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2016 Victim Needs Assessment (2017)
OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 139 pages, NCJ 250718.
This study provides an initial benchmark reading on the proportion of people in Illinois who are affected by violent crime and what needs result from their victimization. This research also explores how victims’ needs are met by victim services providers in Illinois and where gaps in service delivery currently exist.
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2017 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Poster (2017)
OVC, PS000031P.
The poster is available for download in color or black and white and a customizable version is available. A limited number of color hardcopies can be ordered through the OVC Resource Center (www.ncjrs.gov).
PDF (11x17 Color, Customizable) | PDF (22x28 Color) | PDF (11x17 B&W, Customizable)
2017 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Guide (February 2017)
OVC, NCJ 250175.
The 2017 NCVRW Resource Guide, released ahead of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 2 to 8, highlights this year’s theme, Strength. Resilience. Justice. The guide provides all of the materials necessary to promote public awareness campaigns for NCVRW and throughout the year.
Abstract | HTML (English) | HTML (Spanish)
2017 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Kit (includes Theme Poster, awareness posters, and stickers) (2017)
OVC, PS000031.
The 2017 NCVRW Resource Kit contains this year's theme poster, awareness posters, and stickers. A limited number of hardcopies can be ordered through the OVC Resource Center (www.ncjrs.gov).
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2017 OVC Report to the Nation: Fiscal Years 2015-2016 Reaching Victims Everywhere (June 2017)
OVC, Report, OVC Fact Sheets, 2 pages, NCJ 250634.
This biennial report summarizes the programs, activities, and accomplishments of OVC in fiscal years 2015-2016 and their impact on victims, survivors, and communities. The report provides an overview of how OVC administers the Crime Victims Fund—a significant resource for supporting services to victims. Learn how OVC is working to build a body of evidence-based knowledge for the crime victims field, and the ways in which OVC is seeking to increase the capacity of the field and reach unserved and underserved victims.
Abstract | PDF (Fast Facts Fact Sheet) | HTML (Full Report)
Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences/Trauma) Pediatric Healthcare Toolkit (2017)
OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 48 pages, NCJ 251026.
When children are repeatedly exposed to trauma without any form of protective relationships, their bodies react by producing an overload of stress hormones. This stress response is called toxic stress, and it causes serious, lasting developmental and physical harm. Through screening and referrals for ACEs, healthcare teams can help determine resources to promote healthy development.
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Achieving Excellence: Model Standards for Serving Victims and Survivors of Crime (August 2016)
OVC, 1 pages, NCJ 250080.
This e-publication provides guidelines and recommendations to help victim service providers and program administrators improve the quality and consistency of their response to crime victims. It includes program standards for guidelines, policies, and procedures that victim-serving organizations should have in place; competency standards for providers’ general attitudes, knowledge, and skills; and ethical standards for addressing a range of issues that may occur during daily service provision.
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Alcohol-Facilitated Sexual Assault in Indian Country (December 2016)
OVC, OVC Videos, 3 pages, NCJ 250235.
This four-video series is designed for criminal justice personnel, victim advocates, and allied professionals who work with victims of sexual assault in Indian Country. The videos in this series seek to increase awareness about the prevalence of alcohol-facilitated sexual violence, enhance the investigation and prosecution of sexual violence, and provide best practices for responding to victims
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Part Of the OVC Videos Series
Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program: Responding to Victims of Terrorism and Mass Violence Crimes (July 2007)
OVC, BC000744.
This brochure describes the OVC Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program, which provides federal funds to support crisis response, consequence management, criminal justice support, crime victim compensation, and training and technical assistance during crisis aftermath.
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Attorney General Guidelines for Victim and Witness Assistance 2011 Edition (Revised May 2012) (May 2012)
OVC, 66 pages, NCJ 235121.
These guidelines establish policy and provide guidance to be followed by U.S. Department of Justice personnel in their interactions with crime victims and witnesses. Effective October 1, 2011, these guidelines clarified DOJ's responsibilities to provide mandated rights and services enumerated in the Crime Victims’ Rights Act (CVRA) and the Victims' Rights and Restitution Act (VRRA) as well as other statutory requirements. Furthermore, the guidelines examine the unique requirements of vulnerable victims, including a recent update in May 2012 that addresses the scope of the federal child abuse reporting requirement under section 13031 of the Victims of Child Abuse Act of 1990, 42 U.S.C. § 13031.
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Breaking the Cycle of Violence: Recommendations to Improve the Criminal Justice System Response to Child Victims and Witnesses (June 1999)
OVC, OVC Others, 32 pages, NCJ 176983.
This monograph describes the best practices and programs that focus on the most effective response to child victims and child witnesses by all those who work in our criminal justice system.
Abstract | PDF | HTML | TEXT
Part Of the OVC Others Series
Building a State Victim Assistance Academy-Vermont's Experience (April 2008)
OVC, 2 pages, NCJ 221684.
This online bulletin describes Vermont's experience in developing a State Victim Assistance Academy, providing information about useful strategies for designing, pilot testing, and implementing the academy.
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Building Victim Assistance Networks With Faith Communities: Lessons Learned by the Vermont Victim Services 2000 Project (April 2007)
OVC, 21 pages, NCJ 215201.
This e-publication provides information to victim service providers seeking to engage faith communities in serving crime victims. The publication focuses on lessons learned from the Faith Community Initiative developed through the OVC-funded Vermont Victim Services 2000 demonstration project, a model resource network for providing services to crime victims tailored to the needs of the community. It also discusses issues unique to faith-based victim assistance, and other initiatives that involve collaboration between the victim service and faith communities.
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Children at Clandestine Methamphetamine Labs: Helping Meth's Youngest Victims (June 2003)
OVC, Bulletin, 12 pages, NCJ 197590.
This bulletin describes the health and safety risks faced by children who live at or visit clandestine methamphetamine labs. Measures are suggested to respond to children’s mental and physical health issues when law enforcement officers seize meth labs. The experiences of several states that use multidisciplinary teams are offered as examples of promising interventions and the importance of collaboration among federal, state, and local agencies to ensure the care and protection of these children is emphasized.
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Children Exposed to Violence: Criminal Justice Resources (1999)
OVC, Fact Sheet, OVC Others, 12 pages, NCJ 176984.
This bulletin is a companion piece to the OVC monograph "Breaking the Cycle of Violence: Recommendations to Improve the Criminal Justice Response to Child Victims and Witnesses". It provides information about the resources, tools, and services available to improve our individual and collective response to children who face crime and violence in their lives.
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Part Of the OVC Others Series
Children's Justice Act Partnerships for Indian Communities (June 2008)
OVC, OVC Fact Sheets, FS 000314.
Since 1989, OVC's Children's Justice Act grant program has provided funds and technical assistance to help AI/AN communities to better handle serious child abuse cases from disclosure and investigation through prosecution and case resolution. This fact sheet discusses activities funded through CJA, eligibility, and supportive training and technical assistance for grantees.
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Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
Circle of Healing for Native Children Endangered by Drugs (December 2014)
OVC, 0 pages, NCJ 248443.
This seven-video series and companion resource guide feature Native programs and practices that incorporate cultural stories and traditions to help children, families, and communities in Indian Country to heal from substance abuse-related trauma.
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The Civil Legal Needs of Victims of Crime in New York State: An Assessment of the Issues, Services, and Challenges in Meeting the Civil Legal Needs of Victims (2017)
OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 64 pages, NCJ 251212.
In order to understand how to meet the civil legal needs of crime victims in New York State, this needs and systems assessment seeks to identify existing gaps in civil legal services.
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Community Outreach Through Police in Schools (August 2003)
OVC, Bulletin, 4 pages, NCJ 197038.
This bulletin describes a collaborative effort between child development and community policing practitioners to help children cope with the effects of violence. The school-based intervention program combines the experience of police officers and mental health professionals to minimize the emotional and psychological effects of violence on middle school students.
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Compensation for Crime Victims (2002)
OVC-Sponsored, 5 pages, NCJ 251373.
This brochure provides victims of crime with information about state victim compensation programs. It includes details about eligibility requirements, expenses that compensation programs generally cover, and information on how to apply for compensation.
