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It's Not an "Accident": It's a Crime! (April 2018)
OVC-Sponsored, 2 pages, NCJ 251642.
All victims of crime should be treated with dignity and respect, including victims of drunk driving crashes. This brochure provides information to law enforcement officers on how to respond to DUI crash victims and the services that may be available to them, including crime victim compensation. This resource was produced by the National Sheriffs' Association with funding support from OVC.
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Help for Victims of DUI Crashes (April 2018)
OVC-Sponsored, 2 pages, NCJ 251675.
All victims of crime should be treated with dignity and respect, including victims of drunk driving crashes. This brochure provides information to victims of DUI crashes and the rights and services that may be available to them, including crime victim compensation. This resource was produced by the National Sheriffs' Association with funding support from OVC.
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2018 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Kit (includes Theme Poster and awareness posters) (2018)
OVC, PS000032KIT.
The poster kit contains the NCVRW Theme Poster and this year's awareness posters. These awareness materials are customizable and available to download. A limited number of color hardcopies can be ordered through the OVC Resource Center (www.ncjrs.gov).
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2018 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Theme Poster (2018)
OVC, PS000032.
The poster is available for download and a customizable version is available. The poster evokes this year’s NCVRW theme—Expand the Circle: Reach All Victims—which emphasizes the importance of inclusion in victim services. A limited number of color hardcopies can be ordered through the OVC Resource Center (www.ncjrs.gov).
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2018 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Guide (2018)
OVC, 3 pages, NCJ 251052.
The 2018 NCVRW Resource Guide provides a wealth of materials for promoting public awareness campaigns for NCVRW and throughout the year. The guide includes planning tips, artwork, crime and victimization fact sheets, and more. Help OVC Expand the Circle: Reach All Victims.
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DUI Crashes: Real Crimes, Real Victims (October 2017)
OVC-Sponsored, 3 pages, NCJ 250276.
Drunk driving crashes are crimes, not "accidents." One person is killed in an alcohol impaired driving crash every 53 minutes. This roll call video, supported by a grant from the OVC, addresses the need for law enforcement to respond to and interact with DUI crash victims in a victim-centered way, with all the referrals, support, and resources due victims of a violent crime.
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Vision 21: Multidisciplinary Responses in Complex Homicide Cases (August 2017)
OVC, Fact Sheet, 2 pages, NCJ 250945.
This fact sheet describes an OVC-funded project to support the enhancement of multidisciplinary interventions within 24 to 48 hours of a death for some of the most complex cases. These cases may include gang-related homicides, intrafamilial homicides, homicides involving child witnesses, and deaths involving impaired driving or driving under the influence.
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Vision 21: Supporting Male Survivors of Violence Initiative (August 2017)
OVC, Fact Sheet, 2 pages, NCJ 250946.
To help male survivors of violence, OVC partnered with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and National Institute of Justice. This fact sheet describes the Supporting Male Survivors of Violence Initiative efforts to bolster the field’s ability to provide effective, culturally appropriate, and trauma-informed services for boys and men harmed by violence and to expand services that help normalize their lives and promote their healing.
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Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States: Fiscal Year 2016 Status Report (August 2017)
OVC, 75 pages, NCJ 250643.
This status report identifies progress made by federal agencies during fiscal year 2016 to address the goals, objectives, and the actions identified in the Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States, 2013–2017 to ensure that all victims of human trafficking in the U.S. are identified and have access to the services they need to recover.
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Vision 21: Tribal Victim Services Resource Mapping Project (July 2017)
OVC, Fact Sheet, OVC Fact Sheets, NCJ 250876.
American Indians and Alaska Natives have the highest crime victimization rates in the Nation but often have difficulty connecting with existing services to help them recover from crime and abuse. This fact sheet discusses an OVC project to develop a web-based tool that will enable victims and service providers to quickly access information about critical services wherever they are seeking help.
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Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
Vision 21: Victim Services Mobile Applications (July 2017)
OVC, OVC Fact Sheets, 2 pages, NCJ 250877.
Technology can be a powerful tool for expanding victims’ safe access to information and services. This fact sheet provides an overview of two OVC-funded Vision 21 mobile app projects that highlight how technology can help victims and victim service providers.
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Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
Vision 21: Using Technology To Expand Access to Victim Services (June 2017)
OVC, OVC Fact Sheets, 2 pages, NCJ 250674.
This program provided funding for nonprofit organizations that use technology creatively to interact directly with crime victims (in the United States and Americans victimized abroad) and provide them with information, referrals, crisis assistance, and longer term help to close this gap in service delivery.
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Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
2017 OVC Report to the Nation: Fiscal Years 2015-2016 Reaching Victims Everywhere (June 2017)
OVC, Report, OVC Fact Sheets, 2 pages, NCJ 250634.
This biennial report summarizes the programs, activities, and accomplishments of OVC in fiscal years 2015-2016 and their impact on victims, survivors, and communities. The report provides an overview of how OVC administers the Crime Victims Fund—a significant resource for supporting services to victims. Learn how OVC is working to build a body of evidence-based knowledge for the crime victims field, and the ways in which OVC is seeking to increase the capacity of the field and reach unserved and underserved victims.
Abstract | PDF (Fast Facts Fact Sheet) | HTML (Full Report)
Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program 2014 Report to Congress (June 2017)
OVC, Report, 6 pages, NCJ 250918.
This report provides a summary of the International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program’s (ITVERP) activities from October 1, 2013, through September 30, INSERT 2014. It covers two critical areas of ITVERP assistance—application processing and claims payment, and public awareness activities undertaken to reach out to potential claimants—and concludes with a discussion of future program needs and suggested improvements.
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International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program 2015 Report to Congress (June 2017)
OVC, 6 pages, NCJ 250919.
This report provides a summary of the International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program’s (ITVERP) activities from October 1, 2014, through September 30, 2015. It covers two critical areas of ITVERP assistance—application processing and claims payment, and public awareness activities undertaken to reach out to potential claimants—and concludes with a discussion of future program needs and suggested improvements.
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International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program 2013 Report to Congress (June 2017)
OVC, Report, 6 pages, NCJ 249797.
This report provides a summary of the International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program’s (ITVERP) activities from October 1, 2012, through September 30, 2013. It covers two critical areas of ITVERP assistance—application processing and claims payment, and public awareness activities undertaken to reach out to potential claimants—and concludes with a discussion of future program needs and suggested improvements.
