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The letters LGBTQ used collectively create an initialism that refers to individuals who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer or questioning. Violence occurs at the same rate in LGBTQ communities as in the heterosexual community. However, for a variety of reasons, LGBTQ victims of crime often do not have consistent access to culturally competent services to help them prevent and recover from violence. Most victim assistance agencies lack outreach to LGBTQ victims, LGBTQ cultural competence training for staff, LGBTQ-specific policies and practices, and collaboration with LGBTQ service providers. As a result, LGBTQ victims suffer disproportionately from violence and its aftereffects.

The following resources are provided to bring greater awareness to the extent of victimization of LGBTQ individuals and communities and the widespread gaps in victim services for LGBTQ victims of crime.


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)
 
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)
 
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
 
Responding to Transgender Victims of Sexual Assault (June 2014) OVC, Electronic Document, 0 pages, NCJ 243903.
Transgender victims of sexual assault, like all crime victims, want and deserve to be respected, heard, believed, served, and supported. This user-friendly guide offers practical tools to promote understanding and support of transgender victims, whether you are a health care provider, law enforcement officer, emergency medical personnel, advocate, therapist, or support group facilitator. Learn how you can be a source of support and care for individuals in this high-risk population.
Abstract | HTML
 
Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services Final Report (May 2013) OVC, Report, 60 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)
 

OJP Publications

Hate Crime Victimization, 2004-2012 - Statistical Tables (February 2014) BJS, BJS Technical Reports, 15 pages, NCJ 244409.
This report presents counts and rates of hate crime victimization in 2012, using data from the National Crime Victimization Survey. The tables show change in the number and rate of hate crime victimizations since 2011 and during the 10-year period since 2003. They examine the perceived motivation for the hate crime, demographic characteristics of victims and offenders, and the percentage of hate crime reported to police.

Part Of the BJS Technical Reports Series Abstract | PDF | TEXT
 
Technology, Teen Dating Violence and Abuse, and Bullying (July 2013) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 198 pages, NCJ 243296.
The goal of this project was to expand knowledge about the types of violence and abuse experiences youth have via technology (e.g., social networking sites, texting on cell phones), and how the experience of such cyber abuse within teen dating relationships or through bullying relates to other life factors.
Abstract | PDF
 
Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in New York City, Volume One: The CSEC Population in New York City: Size, Characteristics, and Needs (September 2008) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 126 pages, NCJ 225083.
This study presents the methodology and findings of a study that examined the size, characteristics, needs, and geographic spread of commercially sexually exploited children (CSEC) in New York City.
Abstract | PDF
 

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The letters LGBTQ used collectively create an initialism that refers to individuals who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer or questioning. Violence occurs at the same rate in LGBTQ communities as in the heterosexual community. However, for a variety of reasons, LGBTQ victims of crime often do not have consistent access to culturally competent services to help them prevent and recover from violence. Most victim assistance agencies lack outreach to LGBTQ victims, LGBTQ cultural competence training for staff, LGBTQ-specific policies and practices, and collaboration with LGBTQ service providers. As a result, LGBTQ victims suffer disproportionately from violence and its aftereffects.

The following resources are provided to bring greater awareness to the extent of victimization of LGBTQ individuals and communities and the widespread gaps in victim services for LGBTQ victims of crime.


The letters LGBTQ used collectively create an initialism that refers to individuals who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer or questioning. Violence occurs at the same rate in LGBTQ communities as in the heterosexual community. However, for a variety of reasons, LGBTQ victims of crime often do not have consistent access to culturally competent services to help them prevent and recover from violence. Most victim assistance agencies lack outreach to LGBTQ victims, LGBTQ cultural competence training for staff, LGBTQ-specific policies and practices, and collaboration with LGBTQ service providers. As a result, LGBTQ victims suffer disproportionately from violence and its aftereffects.

The following resources are provided to bring greater awareness to the extent of victimization of LGBTQ individuals and communities and the widespread gaps in victim services for LGBTQ victims of crime.


