2012) OJP, Report, NCJ 238383.
The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Program Plan is a searchable online document of funding opportunities and new initiatives. It features the latest and most complete information regarding both competitive and noncompetitive grants, training and technical assistance, research, and other resources available to the justice community, divided into nine thematically organized sections.
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Use of Victim Service Agencies by Victims of Serious Violent Crime, 1993-2009 (August 2011) BJS, Report, BJS Special Reports, 16 pages, NCJ 234212.
Presents data from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) on trends in the percentage of serious violent crime victims who received help or advice from a victim service agency from 1993 to 2009.

Part Of the BJS Special Reports Series Abstract | PDF | TEXT
 
Effectiveness of Coordinated Outreach in Intimate Partner Violence Cases: A Randomized, Longitudinal Design (March 2011) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 142 pages, NCJ 238480.
The current study tested the prediction that early coordinated victim outreach would improve criminal justice outcomes as well as increase victim safety and empowerment among victims of intimate partner violence (IPV). In collaboration with research, criminal justice, and community-based partners, this project evaluated an innovative outreach program for racially and ethnically diverse IPV victims whose cases had come to the attention of the criminal justice system.
Abstract | PDF
 

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Victim and witness assistance programs ensure that victims and witnesses of crimes are treated with fairness and respect, afforded their rights, and provided with the services they need to help ease the impact of victimization. Victim and witness assistance services include, but are not limited to, crisis intervention, emergency shelter and transportation, counseling, and criminal justice advocacy. All states and most territories receive annual state victim assistance program formula grants that must be used to support local community-based organizations and public agencies that provide services directly to victims.

The following resources provide additional information about victim and witness assistance programs and services.


Victim and witness assistance programs ensure that victims and witnesses of crimes are treated with fairness and respect, afforded their rights, and provided with the services they need to help ease the impact of victimization. Victim and witness assistance services include, but are not limited to, crisis intervention, emergency shelter and transportation, counseling, and criminal justice advocacy. All states and most territories receive annual state victim assistance program formula grants that must be used to support local community-based organizations and public agencies that provide services directly to victims.

The following resources provide additional information about victim and witness assistance programs and services.


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 23 2014 at 2:00PM, Dr David Corwin, President of the Academy on Violence and Abuse, Professor in Pediatrics Department at University of Utah, and Dr James Henry, Cofounder and Project Director for the Western Michigan University (WMU) Children's Trauma Assessment Center, hosted a discussion on Implications of Adverse Childhood Experiences for Practitioners

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

On Mar 26 2014 at 2:00PM, Joshua Bailes, Esq., Program Manager and Referral Specialist for the National Center for Victims of Crime and the National Crime Victim Bar Associatio, and Christine Kieffer, Senior Director of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc., (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation, hosted a discussion on Helping Victims of Financial Fraud

On Mar 12 2014 at 2:00PM, Steve Dakai, Director of Maehnowesekiyah Wellness Center for the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, and Program Manager for the Menominee Indian Tri, and Lydia Watts, Deputy Director of the District of Columbia Access to Justice Commission, hosted a discussion on Addressing the Holistic Needs of Crime Victims

On Feb 28 2014 at 2:00PM, Parry Aftab, J.D., lawyer and child advocate who specializes in cyberlaw, cyberbullying and cyberharassment, cybercrime, and privacy, and Laurel Broten, public policy expert, lawyer, and crime victims advocate, hosted a discussion on Teen Victimization in the Digital Age

Victim and witness assistance programs ensure that victims and witnesses of crimes are treated with fairness and respect, afforded their rights, and provided with the services they need to help ease the impact of victimization. Victim and witness assistance services include, but are not limited to, crisis intervention, emergency shelter and transportation, counseling, and criminal justice advocacy. All states and most territories receive annual state victim assistance program formula grants that must be used to support local community-based organizations and public agencies that provide services directly to victims.

The following resources provide additional information about victim and witness assistance programs and services.