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Vision 21: Law Enforcement and the Communities They Serve (June 2017)
OVC, Fact Sheet, OVC Fact Sheets, 2 pages, NCJ 250737.
This fact sheet discusses an OVC-sponsored project that is designed to assist law enforcement in developing evidence-based and trauma-informed response strategies in the wake of law enforcement-involved shootings and other high-profile incidents of violence. Additionally, the project will develop and disseminate comprehensive, expert technical assistance resources for law enforcement on trauma-informed culture and practice.
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Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
Developing an Elder Abuse Case Review Multidisciplinary Team in Your Community (May 2017)
OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 4 pages, NCJ 250736.
This resource facilitates the development and growth of multidisciplinary teams to address elder abuse cases. It also provides information about team structures and functions, along with common issues that arise with developing a case review team.
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The Vicarious Trauma Toolkit (April 2017)
OVC, NCJ 250647.
Research shows that vicarious trauma, when left unaddressed, can lead to staff burnout, turnover, stress, and a lesser quality of services for victims. This OVC toolkit offers guidance to help organizations strengthen their ability to address work-related exposure to trauma.
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Developing and Implementing a Response to Sexual Assault in Tribal Communities: A Summary of the Suggestions from the National Roundtable Discussion on Sexual Assault in Indian Country (April 2017)
OVC, 39 pages, NCJ 250873.
This publication is a product of an OVC, Indian Health Service, and Office on Violence Against Women event in July 2016. The publication offers practical guidance to tribal governments who are interested in developing or enhancing their community’s response to sexual violence.
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ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences/Trauma) Pediatric Healthcare Toolkit (2017)
OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 48 pages, NCJ 251026.
When children are repeatedly exposed to trauma without any form of protective relationships, their bodies react by producing an overload of stress hormones. This stress response is called toxic stress, and it causes serious, lasting developmental and physical harm. Through screening and referrals for ACEs, healthcare teams can help determine resources to promote healthy development.
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2016 Victim Needs Assessment (2017)
OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 139 pages, NCJ 250718.
This study provides an initial benchmark reading on the proportion of people in Illinois who are affected by violent crime and what needs result from their victimization. This research also explores how victims’ needs are met by victim services providers in Illinois and where gaps in service delivery currently exist.
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2017 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Kit (includes Theme Poster, awareness posters, and stickers) (2017)
OVC, PS000031.
The 2017 NCVRW Resource Kit contains this year's theme poster, awareness posters, and stickers. A limited number of hardcopies can be ordered through the OVC Resource Center (www.ncjrs.gov).
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Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth Guiding Principles (December 2016)
OVC-Sponsored, Fact Sheet, 4 pages, NCJ 250518.
The OVC-sponsored Vision 21 Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth Program designed these Guiding Principles to: provide guidance for service providers assisting children and youth exposed to violence and their families and caregivers; offer a benchmark for conducting community needs assessments, and developing policies, and protocols; and help community collaboratives shape, inform, and review services and referrals to address children and youth exposed to violence.
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State-Tribal Crime Victim Liaison Demonstration Program: Tribal Outreach To Establish Trust and Increase Awareness of Victim Services (December 2016)
OVC, 17 pages, NCJ 249582.
This report discusses the outcome of a 3-year project through which the Oklahoma District Attorneys Council, Victim Services Division, supported a State-Tribal Crime Victim Liaison. This liaison provided outreach to Oklahoma American Indian victims regarding tribal victim assistance, grant opportunities, and crime victim compensation.
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Partners in Justice - Bureau of Indian Affairs Victim Specialists (December 2016)
OVC, OVC Videos, 2 pages, NCJ 250461.
This video presents an overview of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Victim Specialist Program. The video, prepared by OVC and BIA, identifies some of the program’s successes and challenges providing services to victims of crime in Indian Country.
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Part Of the OVC Videos Series
Alcohol-Facilitated Sexual Assault in Indian Country (December 2016)
OVC, OVC Videos, 3 pages, NCJ 250235.
This four-video series is designed for criminal justice personnel, victim advocates, and allied professionals who work with victims of sexual assault in Indian Country. The videos in this series seek to increase awareness about the prevalence of alcohol-facilitated sexual violence, enhance the investigation and prosecution of sexual violence, and provide best practices for responding to victims
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Part Of the OVC Videos Series
Vision 21: Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth Fact Sheet (December 2016)
OVC, OVC Fact Sheets, 2 pages, NCJ 249945.
Our Nation’s children and youth continue to experience crime and victimization at alarming rates, these young victims remain underserved, and the systems charged with caring for them provide fragmented and ineffective responses for children and their families. This fact sheet describes efforts to bring healthcare, child welfare, justice, and other systems together to coordinate and align efforts to ensure a timely and seamless response to young victims, their families, and caregivers, no matter the system of entry.
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Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States: Fiscal Year 2015 Status Report (November 2016)
OVC-Sponsored, 84 pages, NCJ 250414.
This status report identifies progress made by federal agencies during fiscal years 2015 to address the goals, objectives, and the actions identified in the Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States, 2013–2017 to ensure that all victims of human trafficking in the U.S. are identified and have access to the services they need to recover.
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A Healing Journey for Alaska Natives (October 2016)
OVC, OVC Videos, 4 pages, NCJ 249906.
This five–video series is designed to educate federal, state, local, and tribal victim service providers, criminal justice professionals, and others who work with Alaska Native victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.
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Part Of the OVC Videos Series
Achieving Excellence: Model Standards for Serving Victims and Survivors of Crime (August 2016)
OVC, 1 pages, NCJ 250080.
This e-publication provides guidelines and recommendations to help victim service providers and program administrators improve the quality and consistency of their response to crime victims. It includes program standards for guidelines, policies, and procedures that victim-serving organizations should have in place; competency standards for providers’ general attitudes, knowledge, and skills; and ethical standards for addressing a range of issues that may occur during daily service provision.
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Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program Development and Operation Guide (August 2016)
OVC, 2 pages, NCJ 250082.
This Guide serves as a blueprint to improve your SANE program and ensure that all sexual assault victims receive the highest standard of patient-centered care.
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Helping Victims of Mass Violence and Terrorism Planning, Response, Recovery, and Resources Web Training Series Summary Report (August 2016)
OVC, 2 pages, NCJ 250176.
This summary report provides information about a training series to introduce the Helping Victims of Mass Violence and Terrorism: Planning, Response, Recovery, and Resources Toolkit. Presenters highlighted the Family Assistance Center Victim Assistance Protocol to take participants through the Partnerships and Planning, Response, and Recovery components of the toolkit. Included in this report is a link to view one of the recorded trainings.
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Responding to Trauma Among Young Men of Color: Adapting the Crown Heights Approach For Your Community (July 2016)
OVC-Sponsored, 15 pages, NCJ 250389.
This Planning Toolkit is a blueprint for communities, violence interrupter programs, and traditional victim service providers that want to improve their responses to young men of color who have experienced trauma. The practices shared in this toolkit are based on the Center for Court Innovation’s work with violence interrupter programs, victim service agencies, trauma, and gender-based violence.
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Crime Victim Compensation Program Initiative Fact Sheet (July 2016)
OVC, OVC Fact Sheets, 3 pages, NCJ 249924.
The Crime Victim Compensation Program Initiative was instituted to further the Department of Justice's mission to provide crime victims with the services they need to recover from their victimization. In Fiscal Year 2013, OVC awarded funds to the Iowa, California, and Vermont state crime victim compensation programs to help them develop or enhance innovative strategies to increase their program's efficiency, responsiveness, and accessibility for crime victims. This fact sheet highlights the work that these three programs implemented which other state programs can use as a model for replication.
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Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
Vision 21 Accomplishments (July 2016)
OVC, Fact Sheet, OVC Fact Sheets, 2 pages, NCJ 249938.
The goal of OVC’s Vision 21 initiative is to expand the vision and impact of the crime victim assistance field. This fact sheet highlights OVC accomplishments to meet the goals of Vision 21 by promoting data and research to inform future program development, so that victims can be served effectively; supporting and building the capacity of those who work in the field; and fostering innovation to address enduring and emerging challenges of the crime victims field.
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Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program (ITVERP) Brochure (February 2016)
OVC, 2 pages, NCJ 249058.
This brochure describes the International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program (ITVERP), which is authorized by Congress to reimburse eligible direct victims of acts of international terrorism that occur outside the United States for expenses associated with that victimization. It includes a list of the expenses that are eligible for reimbursement; explains the difference between itemized, interim emergency, and supplemental applications; and provides deadlines for filing a claim.
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Faces of Human Trafficking (January 2016)
OVC, 10 pages, NCJ 248754.
This video series and resource guide raise awareness of the seriousness of human trafficking, the many forms it can takes, and the important role that everyone can play in identifying and serving victims. This new multidisciplinary resource includes nine videos with Spanish subtitles; Public Service Announcements (PSAs) in English, Spanish, Thai, Hindi, and Tagalog; a discussion guide; four fact sheets; and four posters designed for service providers and allied professionals, law enforcement, the general public, and victims/survivors.
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Victim Impact: Listen and Learn Curriculum (2016)
OVC, 312 pages, NCJ 224257.
This OVC-funded curriculum is geared toward helping offenders to become aware of the impact that crime has on victims and then to take responsibility and make amends for their actions. The online-only curriculum consists of 13 units, built around 10 core crime topics: property crime, assault, robbery, hate and bias, gang violence, sexual assault, child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, drunk and impaired driving, and homicide, plus chapters on implementing the program, the victim experience and making amends to victims. Victims and survivors speak about their experiences in the accompanying video clips.
Abstract | PDF (Facilitator Manual, Part 1) | PDF (Facilitator Manual, Part 2) | PDF (Participant Workbook) | HTML
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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Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States: Fiscal Years 2013-2014 Status Report (July 2015)
OVC, Report, 64 pages, NCJ 248967.
This status report identifies progress made by federal agencies during fiscal years 2013-2014 to address the goals, objectives, and the actions identified in the Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States, 2013–2017 to ensure that all victims of human trafficking in the U.S. are identified and have access to the services they need to recover.
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Through Our Eyes: Children, Violence, and Trauma DVD (April 2015)
OVC, 0 pages, NCJ 239938.
This video series addresses the needs of children exposed to crime, abuse, and violence; highlights major issues in child victimization; identifies promising practices for service providers and others working with young victims; and shows how trauma-informed care can help child victims recover to lead healthy, productive lives. Online only companion resource guides accompany each video.
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Circle of Healing for Native Children Endangered by Drugs (December 2014)
OVC, 0 pages, NCJ 248443.
This seven-video series and companion resource guide feature Native programs and practices that incorporate cultural stories and traditions to help children, families, and communities in Indian Country to heal from substance abuse-related trauma.
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Innovative Practices for Victim Services: Report From the Field (December 2014)
OVC, Bulletin, 20 pages, NCJ 248495.
This e-bulletin provides brief descriptions of the innovative practices currently used by VOCA victim assistance and compensation programs throughout the country. This online resource promotes the replication of these practices, which cover six key program areas: needs assessment, systems advocacy and coordination, compensation, underserved populations, victims’ rights and services, and technology.
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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.
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The Beat: Wrongful Convictions (September 2014)
OVC-Sponsored, 2 pages, NCJ 248555.
In this podcast, Jennifer Thompson, the crime victim from the Ronald Cotton case in North Carolina, who misidentified the perpetrator of her rape; and Meg Morrow, former OVC attorney advisor, discuss the impacts of wrongful convictions on survivors, victims of crime, and law enforcement.
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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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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.
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HALOS Strategy: Community Collaborations for Children (May 2014)
OVC, OVC Training, 0 pages, NCJ 246834.
This online toolkit offers lessons learned and suggests strategies for replicating or establishing programs like the Helping and Lending Outreach Support (HALOS) program wherever foster families and relatives need additional support for the children in their care. It explains key components of program development, implementation, and sustainability; and includes sample forms and materials used by HALOS and the replicating organizations.
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Part Of the OVC Training Series
Through Our Eyes: Children, Violence, and Trauma (April 2014)
OVC, 0 pages, NCJ 241394.
This video series addresses the needs of children exposed to crime, abuse, and violence; highlights major issues in child victimization; identifies promising practices for service providers and others working with young victims; and shows how trauma-informed care can help child victims recover to lead healthy, productive lives. A companion resource guide accompanies each video and public awareness posters are available for download.
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National Best Practices for Sexual Assault Kits: A Multidisciplinary Approach (August 2017)
NIJ, Electronic Document, 140 pages, NCJ 250384.
