Submit Your Nominations for the 2017 National Crime Victims' Service Awards by July 31, 2016. Every year, OVC recognizes extraordinary individuals, organizations, teams, and programs that demonstrate outstanding achievements in supporting victims and victim services. The recipients are honored at the National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C.
View past recipients and, if you know a similarly deserving individual, group, team, or program, submit a nomination by July 31, 2016.
Visit the National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) website for details about the 2017 NCVRW observance, April 2-8, 2017, and the Awards Ceremony as they become available.
Each year, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month is commemorated in June. OVC encourages victim service providers to rededicate themselves to serving LGBTQ victims, who often do not have consistent access to informed services to help them recover in the aftermath of a crime. As a result, LGBTQ victims suffer disproportionately from violence and its effects.
In recognition of LGBT Pride Month, OVC features the online guide, Responding to Transgender Victims of Sexual Assault, to help educate those working in the field. Supported by the experiences of transgender survivors, and addressing specific challenges that victim service providers, first responders, and health care providers may encounter, this guide provides practical tools to promote understanding and support for transgender victims.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, recognized annually on June 15th, is a call–to–action for individuals, organizations, and communities to raise awareness about elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation. In commemoration of World Elder Abuse Day, learn how you can take a stand in the fight against elder abuse by visiting the National Center on Elder Abuse website and making use of the following OVC Resources:
March 2016: 2016 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW)