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OVC and OVC-Sponsored Publications

Elder Abuse Fatality Review Teams: A Replication Manual (June 2019) OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 201 pages, NCJ 210901.
Elder abuse fatality review teams review deaths caused by or related to elder abuse and can improve the response of community agencies to elder abuse victims. This publication, created with funding support from OVC, provides guidance to communities interested in establishing similar teams. This document was updated in June 2019 to include information on the criteria and selection of cases for review, confidentiality practices, preventing "blame and shame," and a comparison of 27 categories of professionals serving as team members. It is available electronically from American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging (www.americanbar.org/groups/law_aging/resources/elder_abuse/elder-abuse-fatality-review-team-projects-and-resources).
Abstract | PDF | HTML
 
National TeleNursing Center (NTC) Sustainability (February 2019) OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 11 pages, NCJ 253058.
This report evaluates the potential sustainability, and presents unique challenges for expansion, of the National TeleNursing Center, a program established through a multi-year OVC grant.
Abstract | PDF
 
2018 Crimes Against Older Adults Statistical Fact Sheet (2018) OVC
This fact sheet provides a snapshot of current crime trends against older adults in the United States. Use this and other fact sheets from the 2018 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide (www.ovc.gov/ncvrw2018) to promote awareness about different types of crime, as graphics for your social media, and to inform other education efforts throughout the year.
PDF
 
2018 Crimes Against People With Disabilities Statistical Fact Sheet (2018) OVC
This fact sheet provides a snapshot of current crime trends against people with disabilities in the United States. Use this and other fact sheets from the 2018 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide (www.ovc.gov/ncvrw2018) to promote awareness about different types of crime, as graphics for your social media, and to inform other education efforts throughout the year.
PDF
 
2018 Sexual Violence Statistical Fact Sheet (2018) OVC
This fact sheet provides a snapshot of current sexual violence trends in the United States. Use this and other fact sheets from the 2018 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide (www.ovc.gov/ncvrw2018) to promote awareness about different types of crime, as graphics for your social media, and to inform other education efforts throughout the year.
PDF
 

OJP Publications

Victim Service Providers in the United States, 2017 (November 2019) BJS, 7 pages, NCJ 252648.
This report provides statistics from the National Census of Victim Service Providers, the first national data collection on the number and characteristics of these organizations. The report describes the types of organizations that serve victims, maps their locations, and reports on the rate of victim service providers per 100,000 U.S. residents by state. The census was conducted by the Bureau of Justice Statistics with support from OVC.
Abstract | PDF
 
Criminal Victimization, 2018 (September 2019) BJS, Bulletin, BJS Bulletins, 37 pages, NCJ 253043.
This annual report provides official estimates of criminal victimizations reported and not reported to police from the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ National Crime Victimization Survey. It describes the characteristics of crimes, victims, and offenders.

Part Of the BJS Bulletins Series Abstract | PDF (Summary) | PDF (Full Report)
 
Questioning Bias: Validating A Bias Crime Victim Assessment Tool In California And New Jersey, Summary Overview (July 2018) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 29 pages, NCJ 252010.
This study investigated the experiences of hate incidents, crimes and factors affecting underreporting among youth and adults in LGBT, Hispanic, Black, Muslim communities in New Jersey and Los Angeles. Based on the research findings, the Vera Institute of Justice developed an assessment tool, the Bias Crime Assessment Tool, to improve the identification of hate crime victimization, better reflect victims’ experiences, increase confidence in the reporting process, and help to record more accurate data.
Abstract | PDF
 
Social Support Can Diminish Negative Effects of Elder Abuse (December 2017) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 2 pages, NCJ 251468.
This article summarizes the findings of a series of studies that have identified the critical role of social support in preventing and ameliorating the adverse effects of elder abuse. These research findings may help inform how victim service providers and allied professionals respond to victims of elder abuse.
Abstract | PDF
 
Crime Against Persons With Disabilities, 2009-2015 - Statistical Tables (July 2017) BJS, Report, 17 pages, NCJ 250632.
This report presents 2009-2015 National Crime Victimization Survey estimates of nonfatal violent crime (rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault) against persons age 12 or older with disabilities. It includes crime characteristics, such as victim-offender relationship, time of crime, reporting to police, and use of victim services agencies.
Abstract | PDF (Summary) | PDF (Full Report) | TEXT
 

