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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 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
2018 Assault Statistical Fact Sheet (2018)
OVC
This fact sheet provides a snapshot of current trends in aggravated and simple assault in the United States. Use this and other fact sheets from the 2018 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide (www.ovc.gov/ncvrw2018) to promote awareness about different types of crime, as graphics for your social media, and to inform other education efforts throughout the year.
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2018 Burglary, Theft, Robbery Statistical Fact Sheet (2018)
OVC
This fact sheet provides a snapshot of current burglary, theft, and robbery trends in the United States. Use this and other fact sheets from the 2018 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide (www.ovc.gov/ncvrw2018) to promote awareness about different types of crime, as graphics for your social media, and to inform other education efforts throughout the year.
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2018 Campus Victimization Statistical Fact Sheet (2018)
OVC
This fact sheet provides a snapshot of current campus crime trends in the United States. Use this and other fact sheets from the 2018 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide (www.ovc.gov/ncvrw2018) to promote awareness about different types of crime, as graphics for your social media, and to inform other education efforts throughout the year.
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2018 Crime & Victimization in the United States Statistical Fact Sheet (2018)
OVC
This fact sheet provides a snapshot of current research and victimization statistics in the United States. Use this and other fact sheets from the 2018 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide (www.ovc.gov/ncvrw2018) to promote awareness about different types of crime, as graphics for your social media, and to inform other education efforts throughout the year.
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2018 Crime Trends Statistical Fact Sheet (2018)
OVC
This fact sheet provides a snapshot of current crime trends in the United States. Use this and other fact sheets from the 2018 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide (www.ovc.gov/ncvrw2018) to promote awareness about different types of crime, as graphics for your social media, and to inform other education efforts throughout the year.
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2018 Crimes Against Older Adults Statistical Fact Sheet (2018)
OVC
This fact sheet provides a snapshot of current crime trends against older adults in the United States. Use this and other fact sheets from the 2018 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide (www.ovc.gov/ncvrw2018) to promote awareness about different types of crime, as graphics for your social media, and to inform other education efforts throughout the year.
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2018 Crimes Against People With Disabilities Statistical Fact Sheet (2018)
OVC
This fact sheet provides a snapshot of current crime trends against people with disabilities in the United States. Use this and other fact sheets from the 2018 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide (www.ovc.gov/ncvrw2018) to promote awareness about different types of crime, as graphics for your social media, and to inform other education efforts throughout the year.
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2018 Driving Under the Influence Statistical Fact Sheet (2018)
OVC
This fact sheet provides a snapshot of current driving under the influence (DUI) trends in the United States. Use this and other fact sheets from the 2018 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide (www.ovc.gov/ncvrw2018) to promote awareness about different types of crime, as graphics for your social media, and to inform other education efforts throughout the year.
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2018 Financial Crime Statistical Fact Sheet (2018)
OVC
This fact sheet provides a snapshot of current financial crime trends in the United States. Use this and other fact sheets from the 2018 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide (www.ovc.gov/ncvrw2018) to promote awareness about different types of crime, as graphics for your social media, and to inform other education efforts throughout the year.
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2018 Hate Crime Statistical Fact Sheet (2018)
OVC
This fact sheet provides a snapshot of current hate crime trends in the United States. Use this and other fact sheets from the 2018 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide (www.ovc.gov/ncvrw2018) to promote awareness about different types of crime, as graphics for your social media, and to inform other education efforts throughout the year.
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2018 Homicide Statistical Fact Sheet (2018)
OVC
This fact sheet provides a snapshot of current homicide trends in the United States. Use this and other fact sheets from the 2018 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide (www.ovc.gov/ncvrw2018) to promote awareness about different types of crime, as graphics for your social media, and to inform other education efforts throughout the year.
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2018 Human Trafficking Statistical Fact Sheet (2018)
OVC
This fact sheet provides a snapshot of current trends in labor and sex trafficking the United States. Use this and other fact sheets from the 2018 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide (www.ovc.gov/ncvrw2018) to promote awareness about different types of crime, as graphics for your social media, and to inform other education efforts throughout the year.
