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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)
 
Office for Victims of Crime Snapshot Report: Data Summary From OVC's Trafficking Information Management System (TIMS), January 1 through December 31, 2012 (March 2016) OVC, 10 pages, NCJ 249680.
This report summarizes the activities of 39 OVC human trafficking victim services grantees from January 1, 2012, through December 31, 2012. It highlights key statistics on the trafficking population served, grantee collaborative partners, services provided, and outreach and training efforts supported by OVC funding.
Abstract | PDF
 
Notifying Sexual Assault Victims After Testing Evidence (January 2016) OVC, 20 pages, NCJ 249153.
Using a victim-centered approach for notifying victims about the status of their sexual assault cases may help minimize the trauma a victim experiences when receiving this type of information, especially in older cases. This brochure explores the victim-centered approach that teams in Houston and Detroit used to develop victim notification protocols about the results of sexual assault kit (SAK) testing.
Abstract
 
Faces of Human Trafficking (January 2016) OVC, 10 pages, NCJ 248754.
This video series and resource guide raise awareness of the seriousness of human trafficking, the many forms it can takes, and the important role that everyone can play in identifying and serving victims. This new multidisciplinary resource includes nine videos with Spanish subtitles; Public Service Announcements (PSAs) in English, Spanish, Thai, Hindi, and Tagalog; a discussion guide; four fact sheets; and four posters designed for service providers and allied professionals, law enforcement, the general public, and victims/survivors.
Abstract | HTML
 
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)
 

OJP Publications

Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women and Men - 2010 Findings from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (June 2016) NIJ, NCJ 250133.
This seminar provides the first set of estimates from a national large-scale survey of violence against women and men who identified themselves as American Indian or Alaska Native using detailed behaviorally specific questions on psychological aggression, coercive control and entrapment, physical violence, stalking, and sexual violence. These results are expected to raise awareness and understanding of violence experienced by American Indian and Alaska Native people.
HTML (Transcript) | Video (01:22:02)
 
Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women and Men: 2010 Findings From the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (May 2016) NIJ, Report, NIJ Research Report, 82 pages, NCJ 249736.
This report examines the prevalence of violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women and men, using a large nationally representative sample from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS). More specifically, it provides estimates of sexual violence, physical violence by intimate partners, stalking, and psychological aggression by intimate partners. It also provides estimates of interracial and intraracial victimizations and briefly examines the impact of violence. Results should be used to raise awareness and understanding about violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women and men.

Part Of the NIJ Research Report Series Abstract | PDF
 
Campus Climate Survey Validation Study (CCSVS) Final Technical Report (January 2016) BJS, Report, 425 pages, NCJ 249545.
This report presents the results of a nine-school pilot test that was conducted to develop a campus climate survey that collects school-level data on sexual victimization of undergraduate students. The report includes estimates for each school on the prevalence and incidence of sexual assault, rape, and sexual battery during the 2014–15 academic year, as well as characteristics of the victims and incidents. It also provides estimates of the prevalence of sexual assault since entering college, during the student's lifetime, and examines the relationship between measures of campus climate and rates of sexual victimization.
Abstract | PDF
 
Notifying Sexual Assault Victims After Testing Evidence (January 2016) NIJ, 20 pages, NCJ 249153.
Using a victim-centered approach for notifying victims about the status of their sexual assault cases may help minimize the trauma a victim experiences when receiving this type of information, especially in older cases. This brochure explores the victim-centered approach that teams in Houston and Detroit used to develop victim notification protocols about the results of sexual assault kit (SAK) testing.
Abstract
 
Victims of Identity Theft, 2014 (September 2015) BJS, Bulletin, BJS Bulletins, 26 pages, NCJ 248991.
This report presents findings on the prevalence and nature of identity theft during 2014. The report details the number and percentage of persons age 16 or older who reported at least one incident of identity theft over the past year. It describes how the personal information was obtained, financial losses due to identity theft, victim reporting to credit bureaus and police, and the impact of identity theft on victims’ lives. The report includes a lifetime prevalence rate for identity theft and information on the preventive actions taken to avoid becoming a victim of identity theft.

