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The threat of terrorism and mass violence against Americans has increased in recent years in the United States and abroad. Such acts leave victims with serious physical and emotional wounds and challenge government officials and communities to respond immediately with appropriate efforts. OVC develops programs and initiatives to support victims of domestic and international terrorism, as well as victims of global crimes such as international parental child abduction and tourist-targeted victimization. Through its Terrorism and International Victim Assistance Services Division, OVC offers assistance to these victims with the following programs: the Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program (AEAP), International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program (ITVERP), Crime Victim Assistance Emergency Fund for Victims of Terrorism and Mass Violence (the Emergency Fund), and Victim Reunification Travel Program (VRT).

The following organizations, publications, and related resources provide additional information on the issues of terrorism and mass violence.

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)
 
International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program (ITVERP) Brochure (February 2016) OVC, NCJ 249058.
This brochure describes the International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program (ITVERP), which is authorized by Congress to reimburse eligible direct victims of acts of international terrorism that occur outside the United States for expenses associated with that victimization. It includes a list of the expenses that are eligible for reimbursement; explains the difference between itemized, interim emergency, and supplemental applications; and provides deadlines for filing a claim.
PDF
 
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)
 
Helping Victims of Mass Violence and Terrorism: Planning, Response, Recovery, and Resources (August 2015) OVC, NCJ 248647.
This toolkit is designed to help communities prepare for and respond to victims of mass violence and terrorism in the most timely, effective, and compassionate manner possible. OVC created this product in coordination with the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Office for Victim Assistance and DOJ's Office of Justice for Victims of Overseas Terrorism.
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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
 

OJP Publications

Mental Health Response to Mass Violence and Terrorism: A Field Guide (2005) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 38 pages, NCJ 205452.
This guide is intended for service providers and professionals in the mental health field providing the basics in responding and assisting those victims and families during the aftermath of mass violence and terrorism.
Abstract | PDF
 
Mental Health Response to Mass Violence and Terrorism: A Training Manual (January 2004) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Report, 192 pages, NCJ 205451.
This training manual provides guidance for developing and implementing training that will prepare mental health and crime-victim service providers with the knowledge and skill to help victims, survivors, and the community-at-large cope with and recover from terrorist and other events that involve mass violence.
Abstract | PDF
 
Handbook on Justice for Victims (1999) UNCCPCJ, 132 pages, NCJ 179083.
In May 1996, the United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, at its fifth session, adopted a resolution to develop a manual or manuals on the use and application of the Declaration. The Handbook on Justice for Victims was developed in response to that resolution and outlines the basic steps in developing comprehensive assistance services for victims of crime.
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The threat of terrorism and mass violence against Americans has increased in recent years in the United States and abroad. Such acts leave victims with serious physical and emotional wounds and challenge government officials and communities to respond immediately with appropriate efforts. OVC develops programs and initiatives to support victims of domestic and international terrorism, as well as victims of global crimes such as international parental child abduction and tourist-targeted victimization. Through its Terrorism and International Victim Assistance Services Division, OVC offers assistance to these victims with the following programs: the Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program (AEAP), International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program (ITVERP), Crime Victim Assistance Emergency Fund for Victims of Terrorism and Mass Violence (the Emergency Fund), and Victim Reunification Travel Program (VRT).

The following organizations, publications, and related resources provide additional information on the issues of terrorism and mass violence.

The threat of terrorism and mass violence against Americans has increased in recent years in the United States and abroad. Such acts leave victims with serious physical and emotional wounds and challenge government officials and communities to respond immediately with appropriate efforts. OVC develops programs and initiatives to support victims of domestic and international terrorism, as well as victims of global crimes such as international parental child abduction and tourist-targeted victimization. Through its Terrorism and International Victim Assistance Services Division, OVC offers assistance to these victims with the following programs: the Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program (AEAP), International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program (ITVERP), Crime Victim Assistance Emergency Fund for Victims of Terrorism and Mass Violence (the Emergency Fund), and Victim Reunification Travel Program (VRT).

The following organizations, publications, and related resources provide additional information on the issues of terrorism and mass violence.

