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Children are exposed to violence in their homes, schools, and communities, either directly (i.e., as a victim of abuse or a crime) or indirectly (i.e., as a witness to a violent act; by learning of a violent act against a family member, neighbor, or close friend; or from a threat against the child’s own home or school). All too often, children who are exposed to such violence incur lasting physical, mental, and emotional harm with effects that can last well into adulthood. Understanding the nature and extent of children’s exposure to violence is essential to combating its effects. Research has found that early identifica­tion, intervention, and continued followup are valuable strategies for preventing or decreasing the potential negative effects of children’s exposure to vio­lence.

The following resources provide additional information about programs and services available for those who work with children who have been exposed to and/or experienced violence in some manner.


OVC and OVC-Sponsored Publications

Through Our Eyes: Children, Violence, and Trauma (April 2014) OVC, 0 pages, NCJ 241394.
This video series addresses the needs of children exposed to crime, abuse, and violence; highlights major issues in child victimization; identifies promising practices for service providers and others working with young victims; and shows how trauma-informed care can help child victims recover to lead healthy, productive lives. A companion resource guide accompanies each video and public awareness posters are available for download.
Abstract | HTML
 
OVC Builds Capacity To Serve Crime Victims in Indian Country (July 2013) OVC, Fact Sheet, OVC Fact Sheets, FS 000393.
This fact sheet describes OVC's efforts to support American Indian/Alaska Native victims of crime by forging innovative partnerships to develop and expand exemplary tribal programs and services; and maintaining established programs that focus on culturally specific training, technical assistance, and case management, among other services.
HTML
Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
 
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)
 
Outreach to Underserved Teen Victims of Crime (2012) OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 40 pages, NCJ 238800.
The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) and the National Center for Victims of Crime (National Center), with funding from OVC, produced this guidebook and accompanying Web-based resources to provide an overview of the challenges faced in conducting outreach to underserved teen victims of crime. The materials highlight examples of the various projects and resources developed and implemented in local communities through the Underserved Teen Victims Initiative.
Abstract | PDF
 
What You Can Do If You Are A Victim of Crime (2010) OVC, BC 000767.
This OVC brochure explains the rights of victims of crime and the compensation and assistance resources available to them. It also lists national organizations that help victims find information or obtain referrals.
PDF | HTML
 

OJP Publications

Children's Exposure to Violence and the Intersection Between Delinquency and Victimization (October 2013) OJJDP, Bulletin, OJJDP National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence Series, 12 pages, NCJ 240555.
This bulletin presents survey results from the National Survey of Children's Exposure to Violence (NatSCEV) regarding the co-occurrence of victimization and delinquency among children who are exposed to violence.

Part Of the OJJDP National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence Series Series Abstract | PDF 1.37 MB
 
Indicators of School Crime and Safety, 2012 (June 2013) BJS, Report, 211 pages, NCJ 241446.
This annual report provides the most current detailed statistical information on the nature of crime in schools. It presents data on crime and safety at school from the perspectives of students, teachers, and principals.
Abstract | PDF
 
Report of the Attorney General's National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence (December 2012) OJJDP-Sponsored, Report, 256 pages, NCJ 241563.
Children’s exposure to violence, whether as victims or witnesses, is often associated with long-term physical, psychological, and emotional harm. Children exposed to violence are also at a higher risk of engaging in criminal behavior later in life and becoming part of a cycle of violence. This report presents recommendations from the Task Force to prevent, reduce, and treat children’s exposure to violence.
Abstract | PDF
 
Violent Crime Against Youth, 1994-2010 (December 2012) BJS, Report, 22 pages, NCJ 240106.
This report presents patterns and trends in violent crime against youth ages 12 to 17 from 1994 to 2010. The report explores overall trends in violent crime against youth and examines patterns in serious violent crime and simple assault by the demographic characteristics of the victim, the location and time of the incident, weapon involvement and injury, the victim-offender relationship, and whether police were notified.
Abstract | PDF | TEXT
 
Prevalence of Violent Crime Among Households with Children, 1993-2010 (September 2012) BJS, Report, BJS Special Reports, 18 pages, NCJ 238799.
Presents data from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) on nonfatal violent crime involving members of a household as victims and reports on the annual prevalence of that violent crime among U.S. households with children from 1993 to 2010.

Part Of the BJS Special Reports Series Abstract | PDF | TEXT
 

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Children are exposed to violence in their homes, schools, and communities, either directly (i.e., as a victim of abuse or a crime) or indirectly (i.e., as a witness to a violent act; by learning of a violent act against a family member, neighbor, or close friend; or from a threat against the child’s own home or school). All too often, children who are exposed to such violence incur lasting physical, mental, and emotional harm with effects that can last well into adulthood. Understanding the nature and extent of children’s exposure to violence is essential to combating its effects. Research has found that early identifica­tion, intervention, and continued followup are valuable strategies for preventing or decreasing the potential negative effects of children’s exposure to vio­lence.

The following resources provide additional information about programs and services available for those who work with children who have been exposed to and/or experienced violence in some manner.


Children are exposed to violence in their homes, schools, and communities, either directly (i.e., as a victim of abuse or a crime) or indirectly (i.e., as a witness to a violent act; by learning of a violent act against a family member, neighbor, or close friend; or from a threat against the child’s own home or school). All too often, children who are exposed to such violence incur lasting physical, mental, and emotional harm with effects that can last well into adulthood. Understanding the nature and extent of children’s exposure to violence is essential to combating its effects. Research has found that early identifica­tion, intervention, and continued followup are valuable strategies for preventing or decreasing the potential negative effects of children’s exposure to vio­lence.

The following resources provide additional information about programs and services available for those who work with children who have been exposed to and/or experienced violence in some manner.


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 Apr 23 2014 at 2:00PM, Dr David Corwin, President of the Academy on Violence and Abuse, Professor in Pediatrics Department at University of Utah, and Dr James Henry, Cofounder and Project Director for the Western Michigan University (WMU) Children's Trauma Assessment Center, will host a discussion on Implications of Adverse Childhood Experiences for Practitioners

On Feb 28 2013 at 2:00PM, Mitru Ciarlante, Director of Child & Club Safety for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and Dr. John Rich, Professor and Chair of Health Management and Policy at the Drexel University School of Public Health, hosted a discussion on Reaching Young Men of Color Exposed to Violence

On Apr 27 2011 at 2:00PM, Andrea Cardona, founder of FLA Four Legged Advocates, Inc, and Curtis Allen, manager with Tooele County Children’s Justice Center’s Healing Paws program, hosted a discussion on Using Therapy Dogs to Respond to Child Victims

On Oct 26 2009 at 2:00PM, Miriam Berkman, J.D., M.S.W., Assistant Clinical Professor in Social Work at the Yale University Child Study Center, and Sherry Hamby, Ph.D., Research Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Sewanee, the University of the South and co-author of the Juvenil, hosted a discussion on Helping Children Exposed to Domestic Violence

On Jun 24 2009 at 2:00PM, Avy Skolnik, hosted a discussion on Working With LGBTIQ Survivors of Violence

On Mar 26 2008 at 2:00PM, Victor Vieth, Director of the National Child Protection Training Center at Winona State University, hosted a discussion on Preparing Victim Service Providers and Children for Court

Children are exposed to violence in their homes, schools, and communities, either directly (i.e., as a victim of abuse or a crime) or indirectly (i.e., as a witness to a violent act; by learning of a violent act against a family member, neighbor, or close friend; or from a threat against the child’s own home or school). All too often, children who are exposed to such violence incur lasting physical, mental, and emotional harm with effects that can last well into adulthood. Understanding the nature and extent of children’s exposure to violence is essential to combating its effects. Research has found that early identifica­tion, intervention, and continued followup are valuable strategies for preventing or decreasing the potential negative effects of children’s exposure to vio­lence.

The following resources provide additional information about programs and services available for those who work with children who have been exposed to and/or experienced violence in some manner.


What harms exist for children found at methamphetamine laboratories?
Information on the harms associated with children found at methamphetamine labs can be found in Chil... 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

Is information available on what can be done to help children who have been witnesses to violence?
To view publications and other resources related to the treatment of children who have been exposed ... Read More

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

Children are exposed to violence in their homes, schools, and communities, either directly (i.e., as a victim of abuse or a crime) or indirectly (i.e., as a witness to a violent act; by learning of a violent act against a family member, neighbor, or close friend; or from a threat against the child’s own home or school). All too often, children who are exposed to such violence incur lasting physical, mental, and emotional harm with effects that can last well into adulthood. Understanding the nature and extent of children’s exposure to violence is essential to combating its effects. Research has found that early identifica­tion, intervention, and continued followup are valuable strategies for preventing or decreasing the potential negative effects of children’s exposure to vio­lence.