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Compensation Protocol: A Guide to Responding to Mass Casualty Incidents (October 2004)
OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 259 pages, NCJ 212431.
This manual provides managers and staff of crime victim compensation programs with a mass casualty protocol that reflects practices and lessons learned from those who have responded to mass casualty events.
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Consumer Rights Screening Tool for Domestic Violence Advocates and Lawyers (2011)
OVC-Sponsored, Bulletin, 20 pages, NCJ 236432.
Professionals who serve domestic violence survivors must understand the consumer law problems survivors face. This screening tool provides an overview of consumer issues survivors face and discusses how to identify these issues in the course of one's client work.
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Coping After Terrorism for Survivors (2009)
OVC-Sponsored, 8 pages, NCJ 234279.
Everyone responds differently to trauma. The information in this handbook is intended to help victims understand reactions to an act of terrorism or mass violence.
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Coping With the Holidays After the Death of a Loved One or When You Are a Victim/Crime Survivor (November 2005)
OVC, 5 pages, NCJ 212166.
Anticipation of a holiday without a friend or family member can be harder than the actual holiday itself. This Web page resource has suggestions from survivors for getting through the holidays.
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Crime Victim Compensation Program Initiative Fact Sheet (July 2016)
OVC, OVC Fact Sheets, 3 pages, NCJ 249924.
The Crime Victim Compensation Program Initiative was instituted to further the Department of Justice's mission to provide crime victims with the services they need to recover from their victimization. In Fiscal Year 2013, OVC awarded funds to the Iowa, California, and Vermont state crime victim compensation programs to help them develop or enhance innovative strategies to increase their program's efficiency, responsiveness, and accessibility for crime victims. This fact sheet highlights the work that these three programs implemented which other state programs can use as a model for replication.
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Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
Crime Victims Fund (June 2013)
OVC, Fact Sheet, OVC Fact Sheets, FS 000391.
The Crime Victims Fund is a major funding source for victim services throughout the Nation. This 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.
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Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
Delivering the News With Compassion: The GRIEV_ING Death Notification Protocol (2005)
OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 51 pages, NCJ 251108.
Notifying a family about a loved one's death is the most difficult, emotionally laden communication that physicians must perform. This training resource is designed to provide emergency physician educators with a practical intervention proven to enhance resident death notification skills.
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Developing an Elder Abuse Case Review Multidisciplinary Team in Your Community (May 2017)
OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 4 pages, NCJ 250736.
This resource facilitates the development and growth of multidisciplinary teams to address elder abuse cases. It also provides information about team structures and functions, along with common issues that arise with developing a case review team.
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Developing and Implementing a Response to Sexual Assault in Tribal Communities: A Summary of the Suggestions from the National Roundtable Discussion on Sexual Assault in Indian Country (April 2017)
OVC, 39 pages, NCJ 250873.
This publication is a product of an OVC, Indian Health Service, and Office on Violence Against Women event in July 2016. The publication offers practical guidance to tribal governments who are interested in developing or enhancing their community’s response to sexual violence.
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Eight Benefits of NIBRS to Victim Service Providers (November 2014)
OVC, Bulletin, 0 pages, NCJ 248480.
This e-bulletin describes how victim service providers can use National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS)–a system for recording crimes known to the police–to gain a better understanding of specific types of victimization, determine disparities between victims known to law enforcement and those receiving victim services, and identify underserved groups of crime victims. Data presented from the 15 states which currently report to NIBRS can assist victim service providers to identify patterns of crime and victimization that can justify the need for additional resources and guide decisions on optimal resource development.
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Elder Abuse Fatality Review Teams: A Replication Manual (June 2005)
OVC-Sponsored, 201 pages, NCJ 210901.
Developed by the American Bar Association and funded by OVC, this publication provides guidance to communities interested in establishing similar teams. Elder abuse fatality review teams review deaths caused by or related to elder abuse and can improve the response of community agencies to elder abuse victims. This document is available electronically from ABA's Commission on Law and Aging (http://www.americanbar.org/groups/law_aging.html).
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Enhancing the Legal Profession's Response to Victims of Child Abuse (2009)
OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 14 pages, NCJ 245034.
After reviewing the American Bar Association’s general recommendations for the rights and needs of child victims in legal processing of their cases, this article focuses on child sexual abuse victims and the improvement of legal professionals’ interaction with these victims.
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Ethics in Victim Services (April 2009)
OVC-Sponsored, 156 pages, NCJ 210178.
No issue is more complex—or important—than the ethical considerations related to serving victims of crime. Ethics in Victim Services, an OVC online training curriculum, provides information related to values and responses to victims; ethics and standards in victim services; and ethical decision-making. Downloadable materials include Instructor and Participant Manuals, PowerPoint slides and vignettes, and a customizable agenda.
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Existe Ayuda: Help Exists Toolkit (May 2011)
OVC, Electronic Document, 0 pages, NCJ 234271.
This toolkit includes replicable Spanish-language tools and resources to help improve the cultural competence of service providers and the accessibility of services for Spanish-speaking victims of sexual violence. Resources include the following: glossaries-Spanish terms related to sexual assault and trafficking; presentations-PowerPoint slides used in presentations to promotoras (community health workers) and victim advocates; and tools-a pocket card, handout, factsheets, and scripts for public service announcements and outgoing answering machine messages.
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Existe Ayuda: Victims' Rights Pocket Card (May 2011)
OVC, Fact Sheet, 2 pages, NCJ 234272.
The purpose of this resource is to promote awareness of sexual assault victims' rights; including the right to services regardless of race, economic status, language preference, or residency status.
Abstract | PDF | HTML | HTML (English Translation)
Expanding Services To Reach Victims of Identity Theft and Financial Fraud (October 2010)
OVC, Electronic Document, 15 pages, NCJ 230590.
Identity theft and financial fraud are increasingly common crimes, but few resources exist to prepare victim service providers to help victims of these crimes. This e-publication showcases the efforts of four OVC grantees to expand the reach of their services to victims of identity theft and fraud. The publication includes a number of practical tools for developing an intake process and case handling protocols; training staff, pro bono attorneys, law enforcement, and other professionals; and staging an effective public awareness outreach campaign. In addition, each of the grantees offer many self-help materials to enable victims to become better self-advocates.
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Faces of Human Trafficking (January 2016)
OVC, 10 pages, NCJ 248754.
This video series and resource guide raise awareness of the seriousness of human trafficking, the many forms it can takes, and the important role that everyone can play in identifying and serving victims. This new multidisciplinary resource includes nine videos with Spanish subtitles; Public Service Announcements (PSAs) in English, Spanish, Thai, Hindi, and Tagalog; a discussion guide; four fact sheets; and four posters designed for service providers and allied professionals, law enforcement, the general public, and victims/survivors.
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Faith-Based Responses to Crime Victims (DVD) (April 2008)
OVC, OVC Videos, 0 pages, NCJ 216616.
This 30-minute DVD provides the faith community and the victim services field with examples of successful partnerships that are making a difference in victims' lives throughout the Nation. These promising practices are intended to inspire the two communities to collaborate effectively to expand their victim service networks.
Abstract | Video (WMV Video Clip) | Video (QuickTime Video Clip)
Part Of the OVC Videos Series
Family Violence: An Intervention Model for Dental Professionals (December 2004)
OVC, Bulletin, OVC Others, 11 pages, NCJ 204004.
Because most domestic violence injuries are to the head and neck, dentists are in a unique position to identify victims. This bulletin describes a training model that teaches dental professionals how to recognize symptoms and patterns of abuse, create a safe environment for disclosure, intervene appropriately when abuse is suspected, refer patients to appropriate services, and file mandatory reports.
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Part Of the OVC Others Series
Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States 2013-2017 (January 2014)
OVC, 84 pages, NCJ 244569.
This report was developed by the Departments of Justice, Health and Human Services, and Homeland Security, in partnership with the member agencies of the President's Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons and other federal agencies. The plan discusses goals and objectives and the actions that federal agencies will take to ensure that all victims of human trafficking in the U.S. are identified and have access to the services they need to recover.
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Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States: Fiscal Year 2015 Status Report (November 2016)
OVC-Sponsored, 84 pages, NCJ 250414.