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

What is victim assistance?
Each year, states and territories receive Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funds to support community-bas... Read More

I am crime victim, how can I get help?
Help in your area is available from your State/Local Victim Compensation and Assistance programs. As... Read More

Does OVC provide direct services for victims of crime?
Yes. OVC provides direct services to people victimized on Tribal or federal lands, such as military ... Read More

When will National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) be observed in 2014?
National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) will be observed April 6-12, 2014. To learn more ab... Read More

More FAQs

Victim and witness assistance programs ensure that victims and witnesses of crimes are treated with fairness and respect, afforded their rights, and provided with the services they need to help ease the impact of victimization. Victim and witness assistance services include, but are not limited to, crisis intervention, emergency shelter and transportation, counseling, and criminal justice advocacy. All states and most territories receive annual state victim assistance program formula grants that must be used to support local community-based organizations and public agencies that provide services directly to victims.

The following resources provide additional information about victim and witness assistance programs and services.


FY 2014 Service, Support & Justice: A Strategy to Enhance Law Enforcement Response to Victims Demonstration Project (PDF 242 kb)
Deadline: 06/09/2014
OVC will make three awards of up to $100,000 each to implement the Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Victims Strategy (ELERV) to improve agencies’ response to victims of crime, with a strong focus on reaching and serving underserved and unserved victims in the community. In the first phase of this project, successful applicants will conduct a comprehensive needs assessment in their jurisdiction and develop a plan for implementing the ELERV Strategy in the subsequent three project phases. Eligible applicants are limited to state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies serving populations of 50,000 to 500,000. Those applying are urged to begin in advance of the June 9, 2014, deadline.


FY 2014 Tribal Victim Assistance Professional Development Fellowship Program (PDF 229 kb)
Deadline: 06/02/2014
OVC will award one fellowship of $200,000 to undertake activities on issues emanating from the Vision 21 Final Report that relate to the need for reaching and serving American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) victim populations. The goals of this fellowship are to enhance existing relationships and increase communication between OVC, tribes, and tribal non-governmental organizations; to make more information on assistance accessible to AI/AN victims; and to assess and address the availability and capacity of victim assistance, and the training and technical assistance needs of service providers in Indian Country. Those applying are urged to begin in advance of the June 2, 2014, deadline.


FY 2014 Vision 21: Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth State Demonstration Project (PDF 313 kb)
Deadline: 05/21/2014
OVC will make up to two awards of up to $500,000 each to state-level demonstration sites to develop a consistent, coordinated response to child and youth victims and their families and caregivers that addresses the presenting issues and full range of victim needs. The project will be conducted in two phases. This solicitation is for Phase 1 funding only. During the Phase 1 planning process, participating states will work with a network of stakeholders to review the existing policies and protocols of the partnering agencies to identify strengths and gaps in services. Those applying are urged to begin in advance of the May 21, 2014, deadline.


FY 2014 Vision 21: Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth Technical Assistance Project (PDF 248 kb)
Deadline: 05/21/2014
OVC will award one cooperative agreement of up to $500,000 to provide training and technical assistance to improve state responses to child and youth victims and their families and caregivers. The award recipient will assist participating state demonstration sites in establishing a network of stakeholders, designing and implementing a gap analysis/needs assessment, and develop a strategy to identify, intervene, and treat child and youth victims across systems. The project will be conducted in two phases. This solicitation is for Phase 1 funding only. Those applying are urged to begin in advance of the May 21, 2014, deadline.


FY 2014 Vision 21 Victim Services Mobile Application (PDF 161 kb)
Deadline: 05/21/2014
OVC will make two awards of up to $250,000 each to enhance public awareness, outreach, and education by developing two distinct mobile applications (apps)—one with a national focus and another with a specific state, tribal, or local jurisdictional focus—to serve crime victims, their families, victim service providers, and allied professionals. These mobile apps will assist the target audience(s) by using technology to efficiently navigate the criminal justice system and to connect end users with victim-centered resources and services. Those applying are urged to begin in advance of the May 21, 2014, deadline.