The following resources provide additional information about programs and services available for those who work with children who have been exposed to and/or experienced violence in some manner.


FY 2014 Vision 21: Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth State Demonstration Project (PDF 313 kb)
Deadline: 05/21/2014
OVC will make up to two awards of up to $500,000 each to state-level demonstration sites to develop a consistent, coordinated response to child and youth victims and their families and caregivers that addresses the presenting issues and full range of victim needs. The project will be conducted in two phases. This solicitation is for Phase 1 funding only. During the Phase 1 planning process, participating states will work with a network of stakeholders to review the existing policies and protocols of the partnering agencies to identify strengths and gaps in services. Those applying are urged to begin in advance of the May 21, 2014, deadline.


FY 2014 Vision 21: Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth Technical Assistance Project (PDF 248 kb)
Deadline: 05/21/2014
OVC will award one cooperative agreement of up to $500,000 to provide training and technical assistance to improve state responses to child and youth victims and their families and caregivers. The award recipient will assist participating state demonstration sites in establishing a network of stakeholders, designing and implementing a gap analysis/needs assessment, and develop a strategy to identify, intervene, and treat child and youth victims across systems. The project will be conducted in two phases. This solicitation is for Phase 1 funding only. Those applying are urged to begin in advance of the May 21, 2014, deadline.

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Children are exposed to violence in their homes, schools, and communities, either directly (i.e., as a victim of abuse or a crime) or indirectly (i.e., as a witness to a violent act; by learning of a violent act against a family member, neighbor, or close friend; or from a threat against the child’s own home or school). All too often, children who are exposed to such violence incur lasting physical, mental, and emotional harm with effects that can last well into adulthood. Understanding the nature and extent of children’s exposure to violence is essential to combating its effects. Research has found that early identifica­tion, intervention, and continued followup are valuable strategies for preventing or decreasing the potential negative effects of children’s exposure to vio­lence.

The following resources provide additional information about programs and services available for those who work with children who have been exposed to and/or experienced violence in some manner.


Publications

OVC and OVC-Sponsored Publications

Through Our Eyes: Children, Violence, and Trauma (April 2014) OVC, 0 pages, NCJ 241394. This video series addresses the needs of children exposed to crime, abuse, and violence; highlights major issues in child victimization; identifies promising practices for service providers and others working with young victims; and shows how trauma-informed care can help child victims recover to lead healthy, productive lives. A companion resource guide accompanies each video and public awareness posters are available for download.
Abstract | HTML
 
OVC Builds Capacity To Serve Crime Victims in Indian Country (July 2013) OVC, Fact Sheet, OVC Fact Sheets, FS 000393. This fact sheet describes OVC's efforts to support American Indian/Alaska Native victims of crime by forging innovative partnerships to develop and expand exemplary tribal programs and services; and maintaining established programs that focus on culturally specific training, technical assistance, and case management, among other services.
HTML
Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
 
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)
 
Outreach to Underserved Teen Victims of Crime (2012) OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 40 pages, NCJ 238800. The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) and the National Center for Victims of Crime (National Center), with funding from OVC, produced this guidebook and accompanying Web-based resources to provide an overview of the challenges faced in conducting outreach to underserved teen victims of crime. The materials highlight examples of the various projects and resources developed and implemented in local communities through the Underserved Teen Victims Initiative.
Abstract | PDF
 
What You Can Do If You Are A Victim of Crime (2010) OVC, BC 000767. This OVC brochure explains the rights of victims of crime and the compensation and assistance resources available to them. It also lists national organizations that help victims find information or obtain referrals.
PDF | HTML
 

OJP Publications

Children's Exposure to Violence and the Intersection Between Delinquency and Victimization (October 2013) OJJDP, Bulletin, OJJDP National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence Series, 12 pages, NCJ 240555. This bulletin presents survey results from the National Survey of Children's Exposure to Violence (NatSCEV) regarding the co-occurrence of victimization and delinquency among children who are exposed to violence.
Part Of the OJJDP National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence Series Series
Abstract | PDF 1.37 MB
 
