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Gun violence refers to the use of a firearm to threaten or inflict violence or harm. The effects of gun violence in America cross all socioeconomic and geographic boundaries. From inner cities to the suburbs and into rural communities, gun violence victims are young and old, male and female, and of all nationalities. Outreach and public awareness programs—particularly those that educate young people—constitute an essential component of our Nation’s gun crime reduction strategy.

 

The following resources are provided to bring greater awareness to issues related to gun violence.

OVC and OVC-Sponsored Publications

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)
 
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
 
Victim Impact: Listen and Learn Curriculum (February 2009) OVC, 286 pages, NCJ 224257.
This OVC-funded curriculum is geared toward helping offenders to become aware of the impact that crime has on victims and then to take responsibility and make amends for their actions. The online-only curriculum consists of 13 units, built around 10 core crime topics: property crime, assault, robbery, hate and bias, gang violence, sexual assault, child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, drunk and impaired driving, and homicide, plus chapters on implementing the program, the victim experience and making amends to victims. Victims and survivors speak about their experiences in the accompanying video clips.
Abstract | PDF (Facilitator Manual, Part 1) | PDF (Facilitator Manual, Part 2) | PDF (Participant Workbook) | HTML
 
Victim Impact: Listen and Learn (September 2008) OVC, OVC Videos, 0 pages, NCJ 223072.
This 57-minute DVD features the first-person accounts of 14 men and women who share their experiences as crime victims and the ripple effect that victimization can have on family members and the community at large. It is an effective training resource for victim service providers seeking to improve their understanding of the physical, emotional, financial, and psychological effects of crime.
Abstract | HTML (Clip Transcript) | HTML (Electronic Only Curriculum) | Video (WMV Video Clip)
Part Of the OVC Videos Series
 
Multimedia Program To Improve Criminal Justice System Participation and Reduce Distress Among Physically Injured Crime Victims (April 2006) OVC, 8 pages, NCJ 212974.
This multimedia program offers victims an educational DVD, brochure, and bulletin for use during their hospitalization for crime-related injuries. The program provides victims of violent crime with information about emotional responses to victimization, elements of medical follow-up, physical rehabilitation processes, and the criminal justice system.
Abstract | PDF | HTML
 

OJP Publications

Seasonal Patterns in Criminal Victimization Trends (June 2014) BJS, Report, BJS Special Reports, NCJ 245959.
This report examines the seasonal patterns in violent and property crime victimization in the United States from 1993 to 2010. Seasonal patterns are periodic fluctuations in the victimization rates that tend to occur at the same time each year. The report describes seasonal patterns in property crime (burglary, motor vehicle theft, and other household theft) and violent victimization (rape and sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault). It also presents seasonal trends in other forms of violence, including intimate partner violence, victimizations involving a weapon, and violence resulting in injury.

Part Of the BJS Special Reports Series PDF | TEXT
 
Homicide in the U.S. Known to Law Enforcement, 2011 (December 2013) BJS, Report, 18 pages, NCJ 243035.
This report presents data on homicide trends from 1992 to 2011. The report describes homicide patterns and trends by age, sex, and race of the victim. It explores weapon use, with a focus on trends in firearm use and homicide trends by city size.
PDF | TEXT
 
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
 
Firearm Violence, 1993-2011 (May 2013) BJS, Report, BJS Special Reports, 28 pages, NCJ 241730.
This report presents trends on the number and rate of fatal and nonfatal firearm violence from 1993 to 2011. The report examines incident and victim demographic characteristics of firearm violence, including the type of firearm used; victim's race, age, and sex; and incident location. The report also examines changes over time in the percentages of nonfatal firearm crimes by injury, reporting to the police, and the use of firearms in self-defense.

Part Of the BJS Special Reports Series Abstract | PDF | TEXT
 
Risks of Violence in Major Daily Activities: United States, 2003-2005 (November 2010) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 549 pages, NCJ 232436.
Using data from the National Crime Victimization Survey and American Time Use Survey, activity- and place-specific rates of violence are calculated to determine (a) which activity or type of place is the most dangerous, (b) the relative risk of activities and types of place, and (c) how activity- and place-specific risks vary between demographic subgroups.
Abstract | PDF
 

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Gun violence refers to the use of a firearm to threaten or inflict violence or harm. The effects of gun violence in America cross all socioeconomic and geographic boundaries. From inner cities to the suburbs and into rural communities, gun violence victims are young and old, male and female, and of all nationalities. Outreach and public awareness programs—particularly those that educate young people—constitute an essential component of our Nation’s gun crime reduction strategy.

