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OVC and OVC-Sponsored Publications

2015 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Guide (January 2015) OVC, 182 pages, NCJ 247813.
The 2015 NCVRW Resource Guide, released ahead of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 19 to 25, highlights this year’s theme, Engaging Communities. Empowering Victims. The Guide includes a wide array of user-friendly outreach tools and sample products, a Theme DVD, current statistics on victimization, information on the history of victims’ rights in the United States, and concrete, practical ideas for engaging your community and empowering victims. Hardcopy versions of this year's Guide, which can be ordered through the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) at www.ncjrs.gov, include Introductory Materials and NCVRW Resource Guide Artwork.
Abstract | PDF | 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
 
Report to the U.S. Attorney General on Improving Federal Agency Response to Sexual Violence in Tribal Nations: Issues and Recommendations (June 2014) OVC, Report, 37 pages, NCJ 248527.
This report from the National Coordination Committee on the American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner-Sexual Assault Response Team (SANE-SART) Initiative examines federal response to adult and child victims of sexual violence in tribal nations and reports recommendations for improvement.
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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
 
Break the Silence: Sexual Assault and the SART Solution (June 2013) OVC-Sponsored, 0 pages, NCJ 243297.
This online video is designed to help in the creation a Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) and can be used to educate other potential members, management, and the community on how SARTs can provide improved response to victims of sexual assault and increased offender conviction rates. Recognizing the severity, complexity and impact of sexual assault in Indian Country and rural areas, the video can be used by Native American and rural SARTs to make their respective communities aware of an existing SART program and its value.
Abstract | HTML
 

OJP Publications

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
 
Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Exams and VAWA 2005: Payment Practices, Successes, and Directions for the Future (April 2014) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 230 pages, NCJ 247314.
The Violence Against Women Act of 2005 requires that sexual assault victims must not be required to file law enforcement reports in order to receive free exams. This study aimed to examine how states are meeting these goals. We found victim compensation funds are by far the largest funder of exams across the country. In the 19 jurisdictions included in case studies, victims generally received free exams without having to report if they did not want to. However, barriers to even accessing the exam prevent some victims from seeking help.
Abstract | PDF
 
Delivery and Evaluation of Sexual Assault Forensic (SAFE) Training Programs (March 2014) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 240 pages, NCJ 247081.
This study evaluated the effectiveness of the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) SAFE training programs. The study found that the IAFN SAFE training curriculum and blended training model offer a strong foundation that can be built upon to meet the diverse learning needs of clinicians across the country.
Abstract | PDF
 

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Each month the Nation's experts answer your questions about best practices in victim services. Below are upcoming and most recent session discussions in this topic:

On Dec 8 2014 at 2:00PM, Carole Warshaw, MD, Director, National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health, and Gabriella Grant, Director, California Center of Excellence for Trauma Informed Care, hosted a discussion on Incorporating Trauma-Informed Care Principles Into Practice

On Apr 15 2014 at 2:00PM, Sally Laskey, Director of Special Projects for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, and Chris Newlin, M.S., L.P.C., Executive Director of the National Children’s Advocacy Center, hosted a discussion on CACs and SARTs Partnering for Sexual Violence Victims

On Dec 18 2013 at 2:00PM, Charity White, M.S.W., is the Kumeyaay Family Services Director for Southern Indian Health Council, Inc, hosted a discussion on Coordinating SANEs-SARTs in Indian Country

On 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

On Aug 29 2012 at 2:00PM, Vivian Brown, founder and former CEO of Prototypes, and Amy Fleischauer, LMSW, Director of Victim Services at the International Institute of Buffalo, hosted a discussion on Implementing Trauma-Informed Care in Victim Services Settings


When may I submit my nomination for the National Crime Victims' Service Awards?
The 2015 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

When will National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) be observed in 2015?
National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) will be observed April 19-25, 2015. To learn more a... Read More

How do I obtain information on Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) certification?
Information on SANE certification is available on the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) - Sexual ... Read More

Who is considered a mandatory reporter of child abuse, including child sexual abuse/exploitation?
Individuals typically designated as mandatory reporters have frequent contact with children and may ... Read More

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FY 2015 Comprehensive Services for Victims of All Forms of Human Trafficking (PDF 233 kb)
Deadline: 06/01/2015
OVC will make up to 10 awards of up to $750,000 to enhance the quality and quantity of services available to assist all victims of human trafficking in achieving their goals, which may include increased autonomy and self-sufficiency, and an increased feeling of safety and well-being. The primary objectives of this funding opportunity are to enhance interagency collaboration and the coordinated community response to victims of human trafficking, and to provide high-quality services that address the individualized needs of trafficking victims. Those applying are urged to begin in advance of the June 1, 2015 deadline.

