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The U.S. Government recognizes more than 564 American Indian tribes and Alaska Native groups comprising more than 4.3 million members. Data suggest that crime rates are much higher for these populations compared to the national average. OVC helps victims in Indian Country by providing much-needed resources, improving and increasing services, identifying promising practices, and adapting and replicating successful programs in tribal communities throughout the Nation. In addition, OVC collaborates with other federal agencies to fund demonstration programs that help tribes and tribal organizations serve victims more efficiently.

 

The following resources provide more information on programs and crime victim services available to American Indian and Alaska Native communities.


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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 

OJP Publications

Final Report: Participatory Evaluation of the Tribal Victim Assistance Programs at the Lummi Nation and Passamaquoddy Tribe (August 2009) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 159 pages, NCJ 228190.
This report summarizes the results of process evaluations of two tribal victim assistance programs - the Lummi Victims of Crime Program in Washington State and the Passamaquoddy Tribal Victim Outreach Advocate Program in Maine - both of which are federally funded "on-reservation" victim assistance programs intended to provide permanent, accessible, and responsive crime-victim assistance services on tribal lands.
Abstract | PDF
 
Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women and the Criminal Justice Response: What Is Known (2008) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 168 pages, NCJ 223691.
Based on a synthesis of the empirical literature and original data analyses, this report presents an overview of the epidemiology of violence against American-Indian and Alaska-Native women as well as a review of the criminal justice responses to this violence.
Abstract | PDF
 
American Indians and Crime: A BJS Statistical Profile, 1992-2002 (December 2004) BJS, 56 pages, NCJ 203097.
This report presents data analysis on the effects and consequences of violent crime among American Indians. From 1976 to 2001, an estimated 3,738 American Indians were murdered. Data also shows that the rate of violent victimization, estimated from responses by American Indians, is well above that of other U.S. racial or ethnic subgroups and is more than twice as high as the national average.
Abstract | PDF | TEXT
 
Child Sexual Abuse on New Mexico Tribal Land, 1999-2004 (November 2004) BJS-Sponsored, Grant, 22 pages, NCJ 212236.
This study determined whether there were any differences between reported child sexual abuse cases that originated on New Mexico's tribal lands compared to nontribal areas, based on data from a program in Albuquerque, NM, that serves abused, neglected, and traumatized children and their families.
Abstract | PDF
 

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The U.S. Government recognizes more than 564 American Indian tribes and Alaska Native groups comprising more than 4.3 million members. Data suggest that crime rates are much higher for these populations compared to the national average. OVC helps victims in Indian Country by providing much-needed resources, improving and increasing services, identifying promising practices, and adapting and replicating successful programs in tribal communities throughout the Nation. In addition, OVC collaborates with other federal agencies to fund demonstration programs that help tribes and tribal organizations serve victims more efficiently.

 

The following resources provide more information on programs and crime victim services available to American Indian and Alaska Native communities.


The U.S. Government recognizes more than 564 American Indian tribes and Alaska Native groups comprising more than 4.3 million members. Data suggest that crime rates are much higher for these populations compared to the national average. OVC helps victims in Indian Country by providing much-needed resources, improving and increasing services, identifying promising practices, and adapting and replicating successful programs in tribal communities throughout the Nation. In addition, OVC collaborates with other federal agencies to fund demonstration programs that help tribes and tribal organizations serve victims more efficiently.

 

The following resources provide more information on programs and crime victim services available to American Indian and Alaska Native communities.


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 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 Nov 19 2012 at 2:00PM, Leslie Hagen, Department of Justice's first National Indian Country Coordinator, hosted a discussion on Tribal Law and Order Act: Crime Victims in Indian Country

On May 10 2011 at 2:00PM, Nadja Jones, Senior Community Development Specialist for the National Indian Child Welfare Association, hosted a discussion on Responding to Missing Children in Indian Country

On Nov 10 2010 at 2:00PM, Dianne Barker-Harrold, Tribal Victim Assistance Project Director for Unified Solutions Tribal Community Development Group, Inc, hosted a discussion on Advocating for Victims' Rights in Tribal Courts

On Jan 27 2010 at 2:00PM, Suzanne Koepplinger, Executive Director of the Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center, and Alexandra Pierce, principal investigator and author of "Shattered Hearts: The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of American Indian Women and Girls in Min, hosted a discussion on Serving American Indian Victims of Sex Trafficking

The U.S. Government recognizes more than 564 American Indian tribes and Alaska Native groups comprising more than 4.3 million members. Data suggest that crime rates are much higher for these populations compared to the national average. OVC helps victims in Indian Country by providing much-needed resources, improving and increasing services, identifying promising practices, and adapting and replicating successful programs in tribal communities throughout the Nation. In addition, OVC collaborates with other federal agencies to fund demonstration programs that help tribes and tribal organizations serve victims more efficiently.

 

The following resources provide more information on programs and crime victim services available to American Indian and Alaska Native communities.


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

What kind of information is available to American Indian/Alaskan Native crime victims?
For information specific to American Indian crime victims, visit the Specific Populations: American ... 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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The U.S. Government recognizes more than 564 American Indian tribes and Alaska Native groups comprising more than 4.3 million members. Data suggest that crime rates are much higher for these populations compared to the national average. OVC helps victims in Indian Country by providing much-needed resources, improving and increasing services, identifying promising practices, and adapting and replicating successful programs in tribal communities throughout the Nation. In addition, OVC collaborates with other federal agencies to fund demonstration programs that help tribes and tribal organizations serve victims more efficiently.

 

The following resources provide more information on programs and crime victim services available to American Indian and Alaska Native communities.


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.

More Funding Opportunities

The U.S. Government recognizes more than 564 American Indian tribes and Alaska Native groups comprising more than 4.3 million members. Data suggest that crime rates are much higher for these populations compared to the national average. OVC helps victims in Indian Country by providing much-needed resources, improving and increasing services, identifying promising practices, and adapting and replicating successful programs in tribal communities throughout the Nation. In addition, OVC collaborates with other federal agencies to fund demonstration programs that help tribes and tribal organizations serve victims more efficiently.

 

The following resources provide more information on programs and crime victim services available to American Indian and Alaska Native communities.


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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 

OJP Publications

Final Report: Participatory Evaluation of the Tribal Victim Assistance Programs at the Lummi Nation and Passamaquoddy Tribe (August 2009) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 159 pages, NCJ 228190. This report summarizes the results of process evaluations of two tribal victim assistance programs - the Lummi Victims of Crime Program in Washington State and the Passamaquoddy Tribal Victim Outreach Advocate Program in Maine - both of which are federally funded "on-reservation" victim assistance programs intended to provide permanent, accessible, and responsive crime-victim assistance services on tribal lands.
Abstract | PDF
 
Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women and the Criminal Justice Response: What Is Known (2008) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 168 pages, NCJ 223691. Based on a synthesis of the empirical literature and original data analyses, this report presents an overview of the epidemiology of violence against American-Indian and Alaska-Native women as well as a review of the criminal justice responses to this violence.
Abstract | PDF
 
American Indians and Crime: A BJS Statistical Profile, 1992-2002 (December 2004) BJS, 56 pages, NCJ 203097. This report presents data analysis on the effects and consequences of violent crime among American Indians. From 1976 to 2001, an estimated 3,738 American Indians were murdered. Data also shows that the rate of violent victimization, estimated from responses by American Indians, is well above that of other U.S. racial or ethnic subgroups and is more than twice as high as the national average.
Abstract | PDF | TEXT
 
Child Sexual Abuse on New Mexico Tribal Land, 1999-2004 (November 2004) BJS-Sponsored, Grant, 22 pages, NCJ 212236. This study determined whether there were any differences between reported child sexual abuse cases that originated on New Mexico's tribal lands compared to nontribal areas, based on data from a program in Albuquerque, NM, that serves abused, neglected, and traumatized children and their families.
Abstract | PDF
 

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Related Resources

OVC Funded Resources

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.
 
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

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.
 
NCJRS: Justice in Indian Country Special Feature
This special feature provides publications and resources on specific topics involving Indian Country, including courts, law enforcement, victims, and more.
 
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.
 
Office on Violence Against Women (OVW)
OVW, a component of the U.S. Department of Justice, provides federal leadership to reduce violence against women and to administer justice for and strengthen services to all victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
 
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS): Indian Health Service
IHS is responsible for providing federal health services to American Indians and Alaska Natives.
 

Non-Governmental Resources

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 Congress of American Indians
NCAI offers information on issues such as tribal self-government, treaty rights, and federal policy. The Web site includes a calendar of upcoming events and a directory of links to tribal governments.
 
National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA)
NICWA is a national organization focused specifically on the tribal capacity to prevent child abuse and neglect.
 
National Indian Justice Center (NIJC)
NIJC is an independent national resource for tribal courts. The Center designs and delivers legal education, research, and technical assistance programs to help improve tribal courts systems and the administration of justice in Indian Country.
 
Native Elder Health Care Resource Center
The Center is a national resource center for older American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians, with special emphasis on culturally competent health care.
 

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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 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 Nov 19 2012 at 2:00PM, Leslie Hagen, Department of Justice's first National Indian Country Coordinator, hosted a discussion on Tribal Law and Order Act: Crime Victims in Indian Country

On May 10 2011 at 2:00PM, Nadja Jones, Senior Community Development Specialist for the National Indian Child Welfare Association, hosted a discussion on Responding to Missing Children in Indian Country

On Nov 10 2010 at 2:00PM, Dianne Barker-Harrold, Tribal Victim Assistance Project Director for Unified Solutions Tribal Community Development Group, Inc, hosted a discussion on Advocating for Victims' Rights in Tribal Courts

On Jan 27 2010 at 2:00PM, Suzanne Koepplinger, Executive Director of the Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center, and Alexandra Pierce, principal investigator and author of "Shattered Hearts: The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of American Indian Women and Girls in Min, hosted a discussion on Serving American Indian Victims of Sex Trafficking


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

What kind of information is available to American Indian/Alaskan Native crime victims?
For information specific to American Indian crime victims, visit the Specific Populations: American ... 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 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)
Powerful Partnerships: 20 Years of the Violence Against Women Act and the Path Ahead
Newark, DE
04/24/2014-04/25/2014

40th National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) Conference
Chicago, IL
08/17/2014-08/20/2014

National Center for Victims of Crime 2014 National Training Institute
Miami, FL
09/17/2014-09/19/2014

Online Directory of Crime Victims Services.