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The U.S. Government recognizes more than 564 American Indian tribes and Alaska Native groups comprising more than 4.3 million members. Data suggest that crime rates are much higher for these populations compared to the national average. OVC helps victims in Indian Country by providing much-needed resources, improving and increasing services, identifying promising practices, and adapting and replicating successful programs in tribal communities throughout the Nation. In addition, OVC collaborates with other federal agencies to fund demonstration programs that help tribes and tribal organizations serve victims more efficiently.

 

The following resources provide more information on programs and crime victim services available to American Indian and Alaska Native communities.


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)
 
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)
 
2015 OVC Report to the Nation, Fiscal Years 2013-2014: Building Capacity Through Research, Innovation, Technology, and Training (August 2015) OVC, Report, OVC Fact Sheets, 4 pages, NCJ 248907.
OVC's Report to the Nation summarizes the progress made in upholding crime victims' rights and providing high-quality services to victims, survivors, and communities during fiscal years 2013−2014. The report highlights innovative programs and victim-centered initiatives, summarizes financial support to states and U.S. territories, and provides insight into OVC's strategic efforts to address both emerging and enduring challenges in order to expand and enhance victim assistance throughout the Nation.
Abstract | HTML
Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
 
Circle of Healing for Native Children Endangered by Drugs (December 2014) OVC, 0 pages, NCJ 248443.
This seven-video series and companion resource guide feature Native programs and practices that incorporate cultural stories and traditions to help children, families, and communities in Indian Country to heal from substance abuse-related trauma.
Abstract | HTML
 
Report to the U.S. Attorney General on Improving Federal Agency Response to Sexual Violence in Tribal Nations: Issues and Recommendations (June 2014) OVC, Report, 37 pages, NCJ 248527.
This report from the National Coordination Committee on the American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner-Sexual Assault Response Team (SANE-SART) Initiative examines federal response to adult and child victims of sexual violence in tribal nations and reports recommendations for improvement.
Abstract | PDF
 

OJP Publications

Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women and Men - 2010 Findings from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (June 2016) NIJ, NCJ 250133.
This seminar provides the first set of estimates from a national large-scale survey of violence against women and men who identified themselves as American Indian or Alaska Native using detailed behaviorally specific questions on psychological aggression, coercive control and entrapment, physical violence, stalking, and sexual violence. These results are expected to raise awareness and understanding of violence experienced by American Indian and Alaska Native people.
HTML (Transcript) | Video (01:22:02)
 
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 Abstract | PDF
 
Attorney General's Advisory Committee on American Indian/Alaska Native Children Exposed to Violence: Ending Violence So Children Can Thrive (November 2014) OJJDP-Sponsored, Grant, 258 pages, NCJ 248500.
The recommendations are intended to serve as a blueprint for preventing American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) children's exposure to violence and for mitigating the negative effects experienced by Al/AN children exposed to violence across the U.S. and throughout Indian country.
Abstract | PDF | HTML (EPUB) | HTML (MOBI)
 
Final Report: Participatory Evaluation of the Tribal Victim Assistance Programs at the Lummi Nation and Passamaquoddy Tribe (August 2009) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 159 pages, NCJ 228190.
This report summarizes the results of process evaluations of two tribal victim assistance programs - the Lummi Victims of Crime Program in Washington State and the Passamaquoddy Tribal Victim Outreach Advocate Program in Maine - both of which are federally funded "on-reservation" victim assistance programs intended to provide permanent, accessible, and responsive crime-victim assistance services on tribal lands.
Abstract | PDF
 
Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women and the Criminal Justice Response: What Is Known (2008) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 168 pages, NCJ 223691.
Based on a synthesis of the empirical literature and original data analyses, this report presents an overview of the epidemiology of violence against American-Indian and Alaska-Native women as well as a review of the criminal justice responses to this violence.
Abstract | PDF
 

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The U.S. Government recognizes more than 564 American Indian tribes and Alaska Native groups comprising more than 4.3 million members. Data suggest that crime rates are much higher for these populations compared to the national average. OVC helps victims in Indian Country by providing much-needed resources, improving and increasing services, identifying promising practices, and adapting and replicating successful programs in tribal communities throughout the Nation. In addition, OVC collaborates with other federal agencies to fund demonstration programs that help tribes and tribal organizations serve victims more efficiently.

 

The following resources provide more information on programs and crime victim services available to American Indian and Alaska Native communities.


The U.S. Government recognizes more than 564 American Indian tribes and Alaska Native groups comprising more than 4.3 million members. Data suggest that crime rates are much higher for these populations compared to the national average. OVC helps victims in Indian Country by providing much-needed resources, improving and increasing services, identifying promising practices, and adapting and replicating successful programs in tribal communities throughout the Nation. In addition, OVC collaborates with other federal agencies to fund demonstration programs that help tribes and tribal organizations serve victims more efficiently.

 

The following resources provide more information on programs and crime victim services available to American Indian and Alaska Native communities.


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 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 Nov 19 2014 at 2:00PM, Roe Bubar, J.D, Associate Professor at Colorado State University, and Leila Goldsmith, J.D., Child Advocacy Coordinator with the Tulalip Tribes of Washington, hosted a discussion on Forensic Interviewing in Tribal Communities

On Dec 18 2013 at 2:00PM, Charity White, M.S.W., is the Kumeyaay Family Services Director for Southern Indian Health Council, Inc, hosted a discussion on Coordinating SANEs-SARTs in Indian Country

On Nov 19 2012 at 2:00PM, Leslie Hagen, Department of Justice's first National Indian Country Coordinator, hosted a discussion on Tribal Law and Order Act: Crime Victims in Indian Country

On Jun 8 2011 at 2:00PM, Harlan Pruden, Assistant Director of the Empire State Development Corporation's Division of Minority and Women's Business Development, hosted a discussion on Responding to Native LGBT/ Two Spirit Community Crime Victims

The U.S. Government recognizes more than 564 American Indian tribes and Alaska Native groups comprising more than 4.3 million members. Data suggest that crime rates are much higher for these populations compared to the national average. OVC helps victims in Indian Country by providing much-needed resources, improving and increasing services, identifying promising practices, and adapting and replicating successful programs in tribal communities throughout the Nation. In addition, OVC collaborates with other federal agencies to fund demonstration programs that help tribes and tribal organizations serve victims more efficiently.

 

The following resources provide more information on programs and crime victim services available to American Indian and Alaska Native communities.


Is it possible to receive a set of the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Voices of Victims videos?
The Voices of Victims videos listed below are no longer available to order: Voices of Victims:... Read More

What resources are available to assist American Indian/Alaskan Native crime victims?
For information to assist American Indian/Alaska Native crime victims, visit the Specific Population... Read More

How can I order OVC publications and products?
Many OVC publications and products are available in hardcopy and can be ordered from the National Cr... Read More

What is Vision 21?
The Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services initiative was launched by OVC in fall 2010 to expand th... Read More

More FAQs

The U.S. Government recognizes more than 564 American Indian tribes and Alaska Native groups comprising more than 4.3 million members. Data suggest that crime rates are much higher for these populations compared to the national average. OVC helps victims in Indian Country by providing much-needed resources, improving and increasing services, identifying promising practices, and adapting and replicating successful programs in tribal communities throughout the Nation. In addition, OVC collaborates with other federal agencies to fund demonstration programs that help tribes and tribal organizations serve victims more efficiently.

 

The following resources provide more information on programs and crime victim services available to American Indian and Alaska Native communities.


FY 2016 Vision 21: Law Enforcement and the Communities They Serve: Supporting Collective Healing in the Wake of Harm (PDF 220 kb)
Deadline: 09/07/2016
OVC will make one award of up to $7 million to support law enforcement agencies, crime victims, and communities by developing, implementing and assessing evidence-based and trauma-informed law enforcement response strategies, protocols, and interventions which promote community engagement and healing prior to and in the wake of police-involved shootings and other high-profile incidents of violence. Strategies include responses to incidents featuring differences in race, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability or immigration status, whether the victim of the incident is a member of the community or an officer. The grantee will in turn competitively select and fund at least six law enforcement demonstration sites, provide oversight and technical assistance to them, and provide rapid response to other communities that experience law-enforcement involved shootings, death, or other crisis incidents. Apply by September 7, 2016.

More Funding Opportunities

The U.S. Government recognizes more than 564 American Indian tribes and Alaska Native groups comprising more than 4.3 million members. Data suggest that crime rates are much higher for these populations compared to the national average. OVC helps victims in Indian Country by providing much-needed resources, improving and increasing services, identifying promising practices, and adapting and replicating successful programs in tribal communities throughout the Nation. In addition, OVC collaborates with other federal agencies to fund demonstration programs that help tribes and tribal organizations serve victims more efficiently.