This status report identifies progress made by federal agencies during fiscal years 2015 to address the goals, objectives, and the actions identified in the Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States, 2013–2017 to ensure that all victims of human trafficking in the U.S. are identified and have access to the services they need to recover.
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Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States: Fiscal Year 2016 Status Report (August 2017)
OVC, 75 pages, NCJ 250643.
This status report identifies progress made by federal agencies during fiscal year 2016 to address the goals, objectives, and the actions identified in the Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States, 2013–2017 to ensure that all victims of human trafficking in the U.S. are identified and have access to the services they need to recover.
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Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States: Fiscal Years 2013-2014 Status Report (July 2015)
OVC, Report, 64 pages, NCJ 248967.
This status report identifies progress made by federal agencies during fiscal years 2013-2014 to address the goals, objectives, and the actions identified in the Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States, 2013–2017 to ensure that all victims of human trafficking in the U.S. are identified and have access to the services they need to recover.
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Final Report of the President's Task Force on Victims of Crime (December 1982)
OVC, 148 pages, NCJ 087299.
President Ronald Reagan created the President's Task Force on Victims of Crime in 1982 to address the needs of the millions of Americans and their families who are victimized by crime every year. In creating its report, the task force reviewed the available literature on criminal victimization, interviewed professionals responsible for serving victims, and spoke with citizens from around the country whose lives have been altered by crime.
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First Response to Victims of Crime (DVD) (April 2008)
OVC, OVC Videos, 0 pages, NCJ 211619.
This educational multimedia package, produced by the National Sheriffs' Association, looks at the impact of crime on victims and describes steps that law enforcement can take, as first responders, to meet victims' needs. Among the types of victimizations covered are sexual assault, drunk driving, homicide, human trafficking, and mass casualties. The special needs of older victims, child victims, immigrants, and victims with disabilities are addressed as well. This 30-minute video is available in VHS (NCJ 211618). A companion guidebook (NCJ 217272) is also available.
Abstract | HTML | Video (WMV Video Clip) | Video (QuickTime Video Clip)
Part Of the OVC Videos Series
First Response to Victims of Crime: A Guidebook for Law Enforcement Officers (July 2010)
OVC, OVC Training Guidebooks, 98 pages, NCJ 231171.
This educational multimedia package, produced by the National Sheriffs' Association, looks at the impact of crime on victims and describes steps that law enforcement can take, as first responders, to meet victims' needs. Among the types of victimizations covered are sexual assault, drunk driving, homicide, human trafficking, and mass casualties. The special needs of older victims, child victims, immigrants, and victims with disabilities are addressed as well.
Abstract | PDF
Part Of the OVC Training Guidebooks Series
Gaining Insight Taking Action Basic Skills for Serving Victims DVD and Companion Guidebook (April 2011)
OVC, OVC Videos, 89 pages, NCJ 232780.
This 55-minute DVD comprises three videos and guidebooks: Listen to My Story: Communicating With Victims of Crime; Meeting the Needs of Underserved Victims; and Substance Abuse and Victimization. It is a valuable training tool for service providers, criminal and juvenile justice professionals, mental health providers, legal advocates, and other audiences who want to better understand how to communicate effectively with crime victims, the challenges faced by underserved victim populations, and the relationship between substance abuse and victimization. A discussion guide accompanies this DVD.
Abstract | PDF (Guidebook) | HTML (Listen to My Story: WMV) | HTML (Listen to My Story: Quicktime) | HTML (Underserved Victims: WMV) | HTML (Underserved Victims: Quicktime) | HTML (Substance Abuse: WMV) | HTML (Substance Abuse: Quicktime)
Part Of the OVC Videos Series
Good Samaritans: Volunteers Helping Victims Program Handbook and Training Guide (April 2009)
OVC, 61 pages, NCJ 225703.
This online guide is designed for prosecutors, law enforcement agencies, community groups, and faith-based organizations interested in using volunteers to expand their outreach to crime victims. A product of the Good Samaritans program in Mobile, Alabama, it provides guidance for replicating the program in other communities, as Mobile has done, and training volunteers to provide emergency services to victims including home repair, compassionate support, and referrals to other services.
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Guide for Journalists Who Report on Crime and Crime Victims (September 2009)
OVC-Sponsored, 66 pages, NCJ 236257.
This guide is designed to advise and assist journalists who seek to cover crime and victimization in a way that is sensitive to crime victims, yet still allows them to fulfill their role and responsibilities to the public as reporters.
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A Guide to the Role of Crime Victims in Mental Health Courts (June 2008)
OVC-Sponsored, 60 pages, NCJ 223344.
This guide, intended primarily for stakeholders involved in either planning or operating mental health courts, highlights the potential role of crime victims in mental health courts, as it addresses the challenges court teams face in attempting to involve victims of crimes committed by individuals with mental illnesses.
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Criminal Victimization, 2016 (December 2017)
BJS, Bulletin, BJS Bulletins, 1 pages, NCJ 251150.
This report presents national data on criminal victimization reported and not reported to police in 2016, including the characteristics of crimes and victims and outcomes of victimization. The report examines violent crimes (rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault) and property crimes (household burglary, motor vehicle theft, and theft). It also includes data on domestic violence, intimate partner violence, injury to victims, and weapon use.
Abstract | PDF (Summary) | PDF (Full Report)
Part Of the BJS Bulletins Series
Race and Hispanic Origin of Victims and Offenders, 2012-15 (October 2017)
BJS, Report, BJS Special Reports, 21 pages, NCJ 250747.
This report presents estimates of violent victimization (rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault) by the race and Hispanic origin of victims and offenders during the 4-year period from 2012 through 2015. The report examines victim, offender, and incident characteristics, such as crime type, victim-offender relationship, and reporting to police.
Abstract | PDF (Summary) | PDF (Full Report) | TEXT
Part Of the BJS Special Reports Series
Repeat Violent Victimization, 2005-14 (August 2017)
BJS, Report, BJS Special Reports, 5 pages, NCJ 250567.
This report presents national data on the prevalence of repeat violent victimization and the characteristics of repeat violence, including type of crime (rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault), demographic characteristics of repeat victims, and victim-offender relationship (intimate partner, well-known or casual acquaintance, relative, and stranger). ]
Abstract | PDF (Summary) | PDF (Full Report) | TEXT
Part Of the BJS Special Reports Series
National Best Practices for Sexual Assault Kits: A Multidisciplinary Approach (August 2017)
NIJ, Electronic Document, 140 pages, NCJ 250384.
This report contains 35 recommendations that help provide a roadmap for agencies to develop or advance their policies and protocols for untested sexual assault kits. The recommendations are rooted in a victim-centric, multidisciplinary approach that encourages victim engagement and increases the potential for legal resolutions.
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Violence and Victimization Research Division's Compendium of Research on Violence Against Women, 1993-2016 (August 2017)
NIJ, Report, 288 pages, NCJ 223572.
This regularly updated compendium lists and briefly describes all of the projects funded under the National Institute of Justice's (NIJ) Violence Against Women and Family Violence Program.
Abstract | PDF (Full Document) | PDF (Table of Contents) | PDF (Part A-i) | PDF (Part A-ii) | PDF (Part A-iii) | PDF (Part A-iv) | PDF (Part A-v) | PDF (Part A-vi) | PDF (Part A-vii) | PDF (Part A-viii) | PDF (Part A-ix) | PDF (Part B-i) | PDF (Part B-ii) | PDF (Part C-i) | PDF (Part C-ii) | PDF (Part C-iii) | PDF (Part C-iv) | PDF (Part D-i) | PDF (Part D-ii) | PDF (Part D-iii) | PDF (Part D-iv) | PDF (Part D-v) | PDF (Part D-vi) | PDF (Part E) | PDF (Part F) | PDF (Part G) | PDF (Part H) | PDF (Part I) | PDF (Part J) | PDF (Part K) | PDF (Grants Index)
Crime Against Persons With Disabilities, 2009-2015 - Statistical Tables (July 2017)
BJS, Report, 17 pages, NCJ 250632.
This report presents 2009-2015 National Crime Victimization Survey estimates of nonfatal violent crime (rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault) against persons age 12 or older with disabilities. It includes crime characteristics, such as victim-offender relationship, time of crime, reporting to police, and use of victim services agencies.
