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Achieving Excellence: Model Standards for Serving Victims & Survivors of Crime Achieving Excellence: Model Standards for Serving Victims & Survivors of Crime (August 2016)
This e-publication provides guidelines and suggestions to help victim service providers and program administrators improve the quality and consistency of their response to crime victims. This resource includes three sets of standards for serving victims and survivors of crime:

  • Program standards for guidelines, policies, and procedures that victim-serving organizations should have in place.
  • Competency standards for general attitudes, knowledge, and skills that demonstrate professional competency in the crime victims field.
  • Ethical standards for the ethical expectations of service providers, based on core values for the field.


Vision 21 Accomplishments Fact Sheet (July 2016) Vision 21 Accomplishments Fact Sheet (July 2016)
The goal of OVC's Vision 21 initiative is to expand the vision and impact of the crime victim assistance field. This fact sheet highlights OVC accomplishments to meet the goals of Vision 21 by:

  • promoting data and research to inform future program development so that victims can be served effectively,
  • supporting and building the capacity of those who work in the field, and
  • fostering innovation to address enduring and emerging challenges of the crime victims field.


Crime Victims Compensation Initiatives Program Fact Sheet Crime Victim Compensation Program Initiative Fact Sheet (July 2016)
Through the Crime Victim Compensation Program Initiative, OVC awarded funds to the Iowa, California, and Vermont state crime victim compensation programs to help them develop or enhance innovative strategies to increase program 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.


OVC Publishing Guidelines (Fourth Edition, July 2016) OVC Publishing Guidelines (Fourth Edition, July 2016)
This guide describes the criteria you must follow when preparing all types of OVC communication products for publication. It includes guidance on developing e-publications and producing multimedia products. Of special importance are submission deadlines and requirements (including file setup guidelines). Other topics include the publishing process, product types, writing tips, and legal and policy requirements. The guidelines are designed to help grantees, vendors, and others work more efficiently with OVC to produce quality products that adhere to professional standards of excellence.


2016 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Online Resource Guide (February 2016) 2016 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Online Resource Guide (February 2016)
Ahead of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 10 to 16, OVC has released its annual comprehensive Resource Guide. The 2016 NCVRW Resource Guide highlights this year’s theme, Serving Victims. Building Trust. Restoring Hope. Inside, you’ll find educational content, campaign materials, and artwork in both English and Spanish to support and enhance your efforts to raise awareness, build new partnerships, and support victims in your community.

For additional information about NCVRW, visit our NCVRW website.




Notifying Sexual Assault Victims After Testing Evidence

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Notifying Sexual Assault Victims After Testing Evidence (January 2016) (PDF, 1.06 mb)
OVC has partnered with the National Institute of Justice to inform practitioners about lessons learned in sexual assault kit research projects. This new publication explores the victim-centered approach that teams in Houston and Detroit used to develop principles for notifying victims of the results of sexual assault kit (SAK) testing.

This guidance may help other jurisdictions where a large number of previously untested SAKs in older cases are being tested and in current cases.







Faces of Human Trafficking (January 2016) (PDF 1.14 mb)
This video series and resource guide raise awareness of the seriousness of human trafficking, the many forms it takes, and the important role that everyone can play in identifying and serving victims. This new multidisciplinary resource includes:

Faces of Human Trafficking (December 2015)
  • Nine videos in English with Spanish subtitle
  • Public Service Announcements (PSAs) offered in English, Spanish, Thai, Hindi, and Tagalog
  • A discussion guide
  • Four OVC fact sheets
  • Four posters designed for service providers and allied professionals, law enforcement, the general public, and victims/survivors


OVC News & Program Updates (December 2015)
This issue focuses on children and youth, a vulnerable population that should be safeguarded. Articles include—

OVC News & Program Updates (December 2015)
  • A moving piece authored by a survivor who, as a young child, witnessed the murder of his mother and brother
  • Linking systems of care for children and youth to proactively identify victims and ensure they set on a path to healing
  • Getting to the root of the problem with violence interrupter programs for boys and young men of color
  • Laws that prohibit female genital mutilation and cutting and how to report suspected incidents
  • The FY15 increase in the Crime Victims Fund allotment and its impact on crime victim services


Helping Victims of Mass Violence and Terrorism: Planning, Response, Recovery, and Resources Helping Victims of Mass Violence and Terrorism: Planning, Response, Recovery, and Resources (August 2015)
This toolkit is designed to help communities prepare for and respond to victims of mass violence and terrorism in the most timely, effective, and compassionate manner possible. This toolkit provides communities with the framework, strategies, and resources to –

  • Develop a comprehensive victim assistance plan for responding to incidents of mass violence, terrorism, natural disasters, and high-profile criminal incidents.
  • Bring key partners together to review existing emergency plans, and to initiate or continue the development of a victim assistance plan within a community.
  • Establish victim assistance protocols, which can greatly enhance the effectiveness of response and recovery efforts.
  • Follow protocols for short- and long-term responses to victims following incidents of mass violence.

