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OVC and OVC-Sponsored Publications

2019 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Poster (2019) OVC, NCJ 252740.
The poster evokes this year’s NCVRW theme—Honoring Our Past. Creating Hope for the Future.—which celebrates the progress made by those before us as we look to a future of crime victim services that is even more inclusive, accessible, and trauma-informed. The poster is available for download and a customizable version is available. A limited number of color hardcopies can be ordered through the OVC Resource Center (www.ncjrs.gov).
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2019 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Poster Kit (includes Theme Poster and awareness posters) (2019) OVC, NCJ 252741.
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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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).
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2019 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Guide (March 2019) OVC, 3 pages, NCJ 252369.
The 2019 NCVRW Resource Guide provides materials to create your own public awareness campaigns to raise awareness about crime victims’ rights and the services available to victims of crime. The guide features campaign materials in both English and Spanish, including planning tips, artwork, and more.
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Law Enforcement's Role in Victim Compensation (September 2018) OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 5 pages, NCJ 252192.
This suite of training resources provides law enforcement personnel with tools to communicate information about victim compensation and other services to victims of crime. These materials include training videos and companion guides customized for first responders, investigators, and law enforcement leaders; frequently asked questions about victim compensation; customizable resources to assist your agency; and more.
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OJP Publications

Financial Support for Victims of Crime: A Quick Guide for Corrections and Community Supervision Officers (August 2018) BJA-Sponsored, Grant, 4 pages, NCJ 252127.
Corrections, probation, and parole officers can play an important role to inform victims of services, rights, and programs. This guide outlines how to provide victims of crime with information on restitution, victim compensation, and other types of financial assistance.
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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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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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Legal Issues Related to Elder Abuse: A Pocket Guide for Law Enforcement (2014) BJA-Sponsored, 58 pages, NCJ 248541.
This guide provides legal concepts, documents, and tools that may be misused to commit elder abuse or used properly to remedy it. Also presented are issues and actions that justice system professionals should consider if they suspect elder abuse has occurred.
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Evaluating Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Programs (July 2013) NIJ, Article, NIJ Journal, 4 pages, NCJ 241930.
This article discusses the efforts of Michigan State University researchers to develop a toolkit that SANE programs can use to evaluate how they affect the prosecution of sexual assault cases in their communities and explains how to implement the user-friendly toolkit. It also offers ideas for using the findings to improve practice and enhance a program's positive impact on the reporting, investigation and prosecution of sexual assault cases.

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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 Aug 12 2015 at 2:00PM, Jessica Alas, J.D., attorney with Lone Star Legal Aid in Houston, and Meg Garvin, M.A., J.D., Executive Director of the National Crime Victim Law Institute, hosted a discussion on Addressing the Legal Needs of Crime Victims

On Apr 22 2015 at 2:00PM, Teresa Huizar, Executive Director of National Children's Alliance, and Rebecca Khalil, J.D., staff attorney with the National Crime Victim Law Institute, hosted a discussion on Child Victims: Providing Effective Rights Enforcement Representation

On Aug 27 2014 at 2:00PM, Jessica Alas, attorney with Lone Star Legal Aid and Project Director for the Wraparound Victim Legal Assistance Network, and Raina Bayas, Legal Director of the Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center, hosted a discussion on Victim Legal Assistance Networks: Needs Assessment/Planning Implementation

On Mar 26 2014 at 2:00PM, Joshua Bailes, Esq., Program Manager and Referral Specialist for the National Center for Victims of Crime and the National Crime Victim Bar Associatio, and Christine Kieffer, Senior Director of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc., (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation, hosted a discussion on Helping Victims of Financial Fraud

On Jun 5 2013 at 2:00PM, Robin Parker, Executive Director of the Beyond Diversity Resource Center, and Sharon Stapel, Executive Director of the New York City Anti-Violence Project, hosted a discussion on Incorporating LGBTQ Victims’ Needs into Mainstream Victim Services


What is the difference between compensation and restitution?
Restitution is a court action that requires perpetrators to make financial payments to their victims... Read More

Do all victims have the right to present an impact statement?
The rules on victim impact statements and victims' rights can vary from state to state. Visit the Vi... Read More

How many States have a bill of rights for victims?
A listing States with a bill of rights for crime victims is available on the National Center for Vic... Read More

What rights and services are available to crime victims?
An extensive range of services and resources is available to help crime victims obtain justice and h... Read More

Aside from compensation, how can I recover financial loss due to a violent crime?
Some victims of crime file a civil suit against their offender or a third party to try to recover fi... Read More

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FY 2019 Field-Generated Solutions for Tribal & Non-Tribal Communities to Improve Services for Victims of Crime (PDF 420 kb)
Deadline: 07/26/2019
The overarching goal of this program is to support victims of crime and to bridge gaps in services to victims. Applicants may apply for one or more of the following purpose areas (PAs): PA 1: Innovative Programs to Fill Gaps in Tribal Crime Victim Services, PA 2: Innovations in Telehealth, PA 3: Improving Responses to Victims of Burglary, PA 4: Improving the Ordering & Collecting of Restitution for Victims, and PA 5: Other Innovative Programs to Fill Gaps in Crime Victim Services. OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on June 25, 2019, and a recording and transcript of this webinar are available at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by July 26, 2019.