 

The following resources are provided to bring greater awareness to issues related to gun violence.

Gun violence refers to the use of a firearm to threaten or inflict violence or harm. The effects of gun violence in America cross all socioeconomic and geographic boundaries. From inner cities to the suburbs and into rural communities, gun violence victims are young and old, male and female, and of all nationalities. Outreach and public awareness programs—particularly those that educate young people—constitute an essential component of our Nation’s gun crime reduction strategy.

 

The following resources are provided to bring greater awareness to issues related to gun violence.

Each month the Nation's experts answer your questions about best practices in victim services. Below are upcoming and most recent session discussions in this topic:

On Sep 15 2010 at 2:00PM, Scott Newgass, L.C.S.W., Education Consultant for the Connecticut State Department of Education's School Mental Health Services, School Social Work pr, hosted a discussion on Assisting Communities After Incidents of School Violence

On Nov 18 2009 at 2:00PM, Jeffrey Bergman, a detective in Fairfax County Police Department’s Youth Services Division Gang Unit, and Pamela Kelly, a victim advocate in Fairfax County Police Department’s Victim Service Section, hosted a discussion on Working with Victims of Gang Violence

Gun violence refers to the use of a firearm to threaten or inflict violence or harm. The effects of gun violence in America cross all socioeconomic and geographic boundaries. From inner cities to the suburbs and into rural communities, gun violence victims are young and old, male and female, and of all nationalities. Outreach and public awareness programs—particularly those that educate young people—constitute an essential component of our Nation’s gun crime reduction strategy.

 

The following resources are provided to bring greater awareness to issues related to gun violence.

How many homicide victims were killed with a handgun?
Statistics on homicides committed with a handgun are available in the Bureau of Justice Statistics (... Read More

I am crime victim, how can I get help?
Help in your area is available from your State/Local Victim Compensation and Assistance programs. As... 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

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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Gun violence refers to the use of a firearm to threaten or inflict violence or harm. The effects of gun violence in America cross all socioeconomic and geographic boundaries. From inner cities to the suburbs and into rural communities, gun violence victims are young and old, male and female, and of all nationalities. Outreach and public awareness programs—particularly those that educate young people—constitute an essential component of our Nation’s gun crime reduction strategy.

 

The following resources are provided to bring greater awareness to issues related to gun violence.

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Gun violence refers to the use of a firearm to threaten or inflict violence or harm. The effects of gun violence in America cross all socioeconomic and geographic boundaries. From inner cities to the suburbs and into rural communities, gun violence victims are young and old, male and female, and of all nationalities. Outreach and public awareness programs—particularly those that educate young people—constitute an essential component of our Nation’s gun crime reduction strategy.

 

The following resources are provided to bring greater awareness to issues related to gun violence.

Publications

OVC and OVC-Sponsored Publications

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)
 
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
 
Victim Impact: Listen and Learn Curriculum (February 2009) OVC, 286 pages, NCJ 224257. This OVC-funded curriculum is geared toward helping offenders to become aware of the impact that crime has on victims and then to take responsibility and make amends for their actions. The online-only curriculum consists of 13 units, built around 10 core crime topics: property crime, assault, robbery, hate and bias, gang violence, sexual assault, child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, drunk and impaired driving, and homicide, plus chapters on implementing the program, the victim experience and making amends to victims. Victims and survivors speak about their experiences in the accompanying video clips.
Abstract | PDF (Facilitator Manual, Part 1) | PDF (Facilitator Manual, Part 2) | PDF (Participant Workbook) | HTML
 
