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OVC and OVC-Sponsored Publications

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
 
Break the Silence: Sexual Assault and the SART Solution (June 2013) OVC-Sponsored, 0 pages, NCJ 243297.
This online video is designed to help in the creation a Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) and can be used to educate other potential members, management, and the community on how SARTs can provide improved response to victims of sexual assault and increased offender conviction rates. Recognizing the severity, complexity and impact of sexual assault in Indian Country and rural areas, the video can be used by Native American and rural SARTs to make their respective communities aware of an existing SART program and its value.
Abstract | HTML
 
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)
 
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
 

OJP Publications

Hate Crime Victimization, 2004-2012 - Statistical Tables (February 2014) BJS, BJS Technical Reports, 15 pages, NCJ 244409.
This report presents counts and rates of hate crime victimization in 2012, using data from the National Crime Victimization Survey. The tables show change in the number and rate of hate crime victimizations since 2011 and during the 10-year period since 2003. They examine the perceived motivation for the hate crime, demographic characteristics of victims and offenders, and the percentage of hate crime reported to police.

Part Of the BJS Technical Reports Series PDF | TEXT
 
Crime Against Persons with Disabilities, 2009-2012 - Statistical Tables (February 2014) BJS, NCJ 244525.
This report presents estimates of nonfatal violent victimization (rape, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated and simple assault) against persons age 12 or older with disabilities from 2009 to 2012. The report compares the victimization of persons with and without disabilities living in noninstitutionalized households, including distributions by age, race, sex, victims' types of disabilities, and other victim characteristics.
PDF | TEXT
 
Technology, Teen Dating Violence and Abuse, and Bullying (July 2013) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 198 pages, NCJ 243296.
The goal of this project was to expand knowledge about the types of violence and abuse experiences youth have via technology (e.g., social networking sites, texting on cell phones), and how the experience of such cyber abuse within teen dating relationships or through bullying relates to other life factors.
Abstract | PDF
 
Understanding Elder Abuse: New Directions for Developing Theories of Elder Abuse Occurring in Domestic Settings (June 2013) NIJ, Report, NIJ Research in Brief, 40 pages, NCJ 241731.
This report discusses findings from two NIJ studies of elder abuse in domestic settings. Compared to other areas of family violence, elder abuse has lagged in theory development and relied more on adapting existing theories from other fields. The authors describe the findings from the two studies in this context, emphasizing the importance of developing new theories of elder abuse and of looking critically at current theories to increase our understanding and guide future research.

Part Of the NIJ Research in Brief Series Abstract | PDF
 
Unpacking the Influence of Neighborhood Context and Antisocial Propensity on Violent Victimization of Children and Adolescents in Chicago (December 2011) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 79 pages, NCJ 237731.
Guided by both social disorganization and self-control theories, this study is an effort to empirically illustrate the independent and interactive influences of neighborhood context and one measure of antisocial propensity, e.g., low self-control, on violent victimization.
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 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 Dec 18 2013 at 2:00PM, Charity White, M.S.W., is the Kumeyaay Family Services Director for Southern Indian Health Council, Inc, hosted a discussion on Coordinating SANEs-SARTs in Indian Country

On Dec 4 2013 at 2:00PM, Jeannie Beidler, Elder Advocate, and Shelly Jackson, OVC Visiting Fellow, hosted a discussion on Intersections Between Elder Financial Exploitation and Other Types of Abuse

On Sep 27 2013 at 2:00PM, Nancy Alterio, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Disabled Persons Protection Commission, and Mary Counihan, President of the National Adult Protective Services Association, hosted a discussion on Responding to Older Crime Victims with Disabilities

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 Apr 19 2013 at 2:00PM, Hallie Martyniuk, author of Strengthening Military-Civilian Community Partnerships To Respond to Sexual Assault, and Major Matthew Youngblood, Victim Assistance Advisor for the U.S. Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, hosted a discussion on Responding to Sexual Assault Victims through Military/Civilian Partnerships


Does OVC provide direct services for victims of crime?
Yes. OVC provides direct services to people victimized on Tribal or federal lands, such as military ... Read More

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 the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) DVD, Serving Crime Victims With Disabilities, NCJ 213366?
The Serving Crime Victims With Disabilities DVD, NCJ 213366, can be ordered through the Shopping Car... Read More

How can I order the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) DVD, Victims with Disabilities: A Forensic Interview-Training Techniques for Interviewing Victims with Communication or Cognitive Disabilities Training Kit, NCJ 234678?
The Victims with Disabilities: A Forensic Interview-Training Techniques for Interviewing Victims wit... Read More

How can I order the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) DVD, First Response to Victims of Crime, NCJ 211619?
The First Response to Victims of Crime DVD, NCJ 211619, can be ordered through the Shopping Cart sec... Read More

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FY 2014 Tribal Victim Assistance Professional Development Fellowship Program (PDF 229 kb)
Deadline: 06/02/2014
OVC will award one fellowship of $200,000 to undertake activities on issues emanating from the Vision 21 Final Report that relate to the need for reaching and serving American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) victim populations. The goals of this fellowship are to enhance existing relationships and increase communication between OVC, tribes, and tribal non-governmental organizations; to make more information on assistance accessible to AI/AN victims; and to assess and address the availability and capacity of victim assistance, and the training and technical assistance needs of service providers in Indian Country. Those applying are urged to begin in advance of the June 2, 2014, deadline.


FY 2014 Services for Victims of Human Trafficking Application (PDF 271 kb)
Deadline: 05/15/2014
OVC will make awards ranging from $200,000 to $500,000 to organizations with a demonstrated history of providing either comprehensive or specialized services for victims of human trafficking within the United States. Funding also will support efforts to increase interagency collaboration and the coordinated community response to victims of human trafficking. OVC intends to dedicate a portion of the funding for specialized services for American Indian and/or Alaskan Native victims of human trafficking. Deadline: May 15, 2014.

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Publications

OVC and OVC-Sponsored Publications

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
 
Break the Silence: Sexual Assault and the SART Solution (June 2013) OVC-Sponsored, 0 pages, NCJ 243297. This online video is designed to help in the creation a Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) and can be used to educate other potential members, management, and the community on how SARTs can provide improved response to victims of sexual assault and increased offender conviction rates. Recognizing the severity, complexity and impact of sexual assault in Indian Country and rural areas, the video can be used by Native American and rural SARTs to make their respective communities aware of an existing SART program and its value.
Abstract | HTML
 
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)
 
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
 

OJP Publications

Hate Crime Victimization, 2004-2012 - Statistical Tables (February 2014) BJS, BJS Technical Reports, 15 pages, NCJ 244409. This report presents counts and rates of hate crime victimization in 2012, using data from the National Crime Victimization Survey. The tables show change in the number and rate of hate crime victimizations since 2011 and during the 10-year period since 2003. They examine the perceived motivation for the hate crime, demographic characteristics of victims and offenders, and the percentage of hate crime reported to police.
Part Of the BJS Technical Reports Series
PDF | TEXT
 
Crime Against Persons with Disabilities, 2009-2012 - Statistical Tables (February 2014) BJS, NCJ 244525. This report presents estimates of nonfatal violent victimization (rape, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated and simple assault) against persons age 12 or older with disabilities from 2009 to 2012. The report compares the victimization of persons with and without disabilities living in noninstitutionalized households, including distributions by age, race, sex, victims' types of disabilities, and other victim characteristics.
PDF | TEXT
 
Technology, Teen Dating Violence and Abuse, and Bullying (July 2013) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 198 pages, NCJ 243296. The goal of this project was to expand knowledge about the types of violence and abuse experiences youth have via technology (e.g., social networking sites, texting on cell phones), and how the experience of such cyber abuse within teen dating relationships or through bullying relates to other life factors.
Abstract | PDF
 