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Publications

OVC and OVC-Sponsored Publications

2015 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Guide (January 2015) OVC, 182 pages, NCJ 247813. The 2015 NCVRW Resource Guide, released ahead of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 19 to 25, highlights this year’s theme, Engaging Communities. Empowering Victims. The Guide includes a wide array of user-friendly outreach tools and sample products, a Theme DVD, current statistics on victimization, information on the history of victims’ rights in the United States, and concrete, practical ideas for engaging your community and empowering victims. Hardcopy versions of this year's Guide, which can be ordered through the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) at www.ncjrs.gov, include Introductory Materials and NCVRW Resource Guide Artwork.
Abstract | PDF | 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
 
Report to the U.S. Attorney General on Improving Federal Agency Response to Sexual Violence in Tribal Nations: Issues and Recommendations (June 2014) OVC, Report, 37 pages, NCJ 248527. This report from the National Coordination Committee on the American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner-Sexual Assault Response Team (SANE-SART) Initiative examines federal response to adult and child victims of sexual violence in tribal nations and reports recommendations for improvement.
Abstract | PDF
 
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
 
Break the Silence: Sexual Assault and the SART Solution (June 2013) OVC-Sponsored, 0 pages, NCJ 243297. This online video is designed to help in the creation a Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) and can be used to educate other potential members, management, and the community on how SARTs can provide improved response to victims of sexual assault and increased offender conviction rates. Recognizing the severity, complexity and impact of sexual assault in Indian Country and rural areas, the video can be used by Native American and rural SARTs to make their respective communities aware of an existing SART program and its value.
Abstract | HTML
 

OJP Publications

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
 
Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Exams and VAWA 2005: Payment Practices, Successes, and Directions for the Future (April 2014) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 230 pages, NCJ 247314. The Violence Against Women Act of 2005 requires that sexual assault victims must not be required to file law enforcement reports in order to receive free exams. This study aimed to examine how states are meeting these goals. We found victim compensation funds are by far the largest funder of exams across the country. In the 19 jurisdictions included in case studies, victims generally received free exams without having to report if they did not want to. However, barriers to even accessing the exam prevent some victims from seeking help.
Abstract | PDF
 
Delivery and Evaluation of Sexual Assault Forensic (SAFE) Training Programs (March 2014) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 240 pages, NCJ 247081. This study evaluated the effectiveness of the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) SAFE training programs. The study found that the IAFN SAFE training curriculum and blended training model offer a strong foundation that can be built upon to meet the diverse learning needs of clinicians across the country.
Abstract | PDF
 

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Related Resources

OVC Funded Resources

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP): Medical Home for Children and Adolescents Exposed to Violence
Developed through a grant from OVC, this section of the AAP Web site provides pediatricians and all medical home teams with the resources they need to modify practice operations to more effectively identify, treat, and refer children and youth who have been exposed to or victimized by violence.
 
National Network of Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs
Violence is preventable, and trauma centers and emergency rooms have a golden moment of opportunity at the hospital bedside to engage with a victim of violence and to stop the cycle of violence. The Network's purpose is to strengthen existing programs and help develop similar programs in communities across the country.
 
Office for Victims of Crime (OVC): American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner-Sexual Assault Response Team (SANE-SART) Initiative
OVC established the AI/AN SANE-SART Initiative in 2010 to address the comprehensive needs of tribal victims of sexual violence, with the ultimate goal of institutionalizing sustainable and evidence-based practices that meet the needs of tribal communities.
 
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner-Sexual Assault Response Team (SANE-SART)
SANE-SART provides information and technical assistance to individuals and institutions interested in developing new SANE-SART programs or improving existing ones.
 

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.
 
National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)
NamUs, is the first national online repository for missing persons and unidentified dead cases. This initiative brings together two innovative, searchable databases to provide a powerful tool for law enforcement agencies, medical examiners and coroners, victim advocates, and the general public to search for matches between missing persons and unidentified human remains records. Other resources provided include links to state clearinghouses, medical examiner and coroner offices, law enforcement agencies, victim assistance groups and pertinent legislation.
 
U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs: National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
The Center aims to advance the clinical care and social welfare of America's veterans through research, education, and training in the science, diagnosis, and treatment of PTSD and stress-related disorders. This Web site is provided as an educational resource concerning PTSD and other enduring consequences of traumatic stress, for a variety of audiences.
 
World Trade Center Health Program
This program monitors, screens, treats and supports responders who responded to the disaster site at the World Trade Center in New York City and who may have been affected physically or mentally by their service. The site is designed to provide information related to all aspects of the World Trade Center Health Program, to highlight new developments in the program as they occur, and to help individuals find information of particular interest for them.
 

Non-Governmental Resources

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)
ACOG provides professional publications on violence against women (intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and adolescent dating violence) and materials (in both English and Spanish) for patient education.
 
International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN)
IAFN provides leadership in forensic nursing practice by developing, promoting, and disseminating information internationally about forensic nursing science.
 
Nursing Network on Violence Against Women International (NNVAWI)
The mission of NNVAWI is to eliminate violence through advancing nursing education, practice, research, and public policy.
 
Rape Treatment Center (RTC)
The RTC provides comprehensive treatment for victims of sexual assault, including emergency medical care and forensic exams, counseling, and advocacy; training for providers of rape victim services; and prevention/education programs and publications.
 
Sidran Traumatic Stress Institute, Inc.
Sidran offers information to empower survivors, educate loved ones, and support clinicians. This nonprofit institute runs many programs, including Sidran Press, the Psychtrauma Infobase, and the Tamar project for treating incarcerated women suffering from trauma and abuse.
 

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Web Forum Discussions

Each month the Nation's experts answer your questions about best practices in victim services. Below are upcoming and most recent session discussions in this topic:

On Dec 8 2014 at 2:00PM, Carole Warshaw, MD, Director, National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health, and Gabriella Grant, Director, California Center of Excellence for Trauma Informed Care, hosted a discussion on Incorporating Trauma-Informed Care Principles Into Practice

On Apr 15 2014 at 2:00PM, Sally Laskey, Director of Special Projects for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, and Chris Newlin, M.S., L.P.C., Executive Director of the National Children’s Advocacy Center, hosted a discussion on CACs and SARTs Partnering for Sexual Violence Victims

On Dec 18 2013 at 2:00PM, Charity White, M.S.W., is the Kumeyaay Family Services Director for Southern Indian Health Council, Inc, hosted a discussion on Coordinating SANEs-SARTs in Indian Country

On 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

On Aug 29 2012 at 2:00PM, Vivian Brown, founder and former CEO of Prototypes, and Amy Fleischauer, LMSW, Director of Victim Services at the International Institute of Buffalo, hosted a discussion on Implementing Trauma-Informed Care in Victim Services Settings


FAQs

When may I submit my nomination for the National Crime Victims' Service Awards?
The 2015 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

When will National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) be observed in 2015?
National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) will be observed April 19-25, 2015. To learn more a... Read More

How do I obtain information on Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) certification?
Information on SANE certification is available on the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) - Sexual ... Read More

Who is considered a mandatory reporter of child abuse, including child sexual abuse/exploitation?
Individuals typically designated as mandatory reporters have frequent contact with children and may ... Read More

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Funding

FY 2015 Comprehensive Services for Victims of All Forms of Human Trafficking (PDF 233 kb)
Deadline: 06/01/2015
OVC will make up to 10 awards of up to $750,000 to enhance the quality and quantity of services available to assist all victims of human trafficking in achieving their goals, which may include increased autonomy and self-sufficiency, and an increased feeling of safety and well-being. The primary objectives of this funding opportunity are to enhance interagency collaboration and the coordinated community response to victims of human trafficking, and to provide high-quality services that address the individualized needs of trafficking victims. Those applying are urged to begin in advance of the June 1, 2015 deadline.

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National Calendar of Crime Victim Assistance-Related Events
Upcoming Event(s)
National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony
Washington, DC
04/21/2015-04/21/2015

Online Directory of Crime Victims Services.