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Historically, the goals of correctional agencies have been to protect the public, deter criminal behavior, and rehabilitate offenders. Although correctional agencies have traditionally focused on offenders, they have begun to view crime victims as their constituents as well. Correctional agencies now raise awareness about crime victim issues through programs such as victim impact classes and provide direct victim assistance through programs like victim-offender dialogue. Victims also play an important role in enforcing victims’ rights by notifying them about the status of offenders and enforcing the collection of restitution on victims’ behalf.  Efforts are also being made to raise awareness and educate correctional staff on victims’ rights and issues. Many correctional agencies recognize that, despite their best efforts, the offenders they supervise may become victims of crime while under their supervision and will need their assistance and support.

 

The following resources provide information about victim services in corrections.


OVC and OVC-Sponsored Publications

Victim Impact: Listen and Learn Curriculum (2016) OVC, 312 pages, NCJ 224257.
This OVC-funded curriculum is geared toward helping offenders to become aware of the impact that crime has on victims and then to take responsibility and make amends for their actions. The online-only curriculum consists of 13 units, built around 10 core crime topics: property crime, assault, robbery, hate and bias, gang violence, sexual assault, child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, drunk and impaired driving, and homicide, plus chapters on implementing the program, the victim experience and making amends to victims. Victims and survivors speak about their experiences in the accompanying video clips.
Abstract | PDF (Facilitator Manual, Part 1) | PDF (Facilitator Manual, Part 2) | PDF (Participant Workbook) | HTML
 
Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services Final Report (May 2013) OVC, Report, 60 pages, NCJ 239957.
The Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services initiative was launched by OVC in fall 2010 to expand the vision and impact of the crime victim assistance field. This Final Report provides a set of findings and broad recommendations, informed by stakeholder forums and literature reviews, that form a framework for strategic, transformative change. The Final Report outlines ways the field can overcome the obstacles it faces and change how it meets victims' needs and addresses those who perpetrate crime.
Abstract | PDF (Full Report) | PDF (Summary & Recommendations) | PDF (At a Glance Fact Sheet)
 
Voice of the Victim: A Perspectives Spotlight Issue (2012) OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 100 pages, NCJ 238382.
Through OVC support, this special edition of the American Probation and Parole Association's Perspectives provides a collection of informative, thought-provoking articles to support community corrections professionals in incorporating victims' rights and services into daily practice. This resource teaches readers that victims' rights to information, notification, restitution, and participation are an integral component of community corrections.
Abstract | PDF
 
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.
Abstract | PDF
 
What You Can Do if You Are a Victim of Crime (2010) OVC, Fact Sheet, OVC Fact Sheets, BC000790.
This OVC brochure explains the rights of victims of crime and the compensation and assistance resources available to them. It also lists national organizations that help victims find information or obtain referrals.
PDF | HTML
Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
 

OJP Publications

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.
Abstract | PDF
 
Evaluating the Effectiveness of Sex Offender Registration and Notification Policies for Reducing Sexual Violence Against Women, Final Report (2010) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 77 pages, NCJ 231989.
This report presents results of a study on the effectiveness of one state’s sex offender registration and notification policy in reducing sexual violence.
Abstract | PDF
 
Testing and Evaluation of the Use of Polygraphs to Combat Violence Against Women, Final Report (March 2008) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 62 pages, NCJ 222115.
In examining the applicability of polygraph to postconviction management of high-risk domestic-violence probationers, this study tested whether polygraph provides information about risky behaviors unknown to criminal justice personnel that is predictive of additional near-term arrests.
Abstract | PDF
 
Repaying Debts (October 2007) BJA-Sponsored, 60 pages, NCJ 220163.
This report discusses the financial obligations of people released from prisons and jails and includes recommendations to help policymakers increase accountability among people who commit crimes, improve rates of child support collection and victim restitution, and make people's transition from prisons and jails to the community safe and successful.
Abstract | PDF | HTML
 

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Historically, the goals of correctional agencies have been to protect the public, deter criminal behavior, and rehabilitate offenders. Although correctional agencies have traditionally focused on offenders, they have begun to view crime victims as their constituents as well. Correctional agencies now raise awareness about crime victim issues through programs such as victim impact classes and provide direct victim assistance through programs like victim-offender dialogue. Victims also play an important role in enforcing victims’ rights by notifying them about the status of offenders and enforcing the collection of restitution on victims’ behalf.  Efforts are also being made to raise awareness and educate correctional staff on victims’ rights and issues. Many correctional agencies recognize that, despite their best efforts, the offenders they supervise may become victims of crime while under their supervision and will need their assistance and support.

 

The following resources provide information about victim services in corrections.


Historically, the goals of correctional agencies have been to protect the public, deter criminal behavior, and rehabilitate offenders. Although correctional agencies have traditionally focused on offenders, they have begun to view crime victims as their constituents as well. Correctional agencies now raise awareness about crime victim issues through programs such as victim impact classes and provide direct victim assistance through programs like victim-offender dialogue. Victims also play an important role in enforcing victims’ rights by notifying them about the status of offenders and enforcing the collection of restitution on victims’ behalf.  Efforts are also being made to raise awareness and educate correctional staff on victims’ rights and issues. Many correctional agencies recognize that, despite their best efforts, the offenders they supervise may become victims of crime while under their supervision and will need their assistance and support.

 

The following resources provide information about victim services in corrections.


Each month the Nation's experts answer your questions about best practices in victim services. Below are upcoming and most recent session discussions in this topic:

On May 24 2016 at 2:00PM, Linda McFarlane, MSW, LCSW, Deputy Executive Director, Just Detention International, and Jeralita Costa, community victim liaison with the Washington State Department of Corrections,, hosted a discussion on Helping Incarcerated Victims of Crime

On May 5 2015 at 2:00PM, Cris Sullivan, Director of the Research Consortium on Gender-Based Violence and Professor of Ecological/Community Psychology at Michigan State Univers, and Keri Darling, founder and Director/Trainer of DVAS, Deaf Vermonters Advocacy Services, hosted a discussion on Build Your Own Body of Evidence-Based Knowledge

On Mar 25 2015 at 2:00PM, Katie Monroe, Senior Advocate for National Partnerships at the Innocence Project, and Karin Ho, brings over 30 years combined experience as a victim advocate in the sexual assault, domestic violence and postconviction corrections field, hosted a discussion on Postconviction Exonerations and Victim Assistance

On Feb 25 2015 at 2:00PM, Jennifer Burkmire, advocate for children and a contract consultant for nonprofit organizations that provide social services, and Cynthia King, President of King & Associates, Inc, hosted a discussion on Developing an Effective Multidisciplinary Team

On May 1 2013 at 2:00PM, Kim Clifton, Executive Director of HALOS (Helping And Lending Outreach Support), hosted a discussion on Replicating Victim Services Programs with Limited Funding

Historically, the goals of correctional agencies have been to protect the public, deter criminal behavior, and rehabilitate offenders. Although correctional agencies have traditionally focused on offenders, they have begun to view crime victims as their constituents as well. Correctional agencies now raise awareness about crime victim issues through programs such as victim impact classes and provide direct victim assistance through programs like victim-offender dialogue. Victims also play an important role in enforcing victims’ rights by notifying them about the status of offenders and enforcing the collection of restitution on victims’ behalf.  Efforts are also being made to raise awareness and educate correctional staff on victims’ rights and issues. Many correctional agencies recognize that, despite their best efforts, the offenders they supervise may become victims of crime while under their supervision and will need their assistance and support.

 

The following resources provide information about victim services in corrections.


