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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.
Abstract | HTML
 
Vision 21: Supporting Male Survivors of Violence Initiative (August 2017) OVC, Fact Sheet, 2 pages, NCJ 250946.
To help male survivors of violence, OVC partnered with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and National Institute of Justice. This fact sheet describes the Supporting Male Survivors of Violence Initiative efforts to bolster the field’s ability to provide effective, culturally appropriate, and trauma-informed services for boys and men harmed by violence and to expand services that help normalize their lives and promote their healing.
Abstract | PDF
 
Faces of Human Trafficking (January 2016) OVC, 10 pages, NCJ 248754.
This video series and resource guide raise awareness of the seriousness of human trafficking, the many forms it can takes, and the important role that everyone can play in identifying and serving victims. This new multidisciplinary resource includes nine videos with Spanish subtitles; Public Service Announcements (PSAs) in English, Spanish, Thai, Hindi, and Tagalog; a discussion guide; four fact sheets; and four posters designed for service providers and allied professionals, law enforcement, the general public, and victims/survivors.
Abstract | HTML
 
Innovative Practices for Victim Services: Report From the Field (December 2014) OVC, Bulletin, 20 pages, NCJ 248495.
This e-bulletin provides brief descriptions of the innovative practices currently used by VOCA victim assistance and compensation programs throughout the country. This online resource promotes the replication of these practices, which cover six key program areas: needs assessment, systems advocacy and coordination, compensation, underserved populations, victims’ rights and services, and technology.
Abstract | HTML
 
HALOS Strategy: Community Collaborations for Children (May 2014) OVC, OVC Training, 0 pages, NCJ 246834.
This online toolkit offers lessons learned and suggests strategies for replicating or establishing programs like the Helping and Lending Outreach Support (HALOS) program wherever foster families and relatives need additional support for the children in their care. It explains key components of program development, implementation, and sustainability; and includes sample forms and materials used by HALOS and the replicating organizations.
Abstract | HTML
Part Of the OVC Training Series
 

OJP Publications

Helping Children Exposed to Domestic Violence: Law Enforcement and Community Partnerships, Final Report (March 2001) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 148 pages, NCJ 193416.
This study was designed to identify promising strategies for helping children exposed to domestic violence by community-oriented police departments that were working with community partners.
Abstract | PDF
 

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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 May 5 2015 at 2:00PM, Cris Sullivan, Director of the Research Consortium on Gender-Based Violence and Professor of Ecological/Community Psychology at Michigan State Univers, and Keri Darling, founder and Director/Trainer of DVAS, Deaf Vermonters Advocacy Services, hosted a discussion on Build Your Own Body of Evidence-Based Knowledge

On May 15 2013 at 2:00PM, John Evans, National Training Manager for Victim Services at Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and Carl McDonald, National Law Enforcement Initiative Manager for Mothers Against Drunk Driving, hosted a discussion on Drunk Driving and Child Endangerment

On May 1 2013 at 2:00PM, Kim Clifton, Executive Director of HALOS (Helping And Lending Outreach Support), hosted a discussion on Replicating Victim Services Programs with Limited Funding

On Mar 7 2012 at 2:00PM, Steve Derene, Executive Director of the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators, and Mary Gleason Rappaport, Project Manager of 2012 NCVRW Resource Guide, and Anne Seymour, Cofounder and Senior Advisor of Justice Solutions, a nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C, hosted a discussion on Making the Most of National Crime Victims' Rights Week

On Jan 27 2012 at 2:00PM, Karen Kalergis, Associate Director of Education and Communications at the Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault at the University of Texas, and Janice Harris Lord, licensed social worker, professional counselor, and private consultant on crime victims' issues, hosted a discussion on Building Resiliency in Child Abuse Orgs


When may I submit my nomination for the National Crime Victims' Service Awards?
Nominations for the 2018 National Crime Victims' Service Awards are now closed. For more information... Read More

How can I order the National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Theme Poster?
A limited number of theme posters and resource kits (includes copies of this year's Theme Poster and... Read More

How can I order the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) DVD, Faith-Based Responses to Crime Victims, NCJ 216616?
The Faith-Based Responses to Crime Victims DVD, NCJ 216616, can be ordered through the Shopping Cart... Read More

When will National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) be observed in 2018?
National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) will be held on April 7-13, 2019 and this year’s theme i... Read More

Who is considered a mandatory reporter of child abuse, including child sexual abuse/exploitation?
Individuals typically designated as mandatory reporters of child abuse, including child sexual abuse... Read More

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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 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
 
Vision 21: Supporting Male Survivors of Violence Initiative (August 2017) OVC, Fact Sheet, 2 pages, NCJ 250946. To help male survivors of violence, OVC partnered with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and National Institute of Justice. This fact sheet describes the Supporting Male Survivors of Violence Initiative efforts to bolster the field’s ability to provide effective, culturally appropriate, and trauma-informed services for boys and men harmed by violence and to expand services that help normalize their lives and promote their healing.
Abstract | PDF
 
Faces of Human Trafficking (January 2016) OVC, 10 pages, NCJ 248754. This video series and resource guide raise awareness of the seriousness of human trafficking, the many forms it can takes, and the important role that everyone can play in identifying and serving victims. This new multidisciplinary resource includes nine videos with Spanish subtitles; Public Service Announcements (PSAs) in English, Spanish, Thai, Hindi, and Tagalog; a discussion guide; four fact sheets; and four posters designed for service providers and allied professionals, law enforcement, the general public, and victims/survivors.
Abstract | HTML
 