Abstract | PDF (Summary) | PDF (Full Report) | TEXT
Hate Crime Victimization, 2004-2015 (June 2017)
BJS, Report, BJS Special Reports, 15 pages, NCJ 250653.
This report presents National Crime Victimization Survey data on hate crime victimization from 2004 to 2015. Hate crimes are violent or property crimes that the victim perceived to be motivated by bias due to the victim's race, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, or religion. The report examines the perceived motivation for the hate crime, evidence that the crime was motivated by bias, demographic characteristics of victims and offenders, and hate crimes reported and not reported to police.
Abstract | PDF (Summary) | PDF (Full Report) | TEXT
Part Of the BJS Special Reports Series
Indicators of School Crime and Safety, 2016 (May 2017)
BJS, Report, 5 pages, NCJ 250650.
This annual report, a joint effort by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the National Center for Education Statistics, presents data on crime and safety at school from the perspectives of students, teachers, and principals. It contains 23 indicators of crime and safety at school on topics including victimization at school, teacher injury, bullying and cyber-bullying, school conditions, fights, weapons, availability and student use of drugs and alcohol, student perceptions of personal safety at school, and crime at postsecondary institutions.
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Polyvictimization Prevalence Rates for Sexual and Gender Minority Adolescents: Breaking Down the Silos of Victimization Research (March 2017)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 16 pages, NCJ 251353.
This study seeks to identify lifetime polyvictimization rates by gender identity and sexual orientation, for a national sample of sexual and gender minority adolescents. Findings suggest large rates of some forms of physical assault, bullying victimization, sexual victimization, child maltreatment, property victimization and indirect forms of victimization, which call into question the practice of studying single forms of victimization for this population, as the results suggest they do not occur in isolation.
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Exploring Elder Financial Exploitation Victimization: Identifying Unique Risk Profiles and Factors To Enhance Detection, Prevention and Intervention (March 2017)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 65 pages, NCJ 250756.
This study explores risk factors across the socioecological framework (i.e. individual, perpetrator, and community-levels) to identify the most important factors that differentiate elder financial exploitation from other forms of abuse as well as pure versus hybrid financial exploitation.
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Enhancing Police Responses to Children Exposed to Violence: A Toolkit for Law Enforcement (February 2017)
OJJDP-Sponsored, Electronic Document, 68 pages, NCJ 250768.
This toolkit provides practical resources to assist law enforcement agencies in building or enhancing effective operational responses to children exposed to violence (with or without a mental health partner).
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Criminal Victimization, 2015 (October 2016)
BJS, Bulletin, BJS Bulletins, 24 pages, NCJ 250180.
This bulletin presents national rates and levels of criminal victimization in 2015 and annual change from 2014. The report includes statistics on the characteristics of crimes and victims and consequences of victimization. It examines violent crimes (rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault) and property crimes (household burglary, motor vehicle theft, and theft). It also includes estimates of domestic violence, intimate partner violence, injury, and use of weapons in violent victimization.
Abstract | PDF (Full Report) | PDF (Summary) | TEXT
Part Of the BJS Bulletins Series
Exploratory Research on the Impact of the Growing Oil Industry in North Dakota and Montana on Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking: A Final Summary Overview (September 2016)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 13 pages, NCJ 250378.
The goal of this study was to examine the impact of increased oil development on domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking in the Bakken region of Montana and North Dakota. Study results showed significant increases of sexually-based crime in oil-impacted communities. Study findings also showed a rise in crime during the peak of the oil boom period (2008-2012) that seriously strained regional-community infrastructures (e.g., lack of needed personnel, affordable housing, and social and behavioral services).
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National Survey of Teen Relationships and Intimate Violence (STRiV) (August 2016)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 18 pages, NCJ 250292.
This study is the first to provide a comprehensive national portrait of teen dating violence with detailed measurements of both who perpetrates such violence and who has been victimized. The study found that approximately two thirds of youths (ages 12-18) who were in a relationship or had been in one in the past year reported they had been victimized (69 percent) or perpetrated violence (63 percent).
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Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women and Men - 2010 Findings From the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (June 2016)
NIJ, Presentation, 15 pages, NCJ 250133.
This seminar provides the first set of estimates from a national large-scale survey of violence against women and men who identified themselves as American Indian or Alaska Native using detailed behaviorally specific questions on psychological aggression, coercive control and entrapment, physical violence, stalking, and sexual violence. These results are expected to raise awareness and understanding of violence experienced by American Indian and Alaska Native people.
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Examining Criminal Justice Responses to and Help-Seeking Patterns of Sexual Violence Survivors With Disabilities (June 2016)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 87 pages, NCJ 250196.
The goal of this study used is to better understand the criminal justice experience of persons with disabilities that report a sexual assault or rape to the authorities. Results suggest that current criminal justice structures are not sufficient to provide support for one of the highest-risk adult populations for sexual assault and victimization in the U.S.
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Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women and Men: 2010 Findings From the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (May 2016)
NIJ, Report, NIJ Research Report, 82 pages, NCJ 249736.
This report examines the prevalence of violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women and men, using a large nationally representative sample from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS). More specifically, it provides estimates of sexual violence, physical violence by intimate partners, stalking, and psychological aggression by intimate partners. It also provides estimates of interracial and intraracial victimizations and briefly examines the impact of violence. Results should be used to raise awareness and understanding about violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women and men.
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Part Of the NIJ Research Report Series
Campus Climate Survey Validation Study (CCSVS) Final Technical Report (January 2016)
BJS, Report, 425 pages, NCJ 249545.
This report presents the results of a nine-school pilot test that was conducted to develop a campus climate survey that collects school-level data on sexual victimization of undergraduate students. The report includes estimates for each school on the prevalence and incidence of sexual assault, rape, and sexual battery during the 2014–15 academic year, as well as characteristics of the victims and incidents. It also provides estimates of the prevalence of sexual assault since entering college, during the student's lifetime, and examines the relationship between measures of campus climate and rates of sexual victimization.
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Notifying Sexual Assault Victims After Testing Evidence (January 2016)
NIJ, OVC, Summary, 20 pages, NCJ 249153.
Using a victim-centered approach for notifying victims about the status of their sexual assault cases may help minimize the trauma a victim experiences when receiving this type of information, especially in older cases. This brochure explores the victim-centered approach that teams in Houston and Detroit used to develop victim notification protocols about the results of sexual assault kit (SAK) testing.
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Notifying Sexual Assault Victims After Testing Evidence (January 2016)
NIJ, OVC, Summary, 20 pages, NCJ 249153.
Using a victim-centered approach for notifying victims about the status of their sexual assault cases may help minimize the trauma a victim experiences when receiving this type of information, especially in older cases. This brochure explores the victim-centered approach that teams in Houston and Detroit used to develop victim notification protocols about the results of sexual assault kit (SAK) testing.
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Office of Justice Programs Strategic Plan: Fiscal Years 2016 - FY 2018 (December 2015)
OJP, Report, 9 pages, NCJ 249543.
This strategic plan describes OJP efforts to strengthen its support for criminal justice, juvenile justice, and victim services at the federal, state, local, and tribal levels. It highlights OJP efforts to deliver proven programs backed by scientific research, as well as innovative initiatives that are evidence-informed and promise demonstrable results in our communities.
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2016 OJP Program Plan Initiatives (December 2015)
OJP, Report, 50 pages, NCJ 249544.
The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Program Plan is a searchable online document of funding opportunities and new initiatives. It features the latest and most complete information regarding grant opportunities OJP intends to fund in the coming months, divided into 10 thematically organized sections.
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Victims of Identity Theft, 2014 (September 2015)
BJS, Bulletin, BJS Bulletins, 26 pages, NCJ 248991.
This report presents findings on the prevalence and nature of identity theft during 2014. The report details the number and percentage of persons age 16 or older who reported at least one incident of identity theft over the past year. It describes how the personal information was obtained, financial losses due to identity theft, victim reporting to credit bureaus and police, and the impact of identity theft on victims’ lives. The report includes a lifetime prevalence rate for identity theft and information on the preventive actions taken to avoid becoming a victim of identity theft.
