National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) will be observed April 10–16, 2016. This year's theme— Serving Victims. Building Trust. Restoring Hope.—underscores the importance of early intervention and victim services in establishing trust with victims, which in turn begins to restore their hope for healing and recovery.
The 2016 NCVRW Resource Guide provides campaign materials in both English and Spanish, including planning tips, a theme poster and video, artwork, and more. These resources will help you promote awareness of crime victim issues both during NCVRW and throughout the year.
On Tuesday, April 12, 2016, OVC will host the annual National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C. During this annual ceremony, OVC will recognize individuals, teams, programs, and organizations that demonstrated outstanding service in supporting victims and victim services. Register to attend by April 8, 2016 or view the live-stream on April 12, 2016 if you cannot attend in person.
President Obama proclaimed that April 2016 is National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. Help raise awareness about sexual violence by visiting the National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s National Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) website. This year’s campaign centers on prevention and content is available in English and Spanish.
OVC remains committed to improving services for sexual assault victims. With support from two OVC Vision 21 cooperative agreements, RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) provides free, confidential support services for English and Spanish-speaking survivors of sexual assault through the RAINN operated National Sexual Assault Online Hotline (La Línea de Ayuda Nacional Online del Asalto Sexual). In addition to services in English, Spanish-language survivors and their loved ones can receive support from trained support specialists through the Online Hotline or by calling RAINN at 1–800–656–HOPE (4673). RAINN also recently launched an online services help room (La Sala de Ayuda) support service which offers peer support for Spanish-speaking survivors of sexual assault.
The OVC website features a topical page on Sexual Abuse or Violence, which provides materials for service providers.
President Obama has also proclaimed April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month. During the month of April and throughout the year, communities are encouraged to raise awareness and promote strategies that address the risk factors surrounding child abuse
OVC recently released resources that support efforts to protect and assist children and youth including:
For additional resources, view the:
March 2016: 2016 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW)