Crime victim compensation programs help victims recover from financial losses resulting from their victimization. The new OVC Crime Victim Compensation Program Initiative Fact Sheet highlights efforts to further the Department of Justice's mission to provide crime victims with the services they need to recover from their victimization.
In Fiscal Year 2013, OVC awarded funds through this initiative to the Iowa, California, and Vermont state crime victim compensation programs. These states used this funding to develop or enhance innovative strategies to increase their program's efficiency, responsiveness, and accessibility for crime victims. This fact sheet highlights the work that these three programs implemented which other state programs can use as a model for replication.
We at OVC extend our deepest condolences to the victims of the shooting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, their friends, families, and fellow officers of the Baton Rouge Police Department and East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office. We honor the sacrifices made by these brave law enforcement officers and mourn the loss of officers Montrell Jackson, Matthew Gerald, and Brad Garafola.
And we share the sentiments of President Barack Obama and his Administration.
“The death of these three brave officers underscores the danger that police across the country confront every single day. And we as a nation have to be loud and clear that nothing justifies violence against law enforcement. Attacks on police are an attack on all of us and the rule of law that makes society possible.” (President Barack Obama, July 17, 2016).
“Our thoughts and condolences go out to the families who have lost loved ones... we share your pain and your loss. To our brothers and sisters who wear the badge: I want you to know that I am deeply grateful for the difficult and dangerous work you do every day to keep our streets safe and our nations secure. I am heartbroken at this loss. And the Department of Justice will do all we can to support you in the days ahead” (Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch, July 8, 2016).
We at OVC express our condolences to the victims of the shooting at a peaceful protest in Dallas, Texas, their friends, families, and officers of the Dallas Police Department and Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police. OVC presents resources which may be able to help victims and their families, as well as victim service providers, including law enforcement leaders, who are providing support to them during this difficult time.
The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) published the final rule for its Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Formula Victim Assistance Grant Program in the Federal Register today, July 8, 2016. The final rule goes into effect thirty days after publication, and sets forth the parameters for the use of funds under OVC’s Victim Assistance Program. OVC consulted extensively with the crime victim services field in developing the rule, and published a notice of proposed rulemaking (78 FR 52877) on August 27, 2013, which solicited public comments. OVC has taken these comments, as well as comments received during the inter-agency review process, into consideration in this final rule.
The rule goes into effect on August 8, 2016.
The final rule provides greater clarity and more flexibility to state VOCA victim assistance administering agencies to support a continuum of services to crime victims, including:
The rule clarifies the requirements regarding services to underserved victims, and continues to provide that victims of elder abuse, human trafficking, and other crimes are eligible for VOCA-funded assistance. The rule removes existing language that restricts the use of VOCA funding to support services to victims in detention and correctional facilities.
OVC will publish a summary of changes made by the rule, as well as questions and answers as they arise, on the OVC website.(Posted July 8, 2016)
Posted on behalf of Joye E. Frost, OVC Director
Dear VOCA Assistance Administrators:
OVC has received communication from a number of people in the victim assistance field about state Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) assistance administering agencies’ interpretation of the current VOCA Assistance Final Program Guidelines on expenses related to transitional housing and civil legal assistance, as well as the federal definition of “supplanting” for VOCA purposes.
OVC anticipates that it will upload the final VOCA formula victim assistance rule during the first week of July. It will become effective 30 days after publication in the Federal Register. In the interim, OVC is sending this communication to VOCA Administrators to again clarify what is allowable under the current guidelines for transitional housing and legal assistance.
Regarding legal assistance, victim assistance programs can provide emergency legal assistance such as filing restraining orders and obtaining emergency custody/visitation rights when such actions are directly connected to family violence cases and are taken to ensure the health and safety of the victim. See 1997 VOCA Victim Assistance Program Guidelines, Section IV.E.1.a. Other allowable legal assistance expenses under the current guidelines include, but are not limited to: advocacy on behalf of crime victims during criminal proceedings; assistance in recovering restitution on behalf of crime victims; asserting crime victims’ rights in criminal proceedings directly related to the victimization; and advocacy to protect victims’ safety, privacy, or other interests as a victim in criminal proceedings. Additionally, in the civil proceeding context, services may include those that are reasonably needed as a direct result of the victimization, but do not include tort actions, criminal defense, divorce, or civil restitution efforts. Please note, however, that upon finalization of the Rule, allowable legal assistance will be further expanded, as long as it is tied to the victimization of the crime victim. Allowable legal assistance includes the funding of legal clinics. See attached June 7, 2010 listserv message to VOCA Administrators, “VOCA Victim Assistance Formula Funding for Legal Clinics.”
Regarding transitional housing, victim assistance programs can provide shelter (including emergency, short-term nursing home shelter for elder abuse victims for whom no other safe, short-term residence is available). See 1997 VOCA Victim Assistance Program Guidelines, Section IV.E.1.a. OVC interprets the Guidelines as including transitional housing that is needed in order to protect the health and safety of victims and for whom no other safe, short-term residence is available. VOCA funds may be used to support staff time in locating resources to assist victims with these expenses. See 1997 VOCA Victim Assistance Program Guidelines, Section IV.E.3.i.
Finally, pursuant to the VOCA statute (Section 1404(a)(2)(C), codified at 42 U.S.C. 10603(a)(2)(C)), VOCA Administrators must certify that funds awarded to eligible crime victim assistance programs will not be used to supplant State and local funds otherwise available for crime victim assistance. The 2015 Department of Justice (DOJ) Grants Financial Guide defines “supplanting” as the deliberate reduction of “State or local funds because of the existence of Federal Funds.” For example, when state funds are appropriated for a stated purpose and federal funds are awarded for that same purpose, the state replaces its state funds with federal funds, thereby reducing the total amount available for the stated purpose.
We realize that some states may choose to impose a more restrictive definition of supplanting than the DOJ Grants Financial Guide. We strongly urge reconsideration of more restrictive definitions of supplanting, given that such more restrictive definitions may limit capacity building and stabilization of service providing organizations and also impede a state’s ability to obligate all of the available funding, ultimately limiting available services for crime victims.
OVC realizes that many of these issues will not be relevant once the new Rule is finalized. Thank you for your patience, and we look forward to working with the states in using the new Rule to support the funding of new and expanded services for many crime victims, and institutionalizing capacity in the victim assistance programs in your states. In the interim, OVC will post this communication on its website to ensure the greatest transparency on current, allowable uses of funding.(Posted July 6, 2016)
OVC extends its deepest condolences to the victims of the shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida, and to their friends and families. OVC presents resources which may be able to help victims and their families, and victim service providers that are providing support to them during this difficult time: www.ovc.gov/news/orlando-florida.html.(Posted June 16, 2016)
OVC will make awards under two purpose areas to develop or enhance statewide telemedicine programs (PDF 224 kb) to deliver expert Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner guidance and support to medical professionals conducting sexual assault forensic exams in state correctional facilities, institutions of higher education, and rural and tribal communities. OVC will make one award of up to $1.2 million under purpose area one for the demonstration project to develop or enhance access, within their state, to sexual assault forensic exams for adult and adolescent victims of sexual assault using telemedicine technology in underserved communities. Under purpose area two, OVC will make one award of up to $300,000 to one technical assistance (TA) provider to support the demonstration site.
Apply by July 28, 2016.(Posted June 14, 2016)
OVC has created a video to provide you with tips and tools for the 2017 National Crime Victims’ Service Awards application. This video includes information about submission requirements, a short demo of the online nomination form, and tips for submitting a noteworthy nomination.
Submissions close Sunday, July 31, 2016.(Posted June 13, 2016)
OVC’s Helping Victims of Mass Violence and Terrorism: Planning, Response, Recovery, and Resources toolkit is designed to help communities prepare for and respond to victims of mass violence and terrorism in the most timely, effective, and compassionate manner possible. View the new four-part companion video series which highlights –
The OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center has also launched a new multimedia web training series to introduce the web-based toolkit to civic, government, and business sectors that are interested in developing a comprehensive victim assistance plan. Learn more and register for the web-based training which is being held on multiple dates throughout June.(Posted June 9, 2016)
Teresa Scalzo, a dedicated advocate for domestic and sexual assault victims, passed away May 23, 2016, following a courageous battle with cancer. She was 47.
