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Whenever a crime is committed, law enforcement officers are typically the first to arrive on the scene and to interact with victims. As a result, police officers have more contact with crime victims in the immediate aftermath of a crime than any other criminal justice professional. This makes their role critical and puts them in a unique position to meet victims’ needs immediately after the crime has occurred and encourage and facilitate the victim’s participation in the criminal justice system. An officer’s initial response to a victim will have a long-lasting impact on that individual’s experience of the justice system and his or her participation in the investigation and prosecution of the crime.

 

Each year, the week of May 15th is recognized as National Police Week in honor of the law enforcement personnel who provide the first crucial services to crime victims and in celebration of their brave efforts to keep us all safe.

 

The following resources are provided for law enforcement professionals.


OVC and OVC-Sponsored Publications

Helping Victims of Mass Violence and Terrorism: Planning, Response, Recovery, and Resources (August 2015) OVC, NCJ 248647.
This toolkit is designed to help communities prepare for and respond to victims of mass violence and terrorism in the most timely, effective, and compassionate manner possible. OVC created this product in coordination with the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Office for Victim Assistance and DOJ's Office of Justice for Victims of Overseas Terrorism.
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Identity (ID) Theft Toolkit (2014) OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 2 pages, NCJ 248389.
National Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network (NITVAN) coalitions across the country each contributed to the creation of this toolkit for victim advocates, attorneys, law enforcement officers, and anyone else involved in assisting victims. In this toolkit, you’ll find guidance on improving and expanding service to identity theft victims, starting a collaborative group in your area, as well as downloadable, ready-to-customize training materials, brochures, and more.
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Eight Benefits of NIBRS to Victim Service Providers (November 2014) OVC, Bulletin, 0 pages, NCJ 248480.
This e-bulletin describes how victim service providers can use National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS)–a system for recording crimes known to the police–to gain a better understanding of specific types of victimization, determine disparities between victims known to law enforcement and those receiving victim services, and identify underserved groups of crime victims. Data presented from the 15 states which currently report to NIBRS can assist victim service providers to identify patterns of crime and victimization that can justify the need for additional resources and guide decisions on optimal resource development.
Abstract | HTML
 
Responding to Transgender Victims of Sexual Assault (June 2014) OVC, Electronic Document, 0 pages, NCJ 243903.
Transgender victims of sexual assault, like all crime victims, want and deserve to be respected, heard, believed, served, and supported. This user-friendly guide offers practical tools to promote understanding and support of transgender victims, whether you are a health care provider, law enforcement officer, emergency medical personnel, advocate, therapist, or support group facilitator. Learn how you can be a source of support and care for individuals in this high-risk population.
Abstract | HTML
 
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
 

OJP Publications

Legal Issues Related to Elder Abuse: A Pocket Guide for Law Enforcement (2014) BJA-Sponsored, 58 pages, NCJ 248541.
This guide provides legal concepts, documents, and tools that may be misused to commit elder abuse or used properly to remedy it. Also presented are issues and actions that justice system professionals should consider if they suspect elder abuse has occurred.
Abstract | PDF
 
Understanding the Organization, Operation, and Victimization Process of Labor Trafficking in the United States (October 2014) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 306 pages, NCJ 248461.
This report explores patterns of labor trafficking in the U.S., and found that trafficking occurs in multiple industries, including agriculture, hospitality, construction, and restaurants. The report verified that labor trafficking usually goes unreported, and law enforcement often have difficulty distinguishing labor trafficking from other workplace exploitation. Policy and practice implications of this research for federal and local law enforcement and victims' service agencies are outlined.
Abstract | PDF
 
Recognizing When a Child's Injury or Illness Is Caused by Abuse (July 2014) OJJDP, Portable Guide, OJJDP Portable Guides to Investigating Child Abuse, 28 pages, NCJ 243908.
This guide provides information about the many indicators of child maltreatment and abuse to help first responders and investigators differentiate between physical abuse and accidental injury.

Part Of the OJJDP Portable Guides to Investigating Child Abuse Series Abstract | PDF
 
Improving Human Trafficking Victim Identification-Validation and Dissemination of a Screening Tool (June 2014) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 455 pages, NCJ 246712.
This guide provides users with recommendations on how to build trust with potential victims, maintain confidentiality, and use the tool correctly. When properly used, the tool could give victim service providers, law enforcement and legal, healthcare, and social service providers with a standard means of identifying victims of human trafficking.
Abstract | PDF
 
Screening for Human Trafficking: Guidelines for Administering the Trafficking Victim Identification Tool (TVIT) (June 2014) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 37 pages, NCJ 246713.
This tool is designed for victim service providers and other providers to assist in identifying victims of human trafficking. Developed over the last seven years by the Vera Institute of Justice in collaboration with 11 victim service organizations in California, Colorado, New York, Texas and Washington, this NIJ-funded tool has been validated with a diverse sample of potential victims of trafficking and found reliable in predicting labor and sex trafficking.
Abstract | PDF
 

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Whenever a crime is committed, law enforcement officers are typically the first to arrive on the scene and to interact with victims. As a result, police officers have more contact with crime victims in the immediate aftermath of a crime than any other criminal justice professional. This makes their role critical and puts them in a unique position to meet victims’ needs immediately after the crime has occurred and encourage and facilitate the victim’s participation in the criminal justice system. An officer’s initial response to a victim will have a long-lasting impact on that individual’s experience of the justice system and his or her participation in the investigation and prosecution of the crime.

