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2010 OVC News and Announcements Archive

Here you will find information about past training sessions, NCVRW activities, and other crime victim services and awareness efforts during 2010. To view an announcement, click on its title below. To view current announcements, visit the main News and Announcements page.

Use the links below to be taken to the News and Announcements Archives.

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OVC Announces Launch of Redesigned Web Site

The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) has updated its Web site to better meet the needs of the victim services field. The site’s new look and feel, along with a reorganized site map, makes it easier to find and access information.

Visit the OVC Web site to explore these new tools:

The site also offers enhanced search functionality and access to many of OVC’s popular resources:

Let us know what you think about the new site!

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Sign Up To Stay Informed About National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

Each April since 1981, OVC has helped lead communities throughout the country in their annual observances of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) by promoting victims’ rights and honoring crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf. In 2011, NCVRW will be observed April 10–16; materials and activities will be tailored to this year’s theme, "Reshaping the Future, Honoring the Past."

Sign up by December 15, 2010, to receive announcements and updates regarding 2011 NCVRW activities. Registrants will receive—

  • A free copy of the 2011 NCVRW Resource Guide and theme poster.
  • E-mail notification when the Resource Guide is available to download from the OVC Web site.
  • Details concerning NCVRW prelude events.
  • Information about the National Crime Victims’ Service Awards.

Note: OVC is requiring all interested parties to sign up to receive a printed copy of the 2011 Resource Guide and theme poster, regardless of the manner by which you received the Resource Guide in previous years.

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New Resources for Responding to Elder Mistreatment

In an ongoing effort to raise awareness and enhance services to victims of elder mistreatment, OVC has released several new resources for victim service providers, law enforcement, community corrections staff, and other allied professionals.

    Now Available... In Their Own Words.
  • In Their Own Words: Domestic Abuse in Later Life—This DVD and companion guidebook use compelling victim accounts and interviews with victim service providers and criminal justice professionals to facilitate dialog about the major issues facing older victims, including the dynamics of abuse, barriers victims have to overcome to live free from abuse, and effective responses by service providers.

  • Now Available... Elder Abuse DVDs.Responding to Elder Abuse—These three DVDs highlight issues that judges, court personnel, law enforcement officers, and community corrections professionals need to consider when responding to victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation.

To learn more about these products and how to order them, visit www.ovc.gov.

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OVC TTAC Launches Redesigned Web Site

The OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC) has redesigned its Web site to make it faster and easier for users to find great training and technical assistance resources.

Experience one-click navigation to—

Explore the redesigned site now at www.ovcttac.gov.

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2011 NCVRW Community Awareness Projects: Call for Applications

The National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators, through a grant from OVC, is seeking proposals for innovative, collaborative projects to raise awareness of victims’ rights and services during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW), April 10–16, 2011.

Approximately 60 communities will be awarded up to $5,000 each for approved NCVRW public awareness activities through the NCVRW Community Awareness Project. Public agencies, nonprofit organizations, community-based victim service organizations, faith-based organizations, tribal organizations, and community coalitions committed to advocating for the rights and services of crime victims are among those encouraged to apply.

The application deadline for 2011 NCVRW Community Awareness Project funding is October 22, 2010.

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National Crime Victims’ Service Awards: Call for Nominations

Each year, as a prelude to National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW), OVC hosts an awards ceremony to recognize individuals and organizations that demonstrate outstanding service in supporting victims and victim services. If you know someone who goes above and beyond the call of duty to help significantly improve the lives of crime victims, OVC invites you to recognize that individual by nominating him or her for the 2011 National Crime Victims’ Service Awards.

The eight award categories are—

Visit the awards Web site for descriptions of the individual awards, submission guidelines, and instructions on how to complete the convenient online nomination form. You can also check out the biographies and accomplishments of the 2010 award recipients. The deadline for nominations is September 15, 2010.

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OVC’s National Training and Technical Assistance Needs Assessment Survey is Closing

OVC’s online National Training and Technical Assistance Needs Assessment Survey for victim service professionals will close on August 25, 2010.

Your input is vital! OVC asks that you take this unique opportunity to voice your training and technical assistance needs. Your input will provide OVC the evidence it needs to bring you current, strategic, and relevant trainings that help with the important work you do. Don't miss this opportunity to have a say in the training and technical assistance initiatives that OVC supports.

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Apply for National Victim Assistance Academy August 2010

The next National Victim Assistance Academy (NVAA) will be held August 8–13, 2010, at the Washington Marriott in Washington, D.C.

The NVAA offers three distinct tracks tailored to the needs of each participant:

Continuing Education Units will be awarded to participants who complete all of the requirements of the Foundation-Level Training, Professional Skill-Building Institute, or Leadership Institute.

A limited number of Professional Development Scholarships are available for NVAA. Visit the Professional Development Scholarship page to learn about eligibility criteria for scholarships.

For more information, visit the NVAA page.

Apply by July 16, 2010.

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Now Available from OVC: Funding for Victim Assistance Fellowships. Deadline April 27, 2010.OVC Announces Victim Assistance Fellowships

OVC is now accepting applications under the Victim Assistance Professional Development Fellowship Program. This is an opportunity for individuals to gain valuable experience working on victim assistance issues at the federal level while supporting OVC in accomplishing its mission. This competitive program will award up to $135,000 each for up to six fellowships to support OVC’s outreach activities. Fellowships specifically will address—

  • Victim assistance and compensation.
  • Tribal communities.
  • Underserved crime victims.
  • Evidence-based training and technical assistance.
  • Federal and military victim assistance.
  • Financial fraud and non-violent crime.

Applications must be submitted by April 27, 2010, through OJP’s online Grants Management System. Individuals, not organizations, are invited to apply for this program. Those applying are urged to begin the application process well in advance of the deadline.

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OVC Prepares to Commemorate NCVRW 2010

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) is held each April to honor crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf. Prior to the national commemoration held April 18-24, 2010, OVC will host two prelude events in the Nation’s Capital.

The National Observance and Candlelight Ceremony will be held Thursday, April 15, 2010, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. (e.t.), at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to commemorate NCVRW and pay tribute to crime victims and survivors. The featured speaker will be William Kellibrew, a victim advocate and President of the William Kellibrew Foundation, a nonprofit resource for individuals and organizations committed to breaking the cycle of violence and poverty.

On Friday, April 16, 2010, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. (e.t.), individuals and organizations that have demonstrated outstanding service for victims will be honored at the National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony. A reception will be held immediately following the ceremony.

Registration is required for both events; space is limited. For more information about this year’s prelude events, visit www.ovc.gov/ncvrw.

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2010 NCVRW Resource GuideNow Available Online: 2010 NCVRW Resource Guide

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week—Crime Victims’ Rights: Fairness. Dignity. Respect.—will be observed April 18–24, 2010.

To assist you with your planning for the week, OVC has released its annual NCVRW Resource Guide, developed to help communities and victim assistance providers promote awareness of crime victim issues and observe NCVRW.

The kit includes—

  • Sample press materials.
  • Customizable camera-ready art files in color and black and white.
  • 2010 NCVRW Theme DVD and public service announcements for TV and radio.
  • Customizable public awareness posters in English and Spanish.
  • Statistical overviews and resources.
  • And more!

For more information about 2010 NCVRW, visit www.ovc.gov/ncvrw.

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BJS Revamps Its Web Site

The Bureau of Justice Statistics redesigned its Web site to provide not just a new look and feel, but to make it easier to find information. Realizing that people search for information in different ways, BJS now organizes its content by topic, information type, and data collection and enhanced its search tools to provide more precise results. You can conduct searches via keyword, information type, and topic or use the site map or index to get a bird's eye view.

Other new features include prominent placement of new products and announcements on the homepage, RSS feeds, and tutorials to help you become familiar with the site and its features.

One of eight topical sections included on the site, the Victims section allows you to drill down by subtopic to find data and research on—

  • Victim characteristics (age, race/ethnicity, gender).
  • Crime characteristics and trends (violent crime, property crime).
  • Victims and offenders (stranger and nonstranger crime, demographics, alcohol or drug use by offenders).
  • The crime event (weapon use, violent crime, age, race/ethnicity, gender).
  • Reporting crimes to the police.
  • Special topics (intimate partner violence, identity theft, stalking, school crime).

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OVC Announces 2010 Training Workshops

OVC is pleased to offer specialized training workshops to enhance your capacity to better serve crime victims. The 2010 training schedule features popular established workshops such as Compassion Fatigue/Vicarious Trauma (April 7–8, 2010) and The Ultimate Trainer (August 17–19, 2010), as well as new workshops on Fundraising and Grant Writing (May 18–19, 2010) and Working with Victims with Disabilities (October 5–7, 2010).

Class size is limited to ensure an interactive learning environment so workshops are expected to fill quickly. Don't miss this excellent opportunity to build your practical technical skills and knowledge of victim service issues!

Visit the OVC Training Schedule to learn more about each of the workshops offered in 2010, register and pay online, read instructor biographies, or download the OVC Training Schedule Registration Form to enroll by mail.

OVC Professional Development Scholarships are available for training workshops. View the eligibility criteria for scholarship applications.

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Year in Review: 2009 Guest Host Discussions

Look back at 2009 to re-discover the range of fascinating and informative discussions led by experts in the crime victim services field during OVC’s Guest Host Sessions series.

October–December 2009

  1. December 2009. Examining Correlations Between Substance Abuse and Victimization
    Hosted by Steven D. Walker, Ph.D., Associate Dean of the College of Social Sciences at California State University Fresno and licensed clinical psychologist.
  2. November 2009. Working With Victims of Gang Violence
    Co-hosted by Jeffrey Bergman, a detective in the Fairfax County (Virginia) Police Department’s Youth Services Division Gang Unit, and Pamela Kelly, a victim advocate in the Fairfax County Police Department’s Victim Service Section.
  3. November 2009. Serving Elder Abuse Victims in Indian Country
    Hosted by Melissa Riley, manager of Unified Solutions’ Counseling and Faith-Based Services for Crime Victims in Indian Country Training and Technical Assistance Project.
  4. October 2009. Helping Children Exposed to Domestic Violence
    Co-hosted by Sherry Hamby, Ph.D., coauthor of the Juvenile Victimization Questionnaire, and Miriam Berkman, J.D., M.S.W., coordinator of the Child Development-Community Policing Program’s Domestic Violence Intervention Project.
January–September 2009

  1. Sustainability of Victim Assistance Programs
  2. Providing Campus Crime Awareness
  3. Responding to Homeless Victims of Sexual Assault
  4. Addressing Sexual Violence Against Individuals With Disabilities
  5. Providing Services for Child Identity Theft Victims
  6. Working with LGBTIQ Survivors of Violence
  7. Responding to People Victimized by Individuals With Mental Illnesses
  1. Forensic Interviewing in Tribal Communities
  2. Strengthening Sexual Assault Victims’ Right to Privacy
  3. Providing Services to Victims of Bullying
  4. Safety Planning for Teen Victims of Dating Violence
  5. Assisting Victims of Labor Trafficking
  6. Addressing Technology and Stalking

Visit Past Sessions for details on the complete list of 2009 Guest Host Sessions.

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