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Historically, the goals of correctional agencies have been to protect the public, deter criminal behavior, and rehabilitate offenders. Although correctional agencies have traditionally focused on offenders, they have begun to view crime victims as their constituents as well. Correctional agencies now raise awareness about crime victim issues through programs such as victim impact classes and provide direct victim assistance through programs like victim-offender dialogue. Victims also play an important role in enforcing victims’ rights by notifying them about the status of offenders and enforcing the collection of restitution on victims’ behalf.  Efforts are also being made to raise awareness and educate correctional staff on victims’ rights and issues. Many correctional agencies recognize that, despite their best efforts, the offenders they supervise may become victims of crime while under their supervision and will need their assistance and support.

 

The following resources provide information about victim services in corrections.


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)
 
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)
 
Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center Fact Sheet (April 2014) OVC, Fact Sheet, OVC Fact Sheets, FS000397.
This Fact Sheet describes the services and trainings available through the OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC) and how these resources can be accessed.
PDF
Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
 
Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services Final Report (May 2013) OVC, Report, 60 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)
 
Voice of the Victim: A Perspectives Spotlight Issue (2012) OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 100 pages, NCJ 238382.
Through OVC support, this special edition of the American Probation and Parole Association's Perspectives provides a collection of informative, thought-provoking articles to support community corrections professionals in incorporating victims' rights and services into daily practice. This resource teaches readers that victims' rights to information, notification, restitution, and participation are an integral component of community corrections.
Abstract | PDF
 

OJP Publications

Evaluating the Effectiveness of Sex Offender Registration and Notification Policies for Reducing Sexual Violence Against Women, Final Report (2010) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 77 pages, NCJ 231989.
This report presents results of a study on the effectiveness of one state’s sex offender registration and notification policy in reducing sexual violence.
Abstract | PDF
 
Testing and Evaluation of the Use of Polygraphs to Combat Violence Against Women, Final Report (March 2008) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 62 pages, NCJ 222115.
In examining the applicability of polygraph to postconviction management of high-risk domestic-violence probationers, this study tested whether polygraph provides information about risky behaviors unknown to criminal justice personnel that is predictive of additional near-term arrests.
Abstract | PDF
 
Repaying Debts (October 2007) BJA-Sponsored, 60 pages, NCJ 220163.
This report discusses the financial obligations of people released from prisons and jails and includes recommendations to help policymakers increase accountability among people who commit crimes, improve rates of child support collection and victim restitution, and make people's transition from prisons and jails to the community safe and successful.
Abstract | PDF | HTML
 

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Historically, the goals of correctional agencies have been to protect the public, deter criminal behavior, and rehabilitate offenders. Although correctional agencies have traditionally focused on offenders, they have begun to view crime victims as their constituents as well. Correctional agencies now raise awareness about crime victim issues through programs such as victim impact classes and provide direct victim assistance through programs like victim-offender dialogue. Victims also play an important role in enforcing victims’ rights by notifying them about the status of offenders and enforcing the collection of restitution on victims’ behalf.  Efforts are also being made to raise awareness and educate correctional staff on victims’ rights and issues. Many correctional agencies recognize that, despite their best efforts, the offenders they supervise may become victims of crime while under their supervision and will need their assistance and support.

 

The following resources provide information about victim services in corrections.


Historically, the goals of correctional agencies have been to protect the public, deter criminal behavior, and rehabilitate offenders. Although correctional agencies have traditionally focused on offenders, they have begun to view crime victims as their constituents as well. Correctional agencies now raise awareness about crime victim issues through programs such as victim impact classes and provide direct victim assistance through programs like victim-offender dialogue. Victims also play an important role in enforcing victims’ rights by notifying them about the status of offenders and enforcing the collection of restitution on victims’ behalf.  Efforts are also being made to raise awareness and educate correctional staff on victims’ rights and issues. Many correctional agencies recognize that, despite their best efforts, the offenders they supervise may become victims of crime while under their supervision and will need their assistance and support.

 

The following resources provide information about victim services in corrections.


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 May 24 2016 at 2:00PM, Linda McFarlane, MSW, LCSW, Deputy Executive Director, Just Detention International, and Jeralita Costa, community victim liaison with the Washington State Department of Corrections,, hosted a discussion on Helping Incarcerated Victims of Crime

On May 5 2015 at 2:00PM, Cris Sullivan, Director of the Research Consortium on Gender-Based Violence and Professor of Ecological/Community Psychology at Michigan State Univers, and Keri Darling, founder and Director/Trainer of DVAS, Deaf Vermonters Advocacy Services, hosted a discussion on Build Your Own Body of Evidence-Based Knowledge

On Mar 25 2015 at 2:00PM, Katie Monroe, Senior Advocate for National Partnerships at the Innocence Project, and Karin Ho, brings over 30 years combined experience as a victim advocate in the sexual assault, domestic violence and postconviction corrections field, hosted a discussion on Postconviction Exonerations and Victim Assistance

On Feb 25 2015 at 2:00PM, Jennifer Burkmire, advocate for children and a contract consultant for nonprofit organizations that provide social services, and Cynthia King, President of King & Associates, Inc, hosted a discussion on Developing an Effective Multidisciplinary Team

