Agency's Use of Technology Best Practices & Policies Toolkit
When using technology, both victim advocates and survivors need to consider safety, privacy, and security. This resource provides guidance for programs that provide services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and trafficking on best practices to help maintain the safety and security of crime victims and their personal information. The toolkit was produced by the National Network to End Domestic Violence's Safety Net Project which develops resources and information on the use of technology for survivors and the agencies that support them.
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP): Medical Home for Children and Adolescents Exposed to Violence
Developed through a grant from OVC, this section of the AAP Web site provides pediatricians and all medical home teams with the resources they need to modify practice operations to more effectively identify, treat, and refer children and youth who have been exposed to or victimized by violence.
ARC Community Services, Inc.
ARC Community Services, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit, 501(c)3 agency providing innovative, women responsive, strengths-based, family focused, community-based wraparound services since 1976, to women and their children/families in the Metropolitan Area of Madison, Wisconsin. With funding from OVC, ARC provides services for victims of human trafficking.
Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach
Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach (formerly Nihonmachi Legal Outreach), is a community-based, social justice organization serving the Asian and Pacific Islander communities of the Greater San Francisco, California Bay Area. This organization provides legal, social, and educational services in more than a dozen languages and dialects including Cantonese, Chiu-Chow, Hindi, Ilocano, Japanese, Korean, Lao, Mandarin, Spanish, Tagalog, Taiwanese, Urdu, and Vietnamese.
ChildVictimWeb is a free online training resource designed for professionals from all disciplines who work with children who have experienced or witnessed serious violence. This course describes the prevalence and characteristics of different forms of victimization often experienced in childhood, their psychological, behavioral, social, and health consequences, and implications for practice. Assessment strategies, an evidence-based approach to treatment planning, trauma-informed case management skills, and information about evidence supported treatments are presented.
Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST)
Operating in Los Angeles County, California, the mission of CAST is to assist persons trafficked for the purpose of forced labor and slavery-like practices and to work toward ending all instances of such human rights violations.
Criminal Crisis Response Initiative (CCRI)
Funded by OVC, CCRI is a multidisciplinary training and technical assistance program designed to help communities meet the needs of the victims of an act of criminal mass victimization.
Department of Labor & Industrial Relations Office of Community Services
The Office of Community Services assists Hawaii's low-income, immigrant and refugee populations to overcome and alleviate workforce barriers to economic self-sufficiency via an array of community-based programs and services. Through funding from OVC, this agency provides comprehensive services for victims of human trafficking.
Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Victims
For over a decade, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) has collaborated with OVC to promote crime victim rights and facilitate law enforcement's ability to effectively address victim needs. One of the key milestones of this collaboration includes the 21st Century Strategy for Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Victims, consisting of the Strategy, the Implementation Guide, the Resource Toolkit, and the Training Supplemental. This Web site, which captures the 21st Century Strategy and a number of other victim-related materials and publications, serves as a unique law enforcement resource center for enhanced victim response.
FORGE is a progressive organization whose mission is to support, educate and advocate for the rights and lives of transgender individuals and SOFFAs (Significant Others, Friends, Family, and Allies).
Identity Theft Victim Assistance Network Project
The Maryland Crime Victims' Resource Center, Inc. (MCVRC), with funding from OVC, this project seeks to improve the response (infrastructure, training, outreach tools, and direct victim assistance services) to victims of identity theft nationwide.
Mobile Apps Compiled by OVC
This section of the OVC site contains a list of free apps, created by government agencies and non-profit organizations, that provide information and resources about various types of victimization.
National Alliance of Victims' Rights Attorneys (NAVRA)
A project of the National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI) and partially funded through a grant from OVC, NAVRA is a membership alliance of attorneys and advocates committed to the protection, enforcement, and advancement of crime victims' rights nationwide.
National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC): Cyberbullying
The National Crime Prevention Council, through funding from OVC, offers resources including fact sheets and four podcasts about general cyberbullying information, taking action in schools, creating community change, and how teens feel about cyberbullying.
National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI): Safeguarding Child-Victims' Rights Initiative
With funding from OVC, this NCVLI Program works to ensure that the rights of child-victims through education & training, litigation, and public policy.
National Network of Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs
Violence is preventable, and trauma centers and emergency rooms have a golden moment of opportunity at the hospital bedside to engage with a victim of violence and to stop the cycle of violence. The Network's purpose is to strengthen existing programs and help develop similar programs in communities across the country.
Office for Victims of Crime (OVC): American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner-Sexual Assault Response Team (SANE-SART) Initiative
OVC established the AI/AN SANE-SART Initiative in 2010 to address the comprehensive needs of tribal victims of sexual violence, with the ultimate goal of institutionalizing sustainable and evidence-based practices that meet the needs of tribal communities.
Office for Victims of Crime (OVC): Human Trafficking
OVC’s human trafficking Web site contains a wide range of information including resources and research from the Federal Government, publications and products from OVC, local and national direct assistance information, and related funding opportunities for victims and survivors of human trafficking, victim service providers, law enforcement, and allied professionals.
Polaris Project's comprehensive approach to combating human trafficking includes conducting direct outreach and victim identification, providing social services and transitional housing to victims, operating the National Human Trafficking Resource Center serving as the central national hotline on human trafficking, advocating for stronger state and Federal anti-trafficking legislation, and engaging community members in local and national grassroots efforts.
Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN)
RAINN operates a 24-hour telephone hotline (1-800-656-HOPE) and an Online Hotline for victims of sexual assault. The secure web-based hotline provides a safe, secure, and anonymous place for victims to get help online. RAINN also works to promote education and prevention of sexual assault, compiles and shares links to Legal Resources, including the State Mandatory Regulations regarding children and the elderly.
Safe Horizon's mission is to provide support, prevent violence, and promote justice for victims of crime and abuse, their families, and communities. Safe Horizon's program to assist victims and survivors of human trafficking helps deliver intensive case management, shelter, legal services, and mental health care to survivors of trafficking.
SAGE Project, Inc.
The SAGE Project is a nonprofit organization with one primary aim: bringing an end to the commercial sexual exploitation of children and adults (CSE/CSEC). SAGE contributes to that goal by raising awareness about CSE/CSEC issues, and by providing outreach and services to CSE/CSEC survivors.
Sexual Assault Support and Help for Americans Abroad
SASHAA specializes in prevention and response to American victim's of sexual assault overseas. Victims of crime may obtain culturally sensitive assistance and services from SASHAA advocates via hotline, live chat, or email. SASHAA is a program of the Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center.
Stolen Futures: A Forum on Child Identity Theft
OVC and the Federal Trade Commission held a forum in 2011 to discuss child identity theft. Read transcripts from forum sessions which explored the nature of child identity theft - including foster care identity theft and identity theft within families - with the goal of advising parents and victims on how to prevent the crime and how to resolve child identity theft problems.
Technology Safety & Privacy: A Toolkit for Survivors
This toolkit contains safety tips, information, and privacy strategies for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and trafficking related to the use of technology. The toolkit was produced by the National Network to End Domestic Violence's Safety Net Project which develops resources and information on the use of technology for survivors and the agencies that support them.
The Use of Technology to Stalk: An Online Course
Produced by the Stalking Resource Center of the National Center for Victims of Crime with funding from OVC, this free self-paced, interactive online training will help increase the ability of criminal justice professionals and victim service providers to recognize how stalkers use technology and, ultimately, enhance their ability to work with victims of stalking. This course highlights: how stalkers use technologies to locate, harass, and surveil their victims; steps to assist in investigating stalking crimes; and how to support victims of stalking.
Unified Solutions Tribal Community Development Group
Unified Solutions is dedicated to partnering with American Indian/Alaska Native communities to end violent crime, heal from the effects of trauma, and promote resilience.
A project of the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), this Web site provides state-specific legal information and resources for survivors of domestic violence.
Administration for Children and Families
ACF promotes the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals, and communities. Through its Children's Bureau, ACF assists states in the delivery of child welfare services. Its Web site presents related initiatives, statistics, ACF programs, funding, and information systems.
The Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics (Forum) was initially established in 1986, with the goal of bringing together Federal agencies that share a common interest in improving aging-related data. The Forum has played a key role by critically evaluating existing data resources and limitations, stimulating new database development, encouraging cooperation and data sharing among Federal agencies, and preparing collaborative statistical reports.
The America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response (AMBER) Alert System is a voluntary partnership between law-enforcement agencies, broadcasters, transportation agencies, and the wireless industry, to activate an urgent bulletin in the most serious child-abduction cases.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
The ADA Home Page provides access to ADA regulations and technical assistance materials in English and Spanish, including information about U.S. Department of Justice ADA settlement agreements and enforcement activities. ADA.gov centralizes key ADA information and links to Federal resources, including: access to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) ADA material; ADA Standards for Accessible Design; updates on new ADA requirements; and the ADA Information Line: 800-514-0301 (voice) 800-514-0383 (TDD/TTY).
Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program (AEAP)
OVC manages AEAP, which offers five funding streams to provide timely relief to communities affected by terrorism and criminal mass violence for immediate and ongoing victim assistance services in the form of grants to qualifying applicants (including state victim assistance and compensation programs); U.S. Attorneys' Offices; federal, state, and local governments; and nongovernmental victim service organizations.
Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS): Homicide Trends in the United States
This BJS tool provides data at the state-level related to homicides, including the number of victims, demographic data (age, race, and gender), and weapon involvement.
Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS): National Victimization Analysis Tool (NVAT)
This dynamic analysis tool allows you to examine National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) data, the nation's primary source of information on criminal victimization, on both violent and property victimization by select victim, household, and incident characteristics.
Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS): Victims
Summary findings, publications, selected statistics: Victim characteristics, BJS Criminal Victimization in the United States—annual detailed statistical tables, BJS Homicide Trends in the United States, and the National Crime Victimization Survey.
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA)
The online Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance provides access to a database of all federal programs available to state and local governments (including the District of Columbia); federally-recognized Indian tribal governments; territories (and possessions) of the United States; domestic public, quasi-public, and private profit and non-profit organizations and institutions; specialized groups; and individuals.
Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS)
CMHS works in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in overseeing national efforts to provide emergency mental health services to survivors of Presidentially declared disasters.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
CDC is the lead federal agency for developing and applying disease prevention and control. The agency also promotes educational activities designed to improve environmental and personal health nationwide.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Dating Matters™ Initiative
Choose Respect is an initiative to help adolescents form healthy relationships to prevent dating abuse before it starts. This national effort is designed to motivate adolescents to challenge harmful beliefs about dating abuse and take steps to form respectful relationships.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS)
NISVS provides data on rape, physical violence, and stalking by an intimate partner in the United States along with rates of health and mental health problems associated with victimization.
