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OVC and OVC-Sponsored Publications

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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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.
Abstract | PDF
 

OJP Publications

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
 
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).
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.
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Notifying Sexual Assault Victims After Testing Evidence (January 2016) NIJ, 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.
Abstract
 
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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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 Oct 19 2016 at 2:00PM, Dana DeHart, Ph.D., Research Professor & Assistant Dean for Research at the University of South Carolina’s College of Social Work, and Angie McCown, Director, Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s Victim Services Division, hosted a discussion on Model Standards for Serving Victims and Survivors of Crime

On Sep 27 2016 at 2:00PM, Krista Flannigan, J.D., Director, Institute for Crime Victim Research & Policy at Florida State University, and Karen Thomas, President of the Connections Training Group, LLC, hosted a discussion on Serving Victims of Mass Violence

On Sep 14 2016 at 2:00PM, Donna Barry, APN, FN-CSA, DNP, has been the Director of the University Health Center at Montclair State University, and Anthony Walker, former Chief of Police for Norfolk State University, hosted a discussion on Campus Services for Victims of Sexual Assault

On Jul 20 2016 at 2:00PM, Merry O'Brien, M.S.W., the Network for Victim Recovery of DC’s Identity Theft Assistance, and Paula Pierce, J.D., former Manager of Hotline Services for Texas Legal Services Center, hosted a discussion on Serving Victims of Financial Fraud and Fraud Prevention


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

What is the federal government doing to combat human trafficking?
Although the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has long enforced criminal laws against involuntary se... Read More

How do I add my program/organization to the Online Directory of Crime Victim Services?
Visit the Get Posted section of the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Online Directory of Crime Vict... Read More

What is victim assistance?
Each year, states and territories receive Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funds to support community-bas... Read More

What is the Online Directory of Crime Victim Services?
The Online Directory of Crime Victim Services is a Web-enabled, online resource sponsored by the Off... Read More

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FY 2018 Tribal Set-Aside Training and Technical Assistance Program (PDF 232 kb)
Deadline: 07/18/2018
The primary goal of the cooperative agreement(s) awarded under the FY 2018 Tribal Set-Aside Training and Technical Assistance Program solicitation is to provide resources and training and technical assistance to Indian tribes and tribal consortia that receive grant funds from OVC through the FY18 Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Program, to enhance their response to victims of crime, their families, and the community. OVC estimates that it will make up to two awards, of up to $1.325 million each, for an estimated total of $2.65 million, for a 3-year period of performance, beginning on October 1, 2018. OVC anticipates funding organization(s) with experience providing expertise on American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) victim issues and support and training and technical assistance to AI/AN communities. Apply by July 18, 2018.


FY 2018 Enhancing Access to Services Program (PDF 298 kb)
Deadline: 07/16/2018
Many victims of crime, particularly those from limited English proficient, Deaf, and hard-of-hearing communities, may experience barriers that prevent them from accessing critical services. This program will enhance language access and direct services in affected communities and enhance the work of community-based organizations and programs working to help victims report crimes and access services they need to heal in the aftermath of crime victimization. Purpose Area (PA) 1: OVC will make up to 10 awards of up to $200,000 each to organizations for the provision of direct services to victims of crime in affected communities. PA 2: OVC will make one award of up to $600,000 to a technical assistance provider who will identify and address a broad range of TTA and resource development needs to support grantees funded under PA 1 of this solicitation. OVC will conduct a pre-application webinar on June 12, at 3:00 p.m. e.t. Register at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by July 16, 2018.


FY 2018 Vicarious Trauma Response Initiative: National Scope Training and Technical Assistance (PDF 282 kb)
Deadline: 07/16/2018
This project has two stages outlined as follows. Stage 1: Develop a program strategy and plan to directly support up to 15 project sites across the country to develop customized approaches to addressing vicarious trauma response plans that are uniquely tailored to each project site’s victim response efforts/teams. Stage 2: Establish and carry out a national-scope training and technical assistance (TTA) initiative to build upon existing evidence-based resources and expertise, and weave these resources together with in-depth and tailored technical assistance, based on the unique needs and resources in various community sites. Further, the TTA provider will develop and deliver free and accessible support and technical assistance that results in a robust, established, and sustained response to vicarious trauma. OVC expects to make one award of up to $600,000 for a 24-month period of performance, to begin on January 1, 2019, and end on December 31, 2020. Apply by July 16, 2018.