This report contains 35 recommendations that help provide a roadmap for agencies to develop or advance their policies and protocols for untested sexual assault kits. The recommendations are rooted in a victim-centric, multidisciplinary approach that encourages victim engagement and increases the potential for legal resolutions.
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Enhancing Police Responses to Children Exposed to Violence: A Toolkit for Law Enforcement (February 2017)
OJJDP-Sponsored, Electronic Document, 68 pages, NCJ 250768.
This toolkit provides practical resources to assist law enforcement agencies in building or enhancing effective operational responses to children exposed to violence (with or without a mental health partner).
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Examining Criminal Justice Responses to and Help-Seeking Patterns of Sexual Violence Survivors With Disabilities (June 2016)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 87 pages, NCJ 250196.
The goal of this study used is to better understand the criminal justice experience of persons with disabilities that report a sexual assault or rape to the authorities. Results suggest that current criminal justice structures are not sufficient to provide support for one of the highest-risk adult populations for sexual assault and victimization in the U.S.
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Notifying Sexual Assault Victims After Testing Evidence (January 2016)
NIJ, OVC, Summary, 20 pages, NCJ 249153.
Using a victim-centered approach for notifying victims about the status of their sexual assault cases may help minimize the trauma a victim experiences when receiving this type of information, especially in older cases. This brochure explores the victim-centered approach that teams in Houston and Detroit used to develop victim notification protocols about the results of sexual assault kit (SAK) testing.
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Notifying Sexual Assault Victims After Testing Evidence (January 2016)
NIJ, OVC, Summary, 20 pages, NCJ 249153.
Using a victim-centered approach for notifying victims about the status of their sexual assault cases may help minimize the trauma a victim experiences when receiving this type of information, especially in older cases. This brochure explores the victim-centered approach that teams in Houston and Detroit used to develop victim notification protocols about the results of sexual assault kit (SAK) testing.
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Detroit Sexual Assault Kit (SAK) Action Research Project (ARP), Final Report (February 2015)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 551 pages, NCJ 248680.
This report documents the Detroit Sexual Assault Action-Research Project, in which a multidisciplinary team looked at the issue of a large number of sexual assault kits (SAKs) that had not been sent to a crime lab for DNA-testing. The team identified the underlying factors that contributed to the issue; developed and evaluated a plan for testing the SAKs; and created and evaluated protocols for notifying victims of the results of the testing. The report also offers practitioner-friendly resources, including how to create victim-notification protocols.
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Evaluation of Services for Domestic Minor Victims of Human Trafficking (August 2014)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 115 pages, NCJ 248578.
This primary goals of this evaluation were documenting program implementation of the three OVC funded programs, identify promising practices for service delivery programs, and informing delivery of current and future efforts to serve victims of sex and labor trafficking of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents under the age of 18.
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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.
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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.
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Untested Evidence in Sexual Assault Cases (February 2013)
NIJ-Sponsored, Report, 6 pages, NCJ 241356.
In this article from the Sexual Assault Report™, NIJ staff member Nancy Ritter explores: whether every sexual assault kit (SAK) should be tested every kit - even ones that are 25 years old; should priority be given to certain kits, and if so, how do we decide; and how to handle cases in which the alleged perpetrator is already known. The article also explains where the weak spots are in collecting, storing, and testing kits; why the police might not send sexual assault kits to be tested; and what early evidence is showing about complex issues such as victim notification.
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Practical Implications of Current Intimate Partner Violence Research for Victim Advocates and Service Providers (January 2013)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 260 pages, NCJ 244348.
This report expands and enhances the 2009 report titled "Practical Implications of Current Domestic Violence Research: For Law Enforcement, Prosecutors and Judges" to address the practical implications of current domestic violence research for victim advocates and service providers.
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No More Rights Without Remedies: An Impact Evaluation of the National Crime Victim Law Institute's Victims' Rights Clinics, Final Technical Report (2012)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 125 pages, NCJ 241752.
This grant report evaluates the National Crime Victim Law Institute's (NCVLI) victims' rights clinics. The clinics were designed to increase awareness of victims' rights among criminal justice professionals and to respond to violations of rights through legal advocacy. The current report examines the clinics' impact on the expansion of rights for victims, on court officials' attitudes toward victims' rights, on the extent to which victims' rights are honored in the criminal disposition process, and on the treatment of victims' rights in the print media. It also includes a discussion of sustainability of the clinics.
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Use of Victim Service Agencies by Victims of Serious Violent Crime, 1993-2009 (August 2011)
BJS, Report, BJS Special Reports, 16 pages, NCJ 234212.
Presents data from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) on trends in the percentage of serious violent crime victims who received help or advice from a victim service agency from 1993 to 2009.
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Part Of the BJS Special Reports Series
Effectiveness of Coordinated Outreach in Intimate Partner Violence Cases: A Randomized, Longitudinal Design (March 2011)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 142 pages, NCJ 238480.
The current study tested the prediction that early coordinated victim outreach would improve criminal justice outcomes as well as increase victim safety and empowerment among victims of intimate partner violence (IPV). In collaboration with research, criminal justice, and community-based partners, this project evaluated an innovative outreach program for racially and ethnically diverse IPV victims whose cases had come to the attention of the criminal justice system.
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Lifecourse Experiences of Intimate Partner Violence and Help-Seeking among Filipina, Indian, and Pakistani Women: Implications for Justice System Responses (July 2010)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 123 pages, NCJ 236174.
The goal of this research project is to enhance the understanding of Asian battered women's experiences in seeking help from the criminal justice system (CJS) and other (non-CJS) programs and develop recommendations for system responses to IPV in Asian communities.
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Perspectives on Civil Protective Orders in Domestic Violence Cases: The Rural and Urban Divide (June 2010)
NIJ, Article, NIJ Journal, 5 pages, NCJ 230410.
This study examined the impact of civil protective orders against perpetrators of domestic violence on the safety of their victims in five Kentucky jurisdictions.
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Part Of the NIJ Journal Series
When Your Child Is Missing: A Family Survival Guide, Fourth Edition (May 2010)
OJJDP, Report, 110 pages, NCJ 228735.
This document serves to guide parents and family members whose children go missing.
Abstract | PDF (English) 5 MB | PDF (Spanish)
Final Report: Participatory Evaluation of the Tribal Victim Assistance Programs at the Lummi Nation and Passamaquoddy Tribe (August 2009)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 159 pages, NCJ 228190.
This report summarizes the results of process evaluations of two tribal victim assistance programs - the Lummi Victims of Crime Program in Washington State and the Passamaquoddy Tribal Victim Outreach Advocate Program in Maine - both of which are federally funded "on-reservation" victim assistance programs intended to provide permanent, accessible, and responsive crime-victim assistance services on tribal lands.
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Finally Getting Victims Their Due: A Process Evaluation of the NCVLI Victims' Rights Clinics (August 2009)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 298 pages, NCJ 228389.
This report describes a process evaluation of the National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI) State and Federal victims' rights clinics, which were established to promote awareness, education, and enforcement of crime victims' rights in the criminal justice system.
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Understanding Intimate Partner Stalking: Implications For Offering Victim Services (May 2009)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 92 pages, NCJ 227220.
Eighty-two women who had experienced stalking by a current or former intimate partner were interviewed at the beginning of the study and monthly over the next 12 months, in order to inquire about various aspects of their stalking experience and the effectiveness of various interventions.
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Court Performance Measures in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases: Technical Guide (April 2009)
OJJDP, Report, 310 pages, NCJ 223570.
This toolkit provides practical and comprehensive guidance in measuring court performance in child abuse and neglect cases, measuring the effects of activities performed and determining what works and what does not work.
Abstract | PDF 7 MB
Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in New York City, Volume Two: Formative Evaluation: The New York City Demonstration (September 2008)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 107 pages, NCJ 225084.
This report presents the methodology and findings of a formative, participatory evaluation of New York City's demonstration project of the Coalition to Address the Sexual Exploitation of Children (CASEC), which focused on child prostitution in the city.
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Evaluating Children's Advocacy Centers' Response to Child Sexual Abuse (August 2008)
OJJDP, Bulletin, 12 pages, NCJ 218530.
This report presents an overview of a four-site evaluation of Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs), which were established to provide a sensitive environment for child sexual abuse victims and other child-maltreatment victims, as well as their families, in the course of investigating their cases.
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Do Best Practice Interviews with Child Abuse Victims Influence Case Processing? (2008)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 123 pages, NCJ 224524.
This study examined the effects of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development's (NICHD's) protocol for interviewing suspected child victims of abuse on case outcomes.
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Planning, Implementing and Operating Effective Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification (SAVIN) Programs: Guidelines and Standards (October 2006)
BJA-Sponsored, Electronic Document, 44 pages, NCJ 234517.
This report provides recommendations and standards for planning, implementing, and operating an effective SAVIN Program.
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How the Justice System Responds to Juvenile Victims: A Comprehensive Model (December 2005)
OJJDP, Bulletin, OJJDP Crimes Against Children Series, 12 pages, NCJ 210951.
This Bulletin describes the major elements of the justice system for juvenile victims and what is known about how cases move through it.
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Identifying Victims Using DNA: A Guide for Families - Guia para las familias sobre la identificacion de victimas mediante analisis de ADN (April 2005)
NIJ, Report, 10 pages, NCJ 212872.
Intended for family members of crime victims, this guide describes the process of identifying the remains of a victim through DNA analysis.
Abstract | PDF (English) | PDF (Spanish)
Civil Trial Cases and Verdicts in Large Counties, 2001 (April 2004)
BJS, BJS Bulletins, 12 pages, NCJ 202803.
This bulletin examines general civil cases disposed of by bench or jury trial in the Nation's 75 most populous counties in 2001 and provides information on the type of case, types of plaintiffs and defendants, trial winners, amount of total damages awarded, amount of punitive damages awarded, and case processing time.
Abstract | PDF | TEXT
Part Of the BJS Bulletins Series
Impact Evaluation of a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program (2003)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, NIJ Research Report, 128 pages, NCJ 203276.
This report details the findings of the University of New Mexico Hospital Emergency Medicine Department's comprehensive outcome evaluation of the Albuquerque Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Collaborative.
Abstract | PDF
Part Of the NIJ Research Report Series
Needs Assessment for Service Providers and Trafficking Victims (2003)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 74 pages, NCJ 202469.
This is the first-ever assessment on the needs of trafficking victims and the domestic service providers who work with them. The report, complete with survey instruments and focus group protocols, should help educate the field at large on meeting the specialized and complex needs of trafficking victims.
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Protecting Children in Cyberspace: The ICAC Task Force Program (January 2002)
OJJDP, Bulletin, 8 pages, NCJ 191213.
This bulletin describes the work of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's (OJJDP's) Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force Program.
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Understanding DNA Evidence: A Guide for Victim Service Providers (May 2001)
NIJ, OVC, Summary, BC 000657.
This brochure offers victim service providers an understanding of how DNA testing may be used in victims’ cases, the process and procedures used, and the potential outcomes from the test.
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Understanding DNA Evidence: A Guide for Victim Service Providers (May 2001)
NIJ, OVC, Summary, BC 000657.
This brochure offers victim service providers an understanding of how DNA testing may be used in victims’ cases, the process and procedures used, and the potential outcomes from the test.
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Handbook on Justice for Victims (1999)
UNCCPCJ, 132 pages, NCJ 179083.
In May 1996, the United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, at its fifth session, adopted a resolution to develop a manual or manuals on the use and application of the Declaration. The Handbook on Justice for Victims was developed in response to that resolution and outlines the basic steps in developing comprehensive assistance services for victims of crime.
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It's Not an "Accident": It's a Crime! (April 2018)
OVC-Sponsored, 2 pages, NCJ 251642.
All victims of crime should be treated with dignity and respect, including victims of drunk driving crashes. This brochure provides information to law enforcement officers on how to respond to DUI crash victims and the services that may be available to them, including crime victim compensation. This resource was produced by the National Sheriffs' Association with funding support from OVC.
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Help for Victims of DUI Crashes (April 2018)
OVC-Sponsored, 2 pages, NCJ 251675.
All victims of crime should be treated with dignity and respect, including victims of drunk driving crashes. This brochure provides information to victims of DUI crashes and the rights and services that may be available to them, including crime victim compensation. This resource was produced by the National Sheriffs' Association with funding support from OVC.
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2018 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Guide (2018)
OVC, 3 pages, NCJ 251052.
The 2018 NCVRW Resource Guide provides a wealth of materials for promoting public awareness campaigns for NCVRW and throughout the year. The guide includes planning tips, artwork, crime and victimization fact sheets, and more. Help OVC Expand the Circle: Reach All Victims.
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2018 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Kit (includes Theme Poster and awareness posters) (2018)
OVC, PS000032KIT.