Innovative Practices for Victim Services: Report From the Field (December 2014) OVC, Bulletin, 20 pages, NCJ 248495. This e-bulletin provides brief descriptions of the innovative practices currently used by VOCA victim assistance and compensation programs throughout the country. This online resource promotes the replication of these practices, which cover six key program areas: needs assessment, systems advocacy and coordination, compensation, underserved populations, victims’ rights and services, and technology.
Abstract | HTML
 
HALOS Strategy: Community Collaborations for Children (May 2014) OVC, OVC Training, 0 pages, NCJ 246834. This online toolkit offers lessons learned and suggests strategies for replicating or establishing programs like the Helping and Lending Outreach Support (HALOS) program wherever foster families and relatives need additional support for the children in their care. It explains key components of program development, implementation, and sustainability; and includes sample forms and materials used by HALOS and the replicating organizations.
Abstract | HTML
Part Of the OVC Training Series
 

OJP Publications

Helping Children Exposed to Domestic Violence: Law Enforcement and Community Partnerships, Final Report (March 2001) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 148 pages, NCJ 193416. This study was designed to identify promising strategies for helping children exposed to domestic violence by community-oriented police departments that were working with community partners.
Abstract | PDF
 

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Related Resources

Federal Resources

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.
 
NCJRS: Faith-Based Resources Special Feature
NCJRS presents this compilation of faith-based resources available from Federal agencies.
 
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives
The Center provides a bridge for faith-based and community groups seeking to connect with USAID's mission by directing them to appropriate points-of-contact within the agency, offering resources to help guide them through the partnership process, and providing information about new grant opportunities.
 
U.S. Department of Education: Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives
The goal of the center is to break down existing barriers and empower faith-based and community groups, enlisting them in support of the department's mission to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence for all Americans.
 
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD): Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives
The central mission of the HUD Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives is to empower faith-based and other community organizations to apply for HUD grants. The center supplies information and training, but it does not make the decisions about which groups will be funded. Those decisions are made through procedures established by each grant program and generally involve a competitive process. No grant funding is set aside for faith-based organizations. Instead, the Faith-Based and Community Initiatives create a level playing field for faith-based and other community organizations so that they can work with the government to meet the needs of America's communities.
 

Non-Governmental Resources

Faith and Service Technical Education Network (FASTEN)
FASTEN offers informational resources and networking opportunities to faith-based practitioners, private philanthropies, and public administrators who seek to collaborate effectively to renew urban communities. An initiative of Pew Charitable Trusts, FASTEN identifies best practices and gathers and disseminates information concerning faith-based services and multisector collaboration. Resource topics include: Orientation to faith-based social services. Maintaining a positive relationship between your nonprofit and your church.
 
FaithTrust Institute
The Institute provides training and consultation to religious communities on issues of sexual abuse and domestic violence.
 
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.
 
Jewish Women International
Jewish Women International, founded in 1897 as B'nai B'rith women, honors the concept of tikkun olam—repairing the world through education, advocacy and action. Guided by a vision of a safe world for women and children, each of its antiviolence initiatives promotes the highest form of tzedakah (charity) by helping women and children become independent and help themselves.
 
Sabbath of Domestic Peace
This organization is an interdisciplinary, interfaith coalition that encourages and supports the involvement of religious leaders and congregations in the greater Philadelphia area in their efforts to prevent and reduce domestic violence by raising awareness and providing educational and resource materials.
 

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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 May 5 2015 at 2:00PM, Cris Sullivan, Director of the Research Consortium on Gender-Based Violence and Professor of Ecological/Community Psychology at Michigan State Univers, and Keri Darling, founder and Director/Trainer of DVAS, Deaf Vermonters Advocacy Services, hosted a discussion on Build Your Own Body of Evidence-Based Knowledge

On May 15 2013 at 2:00PM, John Evans, National Training Manager for Victim Services at Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and Carl McDonald, National Law Enforcement Initiative Manager for Mothers Against Drunk Driving, hosted a discussion on Drunk Driving and Child Endangerment

On May 1 2013 at 2:00PM, Kim Clifton, Executive Director of HALOS (Helping And Lending Outreach Support), hosted a discussion on Replicating Victim Services Programs with Limited Funding

On Mar 7 2012 at 2:00PM, Steve Derene, Executive Director of the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators, and Mary Gleason Rappaport, Project Manager of 2012 NCVRW Resource Guide, and Anne Seymour, Cofounder and Senior Advisor of Justice Solutions, a nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C, hosted a discussion on Making the Most of National Crime Victims' Rights Week

On Jan 27 2012 at 2:00PM, Karen Kalergis, Associate Director of Education and Communications at the Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault at the University of Texas, and Janice Harris Lord, licensed social worker, professional counselor, and private consultant on crime victims' issues, hosted a discussion on Building Resiliency in Child Abuse Orgs


FAQs

When may I submit my nomination for the National Crime Victims' Service Awards?
Nominations for the 2018 National Crime Victims' Service Awards are now closed. For more information... Read More

How can I order the National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Theme Poster?
A limited number of theme posters and resource kits (includes copies of this year's Theme Poster and... Read More

How can I order the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) DVD, Faith-Based Responses to Crime Victims, NCJ 216616?
The Faith-Based Responses to Crime Victims DVD, NCJ 216616, can be ordered through the Shopping Cart... Read More

When will National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) be observed in 2018?
National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) will be held on April 7-13, 2019 and this year’s theme i... Read More

Who is considered a mandatory reporter of child abuse, including child sexual abuse/exploitation?
Individuals typically designated as mandatory reporters of child abuse, including child sexual abuse... Read More

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Funding

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 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

Online Directory of Crime Victims Services.