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2013 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 2013. 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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Recognizing Excellence in the Crime Victims’ Services Field

National Crime Victims' Service Awards. Submit Your Nominations by September 4, 2013.The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) is accepting nominations for the 2014 National Crime Victims’ Service Awards.  Make your nomination today and help honor individuals, organizations, and programs for their outstanding efforts on behalf of crime victims.

Submit a nomination by Wednesday, September 4, 2013.

Bios and accomplishments of past award recipients recognized for their excellence in supporting victims and victim services.

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OVC Announces its 2013 Report to the Nation

2013 OVC Report to the Nation: Transforming Today's Vision into Tomorrow's RealityOVC has released the 2013 OVC Report to the Nation: Transforming Today’s Vision Into Tomorrow’s Reality. This report describes the progress made in Fiscal Years (FY) 2011-2012 to uphold crime victims’ rights and provide high-quality services to victims, survivors, and communities affected by violence.

Each year, OVC supports more than 4 million crime victims as they begin to reclaim their lives after victimization. The report highlights examples of OVC-supported programs that provide assistance to victims and build the capacity of service providers. Information of special interest includes—

More than 4 million crime victims served. Get the details in the 2013 OVC Report to the Nation.
  • The unique history of the Crime Victims Fund and the record-breaking deposits in FYs 2011-2012.
  • The Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services Final Report, which summarizes OVC’s strategic initiative to transform the crime victims’ field in the 21st century.
  • Data that show how funds are allocated and used to serve crime victims.
  • Summaries of innovative programs and projects.

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New Video and Online Training from the SANE-SART Resource Service

Awareness Video

Break the Silence: Sexual Assault and the SART Solution videoWith funding from OVC, the SANE-SART Resource Service released a video titled, Break the Silence: Sexual Assault and the SART Solution. The 20-minute video is designed to help in the creation a Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) and can be used to educate other potential members, management, and the community on how SARTs can provide improved response to victims of sexual assault and increased offender conviction rates. Special attention is given to benefits of SARTs in tribal and rural areas.

Online Learning Program

Through funding from OVC, the SANE-SART Resource Service’s SANE-SART Online Learning Program has expanded to include special tracks for victim advocates, law enforcement officers, and SANE-SART Online Learning Programlegal representatives beginning this September.

After completing 32 hours of self-directed online learning about adult and adolescent SANE didactic, students will attend an 8-hour webinar that will augment the information provided online and allow learners to ask questions of a subject matter expert, which will complete the training at a total of 40 hours. The webinars will also be taped and stored online for others to review at a later date.

OVC also offers online resources and information on this topic, including:

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The Latest OVC Releases Available Online

If you missed the latest announcements from OVC on the latest publication and video releases for the past quarter, visit OVC’s Latest Releases web page to find brief descriptions and easy to follow links to the publications.

Releases in the past quarter included:

OVC Builds Capacity To Serve Victims in Indian CountryOVC Builds Capacity To Serve Crime Victims in Indian Country (July 2013)
Details OVC’s discretionary funding to support victim-centered services in Indian Country.

Crime Victims Fund (June 2013)
Updated information about the Fund, established by the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA), and the various grant programs (formula and discretionary) funded using VOCA dollars.

OVC Report to the Nation 2013 (June 2013)
Highlights innovative programs and victim-centered initiatives and summarizes financial support to states and U.S. territories.

OVC News & Program Updates (June 2013)OVC News & Program Updates (June 2013) (PDF 3 mb)
This issue focuses on collaboration, sustainability, and bridging the gap between researchers and practitioners. Articles in this edition discuss—

  • OVC’s release of the Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services Final Report.
  • Web-based innovations that help victims of identity theft.
  • A co-victim’s tragic account of the shooting at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.
  • A practitioner’s guide to research partnerships.
  • Ways to leverage existing resources to expand training for sexual assault response teams and nurse examiners.
  • How to engage an organization’s board of directors.

Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services Final ReportVision 21: Transforming Victim Services Final Report (May 2013)
This Final Report provides a set of findings and broad recommendations, informed by stakeholder forums and literature reviews. Also offers ways the field can overcome the obstacles it faces and change how it meets victims' needs and addresses those who perpetrate crime.
PDF (Full Report) | PDF (Summary & Recommendations)

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Assistance to Victims of Terrorism and Mass Violence

International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program (ITVERP)Did you know that OVC supports two programs designed to assist victims of mass violence and domestic and international terrorism?

Through the Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program (AEAP), OVC manages funding designed to help local officials and providers in the United States meet the immediate short-term and emerging long-range needs of victims. For further details on who is eligible to apply for this assistance, what expenses are covered, and other information about the program, visit the AEAP Web pages.

The International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program (ITVERP) is a federal program that provides financial reimbursement for qualifying expenses to U.S. citizens and U.S. government employees who suffered direct physical or emotional injury from an act of international terrorism while outside the United States. The ITVERP Web site provides information about this program and how victims can apply.

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Online Videos and Guides Designed To Help Child Victims Recover

Through Our Eyes: Children, Violence, and Trauma

OVC offers a number of resources related to ensuring child safety and welfare including the e-only product, Through Our Eyes: Children, Violence, and Trauma. This resource includes a public awareness video and three topic-specific videos:

  • Treatments That Work.
  • The Child Advocacy Center Model.
  • Community-Based Approaches.