The poster kit contains the NCVRW Theme Poster and this year's awareness posters. These awareness materials are customizable and available to download. A limited number of color hardcopies can be ordered through the OVC Resource Center (www.ncjrs.gov).
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2018 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Theme Poster (2018)
OVC, PS000032.
The poster is available for download and a customizable version is available. The poster evokes this year’s NCVRW theme—Expand the Circle: Reach All Victims—which emphasizes the importance of inclusion in victim services. A limited number of color hardcopies can be ordered through the OVC Resource Center (www.ncjrs.gov).
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DUI Crashes: Real Crimes, Real Victims (October 2017)
OVC-Sponsored, 3 pages, NCJ 250276.
Drunk driving crashes are crimes, not "accidents." One person is killed in an alcohol impaired driving crash every 53 minutes. This roll call video, supported by a grant from the OVC, addresses the need for law enforcement to respond to and interact with DUI crash victims in a victim-centered way, with all the referrals, support, and resources due victims of a violent crime.
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National Best Practices for Sexual Assault Kits: A Multidisciplinary Approach (August 2017)
NIJ, Electronic Document, 140 pages, NCJ 250384.
This report contains 35 recommendations that help provide a roadmap for agencies to develop or advance their policies and protocols for untested sexual assault kits. The recommendations are rooted in a victim-centric, multidisciplinary approach that encourages victim engagement and increases the potential for legal resolutions.
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Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States: Fiscal Year 2016 Status Report (August 2017)
OVC, 75 pages, NCJ 250643.
This status report identifies progress made by federal agencies during fiscal year 2016 to address the goals, objectives, and the actions identified in the Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States, 2013–2017 to ensure that all victims of human trafficking in the U.S. are identified and have access to the services they need to recover.
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Vision 21: Multidisciplinary Responses in Complex Homicide Cases (August 2017)
OVC, Fact Sheet, 2 pages, NCJ 250945.
This fact sheet describes an OVC-funded project to support the enhancement of multidisciplinary interventions within 24 to 48 hours of a death for some of the most complex cases. These cases may include gang-related homicides, intrafamilial homicides, homicides involving child witnesses, and deaths involving impaired driving or driving under the influence.
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Vision 21: Supporting Male Survivors of Violence Initiative (August 2017)
OVC, Fact Sheet, 2 pages, NCJ 250946.
To help male survivors of violence, OVC partnered with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and National Institute of Justice. This fact sheet describes the Supporting Male Survivors of Violence Initiative efforts to bolster the field’s ability to provide effective, culturally appropriate, and trauma-informed services for boys and men harmed by violence and to expand services that help normalize their lives and promote their healing.
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Vision 21: Tribal Victim Services Resource Mapping Project (July 2017)
OVC, Fact Sheet, OVC Fact Sheets, NCJ 250876.
American Indians and Alaska Natives have the highest crime victimization rates in the Nation but often have difficulty connecting with existing services to help them recover from crime and abuse. This fact sheet discusses an OVC project to develop a web-based tool that will enable victims and service providers to quickly access information about critical services wherever they are seeking help.
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Vision 21: Victim Services Mobile Applications (July 2017)
OVC, OVC Fact Sheets, 2 pages, NCJ 250877.
Technology can be a powerful tool for expanding victims’ safe access to information and services. This fact sheet provides an overview of two OVC-funded Vision 21 mobile app projects that highlight how technology can help victims and victim service providers.
Abstract | PDF
Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
Vision 21: Using Technology To Expand Access to Victim Services (June 2017)
OVC, OVC Fact Sheets, 2 pages, NCJ 250674.
This program provided funding for nonprofit organizations that use technology creatively to interact directly with crime victims (in the United States and Americans victimized abroad) and provide them with information, referrals, crisis assistance, and longer term help to close this gap in service delivery.
Abstract | PDF
Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
2017 OVC Report to the Nation: Fiscal Years 2015-2016 Reaching Victims Everywhere (June 2017)
OVC, Report, OVC Fact Sheets, 2 pages, NCJ 250634.
This biennial report summarizes the programs, activities, and accomplishments of OVC in fiscal years 2015-2016 and their impact on victims, survivors, and communities. The report provides an overview of how OVC administers the Crime Victims Fund—a significant resource for supporting services to victims. Learn how OVC is working to build a body of evidence-based knowledge for the crime victims field, and the ways in which OVC is seeking to increase the capacity of the field and reach unserved and underserved victims.
Abstract | PDF (Fast Facts Fact Sheet) | HTML (Full Report)
Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program 2014 Report to Congress (June 2017)
OVC, Report, 6 pages, NCJ 250918.
This report provides a summary of the International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program’s (ITVERP) activities from October 1, 2013, through September 30, INSERT 2014. It covers two critical areas of ITVERP assistance—application processing and claims payment, and public awareness activities undertaken to reach out to potential claimants—and concludes with a discussion of future program needs and suggested improvements.
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International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program 2015 Report to Congress (June 2017)
OVC, 6 pages, NCJ 250919.
This report provides a summary of the International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program’s (ITVERP) activities from October 1, 2014, through September 30, 2015. It covers two critical areas of ITVERP assistance—application processing and claims payment, and public awareness activities undertaken to reach out to potential claimants—and concludes with a discussion of future program needs and suggested improvements.
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International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program 2013 Report to Congress (June 2017)
OVC, Report, 6 pages, NCJ 249797.
This report provides a summary of the International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program’s (ITVERP) activities from October 1, 2012, through September 30, 2013. It covers two critical areas of ITVERP assistance—application processing and claims payment, and public awareness activities undertaken to reach out to potential claimants—and concludes with a discussion of future program needs and suggested improvements.
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Vision 21: Law Enforcement and the Communities They Serve (June 2017)
OVC, Fact Sheet, OVC Fact Sheets, 2 pages, NCJ 250737.
This fact sheet discusses an OVC-sponsored project that is designed to assist law enforcement in developing evidence-based and trauma-informed response strategies in the wake of law enforcement-involved shootings and other high-profile incidents of violence. Additionally, the project will develop and disseminate comprehensive, expert technical assistance resources for law enforcement on trauma-informed culture and practice.
Abstract | PDF
Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
Developing an Elder Abuse Case Review Multidisciplinary Team in Your Community (May 2017)
OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 4 pages, NCJ 250736.
