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2011 OVC News and Announcements Archive

Here you will find information about past training sessions, NCVRW activities, and other crime victim services and awareness efforts during 2011. To view an announcement, click on its title below. To view current announcements, visit the main News and Announcements page.

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Read and Share: OVC News & Program Updates

In April 2011, OVC released the first edition of OVC News & Program Updates to share information about OVC’s strategic planning, initiatives, events, and other items of special interest.

The November edition (PDF 687 kb) offers information about one of our most vulnerable victim populations: America’s children. Articles in this issue highlight—

OVC News & Program Updates, November 2011
  • The impact of child identity theft.
  • OVC’s partnership with a school in Indian Country to address victimization among students.
  • A community-based approach to providing services to drug endangered children.
  • Research conducted on children’s exposure to violence.
  • The goals of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Defending Childhood initiative.
  • Human trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of children.

Share OVC News & Program Updates with your colleagues and send suggestions for future issues to Keely McCarthy, an OVC Fellow.

To receive OVC News & Program Updates, register via the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) and select "Victims" as a topic of interest.

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Revised Attorney General Guidelines for Victim/Witness Assistance Released

Attorney General Guidelines for Victim and Witness AssistanceThe U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has released the revised Attorney General Guidelines for Victim and Witness Assistance, which incorporate best practices and integrate new case law. These guidelines, which took effect on October 1, 2011, establish policy and provide guidance to be followed by U.S. Department of Justice personnel in their interactions with crime victims and witnesses.

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Attend a Webinar on Assisting Elderly Victims of Mortgage Fraud

National Alliance of Victims' Rights Attorneys (NAVRA)On October 19, 2011, at 3:00-4:15 pm (eastern time), the National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI), an OVC grantee, will host a webinar on Assisting Elderly Victims of Mortgage Fraud. The webinar will be presented by Theresa Ronnebaum, Identity Theft Program Specialist, Florida Attorney General’s Office, and Terry Campos, JD, NCVLI Responding to Online Fraud Attorney.

This webinar training will provide an overview of mortgage fraud perpetrated against older individuals, and best practices for attorneys and advocates in protecting this victim population’s rights in criminal prosecutions. Participants will learn about—

  • the types of mortgage fraud and scams perpetrated against older victims,
  • the physical and emotional harm it causes victims, and
  • best practices in serving older victims of mortgage fraud.

This training is only open to National Alliance of Victims’ Rights Attorneys (NAVRA) members registered with the new website. If you are not yet a registered member, you can join NAVRA for free.

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OVC Announces Two Key Training Conferences

OVC is funding several national training conferences in December 2011 and January 2012:

  • The National Conference on Responding to Crime Victims with Disabilities will be held December 13–15, 2011, at the JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes, Orlando, Florida. Registration is now open!

    This conference is being organized by the National Center for Victims of Crime, in partnership with the Joint Center on Violence and Victim Studies, the National Council on Independent Living, the National Sheriffs’ Association, the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, Davis Innovations, and Sharon D’Eusanio, Assistant Director for the Division of Victim Services and Criminal Justice Programs, Office of the Florida Attorney General.

  • The 2012 OVC Mass Violence and Emergency National Training Conference will be held January 31–February 2, 2012, in Jacksonville, Florida.

    Scholarships are available for eligible stakeholder teams of four to five people from different discipline areas.

Need help keeping track of upcoming conferences? Visit OVC’s National Calendar of Crime Victim Assistance-Related Events, a free online resource with information on National and State Victim Assistance Academy events, training opportunities, conferences, and ceremonies. Sign up for e-mail notifications.

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DNA and Telemedicine Issues Added to SART Toolkit

Updated SART ToolkitOVC expanded the content of the SART Toolkit to include information on two critical issues that may be of interest to Sexual Assault Response Teams (SARTs): DNA and telemedicine. The updated toolkit includes information on—

  • DNA databases, analysis and backlog, cold cases, and statutes of limitation.
  • Telemedicine applications for sexual assault clinicians.