Child Abduction: Resources for Victims and Families
This section of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Web site provides information about publications developed to support child abduction victims and their families.
Child Welfare Information Gateway
A service of the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Child Welfare Information Gateway promotes the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and families by connecting child welfare, adoption and related professionals as well as the general public to timely, essential information.
Child Welfare Information Gateway: State Statutes Search
Child Welfare Information Gateway provides a searchable database of State Statutes on issues related to child abuse and neglect, child welfare, and adoption.
This website offers easy access to statistics and reports on children and families, including: family and social environment, economic circumstances, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, education and health. The Forum fosters coordination, collaboration, and integration of Federal efforts to collect and report data on conditions and trends for children and families.
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: Managing Someone Else's Money
This site provides advice to help financial caregivers manage the financial decisions of a loved one, provides information on how to watch out for scams and financial exploitation, and what to do if your loved one is a victim.
Corporation for National and Community Service (CNS)
The Corporation for National and Community Service provides opportunities for Americans of all ages and backgrounds to engage in service that addresses the Nation's educational, public safety, environmental, and other human needs to achieve direct and demonstrable results and to encourage all Americans to engage in such service. In doing so, the corporation will foster civic responsibility, strengthen the ties that bind us together as a people, and provide educational opportunity for those who make a substantial commitment to service.
CrimeSolutions.gov is a searchable online database of evidence-based programs covering a range of justice-related topics, including victim assistance programs; corrections; courts; crime prevention; substance abuse; juveniles; law enforcement; and technology and forensics. The site is a tool to understand, access and integrate scientific evidence about programs into programmatic and policy decisions.
Department of Defense (DOD) Family Advocacy Program
The DoD Family Advocacy Program serves as a resource for military families experiencing family violence by providing prevention efforts, early identification and intervention, support for victims, and treatment for offenders.
Department of Defense (DoD) Safe Helpline
The Department of Defense (DoD) Safe Helpline is a confidential crisis support service for adult service members of the DoD community affected by sexual assault. Operated by the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN), the helpline provides live, one-on-one expert advice and information 24/7.
Department of Defense (DOD): Victim and Witness Assistance Council (VWAC)
The Council's Web site offers information and links to assist victims, and witnesses to crimes on military installations. Resources include contact information for victim and witness assistance coordinators for the Coast Guard, Department of the Air Force, Department of the Army, Department of the Navy, Marine Corps, Office of the Secretary of Defense.
Each branch of services has: 1) An interdisciplinary Victim and Witness Assistance Council; 2)a Family Advocacy Program designed to prevent and treat child and spouse abuse; and 3) a central repository for tracking notice of the status of offenders confined in military correctional facilities.
In addition, local councils have been established at each major military installation to ensure that an interdisciplinary approach is followed by victim and witness service providers.
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS): Eldercare Locator
This nationwide toll-free service (1-800-677-1116) helps older adults and their caregivers find local services for seniors, including home care, transportation, housing alternatives, home repair, recreation, social activities, and legal and other community services. The directory is a service of the U.S. Administration on Aging.
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
The VA works to provide veterans the world-class benefits and services they have earned.
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA): Center for Women Veterans
The Center for Women Veterans serves to raise awareness of the responsibility to treat women veterans with dignity and respect.
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA): Victim Witness Assistance Program (VWAP)
The DEA-VWAP was implemented to ensure the rights of crime victims encountered in DEA investigations are met.
Elder Justice Initiative
This site serves as a resource for victims of elder abuse and financial exploitation and their families, practitioners who serve them, law enforcement agencies and prosecutors, and researchers seeking to understand and address this silent epidemic plaguing our nation's elders. Victims and family members will find information about how to report and get assistance for victims of elder abuse and financial exploitation in all 50 states and the U.S. territories.
Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA): Office of the Victims' Rights Ombudsman
A crime victim may file a complaint against any employee of the U.S. Department of Justice who violates or fails to provide the rights established under the Crime Victims' Rights Act of 2004, 18 U.S.C. Section 3771. The Department of Justice has established the Office of the Victims' Rights Ombudsman to receive and investigate complaints filed by crime victims against its employees, and has implemented Procedures To Promote Compliance With Crime Victims' Rights Obligations, 28 C.F.R. Section 45.10.
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
The FBI is the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Justice. Its mission is to protect the United States from terrorist and foreign intelligence activities; investigate violations of federal criminal law; and provide assistance to federal, state, local, and international agencies.
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for Kids
The FBI offers two Web sites for kids, which offer safety information and background history tailored to different age groups.
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI): Tips and Public Leads
If you would like to provide information pertaining to the criminal acts or other possible terrorist activity, please report any information to your local Federal Bureau of Investigation field office. You also may use the Web site to report electronically over a secure Internet connection.
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI): Uniform Crime Reports
The Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program was conceived in 1929 by the International Association of Chiefs of Police to meet a need for reliable, uniform crime statistics for the nation. In 1930, the FBI was tasked with collecting, publishing, and archiving those statistics. Today, several annual statistical publications, such as the comprehensive Crime in the United States, are produced from data provided by nearly 17,000 law enforcement agencies across the United States.
