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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)
 
Using Federal Law To Prosecute Domestic Violence Crimes in Indian Country Guide/DVD (October 2012) OVC, OVC Videos, 40 pages, NCJ 238639.
This DVD and companion facilitator's guide provide guidance on how to successfully prosecute in federal court domestic violence offenders who commit crimes in Indian Country. The video incorporates case studies of actual prosecutions, while the guide provides an overview of relevant legal principles and key points for discussion. The materials also discuss circumstances common in tribal domestic violence prosecutions, such as offender recidivism, recanting victims, safety planning, and federal and tribal criminal justice and social service professionals working collaboratively to ensure victims' safety and community justice.
Abstract | PDF (Facilitator's Guide) | HTML | Video (WMV Video Clip) | Video (QuickTime Video Clip)
Part Of the OVC Videos Series
 
Making Restitution Real: Five Case Studies on Improving Restitution Collection (2011) OVC-Sponsored, 140 pages, NCJ 234310.
Prepared by National Center for Victims of Crime with the support from OVC, this report provides five real-world case studies which detail efforts to improve the collection of victim restitution. This resource can be used by other jurisdictions to review and improve the policies and programs for collecting restitution.
Abstract | PDF
 
Responding to Elder Abuse: What Judges and Court Personnel Should Know (DVD) (August 2010) OVC, OVC Videos, 0 pages, NCJ 223415.
This 14-minute video (NCJ 223415) is one of a series of three DVDs on elder abuse created for specific audiences. The video highlights critical issues for judges and court personnel to consider when they encounter abused, neglected, and exploited older persons participating in the judicial system. The video illustrates what judges may face in these situations, offers recommendations focused on the special needs of older abuse victims, and highlights examples of successful court-based elder abuse initiatives.
Abstract | HTML (Transcript) | Video (.mov Video Clip) | Video (.wmv Video Clip)
Part Of the OVC Videos Series
 
A Victim-Centered Approach to Crimes Against American Indian and Alaska Native Children (August 2008) OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 223 pages, NCJ 235247.
This Guide is intended to give the legal drafting committees of tribal governments an overview of comparative federal, tribal, and state statutory provisions for the drafting of new or amended tribal child protection laws.
Abstract | PDF | DOC
 

OJP Publications

No More Rights Without Remedies: An Impact Evaluation of the National Crime Victim Law Institute's Victims' Rights Clinics, Final Technical Report (2012) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 125 pages, NCJ 241752.
This grant report evaluates the National Crime Victim Law Institute's (NCVLI) victims' rights clinics. The clinics were designed to increase awareness of victims' rights among criminal justice professionals and to respond to violations of rights through legal advocacy. The current report examines the clinics' impact on the expansion of rights for victims, on court officials' attitudes toward victims' rights, on the extent to which victims' rights are honored in the criminal disposition process, and on the treatment of victims' rights in the print media. It also includes a discussion of sustainability of the clinics.
Abstract | PDF
 
Victim Participation in Intimate Partner Violence Prosecution: Implications for Safety (February 2011) NIJ-Sponsored, 153 pages, NCJ 235284.
This study examined to what extent female intimate partner violence (IPV) victim participation in prosecution is associated with their future safety. In essence, are IPV victims who participate in prosecution safer than those who do not?
Abstract | PDF
 
The Greenbook Initiative Final Evaluation Report (January 2011) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 123 pages, NCJ 233290.
This final evaluation report on the implementation of the Greenbook Initiative (GI) - which consists of guidelines proposed by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges for intervening effectively in cases of domestic violence and child maltreatment - assesses the extent to which GI implementation activities facilitated cross-system and within-system change and practice in child welfare agencies, dependency courts, and domestic-violence service providers.
Abstract | PDF
 
Finally Getting Victims Their Due: A Process Evaluation of the NCVLI Victims' Rights Clinics (August 2009) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 298 pages, NCJ 228389.
This report describes a process evaluation of the National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI) State and Federal victims' rights clinics, which were established to promote awareness, education, and enforcement of crime victims' rights in the criminal justice system.
Abstract | PDF
 