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 Jun 22 2016 at 2:00PM, Sid Jordan, J.D., consultant with the Coalition Ending Gender-Based Violence (CEGV) in King County, Washington, hosted a discussion on Integrating the Needs of LGBTQ Victims into Mainstream Victim Services

On Jun 25 2015 at 2:00PM, Catherine Thurston, Senior Director of Services and Training at Services & Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Elders (SAGE),, hosted a discussion on Elder Abuse in the LGBTQ Community

On Jun 25 2014 at 2:00PM, michael munson, cofounder and Executive Director of FORGE, and Loree Cook-Daniels, FORGE’s Policy and Program Director, hosted a discussion on Serving Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Sexual Assault Victims

On Jun 5 2013 at 2:00PM, Robin Parker, Executive Director of the Beyond Diversity Resource Center, and Sharon Stapel, Executive Director of the New York City Anti-Violence Project, hosted a discussion on Incorporating LGBTQ Victims’ Needs into Mainstream Victim Services

On Jun 6 2012 at 2:00PM, Michael Munson, cofounder and Executive Director of FORGE, and Rebecca Waggoner, Director of OutFront Minnesota’s Anti-Violence Program, hosted a discussion on Understanding Violence Against Transgender Individuals

The letters LGBTQ used collectively create an initialism that refers to individuals who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer or questioning. Violence occurs at the same rate in LGBTQ communities as in the heterosexual community. However, for a variety of reasons, LGBTQ victims of crime often do not have consistent access to culturally competent services to help them prevent and recover from violence. Most victim assistance agencies lack outreach to LGBTQ victims, LGBTQ cultural competence training for staff, LGBTQ-specific policies and practices, and collaboration with LGBTQ service providers. As a result, LGBTQ victims suffer disproportionately from violence and its aftereffects.

The following resources are provided to bring greater awareness to the extent of victimization of LGBTQ individuals and communities and the widespread gaps in victim services for LGBTQ victims of crime.


What is Vision 21?
The Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services initiative was launched by OVC in fall 2010 to expand th... Read More

More FAQs

The letters LGBTQ used collectively create an initialism that refers to individuals who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer or questioning. Violence occurs at the same rate in LGBTQ communities as in the heterosexual community. However, for a variety of reasons, LGBTQ victims of crime often do not have consistent access to culturally competent services to help them prevent and recover from violence. Most victim assistance agencies lack outreach to LGBTQ victims, LGBTQ cultural competence training for staff, LGBTQ-specific policies and practices, and collaboration with LGBTQ service providers. As a result, LGBTQ victims suffer disproportionately from violence and its aftereffects.

The following resources are provided to bring greater awareness to the extent of victimization of LGBTQ individuals and communities and the widespread gaps in victim services for LGBTQ victims of crime.


FY 2016 Vision 21: Law Enforcement and the Communities They Serve: Supporting Collective Healing in the Wake of Harm (PDF 220 kb)
Deadline: 09/07/2016
OVC will make one award of up to $7 million to support law enforcement agencies, crime victims, and communities by developing, implementing and assessing evidence-based and trauma-informed law enforcement response strategies, protocols, and interventions which promote community engagement and healing prior to and in the wake of police-involved shootings and other high-profile incidents of violence. Strategies include responses to incidents featuring differences in race, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability or immigration status, whether the victim of the incident is a member of the community or an officer. The grantee will in turn competitively select and fund at least six law enforcement demonstration sites, provide oversight and technical assistance to them, and provide rapid response to other communities that experience law-enforcement involved shootings, death, or other crisis incidents. Apply by September 7, 2016.

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The letters LGBTQ used collectively create an initialism that refers to individuals who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer or questioning. Violence occurs at the same rate in LGBTQ communities as in the heterosexual community. However, for a variety of reasons, LGBTQ victims of crime often do not have consistent access to culturally competent services to help them prevent and recover from violence. Most victim assistance agencies lack outreach to LGBTQ victims, LGBTQ cultural competence training for staff, LGBTQ-specific policies and practices, and collaboration with LGBTQ service providers. As a result, LGBTQ victims suffer disproportionately from violence and its aftereffects.

The following resources are provided to bring greater awareness to the extent of victimization of LGBTQ individuals and communities and the widespread gaps in victim services for LGBTQ victims of crime.


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)
 
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)
 
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
 
Responding to Transgender Victims of Sexual Assault (June 2014) OVC, Electronic Document, 0 pages, NCJ 243903. Transgender victims of sexual assault, like all crime victims, want and deserve to be respected, heard, believed, served, and supported. This user-friendly guide offers practical tools to promote understanding and support of transgender victims, whether you are a health care provider, law enforcement officer, emergency medical personnel, advocate, therapist, or support group facilitator. Learn how you can be a source of support and care for individuals in this high-risk population.
Abstract | HTML
 
Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services Final Report (May 2013) OVC, Report, 60 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)
 

OJP Publications

Hate Crime Victimization, 2004-2012 - Statistical Tables (February 2014) BJS, BJS Technical Reports, 15 pages, NCJ 244409. This report presents counts and rates of hate crime victimization in 2012, using data from the National Crime Victimization Survey. The tables show change in the number and rate of hate crime victimizations since 2011 and during the 10-year period since 2003. They examine the perceived motivation for the hate crime, demographic characteristics of victims and offenders, and the percentage of hate crime reported to police.
Part Of the BJS Technical Reports Series
Abstract | PDF | TEXT
 