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI): Violent Crimes Against Children
This FBI program's mission is to: decrease the vulnerability of children to sexual exploitation; develop a nationwide capacity to provide a rapid, effective, and measured investigative response to crimes against children; and enhance the capabilities of state and local law enforcement investigators through programs, investigative assistance, and task force operations. The program's strategy involves using multi-disciplinary and multi-agency teams to investigate and prosecute crimes that cross legal, geographical, and jurisdictional boundaries; promoting and enhancing interagency sharing of intelligence, specialized skills, and services; and widely offering our victim/witness services.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
FEMA works in conjunction with different agencies to provide emergency and disaster relief. FEMA's web site offers disaster news and emergency management information.
Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
The FTC is the U.S. Government's central website for information about identity theft includes government reports and Congressional testimony, law enforcement updates, and consumer alerts. Victims of identity theft will find useful information on how to report identity theft and steps to protect their credit.
Federal Trade Commission (FTC): A Guide to Protecting Foster Kids' Credit
This guide provides a step-by-step instructions to implement the federal mandated credit check requirement for adults who work with youth in foster care that are 16 and older in order to identify and fix any inaccuracies in their credit history.
Federal Trade Commission (FTC): Disputing Errors on Your Credit Report
This sample letter will help identity theft victims ask credit reporting companies to remove fraudulent errors on their credit report.
Federal Trade Commission (FTC): Extended Fraud Alerts and Credit Freezes
Victims of identity theft may want to place an extended fraud alert or a credit freeze on their credit file. This site provides information on both extended fraud alerts and credit freezes, along with the steps victims can take to implement them.
Federal Trade Commission (FTC): Identity Theft
This section of the FTC Web site provides general information about identity theft, tips on how to protect your identity, the and steps to take if your identity has been stolen.
Federal Trade Commission (FTC): IdentityTheft.gov
IdentityTheft.gov provides a comprehensive collection of resources for identity theft victims, including information on how to know if you're a victim and what steps should be taken if your identity has been stolen.
Federal Trade Commission (FTC): Protecting Personal Information -- A Guide for Business
The loss of sensitive customer information can harm businesses by impacting customer trust or even opening your business up to lawsuits. This FTC resource provides information about the steps businesses can take to avoid security breaches in order to protect sensitive customer data.
Federal Trade Commission (FTC): Protecting Your Child's Personal Information at School
In the wrong hands, the personal information on school forms can be used to commit fraud in your child's name — to apply for government benefits, open credit card accounts, or apply for a loan. This site provides information on how you can help protect your child's identity.
Federal Trade Commission (FTC): Sample Letters and Forms for Victims of Identity Theft
These sample letters and forms can help identity theft victims exercise their rights, like requesting action from the credit reporting companies and businesses where the thief opened new accounts or tampered with existing ones.
FedStats provides access to the full range of official statistical information produced by the Federal Government without having to know in advance which Federal agency produces which particular statistic. With convenient searching and linking capablilties to more than 100 agencies that provide data and trend information on such topics as economic and population trends, crime, education, health care, aviation safety, energy use, farm production and more, FedStats provides access to the full breadth of Federal statistical information.
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN)
Through cooperation and partnerships, FinCEN combats money laundering domestically and internationally.
Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force (FFETF)
Created in 2009 to hold accountable those who helped bring about the last financial crisis and to prevent another crisis from happening, FFETF is made up of Federal agencies, US Attorneys Offices and state/local partners working to combat financial fraud.
Grants.gov is your source to find and apply for federal grants. Today, Grants.gov is a central storehouse for information on over 1,000 grant programs and provides access to approximately $500 billion in annual awards.
How to Use an Identity Theft Affidavit
This site provides frequently asked questions and answers about an identity theft affidavit, which is the primary tool for proving your innocence to creditors and other entities where a thief has committed fraud in your name.
Internal Revenue Service (IRS): Identity Protection
An identity thief may use your Social Security number for employment which will cause the employer to use your Social Security number to report income earned. Thieves may also file a false tax return in order claim a tax refund. This section of the IRS site provides information on the steps the agency is taking combat identity theft and protect taxpayers. If you believe you may have tax issues as a result of identity theft, contact the IRS Identity Protection Unit at 1-800-908-4490
International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program (ITVERP)
If you believe that you or someone you know has been a victim of international terrorism, help may be available. ITVERP is a program authorized by Congress to reimburse eligible direct victims of acts of international terrorism that occur outside the United States for expenses associated with that victimization.
Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3)
IC3 allows users to file complaints online. Its Web site also offers statistics, scam alerts, and fraud prevention tips. The program is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National White Collar Crime Center.
Legal Services Corporation
LSC is a private, non-profit corporation established by Congress in 1974. LSC makes grants to independent local programs across the country to provide civil legal services to Americans without considerable financial means. The TVPA granted the LSC the responsibility to extend program services to those eligible for T and U Visas.
National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA)
NCEA is a resource for public and private agencies, professionals, service providers, and individuals interested in elder abuse prevention information, training, technical assistance, and research.
National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS)
Sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs, NCJRS offers information on victimology and victim assistance, criminal justice, juvenile justice, information to support research, policy, and program development worldwide. NCJRS supplies the victim services field with resources, publications, and program information. The NCJRS library collection includes more than 30,000 resources relevant to the field.
National Do Not Call Registry
The National Do Not Call Registry gives allows you to prevent telemarketers from calling your home with unsolicited offers.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA): Impaired Driving Safety Program
This NHTSA division offers facts and statistics, public education, and program updates on prevention programs and emergency care for patients.
National Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network (NITVAN): My Information Has Been Used to Open New Accounts
This site provides seven practical steps that victims can take if their personal information has been stolen and used to open new accounts.
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
NIOSH is the federal agency responsible for conducting research and making recommendations for the prevention of work-related injury and illness.
National Institute of Justice (NIJ): Teen Dating Violence
This section of the NIJ Web site provides information on NIJ's research agenda to study teen dating violence and includes information on the activities of the Federal Interagency Workgroup on Teen Dating Violence.
National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)
NamUs, is the first national online repository for missing persons and unidentified dead cases. This initiative brings together two innovative, searchable databases to provide a powerful tool for law enforcement agencies, medical examiners and coroners, victim advocates, and the general public to search for matches between missing persons and unidentified human remains records. Other resources provided include links to state clearinghouses, medical examiner and coroner offices, law enforcement agencies, victim assistance groups and pertinent legislation.
National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP)
NREPP is a searchable online registry of more than hundreds of interventions supporting mental health promotion, substance abuse prevention, and mental health and substance abuse treatment.
National Sex Offender Public Web Site
This online, searchable database of sex offenders is the result of a cooperative effort between the state agencies hosting public sexual offender registries and the Federal Government. The Federal site centralizes the different sex offender registries built and maintained by State and territories and provides real-time access to public sex offender data nationwide with a single Internet search. This Web site allows parents and concerned citizens to search existing public state and territory sex offender registries beyond their own communities.
NCJRS: Campus Safety Awareness Special Feature
To address the need for resources and strategies related to crime and safety at campuses of higher education, NCJRS presents this compilation of publications and related materials focusing on campus safety.
NCJRS: Elder Abuse Special Feature
To address the need for resources and strategies related to elder abuse, NCJRS presents this compilation of publications and related materials focusing abuse by caregivers, domestic violence, fraud and financial abuse, along with additional information and resources.
NCJRS: Faith-Based Resources Special Feature
NCJRS presents this compilation of faith-based resources available from Federal agencies.
NCJRS: Fraud Awareness Special Feature
In an effort to educate businesses and the public about the growing impact of fraud, as well as to promote basic steps that can be taken to recognize, report, and reduce the risk of becoming a victim of fraudulent activities, NCJRS presents this online compilation of resources addressing the topic.
NCJRS: Internet Safety Special Feature
The NCJRS Internet Safety Special Feature presents a compilation of resources on internet safety for children and consumers, internet privacy, and cyberbullying.
NCJRS: Justice in Indian Country Special Feature
This special feature provides publications and resources on specific topics involving Indian Country, including courts, law enforcement, victims, and more.
NCJRS: Stalking Awareness Special Feature
The NCJRS Stalking Awareness Special Feature presents publications and resources related to stalking.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA): Workplace Violence
The Workplace Violence section of the OSHA site links to a variety of reference materials on the prevention of workplace violence.
Office for Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP): Easy Access to the FBI's Supplementary Homicide Reports (EZASHR)
EZASHR provides access to more than twenty years of national and State data on homicide victims and known homicide offenders, including information on the age, sex, and race of victims and offenders, the victim-offender relationship, and the type of weapon used.
Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVCTTAC)
OVC TTAC provides comprehensive, quality technical assistance and training resources to victim service providers and allied professionals. OVC TTAC can support faith-based organizations by providing conference and workshop speakers; staff and volunteer trainings; and expert, focused assistance in needs assessments, program development, and program evaluation. Faith-based organizations have requested OVC support in serving victims of crime on such issues as grief and loss, vicarious trauma, and ministering to victims of crime.
Office of Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse
This office was created to coordinate alcohol and substance abuse efforts among the American Indian and Alaskan Native communities and federal agencies as called for by the Tribal Law and Order Act. This office will work, in collaboration with the Department of the Interior and the Department of Justice, on determining the scope of the ongoing problem -- identifying and assessing national, state, tribal, and local alcohol and substance abuse programs and resources; and creating standards for programs.
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP): Statistical Briefing Book (SBB)
The OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book (SBB) enables users to access online information via OJJDP's Web site to learn more about juvenile crime and victimization and about youth involved in the juvenile justice system. Developed for OJJDP by the National Center for Juvenile Justice, SBB provides timely and reliable statistical answers to the most frequently asked questions from policymakers, the media, and the general public. In addition, the data analysis and dissemination tools available through SBB give users quick and easy access to detailed statistics on a variety of juvenile justice topics.
Office on Violence Against Women (OVW)
OVW, a component of the U.S. Department of Justice, provides federal leadership to reduce violence against women and to administer justice for and strengthen services to all victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
September 11th Victim Compensation Fund
The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) has been reinstated and will provide compensation for any individual (or a personal representative of a deceased individual) who suffered physical harm or was killed as a result of the terrorist-related aircraft crashes of September 11, 2001, or the debris removal efforts that took place in the immediate aftermath of those crashes. On January 2, 2011, President Obama signed into law the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-347) which expands the pool of applicants eligible for the Fund to include individuals who experienced injuries associated with the attacks or subsequent debris removal.
The VCF site allows users to obtain a list of the kinds of documents and information needed in order to process claims; register for the VCF online, the first step in submitting your claim; fill out an online eligibility form to determine VCF eligibility; submit a claim online; and review Frequently Asked Questions.
Social Security Administration (SSA)
The SSA Web site offers survivor, disability, and benefit-related information. The Web site features online services and much of its information in multiple languages.