Indicators of School Crime and Safety, 2012 (June 2013) BJS, Report, 211 pages, NCJ 241446. This annual report provides the most current detailed statistical information on the nature of crime in schools. It presents data on crime and safety at school from the perspectives of students, teachers, and principals.
Abstract | PDF
 
Report of the Attorney General's National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence (December 2012) OJJDP-Sponsored, Report, 256 pages, NCJ 241563. Children’s exposure to violence, whether as victims or witnesses, is often associated with long-term physical, psychological, and emotional harm. Children exposed to violence are also at a higher risk of engaging in criminal behavior later in life and becoming part of a cycle of violence. This report presents recommendations from the Task Force to prevent, reduce, and treat children’s exposure to violence.
Abstract | PDF
 
Violent Crime Against Youth, 1994-2010 (December 2012) BJS, Report, 22 pages, NCJ 240106. This report presents patterns and trends in violent crime against youth ages 12 to 17 from 1994 to 2010. The report explores overall trends in violent crime against youth and examines patterns in serious violent crime and simple assault by the demographic characteristics of the victim, the location and time of the incident, weapon involvement and injury, the victim-offender relationship, and whether police were notified.
Abstract | PDF | TEXT
 
Prevalence of Violent Crime Among Households with Children, 1993-2010 (September 2012) BJS, Report, BJS Special Reports, 18 pages, NCJ 238799. Presents data from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) on nonfatal violent crime involving members of a household as victims and reports on the annual prevalence of that violent crime among U.S. households with children from 1993 to 2010.
Part Of the BJS Special Reports Series
Abstract | PDF | TEXT
 

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Related Resources

OVC Funded Resources

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP): Medical Home for Children and Adolescents Exposed to Violence
Developed through a grant from OVC, this section of the AAP Web site provides pediatricians and all medical home teams with the resources they need to modify practice operations to more effectively identify, treat, and refer children and youth who have been exposed to or victimized by violence.
 
Child Maltreatment Awareness Campaign
Victim/Witness Services (VWS) for Coconino County received funding from OVC to establish a Public Awareness and Outreach Campaign for Child Maltreatment Victims in Underserved Communities.
 
ChildVictimWeb
ChildVictimWeb is a free online training resource designed for professionals from all disciplines who work with children who have experienced or witnessed serious violence. This course describes the prevalence and characteristics of different forms of victimization often experienced in childhood, their psychological, behavioral, social, and health consequences, and implications for practice. Assessment strategies, an evidence-based approach to treatment planning, trauma-informed case management skills, and information about evidence supported treatments are presented.
 
National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI): Safeguarding Child-Victims' Rights Initiative
With funding from OVC, this NCVLI Program works to ensure that the rights of child-victims through education & training, litigation, and public policy.
 

Federal Resources

Administration for Children and Families
ACF promotes the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals, and communities. Through its Children's Bureau, ACF assists states in the delivery of child welfare services. Its Web site presents related initiatives, statistics, ACF programs, funding, and information systems.
 
Childstats.gov
This website offers easy access to statistics and reports on children and families, including: family and social environment, economic circumstances, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, education and health. The Forum fosters coordination, collaboration, and integration of Federal efforts to collect and report data on conditions and trends for children and families.
 
Defending Childhood
Defending Childhood is an initiative of Attorney General Eric Holder that strives to harness resources from across the Department of Justice to: prevent children's exposure to violence, mitigate the negative impact of children's exposure to violence when it does occur, and develop knowledge and spread awareness about children's exposure to violence.
 
National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP)
NREPP is a searchable online registry of more than hundreds of interventions supporting mental health promotion, substance abuse prevention, and mental health and substance abuse treatment.
 
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): National Center for Trauma-Informed Care
SAMHSA's National Center for Trauma-Informed Care (NCTIC) is a technical assistance center dedicated to building awareness of trauma-informed care and promoting the implementation of trauma-informed practices in programs and services.
 

Non-Governmental Resources

Domestic Abuse Awareness, Inc. (DAA)
DAA is an organization dedicated to help eradicate violence against women and children.
 