FY 2018 Enhancing Community Responses to the Opioid Crisis: Serving Our Youngest Crime Victims (PDF 291 kb)
Deadline: 07/10/2018
OVC is seeking applications to support crime victims and to enhance community-driven responses to the current opioid crisis. Under Purpose Area 1, applicants will develop and execute plans to support children and youth directly at the community or jurisdictional level. Applicants are expected to work with an OVC-designated national training and technical assistance provider to further enhance these efforts and contribute to the growing body of knowledge about these issues and underscore successful practices. Under Purpose Area 2, applicants will develop and activate plans to support the Purpose Area 1 applicants on a national scale, to equip and support the community-based programs as they develop new initiatives or enhance existing efforts. OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on June 6, 2018, and a recording of this webinar is available at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by July 10, 2018.


FY 2018 Field-Generated Innovations in Assistance to Victims of Human Trafficking (PDF 386 kb)
Deadline: 07/09/2018
OVC seeks applications to develop or enhance promising practices, models, and programs, or apply them in innovative ways, to build the capacity of victim service providers to assist victims of human trafficking in two purpose areas. Funding under Purpose Area 1 will support the identification of promising practices and the delivery of evidence-based, trauma-informed clinical, mental health, and substance abuse services within a system of care, as clinically necessary, for victims of human trafficking. Funding under Purpose Area 2 will support implementation of innovative ideas to increase the identification of victims of labor trafficking and enhance service delivery to those victims. OVC expects to make up to six awards (three per purpose area) of up to $600,000 each. OVC will conduct one pre-application webinar on June 14, 2018, from 3:00–4:00 p.m. e.t. Register at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by July 9, 2018.


FY 2018 Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking (PDF 580 kb)
Deadline: 07/09/2018
Under Category 1 of this solicitation, OVC seeks applications from state or tribal jurisdictions to identify the state or tribe’s greatest barriers to identifying and assisting child and youth victims of sex and labor trafficking and/or to investigating and prosecuting these cases, and to develop a statewide or tribal jurisdictionwide strategy to address these challenges. The applicant funded under Category 2 will provide training and technical assistance and resources to support OVC and all OVC grantees funded under the Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking program (Both those newly funded in FY 2018 under Category 1 and the six previously funded grantees). OVC expects to make up to three awards under Category 1 of up to $1.5 million with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $4.5 million. Under Category 2, OVC expects to make one award for up to $600,000. Apply by July 9, 2018.


FY 2018 Enhanced Collaborative Model Task Force to Combat Human Trafficking (PDF 457 kb)
Deadline: 07/05/2018
OVC and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) will make awards to support law enforcement and victim service provider efforts within human trafficking task forces under the following purpose areas (PAs). PA 1: Funding is intended to help task forces with critical first steps related to starting up a multidisciplinary task force. PA 2: Eligible applicants are task forces that were funded in FY 15 under PA 1 of the Enhanced Collaborative Model Task Force Program. The FY 18 PA 2 supports continued activities and planning for task force sustainability. PA 3: Eligible applicants are task forces that were funded in FY 15 under PA 2 of the Enhanced Collaborative Model Task Force Program. The FY 18 PA 3 supports funding to expand task force efforts, implement task force sustainability plans, and assist OVC/BJA in building capacity of other task forces. OVC/BJA will conduct a pre-application webinar on June 18, at 1 p.m. e.t. Register at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by July 5, 2018.


FY 2018 Field-Generated Innovations in Addressing Elder Financial Exploitation (PDF 416 kb)
Deadline: 07/05/2018
OVC seeks applications which focus on elder financial exploitation through innovative collaborations between the financial industry and others to better detect and respond to victims. These efforts should build the capacity of victim service providers and financial industry representatives to enhance fraud detection and provide trauma-informed, age-appropriate services and resources for victims. Projects proposed under this program must be built on collaborative partnerships that are national in scope to develop or enhance promising practices, models, and programs and provide enhanced or improved services for these victims. OVC expects to make up to six awards of up to $500,000 each, with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $3,000,000. OVC expects to make awards for a 24-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2018. OVC will conduct a pre-application webinar on June 13, at 1:00 p.m. e.t. Register at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by July 5, 2018.