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2018 Intimate Partner Violence Statistical Fact Sheet (2018)
OVC
This fact sheet provides a snapshot of current intimate partner and domestic violence trends in the United States. Use this and other fact sheets from the 2018 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide (www.ovc.gov/ncvrw2018) to promote awareness about different types of crime, as graphics for your social media, and to inform other education efforts throughout the year.
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2018 Mass Casualty Shootings Statistical Fact Sheet (2018)
OVC
This fact sheet provides a snapshot of current trends in mass casualty shootings in the United States. Use this and other fact sheets from the 2018 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide (www.ovc.gov/ncvrw2018) to promote awareness about different types of crime, as graphics for your social media, and to inform other education efforts throughout the year.
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2018 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Guide (2018)
OVC, 3 pages, NCJ 251052.
The 2018 NCVRW Resource Guide provides a wealth of materials for promoting public awareness campaigns for NCVRW and throughout the year. The guide includes planning tips, artwork, crime and victimization fact sheets, and more. Help OVC Expand the Circle: Reach All Victims.
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2018 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Kit (includes Theme Poster and awareness posters) (2018)
OVC, PS000032KIT.
The poster kit contains the NCVRW Theme Poster and this year's awareness posters. These awareness materials are customizable and available to download. A limited number of color hardcopies can be ordered through the OVC Resource Center (www.ncjrs.gov).
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2018 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Theme Poster (2018)
OVC, PS000032.
The poster is available for download and a customizable version is available. The poster evokes this year’s NCVRW theme—Expand the Circle: Reach All Victims—which emphasizes the importance of inclusion in victim services. A limited number of color hardcopies can be ordered through the OVC Resource Center (www.ncjrs.gov).
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2018 School Victimization Statistical Fact Sheet (2018)
OVC
This fact sheet provides a snapshot of current school victimization trends in the United States. Use this and other fact sheets from the 2018 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide (www.ovc.gov/ncvrw2018) to promote awareness about different types of crime, as graphics for your social media, and to inform other education efforts throughout the year.
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2018 Sexual Violence Statistical Fact Sheet (2018)
OVC
This fact sheet provides a snapshot of current sexual violence trends in the United States. Use this and other fact sheets from the 2018 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide (www.ovc.gov/ncvrw2018) to promote awareness about different types of crime, as graphics for your social media, and to inform other education efforts throughout the year.
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2018 Stalking Statistical Fact Sheet (2018)
OVC
This fact sheet provides a snapshot of current stalking trends in the United States. Use this and other fact sheets from the 2018 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide (www.ovc.gov/ncvrw2018) to promote awareness about different types of crime, as graphics for your social media, and to inform other education efforts throughout the year.
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2018 Urban and Rural Victimization Statistical Fact Sheet (2018)
OVC
This fact sheet provides a snapshot of victimization trends urban and rural communities in the United States. Use this and other fact sheets from the 2018 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide (www.ovc.gov/ncvrw2018) to promote awareness about different types of crime, as graphics for your social media, and to inform other education efforts throughout the year.
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2018 Workplace Violence Statistical Fact Sheet (2018)
OVC
This fact sheet provides a snapshot of workplace violence trends in the United States. Use this and other fact sheets from the 2018 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide (www.ovc.gov/ncvrw2018) to promote awareness about different types of crime, as graphics for your social media, and to inform other education efforts throughout the year.
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2018 Youth Victimization Statistical Fact Sheet (2018)
OVC
This fact sheet provides a snapshot of youth victimization trends in the United States. Use this and other fact sheets from the 2018 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide (www.ovc.gov/ncvrw2018) to promote awareness about different types of crime, as graphics for your social media, and to inform other education efforts throughout the year.
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ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences/Trauma) Pediatric Healthcare Toolkit (January 2018)
OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 45 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.
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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 Successful Victim Researcher and Practitioner Collaborations (April 2018)
OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 7 pages, NCJ 251954.
This tip sheet provides information on why research-and-practice collaborations are important to your work. It also discusses how to build successful partnerships and ways to sustain research-and-practice relationships over time.
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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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Communities of Practice and SVAAs (May 2018)
OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 4 pages, NCJ 252065.