Launched in March 2011, the SART Toolkit comprises a collection of resources for communities that are considering developing a SART or that want to improve their existing coordinated response to victims of sexual assault. Visit the OVC Web site for more information about Sexual Abuse or Violence.

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Check Out Featured Resources on the OVC Web Site

Each month, OVC features resources that may be of interest to the victim services field. They include latest publication and product releases, highlights from important events, and commemorations. In July 2011, OVC featured

  • An invitation to submit a National Crime Victims’ Service Awards nomination for an extraordinary individual, organization, team, or program that demonstrates outstanding achievements in supporting victims and victim services.
  • The launch of CrimeSolutions.gov, an Office of Justice Programs resource to help practitioners and policymakers understand what works in criminal justice, juvenile justice, and crime victim services.
  • The OVC National Calendar of Events, a resource to help victims, victim service providers, allied professionals, and other interested individuals plan, promote, and locate events of interest to the victim service community in their area.

Visit the OVC Web site each month to learn about important resources!

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2012 National Crime Victims’ Service Awards: Call for Nominations

Each year, as a prelude to National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW), OVC hosts a ceremony at which the National Crime Victims’ Service Awards recipients are honored. We invite you to recognize an individual, program, organization, or team that goes beyond the call of duty to help significantly improve the lives of crime victims by nominating them for the 2012 National Crime Victims’ Service Awards.

The nine award categories are—

NEW THIS YEAR:

Visit the awards Web site for descriptions of the individual awards, submission guidelines, and instructions on how to complete the convenient online nomination form. You can also check out the biographies and accomplishments of the 2011 award recipients. The deadline for nominations is September 7, 2011.

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Apply for August 2011 National Victim Assistance Academy

The next National Victim Assistance Academy (NVAA) will be held August 8–12, 2011, in Madison, Wisconsin.

The NVAA offers three distinct tracks tailored to the needs of each participant:

Continuing Education Units will be awarded to participants who complete all of the requirements of the Foundation-Level Training, Professional Skill-Building Institute, or Leadership Institute.

A limited number of Professional Development Scholarships are available for NVAA. Visit the Professional Development Scholarship page to learn about eligibility criteria for scholarships.

For more information, visit the NVAA page.

Apply by July 29, 2011.

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Learn About Basic Skills for Serving Victims

Gaining Insight, Taking Action: Basic Skills for Serving Victims

OVC is pleased to announce the release of the Gaining Insight, Taking Action: Basic Skills for Serving Victims DVD and companion Guidebook. The 55-minute DVD comprises three videos:

  1. Listen to My Story: Communicating With Victims of Crime. View Video Clip Icon
  2. Meeting the Needs of Underserved Victims. View Video Clip Icon
  3. Substance Abuse and Victimization. View Video Clip Icon
Download the Companion Guidebook

The DVD and Guidebook are valuable training tools for service providers, criminal and juvenile justice professionals, mental health providers, legal advocates, and allied professionals.

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Read and Share: OVC News & Program Updates

In April 2011, OVC released the first edition of OVC News & Program Updates. This newsletter is anticipated to be a valuable tool for sharing information about OVC's strategic planning, initiatives, events, and other items of special interest.

The first edition of OVC News & Program Updates highlighted—

Now Available... OVC News & Program Updates
  • Victims’ voices.
  • Outreach to underserved victims.
  • National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.
  • Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services.
  • The Tribal Victim Assistance in Alaska Fellowship.
  • 12th National Indian Nations Conference.

Share OVC News & Program Updates with your colleagues and send suggestions for future issues to Keely McCarthy, an OVC Fellow.

To receive OVC News & Program Updates, register via the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) and select "Victims" as a topic of interest.

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OVC Announces New Tool for Sexual Assault Response Teams

sartkitThe SART Toolkit is a collection of resources for communities that are considering building a SART team or those that want to improve their existing coordinated response to victims of sexual assault. Using the SART Toolkit, you can—

  • Learn about SARTs.
  • Develop a SART.
  • Learn how to focus on victims’ needs.
  • Follow innovative practices used throughout the country.