 

Each year, the week of May 15th is recognized as National Police Week in honor of the law enforcement personnel who provide the first crucial services to crime victims and in celebration of their brave efforts to keep us all safe.

 

The following resources are provided for law enforcement professionals.


Whenever a crime is committed, law enforcement officers are typically the first to arrive on the scene and to interact with victims. As a result, police officers have more contact with crime victims in the immediate aftermath of a crime than any other criminal justice professional. This makes their role critical and puts them in a unique position to meet victims’ needs immediately after the crime has occurred and encourage and facilitate the victim’s participation in the criminal justice system. An officer’s initial response to a victim will have a long-lasting impact on that individual’s experience of the justice system and his or her participation in the investigation and prosecution of the crime.

 

Each year, the week of May 15th is recognized as National Police Week in honor of the law enforcement personnel who provide the first crucial services to crime victims and in celebration of their brave efforts to keep us all safe.

 

The following resources are provided for law enforcement professionals.


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 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 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 Oct 15 2014 at 2:00PM, Steven Siegel, Director of the Special Programs Unit of the Denver District Attorney’s Office, and Cindy Southworth, Vice President of Development and Innovation at the National Network to End Domestic Violence, hosted a discussion on Responding to and Avoiding Crime Using Technology

On Jan 29 2014 at 2:00PM, Mary Atlas-Terry, Victim Justice Program Specialist, OVC, and Corey Walz, Special Assistant to the Chair of the DHS Blue Campaign, and Katherine Chon, Senior Advisor on Trafficking in Persons, HHS, hosted a discussion on Implications of Human Trafficking Federal Strategic Action Plan

On May 15 2013 at 2:00PM, John Evans, National Training Manager for Victim Services at Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and Carl McDonald, National Law Enforcement Initiative Manager for Mothers Against Drunk Driving, hosted a discussion on Drunk Driving and Child Endangerment

Whenever a crime is committed, law enforcement officers are typically the first to arrive on the scene and to interact with victims. As a result, police officers have more contact with crime victims in the immediate aftermath of a crime than any other criminal justice professional. This makes their role critical and puts them in a unique position to meet victims’ needs immediately after the crime has occurred and encourage and facilitate the victim’s participation in the criminal justice system. An officer’s initial response to a victim will have a long-lasting impact on that individual’s experience of the justice system and his or her participation in the investigation and prosecution of the crime.

 

Each year, the week of May 15th is recognized as National Police Week in honor of the law enforcement personnel who provide the first crucial services to crime victims and in celebration of their brave efforts to keep us all safe.

 

The following resources are provided for law enforcement professionals.


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

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

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

How can I order the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) First Response to Victims of Crime Guidebook, NCJ 231171?
The First Response to Victims of Crime: A Guidebook for Law Enforcement Officers, NCJ 231171, which ... Read More

When will National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) be observed in 2016?
The National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) observance will be held on April 10-16, 2016. You ma... Read More

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Whenever a crime is committed, law enforcement officers are typically the first to arrive on the scene and to interact with victims. As a result, police officers have more contact with crime victims in the immediate aftermath of a crime than any other criminal justice professional. This makes their role critical and puts them in a unique position to meet victims’ needs immediately after the crime has occurred and encourage and facilitate the victim’s participation in the criminal justice system. An officer’s initial response to a victim will have a long-lasting impact on that individual’s experience of the justice system and his or her participation in the investigation and prosecution of the crime.

 

Each year, the week of May 15th is recognized as National Police Week in honor of the law enforcement personnel who provide the first crucial services to crime victims and in celebration of their brave efforts to keep us all safe.

 

The following resources are provided for law enforcement professionals.


No funding records found relevant to this topic.

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Whenever a crime is committed, law enforcement officers are typically the first to arrive on the scene and to interact with victims. As a result, police officers have more contact with crime victims in the immediate aftermath of a crime than any other criminal justice professional. This makes their role critical and puts them in a unique position to meet victims’ needs immediately after the crime has occurred and encourage and facilitate the victim’s participation in the criminal justice system. An officer’s initial response to a victim will have a long-lasting impact on that individual’s experience of the justice system and his or her participation in the investigation and prosecution of the crime.