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

On Nov 16 2016 at 2:00PM, Harlan Pruden, member of the Cree Nation and Managing Editor of TwoSpiritJournal.com, and Elton Naswood, of the Near to the Water People Clan and member of the Community Expert Advisory Council for the Indigenous HIV/AIDS Research Training , hosted a discussion on Serving Two-Spirit/LGBTQ Victims in Tribal Communities

On Jun 22 2016 at 2:00PM, Sid Jordan, J.D., consultant with the Coalition Ending Gender-Based Violence (CEGV) in King County, Washington, hosted a discussion on Integrating the Needs of LGBTQ Victims into Mainstream Victim Services

On Apr 7 2016 at 2:00PM, Kristian Hall, Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, North Carolina National Guard, and Yvonne Viel, Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, Test Wing, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, hosted a discussion on Confidentiality for Victims of Military Sexual Trauma

On Feb 24 2016 at 2:00PM, Dr. John Rich, MD, MPH, Professor and Chair of Health Management and Policy at the Drexel University School of Public Health, and Linnea Ashley, MPH, Training and Advocacy Manager at Youth ALIVE!, hosted a discussion on Inner City Posttraumatic Stress

On Jan 28 2016 at 2:00PM, Bernard Keels, Director of the University Chapel at Morgan State University, and Barry McCrary, Associate Professor in the school of law enforcement and justice administration at Western Illinois University, hosted a discussion on Challenges and Opportunities for Supporting Nontraditional Victims


How do I report elder abuse/exploitation?
If you or someone you know is in life-threatening danger, call 911. If the danger is not immediate, ... Read More

How can I order the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) DVD, Serving Crime Victims With Disabilities, NCJ 213366?
The Serving Crime Victims With Disabilities DVD, NCJ 213366, can be ordered through the Shopping Car... Read More

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

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

When will National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) be observed in 2020?
National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) will be held on April 19–25, 2020. Sign up for... Read More

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OVC FY 2020 Developing Future Victim Specialists to Serve American Indian/Alaska Native Victims of Crime (PDF 421 kb)
Deadline: 05/26/2020
This program will develop a workforce of direct victim service providers to American Indian and Alaska Native victims in hard-to-staff positions and locations. By identifying and training prospective victim service professionals in, or from, the communities to be served, tribal and Bureau of Indian Affairs’ victim service programs will be better able to fill direct victim service positions in remote Indian Country and Alaska Native locations, and in turn ensure that victims in these locations get the services they need. OVC anticipates that it will make awards under two purpose areas (PAs): PA 1: Recruiting Interns/Residents to Serve Tribal Victims in the Continental United States and PA 2: Recruiting Interns/Residents to Serve Tribal Victims in Alaska. OVC anticipates making up to 8 awards of up to $450,000 each for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020. Apply by Tuesday, May 26, 2020.


OJP FY 2020 Enhanced Collaborative Model Task Force to Combat Human Trafficking (PDF 582 kb)
Deadline: 05/18/2020
OVC and BJA are seeking applications to develop or support multidisciplinary task forces (TFs) to combat human trafficking. This program has two purpose areas (PAs). PA 1: help TFs with critical first steps related to starting up a multidisciplinary TF. PA 2: allows TFs to compete for funding to expand their TF operations and partnerships, implement TF sustainability plans, and assist OJP in building the capacity of other TFs in the field. Each TF selected for funding will receive two separate grants: one from OVC to a victim service partner, and one from the Bureau of Justice Assistance to a state, local, or tribal law enforcement agency partner. OVC and BJA anticipate making 18 awards under PA 1 (9 TFs) of up to $1.5 million per TF and up to 10 awards under PA 2 (5 TFs) of up to $1.5 million per TF. OVC and BJA will conduct a pre-application webinar on Monday, March 30, 2020, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. e.t. Register at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by May 18, 2020.


OVC FY 2020 Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking (PDF 393 kb)
Deadline: 05/18/2020
OVC is seeking applications for states or tribes to develop, enhance, and coordinate programs and activities geared toward improving outcomes for child and youth victims of sex and labor trafficking. The overall goal of the program is to improve responses for child and youth victims of trafficking with a focus on coordination at the statewide or tribal jurisdiction level to create effective change across systems. OVC anticipates making up to four awards of up to $1.5 million each for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020. OVC will conduct a pre-application webinar Friday, April 3, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. e.t. Register at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by Monday, May 18, 2020.


