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National Crime Victims' Service Awards

Each year, OVC recognizes individuals, programs, teams, and organizations that demonstrate outstanding service in supporting victims and victim services. The award recipients are selected from public nominations in 11 categories for their vision, action, and leadership in improving the lives of victims in the aftermath of crime.

This year’s awardees were honored by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Alan Hanson, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs, and Darlene Hutchinson, OVC Director.

Learn more about the extraordinary contributions of this year’s award recipients:

Sign up for the NCVRW Mailing List to receive—

  • information about future NCVRW commemorations,
  • a complimentary copy of the 2019 NCVRW Theme Poster, and
  • email notification when the 2019 NCVRW Resource Guide is available online.

NCVRW: Maximizing the Impact of Your Campaign Webinar

View a recording on the OVC NCVRW: Maximizing the Impact of Your Campaign webinar. Learn from experts Anne Seymour, NCVRW Community Awareness Projects consultant, and Tara Ballesteros, National Center for Victims of Crime, on how to raise awareness about victims' rights and services during NCVRW and beyond.

NCVRW Creating a Vicarious Trauma-Informed Organization: Strategies for Success Webinar

View a recording of the OVC webinar on evidence-based strategies for your organization to address vicarious trauma. During the webinar, experts Dr. Beth Molnar, Northeastern University, and Karen Kalergis, Northeastern University Consultant, provided an overview of OVC’s Vicarious Trauma Toolkit and how to use the toolkit to help your organization become trauma-informed.

Community Awareness Projects: Raising Public Awareness of NCVRW

Each year, the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators, with support from OVC, provides competitive funding for NCVRW Community Awareness Projects (CAP) to local communities. These grants reimburse up to $5,000 in costs associated with conducting public awareness activities during NCVRW.

This initiative has enhanced the ability of hundreds of communities throughout the United States to raise awareness about victims' rights and services among the general public.

There are a variety of creative NCVRW awareness activities, including art exhibits and contests, blood drives, runs/walks, and community fairs that can be easily adapted to different jurisdictions.

The 2018 application period is now closed; however you may still visit the CAP website and sign up to receive an email notice when the 2019 application process begins.

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