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Publications

OVC and OVC-Sponsored Publications

2019 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Poster (2019) OVC, NCJ 252740. The poster evokes this year’s NCVRW theme—Honoring Our Past. Creating Hope for the Future.—which celebrates the progress made by those before us as we look to a future of crime victim services that is even more inclusive, accessible, and trauma-informed. The poster is available for download and a customizable version is available. A limited number of color hardcopies can be ordered through the OVC Resource Center (www.ncjrs.gov).
HTML
 
2019 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Poster Kit (includes Theme Poster and awareness posters) (2019) OVC, NCJ 252741. 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).
HTML
 
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
 
2019 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Guide (March 2019) OVC, 3 pages, NCJ 252369. The 2019 NCVRW Resource Guide provides materials to create your own public awareness campaigns to raise awareness about crime victims’ rights and the services available to victims of crime. The guide features campaign materials in both English and Spanish, including planning tips, artwork, and more.
Abstract | HTML
 
Law Enforcement's Role in Victim Compensation (September 2018) OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 5 pages, NCJ 252192. This suite of training resources provides law enforcement personnel with tools to communicate information about victim compensation and other services to victims of crime. These materials include training videos and companion guides customized for first responders, investigators, and law enforcement leaders; frequently asked questions about victim compensation; customizable resources to assist your agency; and more.
Abstract | HTML
 

OJP Publications

Financial Support for Victims of Crime: A Quick Guide for Corrections and Community Supervision Officers (August 2018) BJA-Sponsored, Grant, 4 pages, NCJ 252127. Corrections, probation, and parole officers can play an important role to inform victims of services, rights, and programs. This guide outlines how to provide victims of crime with information on restitution, victim compensation, and other types of financial assistance.
Abstract | PDF
 
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.
Abstract | PDF
 
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.
Abstract | PDF
 
Legal Issues Related to Elder Abuse: A Pocket Guide for Law Enforcement (2014) BJA-Sponsored, 58 pages, NCJ 248541. This guide provides legal concepts, documents, and tools that may be misused to commit elder abuse or used properly to remedy it. Also presented are issues and actions that justice system professionals should consider if they suspect elder abuse has occurred.
Abstract | PDF
 
Evaluating Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Programs (July 2013) NIJ, Article, NIJ Journal, 4 pages, NCJ 241930. This article discusses the efforts of Michigan State University researchers to develop a toolkit that SANE programs can use to evaluate how they affect the prosecution of sexual assault cases in their communities and explains how to implement the user-friendly toolkit. It also offers ideas for using the findings to improve practice and enhance a program's positive impact on the reporting, investigation and prosecution of sexual assault cases.
Part Of the NIJ Journal Series
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Related Resources

OVC Funded Resources

American Bar Association (ABA): Survivor Reentry Project
With support from OVC, this ABA website provides national training and technical assistance for attorneys working with survivors of human trafficking who have been convicted of a crime as a result of their victimization.
 
Center for Victim Research
The OVC-funded Center for Victim Research is a tool for victim service providers and researchers to connect and share knowledge. CVR facilitates access to victim research and data while improving the utility of research and data collection to crime victim services nationwide. CVR’s library collection offers open-access research materials, special access to research for VOCA-funded organizations, and free training.
 
National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI): Safeguarding Child-Victims' Rights Initiative
With funding from OVC, this NCVLI Program works to ensure that the rights of child-victims through education & training, litigation, and public policy.
 
Office for Victims of Crime (OVC): Human Trafficking
OVC’s human trafficking Web site contains a wide range of information including resources and research from the Federal Government, publications and products from OVC, local and national direct assistance information, and related funding opportunities for victims and survivors of human trafficking, victim service providers, law enforcement, and allied professionals.
 
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.
 

Federal Resources

Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA): Office of the Victims' Rights Ombudsman
A crime victim may file a complaint against any employee of the U.S. Department of Justice who violates or fails to provide the rights established under the Crime Victims' Rights Act of 2004, 18 U.S.C. Section 3771. The Department of Justice has established the Office of the Victims' Rights Ombudsman to receive and investigate complaints filed by crime victims against its employees, and has implemented Procedures To Promote Compliance With Crime Victims' Rights Obligations, 28 C.F.R. Section 45.10.
 
Legal Services Corporation
LSC is a private, non-profit corporation established by Congress in 1974. LSC makes grants to independent local programs across the country to provide civil legal services to Americans without considerable financial means. The TVPA granted the LSC the responsibility to extend program services to those eligible for T and U Visas.
 
National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS)
Sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs, NCJRS offers information on victimology and victim assistance, criminal justice, juvenile justice, information to support research, policy, and program development worldwide. NCJRS supplies the victim services field with resources, publications, and program information. The NCJRS library collection includes more than 30,000 resources relevant to the field.
 
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ): Antitrust Division
The mission of the Antitrust Division is to promote economic competition through enforcing and providing guidance on antitrust laws and principles.
 
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ): Elder Justice Initiative
This site serves as a resource for victims of elder abuse and financial exploitation and their families, practitioners who serve them, law enforcement agencies and prosecutors, and researchers seeking to understand and address this silent epidemic plaguing our nation's elders. Victims and family members will find information about how to report and get assistance for victims of elder abuse and financial exploitation in all 50 states and the U.S. territories.
 

Non-Governmental Resources

Clery Center
This nonprofit organization works to prevent campus violence and crimes and to assist campus victims in the enforcement of their legal rights.
 
Cyber Civil Rights Initiative
This organization provides victims of nonconsensual pornography, also known as "revenge porn", and other forms of online abuse with support and referral services. The Initiative offers a tool-free, crisis hotline for victims of these crimes. The Initiative also offers information for policymakers, attorneys, and others to help them understand and combat nonconsensual pornography.
 
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ): Domestic Violence
NCJFCJ’s Family Violence Department has researched state domestic violence laws over the past 8 years from the 50 states, District of Columbia, and most U.S. territories and has compiled them into a comprehensive statutes database.
 
National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI)
NCVLI is an educational institution dedicated to promoting a fair and balanced criminal justice system through legal education, legal scholarship, legal information resources, and legal advocacy. NCVLI’s attorney staff accomplishes this mission by filing amicus curiae (friend of the court) briefs in cases nationwide advocating for victims’ rights; providing legal technical assistance to attorneys who represent crime victims, and conducting trainings all across the country on victims’ rights for attorneys, law students and victim services providers.
 
National Women's Law Center: Military
The National Women's Law Center uses the law in all its forms by getting new laws on the books and enforced, litigating ground-breaking cases in state and federal courts, and educating the public about ways to make the law and public policies work for women and their families.
 

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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 Aug 12 2015 at 2:00PM, Jessica Alas, J.D., attorney with Lone Star Legal Aid in Houston, and Meg Garvin, M.A., J.D., Executive Director of the National Crime Victim Law Institute, hosted a discussion on Addressing the Legal Needs of Crime Victims

On Apr 22 2015 at 2:00PM, Teresa Huizar, Executive Director of National Children's Alliance, and Rebecca Khalil, J.D., staff attorney with the National Crime Victim Law Institute, hosted a discussion on Child Victims: Providing Effective Rights Enforcement Representation

On Aug 27 2014 at 2:00PM, Jessica Alas, attorney with Lone Star Legal Aid and Project Director for the Wraparound Victim Legal Assistance Network, and Raina Bayas, Legal Director of the Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center, hosted a discussion on Victim Legal Assistance Networks: Needs Assessment/Planning Implementation

On Mar 26 2014 at 2:00PM, Joshua Bailes, Esq., Program Manager and Referral Specialist for the National Center for Victims of Crime and the National Crime Victim Bar Associatio, and Christine Kieffer, Senior Director of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc., (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation, hosted a discussion on Helping Victims of Financial Fraud

On Jun 5 2013 at 2:00PM, Robin Parker, Executive Director of the Beyond Diversity Resource Center, and Sharon Stapel, Executive Director of the New York City Anti-Violence Project, hosted a discussion on Incorporating LGBTQ Victims’ Needs into Mainstream Victim Services


FAQs

What is the difference between compensation and restitution?
Restitution is a court action that requires perpetrators to make financial payments to their victims... Read More

Do all victims have the right to present an impact statement?
The rules on victim impact statements and victims' rights can vary from state to state. Visit the Vi... Read More

How many States have a bill of rights for victims?
A listing States with a bill of rights for crime victims is available on the National Center for Vic... Read More

What rights and services are available to crime victims?
An extensive range of services and resources is available to help crime victims obtain justice and h... Read More

Aside from compensation, how can I recover financial loss due to a violent crime?
Some victims of crime file a civil suit against their offender or a third party to try to recover fi... Read More

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Funding

FY 2019 Field-Generated Solutions for Tribal & Non-Tribal Communities to Improve Services for Victims of Crime (PDF 420 kb)
Deadline: 07/26/2019
The overarching goal of this program is to support victims of crime and to bridge gaps in services to victims. Applicants may apply for one or more of the following purpose areas (PAs): PA 1: Innovative Programs to Fill Gaps in Tribal Crime Victim Services, PA 2: Innovations in Telehealth, PA 3: Improving Responses to Victims of Burglary, PA 4: Improving the Ordering & Collecting of Restitution for Victims, and PA 5: Other Innovative Programs to Fill Gaps in Crime Victim Services. OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on June 25, 2019, and a recording and transcript of this webinar are available at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by July 26, 2019.

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