FY 2014 Vision 21: Using Technology to Expand National and International Access to Victim Services (PDF 259 kb)
Deadline: 05/15/2014
This competitive program will make up to 10 awards of $150,000 to $750,000 each to support projects that propose to use technology creatively to provide outreach and direct assistance to victims, particularly those who have never been served or for whom services are not readily available, nationally and/or internationally (for Americans abroad). OVC plans to fund three categories of projects: National-Scope Victim Service Initiatives, National Scope Victim Service Initiatives Proposing To Serve Underserved Victims Identified by the Applicant, and Victim Service Initiatives for American Victims of Domestic Violence and/or Sexual Assault Abroad. Organizations may apply for funding under any or all of the three categories; however, applicants must submit a separate application for each proposed project. Those applying are urged to begin in advance of the May 15, 2014, deadline.


FY 2014 Vision 21: Building State Technology Capacity (PDF 229 kb)
Deadline: 05/15/2014
OVC anticipates that it will make an unspecified number of awards totaling approximately $2,250,000 to Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Formula State Administrating Agencies that identify technological improvements to 1) enhance their current systems, 2) develop new systems to increase access to technology, 3) increase victims' access to resources, or 4) improve the accuracy of administrative reporting. Awards will range from $25,000 to $250,000, depending on funding justification, population of the state, needs assessment/strategic planning, and the breadth and complexity of the proposed technology enhancement program. Those applying are urged to begin in advance of the May 15, 2014, deadline.


FY 2014 Services for Victims of Human Trafficking Application (PDF 271 kb)
Deadline: 05/15/2014
OVC will make awards ranging from $200,000 to $500,000 to organizations with a demonstrated history of providing either comprehensive or specialized services for victims of human trafficking within the United States. Funding also will support efforts to increase interagency collaboration and the coordinated community response to victims of human trafficking. OVC intends to dedicate a portion of the funding for specialized services for American Indian and/or Alaskan Native victims of human trafficking. Deadline: May 15, 2014.

More Funding Opportunities

Victim and witness assistance programs ensure that victims and witnesses of crimes are treated with fairness and respect, afforded their rights, and provided with the services they need to help ease the impact of victimization. Victim and witness assistance services include, but are not limited to, crisis intervention, emergency shelter and transportation, counseling, and criminal justice advocacy. All states and most territories receive annual state victim assistance program formula grants that must be used to support local community-based organizations and public agencies that provide services directly to victims.

The following resources provide additional information about victim and witness assistance programs and services.


Publications

OVC and OVC-Sponsored Publications

Through Our Eyes: Children, Violence, and Trauma (April 2014) OVC, 0 pages, NCJ 241394. This video series addresses the needs of children exposed to crime, abuse, and violence; highlights major issues in child victimization; identifies promising practices for service providers and others working with young victims; and shows how trauma-informed care can help child victims recover to lead healthy, productive lives. A companion resource guide accompanies each video and public awareness posters are available for download.
Abstract | HTML
 
2014 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Theme DVD and CD-ROM (February 2014) OVC, 0 pages, NCJ 243539. The 2014 NCVRW Theme DVD highlights progress made since the passage of the Victims of Crime Act in 1984 that makes victim services and rights more open, inclusive, and flexible. The CD-ROM contains all 2014 NCVRW Resource Guide content, including the artwork in three electronic formats (JPEG, fillable PDF, and Adobe Creative Suite files) in both color and black and white.
Abstract | HTML
 
Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States 2013-2017 (January 2014) OVC, 84 pages, NCJ 244569. This report was developed by the Departments of Justice, Health and Human Services, and Homeland Security, in partnership with the member agencies of the President's Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons and other federal agencies. The plan discusses goals and objectives and the actions that federal agencies will take to ensure that all victims of human trafficking in the U.S. are identified and have access to the services they need to recover.
PDF
 
2014 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Guide (January 2014) OVC, 150 pages, NCJ 243538. The 2014 NCVRW Resource Guide includes a wide array of user-friendly outreach tools, current statistics on victimization, information on the history of victims' rights in the United States, and concrete, practical ideas on how your community can help restore the balance of justice for crime victims. Hardcopy versions of this year's Guide include Introductory Materials and NCVRW Resource Guide Artwork which can be ordered through the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) at www.ncjrs.gov. Hardcopies of the 2014 NCVRW Theme DVD and CD-ROM contain additional campaign material and can also be ordered at www.ncjrs.gov.
Abstract | PDF | HTML
 