Part Of the BJS Bulletins Series Abstract | PDF (Summary) | PDF (Full Report)
 

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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 Jul 20 2016 at 2:00PM, Merry O'Brien, M.S.W., the Network for Victim Recovery of DC’s Identity Theft Assistance, and Paula Pierce, J.D., former Manager of Hotline Services for Texas Legal Services Center, hosted a discussion on Serving Victims of Financial Fraud and Fraud Prevention

On Jul 13 2016 at 2:00PM, Pamela Todd, Ph.D., CEO and founder of Ray of Hope Foster Care, Inc.,, and Diane Payne, owner of Justice for Native Children Consulting, hosted a discussion on Support and Services for Drug-Endangered Children

On Apr 7 2016 at 2:00PM, Kristian Hall, Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, North Carolina National Guard, and Yvonne Viel, Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, Test Wing, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, hosted a discussion on Confidentiality for Victims of Military Sexual Trauma

On Nov 17 2015 at 2:00PM, Geri Wisner, Tribal Prosecutor for the Pawnee Nation and Wyandotte Tribe of Oklahoma, and Sarah Collins, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota, hosted a discussion on Improving Federal Agency Response to Sexual Violence in Indian Country

On Sep 16 2015 at 2:00PM, Stacy Malone, Esq., Executive Director of the Victim Rights Law Center, and Lindy Aldrich, Esq., Deputy Director of the Victim Rights Law Center’s Boston, hosted a discussion on Responding to Confidential Victim Disclosures on a College Campus


How do I report elder abuse/exploitation?
If you or someone you know is in life-threatening danger, call 911. If the danger is not immediate, ... Read More

What is the Federal Government doing to combat human trafficking?
Although the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has long enforced criminal laws against involuntary se... Read More

Where do I report Internet child pornography?
Information about how to report child pornography (and other cases of sexual exploitation of childre... Read More

How many people are murdered in the United States each year?
Statistics on homicide can be accessed via the Homicide Trends in the United States section of the B... Read More

How many crime victims know the person who committed the crime against them?
The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) report, Criminal Victimization in the United States, Statisti... Read More

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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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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)
 
Office for Victims of Crime Snapshot Report: Data Summary From OVC's Trafficking Information Management System (TIMS), January 1 through December 31, 2012 (March 2016) OVC, 10 pages, NCJ 249680. This report summarizes the activities of 39 OVC human trafficking victim services grantees from January 1, 2012, through December 31, 2012. It highlights key statistics on the trafficking population served, grantee collaborative partners, services provided, and outreach and training efforts supported by OVC funding.
Abstract | PDF
 
Notifying Sexual Assault Victims After Testing Evidence (January 2016) OVC, 20 pages, NCJ 249153. Using a victim-centered approach for notifying victims about the status of their sexual assault cases may help minimize the trauma a victim experiences when receiving this type of information, especially in older cases. This brochure explores the victim-centered approach that teams in Houston and Detroit used to develop victim notification protocols about the results of sexual assault kit (SAK) testing.
Abstract
 
Faces of Human Trafficking (January 2016) OVC, 10 pages, NCJ 248754. This video series and resource guide raise awareness of the seriousness of human trafficking, the many forms it can takes, and the important role that everyone can play in identifying and serving victims. This new multidisciplinary resource includes nine videos with Spanish subtitles; Public Service Announcements (PSAs) in English, Spanish, Thai, Hindi, and Tagalog; a discussion guide; four fact sheets; and four posters designed for service providers and allied professionals, law enforcement, the general public, and victims/survivors.
Abstract | HTML
 
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)
 

OJP Publications

Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women and Men - 2010 Findings from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (June 2016) NIJ, NCJ 250133. This seminar provides the first set of estimates from a national large-scale survey of violence against women and men who identified themselves as American Indian or Alaska Native using detailed behaviorally specific questions on psychological aggression, coercive control and entrapment, physical violence, stalking, and sexual violence. These results are expected to raise awareness and understanding of violence experienced by American Indian and Alaska Native people.
HTML (Transcript) | Video (01:22:02)
 
Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women and Men: 2010 Findings From the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (May 2016) NIJ, Report, NIJ Research Report, 82 pages, NCJ 249736. This report examines the prevalence of violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women and men, using a large nationally representative sample from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS). More specifically, it provides estimates of sexual violence, physical violence by intimate partners, stalking, and psychological aggression by intimate partners. It also provides estimates of interracial and intraracial victimizations and briefly examines the impact of violence. Results should be used to raise awareness and understanding about violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women and men.
Part Of the NIJ Research Report Series
Abstract | PDF
 
Campus Climate Survey Validation Study (CCSVS) Final Technical Report (January 2016) BJS, Report, 425 pages, NCJ 249545. This report presents the results of a nine-school pilot test that was conducted to develop a campus climate survey that collects school-level data on sexual victimization of undergraduate students. The report includes estimates for each school on the prevalence and incidence of sexual assault, rape, and sexual battery during the 2014–15 academic year, as well as characteristics of the victims and incidents. It also provides estimates of the prevalence of sexual assault since entering college, during the student's lifetime, and examines the relationship between measures of campus climate and rates of sexual victimization.
Abstract | PDF
 
Notifying Sexual Assault Victims After Testing Evidence (January 2016) NIJ, 20 pages, NCJ 249153. Using a victim-centered approach for notifying victims about the status of their sexual assault cases may help minimize the trauma a victim experiences when receiving this type of information, especially in older cases. This brochure explores the victim-centered approach that teams in Houston and Detroit used to develop victim notification protocols about the results of sexual assault kit (SAK) testing.
Abstract
 
Victims of Identity Theft, 2014 (September 2015) BJS, Bulletin, BJS Bulletins, 26 pages, NCJ 248991. This report presents findings on the prevalence and nature of identity theft during 2014. The report details the number and percentage of persons age 16 or older who reported at least one incident of identity theft over the past year. It describes how the personal information was obtained, financial losses due to identity theft, victim reporting to credit bureaus and police, and the impact of identity theft on victims’ lives. The report includes a lifetime prevalence rate for identity theft and information on the preventive actions taken to avoid becoming a victim of identity theft.
Part Of the BJS Bulletins Series
Abstract | PDF (Summary) | PDF (Full Report)
 

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Related Resources

OVC Funded Resources

Agency's Use of Technology Best Practices & Policies Toolkit
When using technology, both victim advocates and survivors need to consider safety, privacy, and security. This resource provides guidance for programs that provide services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and trafficking on best practices to help maintain the safety and security of crime victims and their personal information. The toolkit was produced by the National Network to End Domestic Violence's Safety Net Project which develops resources and information on the use of technology for survivors and the agencies that support them.
 
Identity Theft Victim Assistance Network Project
The Maryland Crime Victims' Resource Center, Inc. (MCVRC), with funding from OVC, this project seeks to improve the response (infrastructure, training, outreach tools, and direct victim assistance services) to victims of identity theft nationwide.
 
National Network of Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs
Violence is preventable, and trauma centers and emergency rooms have a golden moment of opportunity at the hospital bedside to engage with a victim of violence and to stop the cycle of violence. The Network's purpose is to strengthen existing programs and help develop similar programs in communities across the country.
 
Polaris Project
Polaris Project's comprehensive approach to combating human trafficking includes conducting direct outreach and victim identification, providing social services and transitional housing to victims, operating the National Human Trafficking Resource Center serving as the central national hotline on human trafficking, advocating for stronger state and Federal anti-trafficking legislation, and engaging community members in local and national grassroots efforts.
 
Sexual Assault Support and Help for Americans Abroad
SASHAA specializes in prevention and response to American victim's of sexual assault overseas. Victims of crime may obtain culturally sensitive assistance and services from SASHAA advocates via hotline, live chat, or email. SASHAA is a program of the Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center.
 

Federal Resources

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS): Eldercare Locator
This nationwide toll-free service (1-800-677-1116) helps older adults and their caregivers find local services for seniors, including home care, transportation, housing alternatives, home repair, recreation, social activities, and legal and other community services. The directory is a service of the U.S. Administration on Aging.
 