For additional information about this issue, see the Sexual Abuse or Violence section of OVC’s Web site.

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Check Out Featured Resources on the OVC Web Site

National Police Week, May 15-21, 2011. Public Safety Officers' BenefitsEach month, OVC features resources that may be of interest to the victim services field. They include latest publication and product releases, highlights from important events, and commemorations. In May 2011, OVC featured

  • Important details about National Police Week, observed May 15–22, 2011.
  • The 28th annual observance of National Missing Children’s Day on May 25, 2011.
  • Gaining Insight, Taking Action: Basic Skills for Serving Victims, a DVD/Discussion Guide package for those who want to better understand how to communicate effectively with crime victims, the challenges faced by underserved victim populations, and the relationship between substance abuse and victimization.
  • AGHighlights from the prelude events for National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, including photos and videos of National Crime Victims’ Service Awards recipients.

Visit the OVC Web site each month to learn about important resources!

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Interviews with the Field on the Use of Forensic DNA

Visit the National Center for Victims of Crime DNA Resource Center for interviews with survivors, victim advocates and service providers, and allied professionals affected by forensic DNA. The DNA Resource Center is an online information clearinghouse on forensic DNA for crime victims and their supporters and has added three new interviews to "Profiles in DNA." Visit the DNA Resource Center now to download interviews from –

  • Jennifer Pierce-Weeks, former director of the Forensic Nursing Program, Memorial Hospital, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
  • Debbie Shaw, crime victim and victim advocate.
  • Sarah Chaikin, cold case program coordinator, Denver Police Department Victim Assistance Unit.

  • Photo of Jennifer Pierce-Weeks, former director of the Forensic Nursing Program, Memorial Hospital, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Photo of Debbie Shaw, crime victim and victim advocate. Photo of Sarah Chaikin, cold case program coordinator, Denver Police Department Victim Assistance Unit.
    An Interview with Jennifer Pierce-Weeks An Interview with Debbie Shaw An Interview with Sarah Chaikin

Discussions on related topics are also available from this OVC Web Forum. Check out the guest hosted discussions on—

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OVC Announces 2011 Instructor-led Trainings

Registration for OVC instructor-led trainings is now open. These specialized trainings are designed to enhance your capacity to better serve crime victims. Visit the Instructor-led Training section of the OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center Web site to learn more about the training offerings, read instructor biographies, and register.

Class size is limited to ensure an interactive learning environment and trainings are expected to fill up quickly. Don’t miss this excellent opportunity to build your practical and technical skills and knowledge of victim service issues!

OVC Professional Development Scholarships are available for trainings. View the eligibility criteria for scholarship applications.

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2011 NCVRW Resource GuideNow Available Online: 2011 NCVRW Resource Guide

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week—Reshaping the Future, Honoring the Past—will be observed April 10–16, 2011.

To assist you with your planning for the week, OVC has released its annual NCVRW Resource Guide, developed to help communities and victim assistance providers promote awareness of crime victim issues and observe NCVRW. The kit includes—

New this year, all camera-ready art files and customizable public awareness posters, as well as select sections of the Resource Guide, are available in English and Spanish!

The Resource Guide (NCJ 231615) and Poster (PS000023) are also available to order. For more information about NCVRW, visit the NCVRW Web site.

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OVC and BJA Release New Resource for Anti-Human Trafficking Task Forces

Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force Strategy and Operations e-Guide. www.ovcttac.gov/TaskForceGuideOn January 11, 2011, in conjunction with National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, the Office for Victims of Crime and the Bureau of Justice Assistance released the Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force Strategy and Operations e-Guide to further support the important work of multidisciplinary anti-human trafficking task forces throughout the country. This new tool provides:

  • Direction and promising practices for anti-human trafficking task force creation, structure, and enhancement.
  • Links to tools, trainings, and resources for victim service providers, law enforcement agencies, and prosecutors.

To learn more about this e-guide, visit www.ovcttac.gov/taskforceguide. For additional information about this issue, see the Human Trafficking section of OVC’s Web site.

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