This paper defines the concept of Communities of practice and outlines how concept applies to State Victim Assistance Academies (SVAAs). It examines how SVAAs can benefit from incorporating this perspective into their development and operations.
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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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A Complete Guide to Establishing and Operating a Victim Assistance Academy (May 2018)
OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 64 pages, NCJ 252064.
State Victim Assistance Academies provide fundamental, comprehensive, and academically based education and training for victim assistance providers, victim advocates, criminal justice personnel, and allied professionals who routinely deal with crime victims. This comprehensive guide seeks to assist states and territories in developing and/or refining their State Victim Assistance Academies.
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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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Criminal Victimization, 2016: Revised (October 2018)
BJS, Bulletin, BJS Bulletins, 30 pages, NCJ 252121.
This report presents national data on criminal victimization reported and not reported to police in 2015 and 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. This report provides revised official estimates, which replace previously released 2016 estimates that did not permit year-to-year-comparisons.
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Part Of the BJS Bulletins Series
Financial Support for Victims of Crime: A Quick Guide for Corrections and Community Supervision Officers (August 2018)
BJA-Sponsored, Grant, 4 pages, NCJ 252127.
Corrections, probation, and parole officers can play an important role to inform victims of services, rights, and programs. This guide outlines how to provide victims of crime with information on restitution, victim compensation, and other types of financial assistance.
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A Law Enforcement Guide on International Parental Kidnapping (July 2018)
OJJDP, Report, 100 pages, NCJ 250606.
This guide is designed to help local, state, and federal law enforcement prevent and respond to international parental kidnapping cases. The guide describes law enforcement's role as initial responders and investigators, discusses laws and legal remedies for child recovery and reunification, offers information about victim services and victim reunification travel funds, and outlines considerations for criminal prosecution and extradition of offenders.
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Questioning Bias: Validating A Bias Crime Victim Assessment Tool In California And New Jersey, Summary Overview (July 2018)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 29 pages, NCJ 252010.
This study investigated the experiences of hate incidents, crimes and factors affecting underreporting among youth and adults in LGBT, Hispanic, Black, Muslim communities in New Jersey and Los Angeles. Based on the research findings, the Vera Institute of Justice developed an assessment tool, the Bias Crime Assessment Tool, to improve the identification of hate crime victimization, better reflect victims’ experiences, increase confidence in the reporting process, and help to record more accurate data.
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Indicators of School Crime and Safety, 2017 (March 2018)
BJS, Report, 280 pages, NCJ 251413.
This annual report presents data on school crime and safety from the perspectives of students, teachers, and principals. It contains 23 indicators of school crime and safety, including violent deaths; nonfatal student and teacher victimization; school environment; fights, weapons, and illegal substances; fear and avoidance; discipline, safety, and security measures; and campus safety and security.
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National Elder Mistreatment Survey: 5 Year Follow-up of Victims and Matched Non-Victims (2018)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 13 pages, NCJ 252029.
The purpose of this project was to follow the first National Elder Mistreatment Study, which provided prevalence estimates, with a second study of a subset of the same participants. This follow-up study measures the effects of elder abuse in terms of (1) health and mental health outcomes and (2) criminal justice system participation and satisfaction, as well as additional predictors of these effects. The enduring negative health and mental health effects of elder mistreatment, including financial mistreatment, were evident from 8-year follow-up data, although these effects appear to be mitigated, in large part, by current social support. Results from this study indicate that elder financial mistreatment perpetrated by family, friends, and acquaintances is far less likely to be reported than the same behaviors perpetrated by strangers.
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A Longitudinal Examination of Teen Dating Violence From Adolescence to Young Adulthood (2018)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 11 pages, NCJ 252053.
This study examines the Dating it Safe dataset (See NIJ Award #2012-WG-BX-0005), an NIJ-funded 6-year longitudinal study of teen dating violence that included 1,042 ethnically and socioeconomically diverse adolescents who began participation in this study at an average age of 15. Findings suggested that physical dating violence risk of onset was at or before ages 15 to 16 for females and at or before age 18 for males. For sexual dating violence perpetration, risk was similar for males and females during adolescence, before uniquely increasing for males, and not females in emerging adulthood.