 

The following resources provide more information on programs and crime victim services available to American Indian and Alaska Native communities.


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)
 
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)
 
2015 OVC Report to the Nation, Fiscal Years 2013-2014: Building Capacity Through Research, Innovation, Technology, and Training (August 2015) OVC, Report, OVC Fact Sheets, 4 pages, NCJ 248907. OVC's Report to the Nation summarizes the progress made in upholding crime victims' rights and providing high-quality services to victims, survivors, and communities during fiscal years 2013−2014. The report highlights innovative programs and victim-centered initiatives, summarizes financial support to states and U.S. territories, and provides insight into OVC's strategic efforts to address both emerging and enduring challenges in order to expand and enhance victim assistance throughout the Nation.
Abstract | HTML
Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
 
Circle of Healing for Native Children Endangered by Drugs (December 2014) OVC, 0 pages, NCJ 248443. This seven-video series and companion resource guide feature Native programs and practices that incorporate cultural stories and traditions to help children, families, and communities in Indian Country to heal from substance abuse-related trauma.
Abstract | HTML
 
Report to the U.S. Attorney General on Improving Federal Agency Response to Sexual Violence in Tribal Nations: Issues and Recommendations (June 2014) OVC, Report, 37 pages, NCJ 248527. This report from the National Coordination Committee on the American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner-Sexual Assault Response Team (SANE-SART) Initiative examines federal response to adult and child victims of sexual violence in tribal nations and reports recommendations for improvement.
Abstract | PDF
 

OJP Publications

Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women and Men - 2010 Findings from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (June 2016) NIJ, NCJ 250133. This seminar provides the first set of estimates from a national large-scale survey of violence against women and men who identified themselves as American Indian or Alaska Native using detailed behaviorally specific questions on psychological aggression, coercive control and entrapment, physical violence, stalking, and sexual violence. These results are expected to raise awareness and understanding of violence experienced by American Indian and Alaska Native people.
HTML (Transcript) | Video (01:22:02)
 
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
Abstract | PDF
 
Attorney General's Advisory Committee on American Indian/Alaska Native Children Exposed to Violence: Ending Violence So Children Can Thrive (November 2014) OJJDP-Sponsored, Grant, 258 pages, NCJ 248500. The recommendations are intended to serve as a blueprint for preventing American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) children's exposure to violence and for mitigating the negative effects experienced by Al/AN children exposed to violence across the U.S. and throughout Indian country.
Abstract | PDF | HTML (EPUB) | HTML (MOBI)
 
Final Report: Participatory Evaluation of the Tribal Victim Assistance Programs at the Lummi Nation and Passamaquoddy Tribe (August 2009) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 159 pages, NCJ 228190. This report summarizes the results of process evaluations of two tribal victim assistance programs - the Lummi Victims of Crime Program in Washington State and the Passamaquoddy Tribal Victim Outreach Advocate Program in Maine - both of which are federally funded "on-reservation" victim assistance programs intended to provide permanent, accessible, and responsive crime-victim assistance services on tribal lands.
Abstract | PDF
 
Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women and the Criminal Justice Response: What Is Known (2008) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 168 pages, NCJ 223691. Based on a synthesis of the empirical literature and original data analyses, this report presents an overview of the epidemiology of violence against American-Indian and Alaska-Native women as well as a review of the criminal justice responses to this violence.
Abstract | PDF
 

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Related Resources

OVC Funded Resources

Office for Victims of Crime (OVC): American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner-Sexual Assault Response Team (SANE-SART) Initiative
OVC established the AI/AN SANE-SART Initiative in 2010 to address the comprehensive needs of tribal victims of sexual violence, with the ultimate goal of institutionalizing sustainable and evidence-based practices that meet the needs of tribal communities.
 
Unified Solutions Tribal Community Development Group
Unified Solutions is dedicated to partnering with American Indian/Alaska Native communities to end violent crime, heal from the effects of trauma, and promote resilience.
 

Federal Resources

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.
 
NCJRS: Justice in Indian Country Special Feature
This special feature provides publications and resources on specific topics involving Indian Country, including courts, law enforcement, victims, and more.
 
Office of Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse
This office was created to coordinate alcohol and substance abuse efforts among the American Indian and Alaskan Native communities and federal agencies as called for by the Tribal Law and Order Act. This office will work, in collaboration with the Department of the Interior and the Department of Justice, on determining the scope of the ongoing problem -- identifying and assessing national, state, tribal, and local alcohol and substance abuse programs and resources; and creating standards for programs.
 