2014 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Poster (2013) OVC, PS000026. The 2014 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) theme poster is available for download in 11" x 17" in color and black and white and can be customized for your organization before printing. You also may order the 22" x 28" color version in English, which features the theme colors of blue and black through the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) by visiting www.ncjrs.gov. A Spanish version is also available for download.
PDF (11 x 17 Color) | PDF (11 x 17 Black & White) | PDF (22 x 28 Color) | PDF (22 x 28 Black & White) | PDF (Spanish Version)
 

OJP Publications

Practical Implications of Current Intimate Partner Violence Research for Victim Advocates and Service Providers (January 2013) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 260 pages, NCJ 244348. This report expands and enhances the 2009 report titled "Practical Implications of Current Domestic Violence Research: For Law Enforcement, Prosecutors and Judges" to address the practical implications of current domestic violence research for victim advocates and service providers.
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
 
OJP 2012 Program Plan: Resources for the Criminal Justice and Juvenile Justice Field (April 2012) OJP, Report, NCJ 238383. The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Program Plan is a searchable online document of funding opportunities and new initiatives. It features the latest and most complete information regarding both competitive and noncompetitive grants, training and technical assistance, research, and other resources available to the justice community, divided into nine thematically organized sections.
HTML
 
Use of Victim Service Agencies by Victims of Serious Violent Crime, 1993-2009 (August 2011) BJS, Report, BJS Special Reports, 16 pages, NCJ 234212. Presents data from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) on trends in the percentage of serious violent crime victims who received help or advice from a victim service agency from 1993 to 2009.
Part Of the BJS Special Reports Series
Abstract | PDF | TEXT
 
Effectiveness of Coordinated Outreach in Intimate Partner Violence Cases: A Randomized, Longitudinal Design (March 2011) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 142 pages, NCJ 238480. The current study tested the prediction that early coordinated victim outreach would improve criminal justice outcomes as well as increase victim safety and empowerment among victims of intimate partner violence (IPV). In collaboration with research, criminal justice, and community-based partners, this project evaluated an innovative outreach program for racially and ethnically diverse IPV victims whose cases had come to the attention of the criminal justice system.
Abstract | PDF
 

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Related Resources

OVC Funded Resources

Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Victims
For over a decade, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) has collaborated with OVC to promote crime victim rights and facilitate law enforcement's ability to effectively address victim needs. One of the key milestones of this collaboration includes the 21st Century Strategy for Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Victims, consisting of the Strategy, the Implementation Guide, the Resource Toolkit, and the Training Supplemental. This Web site, which captures the 21st Century Strategy and a number of other victim-related materials and publications, serves as a unique law enforcement resource center for enhanced victim response.
 
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.
 
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

CrimeSolutions.gov
CrimeSolutions.gov is a searchable online database of evidence-based programs covering a range of justice-related topics, including victim assistance programs; corrections; courts; crime prevention; substance abuse; juveniles; law enforcement; and technology and forensics. The site is a tool to understand, access and integrate scientific evidence about programs into programmatic and policy decisions.
 
Department of Defense (DoD) Safe Helpline
The Department of Defense (DoD) Safe Helpline is a confidential crisis support service for adult service members of the DoD community affected by sexual assault. Operated by the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN), the helpline provides live, one-on-one expert advice and information 24/7.
 
Department of Defense (DOD): Victim and Witness Assistance Council (VWAC)
The Council's Web site offers information and links to assist victims, and witnesses to crimes on military installations. Resources include contact information for victim and witness assistance coordinators for the Coast Guard, Department of the Air Force, Department of the Army, Department of the Navy, Marine Corps, Office of the Secretary of Defense. Each branch of services has: 1) An interdisciplinary Victim and Witness Assistance Council; 2)a Family Advocacy Program designed to prevent and treat child and spouse abuse; and 3) a central repository for tracking notice of the status of offenders confined in military correctional facilities. In addition, local councils have been established at each major military installation to ensure that an interdisciplinary approach is followed by victim and witness service providers.
 