Teresa was a leader in the national movement to protect women from abusers and spent much of her professional life advocating for the legal rights of victims when they were unable to fight for themselves. Read the tribute.(Posted May 27, 2016)
OVC has developed two videos that provide information about OVC and the Crime Victims Fund:
Watch or download the videos and share them as an educational tool.(Posted May 26, 2016)
The new OVC video, If You're a Victim of Crime, Help is Available, describes the help that is available for victims of crime. The video recognizes that being a victim of a crime can be a devastating experience for survivors and their families, identifies certain victims' rights that are guaranteed in most states, and describes services available from state victim compensation and assistance programs. If you or someone you know is a victim of crime, help is available.
The 2016 National Crime Victims' Right Week (NCVRW) Crime and Victimization Fact Sheets, available in both English and Spanish, are a resource for victim service providers and allied professionals to continue to raise awareness of victims' issues beyond NCVRW and throughout the year
Use statistics and compelling graphics from these Fact Sheets in email and social media marketing, presentations, and on your website to help raise awareness and help demonstrate why crime victims' rights matter. View the Communicating Your Message (PDF 355 KB) section of the 2016 NVCRW Resource Guide for additional resources and ways to enhance your organization's public awareness campaigns.(Posted May 20, 2016)
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.(Posted May 2, 2016)
Attorney General Loretta Lynch honored nine individuals, programs, teams, and organizations during the April 12th National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony. Karol Mason, Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs, and Joye Frost, OVC Director, also addressed attendees at this annual event that honors extraordinary service to crime victims. If you missed the event or would like to learn more, visit:
OVC seeks applicants for funding up to $300,000 to support the development and enhancement of partnerships between correctional agencies and community-based victim service providers with the goal of increasing access to outside support services for incarcerated survivors of sexual abuse (PDF 218 kb). Eligible applicants shall be nonprofit organizations (including tribal nonprofit organizations) with demonstrated knowledge of and experience with providing support services to victims of sexual abuse and/or rape crisis coalitions and a strong desire to provide victim support services to incarcerated survivors of sexual abuse.
Apply by July 25, 2016.(Posted June 10, 2016, Updated June 27, 2016)
OVC will award one cooperative agreement of $1 million to develop a package of resource materials to support young victims and witnesses (PDF 250 kb) during their participation in the court process. The applicant, working with subject matter experts and partnering with a national stakeholder group, will develop materials that can readily be used by criminal justice personnel, advocates, and others that work with young victims and witnesses. The project will be carried out in close collaboration with OVC and will include the design, development, pilot, publishing (online and print), and dissemination of the resource materials.
Apply by July 15, 2016.(Posted June 1, 2016)
OVC will make awards under two purpose areas to establish two national resource centers (PDF 251 kb) to promote practices and strategies to increase the evidence base in the victims field and promote evidence-based knowledge and tools to address crime victim needs. The main goal of these centers is to ensure that survivors, providers, government leaders, and other members of the field have access to up-to-date information on best practices, policies, victim-related research, evaluation, and victim resources.
Apply by July 11, 2016.(Posted May 27, 2016)
OVC seeks fellowship proposals in nine purpose areas that further the goals of Vision 21 (PDF 397 kb) by supporting OVC's efforts to provide training, technical assistance, capacity building, assessment, or strategic planning. Through these cooperative agreements, OVC will make one award for each of the nine purpose areas of up to $150,000 to individuals to work with OVC in the below purpose areas -
Apply by July 11, 2016.(Posted May 26, 2016)
OVC will make awards under two purpose areas to develop a special polyvictimization initiative within Family Justice Centers (FJC) (PDF 361 kb). and other co-located domestic violence and sexual assault service centers.
Under Purpose Area #1, OVC will make up to six awards of up to $666,666 each to demonstration sites to create and offer a specialized polyvictimization screening tool for both adults and children receiving services at the FJC followed by the provision of the wide range of services needed to address a survivor's full history of current and past traumas. The initiative may require the identification of new on-site and/or off-site partners to deliver the full–range of services needed.