Dougy Center for Grieving Children and Families
The Dougy Center for Grieving Children and Families provides support and training locally, nationally, and internationally to individuals and organizations seeking to assist children in grief.
 
FRIENDS, National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention
FRIENDS provides services to the community-based child abuse prevention community through targeted training and technical assistance efforts.
 
National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI)
NCVLI is an educational institution dedicated to promoting a fair and balanced criminal justice system through legal education, legal scholarship, legal information resources, and legal advocacy. NCVLI’s attorney staff accomplishes this mission by filing amicus curiae (friend of the court) briefs in cases nationwide advocating for victims’ rights; providing legal technical assistance to attorneys who represent crime victims, and conducting trainings all across the country on victims’ rights for attorneys, law students and victim services providers.
 
National Human Trafficking Resource Center
The National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) is a national, toll-free hotline, available to answer calls from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year. Call NHTRC at 1-888-3737-888 to: report a tip; connect with anti-trafficking services in your area; or request training and technical assistance, general information or specific anti-trafficking resources.
 

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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 Apr 23 2014 at 2:00PM, Dr David Corwin, President of the Academy on Violence and Abuse, Professor in Pediatrics Department at University of Utah, and Dr James Henry, Cofounder and Project Director for the Western Michigan University (WMU) Children's Trauma Assessment Center, will host a discussion on Implications of Adverse Childhood Experiences for Practitioners

On Feb 28 2013 at 2:00PM, Mitru Ciarlante, Director of Child & Club Safety for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and Dr. John Rich, Professor and Chair of Health Management and Policy at the Drexel University School of Public Health, hosted a discussion on Reaching Young Men of Color Exposed to Violence

On Apr 27 2011 at 2:00PM, Andrea Cardona, founder of FLA Four Legged Advocates, Inc, and Curtis Allen, manager with Tooele County Children’s Justice Center’s Healing Paws program, hosted a discussion on Using Therapy Dogs to Respond to Child Victims

On Oct 26 2009 at 2:00PM, Miriam Berkman, J.D., M.S.W., Assistant Clinical Professor in Social Work at the Yale University Child Study Center, and Sherry Hamby, Ph.D., Research Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Sewanee, the University of the South and co-author of the Juvenil, hosted a discussion on Helping Children Exposed to Domestic Violence

On Jun 24 2009 at 2:00PM, Avy Skolnik, hosted a discussion on Working With LGBTIQ Survivors of Violence

On Mar 26 2008 at 2:00PM, Victor Vieth, Director of the National Child Protection Training Center at Winona State University, hosted a discussion on Preparing Victim Service Providers and Children for Court


FAQs

What harms exist for children found at methamphetamine laboratories?
Information on the harms associated with children found at methamphetamine labs can be found in Chil... 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

Is information available on what can be done to help children who have been witnesses to violence?
To view publications and other resources related to the treatment of children who have been exposed ... Read More

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

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Funding

FY 2014 Vision 21: Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth State Demonstration Project (PDF 313 kb)
Deadline: 05/21/2014
OVC will make up to two awards of up to $500,000 each to state-level demonstration sites to develop a consistent, coordinated response to child and youth victims and their families and caregivers that addresses the presenting issues and full range of victim needs. The project will be conducted in two phases. This solicitation is for Phase 1 funding only. During the Phase 1 planning process, participating states will work with a network of stakeholders to review the existing policies and protocols of the partnering agencies to identify strengths and gaps in services. Those applying are urged to begin in advance of the May 21, 2014, deadline.


FY 2014 Vision 21: Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth Technical Assistance Project (PDF 248 kb)
Deadline: 05/21/2014
OVC will award one cooperative agreement of up to $500,000 to provide training and technical assistance to improve state responses to child and youth victims and their families and caregivers. The award recipient will assist participating state demonstration sites in establishing a network of stakeholders, designing and implementing a gap analysis/needs assessment, and develop a strategy to identify, intervene, and treat child and youth victims across systems. The project will be conducted in two phases. This solicitation is for Phase 1 funding only. Those applying are urged to begin in advance of the May 21, 2014, deadline.

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National Calendar of Crime Victim Assistance-Related Events
Upcoming Event(s)
National Congress of American Indians Mid-Year Conference & Tradeshow
Anchorage, AK
06/08/2014-06/11/2014

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.