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA): Victim Witness Assistance Program (VWAP)
The DEA-VWAP was implemented to ensure the rights of crime victims encountered in DEA investigations are met.
 
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI): Uniform Crime Reports
The Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program was conceived in 1929 by the International Association of Chiefs of Police to meet a need for reliable, uniform crime statistics for the nation. In 1930, the FBI was tasked with collecting, publishing, and archiving those statistics. Today, several annual statistical publications, such as the comprehensive Crime in the United States, are produced from data provided by nearly 17,000 law enforcement agencies across the United States.
 
Federal Trade Commission (FTC): A Guide to Protecting Foster Kids' Credit
This guide provides a step-by-step instructions to implement the federal mandated credit check requirement for adults who work with youth in foster care that are 16 and older in order to identify and fix any inaccuracies in their credit history.
 
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ): Trafficking in Persons
This Web site provides links to the Attorney General's Annual Report to Congress on U.S. Government Activities to Combat Trafficking in Persons.
 

Non-Governmental Resources

Center for Identity Management and Information Protection (CIMIP)
CIMIP is a research collaborative dedicated to furthering a national research agenda on identity management, information sharing, and data protection.
 
International Organization for Adolescents (IOFA)
IOFA is dedicated to improving the lives of young people by addressing critical and emerging issues affecting vulnerable adolescents around the world.
 
It Happened to Alexa Foundation
This Foundation helps support rape survivors and their parents by easing the financial burden they face while attending the criminal trial. Financial assistance covers the expenses of a support person or persons who will accompany the rape/sexual assault victim to court. Check their website for details on eligibility requirements and allowable costs such as housing and transportation.
 
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc.
NAELA provides information, education, networking, and assistance on the many specialized issues involved with legal services to the elderly and disabled.
 
The Wireless Foundation: Call to Protect Program
This program distributes wireless phones to help combat domestic violence. The program is a national initiative of the wireless industry and National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
 

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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 Jul 20 2016 at 2:00PM, Merry O'Brien, M.S.W., the Network for Victim Recovery of DC’s Identity Theft Assistance, and Paula Pierce, J.D., former Manager of Hotline Services for Texas Legal Services Center, hosted a discussion on Serving Victims of Financial Fraud and Fraud Prevention

On Jul 13 2016 at 2:00PM, Pamela Todd, Ph.D., CEO and founder of Ray of Hope Foster Care, Inc.,, and Diane Payne, owner of Justice for Native Children Consulting, hosted a discussion on Support and Services for Drug-Endangered Children

On Apr 7 2016 at 2:00PM, Kristian Hall, Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, North Carolina National Guard, and Yvonne Viel, Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, Test Wing, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, hosted a discussion on Confidentiality for Victims of Military Sexual Trauma

On Nov 17 2015 at 2:00PM, Geri Wisner, Tribal Prosecutor for the Pawnee Nation and Wyandotte Tribe of Oklahoma, and Sarah Collins, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota, hosted a discussion on Improving Federal Agency Response to Sexual Violence in Indian Country

On Sep 16 2015 at 2:00PM, Stacy Malone, Esq., Executive Director of the Victim Rights Law Center, and Lindy Aldrich, Esq., Deputy Director of the Victim Rights Law Center’s Boston, hosted a discussion on Responding to Confidential Victim Disclosures on a College Campus


FAQs

How do I report elder abuse/exploitation?
If you or someone you know is in life-threatening danger, call 911. If the danger is not immediate, ... Read More

What is the Federal Government doing to combat human trafficking?
Although the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has long enforced criminal laws against involuntary se... Read More

Where do I report Internet child pornography?
Information about how to report child pornography (and other cases of sexual exploitation of childre... Read More

How many people are murdered in the United States each year?
Statistics on homicide can be accessed via the Homicide Trends in the United States section of the B... Read More

How many crime victims know the person who committed the crime against them?
The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) report, Criminal Victimization in the United States, Statisti... Read More

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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.