Understanding Elder Abuse: New Directions for Developing Theories of Elder Abuse Occurring in Domestic Settings (June 2013) NIJ, Report, NIJ Research in Brief, 40 pages, NCJ 241731. This report discusses findings from two NIJ studies of elder abuse in domestic settings. Compared to other areas of family violence, elder abuse has lagged in theory development and relied more on adapting existing theories from other fields. The authors describe the findings from the two studies in this context, emphasizing the importance of developing new theories of elder abuse and of looking critically at current theories to increase our understanding and guide future research.
Part Of the NIJ Research in Brief Series
Abstract | PDF
 
Unpacking the Influence of Neighborhood Context and Antisocial Propensity on Violent Victimization of Children and Adolescents in Chicago (December 2011) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 79 pages, NCJ 237731. Guided by both social disorganization and self-control theories, this study is an effort to empirically illustrate the independent and interactive influences of neighborhood context and one measure of antisocial propensity, e.g., low self-control, on violent victimization.
Abstract | PDF
 

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Related Resources

OVC Funded Resources

Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach
Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach (formerly Nihonmachi Legal Outreach), is a community-based, social justice organization serving the Asian and Pacific Islander communities of the Greater San Francisco, California Bay Area. This organization provides legal, social, and educational services in more than a dozen languages and dialects including Cantonese, Chiu-Chow, Hindi, Ilocano, Japanese, Korean, Lao, Mandarin, Spanish, Tagalog, Taiwanese, Urdu, and Vietnamese.
 
FORGE
FORGE is a progressive organization whose mission is to support, educate and advocate for the rights and lives of transgender individuals and SOFFAs (Significant Others, Friends, Family, and Allies).
 
Office for Victims of Crime (OVC): American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner-Sexual Assault Response Team (SANE-SART) Initiative
OVC established the AI/AN SANE-SART Initiative in 2010 to address the comprehensive needs of tribal victims of sexual violence, with the ultimate goal of institutionalizing sustainable and evidence-based practices that meet the needs of tribal communities.
 
Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN)
RAINN operates a 24-hour telephone hotline (1-800-656-HOPE) and an Online Hotline for victims of sexual assault. The secure web-based hotline provides a safe, secure, and anonymous place for victims to get help online. RAINN also works to promote education and prevention of sexual assault, compiles and shares links to Legal Resources, including the State Mandatory Regulations regarding children and the elderly.
 
Unified Solutions Tribal Community Development Group
Unified Solutions is dedicated to partnering with American Indian/Alaska Native communities to end violent crime, heal from the effects of trauma, and promote resilience.
 

Federal Resources

AgingStats.gov
The Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics (Forum) was initially established in 1986, with the goal of bringing together Federal agencies that share a common interest in improving aging-related data. The Forum has played a key role by critically evaluating existing data resources and limitations, stimulating new database development, encouraging cooperation and data sharing among Federal agencies, and preparing collaborative statistical reports.
 
National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA)
NCEA is a resource for public and private agencies, professionals, service providers, and individuals interested in elder abuse prevention information, training, technical assistance, and research.
 
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.
 
Office of Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse
This office was created to coordinate alcohol and substance abuse efforts among the American Indian and Alaskan Native communities and federal agencies as called for by the Tribal Law and Order Act. This office will work, in collaboration with the Department of the Interior and the Department of Justice, on determining the scope of the ongoing problem -- identifying and assessing national, state, tribal, and local alcohol and substance abuse programs and resources; and creating standards for programs.
 
StopBullying.gov
This Web site, managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provides information about how to prevent and address bullying in schools.
 

Non-Governmental Resources

American Bar Association (ABA) Commission on Law and Aging
The Commission examines a wide range of legal issues affecting the elderly, including elder abuse. View the OVC-sponsored Commission report, Elder Abuse Fatality Review Teams: A Replication Manual at: http://www.americanbar.org/groups/law_aging/resources/elder_abuse.html
 
National American Indian Court Judges Association (NAICJA)
NAICJA is devoted primarily to the support of American Indian and Alaska Native justice systems through education, information sharing, and advocacy.
 