Social Security Administration: Office of the Inspector General
Among its responsibilities, this office is tasked to prevent and detect fraud, waste, and abuse in Social Security Administration programs and operations. The office operates a fraud hotline where you can report suspected cases of fraud, waste, and abuse.
This Web site, managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provides information about how to prevent and address bullying in schools.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): National Center for Trauma-Informed Care
SAMHSA's National Center for Trauma-Informed Care (NCTIC) is a technical assistance center dedicated to building awareness of trauma-informed care and promoting the implementation of trauma-informed practices in programs and services.
U.S. Administration on Aging
This agency promotes the well-being of older individuals - including protection from elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation - by providing services and programs designed to help them live independently in their homes and communities.
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Center for Faith Based Initiatives
The Center for Faith Based Initiatives at USAID was created by executive order on December 12, 2002, to level the playing field so that faith- and community-based groups could compete for funding on an equal level with other organizations. The center and its staff are located within the Administrator's Bureau at USAID in Washington, D.C.
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Women in Development (WID)
USAID's WID program supports the education of girls and fosters economic and political opportunities for women. These programs help create conditions that lessen the vulnerability of women and children to traffickers. USAID also funds direct anti-trafficking programs, which are described in more detail in Trafficking in Persons: USAID's Response.
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID): Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment
USAID's WID program supports the education of girls and fosters economic and political opportunities for women. These programs help create conditions that lessen the vulnerability of women and children to traffickers. USAID also funds direct anti-trafficking programs, which are described in more detail in Trafficking in Persons: USAID's Response.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
The USCIS within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) offers this Web page of federal agency links to information about the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000, implementation of the law, and victim benefits and services.
U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission: Smartcheck
This site connects investors to tools to check the registration, license, and disciplinary history of certain financial professionals. This collection of tools allows the responsible investor to confirm the credentials of investment professionals, uncover any past disciplinary history, and stay ahead of scam artists with news and alerts.
U.S. Department of Agriculture Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives
The mission of the center is to empower faith-based and other community organizations to apply for federal social service grants. The center supplies information and training, but it does not make the decisions about which groups will be funded. Those decisions are made through procedures established by each grant program and generally involve a competitive process. No grant funding is set aside for faith-based organizations. Instead, the Faith-Based and Community Initiatives create a level playing field for faith-based and other community organizations so that they can work with the Federal Government to meet the needs of America's communities.
U.S. Department of Defense: Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO)
SAPR is responsible for oversight of the Department of Defense's sexual assault policy.
U.S. Department of Education: Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives
The goal of the center is to break down existing barriers and empower faith-based and community groups, enlisting them in support of the department's mission to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence for all Americans.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS): Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives
The mission of the Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (CFBCI) is to create an environment within the department (HHS) that welcomes the participation of faith- and community-based organizations as valued and essential partners assisting Americans in need. CFBCI's mission is part of the department's focus on improving human services for our country's neediest citizens. This center leads the department's efforts to better utilize faith- and community-based organizations in providing effective human services.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS): Health Information Privacy
You have the right to examine your medical records for accuracy from your medical and pharmacy providers. If your request to review your medical records is refused, you may submit a complaint through with HHS.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS): Indian Health Service
IHS is responsible for providing federal health services to American Indians and Alaska Natives.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Campaign to Rescue and Restore Victims of Human Trafficking
ACF offers Rescue & Restore, a public awareness Web site to combat human trafficking, and a referral hotline, 1-888-373-7888, that connects victims with NGOs in their local area. The Rescue & Restore Campaign website offers outreach kits to educate and assist health care providers, social service providers, and law enforcement officers in their efforts to identify and help victims of trafficking.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR)
ORR helps refugees and other special populations (such as adult victims of severe forms of trafficking) obtain economic and social self-sufficiency in the United States. ORR is responsible for certifying adult victims of human trafficking so that they may receive federally funded benefits and services to the same extent as refugees. More information about ORR benefits and services to victims of human trafficking is located on their Web site.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS): Human Trafficking
The Department of Homeland Security is committed to combating the global crime of human trafficking. Through public outreach, victim protection, and law enforcement training, the Department works diligently to prevent human trafficking before it occurs, to protect victims when it has occurred, and to minimize reoccurrence by conducting investigations to bring traffickers to justice.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD): Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives
The central mission of the HUD Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives is to empower faith-based and other community organizations to apply for HUD grants. The center supplies information and training, but it does not make the decisions about which groups will be funded. Those decisions are made through procedures established by each grant program and generally involve a competitive process. No grant funding is set aside for faith-based organizations. Instead, the Faith-Based and Community Initiatives create a level playing field for faith-based and other community organizations so that they can work with the government to meet the needs of America's communities.
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Task Force for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Task Force promotes good works by neighbors, including those in the areas of victims of crime and domestic violence. It is doing so by identifying and eliminating barriers to the participation of faith- and community-based organizations in DOJ grant funding, highlighting best practices, promoting innovative programs, and assisting faith- and community-based groups in competing for grants.
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ): Antitrust Division
The mission of the Antitrust Division is to promote economic competition through enforcing and providing guidance on antitrust laws and principles.
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ): Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS)
CEOS works to combat incidences of child exploitation and trafficking of women and children. Issues under the CEOS umbrella include child pornography, illegal interstate or international transportation of women and children, international parental abduction, computer-related exploitation of children, and child victimization on federal and Indian lands.
