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OVC and OVC-Sponsored Publications

OVC Report to the Nation 2013, Fiscal Years 2011-2012: Transforming Today's Vision into Tomorrow's Reality (June 2013) OVC, Report, 0 pages, NCJ 242598.
OVC's Report to the Nation summarizes the progress made in upholding crime victims' rights and providing high-quality services to victims, survivors, and communities during fiscal years 2011−2012. The online report highlights innovative programs and victim-centered initiatives, summarizes financial support to states and U.S. territories, and provides insight into OVC's strategic efforts to address both emerging and enduring challenges in order to expand and enhance victim assistance throughout the Nation.
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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)
 
DNA: Critical Issues for Those Who Work With Victims (April 2007) OVC, OVC Videos, 0 pages, NCJ 211970.
This 24-minute DVD raises awareness for victim advocates, criminal justice practitioners, and others who work with crime victims about the issues involved for those whose cases involve DNA evidence. The video highlights issues such as collection and preservation of evidence, the crime's impact on the victim, victim notification at points along the process, and victim involvement and participation in the process.
Abstract | HTML (Transcript) | Video (WMV Video Clip) | Video (QuickTime Video Clip)
Part Of the OVC Videos Series
 
Justice for All Act (April 2006) OVC, OVC Fact Sheets, 4 pages, FS 000311.
This fact sheet describes the 2004 Act (H.R. 5107, Public Law 108-405) signed into law by President George W. Bush. The Act seeks to protect crime victims' rights, eliminate the substantial backlog of DNA samples collected from crime scenes and convicted offenders, and improve and expand the DNA testing capacity of crime laboratories.
Abstract | PDF | HTML
Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
 
Children Exposed to Violence: Criminal Justice Resources (1999) OVC, Fact Sheet, OVC Others, 12 pages, NCJ 176984.
This bulletin is a companion piece to the OVC monograph "Breaking the Cycle of Violence: Recommendations to Improve the Criminal Justice Response to Child Victims and Witnesses". It provides information about the resources, tools, and services available to improve our individual and collective response to children who face crime and violence in their lives.
Abstract | PDF | HTML | TEXT
Part Of the OVC Others Series
 

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
 
Use and Outcomes of Protection Orders by Battered Immigrant Women (October 2006) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 261 pages, NCJ 218255.
This study examined the decision-making factors, accessibility, and effectiveness of civil protection orders for immigrant women abused by their intimate partners in the United States.
Abstract | PDF
 

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

On Mar 6 2013 at 2:00PM, Jean Bruggeman, Human Trafficking Fellow with the Office for Victims of Crime, and Robin Hassler Thompson, consultant on issues related to human trafficking and domestic and sexual violence law and policy, hosted a discussion on Meeting Legal Needs of Adult and Minor Victims of Human Trafficking

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


Is it possible to receive a set of the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Voices of Victims videos?
The Voices of Victims videos listed below are no longer available to order: Voices of Victims:... 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

OVC Report to the Nation 2013, Fiscal Years 2011-2012: Transforming Today's Vision into Tomorrow's Reality (June 2013) OVC, Report, 0 pages, NCJ 242598. OVC's Report to the Nation summarizes the progress made in upholding crime victims' rights and providing high-quality services to victims, survivors, and communities during fiscal years 2011−2012. The online report highlights innovative programs and victim-centered initiatives, summarizes financial support to states and U.S. territories, and provides insight into OVC's strategic efforts to address both emerging and enduring challenges in order to expand and enhance victim assistance throughout the Nation.
Abstract | HTML
 
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)
 
DNA: Critical Issues for Those Who Work With Victims (April 2007) OVC, OVC Videos, 0 pages, NCJ 211970. This 24-minute DVD raises awareness for victim advocates, criminal justice practitioners, and others who work with crime victims about the issues involved for those whose cases involve DNA evidence. The video highlights issues such as collection and preservation of evidence, the crime's impact on the victim, victim notification at points along the process, and victim involvement and participation in the process.
Abstract | HTML (Transcript) | Video (WMV Video Clip) | Video (QuickTime Video Clip)
Part Of the OVC Videos Series
 
Justice for All Act (April 2006) OVC, OVC Fact Sheets, 4 pages, FS 000311. This fact sheet describes the 2004 Act (H.R. 5107, Public Law 108-405) signed into law by President George W. Bush. The Act seeks to protect crime victims' rights, eliminate the substantial backlog of DNA samples collected from crime scenes and convicted offenders, and improve and expand the DNA testing capacity of crime laboratories.
Abstract | PDF | HTML
Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
 
Children Exposed to Violence: Criminal Justice Resources (1999) OVC, Fact Sheet, OVC Others, 12 pages, NCJ 176984. This bulletin is a companion piece to the OVC monograph "Breaking the Cycle of Violence: Recommendations to Improve the Criminal Justice Response to Child Victims and Witnesses". It provides information about the resources, tools, and services available to improve our individual and collective response to children who face crime and violence in their lives.
Abstract | PDF | HTML | TEXT
Part Of the OVC Others Series
 

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
 
Use and Outcomes of Protection Orders by Battered Immigrant Women (October 2006) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 261 pages, NCJ 218255. This study examined the decision-making factors, accessibility, and effectiveness of civil protection orders for immigrant women abused by their intimate partners in the United States.
Abstract | PDF
 

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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

Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA): Office of the Victims' Rights Ombudsman
A crime victim may file a complaint against any employee of the U.S. Department of Justice who violates or fails to provide the rights established under the Crime Victims' Rights Act of 2004, 18 U.S.C. Section 3771. The Department of Justice has established the Office of the Victims' Rights Ombudsman to receive and investigate complaints filed by crime victims against its employees, and has implemented Procedures To Promote Compliance With Crime Victims' Rights Obligations, 28 C.F.R. Section 45.10.
 

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.
 
Crime Victims Advocacy Council
Crime Victims Advocacy Council seeks to help crime victims cope with their suffering and pain by concentrating their energies and resources in support groups, community education, crime prevention, raising community consciousness and acting as an advocate for crime victim’s rights.
 
Criminal Justice Legal Foundation
The Criminal Justice Legal Foundation was established in 1982 as a nonprofit, public interest law organization dedicated to restoring a balance between the rights of crime victims and the criminally accused.
 
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 Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI): National Clinic Network
The National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI) actively promotes balance and fairness in the justice system through crime victim centered legal advocacy, education, and resource sharing. NCVLI supports pro bono legal clinics in eleven states. These clinics provide free legal counsel and support services to victims in state and federal criminal proceedings and, in some cases, tribal and juvenile courts. NCVLI provides intensive technical assistance, training, and support to the twelve clinics. NCVLI educates and conducts trainings on the enforcement of victims' rights to criminal justice professionals around the country, as do some of the clinics in the respective jurisdictions they cover.
 

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Web Forum Discussions

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

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

On Mar 6 2013 at 2:00PM, Jean Bruggeman, Human Trafficking Fellow with the Office for Victims of Crime, and Robin Hassler Thompson, consultant on issues related to human trafficking and domestic and sexual violence law and policy, hosted a discussion on Meeting Legal Needs of Adult and Minor Victims of Human Trafficking

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


FAQs

Is it possible to receive a set of the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Voices of Victims videos?
The Voices of Victims videos listed below are no longer available to order: Voices of Victims:... 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)
Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) Annual Meeting
San Francisco, CA
05/28/2014-05/30/2014

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.