Victim Impact: Listen and Learn (September 2008) OVC, OVC Videos, 0 pages, NCJ 223072. This 57-minute DVD features the first-person accounts of 14 men and women who share their experiences as crime victims and the ripple effect that victimization can have on family members and the community at large. It is an effective training resource for victim service providers seeking to improve their understanding of the physical, emotional, financial, and psychological effects of crime.
Abstract | HTML (Clip Transcript) | HTML (Electronic Only Curriculum) | Video (WMV Video Clip)
Part Of the OVC Videos Series
 
Multimedia Program To Improve Criminal Justice System Participation and Reduce Distress Among Physically Injured Crime Victims (April 2006) OVC, 8 pages, NCJ 212974. This multimedia program offers victims an educational DVD, brochure, and bulletin for use during their hospitalization for crime-related injuries. The program provides victims of violent crime with information about emotional responses to victimization, elements of medical follow-up, physical rehabilitation processes, and the criminal justice system.
Abstract | PDF | HTML
 

OJP Publications

Seasonal Patterns in Criminal Victimization Trends (June 2014) BJS, Report, BJS Special Reports, NCJ 245959. This report examines the seasonal patterns in violent and property crime victimization in the United States from 1993 to 2010. Seasonal patterns are periodic fluctuations in the victimization rates that tend to occur at the same time each year. The report describes seasonal patterns in property crime (burglary, motor vehicle theft, and other household theft) and violent victimization (rape and sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault). It also presents seasonal trends in other forms of violence, including intimate partner violence, victimizations involving a weapon, and violence resulting in injury.
Part Of the BJS Special Reports Series
PDF | TEXT
 
Homicide in the U.S. Known to Law Enforcement, 2011 (December 2013) BJS, Report, 18 pages, NCJ 243035. This report presents data on homicide trends from 1992 to 2011. The report describes homicide patterns and trends by age, sex, and race of the victim. It explores weapon use, with a focus on trends in firearm use and homicide trends by city size.
PDF | TEXT
 
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
 
Firearm Violence, 1993-2011 (May 2013) BJS, Report, BJS Special Reports, 28 pages, NCJ 241730. This report presents trends on the number and rate of fatal and nonfatal firearm violence from 1993 to 2011. The report examines incident and victim demographic characteristics of firearm violence, including the type of firearm used; victim's race, age, and sex; and incident location. The report also examines changes over time in the percentages of nonfatal firearm crimes by injury, reporting to the police, and the use of firearms in self-defense.
Part Of the BJS Special Reports Series
Abstract | PDF | TEXT
 
Risks of Violence in Major Daily Activities: United States, 2003-2005 (November 2010) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 549 pages, NCJ 232436. Using data from the National Crime Victimization Survey and American Time Use Survey, activity- and place-specific rates of violence are calculated to determine (a) which activity or type of place is the most dangerous, (b) the relative risk of activities and types of place, and (c) how activity- and place-specific risks vary between demographic subgroups.
Abstract | PDF
 

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Related Resources

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.
 

Non-Governmental Resources

Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence
The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence works to reform the gun industry by enacting and enforcing regulations to reduce gun violence and represents victims of gun violence in the courts.
 

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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 Sep 15 2010 at 2:00PM, Scott Newgass, L.C.S.W., Education Consultant for the Connecticut State Department of Education's School Mental Health Services, School Social Work pr, hosted a discussion on Assisting Communities After Incidents of School Violence

On Nov 18 2009 at 2:00PM, Jeffrey Bergman, a detective in Fairfax County Police Department’s Youth Services Division Gang Unit, and Pamela Kelly, a victim advocate in Fairfax County Police Department’s Victim Service Section, hosted a discussion on Working with Victims of Gang Violence


FAQs

How many homicide victims were killed with a handgun?
Statistics on homicides committed with a handgun are available in the Bureau of Justice Statistics (... Read More

I am crime victim, how can I get help?
Help in your area is available from your State/Local Victim Compensation and Assistance programs. As... 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

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

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National Calendar of Crime Victim Assistance-Related Events
Upcoming Event(s)
40th National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) Conference
Chicago, IL
08/17/2014-08/20/2014

2014 Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) National Training Conference
Boston, MA
08/19/2014-08/21/2014

14th National Indian Nations Conference: Justice for Victims of Crime
Palm Springs, CA
12/11/2014-12/14/2014

Online Directory of Crime Victims Services.