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ): Community Relations Service (CRS)
CRS, the "peacemaker" arm of the U.S. Department of Justice for community conflicts and tensions, provides expert guidance and assistance to community officials and civic leaders to help resolve and prevent racial and ethnic conflict, violence, and civil disorders.
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ): Defending Childhood
Defending Childhood is an initiative of Attorney General Eric Holder that strives to harness resources from across the Department of Justice to: prevent children's exposure to violence, mitigate the negative impact of children's exposure to violence when it does occur, and develop knowledge and spread awareness about children's exposure to violence.
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ): Fraud Section
The Identity Theft and Fraud pages provide information about identity theft and fraud, what to do if you are a victim, and updates on DOJ responses to identity theft and fraud.
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ): Trafficking in Persons
This Web site provides links to the Attorney General's Annual Report to Congress on U.S. Government Activities to Combat Trafficking in Persons.
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ): Victim Notification System (VNS)
VNS is a cooperative effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Postal Inspection Service, the United States Attorneys' offices, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Launched in 2001 as a pilot program with funding support from OVC, it became fully operational in 2002 under the development and oversight of the Executive Office for United States Attorneys. This free, computer-based system provides important information to victims of federal crimes. In many cases crime victims will receive letters generated through VNS containing information about the events pertaining to the criminal case and/or any defendants in the case.
U.S. Department of Labor Women's Bureau
The Women's Bureau promotes profitable employment opportunities for women and advocates skills development, improvements in working conditions, and equitable employment standards, policies, and programs. Bureau publications include Trafficking in Persons: A Guide For Non-Governmental Organizations 2002.
U.S. Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics
The Bureau of Labor Statistics is the principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics.
U.S. Department of Labor: Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives
The Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (CFBCI) at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) seeks to empower faith-based and community organizations (FBCO) as these organizations help their neighbors enter, succeed, and thrive in the workforce. The center works to remove administrative and regulatory barriers and develop innovative programs to foster partnerships between DOL-funded programs and FBCOs. It educates organizations about local opportunities to collaborate with and participate in national grant programs. It also works with local government officials and administrators to integrate faith-based and community organizations into the strategic planning and service delivery processes of local Workforce Investment Boards.
U.S. Department of State
The State Department is committed to assisting American citizens who become victims of crime while abroad and can help victims in two ways. Overseas: consular officers, agents, and staff work with crime victims and help them with the local police and medical systems. In the United States: the office of Overseas Citizens Services will stay in touch with family members in the United States, and help provide U.S.-based resources for the victim when possible.
U.S. Department of State: Office of Children's Issues
The Office of Children's Issues, a division within Overseas Citizens Services, provides specific services to parents in intercountry adoption and international family abductions.
U.S. Department of State: Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
The Center is a joint venture of participating agencies, which include the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of Justice, and other governmental agencies. This Office provides critical resources for the fight against trafficking by assisting in the coordination of anti-trafficking efforts around the world and in the U.S. This Office also has the responsibility for drafting the annual Trafficking in Persons Report, which discusses the actions that countries, including the U.S., have taken to combat trafficking in persons in that year.
U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs: National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
The Center aims to advance the clinical care and social welfare of America's veterans through research, education, and training in the science, diagnosis, and treatment of PTSD and stress-related disorders. This Web site is provided as an educational resource concerning PTSD and other enduring consequences of traumatic stress, for a variety of audiences.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE): Human Trafficking
ICE's Human Smuggling and Trafficking Unit works to identify criminals and organizations involved in illicit human trafficking and human smuggling activities.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE): Victim Notification Program
The ICE Victim Notification Program provides information to eligible victims and witnesses who register to be notified of a criminal alien's release related activities. Registered victims and witnesses will be advised when the criminal alien is released from custody or removed (also known as deportation).
U.S. Postal Inspection Service
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is responsible for investigating fraudulent use the U.S. Mail and postal system. Victims of mail crime, including identity theft, fraud and mail theft, can file a report with this office.
U.S. Postal Inspection Service: Identity Theft
The Identity Theft pages provide consumer tips, instructions on how to get off mailing lists and how to report unsolicited e-mail ("spam"), and links to information about identity theft and fraud.
U.S. Secret Service: Criminal Investigations
The Secret Service investigates crimes associated with financial institutions, including bank fraud, access device fraud, telecommunications and computer crimes, fraudulent government and commercial securities, and electronic funds transfer fraud.
As the U.S. government's official web portal, USA.gov makes it easy for the public to get U.S. government information and services on the web. USA.gov also serves as the catalyst for a growing electronic government.
White House: 1 is 2 Many
In response to the alarming statistics concerning violence against young women, Vice President Biden is focusing his longstanding commitment to reducing violence against women specifically on teens and young women ages 16-24. By targeting the importance of changing attitudes that lead to violence and educating the public on the realities of abuse, the Vice President is leading the way in an effort to stop violence against women before it begins. This site provides access to statistics, resources, and information on how to get involved.
White House: End Human Trafficking
This section on the White House Web site provides updates on the Administration's actions to combat human trafficking and assist trafficking victims.
NWHIC's mission is to provide leadership to promote health equity for women and girls through sex/gender-specific approaches.
Workplaces Respond to Domestic & Sexual Violence: A National Resource Center
This Office on Violence Against Women virtual resource center was developed for employers to address the impacts of domestic violence in the workplace. It provides information, resources, tools, and technical assistance to employers and labor organizations to facilitate and encourage safer and more effective responses to employees who are victims of domestic, sexual and dating violence or stalking.