Technology, Teen Dating Violence and Abuse, and Bullying (July 2013) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 198 pages, NCJ 243296. The goal of this project was to expand knowledge about the types of violence and abuse experiences youth have via technology (e.g., social networking sites, texting on cell phones), and how the experience of such cyber abuse within teen dating relationships or through bullying relates to other life factors.
Abstract | PDF
 
Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in New York City, Volume One: The CSEC Population in New York City: Size, Characteristics, and Needs (September 2008) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 126 pages, NCJ 225083. This study presents the methodology and findings of a study that examined the size, characteristics, needs, and geographic spread of commercially sexually exploited children (CSEC) in New York City.
Abstract | PDF
 

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Related Resources

OVC Funded Resources

FORGE
FORGE is a progressive organization whose mission is to support, educate and advocate for the rights and lives of transgender individuals and SOFFAs (Significant Others, Friends, Family, and Allies).
 

Federal Resources

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.
 
StopBullying.gov
This Web site, managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provides information about how to prevent and address bullying in schools.
 

Non-Governmental Resources

Community United Against Violence (CUAV)
CUAV offers violence prevention services (particularly for hate and domestic violence) to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities.
 
Gay Men's Domestic Violence Project
The Gay Men’s Domestic Violence Project supports victims and survivors through education, advocacy and direct services.
 
LAMBDA GLBT Community Services
LAMBDA is dedicated to protecting gays and lesbians from discrimination and violence in homes, businesses, and schools through educational campaigns, nondiscrimination leadership, and antiviolence efforts.
 
National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP)
NCAVP addresses the pervasive problem of violence committed against and within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and HIV-affected communities.
 
Safe Schools Coalition
The Safe Schools Coalition is an international public-private partnership in support of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth, that is working to help schools become safe places where every family can belong, where every educator can teach, and where every child can learn, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.
 

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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 Jun 22 2016 at 2:00PM, Sid Jordan, J.D., consultant with the Coalition Ending Gender-Based Violence (CEGV) in King County, Washington, hosted a discussion on Integrating the Needs of LGBTQ Victims into Mainstream Victim Services

On Jun 25 2015 at 2:00PM, Catherine Thurston, Senior Director of Services and Training at Services & Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Elders (SAGE),, hosted a discussion on Elder Abuse in the LGBTQ Community

On Jun 25 2014 at 2:00PM, michael munson, cofounder and Executive Director of FORGE, and Loree Cook-Daniels, FORGE’s Policy and Program Director, hosted a discussion on Serving Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Sexual Assault Victims

On Jun 5 2013 at 2:00PM, Robin Parker, Executive Director of the Beyond Diversity Resource Center, and Sharon Stapel, Executive Director of the New York City Anti-Violence Project, hosted a discussion on Incorporating LGBTQ Victims’ Needs into Mainstream Victim Services

On Jun 6 2012 at 2:00PM, Michael Munson, cofounder and Executive Director of FORGE, and Rebecca Waggoner, Director of OutFront Minnesota’s Anti-Violence Program, hosted a discussion on Understanding Violence Against Transgender Individuals


FAQs

What is Vision 21?
The Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services initiative was launched by OVC in fall 2010 to expand th... Read More

Back to Top


Funding

FY 2016 Vision 21: Law Enforcement and the Communities They Serve: Supporting Collective Healing in the Wake of Harm (PDF 220 kb)
Deadline: 09/07/2016
OVC will make one award of up to $7 million to support law enforcement agencies, crime victims, and communities by developing, implementing and assessing evidence-based and trauma-informed law enforcement response strategies, protocols, and interventions which promote community engagement and healing prior to and in the wake of police-involved shootings and other high-profile incidents of violence. Strategies include responses to incidents featuring differences in race, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability or immigration status, whether the victim of the incident is a member of the community or an officer. The grantee will in turn competitively select and fund at least six law enforcement demonstration sites, provide oversight and technical assistance to them, and provide rapid response to other communities that experience law-enforcement involved shootings, death, or other crisis incidents. Apply by September 7, 2016.

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National Calendar of Crime Victim Assistance-Related Events
Upcoming Event(s)
2016 National Center for Victims of Crime National Training Institute
Philadelphia, PA
09/19/2016-09/21/2016

15th National Indian Nations Conference: Justice for Victims of Crime
Palm Springs, CA
12/08/2016-12/10/2016

Online Directory of Crime Victims Services.