New Mobile App for Victims of Technology Harassment
The National Network to End Domestic Violence released a new mobile app that offers resources for victims of technology-facilitated stalking or abuse. The Tech Safety App is an educational app that walks users through how a particular technology could be misused, what they can do about it, and offers users safety tips on how to increase their safety and privacy.
This cutting-edge app was funded by OVC’s Vision 21 Initiative. “Technology is changing how victims experience crimes, from how it’s perpetrated against them to how they can reach out for help,” said Joye Frost, director of OVC. “Through Vision 21, our goal was to provide crime victims easier access to information and services, and equip victim service providers with resources and tools.”
(Posted July 25, 2016)
OVC-funded App Connects Victims of Crime in Southwest Ohio to Services and Support
The Family Services of Dayton and the University of Dayton Research Institute has launched the AVIATOR (A Victim Information App to Ohio Resources) mobile app. This free app allows users in southwest Ohio to quickly connect with Ohio law enforcement, medical services, counselors, justice information, community resources, and other professionals and organizations that can provide support for victims of crime. AVIATOR was developed with support from OVC funding through the Vision 21: Victim Services Mobile App project.
(Posted June 23, 2016)
Serving Child and Youth Victims by Linking Systems of Care
Improving the response to youth victims and their families through consistent, coordinated efforts is critical in helping children heal from trauma. Through the Vision 21: Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth grant, OVC awarded funding to Virginia and Montana for a project designed to:
- Promote healing for victims of crime.
- Provide or coordinate prevention and intervention services to youth and families experiencing trauma.
- Build capacity within communities to meet the needs of youth exposed to violence.
This project will span more than 6 years to better align systems of care that respond to the needs of children, youth, families, and caregivers who have experienced victimization or were exposed to violence in their homes, schools, and communities.
This past week in Reno, Nevada, officials from the Vision 21: Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth team met for the first time to develop strategies, problem-solve barriers, and develop a vision for children and families. The team is composed of OVC staff, representatives from Virginia and Montana, the National Council on Juveniles Justice and Delinquency Prevention, a national-scope Steering Committee, and ICF International.
ICF International is conducting an evaluation of this demonstration project.(Posted March 11, 2016)
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/.
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.
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.
Vision 21 Talks: Realizing the Vision for the Future of Victim Services: Translation, Data Dissemination, and Bridging the Divide
OVC’s Vision 21 Initiative highlights the need to bridge the long-standing gap between research, policy, and practice, and OVC invested in a comprehensive strategy to do just that. This webinar will highlight the significance of these efforts for policymakers and frontline service providers.
Date: September 8, 2016
Time: 1:00–2:00 p.m. (EDT)
The webinar will be presented by Heather Warnken, the first OVC/Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) fellow dedicated to improving the use, dissemination, and translation of research and statistical data for the crime victim assistance field.
The workshop will include an analysis of BJS’ groundbreaking efforts to enhance existing data that often go underutilized.
Additionally, the talk will address how efforts to bridge the divide have already shed critical light on the lack of victim services in key settings, such as within law enforcement, and how the public health community has seen success in addressing violence and filling gaps in knowledge essential to the field.(Posted August 30, 2016)
Vision 21 Talks: Supporting Young Male Survivors of Violence
To lessen the traumatic impact experienced by young male survivors of violence, and to stop the cycle of retaliation, communities must recognize the need to intervene and provide opportunities and supports to help survivors heal and recover.
Please join us to learn more about three exciting intervention models currently in use to Support Young Male Survivors of Violence, a webinar in which we engage with experts on trending topics.
Date: August 25, 2016
Time: 11:00–12:30 p.m. (EDT)
During this 90-minute session, panelists will provide an overview of their innovative programs and initiatives:
- Healing Hurt People is a community-focused, trauma-informed, hospital-based program designed to reduce PTSD, re-injury, and retaliation among youth ages 8–30.
- Make It Happen is a community program that provides young men who have experienced violence with the tools necessary to overcome traumatic experiences and enable them to succeed in spite of those experiences.
- Caught in the Crossfire is a hospital-based peer intervention program that hires young adults who overcame violence in their own lives to work with youth who are recovering from violent injuries.
(Posted August 11, 2016)
OVC will make one award of up to $7 million to further the goals of Vision 21 by supporting law enforcement agencies, crime victims, and communities. The award will be used to develop, implement, and assess evidence-based and trauma-informed law enforcement response strategies, protocols, and interventions (PDF 220 kb) that promote community engagement and healing prior to and in the wake of law enforcement-involved shootings and other high-profile incidents of violence (including those featuring differences in race, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability or immigration status), whether the victim of the incident is a member of the community or an officer.
This project will provide comprehensive, expert technical assistance to law enforcement and the communities they serve to promote trauma-informed culture and practice to address the impact of trauma and community harm. Additionally, the project aims to help communities develop both a preventative and a remedial focus that will address the needs of those directly impacted by high-profile incidents, reduce tensions, maximize communication, and promote problem-solving between law enforcement and the communities they serve.
The grantee will in turn competitively select and fund at least six law enforcement demonstration sites, provide oversight and technical assistance to them, and provide rapid response to other communities that experience law-enforcement involved shootings, death, or other crisis incidents.
Apply by September 7, 2016.
(Posted August 8, 2016)
Nominate a Colleague for the 2017 National Crime Victims’ Service Awards
The 2017 National Crime Victims’ Service Awards nomination period has been extended through August 15, 2016.
Each year, OVC recognizes extraordinary individuals, organizations, teams, and programs that demonstrate outstanding achievements in supporting victims and victim services. The recipients are honored at the National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony in Washington, DC.
OVC has created a video to provide you with tips and tools for the 2017 National Crime Victims’ Service Awards application. This video includes information about submission requirements, a short demo of the online nomination form, and tips for submitting a noteworthy nomination.