OVC FY 2020 Services for Minor Victims of Labor Trafficking (PDF 444 kb)
Deadline: 05/18/2020
The purpose of this program is to develop, expand, or strengthen victim service programs for minor victims of labor trafficking, whose victimization occurred when they were under the age of 18. Organizations funded under this program will provide (directly and through partnerships) services that minor victims of labor trafficking often require to address their needs for safety, security, and healing. OVC anticipates making up to three awards of up to $666,667 each for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020. OVC will conduct a pre-application webinar on Friday, April 3, 2020, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. e.t. Register at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by Monday, May 18, 2020.


OVC FY 2020 Services for Victims of Human Trafficking (PDF 398 kb)
Deadline: 05/18/2020
The purpose of this program is to develop, expand, or strengthen victim service programs for victims of human trafficking. Apply under the following three purpose areas (PAs). PA 1: up to 10 awards of up to $350,000 each will be made to support organizations that have limited or no prior experience in serving victims of human trafficking. PA 2: up to 10 awards of up to $750,000 each will be made to victim service organizations with a demonstrated history of providing a range of services to victims of human trafficking. PA 3: up to 10 awards of up to $550,000 each will be made to victim service organizations with a demonstrated history of providing a specialized service to victims of human trafficking. OVC will conduct a pre-application webinar on April 2, 2020, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. e.t. Register at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. View changes to page 8 that OVC made after the initial release of the solicitation at www.ovc.gov/grants/pdftxt/services-for-victims-of-ht-change.pdf.


FY 2020 OVC Advancing the Use of Technology to Assist Victims of Crime (PDF 303 kb)
Deadline: 05/12/2020
Through this solicitation, OVC seeks to provide funding to organizations that demonstrate innovative strategies to create, expand, or enhance the use of technology on a national scale (or regional projects that can be replicated nationally) to improve responses, services, and access for victims of crime. OVC anticipates making up to three awards of up to $1.5 million each for a 24-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020. OVC will conduct a pre-application webinar on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. e.t. Register at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by May 12, 2020.


OVC FY 2020 Training for Law Enforcement to Improve Identification of and Response to Elder Fraud Victims (PDF 317 kb)
Deadline: 05/11/2020
The goal of this program is to provide training and technical assistance to law enforcement agencies to more effectively identify elder fraud victims, allowing law enforcement both to bring the fraudsters to justice and to connect those victims with available services. This program will support the provision of training and technical assistance to both large and small law enforcement agencies in both urban and rural communities. OVC anticipates making up to one award of up to $2 million for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020. Apply by May 11, 2020.


OVC FY 2020 Expanding SANE Services to Victims of Sexual Assault on Campus (PDF 335 kb)
Deadline: 05/07/2020
OVC is seeking applications to establish and/or expand Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) programs that will offer medical forensic care, advocacy, and other victim services to sexual assault survivors on college campuses. OVC anticipates making up to 16 awards up to $500,000 for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020. OVC will conduct a pre-application webinar on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. e.t. Register at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by May 7, 2020.


OVC FY 2020 Enhancing Services for Older Victims of Abuse and Financial Exploitation (PDF 303 kb)
Deadline: 05/05/2020
OVC is seeking applications to implement projects intended to improve outcomes, minimize additional trauma, and restore safety and security to older adult victims of abuse and financial exploitation. OVC anticipates making up to 12 awards up to $500,000. OVC expects to make awards for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020. OVC expects to make awards for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020. OVC will conduct a pre-application webinar on Thursday, March 26, 2020, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. e.t. Register at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by May 5, 2020.


OVC FY 2020 Enhancing Community Responses to America's Addiction Crisis: Serving Our Youngest Crime Victims (PDF 553 kb)
Deadline: 05/04/2020
This program will provide funding to support direct services to children and youth who are crime victims as a result of the nation's addiction crisis (Purpose Area 1); and training and technical assistance for the direct services grantees (Purpose Area 2). Applicants may apply under only one of the purpose areas. OVC anticipates making up to 25 awards under purpose area 1 of up to $700,000 each and 1 award under purpose 2 of up to $1.5 million. OVC expects to make awards for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020. View changes to pages 8 and 21 that OVC made after the initial release of the solicitation at www.ovc.gov/grants/pdftxt/fy-2020-enhancing-community-responses-to-drug-crisis-change.pdf. OVC will conduct a pre-application webinar on Monday, March 23, 2020, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. e.t. Register at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by May 4, 2020.