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA): Victim Witness Assistance Program (VWAP)
The DEA-VWAP was implemented to ensure the rights of crime victims encountered in DEA investigations are met.
 
World Trade Center Health Program
This program monitors, screens, treats and supports responders who responded to the disaster site at the World Trade Center in New York City and who may have been affected physically or mentally by their service. The site is designed to provide information related to all aspects of the World Trade Center Health Program, to highlight new developments in the program as they occur, and to help individuals find information of particular interest for them.
 

Non-Governmental Resources

Greenbook Initiative
The Greenbook Initiative helps child welfare workers, domestic violence advocates and family court judges in communities across the country change their approach to family violence to better help battered women and their children achieve safety.
 
International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW)
IFSW is a global organisation striving for social justice, human rights and social development through social work, best practices and international cooperation between social workers and their professional organisations.
 
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.
 
Shared Hope International
Shared Hope International is a worldwide effort to prevent and eradicate sex trafficking and slavery through education and public awareness.
 

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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 23 2014 at 2:00PM, Dr David Corwin, President of the Academy on Violence and Abuse, Professor in Pediatrics Department at University of Utah, and Dr James Henry, Cofounder and Project Director for the Western Michigan University (WMU) Children's Trauma Assessment Center, hosted a discussion on Implications of Adverse Childhood Experiences for Practitioners

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

On Mar 26 2014 at 2:00PM, Joshua Bailes, Esq., Program Manager and Referral Specialist for the National Center for Victims of Crime and the National Crime Victim Bar Associatio, and Christine Kieffer, Senior Director of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc., (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation, hosted a discussion on Helping Victims of Financial Fraud

On Mar 12 2014 at 2:00PM, Steve Dakai, Director of Maehnowesekiyah Wellness Center for the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, and Program Manager for the Menominee Indian Tri, and Lydia Watts, Deputy Director of the District of Columbia Access to Justice Commission, hosted a discussion on Addressing the Holistic Needs of Crime Victims

On Feb 28 2014 at 2:00PM, Parry Aftab, J.D., lawyer and child advocate who specializes in cyberlaw, cyberbullying and cyberharassment, cybercrime, and privacy, and Laurel Broten, public policy expert, lawyer, and crime victims advocate, hosted a discussion on Teen Victimization in the Digital Age


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

What is victim assistance?
Each year, states and territories receive Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funds to support community-bas... Read More

I am crime victim, how can I get help?
Help in your area is available from your State/Local Victim Compensation and Assistance programs. As... Read More

Does OVC provide direct services for victims of crime?
Yes. OVC provides direct services to people victimized on Tribal or federal lands, such as military ... Read More

When will National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) be observed in 2014?
National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) will be observed April 6-12, 2014. To learn more ab... Read More

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Funding

FY 2014 Service, Support & Justice: A Strategy to Enhance Law Enforcement Response to Victims Demonstration Project (PDF 242 kb)
Deadline: 06/09/2014
OVC will make three awards of up to $100,000 each to implement the Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Victims Strategy (ELERV) to improve agencies’ response to victims of crime, with a strong focus on reaching and serving underserved and unserved victims in the community. In the first phase of this project, successful applicants will conduct a comprehensive needs assessment in their jurisdiction and develop a plan for implementing the ELERV Strategy in the subsequent three project phases. Eligible applicants are limited to state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies serving populations of 50,000 to 500,000. Those applying are urged to begin in advance of the June 9, 2014, deadline.


FY 2014 Tribal Victim Assistance Professional Development Fellowship Program (PDF 229 kb)
Deadline: 06/02/2014
OVC will award one fellowship of $200,000 to undertake activities on issues emanating from the Vision 21 Final Report that relate to the need for reaching and serving American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) victim populations. The goals of this fellowship are to enhance existing relationships and increase communication between OVC, tribes, and tribal non-governmental organizations; to make more information on assistance accessible to AI/AN victims; and to assess and address the availability and capacity of victim assistance, and the training and technical assistance needs of service providers in Indian Country. Those applying are urged to begin in advance of the June 2, 2014, deadline.


