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How many homicide victims were killed with a handgun?
Statistics on homicides committed with a handgun are available in the Bureau of Justice Statistics (... Read More
Last updated:  07/23/2010

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
Last updated:  11/12/2012

Where do I report Internet child pornography?
Information about how to report child pornography (and other cases of sexual exploitation of childre... Read More
Last updated:  04/15/2013

How many people are robbed at automated teller machines (ATMs)?
The number of robberies at ATM machines is available in the Office of Community Oriented Policing Se... Read More
Last updated:  07/29/2010

How many people are murdered in the United States each year?
Year by year homicide statistics can be accessed via the Homicide Trends in the United States sectio... Read More
Last updated:  07/23/2010

How many crime victims know their offenders?
The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) report, Criminal Victimization in the United States, Statisti... Read More
Last updated:  06/21/2013

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
Last updated:  11/13/2013

How do I report child pornography?
To report child pornography and/or potential cases involving the sexual exploitation of children, co... Read More
Last updated:  11/12/2012

How do I report child pornography which I received via e-mail?
Information about how to report child pornography that was sent to you via e-mail can be found on th... Read More
Last updated:  04/15/2013

What is the role of the Community Relations Service (CRS) of the U.S. Department of Justice?
The Community Relations Service (CRS) is the U.S. Department of Justice's "peacemaker" for community... Read More
Last updated:  01/05/2012

What is OVC?
Established in 1988 through an amendment to the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) of 1984, the Office for ... Read More
Last updated:  04/27/2012

What is OVC's mission?
The mission of OVC is to enhance the Nation's capacity to assist crime victims and to provide leader... Read More
Last updated:  07/29/2010

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
Last updated:  07/29/2010

What are the costs of crime to victims?
Information on the economic loss to victims can be found in Criminal Victimization in the United Sta... Read More
Last updated:  07/23/2010

Can I access the National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Guide online?
The National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Guide, as well as additional information an... Read More
Last updated:  02/22/2011

What can I do if I am a victim of stalking?
If you are a victim of stalking, call your local police department's emergency number (911) to repor... Read More
Last updated:  07/23/2010

What steps are being taken by the Federal government to combat human trafficking?
Information on government efforts to combat human trafficking can be found in the following annual r... Read More
Last updated:  11/12/2012

What is GHB?
GHB (gamma hydroxybutyrate) is a depressant drug which is sometimes used in the commission of crimes... Read More
Last updated:  07/23/2010

What is Rohypnol?
Rohypnol (flunitrazepam) is a depressant drug which is sometimes used in the commission of crimes, s... Read More
Last updated:  07/23/2010

Who can I talk to about an abusive relationship?
Advocates with the 24 hour-a-day National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH) are available for victims... Read More
Last updated:  01/19/2012

How can I order the National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Guide, Theme DVD & CD ROM, and Poster?
You may order the 2014 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) poster (PS000026), NCVRW Resource... Read More
Last updated:  02/26/2014

How can I order the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) DVD, Victims with Disabilities: A Forensic Interview-Training Techniques for Interviewing Victims with Communication or Cognitive Disabilities Training Kit, NCJ 234678?
The Victims with Disabilities: A Forensic Interview-Training Techniques for Interviewing Victims wit... Read More
Last updated:  01/05/2012

How many children are sexually abused in the United States?
Child sexual abuse statistics are available in the Department of Health and Human Services' annual C... Read More
Last updated:  10/04/2010

Where can I find family violence statistics?
Data on family violence are available in the following Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) reports: ... Read More
Last updated:  06/24/2013

Are there any statistics on the number of children that are kidnapped and then murdered?
Statistics on the number of children that are kidnapped and then murdered can be found in the Office... Read More
Last updated:  09/17/2010

I am a member of the military and have been a victim of crime. Where can I go for assistance?
Each military department has established an interdisciplinary Victim and Witness Assistance Council ... Read More
Last updated:  05/08/2013

How do I obtain information on Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) certification?
Information on SANE certification is available on the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) - Sexual ... Read More
Last updated:  09/17/2010

Can you tell me where I can find international victimization data?
International victimization data are available from the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justi... Read More
Last updated:  09/22/2010

Aside from the police, to whom should elder abuse be reported?
A listing of State elder abuse hotlines is available on the National Center on Elder Abuse Web site.... Read More
Last updated:  10/04/2010

How can I obtain a copy of the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) video, Victims of Trafficking: Far From Home and Helpless, NCJ 182334?
Due to a release agreement signed by the victims appearing in this video and U.S. Department of Just... Read More
Last updated:  11/12/2012

How do I report human trafficking?
Call 1-888-373-7888 (toll-free) or text BeFree (233733) to the National Human Trafficking Resource C... Read More
Last updated:  11/12/2012