OVC FY 2020 Crime Victims' Rights Legal Clinics (PDF 737 kb)
Deadline: 04/27/2020
This initiative is intended to support or expand on federal, state, local, and tribal efforts to enforce crime victims’ rights. Applicants may apply under the following purpose areas: victims’ rights legal clinics that will provide the enforcement of crime victims’ rights in the criminal justice process (Purpose Area 1), and one training and technical assistance provider to provide support to the selected legal clinics (Purpose Area 2). OVC anticipates making up to eight awards under purpose area 1 and one award under purpose 2 of up to $1 million each. OVC expects to make awards for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020. OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on Monday, March 16, 2020, and a recording and transcript of this webinar are available at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by April 27, 2020.


OVC FY 2020 Law Enforcement-Based Victim Specialist Program (PDF 503 kb)
Deadline: 04/20/2020
The goal of this program is to assist state, tribal, and local law enforcement agencies in developing or enhancing victim specialist programs that connect victims and families to much-needed services. Awards will be made under four purpose areas based on the type of law enforcement agency (small, mid-size, large, or tribal). Priority will be given to applicants that: (1) address specific challenges that rural communities face, (2) serve high-poverty areas or persistent-poverty counties, or (3) offer enhancements to public safety in economically distressed communities (Qualified Opportunity Zones). OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on March 3, 2020, and a recording and transcript of this webinar are available at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by April 20, 2020.


OVC FY 2020 State Victim Liaison Project (PDF 232 kb)
Deadline: 04/09/2020
The State Victim Liaison Project will place one or more experienced crime victim liaison(s) within selected VOCA State Administrating Agencies to act as a bridge between the state and other state-based non-governmental organizations to identify gaps in victim services and improve and increase access to resources for crime victims in rural/tribal areas, older victims, and victims of violent crime. Liaisons should possess statewide networking connections for effective interaction with community leaders, allied professionals, and community stakeholders to achieve the objectives of this project. View changes to pages 1 and 13 that OVC made after the initial release of the solicitation at www.ovc.gov/grants/pdftxt/fy-2020-state-liaison-project-change.pdf. OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on February 20, 2020, and a recording and transcript of this webinar are available at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by April 9, 2020.

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Publications

OVC and OVC-Sponsored Publications

Elder Abuse Fatality Review Teams: A Replication Manual (June 2019) OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 201 pages, NCJ 210901. Elder abuse fatality review teams review deaths caused by or related to elder abuse and can improve the response of community agencies to elder abuse victims. This publication, created with funding support from OVC, provides guidance to communities interested in establishing similar teams. This document was updated in June 2019 to include information on the criteria and selection of cases for review, confidentiality practices, preventing "blame and shame," and a comparison of 27 categories of professionals serving as team members. It is available electronically from American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging (www.americanbar.org/groups/law_aging/resources/elder_abuse/elder-abuse-fatality-review-team-projects-and-resources).
Abstract | PDF | HTML
 
National TeleNursing Center (NTC) Sustainability (February 2019) OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 11 pages, NCJ 253058. This report evaluates the potential sustainability, and presents unique challenges for expansion, of the National TeleNursing Center, a program established through a multi-year OVC grant.
Abstract | PDF
 
2018 Crimes Against Older Adults Statistical Fact Sheet (2018) OVC This fact sheet provides a snapshot of current crime trends against older adults in the United States. Use this and other fact sheets from the 2018 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide (www.ovc.gov/ncvrw2018) to promote awareness about different types of crime, as graphics for your social media, and to inform other education efforts throughout the year.
PDF
 
2018 Crimes Against People With Disabilities Statistical Fact Sheet (2018) OVC This fact sheet provides a snapshot of current crime trends against people with disabilities in the United States. Use this and other fact sheets from the 2018 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide (www.ovc.gov/ncvrw2018) to promote awareness about different types of crime, as graphics for your social media, and to inform other education efforts throughout the year.
PDF
 
2018 Sexual Violence Statistical Fact Sheet (2018) OVC This fact sheet provides a snapshot of current sexual violence trends in the United States. Use this and other fact sheets from the 2018 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide (www.ovc.gov/ncvrw2018) to promote awareness about different types of crime, as graphics for your social media, and to inform other education efforts throughout the year.
PDF
 

OJP Publications

Victim Service Providers in the United States, 2017 (November 2019) BJS, 7 pages, NCJ 252648. This report provides statistics from the National Census of Victim Service Providers, the first national data collection on the number and characteristics of these organizations. The report describes the types of organizations that serve victims, maps their locations, and reports on the rate of victim service providers per 100,000 U.S. residents by state. The census was conducted by the Bureau of Justice Statistics with support from OVC.
Abstract | PDF
 
Criminal Victimization, 2018 (September 2019) BJS, Bulletin, BJS Bulletins, 37 pages, NCJ 253043. This annual report provides official estimates of criminal victimizations reported and not reported to police from the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ National Crime Victimization Survey. It describes the characteristics of crimes, victims, and offenders.
Part Of the BJS Bulletins Series
Abstract | PDF (Summary) | PDF (Full Report)
 
Questioning Bias: Validating A Bias Crime Victim Assessment Tool In California And New Jersey, Summary Overview (July 2018) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 29 pages, NCJ 252010. This study investigated the experiences of hate incidents, crimes and factors affecting underreporting among youth and adults in LGBT, Hispanic, Black, Muslim communities in New Jersey and Los Angeles. Based on the research findings, the Vera Institute of Justice developed an assessment tool, the Bias Crime Assessment Tool, to improve the identification of hate crime victimization, better reflect victims’ experiences, increase confidence in the reporting process, and help to record more accurate data.
Abstract | PDF
 
Social Support Can Diminish Negative Effects of Elder Abuse (December 2017) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 2 pages, NCJ 251468. This article summarizes the findings of a series of studies that have identified the critical role of social support in preventing and ameliorating the adverse effects of elder abuse. These research findings may help inform how victim service providers and allied professionals respond to victims of elder abuse.
Abstract | PDF
 
Crime Against Persons With Disabilities, 2009-2015 - Statistical Tables (July 2017) BJS, Report, 17 pages, NCJ 250632. This report presents 2009-2015 National Crime Victimization Survey estimates of nonfatal violent crime (rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault) against persons age 12 or older with disabilities. It includes crime characteristics, such as victim-offender relationship, time of crime, reporting to police, and use of victim services agencies.
Abstract | PDF (Summary) | PDF (Full Report) | TEXT
 

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Related Resources

OVC Funded Resources

Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC): Tribal Victim Assistance
This OVC TTAC resource provides information and tools to support the efforts of tribal victim advocates, prosecutors, law enforcement officers, and others to develop a victim-centered response to crime victims in tribal communities.
 
Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN)
RAINN operates a 24-hour telephone hotline (1-800-656-HOPE) and an Online Hotline for victims of sexual assault. The secure web-based hotline provides a safe, secure, and anonymous place for victims to get help online. RAINN also works to promote education and prevention of sexual assault, compiles and shares links to Legal Resources, including the State Mandatory Regulations regarding children and the elderly.
 
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ): Tribal Access Program for National Crime Information (TAP)
TAP fosters the exchange of critical data with tribal law enforcement through national crime information systems. Through TAP, tribal law enforcement agencies are better able to protect victims of domestic violence, register sex offenders, keep guns out of dangerous hands, and help locate missing people.
 
Unified Solutions Tribal Community Development Group
Unified Solutions is dedicated to partnering with American Indian/Alaska Native communities to end violent crime, heal from the effects of trauma, and promote resilience.
 
Victims of Crime Act (VOCA)-Funded Elder Abuse Programs
In August of 2016, a new VOCA Rule clarified and expanded states’ allowable uses of VOCA victim assistance funding. The rule clarifies and expands how states may expend the funding, and states are looking to support all victims, including victims of elder abuse. This OVC page highlights examples of VOCA–funded elder abuse programs and the VOCA offices that funded them.
 

Federal Resources

AgingStats.gov
The Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics (Forum) was initially established in 1986, with the goal of bringing together Federal agencies that share a common interest in improving aging-related data. The Forum has played a key role by critically evaluating existing data resources and limitations, stimulating new database development, encouraging cooperation and data sharing among Federal agencies, and preparing collaborative statistical reports.
 
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
The ADA Home Page provides access to ADA regulations and technical assistance materials in English and Spanish, including information about U.S. Department of Justice ADA settlement agreements and enforcement activities. ADA.gov centralizes key ADA information and links to Federal resources, including: access to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) ADA material; ADA Standards for Accessible Design; updates on new ADA requirements; and the ADA Information Line: 800-514-0301 (voice) 800-514-0383 (TDD/TTY).
 
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
The VA works to provide veterans the world-class benefits and services they have earned.
 
StopBullying.gov
This Web site, managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provides information about how to prevent and address bullying in schools.
 
U.S. Department of Defense: Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO)
SAPR is responsible for oversight of the Department of Defense's sexual assault policy.
 

Non-Governmental Resources

Abused Deaf Women's Advocacy Services (ADWAS)
ADWAS provides comprehensive services to deaf and deaf-blind victims/survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking.
 
FORGE
FORGE is a progressive organization whose mission is to support, educate and advocate for the rights and lives of transgender individuals and SOFFAs (Significant Others, Friends, Family, and Allies).
 
Foundation Aiding the Elderly (FATE)
FATE serves as a voice for patients and works to bring about national reforms and enforcement of the laws governing the nursing home industry and its regulatory agencies in order to assure proper care, civil rights and meaningful, dignified life for the elderly in long-term care facilities.
 
National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA)
NICOA advocates for American Indian and Alaska Native elders, striving to better the lives of the Nation's indigenous seniors through advocacy, employment training, dissemination of information, and data support.
 
Tribal Justice and Safety
The Tribal Justice and Safety Web site, is a new Department of Justice resource for American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments and communities. The goal of this resource is to provide a user-friendly, current, and comprehensive site for American Indian and Alaska Native Tribal governments to further improve the safety of their communities. It also provides information to the general public and other federal agencies to better understand the resources available for improving safety in Native American communities.
 

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Web Forum Discussions

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

On Nov 16 2016 at 2:00PM, Harlan Pruden, member of the Cree Nation and Managing Editor of TwoSpiritJournal.com, and Elton Naswood, of the Near to the Water People Clan and member of the Community Expert Advisory Council for the Indigenous HIV/AIDS Research Training , hosted a discussion on Serving Two-Spirit/LGBTQ Victims in Tribal Communities

On Jun 22 2016 at 2:00PM, Sid Jordan, J.D., consultant with the Coalition Ending Gender-Based Violence (CEGV) in King County, Washington, hosted a discussion on Integrating the Needs of LGBTQ Victims into Mainstream Victim Services

On Apr 7 2016 at 2:00PM, Kristian Hall, Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, North Carolina National Guard, and Yvonne Viel, Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, Test Wing, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, hosted a discussion on Confidentiality for Victims of Military Sexual Trauma

On Feb 24 2016 at 2:00PM, Dr. John Rich, MD, MPH, Professor and Chair of Health Management and Policy at the Drexel University School of Public Health, and Linnea Ashley, MPH, Training and Advocacy Manager at Youth ALIVE!, hosted a discussion on Inner City Posttraumatic Stress

On Jan 28 2016 at 2:00PM, Bernard Keels, Director of the University Chapel at Morgan State University, and Barry McCrary, Associate Professor in the school of law enforcement and justice administration at Western Illinois University, hosted a discussion on Challenges and Opportunities for Supporting Nontraditional Victims


FAQs

How do I report elder abuse/exploitation?
If you or someone you know is in life-threatening danger, call 911. If the danger is not immediate, ... Read More

How can I order the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) DVD, Serving Crime Victims With Disabilities, NCJ 213366?
The Serving Crime Victims With Disabilities DVD, NCJ 213366, can be ordered through the Shopping Car... Read More

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

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

When will National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) be observed in 2020?
National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) will be held on April 19–25, 2020. Sign up for... Read More

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Funding

OVC FY 2020 Developing Future Victim Specialists to Serve American Indian/Alaska Native Victims of Crime (PDF 421 kb)
Deadline: 05/26/2020
This program will develop a workforce of direct victim service providers to American Indian and Alaska Native victims in hard-to-staff positions and locations. By identifying and training prospective victim service professionals in, or from, the communities to be served, tribal and Bureau of Indian Affairs’ victim service programs will be better able to fill direct victim service positions in remote Indian Country and Alaska Native locations, and in turn ensure that victims in these locations get the services they need. OVC anticipates that it will make awards under two purpose areas (PAs): PA 1: Recruiting Interns/Residents to Serve Tribal Victims in the Continental United States and PA 2: Recruiting Interns/Residents to Serve Tribal Victims in Alaska. OVC anticipates making up to 8 awards of up to $450,000 each for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020. Apply by Tuesday, May 26, 2020.


OJP FY 2020 Enhanced Collaborative Model Task Force to Combat Human Trafficking (PDF 582 kb)
Deadline: 05/18/2020
OVC and BJA are seeking applications to develop or support multidisciplinary task forces (TFs) to combat human trafficking. This program has two purpose areas (PAs). PA 1: help TFs with critical first steps related to starting up a multidisciplinary TF. PA 2: allows TFs to compete for funding to expand their TF operations and partnerships, implement TF sustainability plans, and assist OJP in building the capacity of other TFs in the field. Each TF selected for funding will receive two separate grants: one from OVC to a victim service partner, and one from the Bureau of Justice Assistance to a state, local, or tribal law enforcement agency partner. OVC and BJA anticipate making 18 awards under PA 1 (9 TFs) of up to $1.5 million per TF and up to 10 awards under PA 2 (5 TFs) of up to $1.5 million per TF. OVC and BJA will conduct a pre-application webinar on Monday, March 30, 2020, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. e.t. Register at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by May 18, 2020.


OVC FY 2020 Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking (PDF 393 kb)
Deadline: 05/18/2020
OVC is seeking applications for states or tribes to develop, enhance, and coordinate programs and activities geared toward improving outcomes for child and youth victims of sex and labor trafficking. The overall goal of the program is to improve responses for child and youth victims of trafficking with a focus on coordination at the statewide or tribal jurisdiction level to create effective change across systems. OVC anticipates making up to four awards of up to $1.5 million each for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020. OVC will conduct a pre-application webinar Friday, April 3, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. e.t. Register at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by Monday, May 18, 2020.


OVC FY 2020 Services for Minor Victims of Labor Trafficking (PDF 444 kb)
Deadline: 05/18/2020
The purpose of this program is to develop, expand, or strengthen victim service programs for minor victims of labor trafficking, whose victimization occurred when they were under the age of 18. Organizations funded under this program will provide (directly and through partnerships) services that minor victims of labor trafficking often require to address their needs for safety, security, and healing. OVC anticipates making up to three awards of up to $666,667 each for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020. OVC will conduct a pre-application webinar on Friday, April 3, 2020, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. e.t. Register at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by Monday, May 18, 2020.


OVC FY 2020 Services for Victims of Human Trafficking (PDF 398 kb)
Deadline: 05/18/2020
The purpose of this program is to develop, expand, or strengthen victim service programs for victims of human trafficking. Apply under the following three purpose areas (PAs). PA 1: up to 10 awards of up to $350,000 each will be made to support organizations that have limited or no prior experience in serving victims of human trafficking. PA 2: up to 10 awards of up to $750,000 each will be made to victim service organizations with a demonstrated history of providing a range of services to victims of human trafficking. PA 3: up to 10 awards of up to $550,000 each will be made to victim service organizations with a demonstrated history of providing a specialized service to victims of human trafficking. OVC will conduct a pre-application webinar on April 2, 2020, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. e.t. Register at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. View changes to page 8 that OVC made after the initial release of the solicitation at www.ovc.gov/grants/pdftxt/services-for-victims-of-ht-change.pdf.


FY 2020 OVC Advancing the Use of Technology to Assist Victims of Crime (PDF 303 kb)
Deadline: 05/12/2020
Through this solicitation, OVC seeks to provide funding to organizations that demonstrate innovative strategies to create, expand, or enhance the use of technology on a national scale (or regional projects that can be replicated nationally) to improve responses, services, and access for victims of crime. OVC anticipates making up to three awards of up to $1.5 million each for a 24-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020. OVC will conduct a pre-application webinar on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. e.t. Register at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by May 12, 2020.


OVC FY 2020 Training for Law Enforcement to Improve Identification of and Response to Elder Fraud Victims (PDF 317 kb)
Deadline: 05/11/2020
The goal of this program is to provide training and technical assistance to law enforcement agencies to more effectively identify elder fraud victims, allowing law enforcement both to bring the fraudsters to justice and to connect those victims with available services. This program will support the provision of training and technical assistance to both large and small law enforcement agencies in both urban and rural communities. OVC anticipates making up to one award of up to $2 million for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020. Apply by May 11, 2020.


