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2012 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 2011. 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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New and Noteworthy Materials from OVC

OVC.gov Featured ResourcesFind the latest releases for the victim services field by visiting the Featured Resources showcase on www.ovc.gov. This monthly showcase provides short descriptions and links to publications, materials, and other online sources to assist crime victim service providers and allied professionals. Included in OVC’s September’s Featured Resources—

  • Remembering the Victims of September 11th
  • Commemorating National Campus Safety Awareness Month

Previously featured resources have included—

  • OVC Fast Facts
  • Online Training
  • Support for Shooting Victims in Oak Creek, Wisconsin
  • Support for Shooting Victims in Aurora, Colorado
  • New Products from OVC Grantees

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Now Available: Online Training for Supporting Crime Victims with Disabilities

Supporting Crime Victims With DisabilitiesSupporting Crime Victims With Disabilities is a new bilingual online training tool available in both English and Spanish that focuses on recognizing and addressing challenges faced by victims with disabilities, such as the ability to access services or communicate with advocates, so that all victims receive appropriate support and assistance.

This 3-day training is designed for victim service providers, advocates for people with disabilities, self-advocates, and allied professionals. Using case studies and small group discussions, participants will examine the prevalence of crime against people with disabilities, perceptions of the criminal justice system, tenets of the disabilities movement, and the impact of disabilities on daily life.

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Coping During Disaster Anniversaries Was Topic of Twitter Chat on August 30th

Anniversaries, holidays, and other special days can be a difficult time. These occasions can bring on memories of 9/11 including renewed feelings of sadness and distress. The 9-11 Healing and Remembrance Program joined SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline’s for a live Twitter chat on Thursday, August 30th from 3-4 p.m. ET. for a discussion related to common distress symptoms as well as helpful tips for managing anniversaries. To join the conversation, visitors had to follow the hashtag #disasterAnniv and follow the Disaster Distress Helpline’s Twitter handle (@distressline).

Among the tips and resources shared:

  1. Disaster Distress Helpline Wallet Card (PDF 1.2 mb) from SAMHSA
  2. 9/11 anniversary coping tips from the 9-11 Healing and Remembrance Program
  3. Disaster Technical Assistance Center from SAMHSA
  4. Anniversary Stress Reactions video from the American Red Cross on YouTube

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Meet the 2012 National Crime Victims’ Service Award Recipients

OVC Award Recipient GalleryDuring the April 20th National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony, the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) and Attorney General Eric Holder paid tribute to crime victims and survivors and honored individuals and organizations that have demonstrated outstanding service to crime victims. This event is coordinated annually by OVC as a prelude to National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

Visit the OVC Award Recipient Gallery to view photographs, videos, and biographies of the awardees and OVC’s Event Photo Gallery for photos of the Award Ceremony.

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Now Available: Crime Victims Fund Fact Sheet 2012

2012 edition of the Crime Victims Fund Fact SheetThe Crime Victims Fund (the Fund) is a major funding source for victim services throughout the Nation. Revenue for the Fund has always come from offenders convicted of federal crimes or gifts, donations, and bequests by private parties, not from taxpayers. The 2012 edition of the Crime Victims Fund Fact Sheet provides information about the Fund, established by the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA), and the various grant programs (formula and discretionary) funded using VOCA dollars.

State crime victim compensation program formula grants supplement state funds for reimbursing victims of violent crimes for out-of-pocket expenses that result from the crime. All states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands receive VOCA compensation grants.

Learn more about how the Fund supports victim service programs throughout the country, its primary revenue sources, and the deposits made in fiscal year 2010. The fact sheet includes figures with information on Crime Victims Fund deposits from 1985 to 2010 and a description of the Fund’s allocation process. Also available in Spanish.

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Featured Resource Showcase on OVC.gov

OVC.gov Featured ResourcesFind the latest releases and resources for the victim services field by visiting the Featured Resources showcase on www.ovc.gov. This monthly showcase provides short descriptions and links to publications, materials, and other online sources to raise awareness on crime victimization-related themes. Featured in May—

  • National Missing Children’s Day, May 25th
  • Resources for Victimization Data Analysis and Related Grants from OVC

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The 2011 Report to the Nation, Fiscal Years 2009-2010

2011 Report to the Nation, Rising to the Challenge: A New Era in Victims ServicesThis biennial report summarizes the programs, activities, and accomplishments of the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) and their impact on victims, survivors, and communities. It discusses the Crime Victims Fund—a significant resource for supporting services to victims; enduring and emerging challenges in victim services; and public awareness, education, and outreach endeavors. The Report includes videos and a wealth of charts and figures with data on victim compensation claims paid and VOCA state allocations. This is an informative document for learning how OVC helps support victim services nationwide. View the 2011 Report to the Nation, Rising to the Challenge: A New Era in Victim Services.

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Join OVC for Upcoming Guest Host Sessions

Participate in the upcoming Guest Host Sessions which offer an impressive roster of experts discussing best practices for a wide variety of victim issues.

In the coming months, the following topics* will be discussed:

  • Expanding Services for Crime Victims With Disabilities
  • Understanding Violence Against Transgender Individuals
  • Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Crime Victims
  • Implementing the Human Trafficking Task Force Model

For more information, visit the OVC Web Forum Calendar, where you can find the dates for upcoming Sessions and read about the experts. Subscribe to OVC Web Forum E-Alerts today to receive periodic messages about new session topics.

