OVC News and Announcements
To help you stay up to date with the latest news about crime victim services and events, this section will notify you about current OVC-focused initiatives and relevant topics and events with a primary focus on best practices. You are also encouraged to check out What's New at OVC.
Use the links below to be taken to the News and Announcements Archives.
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2017 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Online Theme Poster and Color Palette
The 2017 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Theme Poster digital download and color palette are now available.
NCVRW will be commemorated April 2–8, 2017, and this year’s theme—Strength. Resilience. Justice.—reflects this vision of the future. One, in which all victims are strengthened by the response they receive, organizations are resilient in response to challenges, and communities are able to seek collective justice and healing.
Visit the NCVRW section of our website for additional information.
Join the NCVRW mailing list to receive email updates, including the release of the 2017 Resource Guide.
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OVC Releases Model Standards To Enhance Crime Victim Support
OVC is pleased to announce the release of Achieving Excellence: Model Standards for Serving Victims & Survivors of Crime, which is an update to victim assistance standards published with OVC support in 2003 by the University of South Carolina and the National Victim Assistance Standards Consortium. This important e-publication is intended to enhance victim service providers’ competency and capacity to provide ethical, high-quality responses to crime victims and to meet the demands facing the field today. It includes three sets of standards:
- The Program Standards recommend guidelines, policies, and procedures that victim-serving organizations should have in place, and identify ways of documenting and administering services.
- The Competency Standards describe general attitudes, knowledge, and skills that demonstrate professional competency in the crime victims field, and how services providers can achieve these competencies.
- The Ethical Standards identify the ethical expectations of service providers, based on core values for the field.
## 8/11/16 ##
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Get to know the Individuals and Organizations Recognized at the 2016 National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony
Attorney General Loretta Lynch honored nine individuals, programs, teams, and organizations during the April 12th National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony. Karol Mason, Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs, and Joye Frost, OVC Director, also addressed attendees at this annual event that honors extraordinary service to crime victims. If you missed the event or would like to learn more, visit:
## 4/12/16 ##
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2016 NCVRW Resource Guide is Now Available Online
OVC is pleased to announce the release of the 2016 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Guide. The Guide is an extensive online resource, providing all of the materials necessary to promote NCVRW within your community.
It provides a variety of campaign materials, including planning tips, a theme poster and video, artwork, and more. These materials can also be downloaded for use offline.
Please join OVC to help communities and victim assistance providers promote crime victim issues and services. Access the Resource Guide today.
## 2/26/16 ##
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Register to Attend the National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony
The National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony will be held April 12, 2016, in Washington, DC. During the ceremony, OVC will recognize individuals and organizations that have demonstrated outstanding service in supporting crime victims and victim services. The event is free and open to the public; however, registration is required.
- When: 2:00–3:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) on April 12, 2016
- Where: National Archives—William G. McGowan Theater
- 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.
- Washington, DC 20408
- Attendee Entrance: Constitution Avenue, between 7th and 9th Street, NW.
For more information about this event and to register, visit www.ncvrw.org by Friday, April 8, 2016.
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