FY 2018 Law Enforcement-Based Direct Victim Services and Technical Assistance Program (LEV Program) (PDF 339 kb)
Deadline: 07/02/2018
OVC is seeking applications in two purpose areas. Purpose Area 1 (PA 1) supports direct victim assistance service grants to state, tribal, and local law enforcement in small, mid-sized, and large jurisdictions, to hire victim service staff to develop new, or enhance existing, law enforcement-based victim service programs and partnerships in high-crime areas to improve rights and services for victims. Purpose Area 2 (PA 2) will support a technical assistance program to help build the capacity of the PA 1 sites to better serve all victims of crime. OVC expects to make up to 40 awards in PA 1 up to a total award amount of $21.51 million. OVC expects to make one estimated total award in PA 2 up to $2.25 million. OVC will conduct a pre-application webinar on June 13, at 3:00 p.m. e.t. Register at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by July 2, 2018.


FY 2018 Initiative to Enhance Crime Victims’ Rights Enforcement and Victim Access to Legal Assistance (PDF 260 kb)
Deadline: 07/02/2018
This initiative is intended to expand on federal, state, local, and tribal efforts to enforce crime victims’ rights. One managing training and technical assistance (TTA) provider will be selected under this initiative, which, in turn, will competitively select up to six subgrantee clinics. OVC expects to make one award totaling $6.9 million to the managing TTA provider for a 3-year award period, beginning on October 1, 2018. The $6.9 million will be distributed as follows: (a) approximately $900,000 for the managing TTA provider; and (b) approximately $6 million for six crime victims’ rights clinics ($1 million per site). OVC will conduct one pre-application webinar on June 14, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. e.t. Register at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by July 2, 2018.


FY 2018 Building State Technology Capacity (PDF 241 kb)
Deadline: 07/02/2018
OVC seeks ambitious yet viable proposals from Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Formula State Administrating Agencies (SAAs) or outside organizations who partner with existing SAAs to implement visionary statewide technology programs to enhance victims’ access to services, foster innovation and efficiency in the provision of services, improve the quality of services, and improve the accessibility and responsiveness of victim service organizations. OVC expects to make an unspecified number of awards of up to $750,000 with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $7 million. OVC expects to make awards for a 12–36 month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2018. OVC conducted one pre-application webinar on June 5, 2018, and a recording of this webinar is available at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by July 2, 2018.


FY 2018 Advancing Hospital-Based Victim Services (PDF 336 kb)
Deadline: 07/02/2018
In an effort to expand the use of hospitals and other medical facilities as an entry point to increase support for victims of crime, improve their outcomes, and prevent chances for repeat victimization, this solicitation will fund up to eight demonstration sites to implement or expand hospital-based/affiliated programs to support crime victims using evidence-based models and practices with victim-centered approaches (Purpose Area 1). Additionally, the solicitation will fund one applicant to provide comprehensive technical assistance (TA) to the demonstration sites and develop TA resources and tools to support this effort (Purpose Area 2). OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on June 6, 2018, and a recording of this webinar is available at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by July 2, 2018.


FY 2018 Specialized Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance (PDF 348 kb)
Deadline: 06/27/2018
Revised 6/1/18. Successful applicants for this solicitation will provide specialized training and technical assistance to service providers and court personnel in one of three purpose areas (PAs): PA 1: comprehensive legal services, PA 2: trauma-informed responses and services, and PA 3: increased identification, referrals, and assistance of human trafficking in court settings. OVC expects to make up to three awards (one per purpose area) of up to $900,000 each, with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $2.7 million. OVC expects to make awards for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2018. OVC conducted one pre-application webinar on May 31, 2018, and a recording of this webinar is available at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by June 27, 2018.


FY 2018 Specialized Services for Victims of Human Trafficking (PDF 278 kb)
Deadline: 06/27/2018
Revised 6/1/18. The purpose of this program is to enhance the quality and quantity of specialized services available to assist victims of human trafficking, as defined by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, as amended. OVC is interested in supporting programs that focus on one or more of these priority areas: 1) housing services, 2) economic and leadership empowerment and/or education services, 3) mental health services, 4) substance abuse services, and 5) legal services. OVC expects to make up to 20 awards of up to $700,000, with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $14 million. OVC expects to make awards for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2018. OVC conducted one pre-application webinar on May 31, 2018, and a recording of this webinar is available at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by June 27, 2018.


