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National Crime Victims’ Rights Week: April 10–16, 2016
Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month
National Child Abuse Prevention Month


National Crime Victims’ Rights Week: April 10–16, 2016

2016 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) 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.

Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

National Sexual Assault HotlinePresident 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.

National Child Abuse Prevention Month

National Child Abuse Prevention Month 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:

  • The HALOS Strategy: Community Collaborations for Children,
    An innovative program based in Charleston, SC, Helping and Lending Outreach Support (HALOS) provides resources and special opportunities to abused and neglected children and their caregivers through partnerships with faith-based and other community organizations. This toolkit offers lessons learned and suggests strategies for establishing programs like HALOS wherever foster families and relatives need additional support for the children in their care.

  • Through Our Eyes: Children, Violence, and Trauma
    Too many of our Nation’s children experience violence and trauma every day—in their homes, schools, and communities. Trauma left unaddressed can have serious consequences for children and youth as they grow up. “Through Our Eyes” encourages everyone to act to protect children from crime and abuse and help them heal from trauma.

  • A Circle of Healing for Native Children Endangered by Drugs
    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 highlights a range of culturally relevant approaches to inspire communities to develop, enhance, and share their own responses to these issues.

  • OVC HELP Series for Crime Victims
    The OVC HELP Brochure Series provides a resource for victims of crime and the victim service providers that work with them every day. Brochures on “Child Abuse” and “What Adults Need To Know About Child Abuse” are available which provide guidance on how to identify victims of child abuse, filing a report, and where victims and their families can obtain additional information and assistance.

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Previously Featured Resources

March 2016: 2016 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW)

February 2016: February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

January 2016: January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

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