On May 1 2013 at 2:00PM, Kim Clifton, Executive Director of HALOS (Helping And Lending Outreach Support), hosted a discussion on Replicating Victim Services Programs with Limited Funding

Historically, the goals of correctional agencies have been to protect the public, deter criminal behavior, and rehabilitate offenders. Although correctional agencies have traditionally focused on offenders, they have begun to view crime victims as their constituents as well. Correctional agencies now raise awareness about crime victim issues through programs such as victim impact classes and provide direct victim assistance through programs like victim-offender dialogue. Victims also play an important role in enforcing victims’ rights by notifying them about the status of offenders and enforcing the collection of restitution on victims’ behalf.  Efforts are also being made to raise awareness and educate correctional staff on victims’ rights and issues. Many correctional agencies recognize that, despite their best efforts, the offenders they supervise may become victims of crime while under their supervision and will need their assistance and support.

 

The following resources provide information about victim services in corrections.


When may I submit my nomination for the National Crime Victims' Service Awards?
The 2016 National Crime Victims’ Service Awards nomination period is now closed. For more informatio... Read More

When will National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) be observed in 2017?
The National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) observance will be held on April 2-8, 2017. You may ... Read More

Where can I find information about restorative justice programs?
Information on restorative justice is available on the Restorative Justice section of the National C... 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

How can I learn about effective victim service programs?
Created by the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) and operated by OJP's National Institute of Justice,... Read More

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Historically, the goals of correctional agencies have been to protect the public, deter criminal behavior, and rehabilitate offenders. Although correctional agencies have traditionally focused on offenders, they have begun to view crime victims as their constituents as well. Correctional agencies now raise awareness about crime victim issues through programs such as victim impact classes and provide direct victim assistance through programs like victim-offender dialogue. Victims also play an important role in enforcing victims’ rights by notifying them about the status of offenders and enforcing the collection of restitution on victims’ behalf.  Efforts are also being made to raise awareness and educate correctional staff on victims’ rights and issues. Many correctional agencies recognize that, despite their best efforts, the offenders they supervise may become victims of crime while under their supervision and will need their assistance and support.

 

The following resources provide information about victim services in corrections.


FY 2016 Using Telemedicine Technology to Enhance Access to Sexual Assault Forensic Exams (PDF 224 kb)
Deadline: 07/28/2016
OVC will make awards under two purpose areas to develop or enhance statewide telemedicine programs to deliver expert Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner guidance and support to medical professionals conducting sexual assault forensic exams in state correctional facilities, institutions of higher education, and rural and tribal communities. OVC will make one award of up to $1.2 million under purpose area one for the demonstration project to develop or enhance access, within their state, to sexual assault forensic exams for adult and adolescent victims of sexual assault using telemedicine technology in underserved communities. Under purpose area two, OVC will make one award of up to $300,000 to one technical assistance (TA) provider to support the demonstration site. Apply by July 28, 2016.


FY 2016 Building and Enhancing Partnerships to Support Incarcerated Survivors of Sexual Abuse (PDF 218 kb)
Deadline: 07/25/2016
OVC will make approximately 4 awards of up to $300,000 each to support the development and enhancement of partnerships between correctional agencies and community-based victim service providers with the goal of increasing access to outside support services for incarcerated survivors of sexual abuse. Eligible applicants shall be nonprofit organizations (including tribal nonprofit organizations) with demonstrated knowledge of and experience with providing support services to victims of sexual abuse and/or rape crisis coalitions and a strong desire to provide victim support services to incarcerated survivors of sexual abuse. Applicants are urged to begin in advance of the July 25, 2016, deadline.

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Historically, the goals of correctional agencies have been to protect the public, deter criminal behavior, and rehabilitate offenders. Although correctional agencies have traditionally focused on offenders, they have begun to view crime victims as their constituents as well. Correctional agencies now raise awareness about crime victim issues through programs such as victim impact classes and provide direct victim assistance through programs like victim-offender dialogue. Victims also play an important role in enforcing victims’ rights by notifying them about the status of offenders and enforcing the collection of restitution on victims’ behalf.  Efforts are also being made to raise awareness and educate correctional staff on victims’ rights and issues. Many correctional agencies recognize that, despite their best efforts, the offenders they supervise may become victims of crime while under their supervision and will need their assistance and support.

 

The following resources provide information about victim services in corrections.


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)
 
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)
 
Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center Fact Sheet (April 2014) OVC, Fact Sheet, OVC Fact Sheets, FS000397. This Fact Sheet describes the services and trainings available through the OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC) and how these resources can be accessed.
PDF
Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
 
Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services Final Report (May 2013) OVC, Report, 60 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)
 
Voice of the Victim: A Perspectives Spotlight Issue (2012) OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 100 pages, NCJ 238382. Through OVC support, this special edition of the American Probation and Parole Association's Perspectives provides a collection of informative, thought-provoking articles to support community corrections professionals in incorporating victims' rights and services into daily practice. This resource teaches readers that victims' rights to information, notification, restitution, and participation are an integral component of community corrections.
Abstract | PDF
 

OJP Publications

Evaluating the Effectiveness of Sex Offender Registration and Notification Policies for Reducing Sexual Violence Against Women, Final Report (2010) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 77 pages, NCJ 231989. This report presents results of a study on the effectiveness of one state’s sex offender registration and notification policy in reducing sexual violence.
Abstract | PDF
 
Testing and Evaluation of the Use of Polygraphs to Combat Violence Against Women, Final Report (March 2008) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 62 pages, NCJ 222115. In examining the applicability of polygraph to postconviction management of high-risk domestic-violence probationers, this study tested whether polygraph provides information about risky behaviors unknown to criminal justice personnel that is predictive of additional near-term arrests.
Abstract | PDF
 
Repaying Debts (October 2007) BJA-Sponsored, 60 pages, NCJ 220163. This report discusses the financial obligations of people released from prisons and jails and includes recommendations to help policymakers increase accountability among people who commit crimes, improve rates of child support collection and victim restitution, and make people's transition from prisons and jails to the community safe and successful.
Abstract | PDF | HTML
 

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Related Resources

Federal Resources

CrimeSolutions.gov
CrimeSolutions.gov is a searchable online database of evidence-based programs covering a range of justice-related topics, including victim assistance programs; corrections; courts; crime prevention; substance abuse; juveniles; law enforcement; and technology and forensics. The site is a tool to understand, access and integrate scientific evidence about programs into programmatic and policy decisions.
 
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.
 

Non-Governmental Resources

Healing Justice: Restoration After Wronful Conviction
Partnering with the Duke Center for Criminal Justice and Professional Responsibility, and working closely with innocence organizations and service providers in individual states, Healing Justice seeks to address the aftermath of wrongful convictions for all involved.
 

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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 May 24 2016 at 2:00PM, Linda McFarlane, MSW, LCSW, Deputy Executive Director, Just Detention International, and Jeralita Costa, community victim liaison with the Washington State Department of Corrections,, hosted a discussion on Helping Incarcerated Victims of Crime

On May 5 2015 at 2:00PM, Cris Sullivan, Director of the Research Consortium on Gender-Based Violence and Professor of Ecological/Community Psychology at Michigan State Univers, and Keri Darling, founder and Director/Trainer of DVAS, Deaf Vermonters Advocacy Services, hosted a discussion on Build Your Own Body of Evidence-Based Knowledge

On Mar 25 2015 at 2:00PM, Katie Monroe, Senior Advocate for National Partnerships at the Innocence Project, and Karin Ho, brings over 30 years combined experience as a victim advocate in the sexual assault, domestic violence and postconviction corrections field, hosted a discussion on Postconviction Exonerations and Victim Assistance

On Feb 25 2015 at 2:00PM, Jennifer Burkmire, advocate for children and a contract consultant for nonprofit organizations that provide social services, and Cynthia King, President of King & Associates, Inc, hosted a discussion on Developing an Effective Multidisciplinary Team

On May 1 2013 at 2:00PM, Kim Clifton, Executive Director of HALOS (Helping And Lending Outreach Support), hosted a discussion on Replicating Victim Services Programs with Limited Funding


FAQs

When may I submit my nomination for the National Crime Victims' Service Awards?
The 2016 National Crime Victims’ Service Awards nomination period is now closed. For more informatio... Read More

When will National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) be observed in 2017?
The National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) observance will be held on April 2-8, 2017. You may ... Read More

Where can I find information about restorative justice programs?
Information on restorative justice is available on the Restorative Justice section of the National C... 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

How can I learn about effective victim service programs?
Created by the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) and operated by OJP's National Institute of Justice,... Read More

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Funding

FY 2016 Using Telemedicine Technology to Enhance Access to Sexual Assault Forensic Exams (PDF 224 kb)
Deadline: 07/28/2016
OVC will make awards under two purpose areas to develop or enhance statewide telemedicine programs to deliver expert Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner guidance and support to medical professionals conducting sexual assault forensic exams in state correctional facilities, institutions of higher education, and rural and tribal communities. OVC will make one award of up to $1.2 million under purpose area one for the demonstration project to develop or enhance access, within their state, to sexual assault forensic exams for adult and adolescent victims of sexual assault using telemedicine technology in underserved communities. Under purpose area two, OVC will make one award of up to $300,000 to one technical assistance (TA) provider to support the demonstration site. Apply by July 28, 2016.


FY 2016 Building and Enhancing Partnerships to Support Incarcerated Survivors of Sexual Abuse (PDF 218 kb)
Deadline: 07/25/2016
OVC will make approximately 4 awards of up to $300,000 each to support the development and enhancement of partnerships between correctional agencies and community-based victim service providers with the goal of increasing access to outside support services for incarcerated survivors of sexual abuse. Eligible applicants shall be nonprofit organizations (including tribal nonprofit organizations) with demonstrated knowledge of and experience with providing support services to victims of sexual abuse and/or rape crisis coalitions and a strong desire to provide victim support services to incarcerated survivors of sexual abuse. Applicants are urged to begin in advance of the July 25, 2016, deadline.

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2016 National Center for Victims of Crime National Training Institute
Philadelphia, PA
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