Spanish-language Hotline Launches for Sexual Assault Survivors
With support from an OVC Vision 21 grant, RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) recently launched services to provide free, confidential support for Spanish-speaking survivors of sexual assault through the RAINN operated National Sexual Assault Online Hotline (La Línea de Ayuda Nacional Online del Asalto Sexual). In addition to services in English, Spanish-language survivors and their loved ones can receive support from trained support specialists through the Online Hotline or by calling RAINN at 1–800–656–HOPE (4673).
OVC Director Joye E. Frost states that "This RAINN initiative embodies the kind of work the field must undertake to ensure that all crime victims have access not only to services, but access that is linguistically accessible and culturally competent. The hotline's new Spanish-language service exemplifies our shared commitment to reaching under-served victims through appropriate and victim-centered services."
Access the hotline at: https://ohl.rainn.org/es/.
Funding Opportunity: FY 15 Vision 21 Innovation Grants: Enhancing and Transforming Services for Victims of Crime
Through cooperative agreements in up to 8 program areas, OVC will provide funding to enhance and transform services for victims of crime and to reach and serve more crime victims and address gaps in the crime victims’ field. OVC will consider proposals that provide training, technical assistance, capacity building, assessment, or strategic planning with a focus on identifying and addressing gaps in knowledge, assessing or developing and evaluating innovative practices, developing evidence-based training and technical assistance, or developing strategic approaches of leveraging resources to reach and serve more victims. Apply by June 18, 2015.
Funding Opportunity: FY 15 Vision 21: Building State Technology Capacity
OVC will make several awards of up to $60,000 each to state VOCA compensation programs to enhance data collection efforts to increase the accuracy of administrative reporting through the OVC Performance Management Tool. Proposals must demonstrate how the funding would improve the state’s data collection capacity to satisfy the new OVC reporting requirements. Apply by June 17, 2015.
Funding Opportunity: FY 15 Victim Assistance Professional Development Fellowship Program: Vision 21 Translation and Dissemination of Statistical Data
OVC will make up to one award of up to $500,000 for a joint fellowship program with BJS focused on the translation and dissemination of statistical data used by the victim service field. The individual awarded funding under this fellowship program will work with both OVC and BJS to improve the synthesis and translation of social science research and statistical findings to inform practice and policies in the victim services field. Visit the Jobs & Fellowships section of the OVC Web site for general information about OVC's fellowship program. Apply by June 15, 2015.
OVC hosted a Vision 21 Forum: A Data-Driven Approach to Victim Services in Washington, DC on Thursday, February 19, 2015. Heather Warnken, Esq., LL.M., Legal Policy Associate at the Chief Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law presented her statewide research findings on:
- the role of criminal justice system-based programs responding to violence against women,
- a poll on crime victims' unmet needs,
- victims' attitudes towards offenders and services for them,
- research on repeat victimization and rebuilding lives, and
- the implications of recent legislative developments.
OVC held a Vision 21 Forum on Friday, November 14, 2014. Iowa Victim of Crime Act Administrators, Janelle Melohn and Donna Phillips, spoke about the groundbreaking work they’ve implemented to realign funding and expand services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Iowa.
The last of the FY 14 Vision 21 solicitations—the Tribal Wellness Centers Initiative (PDF 380 kb) —closed on July 15. (All of OVC's closed solicitations are accessible online from the OVC Grants Archive.)
The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) releases several Vision 21 discretionary grant solicitations throughout April. To view them, visit the OVC Grants Archive.
On March 31, 2014, OVC releases the first of several Vision 21 discretionary grant solicitations to provide funding to reach and serve more crime victims and address gaps in capacity and infrastructure in the crime victims’ field.
January 17, 2014: Congress passes H.R. 3547 -- Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014, in which $12.5 million is allocated to “the Office for Victims of Crime for supplemental victims' services and other victim-related programs and initiatives.” (Source: Congress.gov)
On June 7, 2013, OVC released the Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services Final Report.
In a press release issued by the Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder stated, “Today’s announcement marks the latest step forward in the Department’s ongoing work to protect and empower those who have been victimized. Through Vision 21, we’ve gained an unprecedented understanding of the current state of victim services from coast to coast. And we've developed groundbreaking strategies for responding to urgent needs, combating violence and abuse, and providing critical support to crime victims.”
“This is a bold and creative plan to meet the needs of crime victims in the 21st century,” said Assistant Attorney General for OJP Karol V. Mason. “The recommendations in this report display the latest and best thinking in the field of victim services and set us on a course to ensuring services for all victims. I am grateful to my Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Mary Lou Leary and OVC’s Principal Deputy Director Joye Frost for leading Vision 21 and for their commitment to victims across the country.”
Be among the first to read the findings and recommendations from the first comprehensive assessment of the crime victim assistance field in nearly 15 years.
On April 24, 2013, Senator Patrick J. Leahy announced the release of the Vision21: Transforming Victim Services Framework, a summary of the groundbreaking Vision 21 initiative on transforming the landscape of victim services in the 21st century. Mary Lou Leary, Acting Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs, Joye Frost, Principal Deputy Director, Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, William Kellibrew, President, William Kellibrew Foundation, and Katie Ray-Jones, President, National Domestic Violence Hotline, also delivered remarks about the Vision 21 initiative and its outcomes.
OVC launched the Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services Web site to keep the crime victims field informed about the initiative’s mission, objectives, and contributors. Bookmark this Web site and visit periodically for updated information on progress related to the initiative!
OVC invites you to share your vision about the role of the crime victims field in the country’s response to crime and delinquency in the United States! Review the objectives for each contributing project and submit your comments and recommendations.
On March 29, 2011, the Vision 21 project directors participated in an OVC Web Forum Guest Host discussion on Transforming Victim Services in the 21st Century. If you missed the discussion, you can view the transcript now.
Vision 21 presents a rare opportunity for victims of crime, service providers, and allied professionals to make a significant contribution to improving the field. Download the Vision 21 fact sheet and share it with your colleagues. OVC needs your input.
Since January 2011, four forums have been held around the country, bringing hundreds of stakeholders from traditional and nontraditional arenas together to make recommendations for effectively transforming the field. Participant lists from each forum are now available to download!
OVC invites you to share your vision about the role of the crime victims field in the country’s response to crime and delinquency in the United States! Review the objectives for each topic area addressed by Vision 21 and submit your comments and recommendations by September 30, 2011.