National Council on Child Abuse and Family Violence (NCCAFV)
NCCAFV provides intergenerational violence prevention services by bringing together community and national stakeholders, professionals and volunteers to prevent family violence, child abuse and neglect, spouse/partner abuse, and elder abuse.
 
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, Inc. (TAPS)
TAPS is a nonprofit organization staffed by, and providing services to, all those who have lost a loved one while serving in the Armed Forces.
 
Tribal Justice and Safety
The Tribal Justice and Safety Web site, is a new Department of Justice resource for American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments and communities. The goal of this resource is to provide a user-friendly, current, and comprehensive site for American Indian and Alaska Native Tribal governments to further improve the safety of their communities. It also provides information to the general public and other federal agencies to better understand the resources available for improving safety in Native American communities.
 

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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 Dec 18 2013 at 2:00PM, Charity White, M.S.W., is the Kumeyaay Family Services Director for Southern Indian Health Council, Inc, hosted a discussion on Coordinating SANEs-SARTs in Indian Country

On Dec 4 2013 at 2:00PM, Jeannie Beidler, Elder Advocate, and Shelly Jackson, OVC Visiting Fellow, hosted a discussion on Intersections Between Elder Financial Exploitation and Other Types of Abuse

On Sep 27 2013 at 2:00PM, Nancy Alterio, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Disabled Persons Protection Commission, and Mary Counihan, President of the National Adult Protective Services Association, hosted a discussion on Responding to Older Crime Victims with Disabilities

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 Apr 19 2013 at 2:00PM, Hallie Martyniuk, author of Strengthening Military-Civilian Community Partnerships To Respond to Sexual Assault, and Major Matthew Youngblood, Victim Assistance Advisor for the U.S. Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, hosted a discussion on Responding to Sexual Assault Victims through Military/Civilian Partnerships


FAQs

Does OVC provide direct services for victims of crime?
Yes. OVC provides direct services to people victimized on Tribal or federal lands, such as military ... Read More

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 the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) DVD, Serving Crime Victims With Disabilities, NCJ 213366?
The Serving Crime Victims With Disabilities DVD, NCJ 213366, can be ordered through the Shopping Car... Read More

How can I order the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) DVD, Victims with Disabilities: A Forensic Interview-Training Techniques for Interviewing Victims with Communication or Cognitive Disabilities Training Kit, NCJ 234678?
The Victims with Disabilities: A Forensic Interview-Training Techniques for Interviewing Victims wit... Read More

How can I order the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) DVD, First Response to Victims of Crime, NCJ 211619?
The First Response to Victims of Crime DVD, NCJ 211619, can be ordered through the Shopping Cart sec... Read More

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Funding

FY 2014 Tribal Victim Assistance Professional Development Fellowship Program (PDF 229 kb)
Deadline: 06/02/2014
OVC will award one fellowship of $200,000 to undertake activities on issues emanating from the Vision 21 Final Report that relate to the need for reaching and serving American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) victim populations. The goals of this fellowship are to enhance existing relationships and increase communication between OVC, tribes, and tribal non-governmental organizations; to make more information on assistance accessible to AI/AN victims; and to assess and address the availability and capacity of victim assistance, and the training and technical assistance needs of service providers in Indian Country. Those applying are urged to begin in advance of the June 2, 2014, deadline.


FY 2014 Services for Victims of Human Trafficking Application (PDF 271 kb)
Deadline: 05/15/2014
OVC will make awards ranging from $200,000 to $500,000 to organizations with a demonstrated history of providing either comprehensive or specialized services for victims of human trafficking within the United States. Funding also will support efforts to increase interagency collaboration and the coordinated community response to victims of human trafficking. OVC intends to dedicate a portion of the funding for specialized services for American Indian and/or Alaskan Native victims of human trafficking. Deadline: May 15, 2014.

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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

28th Annual Conference of Parents Of Murdered Children, Inc
Rochester, MN
08/14/2014-08/17/2014

Online Directory of Crime Victims Services.