These videos are the first in a series of videos that will highlight major issues in child victimization and promising practices for service providers and others working with young victims.

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Featured Resource Showcase on 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 June—

  • Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services Final Report
  • Redesigned OVC TTAC Web site
  • June 15th: World Elder Abuse Day  
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Month
  • National Internet Safety Month

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News and Resources Covering Victimization Issues

OVC offers a compilation of publication releases, news, and other products from organizations and federal agencies on its Partner Message Board. Currently being showcased—

  • Blue Campaign, the Department of Homeland Security's unified voice for combating human trafficking.
  • New edition of the SAFE Protocol.
  • Videos of a Forum on Senior Identity Theft from FTC (originally webcast on May 7, 2013).
  • A Special BJS Report on Hate Crime Victimization.

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Resources Available from Child Identity Theft Forum

Identity Theft Assistance Center (ITAC). Our Purpose, Your ProtectionOn February 4, 2013, the Identity Theft Assistance Center (ITAC) hosted a forum to discuss the unique challenges surrounding child identity theft. Participants learned about the latest research, laws, consumer tools, pilot projects, and consumer education efforts on child identity theft.  If you were unable to attend the forum, you now have the opportunity to view the Webinar recording, as well as materials and information from other Forum participants, such as –

  • Fast Facts: Child Identity Theft, Financial Services Roundtable.
  • 2012 Child Identity Fraud Report Highlights, Javelin Strategy & Research.
  • Child Identity Theft Web page, TransUnion.
  • Safeguarding Your Child’s Future, Federal Trade Commission.

Visit the ITAC Web site to view the webinar and read the materials. Check back regularly for new materials, including a whitepaper on the proceedings of the ITAC Forum on Child Identity Theft.

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Now Available Online: 2013 NCVRW Resource Guide

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week—New Challenges. New Solutions.—will be observed April 21–27, 2013. 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—

    2013 NCVRW logo
  • Sample press materials.
  • Social media campaign tips.
  • Customizable camera-ready art files in color and black and white.
  • Three public service announcements.
  • Customizable public awareness posters.
  • Statistical overviews and resources.

A Spanish version of the 2013 NCVRW Guide is also available and includes camera-ready art files and customizable public awareness posters.

The Resource Guide (NCJ 239229) and Poster (PS000025) are also available to order. For more information about NCVRW, visit the NCVRW Web site.

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Year in Review: 2012 Guest Host Discussions

Read transcripts from 2012 Guest Host Sessions to re-discover the range of fascinating and nationally relevant dialogue in the crime victim services field.

September–December 2012

  1. December 2012. Christopher Grant, nationally recognized gang specialist and former Chief of Detectives for the Rapid City Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division, and Regina Sobieski, licensed social worker and certified trauma specialist, hosted a discussion on Working with Victims of Gang Violence.
  2. November 2012. Leslie A. Hagen, Department of Justice’s first National Indian Country Coordinator, hosted a discussion on Tribal Law and Order Act: Crime Victims in Indian Country.
  3. October 2012. Maureen Lowell, licensed marriage and family therapist with the OVC-funded Institute for Collaborative Response for Victims of Family at San Jose University and Dr. Linda Williams, professor of criminal justice and criminology at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, hosted a discussion on Collaborative Educational Models Benefiting Victims and Providers.
  4. September 2012. Jayne A. Hitchcock, President of WHOA and WHOA-KTD, and Hale Guyer, licensed private investigator and retired special investigator, hosted a discussion on Responding to Victims of Cyberbullying.
  5. September 2012. Kimber J. Nicoletti-Martinez, MSW, founder and Director of Multicultural Efforts to end Sexual Assault (MESA), Ana Isabel Vallejo, J.D./LL.M., Co-Director/Attorney, VIDA Legal Assistance, Inc. and Human Trafficking Academy Project Coordinator, and Laura Zárate, Founding Executive Director of Arte Sana and cofounder of ALAS hosted a discussion on Responding to Latina/o Victims of Crime.
January–August 2012

  1. Implementing Trauma-Informed Care in Victim Services Settings
  2. Implementing the Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force Model
  3. Enhancing Law Enforcement Responses to Crime Victims
  4. Understanding Violence Against Transgender Individuals
  5. Expanding Services for Crime Victims with Disabilities
  6. Addressing the Needs of Victims on Cruise Ships
  7. Analyzing the Impact of Sexual Assault Protection Orders
  1. Serving Sexual Assault Victims in Rural Communities
  2. Responding to Survivors of Clergy Abuse
  3. Making the Most of National Crime Victims' Rights Week
  4. Assisting Older Victims of Intimate Partner Sexual Violence
  5. Building Resiliency within Victim Service Organizations
  6. Intersections Between Human Trafficking and Other Vulnerable Populations
Visit Past Sessions for details on the complete list of 2012 Guest Host Sessions.

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New Directory from OVC & BJA for Anti-Human Trafficking Task Forces

New Directory from OVC & BJA for Anti-Human Trafficking Task Forces
OVC and BJA have launched a Directory of Training and Technical Assistance Resources for Anti-Human Trafficking Task Forces and Service Providers. The directory includes "distance learning," "in-person training" and "training by request" opportunities. It is an excellent resource for practitioners and task forces actively working in the field to expand and enhance their knowledge.  

New Directory from OVC  & BJA for Anti-Human Trafficking Task Forces

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