FY 2018 National Joint Training Conference for VOCA Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation Administrators (2019-2021) (PDF 565 kb)
Deadline: 06/26/2018
The successful applicant will support the 2019 and 2021 VOCA National Training Conferences and the 2020 regional training conferences for State VOCA Victim Assistance and Compensation Administrators and their staff. The conferences are intended to provide training and technical assistance and facilitate an opportunity for the presentation of state issues and practices through lectures, panels, workshops, and forums. OVC expects to make one award of up to $600,000 total ($200,000 per year), for a 3-year period of performance, beginning October 1, 2018. Apply by June 26, 2018.


FY 2018 Vision 21: Advancing the Use of Technology to Assist Victims of Crime (PDF 308 kb)
Deadline: 06/25/2018
This program will provide project funding to eligible nonprofit organizations that propose to develop, use, and strategize the use of technology in innovative ways to interact directly with crime victims and provide information, referral, crisis assistance, and longer term help. Through this solicitation, OVC seeks to support organizations which demonstrate innovative strategies to create, expand, or enhance the use of technology initiatives on a national or nationally replicable scale to improve response, services, and access for victims of crime. OVC expects to make up to 10 awards in the range of $500,000 to $2.25 million each, with an estimated total amount awarded up to $15 million. OVC expects to make awards for a 24 month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2018. Apply by June 25, 2018.


FY 2018 Comprehensive Services for Victims of All Forms of Human Trafficking (PDF 357 kb)
Deadline: 06/25/2018
Revised 6/1/18. OVC is seeking applicants to enhance the quality and quantity of services available to assist victims of human trafficking, as defined by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, as amended. Purpose Area 1 will fund victim service providers with a demonstrated history of providing comprehensive services to victims of human trafficking. Purpose Area 2 will fund victim service providers with a demonstrated history of providing comprehensive services to a sustained caseload of a large number of victims of human trafficking. Purpose Area 3 is designed to strengthen the capacity of victim service providers who have experience serving victims of human trafficking and/or related populations but who currently have a limited capacity to implement the comprehensive services model. OVC conducted one pre-application webinar on May 24, 2018 and a recording of this webinar is available at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by June 25, 2018.

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Publications

OVC and OVC-Sponsored Publications

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.
Abstract | HTML
 
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).
HTML
 
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).
HTML
 
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.
Abstract | PDF
 
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.
Abstract | PDF
 

OJP Publications

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
 
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).
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
 
Notifying Sexual Assault Victims After Testing Evidence (January 2016) NIJ, 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.
Abstract
 
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.
Abstract | PDF
 

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Related Resources

OVC Funded Resources

National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC): Cyberbullying
The National Crime Prevention Council, through funding from OVC, offers resources including fact sheets and four podcasts about general cyberbullying information, taking action in schools, creating community change, and how teens feel about cyberbullying.
 
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.
 
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.
 
The Use of Technology to Stalk: An Online Course
Produced by the Stalking Resource Center of the National Center for Victims of Crime with funding from OVC, this free self-paced, interactive online training will help increase the ability of criminal justice professionals and victim service providers to recognize how stalkers use technology and, ultimately, enhance their ability to work with victims of stalking. This course highlights: how stalkers use technologies to locate, harass, and surveil their victims; steps to assist in investigating stalking crimes; and how to support victims of stalking.
 
Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Administrators
This resource provides information and guidance to help improve the management of Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funds. OVC will also periodically post notifications, updates, and resources for state VOCA administrators.
 

Federal Resources

Corporation for National and Community Service (CNS)
The Corporation for National and Community Service provides opportunities for Americans of all ages and backgrounds to engage in service that addresses the Nation's educational, public safety, environmental, and other human needs to achieve direct and demonstrable results and to encourage all Americans to engage in such service. In doing so, the corporation will foster civic responsibility, strengthen the ties that bind us together as a people, and provide educational opportunity for those who make a substantial commitment to service.
 