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DOJ Grants Financial Guide (December 2017)
OJP, 164 pages, NCJ 251462.
The DOJ Grants Financial Guide serves as the primary reference manual to assist OVC award recipients (who received awards after December 26, 2014) in fulfilling their fiduciary responsibility to safeguard grant funds and ensure funds are used for the purposes for which they were awarded.
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Social Support Can Diminish Negative Effects of Elder Abuse (December 2017)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 2 pages, NCJ 251468.
This article summarizes the findings of a series of studies that have identified the critical role of social support in preventing and ameliorating the adverse effects of elder abuse. These research findings may help inform how victim service providers and allied professionals respond to victims of elder abuse.
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Understanding the Perspective of the Victim: Recognizing the Complexity of Sex Trafficking Situations (October 2017)
OJJDP-Sponsored, Fact Sheet, 3 pages, NCJ 252021.
This resource explores the various reasons some individuals are vulnerable to being trafficked, how they are recruited, and why exiting the sex trafficking situation is not a simple task for the majority of victims.
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Knowing the Signs of Youth Sex Trafficking (October 2017)
OJJDP-Sponsored, Fact Sheet, 5 pages, NCJ 252023.
This fact sheet provides information on learning and identifying the signs of youth sex trafficking situations, how to help, and steps youth can take to prevent these crimes from occurring.
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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
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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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
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.
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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
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, Report, 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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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).
Abstract | PDF
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.
Abstract | HTML (Transcript) | Video (01:22:02)
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.
Abstract | PDF
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.
Abstract | PDF
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.
Abstract
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.
Abstract
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.
Abstract | PDF (Summary) | PDF (Full Report)
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.
Abstract | PDF
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.
Abstract | PDF
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.
Abstract | PDF
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.
Abstract | PDF | TEXT
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.
Abstract | PDF | HTML (EPUB) | HTML (MOBI)
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.
Abstract | PDF | TEXT
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.
Abstract | PDF | TEXT
Part Of the BJS Special Reports Series
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.
Abstract | PDF
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.
Abstract | PDF | TEXT
Part Of the BJS Special Reports Series
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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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.
Abstract | PDF | TEXT
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.
Abstract | PDF
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.
Abstract | PDF
Part Of the OJJDP Portable Guides to Investigating Child Abuse Series
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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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.
Abstract | PDF | TEXT
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.
Abstract | PDF
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
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Criminal Victimization, 2016: Revised (October 2018)
BJS, Bulletin, BJS Bulletins, 30 pages, NCJ 252121.
This report presents national data on criminal victimization reported and not reported to police in 2015 and 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. This report provides revised official estimates, which replace previously released 2016 estimates that did not permit year-to-year-comparisons.
PDF (Summary) | PDF (Full Report)
Part Of the BJS Bulletins Series
Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Toolkit (September 2018)
OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 0 pages, NCJ 252125.
This second edition of the SART Toolkit provides resources for communities wanting to develop SARTs — coordinated teams of people who serve victims of sexual assault — and for communities wanting to improve their SART responses. The toolkit reviews the basics, lays out the steps involved building a SART, outlines strategic planning for SART operations, and describes how to remain focused on serving victims of crime.
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Law Enforcement's Role in Victim Compensation (September 2018)
OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 5 pages, NCJ 252192.
This suite of training resources provides law enforcement personnel with tools to communicate information about victim compensation and other services to victims of crime. These materials include training videos and companion guides customized for first responders, investigators, and law enforcement leaders; frequently asked questions about victim compensation; customizable resources to assist your agency; and more.
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Financial Support for Victims of Crime: A Quick Guide for Corrections and Community Supervision Officers (August 2018)
BJA-Sponsored, Grant, 4 pages, NCJ 252127.
Corrections, probation, and parole officers can play an important role to inform victims of services, rights, and programs. This guide outlines how to provide victims of crime with information on restitution, victim compensation, and other types of financial assistance.
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Vision 21: National Resource Center for Reaching Victims (August 2018)
OVC, Fact Sheet, OVC Fact Sheets, 2 pages, NCJ 251958.
This fact sheet describes the OVC-funded National Resource Center for Reaching Victims project. The center seeks to be one-stop shop where providers, policymakers, and other professionals will be able to obtain information and expert guidance to enhance their capacity to identify, reach, and serve all victims, especially those from communities that too often have less access to healing services and avenues to justice.
Abstract | PDF
Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
Vision 21: Center for Victim Research (August 2018)
OVC, Fact Sheet, OVC Fact Sheets, 2 pages, NCJ 251959.
In response to the victim assistance field’s call for increased statistical data, evidence-based practices, and program evaluation, OVC funded the creation of the Center for Victim Research. This fact sheet describes how the Center is tool for victim service providers and researchers to connect and share knowledge, supports the field in two ways. It facilitates access to victim research and data while improving the utility of research and data collection to crime victim services nationwide.
Abstract | PDF
Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
Questioning Bias: Validating A Bias Crime Victim Assessment Tool In California And New Jersey, Summary Overview (July 2018)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 29 pages, NCJ 252010.
This study investigated the experiences of hate incidents, crimes and factors affecting underreporting among youth and adults in LGBT, Hispanic, Black, Muslim communities in New Jersey and Los Angeles. Based on the research findings, the Vera Institute of Justice developed an assessment tool, the Bias Crime Assessment Tool, to improve the identification of hate crime victimization, better reflect victims’ experiences, increase confidence in the reporting process, and help to record more accurate data.
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Research Brief: Homicide Co-Victimization (July 2018)
OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 4 pages, NCJ 251953.
This fact sheet provides a comprehensive review of research and practice on homicide co-victimization. This research brief describes how the evidence base for homicide co-victimization is growing, while highlighting key areas where further research is needed.
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A Law Enforcement Guide on International Parental Kidnapping (July 2018)
OJJDP, Report, 100 pages, NCJ 250606.
This guide is designed to help local, state, and federal law enforcement prevent and respond to international parental kidnapping cases. The guide describes law enforcement's role as initial responders and investigators, discusses laws and legal remedies for child recovery and reunification, offers information about victim services and victim reunification travel funds, and outlines considerations for criminal prosecution and extradition of offenders.
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OVC Fact Sheet: Action Research (May 2018)
OVC, OVC Fact Sheets, 2 pages, NCJ 251671.
Action research is social research carried out by a team consisting of a professional researcher and representatives from an organization or group seeking to improve its processes, products, or services. In Fiscal Year 2018, OVC will transition recipients of human trafficking grants from an evaluation model to an action research model. This fact will help grantees transition to the new action research model.
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Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
A Complete Guide to Establishing and Operating a Victim Assistance Academy (May 2018)
OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 64 pages, NCJ 252064.
State Victim Assistance Academies provide fundamental, comprehensive, and academically based education and training for victim assistance providers, victim advocates, criminal justice personnel, and allied professionals who routinely deal with crime victims. This comprehensive guide seeks to assist states and territories in developing and/or refining their State Victim Assistance Academies.
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Communities of Practice and SVAAs (May 2018)
OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 4 pages, NCJ 252065.
This paper defines the concept of Communities of practice and outlines how concept applies to State Victim Assistance Academies (SVAAs). It examines how SVAAs can benefit from incorporating this perspective into their development and operations.
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It's Not an "Accident": It's a Crime! (April 2018)
OVC-Sponsored, 2 pages, NCJ 251642.
All victims of crime should be treated with dignity and respect, including victims of drunk driving crashes. This brochure provides information to law enforcement officers on how to respond to DUI crash victims and the services that may be available to them, including crime victim compensation. This resource was produced by the National Sheriffs' Association with funding support from OVC.
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Help for Victims of DUI Crashes (April 2018)
OVC-Sponsored, 2 pages, NCJ 251675.
All victims of crime should be treated with dignity and respect, including victims of drunk driving crashes. This brochure provides information to victims of DUI crashes and the rights and services that may be available to them, including crime victim compensation. This resource was produced by the National Sheriffs' Association with funding support from OVC.
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Building Successful Victim Researcher and Practitioner Collaborations (April 2018)
OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 7 pages, NCJ 251954.
This tip sheet provides information on why research-and-practice collaborations are important to your work. It also discusses how to build successful partnerships and ways to sustain research-and-practice relationships over time.
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"Physical Presence on Account of Trafficking": Eligibility Requirement for T Visa Applicants (April 2018)
OVC-Sponsored, 6 pages, NCJ 251836.
This advisory breaks down the physical presence eligibility requirement and provides strategies to help you successfully demonstrate that an applicant meets the physical presence requirement.
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General Tips for T Visas for Victims of Severe Form of Trafficking in Persons (April 2018)
OVC-Sponsored, 6 pages, NCJ 251837.
This advisory provides information to practitioners on eligibility requirements for T Visas as well as best practices for cover letters and declarations.
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Human Trafficking: An Overview of Services and Funding for Survivors (April 2018)
OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 13 pages, NCJ 251838.
This paper reviews approaches and legislation to identify victims of human trafficking and provide services to support short- and long-term recovery.
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Indicators of School Crime and Safety, 2017 (March 2018)
BJS, Report, 280 pages, NCJ 251413.
This annual report presents data on school crime and safety from the perspectives of students, teachers, and principals. It contains 23 indicators of school crime and safety, including violent deaths; nonfatal student and teacher victimization; school environment; fights, weapons, and illegal substances; fear and avoidance; discipline, safety, and security measures; and campus safety and security.
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ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences/Trauma) Pediatric Healthcare Toolkit (January 2018)
OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 45 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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2018 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Guide (2018)
OVC, 3 pages, NCJ 251052.
The 2018 NCVRW Resource Guide provides a wealth of materials for promoting public awareness campaigns for NCVRW and throughout the year. The guide includes planning tips, artwork, crime and victimization fact sheets, and more. Help OVC Expand the Circle: Reach All Victims.
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2018 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Kit (includes Theme Poster and awareness posters) (2018)
OVC, PS000032KIT.
The poster kit contains the NCVRW Theme Poster and this year's awareness posters. These awareness materials are customizable and available to download. A limited number of color hardcopies can be ordered through the OVC Resource Center (www.ncjrs.gov).
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2018 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Theme Poster (2018)
OVC, PS000032.
The poster is available for download and a customizable version is available. The poster evokes this year’s NCVRW theme—Expand the Circle: Reach All Victims—which emphasizes the importance of inclusion in victim services. A limited number of color hardcopies can be ordered through the OVC Resource Center (www.ncjrs.gov).
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2018 Crime & Victimization in the United States Statistical Fact Sheet (2018)
OVC
This fact sheet provides a snapshot of current research and victimization statistics in the United States. Use this and other fact sheets from the 2018 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide (www.ovc.gov/ncvrw2018) to promote awareness about different types of crime, as graphics for your social media, and to inform other education efforts throughout the year.
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2018 Crime Trends Statistical Fact Sheet (2018)
OVC
This fact sheet provides a snapshot of current crime trends in the United States. Use this and other fact sheets from the 2018 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide (www.ovc.gov/ncvrw2018) to promote awareness about different types of crime, as graphics for your social media, and to inform other education efforts throughout the year.
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2018 Campus Victimization Statistical Fact Sheet (2018)
OVC
This fact sheet provides a snapshot of current campus crime trends in the United States. Use this and other fact sheets from the 2018 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide (www.ovc.gov/ncvrw2018) to promote awareness about different types of crime, as graphics for your social media, and to inform other education efforts throughout the year.
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2018 Assault Statistical Fact Sheet (2018)
OVC
This fact sheet provides a snapshot of current trends in aggravated and simple assault in the United States. Use this and other fact sheets from the 2018 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide (www.ovc.gov/ncvrw2018) to promote awareness about different types of crime, as graphics for your social media, and to inform other education efforts throughout the year.
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2018 Burglary, Theft, Robbery Statistical Fact Sheet (2018)
OVC
This fact sheet provides a snapshot of current burglary, theft, and robbery trends in the United States. Use this and other fact sheets from the 2018 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide (www.ovc.gov/ncvrw2018) to promote awareness about different types of crime, as graphics for your social media, and to inform other education efforts throughout the year.
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2018 Crimes Against Older Adults Statistical Fact Sheet (2018)
OVC
This fact sheet provides a snapshot of current crime trends against older adults in the United States. Use this and other fact sheets from the 2018 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide (www.ovc.gov/ncvrw2018) to promote awareness about different types of crime, as graphics for your social media, and to inform other education efforts throughout the year.
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2018 Crimes Against People With Disabilities Statistical Fact Sheet (2018)
OVC
This fact sheet provides a snapshot of current crime trends against people with disabilities in the United States. Use this and other fact sheets from the 2018 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide (www.ovc.gov/ncvrw2018) to promote awareness about different types of crime, as graphics for your social media, and to inform other education efforts throughout the year.
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2018 Driving Under the Influence Statistical Fact Sheet (2018)
OVC
This fact sheet provides a snapshot of current driving under the influence (DUI) trends in the United States. Use this and other fact sheets from the 2018 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide (www.ovc.gov/ncvrw2018) to promote awareness about different types of crime, as graphics for your social media, and to inform other education efforts throughout the year.
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2018 Financial Crime Statistical Fact Sheet (2018)
OVC
This fact sheet provides a snapshot of current financial crime trends in the United States. Use this and other fact sheets from the 2018 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide (www.ovc.gov/ncvrw2018) to promote awareness about different types of crime, as graphics for your social media, and to inform other education efforts throughout the year.
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2018 Hate Crime Statistical Fact Sheet (2018)
OVC
This fact sheet provides a snapshot of current hate crime trends in the United States. Use this and other fact sheets from the 2018 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide (www.ovc.gov/ncvrw2018) to promote awareness about different types of crime, as graphics for your social media, and to inform other education efforts throughout the year.
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2018 Homicide Statistical Fact Sheet (2018)
OVC
This fact sheet provides a snapshot of current homicide trends in the United States. Use this and other fact sheets from the 2018 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide (www.ovc.gov/ncvrw2018) to promote awareness about different types of crime, as graphics for your social media, and to inform other education efforts throughout the year.
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2018 Human Trafficking Statistical Fact Sheet (2018)
OVC
This fact sheet provides a snapshot of current trends in labor and sex trafficking the United States. Use this and other fact sheets from the 2018 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide (www.ovc.gov/ncvrw2018) to promote awareness about different types of crime, as graphics for your social media, and to inform other education efforts throughout the year.
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2018 Intimate Partner Violence Statistical Fact Sheet (2018)
OVC
This fact sheet provides a snapshot of current intimate partner and domestic violence trends in the United States. Use this and other fact sheets from the 2018 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide (www.ovc.gov/ncvrw2018) to promote awareness about different types of crime, as graphics for your social media, and to inform other education efforts throughout the year.
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2018 Mass Casualty Shootings Statistical Fact Sheet (2018)
OVC
This fact sheet provides a snapshot of current trends in mass casualty shootings in the United States. Use this and other fact sheets from the 2018 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide (www.ovc.gov/ncvrw2018) to promote awareness about different types of crime, as graphics for your social media, and to inform other education efforts throughout the year.
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2018 School Victimization Statistical Fact Sheet (2018)
OVC
This fact sheet provides a snapshot of current school victimization trends in the United States. Use this and other fact sheets from the 2018 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide (www.ovc.gov/ncvrw2018) to promote awareness about different types of crime, as graphics for your social media, and to inform other education efforts throughout the year.
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2018 Sexual Violence Statistical Fact Sheet (2018)
OVC
This fact sheet provides a snapshot of current sexual violence trends in the United States. Use this and other fact sheets from the 2018 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide (www.ovc.gov/ncvrw2018) to promote awareness about different types of crime, as graphics for your social media, and to inform other education efforts throughout the year.
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2018 Stalking Statistical Fact Sheet (2018)
OVC
This fact sheet provides a snapshot of current stalking trends in the United States. Use this and other fact sheets from the 2018 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide (www.ovc.gov/ncvrw2018) to promote awareness about different types of crime, as graphics for your social media, and to inform other education efforts throughout the year.
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2018 Urban and Rural Victimization Statistical Fact Sheet (2018)
OVC
This fact sheet provides a snapshot of victimization trends urban and rural communities in the United States. Use this and other fact sheets from the 2018 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide (www.ovc.gov/ncvrw2018) to promote awareness about different types of crime, as graphics for your social media, and to inform other education efforts throughout the year.
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2018 Workplace Violence Statistical Fact Sheet (2018)
OVC
This fact sheet provides a snapshot of workplace violence trends in the United States. Use this and other fact sheets from the 2018 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide (www.ovc.gov/ncvrw2018) to promote awareness about different types of crime, as graphics for your social media, and to inform other education efforts throughout the year.
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2018 Youth Victimization Statistical Fact Sheet (2018)
OVC
This fact sheet provides a snapshot of youth victimization trends in the United States. Use this and other fact sheets from the 2018 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide (www.ovc.gov/ncvrw2018) to promote awareness about different types of crime, as graphics for your social media, and to inform other education efforts throughout the year.
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Keys to Collaboration Between Hospital-based Violence Intervention and Cure Violence Programs (2018)
OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 16 pages, NCJ 251823.
The Healing Justice Alliance, with funding support from OVC, published this report to help guide communities that are implementing, or are interested in implementing, both hospital-based violence intervention and cure violence programs to address violence impacting young males.
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National Elder Mistreatment Survey: 5 Year Follow-up of Victims and Matched Non-Victims (2018)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 13 pages, NCJ 252029.
The purpose of this project was to follow the first National Elder Mistreatment Study, which provided prevalence estimates, with a second study of a subset of the same participants. This follow-up study measures the effects of elder abuse in terms of (1) health and mental health outcomes and (2) criminal justice system participation and satisfaction, as well as additional predictors of these effects. The enduring negative health and mental health effects of elder mistreatment, including financial mistreatment, were evident from 8-year follow-up data, although these effects appear to be mitigated, in large part, by current social support. Results from this study indicate that elder financial mistreatment perpetrated by family, friends, and acquaintances is far less likely to be reported than the same behaviors perpetrated by strangers.
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A Longitudinal Examination of Teen Dating Violence From Adolescence to Young Adulthood (2018)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 11 pages, NCJ 252053.
This study examines the Dating it Safe dataset (See NIJ Award #2012-WG-BX-0005), an NIJ-funded 6-year longitudinal study of teen dating violence that included 1,042 ethnically and socioeconomically diverse adolescents who began participation in this study at an average age of 15. Findings suggested that physical dating violence risk of onset was at or before ages 15 to 16 for females and at or before age 18 for males. For sexual dating violence perpetration, risk was similar for males and females during adolescence, before uniquely increasing for males, and not females in emerging adulthood.
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Tools for Changing the Narrative About Male Survivors of Violence (2018)
OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 52 pages, NCJ 252061.
This communications toolkit can help organizations to identify and achieve their communications goals in changing the narrative about trauma among male survivors of violence. It contains sections on general strategic communications tools and working with the news media.
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DOJ Grants Financial Guide (December 2017)
OJP, 164 pages, NCJ 251462.
The DOJ Grants Financial Guide serves as the primary reference manual to assist OVC award recipients (who received awards after December 26, 2014) in fulfilling their fiduciary responsibility to safeguard grant funds and ensure funds are used for the purposes for which they were awarded.
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Social Support Can Diminish Negative Effects of Elder Abuse (December 2017)
NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 2 pages, NCJ 251468.
This article summarizes the findings of a series of studies that have identified the critical role of social support in preventing and ameliorating the adverse effects of elder abuse. These research findings may help inform how victim service providers and allied professionals respond to victims of elder abuse.
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Victim Need Report: Service Providers' Perspectives on the Needs of Crime Victims and Service Gaps (November 2017)
OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 43 pages, NCJ 251382.
This report presents research findings on victim needs and gaps in services as described by victim service providers serving victims of crime in Illinois. This report points to programmatic (e.g., shelter services) and geographic service gaps (e.g., lack of legal services in rural areas of the state) in funding that weaken a provider’s ability to provide comprehensive services for all victims of crime.
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