 

Each year, the week of May 15th is recognized as National Police Week in honor of the law enforcement personnel who provide the first crucial services to crime victims and in celebration of their brave efforts to keep us all safe.

 

The following resources are provided for law enforcement professionals.


Publications

OVC and OVC-Sponsored Publications

Helping Victims of Mass Violence and Terrorism: Planning, Response, Recovery, and Resources (August 2015) OVC, NCJ 248647. This toolkit is designed to help communities prepare for and respond to victims of mass violence and terrorism in the most timely, effective, and compassionate manner possible. OVC created this product in coordination with the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Office for Victim Assistance and DOJ's Office of Justice for Victims of Overseas Terrorism.
HTML
 
Identity (ID) Theft Toolkit (2014) OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 2 pages, NCJ 248389. National Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network (NITVAN) coalitions across the country each contributed to the creation of this toolkit for victim advocates, attorneys, law enforcement officers, and anyone else involved in assisting victims. In this toolkit, you’ll find guidance on improving and expanding service to identity theft victims, starting a collaborative group in your area, as well as downloadable, ready-to-customize training materials, brochures, and more.
Abstract | HTML
 
Eight Benefits of NIBRS to Victim Service Providers (November 2014) OVC, Bulletin, 0 pages, NCJ 248480. This e-bulletin describes how victim service providers can use National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS)–a system for recording crimes known to the police–to gain a better understanding of specific types of victimization, determine disparities between victims known to law enforcement and those receiving victim services, and identify underserved groups of crime victims. Data presented from the 15 states which currently report to NIBRS can assist victim service providers to identify patterns of crime and victimization that can justify the need for additional resources and guide decisions on optimal resource development.
Abstract | HTML
 
Responding to Transgender Victims of Sexual Assault (June 2014) OVC, Electronic Document, 0 pages, NCJ 243903. Transgender victims of sexual assault, like all crime victims, want and deserve to be respected, heard, believed, served, and supported. This user-friendly guide offers practical tools to promote understanding and support of transgender victims, whether you are a health care provider, law enforcement officer, emergency medical personnel, advocate, therapist, or support group facilitator. Learn how you can be a source of support and care for individuals in this high-risk population.
Abstract | HTML
 
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
 

OJP Publications

Legal Issues Related to Elder Abuse: A Pocket Guide for Law Enforcement (2014) BJA-Sponsored, 58 pages, NCJ 248541. This guide provides legal concepts, documents, and tools that may be misused to commit elder abuse or used properly to remedy it. Also presented are issues and actions that justice system professionals should consider if they suspect elder abuse has occurred.
Abstract | PDF
 
Understanding the Organization, Operation, and Victimization Process of Labor Trafficking in the United States (October 2014) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 306 pages, NCJ 248461. This report explores patterns of labor trafficking in the U.S., and found that trafficking occurs in multiple industries, including agriculture, hospitality, construction, and restaurants. The report verified that labor trafficking usually goes unreported, and law enforcement often have difficulty distinguishing labor trafficking from other workplace exploitation. Policy and practice implications of this research for federal and local law enforcement and victims' service agencies are outlined.
Abstract | PDF
 
Recognizing When a Child's Injury or Illness Is Caused by Abuse (July 2014) OJJDP, Portable Guide, OJJDP Portable Guides to Investigating Child Abuse, 28 pages, NCJ 243908. This guide provides information about the many indicators of child maltreatment and abuse to help first responders and investigators differentiate between physical abuse and accidental injury.
Part Of the OJJDP Portable Guides to Investigating Child Abuse Series
Abstract | PDF
 
Improving Human Trafficking Victim Identification-Validation and Dissemination of a Screening Tool (June 2014) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 455 pages, NCJ 246712. This guide provides users with recommendations on how to build trust with potential victims, maintain confidentiality, and use the tool correctly. When properly used, the tool could give victim service providers, law enforcement and legal, healthcare, and social service providers with a standard means of identifying victims of human trafficking.
Abstract | PDF
 
Screening for Human Trafficking: Guidelines for Administering the Trafficking Victim Identification Tool (TVIT) (June 2014) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 37 pages, NCJ 246713. This tool is designed for victim service providers and other providers to assist in identifying victims of human trafficking. Developed over the last seven years by the Vera Institute of Justice in collaboration with 11 victim service organizations in California, Colorado, New York, Texas and Washington, this NIJ-funded tool has been validated with a diverse sample of potential victims of trafficking and found reliable in predicting labor and sex trafficking.
Abstract | PDF
 

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Related Resources

OVC Funded Resources

Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Victims
For over a decade, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) has collaborated with OVC to promote crime victim rights and facilitate law enforcement's ability to effectively address victim needs. One of the key milestones of this collaboration includes the 21st Century Strategy for Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Victims, consisting of the Strategy, the Implementation Guide, the Resource Toolkit, and the Training Supplemental. This Web site, which captures the 21st Century Strategy and a number of other victim-related materials and publications, serves as a unique law enforcement resource center for enhanced victim response.
 