Court Performance Measures in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases: Technical Guide (April 2009) OJJDP, Report, 310 pages, NCJ 223570.
This toolkit provides practical and comprehensive guidance in measuring court performance in child abuse and neglect cases, measuring the effects of activities performed and determining what works and what does not work.
Abstract | PDF 7 MB
 

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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 Dec 10 2008 at 2:00PM, Carol Dorris, J.D., National Center for Victims of Crime Public Policy Senior Staff Attorney, and Meg Garvin, J.D., Executive Director of the National Crime Victim Law Institute, hosted a discussion on Enforcing Victims' Rights in Court

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


Aside from compensation, how can I recover financial loss due to a violent crime?
Some victims of crime file a civil suit against their offender or a third party to try to recover fi... 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

More FAQs


FY 2014 Victim Assistance Professional Development Fellowship Program-Vision 21 Legal Assistance Fellowship (PDF 245 kb)
Deadline: 05/08/2014
This competitive solicitation will fund one fellowship of up to $140,000 to undertake activities on issues emanating from the findings and recommendations in the Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services Final Report. The Vision 21 Legal Assistance Fellow will work on a range of issues and efforts to build capacity for the provision of free legal assistance to victims of crime, and will support OVC’s work to develop evidence-based training, technical assistance, and models for programs and practices that build organizational and service provider capacity in this area. This solicitation is open only to attorneys. Those applying are urged to begin in advance of the May 8, 2014, deadline.

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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)
 
Using Federal Law To Prosecute Domestic Violence Crimes in Indian Country Guide/DVD (October 2012) OVC, OVC Videos, 40 pages, NCJ 238639. This DVD and companion facilitator's guide provide guidance on how to successfully prosecute in federal court domestic violence offenders who commit crimes in Indian Country. The video incorporates case studies of actual prosecutions, while the guide provides an overview of relevant legal principles and key points for discussion. The materials also discuss circumstances common in tribal domestic violence prosecutions, such as offender recidivism, recanting victims, safety planning, and federal and tribal criminal justice and social service professionals working collaboratively to ensure victims' safety and community justice.
Abstract | PDF (Facilitator's Guide) | HTML | Video (WMV Video Clip) | Video (QuickTime Video Clip)
Part Of the OVC Videos Series
 
Making Restitution Real: Five Case Studies on Improving Restitution Collection (2011) OVC-Sponsored, 140 pages, NCJ 234310. Prepared by National Center for Victims of Crime with the support from OVC, this report provides five real-world case studies which detail efforts to improve the collection of victim restitution. This resource can be used by other jurisdictions to review and improve the policies and programs for collecting restitution.
Abstract | PDF
 
Responding to Elder Abuse: What Judges and Court Personnel Should Know (DVD) (August 2010) OVC, OVC Videos, 0 pages, NCJ 223415. This 14-minute video (NCJ 223415) is one of a series of three DVDs on elder abuse created for specific audiences. The video highlights critical issues for judges and court personnel to consider when they encounter abused, neglected, and exploited older persons participating in the judicial system. The video illustrates what judges may face in these situations, offers recommendations focused on the special needs of older abuse victims, and highlights examples of successful court-based elder abuse initiatives.
Abstract | HTML (Transcript) | Video (.mov Video Clip) | Video (.wmv Video Clip)
Part Of the OVC Videos Series
 
A Victim-Centered Approach to Crimes Against American Indian and Alaska Native Children (August 2008) OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 223 pages, NCJ 235247. This Guide is intended to give the legal drafting committees of tribal governments an overview of comparative federal, tribal, and state statutory provisions for the drafting of new or amended tribal child protection laws.
Abstract | PDF | DOC
 