CrimeSolutions.gov
CrimeSolutions.gov is a searchable online database of evidence-based programs covering a range of justice-related topics, including victim assistance programs; corrections; courts; crime prevention; substance abuse; juveniles; law enforcement; and technology and forensics. The site is a tool to understand, access and integrate scientific evidence about programs into programmatic and policy decisions.
 
Department of Defense (DoD): Safe Helpline
The Department of Defense (DoD) Safe Helpline is a confidential crisis support service for adult service members of the DoD community affected by sexual assault. Operated by the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN), the helpline provides live, one-on-one expert advice and information 24/7.
 
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA): Victim Witness Assistance Program (VWAP)
The DEA-VWAP was implemented to ensure the rights of crime victims encountered in DEA investigations are met.
 
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ): Community Relations Service (CRS)
CRS, the "peacemaker" arm of the U.S. Department of Justice for community conflicts and tensions, provides expert guidance and assistance to community officials and civic leaders to help resolve and prevent racial and ethnic conflict, violence, and civil disorders.
 

Non-Governmental Resources

Helping And Lending Outreach Support (HALOS)
HALOS's mission is to provide resources and special opportunities to abused and neglected children and their caregivers through partnerships with faith-based and other community organizations. HALOS matches community donations to the needs of foster children and children cared for in the homes of family members other than their parents. OVC produced a toolkit available at www.ovc.gov/halos which offers lessons learned and suggests strategies for establishing programs like HALOS wherever foster families and relatives need additional support for the children in their care.
 
National Helpline for Men Who Were Sexually Abused or Assaulted
Trained advocates are available 24/7 to chat with men who have experienced sexual abuse or assault or with people seeking to help a loved one. Access the one-on-one chat for services such as crisis support and information and referrals. Or join a support group facilitated by a trained counselor. This free and anonymous service is provided by 1in6, in partnership with the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN).
 
Salvation Army: Combating Human Trafficking
These pages provide highlights of The Salvation Army's efforts to eradicate human trafficking.
 
Trauma Intervention Programs Inc. (TIP)
TIP assists citizen volunteers who respond to traumatic incidents at the request of police, fire and hospital personnel to support those who are emotionally traumatized.
 
VINELink
VINELink is the online version of VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday), the National Victim Notification Network that allows crime victims to obtain timely and reliable information about criminal cases and the custody status of offenders 24 hours a day.
 

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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 Oct 19 2016 at 2:00PM, Dana DeHart, Ph.D., Research Professor & Assistant Dean for Research at the University of South Carolina’s College of Social Work, and Angie McCown, Director, Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s Victim Services Division, hosted a discussion on Model Standards for Serving Victims and Survivors of Crime

On Sep 27 2016 at 2:00PM, Krista Flannigan, J.D., Director, Institute for Crime Victim Research & Policy at Florida State University, and Karen Thomas, President of the Connections Training Group, LLC, hosted a discussion on Serving Victims of Mass Violence

On Sep 14 2016 at 2:00PM, Donna Barry, APN, FN-CSA, DNP, has been the Director of the University Health Center at Montclair State University, and Anthony Walker, former Chief of Police for Norfolk State University, hosted a discussion on Campus Services for Victims of Sexual Assault

On Jul 20 2016 at 2:00PM, Merry O'Brien, M.S.W., the Network for Victim Recovery of DC’s Identity Theft Assistance, and Paula Pierce, J.D., former Manager of Hotline Services for Texas Legal Services Center, hosted a discussion on Serving Victims of Financial Fraud and Fraud Prevention


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Funding

FY 2018 Tribal Set-Aside Training and Technical Assistance Program (PDF 232 kb)
Deadline: 07/18/2018
The primary goal of the cooperative agreement(s) awarded under the FY 2018 Tribal Set-Aside Training and Technical Assistance Program solicitation is to provide resources and training and technical assistance to Indian tribes and tribal consortia that receive grant funds from OVC through the FY18 Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Program, to enhance their response to victims of crime, their families, and the community. OVC estimates that it will make up to two awards, of up to $1.325 million each, for an estimated total of $2.65 million, for a 3-year period of performance, beginning on October 1, 2018. OVC anticipates funding organization(s) with experience providing expertise on American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) victim issues and support and training and technical assistance to AI/AN communities. Apply by July 18, 2018.