FY 2014 Vision 21: Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth State Demonstration Project (PDF 313 kb)
Deadline: 05/21/2014
OVC will make up to two awards of up to $500,000 each to state-level demonstration sites to develop a consistent, coordinated response to child and youth victims and their families and caregivers that addresses the presenting issues and full range of victim needs. The project will be conducted in two phases. This solicitation is for Phase 1 funding only. During the Phase 1 planning process, participating states will work with a network of stakeholders to review the existing policies and protocols of the partnering agencies to identify strengths and gaps in services. Those applying are urged to begin in advance of the May 21, 2014, deadline.


FY 2014 Vision 21: Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth Technical Assistance Project (PDF 248 kb)
Deadline: 05/21/2014
OVC will award one cooperative agreement of up to $500,000 to provide training and technical assistance to improve state responses to child and youth victims and their families and caregivers. The award recipient will assist participating state demonstration sites in establishing a network of stakeholders, designing and implementing a gap analysis/needs assessment, and develop a strategy to identify, intervene, and treat child and youth victims across systems. The project will be conducted in two phases. This solicitation is for Phase 1 funding only. Those applying are urged to begin in advance of the May 21, 2014, deadline.


FY 2014 Vision 21 Victim Services Mobile Application (PDF 161 kb)
Deadline: 05/21/2014
OVC will make two awards of up to $250,000 each to enhance public awareness, outreach, and education by developing two distinct mobile applications (apps)—one with a national focus and another with a specific state, tribal, or local jurisdictional focus—to serve crime victims, their families, victim service providers, and allied professionals. These mobile apps will assist the target audience(s) by using technology to efficiently navigate the criminal justice system and to connect end users with victim-centered resources and services. Those applying are urged to begin in advance of the May 21, 2014, deadline.


FY 2014 Vision 21: Using Technology to Expand National and International Access to Victim Services (PDF 259 kb)
Deadline: 05/15/2014
This competitive program will make up to 10 awards of $150,000 to $750,000 each to support projects that propose to use technology creatively to provide outreach and direct assistance to victims, particularly those who have never been served or for whom services are not readily available, nationally and/or internationally (for Americans abroad). OVC plans to fund three categories of projects: National-Scope Victim Service Initiatives, National Scope Victim Service Initiatives Proposing To Serve Underserved Victims Identified by the Applicant, and Victim Service Initiatives for American Victims of Domestic Violence and/or Sexual Assault Abroad. Organizations may apply for funding under any or all of the three categories; however, applicants must submit a separate application for each proposed project. Those applying are urged to begin in advance of the May 15, 2014, deadline.


FY 2014 Vision 21: Building State Technology Capacity (PDF 229 kb)
Deadline: 05/15/2014
OVC anticipates that it will make an unspecified number of awards totaling approximately $2,250,000 to Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Formula State Administrating Agencies that identify technological improvements to 1) enhance their current systems, 2) develop new systems to increase access to technology, 3) increase victims' access to resources, or 4) improve the accuracy of administrative reporting. Awards will range from $25,000 to $250,000, depending on funding justification, population of the state, needs assessment/strategic planning, and the breadth and complexity of the proposed technology enhancement program. Those applying are urged to begin in advance of the May 15, 2014, deadline.


FY 2014 Services for Victims of Human Trafficking Application (PDF 271 kb)
Deadline: 05/15/2014
OVC will make awards ranging from $200,000 to $500,000 to organizations with a demonstrated history of providing either comprehensive or specialized services for victims of human trafficking within the United States. Funding also will support efforts to increase interagency collaboration and the coordinated community response to victims of human trafficking. OVC intends to dedicate a portion of the funding for specialized services for American Indian and/or Alaskan Native victims of human trafficking. Deadline: May 15, 2014.

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National Calendar of Crime Victim Assistance-Related Events
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Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) Annual Meeting
San Francisco, CA
05/28/2014-05/30/2014

National Congress of American Indians Mid-Year Conference & Tradeshow
Anchorage, AK
06/08/2014-06/11/2014

Montana Victim Advocate Academy
Missoula, MT
06/15/2014-06/20/2014

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