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U.S. citizens victimized abroad are especially vulnerable to the devastating effects of crime because of language barriers, culture shock, distance from family and other support systems, and an unfamiliar criminal justice system. Services for victims of crimes differ dramatically from country to country, and systems for thorough, appropriate, and timely victim assistance have not been established in many parts of the world. This lack of adequate victim services poses distinct challenges for both U.S. citizens victimized abroad and service providers in the United States who are helping victims deal with the aftermath of the crime.

The following resources provide information for U.S. citizens victimized abroad and for the service providers and allied professionals who work with them.

OVC and OVC-Sponsored Publications

2014 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Theme DVD and CD-ROM (February 2014) OVC, 0 pages, NCJ 243539.
The 2014 NCVRW Theme DVD highlights progress made since the passage of the Victims of Crime Act in 1984 that makes victim services and rights more open, inclusive, and flexible. The CD-ROM contains all 2014 NCVRW Resource Guide content, including the artwork in three electronic formats (JPEG, fillable PDF, and Adobe Creative Suite files) in both color and black and white.
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Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services Final Report (May 2013) OVC, Report, 63 pages, NCJ 239957.
The Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services initiative was launched by OVC in fall 2010 to expand the vision and impact of the crime victim assistance field. This Final Report provides a set of findings and broad recommendations, informed by stakeholder forums and literature reviews, that form a framework for strategic, transformative change. The Final Report outlines ways the field can overcome the obstacles it faces and change how it meets victims' needs and addresses those who perpetrate crime.
Abstract | PDF (Full Report) | PDF (Summary & Recommendations) | PDF (At a Glance Fact Sheet)
 
International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program (2010) OVC, BC 000762.
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.
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International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program--Report to Congress (2009) OVC, Report, 32 pages, NCJ 231686.
This report outlines the activities and accomplishments of OVC's International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program (ITVERP) from June 2007 through August 2008. The report includes a background of the program, authorizing legislation, and funding structure; an explanation of the procedures for filing and processing applications for reimbursement; a description of the informational materials, tools, and outreach campaigns targeted at potential claimants and collaborating agencies and partners; a statistical analysis of applications received and victims assisted; lessons learned; and future program goals.
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International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program--Report to Congress (October 2008) OVC, 39 pages, NCJ 222307.
This report outlines the activities and accomplishments of OVC’s International Terrorism Victims Expense Reimbursement Program (ITVERP) from October 2006 through May 2007. The report includes a background of the program, authorizing legislation, and funding structure; an explanation of the procedures for filing and processing applications for reimbursement; a description of the policies, procedures, materials, and tools instituted to promote public awareness about the program; a statistical analysis of applications received and victims assisted; and future program needs and suggested improvements.
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U.S. citizens victimized abroad are especially vulnerable to the devastating effects of crime because of language barriers, culture shock, distance from family and other support systems, and an unfamiliar criminal justice system. Services for victims of crimes differ dramatically from country to country, and systems for thorough, appropriate, and timely victim assistance have not been established in many parts of the world. This lack of adequate victim services poses distinct challenges for both U.S. citizens victimized abroad and service providers in the United States who are helping victims deal with the aftermath of the crime.

The following resources provide information for U.S. citizens victimized abroad and for the service providers and allied professionals who work with them.

U.S. citizens victimized abroad are especially vulnerable to the devastating effects of crime because of language barriers, culture shock, distance from family and other support systems, and an unfamiliar criminal justice system. Services for victims of crimes differ dramatically from country to country, and systems for thorough, appropriate, and timely victim assistance have not been established in many parts of the world. This lack of adequate victim services poses distinct challenges for both U.S. citizens victimized abroad and service providers in the United States who are helping victims deal with the aftermath of the crime.

The following resources provide information for U.S. citizens victimized abroad and for the service providers and allied professionals who work with them.

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 May 9 2012 at 2:00PM, Jamie Barnett, President of International Cruise Victims, hosted a discussion on Addressing the Needs of Victims on Cruise Ships

U.S. citizens victimized abroad are especially vulnerable to the devastating effects of crime because of language barriers, culture shock, distance from family and other support systems, and an unfamiliar criminal justice system. Services for victims of crimes differ dramatically from country to country, and systems for thorough, appropriate, and timely victim assistance have not been established in many parts of the world. This lack of adequate victim services poses distinct challenges for both U.S. citizens victimized abroad and service providers in the United States who are helping victims deal with the aftermath of the crime.

The following resources provide information for U.S. citizens victimized abroad and for the service providers and allied professionals who work with them.

Can a victim apply directly to OVC for funding?
Yes. Under the International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program (ITVERP), a U.S. nationa... Read More

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

What is the Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Grant Program?
The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) administers the Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Progra... 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

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U.S. citizens victimized abroad are especially vulnerable to the devastating effects of crime because of language barriers, culture shock, distance from family and other support systems, and an unfamiliar criminal justice system. Services for victims of crimes differ dramatically from country to country, and systems for thorough, appropriate, and timely victim assistance have not been established in many parts of the world. This lack of adequate victim services poses distinct challenges for both U.S. citizens victimized abroad and service providers in the United States who are helping victims deal with the aftermath of the crime.

The following resources provide information for U.S. citizens victimized abroad and for the service providers and allied professionals who work with them.

