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Model Standards To Enhance Crime Victim Support
Learn More About OVC and Support for Victims Through a New Video Series
Participate in a Live Chat on Title IX
Innovative Strategies for Crime Victim Compensation Programs
OVC’s Calendar: A Tool for Providers and Community Leaders


Model Standards To Enhance Crime Victim Support

Achieving Excellence: Model Standards for Serving Victims & Survivors of CrimeOVC recently released Achieving Excellence: Model Standards for Serving Victims & Survivors of Crime, which is an update to victim assistance standards published with OVC support in 2003 by the University of South Carolina and the National Victim Assistance Standards Consortium. This important e-publication is intended to enhance victim service providers’ competency and capacity to provide ethical, high-quality responses to crime victims and to meet the demands facing the field today. It includes three sets of standards:

  • The Program Standards recommend guidelines, policies, and procedures that victim-serving organizations should have in place, and identify ways of documenting and administering services.
  • The Competency Standards describe general attitudes, knowledge, and skills that demonstrate professional competency in the crime victims field, and how services providers can achieve these competencies.
  • The Ethical Standards identify the ethical expectations of service providers, based on core values for the field.

Learn More About OVC and Support for Victims Through a New Video Series

OVC has developed three short videos that provide information about OVC, the Crime Victims Fund, and help for victims of crime. Watch or download the following videos and share them as educational tools—

  • What is the Office for Victims of Crime?
    This video describes OVC's mission and major responsibilities to enhance victims' rights and services for all victims across the U.S.
  • What is the Crime Victims Fund?
    This video describes the Crime Victims Fund, a major funding source for victim services throughout the Nation that is made up of fines, special assessments, and forfeited bail paid by people who are convicted of federal crimes in U.S. courts around the country.
  • If You're a Victim of Crime, Help is Available
    The video recognizes that being a victim of a crime can be a devastating experience for survivors and their families, identifies certain victims' rights that are guaranteed in most states, and describes services available from state victim compensation and assistance programs. If you or someone you know is a victim of crime, help is available.

Participate in a Live Chat on Title IX

OVC TTAC LogoIn August, the OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC) will host two free Live Chats on Title IX. Experts from the Victim Rights Law Center will be available to answer your questions about safety planning and legal representation for victims of campus sexual assault.

  • Campus Safety Planning: Remedial Measures, Schedule Mapping, and No Contact Orders
    August 16, 2016, 1:00-2:30 p.m. (e.t.)
    This webinar will address the unique challenges of creating a safety plan that meets the specific needs of victims in a campus environment, explore how safety planning for sexual violence can be different than safety planning for domestic violence, and discuss strategies for protecting victim privacy and safety.
  • Title IX Live Chat
    August 23, 2016, 1:00–2:30 p.m. (e.t.)
    This forum is an opportunity to ask the experts from the Victim Rights Law Center questions regarding the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights process, campus safety planning, schedule mapping, or any other Title IX questions.

Visit the OVC TTAC website to register for these Title IX Live Chats and view previously recorded sessions.

Innovative Strategies for Crime Victim Compensation Programs

Crime Victimization Compensation Program Initiative Fact SheetOVC is pleased to announce the release of the Crime Victimization Compensation Program Initiative Fact Sheet. This fact sheet highlights efforts to further the Department of Justice’s mission to provide crime victims with the services they need to recover from their victimization.

In Fiscal Year 2013, OVC awarded funds through this initiative to the Iowa, California, and Vermont state crime victim compensation programs. These states used this funding to 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’s Calendar: A Tool for Providers and Community Leaders

Calendar OVC’s National Calendar of Crime Victim Assisted-Related Events allows users to plan, promote, and locate events of interest to the victim service community in their area. We encourage you to visit the Calendar not only when you are seeking learning opportunities, but also when you need to promote your organization’s events and trainings. View our Calendar submission guidelines for details about how to submit your information.


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