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National Preparedness Month
Safety for College & University Students
Honoring the Victims & Responders of 9/11
National Hispanic Heritage Month

National Preparedness Month

President Obama has also proclaimed September as National Preparedness Month and this year’s theme is Don’t Wait, Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today. In his proclamation, President Obama states that “during National Preparedness Month, we emphasize the importance of readying ourselves and our communities to be resilient in the face of any emergency we may encounter.”

Learn more about how you can prepare for an emergency by visiting ( para información en español) and the National Criminal Justice Reference Service’s (NCJRS) Safety and Preparedness Special Feature.

Helping Victims of Mass Violence and Terrorism: Planning, Response, Recovery, and ResourcesOVC—in coordination with the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Office for Victim Assistance and Department of Justice's Office of Justice for Victims of Overseas Terrorism—recently released an innovative electronic toolkit, Helping Victims of Mass Violence and Terrorism: Planning, Response, Recovery, and Resources. This multidisciplinary product provides communities with the framework, strategies, and resources to —

  • conduct planning and preparation before an incident occurs
  • mitigate the effects of future acts on victims
  • respond to active incidents
  • recover after an incident of mass violence or terrorism occurs

The toolkit is designed to serve as a victim-centered resource for a wide range of professionals. If you or someone you know is interested in developing a comprehensive victim assistance plan to ensure all victims' needs are met, read Helping Victims of Mass Violence and Terrorism: Planning, Response, Recovery, and Resources.

Victim service professionals are also encouraged to visit OVC’s Domestic Terrorism & Mass Violence page for information about victim issues and resources. OVC’s Help for Victims of Domestic Terrorism & Mass Violence page provides information for victims on how to obtain assistance, including crisis counseling and victim compensation, along with other useful resources and referrals.

Safety for College & University Students

Safety for College & University StudentsStalking, sexual assault, robbery, homicide, and other crimes may be the last thing on the mind of college and university students as they return to school this fall. In order to bring attention to the issue of safety on campus, colleges and universities across the U.S. have recognized September as National Campus Safety Awareness Month. The law enforcement, mental health, student affairs, school administrators, and legal professionals charged with identifying, assessing, and managing violence risk at colleges and universities throughout the United States provide an incredible service under unique and often challenging circumstances.

For resources on promoting safety on campus and serving victims of campus crime, visit the —

Another resource specific to sexual assault on college and university campuses and in our schools is the website. The White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault created this site to help students find a crisis service, learn more about their rights and how to file a complaint, and view a map of resolved school-level enforcement activities.

Honoring the Victims & Responders of 9/11

Honoring the Victims & Responders of 9/11On the anniversary of the September 11th attacks, Americans will unite to participate in the National Day of Service & Remembrance. This effort continues an inspiring tradition of engaging in charitable service on 9/11 in tribute to the 9/11 victims, survivors, and those who rose up in service in response to the attacks.

Learn how you and your organization can get involved by visiting the National Day of Service & Remembrance website where you can register a volunteer project and find volunteer opportunities.

National Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month is commemorated annually from September 15 – October 15 by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

During this month, OVC highlights our Recursos en Español (Spanish Resources) page which contains information on how victims can find help, resources to assist Spanish-speaking victims of crime, and links to other Spanish language websites.

Previously Featured Resources

August 2016: Model Standards To Enhance Crime Victim Support

July 2016: Don't Delay: National Crime Victims' Service Awards Nominations Are Due by July 31st

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