President Obama proclaimed November as National Native American Heritage Month. OVC presents the following information for tribal communities in recognition of National Native American Heritage Month:
A Circle of Healing for Native Children Endangered by Drugs
This seven-part video series and companion guidebook detail first-person stories and cultural practices from across the Nation to show many of the ways children, families, and communities are healing from drug endangerment. Tribal leaders, service providers, and survivors share testimonials and practices to inform, teach, and inspire tribal communities as they work to help traumatized children on their path to healing.
Justice Department Awards More Than $97 Million to Enhance, Support Tribal Justice and Safety
Earlier this year, the Department of Justice (DOJ) awarded more than $97 million to American Indian/Alaska Native communities to enhance victim services, law enforcement practices, and sustain crime prevention and intervention efforts in nine purpose areas. The awards are made under the Department’s Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS), a consolidated tribal-specific grant program. Working with other DOJ bureaus and offices, OVC awarded funds to 33 tribal programs. Learn about program awards made by OVC and partner bureaus and offices on the CTAS 2015 Award List.
Using Federal Law To Prosecute Domestic Violence Crimes in Indian Country
This OVC DVD and companion facilitator’s guide educates criminal justice and social service professionals about using federal law more effectively to combat intimate partner violence offenses committed in Indian Country. The video incorporates case studies of actual prosecutions, while the guide provides an overview of relevant legal principles and key points for discussion.
Visit the American Indian/Alaska Native section of our site for additional resources.
OVC is pleased to announce the 2016 theme for National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW). 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. NCVRW will be observed from April 10 - 16, 2016.
Update or add your information to the NCVRW Mailing List by November 17, 2015 to receive:
During NCVRW, communities across the country hold events that honor crime victims and promote public awareness of crime victims’ rights. With the support of OVC, communities are eligible to apply for the Community Awareness Project (CAP) grant to support NCVRW events. Learn more and apply for funding today.
Anticipation of a holiday without a friend or family member can be harder than the actual holiday itself. View the OVC resource Coping With the Holidays After the Death of a Loved One or When You Are a Victim/Crime Survivor, which has suggestions from survivors for getting through the holidays.
October 2015 October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM)
September 2015 OVC Releases its Biennial Report to the Nation
August 2015 Participate in a Live Chat on Title IX
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