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  Addressing Communication Barriers When Serving Crime Victims
  Addressing the Holistic Needs of Crime Victims
  Addressing the Legal Needs of Crime Victims
  Build Your Own Body of Evidence-Based Knowledge
  Building Resiliency within Child Abuse Organizations
  Challenges and Opportunities for Supporting Nontraditional Victims
  Child Victims: Providing Effective Rights Enforcement Representation
  Confidentiality for Victims of Military Sexual Trauma
  Developing an Effective Multidisciplinary Team
  Elder Abuse in the LGBTQ Community
  Engaging Survivors in Combating Human Trafficking
  Helping Incarcerated Victims of Crime
  Human Trafficking in Rural Communities
  Impact of Crime Scene Clean Up
  Improving Federal Agency Response to Sexual Violence in Indian Country
  Inner City Posttraumatic Stress
  Language Access
  Lessons Learned From Mass Violence
  Outreach and Response to Teen Victims of Dating Violence
  Postconviction Exonerations and Victim Assistance
  Providing Appropriate Support for Military Victims of Sexual Assault
  Responding to Confidential Victim Disclosures on a College Campus
  Results-Oriented Victim Services
  Serving Trafficking Victims in Immigrant Communities
  Using Volunteers Effectively


The OVC HELP for Victim Service Providers message board is a tool for constructive discussion on issues relating to promising practices, best practices, and victim issues.

A forum moderator screens all posts before they appear in the discussion. OVC reserves the right to remove any message or message segment and to terminate discussion on any topic that appears to be inappropriate and that falls outside the following guidelines:


Treat this forum as a place where you can learn from each other. Offensive, vulgar, threatening, or derogatory language is not allowed. Please avoid undue criticism or labeling of any individual, organization, or agency. All constructive criticism should be supported by appropriate reference citations (e.g., from a Web site, book, magazine, journal). The National Criminal Justice Reference Service database is one place you may want to search for reference materials

In addition, OVC reserves the right to suspend or terminate individuals from the forum at any time for inappropriate conduct.


OVC does not rent, sell, or share personal information that resides on the Web forum, nor does OVC post participants’ e-mail addresses.

It is strictly prohibited for anyone to put a participant of this forum on a commercial or private e-mail list without first securing permission from that person in writing. Violators will be suspended or terminated from the forum.


Unauthorized or unsolicited posts, including advertising, promotional materials, “spamming,” or other forms of solicitation, are not allowed. Posts that include URLs or contact information as part of an event announcement or explanation of a promising practice or best practice within a program are acceptable, but posts submitted solely for the purpose of promoting a product or service will be rejected or censored. Likewise, posts that include questionnaires for private or commercial research projects also will be deleted.


OVC reserves the right to edit messages or refuse to post them should they be deemed inappropriate. Messages should be constructive and focused on sharing or obtaining information of use to victim service providers.


English is the preferred language for posts. OVC will not translate your post into English.

Use standard capitalization and punctuation for ease of reading. Do not type your message in ALL CAPS. This is considered to be shouting and therefore poor etiquette.

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Federal employees are welcome to participate in the OVC HELP for Victim Service Providers web forum. However, federal employees may not represent their agency in any discussion.

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