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 Oct 15 2015 at 2:00PM, Krista Flannigan, J.D., director, Institute for Crime Victim Research and Policy at Florida State University, and Herman Millholland, founder of the consulting firm Millholland and Associates, hosted a discussion on Lessons Learned From Mass Violence

On May 29 2007 at 2:00PM, Stephanie Frogge, Director of Survivor Services for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, and Helga West, Cofounder and President of Witness Justice, hosted a discussion on Providing Peer Support to Disaster Survivors

On Nov 30 2005 at 2:00PM, Angela McCown, founding Victim Services Director for the Texas Department of Public Safety, hosted a discussion on Mass Violence

The threat of terrorism and mass violence against Americans has increased in recent years in the United States and abroad. Such acts leave victims with serious physical and emotional wounds and challenge government officials and communities to respond immediately with appropriate efforts. OVC develops programs and initiatives to support victims of domestic and international terrorism, as well as victims of global crimes such as international parental child abduction and tourist-targeted victimization. Through its Terrorism and International Victim Assistance Services Division, OVC offers assistance to these victims with the following programs: the Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program (AEAP), International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program (ITVERP), Crime Victim Assistance Emergency Fund for Victims of Terrorism and Mass Violence (the Emergency Fund), and Victim Reunification Travel Program (VRT).

The following organizations, publications, and related resources provide additional information on the issues of terrorism and mass violence.

What is the Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Grant Program (AEAP)?
OVC administers the Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program to assist affected jurisdictions ... Read More

I am a U.S. citizen, living in another country, and I have been a victim of terrorism. How may I obtain assistance?
Victims of international terrorism may receive reimbursement from the International Terrorism Victim... Read More

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

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

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

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The threat of terrorism and mass violence against Americans has increased in recent years in the United States and abroad. Such acts leave victims with serious physical and emotional wounds and challenge government officials and communities to respond immediately with appropriate efforts. OVC develops programs and initiatives to support victims of domestic and international terrorism, as well as victims of global crimes such as international parental child abduction and tourist-targeted victimization. Through its Terrorism and International Victim Assistance Services Division, OVC offers assistance to these victims with the following programs: the Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program (AEAP), International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program (ITVERP), Crime Victim Assistance Emergency Fund for Victims of Terrorism and Mass Violence (the Emergency Fund), and Victim Reunification Travel Program (VRT).

The following organizations, publications, and related resources provide additional information on the issues of terrorism and mass violence.

FY 2016 Application Guidance for Invitation to Apply for Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program for Crime Victim Compensation and/or Assistance (PDF 275 kb)
Deadline: Open
The Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program (AEAP) is a mechanism by which the Director of OVC may award supplemental crime victim compensation and assistance to respond to an act of terrorism or mass criminal violence. The criminal act has to be of sufficient magnitude that it overwhelms the affected jurisdiction’s or program’s ability to respond to the event. This is a restricted invitation because the program is intended to respond to specific cases of terrorism and mass violence. Only after OVC has consulted with an eligible organization can an application be submitted.

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The threat of terrorism and mass violence against Americans has increased in recent years in the United States and abroad. Such acts leave victims with serious physical and emotional wounds and challenge government officials and communities to respond immediately with appropriate efforts. OVC develops programs and initiatives to support victims of domestic and international terrorism, as well as victims of global crimes such as international parental child abduction and tourist-targeted victimization. Through its Terrorism and International Victim Assistance Services Division, OVC offers assistance to these victims with the following programs: the Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program (AEAP), International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program (ITVERP), Crime Victim Assistance Emergency Fund for Victims of Terrorism and Mass Violence (the Emergency Fund), and Victim Reunification Travel Program (VRT).

The following organizations, publications, and related resources provide additional information on the issues of terrorism and mass violence.

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)
 
International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program (ITVERP) Brochure (February 2016) OVC, NCJ 249058. This brochure describes the International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program (ITVERP), which is authorized by Congress to reimburse eligible direct victims of acts of international terrorism that occur outside the United States for expenses associated with that victimization. It includes a list of the expenses that are eligible for reimbursement; explains the difference between itemized, interim emergency, and supplemental applications; and provides deadlines for filing a claim.
PDF
 
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)
 
Helping Victims of Mass Violence and Terrorism: Planning, Response, Recovery, and Resources (August 2015) OVC, NCJ 248647. This toolkit is designed to help communities prepare for and respond to victims of mass violence and terrorism in the most timely, effective, and compassionate manner possible. OVC created this product in coordination with the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Office for Victim Assistance and DOJ's Office of Justice for Victims of Overseas Terrorism.
Abstract | HTML
 
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
 

OJP Publications

Mental Health Response to Mass Violence and Terrorism: A Field Guide (2005) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 38 pages, NCJ 205452. This guide is intended for service providers and professionals in the mental health field providing the basics in responding and assisting those victims and families during the aftermath of mass violence and terrorism.
Abstract | PDF
 
Mental Health Response to Mass Violence and Terrorism: A Training Manual (January 2004) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Report, 192 pages, NCJ 205451. This training manual provides guidance for developing and implementing training that will prepare mental health and crime-victim service providers with the knowledge and skill to help victims, survivors, and the community-at-large cope with and recover from terrorist and other events that involve mass violence.
Abstract | PDF
 
Handbook on Justice for Victims (1999) UNCCPCJ, 132 pages, NCJ 179083. In May 1996, the United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, at its fifth session, adopted a resolution to develop a manual or manuals on the use and application of the Declaration. The Handbook on Justice for Victims was developed in response to that resolution and outlines the basic steps in developing comprehensive assistance services for victims of crime.
Abstract | PDF
 

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Related Resources

OVC Funded Resources

Criminal Crisis Response Initiative (CCRI)
Funded by OVC, CCRI is a multidisciplinary training and technical assistance program designed to help communities meet the needs of the victims of an act of criminal mass victimization.
 

Federal Resources

Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS)
CMHS works in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in overseeing national efforts to provide emergency mental health services to survivors of Presidentially declared disasters.
 
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
The FBI is the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Justice. Its mission is to protect the United States from terrorist and foreign intelligence activities; investigate violations of federal criminal law; and provide assistance to federal, state, local, and international agencies.
 
International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program (ITVERP)
If you believe that you or someone you know has been a victim of international terrorism, help may be available. ITVERP is a program authorized by Congress to reimburse eligible direct victims of acts of international terrorism that occur outside the United States for expenses associated with that victimization.
 
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.
 
World Trade Center Health Program
This program monitors, screens, treats and supports responders who responded to the disaster site at the World Trade Center in New York City and who may have been affected physically or mentally by their service. The site is designed to provide information related to all aspects of the World Trade Center Health Program, to highlight new developments in the program as they occur, and to help individuals find information of particular interest for them.
 

Non-Governmental Resources

HOPE Coalition
HOPE Coalition provides free and compassionate economic counseling to workers and families affected by disaster. Created after the September 11th attack on America and supported by many of America's leading financial institutions, HOPE Coalition is a national emergency management coalition that provides free economic counseling to workers and families affected by disaster.
 
International Crisis Group
The International Crisis Group provides analysis and advice to governments and intergovernmental bodies on the prevention and resolution of deadly conflict.
 
International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT)
IRCT promotes and supports the rehabilitation of torture victims and works for the prevention of torture.
 
National Center for Campus Public Safety
This organization seeks to bring together campus public safety personnel, professional associations, advocacy organizations, community leaders, victim advocates, and others to improve and expand services to those who are charged with providing a safe environment on the campuses of the nation's colleges and universities.
 
National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NOVAD)
NVOAD coordinates planning efforts by volunteer organizations responding to disaster. It provides training, leadership development, published resources, case studies, and performance critiques to participating groups.
 

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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 Oct 15 2015 at 2:00PM, Krista Flannigan, J.D., director, Institute for Crime Victim Research and Policy at Florida State University, and Herman Millholland, founder of the consulting firm Millholland and Associates, hosted a discussion on Lessons Learned From Mass Violence

On May 29 2007 at 2:00PM, Stephanie Frogge, Director of Survivor Services for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, and Helga West, Cofounder and President of Witness Justice, hosted a discussion on Providing Peer Support to Disaster Survivors

On Nov 30 2005 at 2:00PM, Angela McCown, founding Victim Services Director for the Texas Department of Public Safety, hosted a discussion on Mass Violence


FAQs

What is the Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Grant Program (AEAP)?
OVC administers the Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program to assist affected jurisdictions ... Read More

I am a U.S. citizen, living in another country, and I have been a victim of terrorism. How may I obtain assistance?
Victims of international terrorism may receive reimbursement from the International Terrorism Victim... Read More

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

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

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

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Funding

FY 2016 Application Guidance for Invitation to Apply for Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program for Crime Victim Compensation and/or Assistance (PDF 275 kb)
Deadline: Open
The Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program (AEAP) is a mechanism by which the Director of OVC may award supplemental crime victim compensation and assistance to respond to an act of terrorism or mass criminal violence. The criminal act has to be of sufficient magnitude that it overwhelms the affected jurisdiction’s or program’s ability to respond to the event. This is a restricted invitation because the program is intended to respond to specific cases of terrorism and mass violence. Only after OVC has consulted with an eligible organization can an application be submitted.

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