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National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Guide

Each April, OVC helps lead communities throughout the country in their annual observances of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) by promoting victims’ rights and honoring crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf. In 2017, NCVRW will be observed April 2–8. Sign up for the NCVRW Mailing List to receive -

  • A complimentary copy of the 2017 NCVRW Theme Poster;
  • Email notification when the 2017 NCVRW Resource Guide is available to download
  • Details concerning the National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony; and
  • Information about future National Crime Victims' Service Award nomination periods.

National Crime Victims’ Service Awards

In observance of NCVRW, OVC recognizes extraordinary individuals, organizations, teams, and programs that demonstrate outstanding achievements in supporting victims and victim services. Each year, the recipients are honored at the National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony in Washington, DC.

Nominations for the 2017 National Crime Victims' Service Awards will be accepted from May 1 to July 31, 2016. For information about past Award recipients, visit the NCVRW website and the Gallery of Award Recipients.

National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony

Each year, OVC recognizes individuals and organizations that demonstrate outstanding service in supporting crime victims and victim services. The award recipients, who are selected from public nominations in 11 categories, are extraordinary individuals, organizations, teams, and programs that provide services to victims of crime.

This year, the National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony was held on April 12, 2016 at the National Archives in Washington, DC. If you missed the ceremony, you can watch a recording of the event.

You can also visit the OVC Gallery for more information about past award recipients.

Community Awareness Projects: Raising Public Awareness of NCVRW

Since 2004, OVC has been providing competitive funding opportunities to local communities to reimburse up to $5,000 in costs associated with conducting public awareness activities during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. This initiative, known as the NCVRW Community Awareness Project, has enhanced the ability of 193 communities throughout the United States to raise awareness about victims’ rights and services among the general public. View previously funded NCVRW projects.

OVC has compiled a list of creative NCVRW awareness activities (PDF 2 mb), including art exhibits and contests, blood drives, runs/walks, and community fairs that can be easily adapted to different jurisdictions. Some examples of previously selected public awareness strategies include:


  • billboard advertising
  • advertising in local newspapers
  • television and radio public service announcements


  • table displays for local restaurants
  • posters, display boards, and promotional materials
  • lawn signs for distribution and placement throughout residential communities


  • grocery bag inserts
  • brochures for outreach to non-English speaking victims
  • informational fliers for the restrooms of local bars and nightclubs that provide local victim service hotline numbers


  • community resource fairs/workshops/lectures
  • creation or restoration of victim memorial gardens or community spaces for reflection and tribute to victims
  • candlelight vigils
  • youth forums, art contests, and essay contests at local schools
  • fun runs/walks and 5K races to raise awareness
  • awards breakfasts/luncheons