FY 2018 Enhancing Access to Services Program (PDF 298 kb)
Deadline: 07/16/2018
Many victims of crime, particularly those from limited English proficient, Deaf, and hard-of-hearing communities, may experience barriers that prevent them from accessing critical services. This program will enhance language access and direct services in affected communities and enhance the work of community-based organizations and programs working to help victims report crimes and access services they need to heal in the aftermath of crime victimization. Purpose Area (PA) 1: OVC will make up to 10 awards of up to $200,000 each to organizations for the provision of direct services to victims of crime in affected communities. PA 2: OVC will make one award of up to $600,000 to a technical assistance provider who will identify and address a broad range of TTA and resource development needs to support grantees funded under PA 1 of this solicitation. OVC will conduct a pre-application webinar on June 12, at 3:00 p.m. e.t. Register at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by July 16, 2018.


FY 2018 Vicarious Trauma Response Initiative: National Scope Training and Technical Assistance (PDF 282 kb)
Deadline: 07/16/2018
This project has two stages outlined as follows. Stage 1: Develop a program strategy and plan to directly support up to 15 project sites across the country to develop customized approaches to addressing vicarious trauma response plans that are uniquely tailored to each project site’s victim response efforts/teams. Stage 2: Establish and carry out a national-scope training and technical assistance (TTA) initiative to build upon existing evidence-based resources and expertise, and weave these resources together with in-depth and tailored technical assistance, based on the unique needs and resources in various community sites. Further, the TTA provider will develop and deliver free and accessible support and technical assistance that results in a robust, established, and sustained response to vicarious trauma. OVC expects to make one award of up to $600,000 for a 24-month period of performance, to begin on January 1, 2019, and end on December 31, 2020. Apply by July 16, 2018.


FY 2018 Enhancing Community Responses to the Opioid Crisis: Serving Our Youngest Crime Victims (PDF 291 kb)
Deadline: 07/10/2018
OVC is seeking applications to support crime victims and to enhance community-driven responses to the current opioid crisis. Under Purpose Area 1, applicants will develop and execute plans to support children and youth directly at the community or jurisdictional level. Applicants are expected to work with an OVC-designated national training and technical assistance provider to further enhance these efforts and contribute to the growing body of knowledge about these issues and underscore successful practices. Under Purpose Area 2, applicants will develop and activate plans to support the Purpose Area 1 applicants on a national scale, to equip and support the community-based programs as they develop new initiatives or enhance existing efforts. OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on June 6, 2018, and a recording of this webinar is available at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by July 10, 2018.


FY 2018 Field-Generated Innovations in Assistance to Victims of Human Trafficking (PDF 386 kb)
Deadline: 07/09/2018
OVC seeks applications to develop or enhance promising practices, models, and programs, or apply them in innovative ways, to build the capacity of victim service providers to assist victims of human trafficking in two purpose areas. Funding under Purpose Area 1 will support the identification of promising practices and the delivery of evidence-based, trauma-informed clinical, mental health, and substance abuse services within a system of care, as clinically necessary, for victims of human trafficking. Funding under Purpose Area 2 will support implementation of innovative ideas to increase the identification of victims of labor trafficking and enhance service delivery to those victims. OVC expects to make up to six awards (three per purpose area) of up to $600,000 each. OVC will conduct one pre-application webinar on June 14, 2018, from 3:00–4:00 p.m. e.t. Register at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by July 9, 2018.


FY 2018 Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking (PDF 580 kb)
Deadline: 07/09/2018
Under Category 1 of this solicitation, OVC seeks applications from state or tribal jurisdictions to identify the state or tribe’s greatest barriers to identifying and assisting child and youth victims of sex and labor trafficking and/or to investigating and prosecuting these cases, and to develop a statewide or tribal jurisdictionwide strategy to address these challenges. The applicant funded under Category 2 will provide training and technical assistance and resources to support OVC and all OVC grantees funded under the Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking program (Both those newly funded in FY 2018 under Category 1 and the six previously funded grantees). OVC expects to make up to three awards under Category 1 of up to $1.5 million with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $4.5 million. Under Category 2, OVC expects to make one award for up to $600,000. Apply by July 9, 2018.