*Topics are subject to change without notice.

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OVC Releases DVD for Law Enforcement on Responding to Crime Victims’ Needs

Service, Support & Justice: Law Enforcement Response to Crime VictimsOVC is pleased to announce the release of Service, Support & Justice: Law Enforcement Response to Crime Victims. This 15-minute DVD presents the benefits, challenges, and methods of placing a high priority on crime victims’ interests and meeting their needs and of enhancing law enforcement agencies’ response to victims of crime across the Nation. Watch a preview of this DVD in using Windows Media Player (1.81 mb) or QuickTime (4.94 mb).

The DVD highlights Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Victims, a national strategy presented in a four-volume package designed by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) with funding from and in collaboration with OVC.

  1. The 21st Century Strategy document
  2. Implementation Guide
  3. Resource Toolkit
  4. Training Supplemental

To access the 4-volume strategy for Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Victims, visit www.responsetovictims.org.

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OVC Announces a Fellowship on Elder Financial Abuse and Exploitation

OVC is seeking applicants for the Victim Assistance Professional Development Fellowship Program to undertake activities related to financial fraud and abuse, with a specific focus on elder financial exploitation and the relationship between financial abuse and other types of victimization.

Financial Fraud and Abuse, OVC Victim Assistance Fellowship. Deadline May 1, 2012.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. The individual selected for the Financial Fraud and Abuse Fellowship will work onsite at OVC in Washington, D.C., and support OVC’s work assisting discretionary grantees in developing evidence-based training, technical assistance, and models for programs and practices that will build the capacity of organizations and service providers to serve victims of these crimes.

Applications must be submitted by May 1, 2012, through Grants.gov at http://www.grants.gov/. Those interested in the Fellowship Program are encouraged to read the full solicitation to ensure that you are eligible for the fellowship and that your application fulfills all of its requirements.

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Now Available Online: 2012 NCVRW Resource Guide

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week—Extending the Vision: Reaching Every Victim—will be observed April 22–28, 2012.

2012 National Crime Victims' Rights Week Resource Guide. Now Available Online.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.
  • 2012 NCVRW Theme DVD.
  • Customizable public awareness posters.
  • Statistical overviews and resources.

A Spanish version of the 2012 NCVRW Guide is also available and includes camera-ready art files and customizable public awareness posters!

The Resource Guide (NCJ 235596) and Poster (PS000024) are also available to order. For more information about NCVRW, visit the NCVRW Web site.

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Year in Review: 2011 Guest Host Discussions

Read transcripts from 2011 Guest Host Sessions to re-discover the range of fascinating and informative discussions led by experts in the crime victim services field.

September–December 2011

  1. December 2011. Deborah Lamm Weisel, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at North Carolina Central University, hosted a discussion on Responding to Victims of Property Crimes.
  2. October 2011. Rob Valente, General Counsel, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and James P. Vann, Division Counsel, Washington Field Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, hosted a discussion on Understanding Firearms Laws to Assist Domestic Violence Victims.
  3. October 2011. Russell Butler, Executive Director, Maryland Crime Victims' Resource Center, and Paula Pierce, J.D., Managing Attorney, Victims Initiative for Counseling, Advocacy, and Restoration of the Southwest (VICARS), hosted a discussion on Providing Pro Bono Services to Financial Abuse Victims.
  4. September 2011. Bette Stebbins, MSCP, CA, Senior Victim Care Advisor, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, Department of Defense, and Jennifer Wilson Marsh, Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network program manager, Department of Defense Safe Helpline, hosted a discussion on Using Online Communications to Assist Crime Victims in the Military.
January–August 2011

  1. Assisting Male Survivors of Sexual Violence
  2. Responding to Victims of Environmental Crime
  3. Integrating Evidence-Based Practices into Victim Services
  4. Addressing Sexual Violence in Detention
  5. Responding to Native LGBT/Two Spirit Community Crime Victims
  6. Using Social Media to Assist Crime Victims
  7. Responding to Missing Children in Indian Country
  1. Using Therapy Dogs to Respond to Child Victims
  2. Transforming Victim Services in the 21st Century
  3. Coordinating Public Awareness Events
  4. Applying for Funding and Managing Grants
  5. Assisting Stalking Victims Using Victim Notification
  6. Serving Child Victims of Sex Trafficking
Visit Past Sessions for details on the complete list of 2011 Guest Host Sessions.

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Guide for Serving Survivors of Homicide Victims During Cold Case Investigations

Serving Survivors of Homicide Victims During Cold Case Investigations: A Guide for Developing a Law Enforcement Protocol was produced by the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA), in partnership with Justice Solutions and the National Organization of Parents Of Murdered Children, Inc., with funding from OVC under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

The project team conducted extensive research and outreach on homicide cold cases and cold case units, during which the following six key issues were identified and subsequently addressed in the guide:

  • Definitions and Terminology
  • Staffing of Cold Case Units
  • Investigative Strategies
  • Training and Education
  • Communicating with Survivors
  • Collaborating with Other Entities

The information and recommendations outlined in the guide inform readers of the fundamental tools they need to best serve survivors of homicide victims in the most effective way. For additional information, visit the Crime Victim Services page of the NSA Web site.

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