OVC FY 2020 Expanding SANE Services to Victims of Sexual Assault on Campus (PDF 335 kb)
Deadline: 05/07/2020
OVC is seeking applications to establish and/or expand Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) programs that will offer medical forensic care, advocacy, and other victim services to sexual assault survivors on college campuses. OVC anticipates making up to 16 awards up to $500,000 for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020. OVC will conduct a pre-application webinar on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. e.t. Register at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by May 7, 2020.


OVC FY 2020 Enhancing Services for Older Victims of Abuse and Financial Exploitation (PDF 303 kb)
Deadline: 05/05/2020
OVC is seeking applications to implement projects intended to improve outcomes, minimize additional trauma, and restore safety and security to older adult victims of abuse and financial exploitation. OVC anticipates making up to 12 awards up to $500,000. OVC expects to make awards for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020. OVC expects to make awards for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020. OVC will conduct a pre-application webinar on Thursday, March 26, 2020, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. e.t. Register at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by May 5, 2020.


OVC FY 2020 Enhancing Community Responses to America's Addiction Crisis: Serving Our Youngest Crime Victims (PDF 553 kb)
Deadline: 05/04/2020
This program will provide funding to support direct services to children and youth who are crime victims as a result of the nation's addiction crisis (Purpose Area 1); and training and technical assistance for the direct services grantees (Purpose Area 2). Applicants may apply under only one of the purpose areas. OVC anticipates making up to 25 awards under purpose area 1 of up to $700,000 each and 1 award under purpose 2 of up to $1.5 million. OVC expects to make awards for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020. View changes to pages 8 and 21 that OVC made after the initial release of the solicitation at www.ovc.gov/grants/pdftxt/fy-2020-enhancing-community-responses-to-drug-crisis-change.pdf. OVC will conduct a pre-application webinar on Monday, March 23, 2020, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. e.t. Register at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by May 4, 2020.


OVC FY 2020 Crime Victims' Rights Legal Clinics (PDF 737 kb)
Deadline: 04/27/2020
This initiative is intended to support or expand on federal, state, local, and tribal efforts to enforce crime victims’ rights. Applicants may apply under the following purpose areas: victims’ rights legal clinics that will provide the enforcement of crime victims’ rights in the criminal justice process (Purpose Area 1), and one training and technical assistance provider to provide support to the selected legal clinics (Purpose Area 2). OVC anticipates making up to eight awards under purpose area 1 and one award under purpose 2 of up to $1 million each. OVC expects to make awards for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020. OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on Monday, March 16, 2020, and a recording and transcript of this webinar are available at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by April 27, 2020.


OVC FY 2020 Law Enforcement-Based Victim Specialist Program (PDF 503 kb)
Deadline: 04/20/2020
The goal of this program is to assist state, tribal, and local law enforcement agencies in developing or enhancing victim specialist programs that connect victims and families to much-needed services. Awards will be made under four purpose areas based on the type of law enforcement agency (small, mid-size, large, or tribal). Priority will be given to applicants that: (1) address specific challenges that rural communities face, (2) serve high-poverty areas or persistent-poverty counties, or (3) offer enhancements to public safety in economically distressed communities (Qualified Opportunity Zones). OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on March 3, 2020, and a recording and transcript of this webinar are available at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by April 20, 2020.


OVC FY 2020 State Victim Liaison Project (PDF 232 kb)
Deadline: 04/09/2020
The State Victim Liaison Project will place one or more experienced crime victim liaison(s) within selected VOCA State Administrating Agencies to act as a bridge between the state and other state-based non-governmental organizations to identify gaps in victim services and improve and increase access to resources for crime victims in rural/tribal areas, older victims, and victims of violent crime. Liaisons should possess statewide networking connections for effective interaction with community leaders, allied professionals, and community stakeholders to achieve the objectives of this project. View changes to pages 1 and 13 that OVC made after the initial release of the solicitation at www.ovc.gov/grants/pdftxt/fy-2020-state-liaison-project-change.pdf. OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on February 20, 2020, and a recording and transcript of this webinar are available at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by April 9, 2020.

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