When may I submit my nomination for the National Crime Victims' Service Awards?
Nominations for the 2018 National Crime Victims' Service Awards are now closed. For more information... Read More

How can I find out about grants available from OVC?
OVC grant solicitations are posted to the Current Funding Opportunities section of our website and o... Read More

How can I order the National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Theme Poster?
A limited number of theme posters and resource kits (includes copies of this year's Theme Poster and... Read More

When will National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) be observed in 2019?
National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) will be held on April 7–13, 2019 and this year's t... Read More

Where can I find information about restorative justice programs?
Information on restorative justice is available on the Restorative Justice section of the National C... Read More

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Historically, the goals of correctional agencies have been to protect the public, deter criminal behavior, and rehabilitate offenders. Although correctional agencies have traditionally focused on offenders, they have begun to view crime victims as their constituents as well. Correctional agencies now raise awareness about crime victim issues through programs such as victim impact classes and provide direct victim assistance through programs like victim-offender dialogue. Victims also play an important role in enforcing victims’ rights by notifying them about the status of offenders and enforcing the collection of restitution on victims’ behalf.  Efforts are also being made to raise awareness and educate correctional staff on victims’ rights and issues. Many correctional agencies recognize that, despite their best efforts, the offenders they supervise may become victims of crime while under their supervision and will need their assistance and support.

 

The following resources provide information about victim services in corrections.


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Historically, the goals of correctional agencies have been to protect the public, deter criminal behavior, and rehabilitate offenders. Although correctional agencies have traditionally focused on offenders, they have begun to view crime victims as their constituents as well. Correctional agencies now raise awareness about crime victim issues through programs such as victim impact classes and provide direct victim assistance through programs like victim-offender dialogue. Victims also play an important role in enforcing victims’ rights by notifying them about the status of offenders and enforcing the collection of restitution on victims’ behalf.  Efforts are also being made to raise awareness and educate correctional staff on victims’ rights and issues. Many correctional agencies recognize that, despite their best efforts, the offenders they supervise may become victims of crime while under their supervision and will need their assistance and support.

 

The following resources provide information about victim services in corrections.


Publications

OVC and OVC-Sponsored Publications

Victim Impact: Listen and Learn Curriculum (2016) OVC, 312 pages, NCJ 224257. This OVC-funded curriculum is geared toward helping offenders to become aware of the impact that crime has on victims and then to take responsibility and make amends for their actions. The online-only curriculum consists of 13 units, built around 10 core crime topics: property crime, assault, robbery, hate and bias, gang violence, sexual assault, child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, drunk and impaired driving, and homicide, plus chapters on implementing the program, the victim experience and making amends to victims. Victims and survivors speak about their experiences in the accompanying video clips.
Abstract | PDF (Facilitator Manual, Part 1) | PDF (Facilitator Manual, Part 2) | PDF (Participant Workbook) | HTML
 
Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services Final Report (May 2013) OVC, Report, 60 pages, NCJ 239957. The Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services initiative was launched by OVC in fall 2010 to expand the vision and impact of the crime victim assistance field. This Final Report provides a set of findings and broad recommendations, informed by stakeholder forums and literature reviews, that form a framework for strategic, transformative change. The Final Report outlines ways the field can overcome the obstacles it faces and change how it meets victims' needs and addresses those who perpetrate crime.
Abstract | PDF (Full Report) | PDF (Summary & Recommendations) | PDF (At a Glance Fact Sheet)
 
Voice of the Victim: A Perspectives Spotlight Issue (2012) OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 100 pages, NCJ 238382. Through OVC support, this special edition of the American Probation and Parole Association's Perspectives provides a collection of informative, thought-provoking articles to support community corrections professionals in incorporating victims' rights and services into daily practice. This resource teaches readers that victims' rights to information, notification, restitution, and participation are an integral component of community corrections.
Abstract | PDF
 
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.
Abstract | PDF
 
What You Can Do if You Are a Victim of Crime (2010) OVC, Fact Sheet, OVC Fact Sheets, BC000790. This OVC brochure explains the rights of victims of crime and the compensation and assistance resources available to them. It also lists national organizations that help victims find information or obtain referrals.
PDF | HTML
Part Of the OVC Fact Sheets Series
 

OJP Publications

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.
Abstract | PDF
 
Evaluating the Effectiveness of Sex Offender Registration and Notification Policies for Reducing Sexual Violence Against Women, Final Report (2010) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 77 pages, NCJ 231989. This report presents results of a study on the effectiveness of one state’s sex offender registration and notification policy in reducing sexual violence.
Abstract | PDF
 
Testing and Evaluation of the Use of Polygraphs to Combat Violence Against Women, Final Report (March 2008) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 62 pages, NCJ 222115. In examining the applicability of polygraph to postconviction management of high-risk domestic-violence probationers, this study tested whether polygraph provides information about risky behaviors unknown to criminal justice personnel that is predictive of additional near-term arrests.
Abstract | PDF
 
Repaying Debts (October 2007) BJA-Sponsored, 60 pages, NCJ 220163. This report discusses the financial obligations of people released from prisons and jails and includes recommendations to help policymakers increase accountability among people who commit crimes, improve rates of child support collection and victim restitution, and make people's transition from prisons and jails to the community safe and successful.
Abstract | PDF | HTML
 

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Related Resources

OVC Funded Resources

Center for Victim Research
The OVC-funded Center for Victim Research is a tool for victim service providers and researchers to connect and share knowledge. CVR facilitates access to victim research and data while improving the utility of research and data collection to crime victim services nationwide. CVR’s library collection offers open-access research materials, special access to research for VOCA-funded organizations, and free training.
 

Federal Resources

CrimeSolutions.gov
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.
 
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.
 

Non-Governmental Resources

Healing Justice: Restoration After Wrongful Conviction
Partnering with the Duke Center for Criminal Justice and Professional Responsibility, and working closely with innocence organizations and service providers in individual states, Healing Justice seeks to address the aftermath of wrongful convictions for all involved.
 

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Web Forum Discussions

Each month the Nation's experts answer your questions about best practices in victim services. Below are upcoming and most recent session discussions in this topic:

On May 24 2016 at 2:00PM, Linda McFarlane, MSW, LCSW, Deputy Executive Director, Just Detention International, and Jeralita Costa, community victim liaison with the Washington State Department of Corrections,, hosted a discussion on Helping Incarcerated Victims of Crime

On May 5 2015 at 2:00PM, Cris Sullivan, Director of the Research Consortium on Gender-Based Violence and Professor of Ecological/Community Psychology at Michigan State Univers, and Keri Darling, founder and Director/Trainer of DVAS, Deaf Vermonters Advocacy Services, hosted a discussion on Build Your Own Body of Evidence-Based Knowledge

On Mar 25 2015 at 2:00PM, Katie Monroe, Senior Advocate for National Partnerships at the Innocence Project, and Karin Ho, brings over 30 years combined experience as a victim advocate in the sexual assault, domestic violence and postconviction corrections field, hosted a discussion on Postconviction Exonerations and Victim Assistance

On Feb 25 2015 at 2:00PM, Jennifer Burkmire, advocate for children and a contract consultant for nonprofit organizations that provide social services, and Cynthia King, President of King & Associates, Inc, hosted a discussion on Developing an Effective Multidisciplinary Team

On May 1 2013 at 2:00PM, Kim Clifton, Executive Director of HALOS (Helping And Lending Outreach Support), hosted a discussion on Replicating Victim Services Programs with Limited Funding


FAQs

When may I submit my nomination for the National Crime Victims' Service Awards?
Nominations for the 2018 National Crime Victims' Service Awards are now closed. For more information... Read More

How can I find out about grants available from OVC?
OVC grant solicitations are posted to the Current Funding Opportunities section of our website and o... Read More

How can I order the National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Theme Poster?
A limited number of theme posters and resource kits (includes copies of this year's Theme Poster and... Read More

When will National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) be observed in 2019?
National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) will be held on April 7–13, 2019 and this year's t... Read More

Where can I find information about restorative justice programs?
Information on restorative justice is available on the Restorative Justice section of the National C... Read More

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Funding

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