FY 2014 Vision 21: Using Technology to Expand National and International Access to Victim Services (PDF 259 kb)
Deadline: 05/15/2014
This competitive program will make up to 10 awards of $150,000 to $750,000 each to support projects that propose to use technology creatively to provide outreach and direct assistance to victims, particularly those who have never been served or for whom services are not readily available, nationally and/or internationally (for Americans abroad). OVC plans to fund three categories of projects: National-Scope Victim Service Initiatives, National Scope Victim Service Initiatives Proposing To Serve Underserved Victims Identified by the Applicant, and Victim Service Initiatives for American Victims of Domestic Violence and/or Sexual Assault Abroad. Organizations may apply for funding under any or all of the three categories; however, applicants must submit a separate application for each proposed project. Those applying are urged to begin in advance of the May 15, 2014, deadline.

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U.S. citizens victimized abroad are especially vulnerable to the devastating effects of crime because of language barriers, culture shock, distance from family and other support systems, and an unfamiliar criminal justice system. Services for victims of crimes differ dramatically from country to country, and systems for thorough, appropriate, and timely victim assistance have not been established in many parts of the world. This lack of adequate victim services poses distinct challenges for both U.S. citizens victimized abroad and service providers in the United States who are helping victims deal with the aftermath of the crime.

The following resources provide information for U.S. citizens victimized abroad and for the service providers and allied professionals who work with them.

Publications

OVC and OVC-Sponsored Publications

2014 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Theme DVD and CD-ROM (February 2014) OVC, 0 pages, NCJ 243539. The 2014 NCVRW Theme DVD highlights progress made since the passage of the Victims of Crime Act in 1984 that makes victim services and rights more open, inclusive, and flexible. The CD-ROM contains all 2014 NCVRW Resource Guide content, including the artwork in three electronic formats (JPEG, fillable PDF, and Adobe Creative Suite files) in both color and black and white.
Abstract | HTML
 
Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services Final Report (May 2013) OVC, Report, 63 pages, NCJ 239957. The Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services initiative was launched by OVC in fall 2010 to expand the vision and impact of the crime victim assistance field. This Final Report provides a set of findings and broad recommendations, informed by stakeholder forums and literature reviews, that form a framework for strategic, transformative change. The Final Report outlines ways the field can overcome the obstacles it faces and change how it meets victims' needs and addresses those who perpetrate crime.
Abstract | PDF (Full Report) | PDF (Summary & Recommendations) | PDF (At a Glance Fact Sheet)
 
International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program (2010) OVC, BC 000762. 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
 
International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program--Report to Congress (2009) OVC, Report, 32 pages, NCJ 231686. This report outlines the activities and accomplishments of OVC's International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program (ITVERP) from June 2007 through August 2008. The report includes a background of the program, authorizing legislation, and funding structure; an explanation of the procedures for filing and processing applications for reimbursement; a description of the informational materials, tools, and outreach campaigns targeted at potential claimants and collaborating agencies and partners; a statistical analysis of applications received and victims assisted; lessons learned; and future program goals.
Abstract | PDF
 
International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program--Report to Congress (October 2008) OVC, 39 pages, NCJ 222307. This report outlines the activities and accomplishments of OVC’s International Terrorism Victims Expense Reimbursement Program (ITVERP) from October 2006 through May 2007. The report includes a background of the program, authorizing legislation, and funding structure; an explanation of the procedures for filing and processing applications for reimbursement; a description of the policies, procedures, materials, and tools instituted to promote public awareness about the program; a statistical analysis of applications received and victims assisted; and future program needs and suggested improvements.
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Related Resources

Federal Resources

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.
 
U.S. Department of State
The State Department is committed to assisting American citizens who become victims of crime while abroad and can help victims in two ways. Overseas: consular officers, agents, and staff work with crime victims and help them with the local police and medical systems. In the United States: the office of Overseas Citizens Services will stay in touch with family members in the United States, and help provide U.S.-based resources for the victim when possible.
 

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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 May 9 2012 at 2:00PM, Jamie Barnett, President of International Cruise Victims, hosted a discussion on Addressing the Needs of Victims on Cruise Ships


FAQs

Can a victim apply directly to OVC for funding?
Yes. Under the International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program (ITVERP), a U.S. nationa... Read More

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

What is the Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Grant Program?
The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) administers the Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Progra... 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

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Funding

FY 2014 Vision 21: Using Technology to Expand National and International Access to Victim Services (PDF 259 kb)
Deadline: 05/15/2014
This competitive program will make up to 10 awards of $150,000 to $750,000 each to support projects that propose to use technology creatively to provide outreach and direct assistance to victims, particularly those who have never been served or for whom services are not readily available, nationally and/or internationally (for Americans abroad). OVC plans to fund three categories of projects: National-Scope Victim Service Initiatives, National Scope Victim Service Initiatives Proposing To Serve Underserved Victims Identified by the Applicant, and Victim Service Initiatives for American Victims of Domestic Violence and/or Sexual Assault Abroad. Organizations may apply for funding under any or all of the three categories; however, applicants must submit a separate application for each proposed project. Those applying are urged to begin in advance of the May 15, 2014, deadline.

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National Calendar of Crime Victim Assistance-Related Events
Upcoming Event(s)
Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) Annual Meeting
San Francisco, CA
05/28/2014-05/30/2014

National Sheriffs' Association (NSA) Annual Conference and Exhibition
Fort Worth, TX
06/20/2014-06/25/2014

National Center for Victims of Crime 2014 National Training Institute
Miami, FL
09/17/2014-09/19/2014

Online Directory of Crime Victims Services.