Office on Violence Against Women (OVW)
OVW, a component of the U.S. Department of Justice, provides federal leadership to reduce violence against women and to administer justice for and strengthen services to all victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
 
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS): Indian Health Service
IHS is responsible for providing federal health services to American Indians and Alaska Natives.
 

Non-Governmental Resources

National American Indian Court Judges Association (NAICJA)
NAICJA is devoted primarily to the support of American Indian and Alaska Native justice systems through education, information sharing, and advocacy.
 
National Child Welfare Resource Center for Tribes
The National Child Welfare Resource Center for Tribes (NRC4Tribes) is one of the new resource centers within the Children's Bureau Training and Technical Assistance National Network. NRC4Tribes joins the Children's Bureau's Child Welfare Training and Technical Assistance Network which is designed to improve child welfare systems and to support States and Tribes in achieving sustainable, systemic change that results in greater safety, permanency, and well-being for children, youth, and families.
 
National Indian Justice Center (NIJC)
NIJC is an independent national resource for tribal courts. The Center designs and delivers legal education, research, and technical assistance programs to help improve tribal courts systems and the administration of justice in Indian Country.
 
Tribal Justice and Safety
The Tribal Justice and Safety Web site, is a new Department of Justice resource for American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments and communities. The goal of this resource is to provide a user-friendly, current, and comprehensive site for American Indian and Alaska Native Tribal governments to further improve the safety of their communities. It also provides information to the general public and other federal agencies to better understand the resources available for improving safety in Native American communities.
 
Tribal Protection Orders
Developed by the Tribal Law and Policy Institute, this site is designed to provide both tribal and non-tribal entities with a clearinghouse of information and resources pertaining to the issuance and enforcement of protection orders.
 

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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 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 Nov 19 2014 at 2:00PM, Roe Bubar, J.D, Associate Professor at Colorado State University, and Leila Goldsmith, J.D., Child Advocacy Coordinator with the Tulalip Tribes of Washington, hosted a discussion on Forensic Interviewing in Tribal Communities

On Dec 18 2013 at 2:00PM, Charity White, M.S.W., is the Kumeyaay Family Services Director for Southern Indian Health Council, Inc, hosted a discussion on Coordinating SANEs-SARTs in Indian Country

On Nov 19 2012 at 2:00PM, Leslie Hagen, Department of Justice's first National Indian Country Coordinator, hosted a discussion on Tribal Law and Order Act: Crime Victims in Indian Country

On Jun 8 2011 at 2:00PM, Harlan Pruden, Assistant Director of the Empire State Development Corporation's Division of Minority and Women's Business Development, hosted a discussion on Responding to Native LGBT/ Two Spirit Community Crime Victims


FAQs

Is it possible to receive a set of the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Voices of Victims videos?
The Voices of Victims videos listed below are no longer available to order: Voices of Victims:... Read More

What resources are available to assist American Indian/Alaskan Native crime victims?
For information to assist American Indian/Alaska Native crime victims, visit the Specific Population... Read More

How can I order OVC publications and products?
Many OVC publications and products are available in hardcopy and can be ordered from the National Cr... Read More

What is Vision 21?
The Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services initiative was launched by OVC in fall 2010 to expand th... Read More

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Funding

FY 2016 Vision 21: Law Enforcement and the Communities They Serve: Supporting Collective Healing in the Wake of Harm (PDF 220 kb)
Deadline: 09/07/2016
OVC will make one award of up to $7 million to support law enforcement agencies, crime victims, and communities by developing, implementing and assessing evidence-based and trauma-informed law enforcement response strategies, protocols, and interventions which promote community engagement and healing prior to and in the wake of police-involved shootings and other high-profile incidents of violence. Strategies include responses to incidents featuring differences in race, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability or immigration status, whether the victim of the incident is a member of the community or an officer. The grantee will in turn competitively select and fund at least six law enforcement demonstration sites, provide oversight and technical assistance to them, and provide rapid response to other communities that experience law-enforcement involved shootings, death, or other crisis incidents. Apply by September 7, 2016.

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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

15th National Indian Nations Conference: Justice for Victims of Crime
Palm Springs, CA
12/08/2016-12/10/2016

Online Directory of Crime Victims Services.