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Part Of the BJS Bulletins Series
Children's Exposure to Violence, Crime, and Abuse: An Update (September 2015)
OJJDP, Bulletin, OJJDP National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence Series, 16 pages, NCJ 248547.
This bulletin discusses the second National Survey of Children's Exposure to Violence (NatSCEV II), which was conducted in 2011 as a followup to the original NatSCEV I survey conducted in 2008.
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Part Of the OJJDP National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence Series Series
Missing Children, State Care, and Child Sex Trafficking: Engaging the Judiciary in Building a Collaborative Response (June 2015)
OJJDP-Sponsored, 14 pages, NCJ 248940.
This technical assistance brief is intended to educate judges about steps to be taken to assist in the location and recovery efforts for children missing from care by ensuring the legal guardians, social workers, and child advocates within child serving agencies are aware of and engage assistance from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children on behalf of these endangered missing children.
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Detroit Sexual Assault Kit (SAK) Action Research Project (ARP), Final Report (February 2015)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 551 pages, NCJ 248680.
This report documents the Detroit Sexual Assault Action-Research Project, in which a multidisciplinary team looked at the issue of a large number of sexual assault kits (SAKs) that had not been sent to a crime lab for DNA-testing. The team identified the underlying factors that contributed to the issue; developed and evaluated a plan for testing the SAKs; and created and evaluated protocols for notifying victims of the results of the testing. The report also offers practitioner-friendly resources, including how to create victim-notification protocols.
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Juvenile Offenders and Victims: 2014 National Report (December 2014)
OJJDP-Sponsored, Grant, 244 pages, NCJ 248587.
This report summarizes what is known about the prevalence and incidence of juvenile victimizations, juvenile offending and the juvenile justice system.
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Rape and Sexual Assault Among College-age Females, 1995-2013 (December 2014)
BJS, Report, BJS Special Reports, 20 pages, NCJ 248471.
Compares the characteristics of rape and sexual assault victimization against females ages 18 to 24 who are enrolled and not enrolled in college. This report examines the relationship between the victim and offender, the involvement of a weapon, location of the victimization, reporting to police, perceived offender characteristics, and victim demographics.
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Part Of the BJS Special Reports Series
Crimes Against the Elderly, 2003-2013 (November 2014)
BJS, Report, BJS Special Reports, 24 pages, NCJ 248339.
Presents estimates on property and fatal and nonfatal violent victimization against persons age 65 or older from 2003 to 2013. The report examines patterns of victimization over time and the distribution of violent victimization by the victim-offender relationship, victim's disability status, victim and incident characteristics, reporting to police, injuries sustained during the victimization, and identity theft victimization against the elderly.
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Part Of the BJS Special Reports Series
Household Poverty and Nonfatal Violent Victimization, 2008-2012 (November 2014)
BJS, Report, BJS Special Reports, 18 pages, NCJ 248384.
Presents findings from 2008 to 2012 on the relationship between households that were above or below the federal poverty level and nonfatal violent victimization, including rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault. This report examines the violent victimization experiences of persons living in households at various levels of poverty, focusing on type of violence, victim's race or Hispanic origin, and location of residence.
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Part Of the BJS Special Reports Series
Attorney General's Advisory Committee on American Indian/Alaska Native Children Exposed to Violence: Ending Violence So Children Can Thrive (November 2014)
OJJDP-Sponsored, Grant, 258 pages, NCJ 248500.
The recommendations are intended to serve as a blueprint for preventing American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) children's exposure to violence and for mitigating the negative effects experienced by Al/AN children exposed to violence across the U.S. and throughout Indian country.
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Understanding the Organization, Operation, and Victimization Process of Labor Trafficking in the United States (October 2014)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 306 pages, NCJ 248461.
This report explores patterns of labor trafficking in the U.S., and found that trafficking occurs in multiple industries, including agriculture, hospitality, construction, and restaurants. The report verified that labor trafficking usually goes unreported, and law enforcement often have difficulty distinguishing labor trafficking from other workplace exploitation. Policy and practice implications of this research for federal and local law enforcement and victims' service agencies are outlined.
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Nation's Two Crime Measures (September 2014)
BJS, Report, 3 pages, NCJ 246832.
Summarizes the U.S. Department of Justice's two primary statistical programs that measure the magnitude, nature, and impact of crime in the nation. This report describes the strengths, limitations, differences, and complementary aspects of the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program and the Bureau of Justice Statistics' National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS).
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Socio-Emotional Impact of Violent Crime (September 2014)
BJS, Report, BJS Special Reports, 30 pages, NCJ 247076.
Examines victims' socio-emotional problems resulting from violent crime, including moderate to severe distress, problems with family or friend relationships, or problems at work or school. The report explores the relationship between the socio-emotional response to crime and the characteristics of the victim and the incident, such as the victim-offender relationship, injury, weapon use, and demographic characteristics. It examines the emotional and physical symptoms associated with socio-emotional problems, and the association between victim help-seeking behaviors and the experience of socio-emotional problems.
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Part Of the BJS Special Reports Series
Violent Victimization in New and Established Hispanic Areas, 2007-2010 (August 2014)
BJS, Report, BJS Special Reports, 18 pages, NCJ 246311.
This report examines violent victimization rates by victims' race and ethnicity within four Hispanic areas from 2007 to 2010. Hispanic areas are classified based on their historical Hispanic population and the growth in their Hispanic population between 1980 and 2001. This includes: established slow growth areas, established fast growth areas, new emerging Hispanic areas, and small Hispanic areas.
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Part Of the BJS Special Reports Series
Evaluation of Services for Domestic Minor Victims of Human Trafficking (August 2014)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 115 pages, NCJ 248578.
This primary goals of this evaluation were documenting program implementation of the three OVC funded programs, identify promising practices for service delivery programs, and informing delivery of current and future efforts to serve victims of sex and labor trafficking of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents under the age of 18.
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Nation's Two Measures of Homicide (July 2014)
BJS, Report, 4 pages, NCJ 247060.
This report summarizes the United States' two national data collection systems related to homicide: the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Supplementary Homicide Reports and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Fatal Injury Reports. This report describes the strengths, limitations, differences, and complementary aspects of each program.
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Recognizing When a Child's Injury or Illness Is Caused by Abuse (July 2014)
OJJDP, Portable Guide, OJJDP Portable Guides to Investigating Child Abuse, 28 pages, NCJ 243908.
This guide provides information about the many indicators of child maltreatment and abuse to help first responders and investigators differentiate between physical abuse and accidental injury.
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Part Of the OJJDP Portable Guides to Investigating Child Abuse Series
Seasonal Patterns in Criminal Victimization Trends (June 2014)
BJS, Report, BJS Special Reports, 22 pages, NCJ 245959.
This report examines the seasonal patterns in violent and property crime victimization in the United States from 1993 to 2010. Seasonal patterns are periodic fluctuations in the victimization rates that tend to occur at the same time each year. The report describes seasonal patterns in property crime (burglary, motor vehicle theft, and other household theft) and violent victimization (rape and sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault). It also presents seasonal trends in other forms of violence, including intimate partner violence, victimizations involving a weapon, and violence resulting in injury.
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Part Of the BJS Special Reports Series
Improving Human Trafficking Victim Identification-Validation and Dissemination of a Screening Tool (June 2014)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 455 pages, NCJ 246712.
This guide provides users with recommendations on how to build trust with potential victims, maintain confidentiality, and use the tool correctly. When properly used, the tool could give victim service providers, law enforcement and legal, healthcare, and social service providers with a standard means of identifying victims of human trafficking.
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Screening for Human Trafficking: Guidelines for Administering the Trafficking Victim Identification Tool (TVIT) (June 2014)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 37 pages, NCJ 246713.
This tool is designed for victim service providers and other providers to assist in identifying victims of human trafficking. Developed over the last seven years by the Vera Institute of Justice in collaboration with 11 victim service organizations in California, Colorado, New York, Texas and Washington, this NIJ-funded tool has been validated with a diverse sample of potential victims of trafficking and found reliable in predicting labor and sex trafficking.
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Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Exams and VAWA 2005: Payment Practices, Successes, and Directions for the Future (April 2014)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 230 pages, NCJ 247314.
The Violence Against Women Act of 2005 requires that sexual assault victims must not be required to file law enforcement reports in order to receive free exams. This study aimed to examine how states are meeting these goals. We found victim compensation funds are by far the largest funder of exams across the country. In the 19 jurisdictions included in case studies, victims generally received free exams without having to report if they did not want to. However, barriers to even accessing the exam prevent some victims from seeking help.
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Nonfatal Domestic Violence, 2003-2012 (April 2014)
BJS, Report, BJS Special Reports, 21 pages, NCJ 244697.
This report presents estimates on nonfatal domestic violence from 2003 to 2012. Domestic violence includes victimization committed by current or former intimate partners (spouses, boyfriends or girlfriends), parents, children, siblings, and other relatives. This report focuses on the level and pattern of domestic violence over time, highlighting selected victim and incident characteristics. Incident characteristics include the type of violence, the offender's use of a weapon, victim injury and medical treatment, and whether the incident was reported to police. The report provides estimates of acquaintance and stranger violence for comparison.
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Part Of the BJS Special Reports Series
Estimating the Size and Structure of the Underground Commercial Sex Economy in Eight Major US Cities (March 2014)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 350 pages, NCJ 245295.
NIJ-funded researchers at the Urban Institute have completed a study of the underground commercial sex economy in eight cities--Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Miami, Seattle, San Diego, and Washington, DC. The study is a first step toward building scientific understanding of the illicit sex market.
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Delivery and Evaluation of Sexual Assault Forensic (SAFE) Training Programs (March 2014)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 240 pages, NCJ 247081.
This study evaluated the effectiveness of the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) SAFE training programs. The study found that the IAFN SAFE training curriculum and blended training model offer a strong foundation that can be built upon to meet the diverse learning needs of clinicians across the country.
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Legal Issues Related to Elder Abuse: A Pocket Guide for Law Enforcement (2014)
BJA-Sponsored, 58 pages, NCJ 248541.
This guide provides legal concepts, documents, and tools that may be misused to commit elder abuse or used properly to remedy it. Also presented are issues and actions that justice system professionals should consider if they suspect elder abuse has occurred.
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Understanding Trends in Hate Crimes Against Immigrants and Hispanic-Americans (December 2013)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 157 pages, NCJ 244755.
The intent of this report is to inform policy makers and practitioners about the strength of the empirical foundation of measured hate crime in the U.S. Trends are frequently in question when discussing the need for action to combat hate crime, as are determinations about what groups are at highest risk, and where best to direct efforts to prevent and respond to such offenses. To facilitate such deliberations, the report provides an overview of current time-series data measuring hate crime, and their utility for assessing the presence and significance of trends. It describes the process of gathering the databases and other information discussed in this report, how they were analyzed, and the conclusions reached about the ability of extant data to measure trends in hate crimes against immigrants and those of Hispanic heritage residing in the U.S.
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Homicide in the U.S. Known to Law Enforcement, 2011 (December 2013)
BJS, Report, 18 pages, NCJ 243035.
This report presents data on homicide trends from 1992 to 2011. The report describes homicide patterns and trends by age, sex, and race of the victim. It explores weapon use, with a focus on trends in firearm use and homicide trends by city size.
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Intimate Partner Violence: Attributes of Victimization, 1993-2011 (November 2013)
BJS, Report, BJS Special Reports, 19 pages, NCJ 243300.
This report presents data on trends in nonfatal intimate partner violence among U.S. households from 1993 to 2011. Intimate partner violence includes rape, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault by a current or former spouse, boyfriend, or girlfriend. This report focuses on attributes of the victimization such as the type of crime, type of attack, whether the victim was threatened before the attack, use of a weapon by the offender, victim injury, and medical treatment received for injuries. The report also describes ways these attributes of the victimization may be used to measure seriousness or severity of the incident.
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Part Of the BJS Special Reports Series
National Survey of Residential Programs for Victims of Sex Trafficking (October 2013)
BJA-Sponsored, Report, 37 pages, NCJ 244678.
Residential programs around the country were surveyed in order to learn how many residential programs for victims of sex trafficking were in operation. Thirty-three residential programs in the United States were found that offer services to trafficking. This report found a total of 682 beds for trafficking victims in the U.S.
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Criminal Victimization, 2016 (December 2017)
BJS, Bulletin, BJS Bulletins, 1 pages, NCJ 251150.
This report presents national data on criminal victimization reported and not reported to police in 2016, including the characteristics of crimes and victims and outcomes of victimization. The report examines violent crimes (rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault) and property crimes (household burglary, motor vehicle theft, and theft). It also includes data on domestic violence, intimate partner violence, injury to victims, and weapon use.
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Part Of the BJS Bulletins Series
Race and Hispanic Origin of Victims and Offenders, 2012-15 (October 2017)
BJS, Report, BJS Special Reports, 21 pages, NCJ 250747.
This report presents estimates of violent victimization (rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault) by the race and Hispanic origin of victims and offenders during the 4-year period from 2012 through 2015. The report examines victim, offender, and incident characteristics, such as crime type, victim-offender relationship, and reporting to police.
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Part Of the BJS Special Reports Series
Office for Victims of Crime TIMS Snapshot Report, July 2015-June 2016: Services for Victims of Human Trafficking (September 2017)
OVC, 2 pages, NCJ 251074.
OVC administers grant funding to enhance services for victims of human trafficking. This brief provides data across three OVC human trafficking grant programs as reported in the Trafficking Information Management System (TIMS).
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Office for Victims of Crime TIMS Snapshot Report, July 2015-June 2016: Specialized Services for Victims of Human Trafficking Program (September 2017)
OVC, 2 pages, NCJ 251075.
This brief highlights data reported in the Trafficking Information Management System (TIMS) by 23 grantees funded through the Specialized Services for Victims of Human Trafficking Program.
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Office for Victims of Crime TIMS Snapshot Report, July 2015-June 2016: Enhanced Collaborative Model To Combat Human Trafficking Program (September 2017)
OVC, 2 pages, NCJ 251076.
This brief highlights data reported in Trafficking Information Management System (TIMS) by 20 grantees funded under the Enhanced Collaborative Model to Combat Human Trafficking Program.
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Office for Victims of Crime TIMS Snapshot Report, July 2015-June 2016: Comprehensive Services for All Victims of Human Trafficking Program (September 2017)
OVC, 2 pages, NCJ 251077.
This brief highlights data reported in Trafficking Information Management System (TIMS) by 34 grantees funded through the OVC Comprehensive Services for All Victims of Human Trafficking Program.
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Vision 21: Multidisciplinary Responses in Complex Homicide Cases (August 2017)
OVC, Fact Sheet, 2 pages, NCJ 250945.
This fact sheet describes an OVC-funded project to support the enhancement of multidisciplinary interventions within 24 to 48 hours of a death for some of the most complex cases. These cases may include gang-related homicides, intrafamilial homicides, homicides involving child witnesses, and deaths involving impaired driving or driving under the influence.
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Vision 21: Supporting Male Survivors of Violence Initiative (August 2017)
OVC, Fact Sheet, 2 pages, NCJ 250946.
To help male survivors of violence, OVC partnered with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and National Institute of Justice. This fact sheet describes the Supporting Male Survivors of Violence Initiative efforts to bolster the field’s ability to provide effective, culturally appropriate, and trauma-informed services for boys and men harmed by violence and to expand services that help normalize their lives and promote their healing.
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National Best Practices for Sexual Assault Kits: A Multidisciplinary Approach (August 2017)
NIJ, Electronic Document, 140 pages, NCJ 250384.
This report contains 35 recommendations that help provide a roadmap for agencies to develop or advance their policies and protocols for untested sexual assault kits. The recommendations are rooted in a victim-centric, multidisciplinary approach that encourages victim engagement and increases the potential for legal resolutions.
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Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States: Fiscal Year 2016 Status Report (August 2017)
OVC, 75 pages, NCJ 250643.
This status report identifies progress made by federal agencies during fiscal year 2016 to address the goals, objectives, and the actions identified in the Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States, 2013–2017 to ensure that all victims of human trafficking in the U.S. are identified and have access to the services they need to recover.
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Violence and Victimization Research Division's Compendium of Research on Violence Against Women, 1993-2016 (August 2017)
NIJ, Report, 288 pages, NCJ 223572.
This regularly updated compendium lists and briefly describes all of the projects funded under the National Institute of Justice's (NIJ) Violence Against Women and Family Violence Program.
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Repeat Violent Victimization, 2005-14 (August 2017)
BJS, Report, BJS Special Reports, 5 pages, NCJ 250567.
This report presents national data on the prevalence of repeat violent victimization and the characteristics of repeat violence, including type of crime (rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault), demographic characteristics of repeat victims, and victim-offender relationship (intimate partner, well-known or casual acquaintance, relative, and stranger). ]
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Part Of the BJS Special Reports Series
Vision 21: Tribal Victim Services Resource Mapping Project (July 2017)
OVC, Fact Sheet, OVC Fact Sheets, NCJ 250876.
American Indians and Alaska Natives have the highest crime victimization rates in the Nation but often have difficulty connecting with existing services to help them recover from crime and abuse. This fact sheet discusses an OVC project to develop a web-based tool that will enable victims and service providers to quickly access information about critical services wherever they are seeking help.
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Vision 21: Victim Services Mobile Applications (July 2017)
OVC, OVC Fact Sheets, 2 pages, NCJ 250877.
Technology can be a powerful tool for expanding victims’ safe access to information and services. This fact sheet provides an overview of two OVC-funded Vision 21 mobile app projects that highlight how technology can help victims and victim service providers.
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Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
Crime Against Persons With Disabilities, 2009-2015 - Statistical Tables (July 2017)
BJS, Report, 17 pages, NCJ 250632.
This report presents 2009-2015 National Crime Victimization Survey estimates of nonfatal violent crime (rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault) against persons age 12 or older with disabilities. It includes crime characteristics, such as victim-offender relationship, time of crime, reporting to police, and use of victim services agencies.
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International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program 2014 Report to Congress (June 2017)
OVC, Report, 6 pages, NCJ 250918.
This report provides a summary of the International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program’s (ITVERP) activities from October 1, 2013, through September 30, INSERT 2014. It covers two critical areas of ITVERP assistance—application processing and claims payment, and public awareness activities undertaken to reach out to potential claimants—and concludes with a discussion of future program needs and suggested improvements.
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International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program 2015 Report to Congress (June 2017)
OVC, 6 pages, NCJ 250919.
This report provides a summary of the International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program’s (ITVERP) activities from October 1, 2014, through September 30, 2015. It covers two critical areas of ITVERP assistance—application processing and claims payment, and public awareness activities undertaken to reach out to potential claimants—and concludes with a discussion of future program needs and suggested improvements.
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International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program 2013 Report to Congress (June 2017)
OVC, Report, 6 pages, NCJ 249797.
This report provides a summary of the International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program’s (ITVERP) activities from October 1, 2012, through September 30, 2013. It covers two critical areas of ITVERP assistance—application processing and claims payment, and public awareness activities undertaken to reach out to potential claimants—and concludes with a discussion of future program needs and suggested improvements.
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Vision 21: Using Technology To Expand Access to Victim Services (June 2017)
OVC, OVC Fact Sheets, 2 pages, NCJ 250674.
This program provided funding for nonprofit organizations that use technology creatively to interact directly with crime victims (in the United States and Americans victimized abroad) and provide them with information, referrals, crisis assistance, and longer term help to close this gap in service delivery.
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Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
Vision 21: Law Enforcement and the Communities They Serve (June 2017)
OVC, Fact Sheet, OVC Fact Sheets, 2 pages, NCJ 250737.
This fact sheet discusses an OVC-sponsored project that is designed to assist law enforcement in developing evidence-based and trauma-informed response strategies in the wake of law enforcement-involved shootings and other high-profile incidents of violence. Additionally, the project will develop and disseminate comprehensive, expert technical assistance resources for law enforcement on trauma-informed culture and practice.
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Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
2017 OVC Report to the Nation: Fiscal Years 2015-2016 Reaching Victims Everywhere (June 2017)
OVC, Report, OVC Fact Sheets, 2 pages, NCJ 250634.
This biennial report summarizes the programs, activities, and accomplishments of OVC in fiscal years 2015-2016 and their impact on victims, survivors, and communities. The report provides an overview of how OVC administers the Crime Victims Fund—a significant resource for supporting services to victims. Learn how OVC is working to build a body of evidence-based knowledge for the crime victims field, and the ways in which OVC is seeking to increase the capacity of the field and reach unserved and underserved victims.
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Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
Hate Crime Victimization, 2004-2015 (June 2017)
BJS, Report, BJS Special Reports, 15 pages, NCJ 250653.
This report presents National Crime Victimization Survey data on hate crime victimization from 2004 to 2015. Hate crimes are violent or property crimes that the victim perceived to be motivated by bias due to the victim's race, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, or religion. The report examines the perceived motivation for the hate crime, evidence that the crime was motivated by bias, demographic characteristics of victims and offenders, and hate crimes reported and not reported to police.
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Part Of the BJS Special Reports Series
Indicators of School Crime and Safety, 2016 (May 2017)
BJS, Report, 5 pages, NCJ 250650.
This annual report, a joint effort by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the National Center for Education Statistics, presents data on crime and safety at school from the perspectives of students, teachers, and principals. It contains 23 indicators of crime and safety at school on topics including victimization at school, teacher injury, bullying and cyber-bullying, school conditions, fights, weapons, availability and student use of drugs and alcohol, student perceptions of personal safety at school, and crime at postsecondary institutions.
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Developing an Elder Abuse Case Review Multidisciplinary Team in Your Community (May 2017)
OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 4 pages, NCJ 250736.
This resource facilitates the development and growth of multidisciplinary teams to address elder abuse cases. It also provides information about team structures and functions, along with common issues that arise with developing a case review team.
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Developing and Implementing a Response to Sexual Assault in Tribal Communities: A Summary of the Suggestions from the National Roundtable Discussion on Sexual Assault in Indian Country (April 2017)
OVC, 39 pages, NCJ 250873.
This publication is a product of an OVC, Indian Health Service, and Office on Violence Against Women event in July 2016. The publication offers practical guidance to tribal governments who are interested in developing or enhancing their community’s response to sexual violence.
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The Vicarious Trauma Toolkit (April 2017)
OVC, NCJ 250647.
Research shows that vicarious trauma, when left unaddressed, can lead to staff burnout, turnover, stress, and a lesser quality of services for victims. This OVC toolkit offers guidance to help organizations strengthen their ability to address work-related exposure to trauma.
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Exploring Elder Financial Exploitation Victimization: Identifying Unique Risk Profiles and Factors To Enhance Detection, Prevention and Intervention (March 2017)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 65 pages, NCJ 250756.
This study explores risk factors across the socioecological framework (i.e. individual, perpetrator, and community-levels) to identify the most important factors that differentiate elder financial exploitation from other forms of abuse as well as pure versus hybrid financial exploitation.
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Polyvictimization Prevalence Rates for Sexual and Gender Minority Adolescents: Breaking Down the Silos of Victimization Research (March 2017)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 16 pages, NCJ 251353.
This study seeks to identify lifetime polyvictimization rates by gender identity and sexual orientation, for a national sample of sexual and gender minority adolescents. Findings suggest large rates of some forms of physical assault, bullying victimization, sexual victimization, child maltreatment, property victimization and indirect forms of victimization, which call into question the practice of studying single forms of victimization for this population, as the results suggest they do not occur in isolation.
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Enhancing Police Responses to Children Exposed to Violence: A Toolkit for Law Enforcement (February 2017)
OJJDP-Sponsored, Electronic Document, 68 pages, NCJ 250768.
This toolkit provides practical resources to assist law enforcement agencies in building or enhancing effective operational responses to children exposed to violence (with or without a mental health partner).
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2017 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Guide (February 2017)
OVC, NCJ 250175.
The 2017 NCVRW Resource Guide, released ahead of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 2 to 8, highlights this year’s theme, Strength. Resilience. Justice. The guide provides all of the materials necessary to promote public awareness campaigns for NCVRW and throughout the year.
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2017 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Kit (includes Theme Poster, awareness posters, and stickers) (2017)
OVC, PS000031.