FY 2018 Enhanced Collaborative Model Task Force to Combat Human Trafficking (PDF 457 kb)
Deadline: 07/05/2018
OVC and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) will make awards to support law enforcement and victim service provider efforts within human trafficking task forces under the following purpose areas (PAs). PA 1: Funding is intended to help task forces with critical first steps related to starting up a multidisciplinary task force. PA 2: Eligible applicants are task forces that were funded in FY 15 under PA 1 of the Enhanced Collaborative Model Task Force Program. The FY 18 PA 2 supports continued activities and planning for task force sustainability. PA 3: Eligible applicants are task forces that were funded in FY 15 under PA 2 of the Enhanced Collaborative Model Task Force Program. The FY 18 PA 3 supports funding to expand task force efforts, implement task force sustainability plans, and assist OVC/BJA in building capacity of other task forces. OVC/BJA will conduct a pre-application webinar on June 18, at 1 p.m. e.t. Register at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by July 5, 2018.


FY 2018 Field-Generated Innovations in Addressing Elder Financial Exploitation (PDF 416 kb)
Deadline: 07/05/2018
OVC seeks applications which focus on elder financial exploitation through innovative collaborations between the financial industry and others to better detect and respond to victims. These efforts should build the capacity of victim service providers and financial industry representatives to enhance fraud detection and provide trauma-informed, age-appropriate services and resources for victims. Projects proposed under this program must be built on collaborative partnerships that are national in scope to develop or enhance promising practices, models, and programs and provide enhanced or improved services for these victims. OVC expects to make up to six awards of up to $500,000 each, with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $3,000,000. OVC expects to make awards for a 24-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2018. OVC will conduct a pre-application webinar on June 13, at 1:00 p.m. e.t. Register at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by July 5, 2018.


FY 2018 Law Enforcement-Based Direct Victim Services and Technical Assistance Program (LEV Program) (PDF 339 kb)
Deadline: 07/02/2018
OVC is seeking applications in two purpose areas. Purpose Area 1 (PA 1) supports direct victim assistance service grants to state, tribal, and local law enforcement in small, mid-sized, and large jurisdictions, to hire victim service staff to develop new, or enhance existing, law enforcement-based victim service programs and partnerships in high-crime areas to improve rights and services for victims. Purpose Area 2 (PA 2) will support a technical assistance program to help build the capacity of the PA 1 sites to better serve all victims of crime. OVC expects to make up to 40 awards in PA 1 up to a total award amount of $21.51 million. OVC expects to make one estimated total award in PA 2 up to $2.25 million. OVC will conduct a pre-application webinar on June 13, at 3:00 p.m. e.t. Register at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by July 2, 2018.


FY 2018 Initiative to Enhance Crime Victims’ Rights Enforcement and Victim Access to Legal Assistance (PDF 260 kb)
Deadline: 07/02/2018
This initiative is intended to expand on federal, state, local, and tribal efforts to enforce crime victims’ rights. One managing training and technical assistance (TTA) provider will be selected under this initiative, which, in turn, will competitively select up to six subgrantee clinics. OVC expects to make one award totaling $6.9 million to the managing TTA provider for a 3-year award period, beginning on October 1, 2018. The $6.9 million will be distributed as follows: (a) approximately $900,000 for the managing TTA provider; and (b) approximately $6 million for six crime victims’ rights clinics ($1 million per site). OVC will conduct one pre-application webinar on June 14, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. e.t. Register at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by July 2, 2018.


FY 2018 Building State Technology Capacity (PDF 241 kb)
Deadline: 07/02/2018
OVC seeks ambitious yet viable proposals from Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Formula State Administrating Agencies (SAAs) or outside organizations who partner with existing SAAs to implement visionary statewide technology programs to enhance victims’ access to services, foster innovation and efficiency in the provision of services, improve the quality of services, and improve the accessibility and responsiveness of victim service organizations. OVC expects to make an unspecified number of awards of up to $750,000 with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $7 million. OVC expects to make awards for a 12–36 month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2018. OVC conducted one pre-application webinar on June 5, 2018, and a recording of this webinar is available at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by July 2, 2018.