What is the total number of human trafficking victims worldwide?
Data on the number of trafficking victims worldwide are available in the annual Trafficking in Perso... Read More
Last updated:  11/12/2012

Is there a hotline for rape victims?
The Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) is the nation's largest anti-sexual assault orga... Read More
Last updated:  10/04/2010

What are school-based crisis response teams?
School Crisis Response Initiative, a bulletin from the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), provides a... Read More
Last updated:  01/05/2012

What is the Department of Justice doing to help protect children from online predators?
In response to the threat of computer-facilitated sexual exploitation crimes committed against child... Read More
Last updated:  11/12/2012

What harms exist for children found at methamphetamine laboratories?
Information on the harms associated with children found at methamphetamine labs can be found in Chil... Read More
Last updated:  10/04/2010

How many women are raped each year in the U.S.?
The number of rapes that occur in the U.S. is available in Criminal Victimization in the United Stat... Read More
Last updated:  10/04/2010

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
Last updated:  04/10/2013

How can I learn about effective victim service programs?
Created by the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) and operated by OJP's National Institute of Justice,... Read More
Last updated:  11/30/2012

Is technical assistance available for the implementation of the Sexual Assault Forensic Examination (SAFE) Protocol?
The National Protocol for Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examinations: Adults/Adolescents, Second E... Read More
Last updated:  04/24/2013

How can I view the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) product entitled Listen to My Story: Communicating with Victims of Crime (Video and Guidebook), NCJ 195655?
Listen to My Story: Communicating with Victims of Crime (Video and Guidebook) is now available as pa... Read More
Last updated:  09/09/2011

How can I view the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) product entitled Meeting the Needs of Underserved Victims (Video and Guidebook), NCJ 195656?
Meeting the Needs of Underserved Victims (Video and Guidebook) is now available as part of the Offic... Read More
Last updated:  09/09/2011

How can I view the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) product entitled Substance Abuse and Victimization (Video and Guidebook), NCJ 204552?
Substance Abuse and Victimization (Video and Guidebook) is now available as part of the Office for V... Read More
Last updated:  09/09/2011

How many pedestrians are killed by drunk drivers?
Data about pedestrians killed or injured in crashes involving alcohol can be found in the annual Ove... Read More
Last updated:  10/03/2011

How many sexual assaults occur on college campuses?
Data on women sexually assaulted on campus can be found on the Sexual Assault on Campus: Measuring F... Read More
Last updated:  01/16/2014

What is drug-facilitated rape?
Information about drug-facilitated rape/sexual assault can be found in Drug-Facilitated Rape: Lookin... Read More
Last updated:  11/11/2011

I am a victim of identity theft. What can I do?
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) provides identity theft trend data in the National Data section o... Read More
Last updated:  01/17/2014

How many homicide victims are murdered by an intimate partner each year?
Intimate partner homicide statistics are available from the Homicide Trends in the United States sec... Read More
Last updated:  06/27/2013

Who can I contact to help me develop a safety plan?
If your local police department employs a victim advocate, he/she maybe able to help you develop a s... Read More
Last updated:  11/13/2012

Are there support groups for the families of homicide victims?
Yes. For information regarding support groups in your area, please contact Parents of Murdered Child... Read More
Last updated:  11/22/2011

How many violent crimes occur on college campuses?
Data on violent crimes committed on college campuses can be found in Summary Campus Crime and Securi... Read More
Last updated:  06/27/2013

Where can I locate information about date rape?
Information on date rape may be obtained by visiting the Crime Victimization: Sexual Abuse or Violen... Read More
Last updated:  11/30/2012

Can you help me locate resources on trafficking of children?
Information on child trafficking victims is available in Trafficking in Persons Report, a publicatio... Read More
Last updated:  11/12/2012

How do I find crime statistics for a specific college?
College-specific crime statistics can be found on the Campus Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool Web... Read More
Last updated:  11/23/2011

How many casualties resulted from international terrorist attacks involving United States citizens?
The most recent tally of Americans killed as a result of terrorist attacks can be found in the U.S. ... Read More
Last updated:  01/09/2012

Where can I find national statistics on violence in the workplace?
For statistics on violence in the workplace, please access Violence in the Workplace from the Bureau... Read More
Last updated:  01/10/2012

What is the new definition of Forcible Rape under the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program?
In a Department of Justice Press Release, Attorney General Holder recently announced a new definitio... Read More
Last updated:  03/16/2012

Where can I find statistics on sexual assaults in the military?
Statistics on sexual assaults in the military can be found in the Department of Defense Annual Repor... Read More
Last updated:  05/08/2013

What is Vision 21?
The Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services initiative was launched by OVC in fall 2010 to expand th... Read More
Last updated:  06/25/2013
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