The 2017 NCVRW Resource Kit contains this year's theme poster, awareness posters, and stickers. A limited number of hardcopies can be ordered through the OVC Resource Center (www.ncjrs.gov).
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2017 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Poster (2017)
OVC, PS000031P.
The poster is available for download in color or black and white and a customizable version is available. A limited number of color hardcopies can be ordered through the OVC Resource Center (www.ncjrs.gov).
PDF (11x17 Color, Customizable) | PDF (22x28 Color) | PDF (11x17 B&W, Customizable)
2016 Victim Needs Assessment (2017)
OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 139 pages, NCJ 250718.
This study provides an initial benchmark reading on the proportion of people in Illinois who are affected by violent crime and what needs result from their victimization. This research also explores how victims’ needs are met by victim services providers in Illinois and where gaps in service delivery currently exist.
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ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences/Trauma) Pediatric Healthcare Toolkit (2017)
OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 48 pages, NCJ 251026.
When children are repeatedly exposed to trauma without any form of protective relationships, their bodies react by producing an overload of stress hormones. This stress response is called toxic stress, and it causes serious, lasting developmental and physical harm. Through screening and referrals for ACEs, healthcare teams can help determine resources to promote healthy development.
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The Civil Legal Needs of Victims of Crime in New York State: An Assessment of the Issues, Services, and Challenges in Meeting the Civil Legal Needs of Victims (2017)
OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 64 pages, NCJ 251212.
In order to understand how to meet the civil legal needs of crime victims in New York State, this needs and systems assessment seeks to identify existing gaps in civil legal services.
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Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth Guiding Principles (December 2016)
OVC-Sponsored, Fact Sheet, 4 pages, NCJ 250518.
The OVC-sponsored Vision 21 Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth Program designed these Guiding Principles to: provide guidance for service providers assisting children and youth exposed to violence and their families and caregivers; offer a benchmark for conducting community needs assessments, and developing policies, and protocols; and help community collaboratives shape, inform, and review services and referrals to address children and youth exposed to violence.
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State-Tribal Crime Victim Liaison Demonstration Program: Tribal Outreach To Establish Trust and Increase Awareness of Victim Services (December 2016)
OVC, 17 pages, NCJ 249582.
This report discusses the outcome of a 3-year project through which the Oklahoma District Attorneys Council, Victim Services Division, supported a State-Tribal Crime Victim Liaison. This liaison provided outreach to Oklahoma American Indian victims regarding tribal victim assistance, grant opportunities, and crime victim compensation.
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Partners in Justice - Bureau of Indian Affairs Victim Specialists (December 2016)
OVC, OVC Videos, 2 pages, NCJ 250461.
This video presents an overview of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Victim Specialist Program. The video, prepared by OVC and BIA, identifies some of the program’s successes and challenges providing services to victims of crime in Indian Country.
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Part Of the OVC Videos Series
Alcohol-Facilitated Sexual Assault in Indian Country (December 2016)
OVC, OVC Videos, 3 pages, NCJ 250235.
This four-video series is designed for criminal justice personnel, victim advocates, and allied professionals who work with victims of sexual assault in Indian Country. The videos in this series seek to increase awareness about the prevalence of alcohol-facilitated sexual violence, enhance the investigation and prosecution of sexual violence, and provide best practices for responding to victims
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Part Of the OVC Videos Series
Vision 21: Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth Fact Sheet (December 2016)
OVC, OVC Fact Sheets, 2 pages, NCJ 249945.
Our Nation’s children and youth continue to experience crime and victimization at alarming rates, these young victims remain underserved, and the systems charged with caring for them provide fragmented and ineffective responses for children and their families. This fact sheet describes efforts to bring healthcare, child welfare, justice, and other systems together to coordinate and align efforts to ensure a timely and seamless response to young victims, their families, and caregivers, no matter the system of entry.
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Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States: Fiscal Year 2015 Status Report (November 2016)
OVC-Sponsored, 84 pages, NCJ 250414.
This status report identifies progress made by federal agencies during fiscal years 2015 to address the goals, objectives, and the actions identified in the Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States, 2013–2017 to ensure that all victims of human trafficking in the U.S. are identified and have access to the services they need to recover.
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Criminal Victimization, 2015 (October 2016)
BJS, Bulletin, BJS Bulletins, 24 pages, NCJ 250180.
This bulletin presents national rates and levels of criminal victimization in 2015 and annual change from 2014. The report includes statistics on the characteristics of crimes and victims and consequences of victimization. It examines violent crimes (rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault) and property crimes (household burglary, motor vehicle theft, and theft). It also includes estimates of domestic violence, intimate partner violence, injury, and use of weapons in violent victimization.
Abstract | PDF (Full Report) | PDF (Summary) | TEXT
Part Of the BJS Bulletins Series
A Healing Journey for Alaska Natives (October 2016)
OVC, OVC Videos, 4 pages, NCJ 249906.
This five–video series is designed to educate federal, state, local, and tribal victim service providers, criminal justice professionals, and others who work with Alaska Native victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.
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Part Of the OVC Videos Series
Exploratory Research on the Impact of the Growing Oil Industry in North Dakota and Montana on Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking: A Final Summary Overview (September 2016)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 13 pages, NCJ 250378.
The goal of this study was to examine the impact of increased oil development on domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking in the Bakken region of Montana and North Dakota. Study results showed significant increases of sexually-based crime in oil-impacted communities. Study findings also showed a rise in crime during the peak of the oil boom period (2008-2012) that seriously strained regional-community infrastructures (e.g., lack of needed personnel, affordable housing, and social and behavioral services).
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Helping Victims of Mass Violence and Terrorism Planning, Response, Recovery, and Resources Web Training Series Summary Report (August 2016)
OVC, 2 pages, NCJ 250176.
This summary report provides information about a training series to introduce the Helping Victims of Mass Violence and Terrorism: Planning, Response, Recovery, and Resources Toolkit. Presenters highlighted the Family Assistance Center Victim Assistance Protocol to take participants through the Partnerships and Planning, Response, and Recovery components of the toolkit. Included in this report is a link to view one of the recorded trainings.
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Achieving Excellence: Model Standards for Serving Victims and Survivors of Crime (August 2016)
OVC, 1 pages, NCJ 250080.
This e-publication provides guidelines and recommendations to help victim service providers and program administrators improve the quality and consistency of their response to crime victims. It includes program standards for guidelines, policies, and procedures that victim-serving organizations should have in place; competency standards for providers’ general attitudes, knowledge, and skills; and ethical standards for addressing a range of issues that may occur during daily service provision.
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Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program Development and Operation Guide (August 2016)
OVC, 2 pages, NCJ 250082.
This Guide serves as a blueprint to improve your SANE program and ensure that all sexual assault victims receive the highest standard of patient-centered care.
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National Survey of Teen Relationships and Intimate Violence (STRiV) (August 2016)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 18 pages, NCJ 250292.
This study is the first to provide a comprehensive national portrait of teen dating violence with detailed measurements of both who perpetrates such violence and who has been victimized. The study found that approximately two thirds of youths (ages 12-18) who were in a relationship or had been in one in the past year reported they had been victimized (69 percent) or perpetrated violence (63 percent).
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Responding to Trauma Among Young Men of Color: Adapting the Crown Heights Approach For Your Community (July 2016)
OVC-Sponsored, 15 pages, NCJ 250389.
This Planning Toolkit is a blueprint for communities, violence interrupter programs, and traditional victim service providers that want to improve their responses to young men of color who have experienced trauma. The practices shared in this toolkit are based on the Center for Court Innovation’s work with violence interrupter programs, victim service agencies, trauma, and gender-based violence.
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OVC Publishing Guidelines, Fourth Edition (July 2016)
OVC, 3 pages, NCJ 249930.
This guide describes the criteria you must follow when preparing all types of OVC communication products for publication. It includes guidance on developing e-publications and producing multimedia products. Of special importance are submission deadlines and requirements (including file setup guidelines). Other topics include the publishing process, product types, writing tips, and legal and policy requirements. The guidelines are designed to help grantees, vendors, and others work more efficiently with OVC to produce quality products that adhere to professional standards of excellence.
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