FY 2018 Advancing Hospital-Based Victim Services (PDF 336 kb)
Deadline: 07/02/2018
In an effort to expand the use of hospitals and other medical facilities as an entry point to increase support for victims of crime, improve their outcomes, and prevent chances for repeat victimization, this solicitation will fund up to eight demonstration sites to implement or expand hospital-based/affiliated programs to support crime victims using evidence-based models and practices with victim-centered approaches (Purpose Area 1). Additionally, the solicitation will fund one applicant to provide comprehensive technical assistance (TA) to the demonstration sites and develop TA resources and tools to support this effort (Purpose Area 2). OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on June 6, 2018, and a recording of this webinar is available at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by July 2, 2018.


FY 2018 Specialized Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance (PDF 348 kb)
Deadline: 06/27/2018
Revised 6/1/18. Successful applicants for this solicitation will provide specialized training and technical assistance to service providers and court personnel in one of three purpose areas (PAs): PA 1: comprehensive legal services, PA 2: trauma-informed responses and services, and PA 3: increased identification, referrals, and assistance of human trafficking in court settings. OVC expects to make up to three awards (one per purpose area) of up to $900,000 each, with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $2.7 million. OVC expects to make awards for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2018. OVC conducted one pre-application webinar on May 31, 2018, and a recording of this webinar is available at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by June 27, 2018.


FY 2018 Specialized Services for Victims of Human Trafficking (PDF 278 kb)
Deadline: 06/27/2018
Revised 6/1/18. The purpose of this program is to enhance the quality and quantity of specialized services available to assist victims of human trafficking, as defined by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, as amended. OVC is interested in supporting programs that focus on one or more of these priority areas: 1) housing services, 2) economic and leadership empowerment and/or education services, 3) mental health services, 4) substance abuse services, and 5) legal services. OVC expects to make up to 20 awards of up to $700,000, with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $14 million. OVC expects to make awards for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2018. OVC conducted one pre-application webinar on May 31, 2018, and a recording of this webinar is available at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by June 27, 2018.


FY 2018 National Joint Training Conference for VOCA Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation Administrators (2019-2021) (PDF 565 kb)
Deadline: 06/26/2018
The successful applicant will support the 2019 and 2021 VOCA National Training Conferences and the 2020 regional training conferences for State VOCA Victim Assistance and Compensation Administrators and their staff. The conferences are intended to provide training and technical assistance and facilitate an opportunity for the presentation of state issues and practices through lectures, panels, workshops, and forums. OVC expects to make one award of up to $600,000 total ($200,000 per year), for a 3-year period of performance, beginning October 1, 2018. Apply by June 26, 2018.


FY 2018 Vision 21: Advancing the Use of Technology to Assist Victims of Crime (PDF 308 kb)
Deadline: 06/25/2018
This program will provide project funding to eligible nonprofit organizations that propose to develop, use, and strategize the use of technology in innovative ways to interact directly with crime victims and provide information, referral, crisis assistance, and longer term help. Through this solicitation, OVC seeks to support organizations which demonstrate innovative strategies to create, expand, or enhance the use of technology initiatives on a national or nationally replicable scale to improve response, services, and access for victims of crime. OVC expects to make up to 10 awards in the range of $500,000 to $2.25 million each, with an estimated total amount awarded up to $15 million. OVC expects to make awards for a 24 month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2018. Apply by June 25, 2018.


FY 2018 Comprehensive Services for Victims of All Forms of Human Trafficking (PDF 357 kb)
Deadline: 06/25/2018
Revised 6/1/18. OVC is seeking applicants to enhance the quality and quantity of services available to assist victims of human trafficking, as defined by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, as amended. Purpose Area 1 will fund victim service providers with a demonstrated history of providing comprehensive services to victims of human trafficking. Purpose Area 2 will fund victim service providers with a demonstrated history of providing comprehensive services to a sustained caseload of a large number of victims of human trafficking. Purpose Area 3 is designed to strengthen the capacity of victim service providers who have experience serving victims of human trafficking and/or related populations but who currently have a limited capacity to implement the comprehensive services model. OVC conducted one pre-application webinar on May 24, 2018 and a recording of this webinar is available at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by June 25, 2018.

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National Calendar of Crime Victim Assistance-Related Events
Upcoming Event(s)
2018 VOCA National Training Conference
Savannah, GA
08/07/2018-08/09/2018

30th Annual Crimes Against Children Conference
Dallas, TX
08/13/2018-08/16/2018

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