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Cultural awareness is a willingness to learn about, communicate with, and effectively interact with people and communities across cultures. It comprises an individual’s or community’s experiences, values cross-cultural skills, and awareness of and attitudes toward different cultural practices. Often, community and interpersonal conflicts and tensions arise from an inability to understand the actual or perceived race, color, nationality, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, or disability of another person or group. Communities can respond to these tensions by developing viable, mutual opportunities, understandings, training and technical assistance opportunities, and other proactive measures.

The following resources provide guidance on communicating with and responding to members of various cultural groups.


OVC and OVC-Sponsored Publications

2016 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Guide (2016) OVC, 108 pages, NCJ 249210.
The 2016 NCVRW Resource Guide, released ahead of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 10 to 16, highlights this year’s theme, Serving Victims. Building Trust. Restoring Hope. The Guide includes user-friendly outreach tools and sample products, information on the history of victims’ rights in the United States, and practical ideas to show how serving victims and building trust restores hope and strengthens communities. The Guide is available in both English and Spanish.
Abstract | PDF (English) | PDF (Spanish) | HTML (English) | HTML (Spanish)
 
Faces of Human Trafficking (January 2016) OVC, NCJ 248754.
This video series and resource guide raise awareness of the seriousness of human trafficking, the many forms it can takes, and the important role that everyone can play in identifying and serving victims. This new multidisciplinary resource includes nine videos with Spanish subtitles; Public Service Announcements (PSAs) in English, Spanish, Thai, Hindi, and Tagalog; a discussion guide; four fact sheets; and four posters designed for service providers and allied professionals, law enforcement, the general public, and victims/survivors.
HTML
 
2016 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Poster (2015) OVC, PS000030.
The 2016 NCVRW Theme Poster evokes the theme-Serving Victims. Building Trust. Restoring Hope.—which underscores the importance of early intervention and victim services in establishing trust with victims, which in turn begins to restore their hope for healing and recovery. The poster is available for download in in color or black and white and can be customized by your organization before printing.
PDF (Color, 22' x 28') | PDF (Black and White, 22' x 28') | PDF (Customizable, Color) | PDF (Customizable, Black and White)
 
2015 OVC Report to the Nation, Fiscal Years 2013-2014: Building Capacity Through Research, Innovation, Technology, and Training (August 2015) OVC, Report, OVC Fact Sheets, 4 pages, NCJ 248907.
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 2013−2014. The 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
Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
 
Circle of Healing for Native Children Endangered by Drugs (December 2014) OVC, 0 pages, NCJ 248443.
This seven-video series and companion resource guide feature Native programs and practices that incorporate cultural stories and traditions to help children, families, and communities in Indian Country to heal from substance abuse-related trauma.
Abstract | HTML
 

OJP Publications

Effectiveness of Coordinated Outreach in Intimate Partner Violence Cases: A Randomized, Longitudinal Design (March 2011) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 142 pages, NCJ 238480.
The current study tested the prediction that early coordinated victim outreach would improve criminal justice outcomes as well as increase victim safety and empowerment among victims of intimate partner violence (IPV). In collaboration with research, criminal justice, and community-based partners, this project evaluated an innovative outreach program for racially and ethnically diverse IPV victims whose cases had come to the attention of the criminal justice system.
Abstract | PDF
 
Lifecourse Experiences of Intimate Partner Violence and Help-Seeking among Filipina, Indian, and Pakistani Women: Implications for Justice System Responses (July 2010) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 123 pages, NCJ 236174.
The goal of this research project is to enhance the understanding of Asian battered women's experiences in seeking help from the criminal justice system (CJS) and other (non-CJS) programs and develop recommendations for system responses to IPV in Asian communities.
Abstract | PDF
 
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
 

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Cultural awareness is a willingness to learn about, communicate with, and effectively interact with people and communities across cultures. It comprises an individual’s or community’s experiences, values cross-cultural skills, and awareness of and attitudes toward different cultural practices. Often, community and interpersonal conflicts and tensions arise from an inability to understand the actual or perceived race, color, nationality, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, or disability of another person or group. Communities can respond to these tensions by developing viable, mutual opportunities, understandings, training and technical assistance opportunities, and other proactive measures.

The following resources provide guidance on communicating with and responding to members of various cultural groups.


Cultural awareness is a willingness to learn about, communicate with, and effectively interact with people and communities across cultures. It comprises an individual’s or community’s experiences, values cross-cultural skills, and awareness of and attitudes toward different cultural practices. Often, community and interpersonal conflicts and tensions arise from an inability to understand the actual or perceived race, color, nationality, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, or disability of another person or group. Communities can respond to these tensions by developing viable, mutual opportunities, understandings, training and technical assistance opportunities, and other proactive measures.

The following resources provide guidance on communicating with and responding to members of various cultural groups.


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 Mar 16 2016 at 2:00PM, Tuyet Duong, J.D., Language Access Visiting Fellow at the Office for Victims of Crime, and Margarita Araiza, LISW, J.D., Court Clinician at the 2nd Judicial District Court in Albuquerque, hosted a discussion on Language Access

On Jul 22 2015 at 2:00PM, Mary Wambach, experienced advocate and trainer in Deafness and Disability Rights, and Laura Zarate, Founding Executive Director of Arte Sana (Art Heals), hosted a discussion on Addressing Communication Barriers When Serving Crime Victims

On Feb 28 2013 at 2:00PM, Mitru Ciarlante, Director of Child & Club Safety for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and Dr. John Rich, Professor and Chair of Health Management and Policy at the Drexel University School of Public Health, hosted a discussion on Reaching Young Men of Color Exposed to Violence

On Sep 19 2012 at 2:00PM, Laura Zárate, Founding Executive Director of Arte Sana and cofounder of ALAS, and Kimber Nicoletti-Martinez, MSW, Director of Multicultural Efforts to end Sexual Assault (MESA), and Ana Isabel Vallejo, J.D./LL.M., Codirector/Attorney, VIDA Legal Assistance, Inc. and Human Trafficking Academy Project Coordinator, hosted a discussion on Responding to Latina/o Victims of Crime

On Jun 6 2012 at 2:00PM, Michael Munson, cofounder and Executive Director of FORGE, and Rebecca Waggoner, Director of OutFront Minnesota’s Anti-Violence Program, hosted a discussion on Understanding Violence Against Transgender Individuals

Cultural awareness is a willingness to learn about, communicate with, and effectively interact with people and communities across cultures. It comprises an individual’s or community’s experiences, values cross-cultural skills, and awareness of and attitudes toward different cultural practices. Often, community and interpersonal conflicts and tensions arise from an inability to understand the actual or perceived race, color, nationality, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, or disability of another person or group. Communities can respond to these tensions by developing viable, mutual opportunities, understandings, training and technical assistance opportunities, and other proactive measures.

The following resources provide guidance on communicating with and responding to members of various cultural groups.


What is the role of the Community Relations Service (CRS) of the U.S. Department of Justice?
The Community Relations Service (CRS) is the U.S. Department of Justice's "peacemaker" for community... 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

Cultural awareness is a willingness to learn about, communicate with, and effectively interact with people and communities across cultures. It comprises an individual’s or community’s experiences, values cross-cultural skills, and awareness of and attitudes toward different cultural practices. Often, community and interpersonal conflicts and tensions arise from an inability to understand the actual or perceived race, color, nationality, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, or disability of another person or group. Communities can respond to these tensions by developing viable, mutual opportunities, understandings, training and technical assistance opportunities, and other proactive measures.

The following resources provide guidance on communicating with and responding to members of various cultural groups.


FY 2016 Specialized Services for Victims of Human Trafficking (PDF 247 kb)
Deadline: 05/12/2016
OVC will make awards of up to $600,000 to enhance the quality and quantity of specialized services available to assist all victims of human trafficking, including services for underserved or unserved populations such as men and boys, American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN), African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Latinos, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, or individuals who identify as straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning (LGBTQ). Funding will also support efforts to increase the capacity of communities to respond to human trafficking victims through the development of interagency partnerships, professional training, and public awareness activities. Applicants are urged to begin in advance of the May 12, 2016, deadline.

More Funding Opportunities

Cultural awareness is a willingness to learn about, communicate with, and effectively interact with people and communities across cultures. It comprises an individual’s or community’s experiences, values cross-cultural skills, and awareness of and attitudes toward different cultural practices. Often, community and interpersonal conflicts and tensions arise from an inability to understand the actual or perceived race, color, nationality, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, or disability of another person or group. Communities can respond to these tensions by developing viable, mutual opportunities, understandings, training and technical assistance opportunities, and other proactive measures.

The following resources provide guidance on communicating with and responding to members of various cultural groups.


Publications

OVC and OVC-Sponsored Publications

2016 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Guide (2016) OVC, 108 pages, NCJ 249210. The 2016 NCVRW Resource Guide, released ahead of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 10 to 16, highlights this year’s theme, Serving Victims. Building Trust. Restoring Hope. The Guide includes user-friendly outreach tools and sample products, information on the history of victims’ rights in the United States, and practical ideas to show how serving victims and building trust restores hope and strengthens communities. The Guide is available in both English and Spanish.
Abstract | PDF (English) | PDF (Spanish) | HTML (English) | HTML (Spanish)
 
Faces of Human Trafficking (January 2016) OVC, NCJ 248754. This video series and resource guide raise awareness of the seriousness of human trafficking, the many forms it can takes, and the important role that everyone can play in identifying and serving victims. This new multidisciplinary resource includes nine videos with Spanish subtitles; Public Service Announcements (PSAs) in English, Spanish, Thai, Hindi, and Tagalog; a discussion guide; four fact sheets; and four posters designed for service providers and allied professionals, law enforcement, the general public, and victims/survivors.
HTML
 
2016 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Poster (2015) OVC, PS000030. The 2016 NCVRW Theme Poster evokes the theme-Serving Victims. Building Trust. Restoring Hope.—which underscores the importance of early intervention and victim services in establishing trust with victims, which in turn begins to restore their hope for healing and recovery. The poster is available for download in in color or black and white and can be customized by your organization before printing.
PDF (Color, 22' x 28') | PDF (Black and White, 22' x 28') | PDF (Customizable, Color) | PDF (Customizable, Black and White)
 
2015 OVC Report to the Nation, Fiscal Years 2013-2014: Building Capacity Through Research, Innovation, Technology, and Training (August 2015) OVC, Report, OVC Fact Sheets, 4 pages, NCJ 248907. 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 2013−2014. The 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
Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
 
Circle of Healing for Native Children Endangered by Drugs (December 2014) OVC, 0 pages, NCJ 248443. This seven-video series and companion resource guide feature Native programs and practices that incorporate cultural stories and traditions to help children, families, and communities in Indian Country to heal from substance abuse-related trauma.
Abstract | HTML
 

OJP Publications

Effectiveness of Coordinated Outreach in Intimate Partner Violence Cases: A Randomized, Longitudinal Design (March 2011) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 142 pages, NCJ 238480. The current study tested the prediction that early coordinated victim outreach would improve criminal justice outcomes as well as increase victim safety and empowerment among victims of intimate partner violence (IPV). In collaboration with research, criminal justice, and community-based partners, this project evaluated an innovative outreach program for racially and ethnically diverse IPV victims whose cases had come to the attention of the criminal justice system.
Abstract | PDF
 
Lifecourse Experiences of Intimate Partner Violence and Help-Seeking among Filipina, Indian, and Pakistani Women: Implications for Justice System Responses (July 2010) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 123 pages, NCJ 236174. The goal of this research project is to enhance the understanding of Asian battered women's experiences in seeking help from the criminal justice system (CJS) and other (non-CJS) programs and develop recommendations for system responses to IPV in Asian communities.
Abstract | PDF
 
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
 

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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.
 
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ): Community Relations Service (CRS)
CRS, the "peacemaker" arm of the U.S. Department of Justice for community conflicts and tensions, provides expert guidance and assistance to community officials and civic leaders to help resolve and prevent racial and ethnic conflict, violence, and civil disorders.
 

Non-Governmental Resources

Arte Sana
Arte Sana (Art Heals) is a national Latina-led nonprofit organization committed to ending sexual violence and aggression and engaging marginalized communities as agents of change. This organization promotes awareness, healing, and empowerment through bilingual professional training, community education, and the arts.
 
Casa de Esperanza
This organization provides bilingual advocacy and services to Latina victims of intimate partner violence. Victims may contact the Casa de Esperanza 24-hour crisis line at 651-772-1611.
 
National Latin@ Network
A project of Casa de Esperanza, the Network provides bilingual information and resources for people working within Latin communities to prevent and eliminate domestic violence. This Web site includes a resource library, public policy updates and action alerts, informative videos, training opportunities, and a blog among other culturally-specific information.
 
National Multicultural Institute (NMCI)
NMCI works with individuals, organizations, and communities to facilitate personal and systemic change in order to build an inclusive society that is strengthened and empowered by its diversity.
 

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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 Mar 16 2016 at 2:00PM, Tuyet Duong, J.D., Language Access Visiting Fellow at the Office for Victims of Crime, and Margarita Araiza, LISW, J.D., Court Clinician at the 2nd Judicial District Court in Albuquerque, hosted a discussion on Language Access

On Jul 22 2015 at 2:00PM, Mary Wambach, experienced advocate and trainer in Deafness and Disability Rights, and Laura Zarate, Founding Executive Director of Arte Sana (Art Heals), hosted a discussion on Addressing Communication Barriers When Serving Crime Victims

On Feb 28 2013 at 2:00PM, Mitru Ciarlante, Director of Child & Club Safety for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and Dr. John Rich, Professor and Chair of Health Management and Policy at the Drexel University School of Public Health, hosted a discussion on Reaching Young Men of Color Exposed to Violence

On Sep 19 2012 at 2:00PM, Laura Zárate, Founding Executive Director of Arte Sana and cofounder of ALAS, and Kimber Nicoletti-Martinez, MSW, Director of Multicultural Efforts to end Sexual Assault (MESA), and Ana Isabel Vallejo, J.D./LL.M., Codirector/Attorney, VIDA Legal Assistance, Inc. and Human Trafficking Academy Project Coordinator, hosted a discussion on Responding to Latina/o Victims of Crime

On Jun 6 2012 at 2:00PM, Michael Munson, cofounder and Executive Director of FORGE, and Rebecca Waggoner, Director of OutFront Minnesota’s Anti-Violence Program, hosted a discussion on Understanding Violence Against Transgender Individuals


FAQs

What is the role of the Community Relations Service (CRS) of the U.S. Department of Justice?
The Community Relations Service (CRS) is the U.S. Department of Justice's "peacemaker" for community... 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 2016 Specialized Services for Victims of Human Trafficking (PDF 247 kb)
Deadline: 05/12/2016
OVC will make awards of up to $600,000 to enhance the quality and quantity of specialized services available to assist all victims of human trafficking, including services for underserved or unserved populations such as men and boys, American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN), African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Latinos, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, or individuals who identify as straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning (LGBTQ). Funding will also support efforts to increase the capacity of communities to respond to human trafficking victims through the development of interagency partnerships, professional training, and public awareness activities. Applicants are urged to begin in advance of the May 12, 2016, deadline.

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National Calendar of Crime Victim Assistance-Related Events
Upcoming Event(s)
2016 Crime Victim Law Conference
Portland, OR
06/10/2016-06/11/2016

2016 National Center for Victims of Crime National Training Institute
Philadelphia, PA
09/19/2016-09/21/2016

Online Directory of Crime Victims Services.