Identity Theft Victim Assistance Network Project
The Maryland Crime Victims' Resource Center, Inc. (MCVRC), with funding from OVC, this project seeks to improve the response (infrastructure, training, outreach tools, and direct victim assistance services) to victims of identity theft nationwide.
 
Office for Victims of Crime (OVC): Human Trafficking
OVC’s human trafficking Web site contains a wide range of information including resources and research from the Federal Government, publications and products from OVC, local and national direct assistance information, and related funding opportunities for victims and survivors of human trafficking, victim service providers, law enforcement, and allied professionals.
 
The Use of Technology to Stalk: An Online Course
Produced by the Stalking Resource Center of the National Center for Victims of Crime with funding from OVC, this free self-paced, interactive online training will help increase the ability of criminal justice professionals and victim service providers to recognize how stalkers use technology and, ultimately, enhance their ability to work with victims of stalking. This course highlights: how stalkers use technologies to locate, harass, and surveil their victims; steps to assist in investigating stalking crimes; and how to support victims of stalking.
 

Federal Resources

AMBER Alert
The America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response (AMBER) Alert System is a voluntary partnership between law-enforcement agencies, broadcasters, transportation agencies, and the wireless industry, to activate an urgent bulletin in the most serious child-abduction cases.
 
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.
 
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
The FBI is the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Justice. Its mission is to protect the United States from terrorist and foreign intelligence activities; investigate violations of federal criminal law; and provide assistance to federal, state, local, and international agencies.
 
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. Postal Inspection Service
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is responsible for investigating fraudulent use the U.S. Mail and postal system. Victims of mail crime, including identity theft, fraud and mail theft, can file a report with this office.
 

Non-Governmental Resources

Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Training and Technical Assistance Program
The ICAC Training and Technical Assistance Program provides training and technical assistance to state and local agencies in support of their ICAC initiatives.
 
NetSmartz Workshop
NetSmartz is an age-appropriate resource to keep kids and teens safe on the internet.
 
We Regret to Inform You ... (Death Notification Training)
The Federal Bureau of Investigation, in partnership with Penn State University, created this free web based training for law enforcement agencies and other first responders responsible for notifying the family members of those who have died suddenly as a result of a crime, an accident, a suicide, or other type of incident. The training is designed to enhance the professionalism, dignity, and compassion of those tasked with delivering death notifications, including: law enforcement, victim advocates, coroners, medical examiners, chaplains, hospital staff, and others.
 
Wired Safety
This online help organization is run by trained law enforcement officers and civilian volunteers. The Web site features information on cybercrime, safety, security, discussion forums, and content customized for kids and teens. WiredSafety offers Internet safety and training classes to parents, teens, and law enforcement.
 
Working to Halt Online Abuse (WHOA)
WHOA, a volunteer organization, fights online harassment by educating the public and law enforcement and empowering victims.
 

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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 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 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 Oct 15 2014 at 2:00PM, Steven Siegel, Director of the Special Programs Unit of the Denver District Attorney’s Office, and Cindy Southworth, Vice President of Development and Innovation at the National Network to End Domestic Violence, hosted a discussion on Responding to and Avoiding Crime Using Technology

On Jan 29 2014 at 2:00PM, Mary Atlas-Terry, Victim Justice Program Specialist, OVC, and Corey Walz, Special Assistant to the Chair of the DHS Blue Campaign, and Katherine Chon, Senior Advisor on Trafficking in Persons, HHS, hosted a discussion on Implications of Human Trafficking Federal Strategic Action Plan

On May 15 2013 at 2:00PM, John Evans, National Training Manager for Victim Services at Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and Carl McDonald, National Law Enforcement Initiative Manager for Mothers Against Drunk Driving, hosted a discussion on Drunk Driving and Child Endangerment


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

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

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

How can I order the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) First Response to Victims of Crime Guidebook, NCJ 231171?
The First Response to Victims of Crime: A Guidebook for Law Enforcement Officers, NCJ 231171, which ... Read More

When will National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) be observed in 2016?
The National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) observance will be held on April 10-16, 2016. You ma... Read More

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National Calendar of Crime Victim Assistance-Related Events
Upcoming Event(s)
National Center for Victims of Crime 2015 National Training Institute
Anaheim, CA
09/09/2015-09/11/2015

International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Annual Conference and Expo
Chicago, IL
10/24/2015-10/27/2015

30th Annual San Diego International Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment
San Diego, CA
01/23/2016-01/28/2016

Online Directory of Crime Victims Services.