OJP Publications

No More Rights Without Remedies: An Impact Evaluation of the National Crime Victim Law Institute's Victims' Rights Clinics, Final Technical Report (2012) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 125 pages, NCJ 241752. This grant report evaluates the National Crime Victim Law Institute's (NCVLI) victims' rights clinics. The clinics were designed to increase awareness of victims' rights among criminal justice professionals and to respond to violations of rights through legal advocacy. The current report examines the clinics' impact on the expansion of rights for victims, on court officials' attitudes toward victims' rights, on the extent to which victims' rights are honored in the criminal disposition process, and on the treatment of victims' rights in the print media. It also includes a discussion of sustainability of the clinics.
Abstract | PDF
 
Victim Participation in Intimate Partner Violence Prosecution: Implications for Safety (February 2011) NIJ-Sponsored, 153 pages, NCJ 235284. This study examined to what extent female intimate partner violence (IPV) victim participation in prosecution is associated with their future safety. In essence, are IPV victims who participate in prosecution safer than those who do not?
Abstract | PDF
 
The Greenbook Initiative Final Evaluation Report (January 2011) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 123 pages, NCJ 233290. This final evaluation report on the implementation of the Greenbook Initiative (GI) - which consists of guidelines proposed by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges for intervening effectively in cases of domestic violence and child maltreatment - assesses the extent to which GI implementation activities facilitated cross-system and within-system change and practice in child welfare agencies, dependency courts, and domestic-violence service providers.
Abstract | PDF
 
Finally Getting Victims Their Due: A Process Evaluation of the NCVLI Victims' Rights Clinics (August 2009) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 298 pages, NCJ 228389. This report describes a process evaluation of the National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI) State and Federal victims' rights clinics, which were established to promote awareness, education, and enforcement of crime victims' rights in the criminal justice system.
Abstract | PDF
 
Court Performance Measures in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases: Technical Guide (April 2009) OJJDP, Report, 310 pages, NCJ 223570. This toolkit provides practical and comprehensive guidance in measuring court performance in child abuse and neglect cases, measuring the effects of activities performed and determining what works and what does not work.
Abstract | PDF 7 MB
 

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Related Resources

OVC Funded Resources

National Alliance of Victims' Rights Attorneys (NAVRA)
A project of the National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI) and partially funded through a grant from OVC, NAVRA is a membership alliance of attorneys and advocates committed to the protection, enforcement, and advancement of crime victims' rights nationwide.
 

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

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
The ACLU works in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country.
 
Battered Women's Justice Project
The Battered Women's Justice Project offers training, technical assistance, and consultation on the most promising practices of the criminal and civil justice systems in addressing domestic violence.
 
National Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Association
NCASAA provides advocacy, public education, and resources for CASA programs across the country. The association also trains CASA volunteers, who work to find safe, permanent homes for abused and neglected children.
 
National Crime Victim Bar Association (NCVBA)
NCVBA educates attorneys, victim service providers, and the general public about civil legal remedies for crime victims. It also refers crime victims to civil attorneys in their local area.
 
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.
 

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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 Dec 10 2008 at 2:00PM, Carol Dorris, J.D., National Center for Victims of Crime Public Policy Senior Staff Attorney, and Meg Garvin, J.D., Executive Director of the National Crime Victim Law Institute, hosted a discussion on Enforcing Victims' Rights in Court

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

Aside from compensation, how can I recover financial loss due to a violent crime?
Some victims of crime file a civil suit against their offender or a third party to try to recover fi... 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

FY 2014 Victim Assistance Professional Development Fellowship Program-Vision 21 Legal Assistance Fellowship (PDF 245 kb)
Deadline: 05/08/2014
This competitive solicitation will fund one fellowship of up to $140,000 to undertake activities on issues emanating from the findings and recommendations in the Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services Final Report. The Vision 21 Legal Assistance Fellow will work on a range of issues and efforts to build capacity for the provision of free legal assistance to victims of crime, and will support OVC’s work to develop evidence-based training, technical assistance, and models for programs and practices that build organizational and service provider capacity in this area. This solicitation is open only to attorneys. Those applying are urged to begin in advance of the May 8, 2014, deadline.

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National Calendar of Crime Victim Assistance-Related Events
Upcoming Event(s)
2014 International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Stalking
Seattle, WA
04/22/2014-04/24/2014

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

Online Directory of Crime Victims Services.