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OVC News and Announcements

To help you stay up to date with the latest news about crime victim services and events, this section will notify you about current OVC-focused initiatives and relevant topics and events with a primary focus on best practices. You are also encouraged to check out What's New at OVC.

Use the links below to be taken to the News and Announcements Archives.

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Resource Guide for National Crime Victims’ Rights Week: April 6-12, 2014

2014 marks an important milestone in the rights of crime victims—30 years since the passage of the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) of 1984, which is reflected in this year’s NCVRW theme "30 Years: Restoring the Balance of Justice" and in our annual NCVRW Resource Guide.

Now Availabe Online. 2014 National Crime Victims' Rights Week Resource GuideUse the NCVRW Resource Guide to find the materials you need to learn about NCVRW and help promote awareness of crime victim issues. The 2014 NCVRW Guide includes—

  • Sample press materials.
  • Social media campaign tips.
  • Customizable camera-ready art files in color and black and white.
  • Public service announcements.
  • Customizable public awareness posters.
  • Statistical overviews and resources.

A Spanish version of the 2014 NCVRW Guide is also available and includes camera-ready art files and customizable public awareness posters.

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Webinar: Promoting Crime Victims’ Rights with Social Media 2014

A free webinar on social media strategies is available to help you develop practical ideas and tools that can be adapted for your organization to spearhead or supplement your commemoration and outreach for National Crime Victims Rights’ week this April.

This webinar on social media strategies was produced by the National Center for Victims of Crime in partnership with Indigo Strategies and with funding from the Office for Victims of Crime, U.S. Department of Justice.

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Faces of Human Trafficking Public Service Announcement

On January 14, 2014, OVC debuted "The Faces of Human Trafficking" public service announcement (PSA), which will also be highlighted in the 2014 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Guide. The goal of the PSA is to raise public awareness of human trafficking, how anyone can be a victim, and that survivors of this crime have very diverse backgrounds and experiences. The PSA also will be made available in Spanish, Thai, Hindi, and Tagalog. Please view the PSA on OVC’s YouTube page and consider sharing it.

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Year in Review: 2013 Guest Host Discussions

Read the transcripts from 2013 Guest Host Sessions to re-discover the range of fascinating and nationally relevant dialogue in the crime victim services field.

September–December 2013

  1. Coordinating SANEs—SARTs in Indian Country. Hosted by Join Charity White, M.S.W., Kumeyaay Family Services Director. Held on 12/18/13.
  2. Intersections Between Elder Financial Exploitation and Other Types of Elder Abuse. Hosted by Jeannie Beidler, Elder Advocate, and Shelly Jackson, Visiting Fellow at the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime. Held on 12/04/13.
  3. Innovative Practices in Victim Assistance and Compensation. Hosted by Laura Banks Reed, J.D., Director of the D.C. Superior Court’s Crime Victims Compensation Program and Shontel Wright, Program Director for the Victim Assistance Unit of the Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. Held on 11/20/13.
  4. Integrating Crime Victims’ Issues into College and University Curricula. Hosted by Dr. Alison Cares, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Assumption College, Dr. Mario Gaboury, Dean of the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences at the University of New Haven, Connecticut, and Dr. Linda Williams, Professor at the School of Criminology and Justice Studies at the University of Massachusetts–Lowell. Held on 10/30/13.
  5. Responding to Older Crime Victims with Disabilities. Hosted by Nancy Alterio, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Disabled Persons Protection Commission, and Mary Counihan, M.S.W., President of the National Adult Protective Services Association. Held on 09/27/13.
  6. Preparing and Assessing Strategically for Community Crisis. Hosted by Ginger Bankston Bailey, Director of Community Outreach and Training at Methodist Behavioral Hospital/Methodist Family Health in Arkansas, and Lori Gerber, experienced professional in the field of crisis response and victim advocacy. Held on 09/04/13.

January–August 2013

  1. Addressing ID Theft Cases With Large Numbers of Victims
  2. Incorporating LGBTQ Victims Needs into Mainstream Victim Services
  3. Drunk Driving and Child Endangerment
  4. Replicating Victim Services Programs with Limited Funding
  5. Responding to Sexual Assault Victims through Military/Civilian Partnerships
  6. Child Welfare Agencies Responding to Child Identity Theft
  7. Meeting Legal Needs of Adult and Minor Victims of Human Trafficking
  8. Reaching Young Men of Color Exposed to Violence
  9. Pretrial Process Considerations for Crime Victims
  10. Providing Services to Runaway Youth and Victims of Human Trafficking

Visit Past Sessions for details on the complete list of 2013 Guest Host Sessions.

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Newsletter from OVC

OVC News & Program Updates, November 2013First released in April 2011, OVC News & Program Updates is a valuable tool for sharing information about OVC initiatives, events, and other items of special interest. This issue focuses on the emerging challenge of ensuring that international victims of crime are afforded their rights and receive appropriate services. Articles in this edition discuss—

  • Recent progress in global victims’ rights laws.
  • OVC’s international terrorism and mass violence programs.
  • A victim’s precedent-setting effort to seek justice in a foreign land.
  • Working with Kosovo to help establish victims’ services.
  • The results of an OVC-sponsored international forum on sexual assault.

Download and read the OVC News & Program Updates (November 2013) (PDF 793 kb)

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