This resource facilitates the development and growth of multidisciplinary teams to address elder abuse cases. It also provides information about team structures and functions, along with common issues that arise with developing a case review team.
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The Vicarious Trauma Toolkit (April 2017)
OVC, NCJ 250647.
Research shows that vicarious trauma, when left unaddressed, can lead to staff burnout, turnover, stress, and a lesser quality of services for victims. This OVC toolkit offers guidance to help organizations strengthen their ability to address work-related exposure to trauma.
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Developing and Implementing a Response to Sexual Assault in Tribal Communities: A Summary of the Suggestions from the National Roundtable Discussion on Sexual Assault in Indian Country (April 2017)
OVC, 39 pages, NCJ 250873.
This publication is a product of an OVC, Indian Health Service, and Office on Violence Against Women event in July 2016. The publication offers practical guidance to tribal governments who are interested in developing or enhancing their community’s response to sexual violence.
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Enhancing Police Responses to Children Exposed to Violence: A Toolkit for Law Enforcement (February 2017)
OJJDP-Sponsored, Electronic Document, 68 pages, NCJ 250768.
This toolkit provides practical resources to assist law enforcement agencies in building or enhancing effective operational responses to children exposed to violence (with or without a mental health partner).
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ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences/Trauma) Pediatric Healthcare Toolkit (2017)
OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 48 pages, NCJ 251026.
When children are repeatedly exposed to trauma without any form of protective relationships, their bodies react by producing an overload of stress hormones. This stress response is called toxic stress, and it causes serious, lasting developmental and physical harm. Through screening and referrals for ACEs, healthcare teams can help determine resources to promote healthy development.
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2017 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Kit (includes Theme Poster, awareness posters, and stickers) (2017)
OVC, PS000031.
The 2017 NCVRW Resource Kit contains this year's theme poster, awareness posters, and stickers. A limited number of hardcopies can be ordered through the OVC Resource Center (www.ncjrs.gov).
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2016 Victim Needs Assessment (2017)
OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 139 pages, NCJ 250718.
This study provides an initial benchmark reading on the proportion of people in Illinois who are affected by violent crime and what needs result from their victimization. This research also explores how victims’ needs are met by victim services providers in Illinois and where gaps in service delivery currently exist.
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Partners in Justice - Bureau of Indian Affairs Victim Specialists (December 2016)
OVC, OVC Videos, 2 pages, NCJ 250461.
This video presents an overview of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Victim Specialist Program. The video, prepared by OVC and BIA, identifies some of the program’s successes and challenges providing services to victims of crime in Indian Country.
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Part Of the OVC Videos Series
Alcohol-Facilitated Sexual Assault in Indian Country (December 2016)
OVC, OVC Videos, 3 pages, NCJ 250235.
This four-video series is designed for criminal justice personnel, victim advocates, and allied professionals who work with victims of sexual assault in Indian Country. The videos in this series seek to increase awareness about the prevalence of alcohol-facilitated sexual violence, enhance the investigation and prosecution of sexual violence, and provide best practices for responding to victims
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Part Of the OVC Videos Series
Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth Guiding Principles (December 2016)
OVC-Sponsored, Fact Sheet, 4 pages, NCJ 250518.
The OVC-sponsored Vision 21 Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth Program designed these Guiding Principles to: provide guidance for service providers assisting children and youth exposed to violence and their families and caregivers; offer a benchmark for conducting community needs assessments, and developing policies, and protocols; and help community collaboratives shape, inform, and review services and referrals to address children and youth exposed to violence.
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State-Tribal Crime Victim Liaison Demonstration Program: Tribal Outreach To Establish Trust and Increase Awareness of Victim Services (December 2016)
OVC, 17 pages, NCJ 249582.
This report discusses the outcome of a 3-year project through which the Oklahoma District Attorneys Council, Victim Services Division, supported a State-Tribal Crime Victim Liaison. This liaison provided outreach to Oklahoma American Indian victims regarding tribal victim assistance, grant opportunities, and crime victim compensation.
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Vision 21: Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth Fact Sheet (December 2016)
OVC, OVC Fact Sheets, 2 pages, NCJ 249945.
Our Nation’s children and youth continue to experience crime and victimization at alarming rates, these young victims remain underserved, and the systems charged with caring for them provide fragmented and ineffective responses for children and their families. This fact sheet describes efforts to bring healthcare, child welfare, justice, and other systems together to coordinate and align efforts to ensure a timely and seamless response to young victims, their families, and caregivers, no matter the system of entry.
Abstract | PDF
Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States: Fiscal Year 2015 Status Report (November 2016)
OVC-Sponsored, 84 pages, NCJ 250414.
This status report identifies progress made by federal agencies during fiscal years 2015 to address the goals, objectives, and the actions identified in the Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States, 2013–2017 to ensure that all victims of human trafficking in the U.S. are identified and have access to the services they need to recover.
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A Healing Journey for Alaska Natives (October 2016)
OVC, OVC Videos, 4 pages, NCJ 249906.
This five–video series is designed to educate federal, state, local, and tribal victim service providers, criminal justice professionals, and others who work with Alaska Native victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.
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Part Of the OVC Videos Series
Achieving Excellence: Model Standards for Serving Victims and Survivors of Crime (August 2016)
OVC, 1 pages, NCJ 250080.
This e-publication provides guidelines and recommendations to help victim service providers and program administrators improve the quality and consistency of their response to crime victims. It includes program standards for guidelines, policies, and procedures that victim-serving organizations should have in place; competency standards for providers’ general attitudes, knowledge, and skills; and ethical standards for addressing a range of issues that may occur during daily service provision.
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Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program Development and Operation Guide (August 2016)
OVC, 2 pages, NCJ 250082.
This Guide serves as a blueprint to improve your SANE program and ensure that all sexual assault victims receive the highest standard of patient-centered care.
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Helping Victims of Mass Violence and Terrorism Planning, Response, Recovery, and Resources Web Training Series Summary Report (August 2016)
OVC, 2 pages, NCJ 250176.
This summary report provides information about a training series to introduce the Helping Victims of Mass Violence and Terrorism: Planning, Response, Recovery, and Resources Toolkit. Presenters highlighted the Family Assistance Center Victim Assistance Protocol to take participants through the Partnerships and Planning, Response, and Recovery components of the toolkit. Included in this report is a link to view one of the recorded trainings.
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Responding to Trauma Among Young Men of Color: Adapting the Crown Heights Approach For Your Community (July 2016)
OVC-Sponsored, 15 pages, NCJ 250389.