World Trade Center Health Program
This program monitors, screens, treats and supports responders who responded to the disaster site at the World Trade Center in New York City and who may have been affected physically or mentally by their service. The site is designed to provide information related to all aspects of the World Trade Center Health Program, to highlight new developments in the program as they occur, and to help individuals find information of particular interest for them.
Abused Deaf Women's Advocacy Services (ADWAS)
ADWAS provides comprehensive services to deaf and deaf-blind victims/survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking.
Academy on Violence and Abuse
AVA exists to advance health education and research on the prevention, recognition and treatment of the health effects of violence and abuse.
Adult Survivors of Child Abuse (ASCA)
ASCA helps survivors of child abuse transform their self-identities from that of victim to that of survivor and, ultimately, thriver. The site includes resource materials and guidelines for establishing ASCA support networks.
Alliance for Children and Families
The Alliance advocates for children, families, and communities and educates and trains human service leaders. This international nonprofit also delivers programs, information, and services to and through its membership of child- and family-serving organizations.
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)
AACAP offers information as a public service, distributing fact sheets for parents and caregivers and research and guidelines for psychiatric staff. The Web site offers articles for helping children cope with trauma, stress, and disasters. Information is also available in Spanish.
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
AAP is an organization of 60,000 pediatricians committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. Visit HealthyChildren.org for information related to child health, such as nutrition, fitness, immunizations, and emotional wellness, as well as specific guidance on parenting issues.
American Association for Retired Persons (AARP)
Besides providing services and benefits to its members, AARP is a strong advocate for the issues that are important to the 50+ population. The consumer issues unit deals with the rights and protection of older people.
American Association of Retired Persons (AARP): Money
AARP provides information about identity theft and how to protect yourself from it.
American Bar Association (ABA): Center on Children and the Law
The Center works to improve children's lives through advances in law, justice, knowledge, practice and public policy.
American Bar Association (ABA): Commission on Domestic Violence
The Commission on Domestic Violence Web site provides ABA policies, training materials, legal briefs, and sample legal forms relevant to domestic violence issues and proceedings. The site also includes information about upcoming events and training opportunities and links to other resources and organizations.
American Bar Association (ABA): Commission on Law and Aging
The Commission examines a wide range of legal issues affecting the elderly, including elder abuse. View the OVC-sponsored Commission report, Elder Abuse Fatality Review Teams: A Replication Manual at:
American Bar Association (ABA): Section of Family Law Military Committee
The Military Committee studies issues relating to clients in the military and their families, reviews state and federal legislation and initiatives where ABA policy is affected, and teaches lawyers how to deal with military matters affecting state court legal disputes.
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
The ACLU works in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country.
American College Health Association (ACHA)
ACHA is an advocate and leadership organization for college and university health. Its Campus Violence Task Force provides resources in support of prevention, intervention, and victim advocacy.
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)
ACOG provides professional publications on violence against women (intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and adolescent dating violence) and materials (in both English and Spanish) for patient education.
American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC)
APSAC's mission is to ensure that everyone affected by child maltreatment receives the best possible professional response. Its Web site offers related publications and information on legislation and professional education.
American Psychiatric Association
The American Psychiatric Association works to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental disorders, including mental retardation and substance-related disorders.
American Psychological Association (APA)
APA offers information on PTSD and a Disaster Response Network, which includes more than 1,500 psychologists who volunteer to provide free, onsite mental health services to disaster survivors and the relief workers who assist them.
American Red Cross
In addition to domestic disaster relief, the American Red Cross offers compassionate services in five other areas: community services that help the needy; support and comfort for military members and their families; the collection, processing and distribution of lifesaving blood and blood products; educational programs that promote health and safety; and international relief and development programs.
Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center
The Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center works with abused Americans and their children in foreign countries to provide domestic violence and child abuse advocacy, resources and tools so that they can navigate the complicated jurisdictional, legal and social international landscapes.
Anti-Defamation League (ADL)
ADL helps victims of discrimination or bias-motivated violence achieve redress of justifiable grievances through mediation, administration, or judicial means. It also provides information and training to law enforcement agencies on responding to victims of bias crimes.
Anti-Phishing Working Group
APWG is focused on eliminating the fraud and identity theft that result from phishing, pharming and email spoofing of all types.
Anti-Slavery International (ASI)
ASI works to end slavery and related abuses, including trafficking in persons and forced prostitution, focusing on the rights of people who are particularly vulnerable to exploitation, notably women, children, migrant workers, and indigenous peoples.
Arte Sana (Art Heals) is a national Latina-led nonprofit organization committed to ending sexual violence and aggression and engaging marginalized communities as agents of change. This organization promotes awareness, healing, and empowerment through bilingual professional training, community education, and the arts.
Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund (AALDEF)
AALDEF provides litigation, legal advocacy, and community education on behalf of victims of anti-Asian violence and police misconduct.
Asian and Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence
The Asian and Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence is a national resource center and clearinghouse on gender violence in Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities.
Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence (ATASK)
ATASK primarily serves Asian families and individuals in Massachusetts and New England who suffer from or are at risk of suffering from domestic violence.
Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)
ACFE is an anti-fraud organization and provider of anti-fraud training and education.
Association of Missing & Exploited Childrens Organizations (AMECO)
AMECO is made up of organizations in the United States and Canada who provide services to families with missing and exploited children.
The Aurora Center's mission is to recognize and reduce sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking