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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

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)
 
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
 
Existe Ayuda: Victims' Rights Pocket Card (May 2011) OVC, Fact Sheet, 2 pages, NCJ 234272.
The purpose of this resource is to promote awareness of sexual assault victims' rights; including the right to services regardless of race, economic status, language preference, or residency status.
Abstract | PDF | HTML | HTML (English Translation)
 
Existe Ayuda: Help Exists Toolkit (May 2011) OVC, Electronic Document, 0 pages, NCJ 234271.
This toolkit includes replicable Spanish-language tools and resources to help improve the cultural competence of service providers and the accessibility of services for Spanish-speaking victims of sexual violence. Resources include the following: glossaries-Spanish terms related to sexual assault and trafficking; presentations-PowerPoint slides used in presentations to promotoras (community health workers) and victim advocates; and tools-a pocket card, handout, factsheets, and scripts for public service announcements and outgoing answering machine messages.
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 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

On Sep 21 2011 at 2:00PM, Rupaleem Bhuyan, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto, and L. Patricia Ice, Director of the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance Legal Project, hosted a discussion on Victim Assistance for Undocumented/ Temporary Immigrants

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

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

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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.


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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.


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)
 
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
 
Existe Ayuda: Victims' Rights Pocket Card (May 2011) OVC, Fact Sheet, 2 pages, NCJ 234272. The purpose of this resource is to promote awareness of sexual assault victims' rights; including the right to services regardless of race, economic status, language preference, or residency status.
Abstract | PDF | HTML | HTML (English Translation)
 
Existe Ayuda: Help Exists Toolkit (May 2011) OVC, Electronic Document, 0 pages, NCJ 234271. This toolkit includes replicable Spanish-language tools and resources to help improve the cultural competence of service providers and the accessibility of services for Spanish-speaking victims of sexual violence. Resources include the following: glossaries-Spanish terms related to sexual assault and trafficking; presentations-PowerPoint slides used in presentations to promotoras (community health workers) and victim advocates; and tools-a pocket card, handout, factsheets, and scripts for public service announcements and outgoing answering machine messages.
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 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

On Sep 21 2011 at 2:00PM, Rupaleem Bhuyan, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto, and L. Patricia Ice, Director of the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance Legal Project, hosted a discussion on Victim Assistance for Undocumented/ Temporary Immigrants

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

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

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National Calendar of Crime Victim Assistance-Related Events
Upcoming Event(s)
FBI National Academy Associates National Training Conference and Law Enforcement Expo
Philadelphia, PA
07/26/2014-07/29/2014

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

2014 Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) National Training Conference
Boston, MA
08/19/2014-08/21/2014

Online Directory of Crime Victims Services.