Submissions close August 15, 2016.
(Posted July 29, 2016)
OVC will make awards under two purpose areas to establish two national resource centers
(PDF 251 kb) to promote practices and strategies to increase the evidence base in the victims field and promote evidence-based knowledge and tools to address crime victim needs. The main goal of these centers is to ensure that survivors, providers, government leaders, and other members of the field have access to up-to-date information on best practices, policies, victim-related research, evaluation, and victim resources.
Apply by July 11, 2016.
(Posted May 27, 2016)
OVC seeks fellowship proposals in nine purpose areas that further the goals of Vision 21 (PDF 397 kb) by supporting OVC’s efforts to provide training, technical assistance, capacity building, assessment, or strategic planning. Through these cooperative agreements, OVC will make one award for each of the nine purpose areas of up to $150,000 to individuals to work with OVC in the below purpose areas –
- Purpose Area 1: Human Trafficking Task Forces
- Purpose Area 2: Human Trafficking Survivor-Informed Services
- Purpose Area 3: Mass Violence and Terrorism
- Purpose Area 4: Post-Conviction Victim Services
- Purpose Area 5: Underserved Victims of Sexual Assault
- Purpose Area 6: Victim Services in Law Enforcement and Prosecution
- Purpose Area 7: Services for Male Victims
- Purpose Area 8: Model Standards for Victim Assistance
- Purpose Area 9: Child Sexual Exploitation
Apply by July 11, 2016.(Posted May 26, 2016)
OVC will make awards under two purpose areas to develop a special polyvictimization initiative within Family Justice Centers (FJC) (PDF 361 kb). and other co-located domestic violence and sexual assault service centers.
Under Purpose Area #1, OVC will make up to six awards of up to $666,666 each to demonstration sites to create and offer a specialized polyvictimization screening tool for both adults and children receiving services at the FJC followed by the provision of the wide range of services needed to address a survivor's full history of current and past traumas. The initiative may require the identification of new on-site and/or off-site partners to deliver the full–range of services needed.
Under Purpose Area #2, OVC will make one award of up to $1 million to an organization to provide comprehensive technical assistance to the demonstration sites. Apply by June 27, 2016.
(Posted May 12, 2016)
OVC will award up to two cooperative agreements of up to $1.2 million each to make physical, operational, and attitudinal changes in domestic violence shelters for individuals with disabilities (PDF 320.75 kb). Through these cooperative agreements, state (including territories and the District of Columbia), tribal, and regional domestic violence coalitions will undertake demonstration projects that encourage their member organizations to make physical and operational changes to facilities and operating practices (e.g., accessible bathrooms, interpreter services, plain language forms, action plans), as well as attitudinal changes through training and mentorship. Funding will include a research partner to conduct a program evaluation to identify bases for evidence-based practice, as well as gaps and resources. Apply by June 20, 2016.
(Posted May 6, 2016)
OVC will make awards under two purpose areas to identify promising multidisciplinary approaches to addressing the needs of families and communities in extremely complex homicide cases (PDF 445 kb).
Under Purpose Area #1, OVC will make up to six awards of up to $600,000 each to organizations that demonstrate experience in responding to complex homicide cases and have capacity to implement multidisciplinary responses that are victim-centered and trauma-informed. OVC will place a priority in funding projects that can respond to specific types of homicide cases within the first 24–48 hours after a death has occurred. Funding under Purpose Area #1 will also support researcher/practitioner partnerships at each site to conduct program evaluation and identify evidence-based practices that can be replicated in other communities.
Under Purpose Area #2, OVC will make one award of up to $1.5 million to one technical assistance (TA) provider who will identify TA needs of the six direct service sites, convene grantee meetings and compile a compendium of promising practices that can be developed as a web-based resource and disseminated to the field. Apply by June 20, 2016.
One award of up to $1,500,000 will be made to fund training and resources to better respond to victims of cyberviolence (PDF 225 kb). This Vision 21 national-scope initiative includes an assessment of cyberviolence training currently available to and training needs of judicial professionals, an assessment of the needs of victims of cyberviolence, and the development and dissemination of training and technical assistance to be published and delivered by the grantee and/or project partners. Apply by June 7, 2016.
OVC will make up to one award of up to $1,500,000 for a national training, technical assistance and network expansion effort that builds upon the existing National Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network (NITVAN) program. Under the Vision 21 NITVAN II solicitation (PDF 212 kb), a national victim-serving organization will be awarded funding to expand the outreach and capacity of the existing ten, previously-funded, NITVAN coalitions with sub-award funding of up to $50,000 each to up to 20 new coalitions in years two and three of the three year program.
NITVAN II will help continue to build upon and improve the current policy development, training and service delivery portfolios at the local, state, and regional levels to address the needs of victims of identity theft now with additional emphasis on cybercrime. Apply by June 9, 2016.
The 2016 National Crime Victims’ Service Awards nomination period is now closed.
OVC is seeking nominations for the Vision 21 Crime Victims Research Award. This award recognizes individual researchers or research teams that made a significant contribution to the Nation’s understanding of crime victims issues, including studies that will help us better understand victimization trends, services and behaviors, and enforcement efforts.
Nominations that feature unique research-practitioner partnerships or innovative dissemination methods are particularly welcome.
OVC will make one award of up to $2,000,000 to improve access to services for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) victims of crime by cataloguing existing comprehensive services. Through this project, OVC will support the creation of a user-friendly, state-of-the-art resource that empowers victims to seek comprehensive services; support victim service providers in their efforts to expand their outreach on behalf of victims to ensure that services provided reflect the myriad needs of AI/AN crime victims; and provide a clear picture of service gaps for private, federal, and state funders. Apply by July 2, 2015.
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.
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.
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.