This Planning Toolkit is a blueprint for communities, violence interrupter programs, and traditional victim service providers that want to improve their responses to young men of color who have experienced trauma. The practices shared in this toolkit are based on the Center for Court Innovation’s work with violence interrupter programs, victim service agencies, trauma, and gender-based violence.
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Crime Victim Compensation Program Initiative Fact Sheet (July 2016)
OVC, OVC Fact Sheets, 3 pages, NCJ 249924.
The Crime Victim Compensation Program Initiative was instituted to further the Department of Justice's mission to provide crime victims with the services they need to recover from their victimization. In Fiscal Year 2013, OVC awarded funds to the Iowa, California, and Vermont state crime victim compensation programs to help them develop or enhance innovative strategies to increase their program's efficiency, responsiveness, and accessibility for crime victims. This fact sheet highlights the work that these three programs implemented which other state programs can use as a model for replication.
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Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
Vision 21 Accomplishments (July 2016)
OVC, Fact Sheet, OVC Fact Sheets, 2 pages, NCJ 249938.
The goal of OVC’s Vision 21 initiative is to expand the vision and impact of the crime victim assistance field. This fact sheet highlights OVC accomplishments to meet the goals of Vision 21 by promoting data and research to inform future program development, so that victims can be served effectively; supporting and building the capacity of those who work in the field; and fostering innovation to address enduring and emerging challenges of the crime victims field.
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Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
Examining Criminal Justice Responses to and Help-Seeking Patterns of Sexual Violence Survivors With Disabilities (June 2016)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 87 pages, NCJ 250196.
The goal of this study used is to better understand the criminal justice experience of persons with disabilities that report a sexual assault or rape to the authorities. Results suggest that current criminal justice structures are not sufficient to provide support for one of the highest-risk adult populations for sexual assault and victimization in the U.S.
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International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program (ITVERP) Brochure (February 2016)
OVC, 2 pages, NCJ 249058.
This brochure describes the International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program (ITVERP), which is authorized by Congress to reimburse eligible direct victims of acts of international terrorism that occur outside the United States for expenses associated with that victimization. It includes a list of the expenses that are eligible for reimbursement; explains the difference between itemized, interim emergency, and supplemental applications; and provides deadlines for filing a claim.
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Notifying Sexual Assault Victims After Testing Evidence (January 2016)
NIJ, OVC, Summary, 20 pages, NCJ 249153.
Using a victim-centered approach for notifying victims about the status of their sexual assault cases may help minimize the trauma a victim experiences when receiving this type of information, especially in older cases. This brochure explores the victim-centered approach that teams in Houston and Detroit used to develop victim notification protocols about the results of sexual assault kit (SAK) testing.
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Notifying Sexual Assault Victims After Testing Evidence (January 2016)
NIJ, OVC, Summary, 20 pages, NCJ 249153.
Using a victim-centered approach for notifying victims about the status of their sexual assault cases may help minimize the trauma a victim experiences when receiving this type of information, especially in older cases. This brochure explores the victim-centered approach that teams in Houston and Detroit used to develop victim notification protocols about the results of sexual assault kit (SAK) testing.
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Faces of Human Trafficking (January 2016)
OVC, 10 pages, NCJ 248754.
This video series and resource guide raise awareness of the seriousness of human trafficking, the many forms it can takes, and the important role that everyone can play in identifying and serving victims. This new multidisciplinary resource includes nine videos with Spanish subtitles; Public Service Announcements (PSAs) in English, Spanish, Thai, Hindi, and Tagalog; a discussion guide; four fact sheets; and four posters designed for service providers and allied professionals, law enforcement, the general public, and victims/survivors.
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Victim Impact: Listen and Learn Curriculum (2016)
OVC, 312 pages, NCJ 224257.
This OVC-funded curriculum is geared toward helping offenders to become aware of the impact that crime has on victims and then to take responsibility and make amends for their actions. The online-only curriculum consists of 13 units, built around 10 core crime topics: property crime, assault, robbery, hate and bias, gang violence, sexual assault, child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, drunk and impaired driving, and homicide, plus chapters on implementing the program, the victim experience and making amends to victims. Victims and survivors speak about their experiences in the accompanying video clips.
Abstract | PDF (Facilitator Manual, Part 1) | PDF (Facilitator Manual, Part 2) | PDF (Participant Workbook) | HTML
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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Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States: Fiscal Years 2013-2014 Status Report (July 2015)
OVC, Report, 64 pages, NCJ 248967.
This status report identifies progress made by federal agencies during fiscal years 2013-2014 to address the goals, objectives, and the actions identified in the Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States, 2013–2017 to ensure that all victims of human trafficking in the U.S. are identified and have access to the services they need to recover.
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Through Our Eyes: Children, Violence, and Trauma DVD (April 2015)
OVC, 0 pages, NCJ 239938.
This video series addresses the needs of children exposed to crime, abuse, and violence; highlights major issues in child victimization; identifies promising practices for service providers and others working with young victims; and shows how trauma-informed care can help child victims recover to lead healthy, productive lives. Online only companion resource guides accompany each video.
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Detroit Sexual Assault Kit (SAK) Action Research Project (ARP), Final Report (February 2015)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 551 pages, NCJ 248680.
This report documents the Detroit Sexual Assault Action-Research Project, in which a multidisciplinary team looked at the issue of a large number of sexual assault kits (SAKs) that had not been sent to a crime lab for DNA-testing. The team identified the underlying factors that contributed to the issue; developed and evaluated a plan for testing the SAKs; and created and evaluated protocols for notifying victims of the results of the testing. The report also offers practitioner-friendly resources, including how to create victim-notification protocols.
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Innovative Practices for Victim Services: Report From the Field (December 2014)
OVC, Bulletin, 20 pages, NCJ 248495.
This e-bulletin provides brief descriptions of the innovative practices currently used by VOCA victim assistance and compensation programs throughout the country. This online resource promotes the replication of these practices, which cover six key program areas: needs assessment, systems advocacy and coordination, compensation, underserved populations, victims’ rights and services, and technology.
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Circle of Healing for Native Children Endangered by Drugs (December 2014)
OVC, 0 pages, NCJ 248443.
This seven-video series and companion resource guide feature Native programs and practices that incorporate cultural stories and traditions to help children, families, and communities in Indian Country to heal from substance abuse-related trauma.
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