OVC created this product in coordination with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Office for Victim Assistance and DOJ’s Office of Justice for Victims of Overseas Terrorism.


OVC News & Program Updates (June 2015) 2015 OVC Report to the Nation: Fiscal Years 2013-2014 Building Capacity Through Research, Innovation, Technology, and Training (August 2015)
This biennial report summarizes the programs, activities, and accomplishments of OVC in fiscal years 2013-2014, and their impact on victims, survivors, and communities. It describes the Crime Victims Fund—a significant resource for supporting services to victims; how OVC is working to address emerging challenges in victim services; and ways OVC is seeking to build capacity in the field.




Fiscal Years 2013-2014 Status Report Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States: Fiscal Years 2013-2014 Status Report (July 2015) (PDF 255 kb)
Based on the goals and objectives identified in the Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States, 2013–2017, released by the White House in January of 2014, this status report identifies actions taken during fiscal years 2013-2014 to ensure that all victims of human trafficking in the U.S. are identified and have access to the services they need to recover.



OVC News & Program Updates (June 2015) OVC News & Program Updates (June 2015) (PDF 1.15 mb)
This issue focuses on building capacity through innovation, providing comprehensive legal assistance, and addressing continuing and emerging challenges facing victims and service providers funded through grant projects funded through OVC’s Vision 21 Initiative. Articles include—

  • how DNA evidence exonerated two men and the impact on one victim’s family;
  • reaching victims in remote and challenging areas through the national sexual assault telenursing center;
  • an evidence-based strategy to enhance law enforcement response to victims;
  • how OVC is working to improve federal agency response to sexual violence in tribal nations;
  • the importance of the national survey of victim service organizations.

A Circle of Healing for Native Children Endangered by Drugs A Circle of Healing for Native Children Endangered by Drugs (December 2014)
This seven-video series and companion resource guide weaves Native stories and cultural practices from across the Nation to show many of the ways children, families, and communities are healing from drug endangerment. This resource is intended to generate conversation and inspire communities to come together to develop, enhance, and share their own responses to these issues.

To order the DVD series, contact the OVC Resource Center at 1–800–851–3420 or 301–240–6310 (TTY) or place your order online.

Innovative Practices for Victim Services: Report From the FieldInnovative Practices for Victim Services: Report From the Field (December 2014)
This e-bulletin provides brief descriptions of the innovative practices currently used by VOCA victim assistance and compensation programs throughout the country. VOCA funding supports many innovative programs and protocols to serve victims more effectively, and this online resource promotes their replication where applicable. The bulletin focuses on six key program areas:

Eight Benefits of NIBRS to Victim Service ProvidersEight Benefits of NIBRS to Victim Service Providers (November 2014)
OVC’s Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services Final Report found that crime victim services must be designed with a clear understanding of who is being victimized and by whom. NIBRS is a system for recording crimes known to the police which provides broader comprehensive incident data than the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Unified Crime Reports.

This e-bulletin describes how victim service providers can use NIBRS to gain a better understanding of specific types of victimization, determine disparities between victims known to law enforcement and those receiving victim services, and identify underserved groups of crime victims. Data presented from the 15 states currently reporting to NIBRS can assist victim service providers to identify patterns of crime and victimization that can justify the need for additional resources and guide decisions on optimal resource development.

Human Trafficking Task Force e-GuideHuman Trafficking Task Force e-Guide (October 2014)
OVC and the Bureau of Justice Assistance have released a newly expanded and enhanced Human Trafficking Task Force e-Guide. The expanded e-Guide, redesigned to help navigate content more easily and locate information faster, provides practical information on the creation and day-to-day operations of human trafficking task forces.

Access the e-Guide to view new sections and strategies to –

  • strengthen multidisciplinary collaboration,
  • increase victim identification,
  • enhance victim-centered investigation, and
  • build stronger prosecution strategies.

How To Order OVC Products

Many OVC publications and products are available in hardcopy and can be ordered from the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS), OVC’s information clearinghouse.

Search for and order available OVC resources via the NCJRS Publications/Products page.

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