Under Purpose Area #2, OVC will make one award of up to $1 million to an organization to provide comprehensive technical assistance to the demonstration sites. Apply by June 27, 2016.(Posted May 12, 2016)
OVC will award up to two cooperative agreements of up to $1.2 million each to make physical, operational, and attitudinal changes in domestic violence shelters for individuals with disabilities (PDF 320.75 kb). Through these cooperative agreements, state (including territories and the District of Columbia), tribal, and regional domestic violence coalitions will undertake demonstration projects that encourage their member organizations to make physical and operational changes to facilities and operating practices (e.g., accessible bathrooms, interpreter services, plain language forms, action plans), as well as attitudinal changes through training and mentorship. Funding will include a research partner to conduct a program evaluation to identify bases for evidence-based practice, as well as gaps and resources. Apply by June 20, 2016.(Posted May 6, 2016)
OVC will make one award of up to $5 million to improve police response to domestic violence and sexual assault with a special emphasis on minority and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LQBTQ) communities (PDF 182 kb). The aim of the Initiative will be to integrate the Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Victims strategy and the principles outlined in the Department of Justice guidance to Identifying and Preventing Gender Bias in Law Enforcement Response to Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence (PDF 563 kb) to reduce gender bias in police response to these crimes. Apply by June 20, 2016.(Posted May 4, 2016)
OVC will make awards under two purpose areas to identify promising multidisciplinary approaches to addressing the needs of families and communities in extremely complex homicide cases (PDF 445 kb).
Under Purpose Area #1, OVC will make up to six awards of up to $600,000 each to organizations that demonstrate experience in responding to complex homicide cases and have capacity to implement multidisciplinary responses that are victim-centered and trauma-informed. OVC will place a priority in funding projects that can respond to specific types of homicide cases within the first 24–48 hours after a death has occurred. Funding under Purpose Area #1 will also support researcher/practitioner partnerships at each site to conduct program evaluation and identify evidence-based practices that can be replicated in other communities.
Under Purpose Area #2, OVC will make one award of up to $1.5 million to one technical assistance (TA) provider who will identify TA needs of the six direct service sites, convene grantee meetings and compile a compendium of promising practices that can be developed as a web-based resource and disseminated to the field. Apply by June 20, 2016.(Posted May 2, 2016)
OVC will make up to two awards between $1 million and $3 million to develop, enhance, and coordinate programs and activities geared toward improving outcomes for child and youth victims of sex and labor trafficking (PDF 255 kb). The purpose of this grant is to identify a state or federally recognized Indian tribe’s greatest challenge in addressing trafficking of children and youth and to improve jurisdiction-wide coordination and multidisciplinary collaboration to address human trafficking involving children and youth. Apply by June 29, 2016.(Posted April 29, 2016)
One award of up to $1,500,000 will be made to fund training and resources to better respond to victims of cyberviolence (PDF 225 kb). This Vision 21 national-scope initiative includes an assessment of cyberviolence training currently available to and training needs of judicial professionals, an assessment of the needs of victims of cyberviolence, and the development and dissemination of training and technical assistance to be published and delivered by the grantee and/or project partners. Apply by June 7, 2016.(Posted April 27, 2016)
OVC will make up to one award of up to $1,500,000 for a national training, technical assistance and network expansion effort that builds upon the existing National Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network (NITVAN) program. Under the Vision 21 NITVAN II solicitation (PDF 212 kb), a national victim-serving organization will be awarded funding to expand the outreach and capacity of the existing ten, previously-funded, NITVAN coalitions with sub-award funding of up to $50,000 each to up to 20 new coalitions in years two and three of the three year program.
NITVAN II will help continue to build upon and improve the current policy development, training and service delivery portfolios at the local, state, and regional levels to address the needs of victims of identity theft now with additional emphasis on cybercrime. Apply by June 9, 2016.(Posted April 26, 2016)
OVC announces two grant opportunities to increase services for urban American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) victims of sex trafficking. The FY 2016 Project Beacon: Increasing Services to American Indian and Alaska Native Victims of Sex Trafficking (PDF 237 kb) funding opportunity will award up to $450,000 to eligible applicants whose primary mission is to provide services and assistance to AI/AN individuals who reside in urban population centers to develop their organizational capacity to provide direct services to AI/AN sex trafficking victims. Apply by June 21, 2016.
The FY 2016 Project Beacon Training and Technical Assistance Project (PDF 184 kb) funding opportunity will award up to $450,000 to one eligible applicant to provide training and technical assistance to award recipients under the FY 2016 Project Beacon: Increasing Services to American Indian and Alaska Native Victims of Sex Trafficking (Project Beacon) solicitation. The recipient of this award will provide ongoing education, training, support, and guidance to Project Beacon grantees. Apply by June 21, 2016.(Posted April 22, 2016)
Two separate competitive 24-month cooperative agreements of up to $150,000 each will be awarded to enhance the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Victim Assistance toolkit and Victim Compensation guidebook by using field-generated comments and suggestions to shape these two tools to reflect technological changes in the field since their creation and include new regulations, and performance and grant requirements. These tools are invaluable resources for new state VOCA administrators and managers. Awards will be made to entities who demonstrate a deep understanding of the relationship between VOCA formula funding, VOCA State Administrating Agencies and VOCA subrecipients. Apply by May 23, 2016.(Posted April 6, 2016)
One award of up to $475,000 will be made to provide support and healing to American Indian and Alaska Native survivors of homicide through development of a comprehensive facilitator’s guide for individuals who are interested in starting a self-help support group for American Indian and Alaska Native survivors of homicide; development and delivery of a two-day training curriculum to train peers and mental health professionals on how to use the guide to start and sustain local self-help groups for the target population; and ongoing technical assistance to facilitators. Apply by June 6, 2016.(Posted April 4, 2016)
Awards of up to $600,000 will be made to enhance the quality and quantity of specialized services available to assist all victims of human trafficking (PDF 247 kb), including services for underserved or unserved populations. Funding will also support efforts to increase the capacity of communities to respond to human trafficking victims through the development of interagency partnerships, professional training, and public awareness activities. Apply by May 12, 2016.(Posted March 28, 2016)
Awards of up to $750,000 will be made to enhance the quality and quantity of comprehensive services available to assist all victims of human trafficking by enhancing interagency collaboration and the coordinated community response to victims of human trafficking, and through the provision of high-quality services that address the individual needs of trafficking victims. Funding will also aid efforts to increase the capacity of communities to respond to human trafficking victims through the development of interagency partnerships, professional training, and public awareness activities. Apply by May 2, 2016.(Posted March 16, 2016)
OVC and BJA will award between $600,000 and $900,000 to law enforcement agencies and victim service providers to work collaboratively to develop and enhance multidisciplinary human trafficking task forces (PDF, 398 kb) that combat sex and labor trafficking of foreign nationals and U.S. citizens of all sexes and ages. Eligible applicants are law enforcement agencies and victim service providers who submit separate but coordinated proposals that outline how the funding will be used to implement the human trafficking task force specified within the application. Deadline: May 10, 2016.(Posted March 8, 2016)
OVC extends its deepest condolences to the victims of the mass shooting in Hesston, Kansas, and to their friends and families. OVC offers the following resources which may be able to help victims and their families, and victim service providers that are providing support to them during this difficult time: http://ovc.gov/news/Hesston_Kansas.html.(Posted February 29, 2016)
OVC is pleased to announce the release of its 2016 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Guide. The Guide is an extensive online resource, providing all of the materials necessary to promote NCVRW within your community.
It provides a variety of campaign materials in both English and Spanish, including planning tips, a theme poster and video, artwork, and more. These materials can also be downloaded for use offline.
Please join OVC to help communities and victim assistance providers promote crime victim issues and services. Access the Resource Guide today.(Posted February 26, 2016)
We at OVC express our condolences to the victims of the shootings in Kalamazoo, Michigan, their families and friends, the people of Michigan, and everyone across the Nation who joins in the grief felt by this community. OVC presents the following resources which may be able to help victims and their families, and victim service providers that are providing support to them during this difficult time: http://ovc.gov/news/Kalamazoo_Michigan.html.(Posted February 23, 2016)
A primary goal of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) is to raise public awareness of victims’ rights and the services available to victims of crime. An effective way of doing that is providing local and state leaders with a sample proclamation, currently available, recognizing April 10-16, 2016, as National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.
Communities are encouraged to customize and share the proclamation with local and state leaders to highlight accomplishments, inspire the community and address unmet needs.
Learn more about National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.(Posted February 18, 2016)
The National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony will be held April 12, 2016, in Washington, DC. During the ceremony, OVC will recognize individuals and organizations that have demonstrated outstanding service in supporting crime victims and victim services. The event is free and open to the public; however, registration is required.
For more information about this event and to register, visit www.ncvrw.org by Friday, April 8, 2016.(Posted February 10, 2016)
OVC has partnered with the National Institute of Justice to inform practitioners about lessons learned in sexual assault kit research projects. A new publication, Notifying Sexual Assault Victims After Testing Evidence (PDF, 1.06 mb), explores the victim-centered approach that teams in Houston and Detroit used to develop victim notification protocols about the results of sexual assault kit (SAK) testing. These protocols may help other jurisdictions both in situations where a large number of previously untested SAKs are now being tested and in the investigation and prosecution of current cases.
The Faces of Human Trafficking video series and resource guide raises awareness of the seriousness of human trafficking, the many forms it takes, and the important role that everyone can play in identifying and serving victims. This new multidisciplinary resource includes:
Learn more about OVC’s human trafficking programs.(Posted January 19, 2016)
National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) will be observed April 10–16, 2016. The Theme Video and artwork are now available online to support the weeklong event.
This year’s NCVRW Theme Video highlights how serving victims and building trust restores hope and strengthens communities. Theme artwork is also available for organizations to incorporate into their outreach materials, such as:
The full 2016 NCVRW Resource Guide is anticipated to be online in February 2016 and will include promotional items and outreach products, how-to’s, sample communication tools, fact sheets, and more. Update or add your information to the NCVRW Mailing List to stay informed about NCVRW.(Posted December 17, 2015)
The new edition of OVC News & Program Updates is now available online. Read about OVC’s efforts to help children exposed to violence, learn how violence interrupter programs are working to address the cycle of trauma and violence among young men of color, and follow one survivor’s pathway to healing from childhood trauma and violence.(Posted December 16, 2015)
The holiday season is meant to be a cheerful time spent with loved ones. But this time of year is not joyful for everyone. Trauma and anxiety can return for crime victims, especially at this time of year. OVC Deputy Director Marilyn McCoy Roberts’ blog post on coping with the holidays offers resources to help support those who have been victims of crime.(Posted December 10, 2015)
The U.S. Department of Justice is seeking applicants for its Fiscal Year 2016 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS). CTAS provides comprehensive funding to American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments and tribal consortia to support public safety, victim services, and crime prevention improvements.
Applicants can submit a single application and select from any or all of the nine purpose areas, including two administered by OVC:
In an effort to provide guidance on CTAS, the Department of Justice is sponsoring a webinar series that will focus on educating applicants about CTAS application requirements and purpose areas. View the CTAS applicant webinar series schedule for detailed information and to registerTo learn more about this funding opportunity, visit the CTAS solicitation website. Applications are due by February 23, 2016, at 9 p.m. EST. (Posted December 9, 2015)
OVC expresses our condolences to the victims of the San Bernardino shootings, their families and friends, the people of California, and those in mourning throughout the Nation. We present the following resources which may be able to help victims and their families, and victim service providers that are providing support to them during this difficult time: http://ovc.gov/news/San_Bernardino.html.(Posted December 4, 2015)
OVC conveys its condolences to the victims of the shootings at the Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado Springs, their families, the people of Colorado, and everyone across the Nation who joins in the grief felt by this community. We share the following resources that may be able to help victims and their families, as well as the victim service providers that are assisting them: http://ovc.gov/news/colorado_springs.html.(Posted November 30, 2015)
Law enforcement officers too often face the unique challenges presented by incidents of terrorism and mass violence. OVC’s electronic toolkit, Helping Victims of Mass Violence and Terrorism: Planning, Response, Recovery, and Resources, serves as a multidisciplinary resource for a wide range of professionals, including law enforcement officers, to ensure that victims’ issues are sufficiently considered in terrorism and mass violence events.This victim-centered toolkit—developed in collaboration with law enforcement officials, emergency planning managers, prosecutors, victim service providers, and many others—provides the field with a framework, strategies, and resources to:
The toolkit’s Partnerships & Planning section discusses how to establish and maintain partnerships, address resource gaps, and develop victim assistance protocols. The Response & Recovery section covers how to use the protocols after an incident of mass violence or terrorism. The Tools section provides checklists, samples, a glossary, and a compendium of victim assistance resources. This toolkit is designed to complement, not replace, existing community emergency response protocols.
OVC hopes that law enforcement officials, agencies, and officers can use this toolkit to enhance efforts to prepare, respond to, and recover from these devastating incidents.(Posted November 19, 2015)
OVC is pleased to announce the availability of a new grant program, Elder Justice AmeriCorps, which will provide comprehensive legal assistance and support services to victims of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation and promote pro bono capacity building in the field. This program is a collaboration between OVC, The Department of Justice’s Elder Justice Initiative, and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).
This funding opportunity complements existing OVC grants to support the development of legal assistance networks providing comprehensive and pro bono legal services for victims of crime.
Each year during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW), OVC honors individuals and organizations who demonstrate outstanding service in supporting victims and victim services through the National Crime Victims’ Service Awards.
On April 12, 2016, OVC will honor these exceptional individuals, organizations, teams, and programs at an awards ceremony in Washington, DC. To receive information about registration and other details about the ceremony when they become available, sign up for the NCVRW Mailing List.(Posted November 12, 2015)
Domestic violence is a major cause of homelessness, particularly for families with children. To help address this critical issue, OVC has partnered with the Office on Violence Against Women, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to launch a federal Domestic Violence and Housing Technical Assistance Consortium.
This interagency consortium will provide national training, technical assistance, and resource development on domestic violence and housing. The federal agencies have awarded $2.3 million in grant funding in order to develop more comprehensive resources and foster increased collaboration among domestic violence and homeless services providers. Organizations receiving grant funds include:
OVC is pleased to announce funding for National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) public awareness activities through the 2016 NCVRW Community Awareness Projects (CAP) program. The National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators, with support from OVC, will award at least 60 communities with up to $5,000 each in reimbursement for approved activities. Types of activities supported with CAP funds include:
Public agencies, nonprofit organizations, community-based victim service organizations, faith-based organizations, tribal organizations, and community coalitions committed to advocating for the rights and services of crime victims are among those encouraged to apply.
Learn more and apply online at http://cap.navaa.org/. Apply by November 17, 2015.
Register for an applicant webinar which will be held November 4, 2015, at 4:00 p.m. eastern time.(Posted November 3, 2015)
On October 28, 2015, The Partnership for Freedom, a public-private partnership that aims to spur innovative solutions to human trafficking challenges, led by Humanity United in collaboration with the Department of Justice, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of State, and the Department of Labor, launched the second of three competitions dedicated to spurring innovative solutions to end human trafficking. Rethink Supply Chains: The Tech Challenge to Fight Labor Trafficking calls for technological solutions that identify and address labor trafficking in global supply chains for goods and services. We invite you to participate in this competition by putting together your team, formulating your idea and submitting your application. Applications are due by December 13, 2015. Find out more about the challenge and how to submit an application at www.partnershipforfreedom.org/rethinksupplychains/. (Posted October 28, 2015)
The Office for Victims of Crime (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.
2016 NCVRW Highlights:
Update or add your information to the NCVRW Mailing List by November 17, 2015 to receive a complimentary copy of this year’s theme poster. You will also receive notification when the 2016 Resource Guide is available online, details about the NCVRW awards ceremony, and other NCVRW announcements.
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. (Posted October 26, 2015)
OVC conveys its condolences to the victims of the shootings at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, their families, the people of Oregon, and everyone across the Nation who joins in the grief felt by this community. We share the following resources that may be able to help victims and their families, as well as the victim service providers that are assisting them: http://ovc.gov/news/umpqua_community_college.html (Posted October 2, 2015)
Join us as OVC holds the next in a series of forums addressing the Vision 21 initiative on Monday, September 21, 2015 from 10:00-11:30 a.m. eastern time, at the Office of Justice Programs, 810 7th Street, NW, (third floor video conference room) in Washington, D.C. Victim-focused service providers, researchers, and policy makers are encouraged to attend. This forum, Addressing Strangulation in Domestic Violence Cases: Maricopa County’s Multidisciplinary Approach, will feature Karyn Rasile, M.A.Ed., B.S.N., R.N., A.F.N.–B.C., a forensic Nurse Specialist and Consultant, who will discuss the partnerships and steps taken to implement this innovative program. Maricopa County, Arizona, recognized a need to change their approach to addressing strangulation in domestic violence cases and collaborated with the Scottsdale Forensic Nurse Examiner to create a 24/7 multidisciplinary team response to victims of domestic violence strangulation.
For more information, or to RSVP, contact Heidi Fam at email@example.com no later than Friday, September 18, 2015. Please include your name, title, and organization in your response.
In coordination with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Office for Victim Assistance and DOJ’s Office of Justice for Victims of Overseas Terrorism, OVC released Helping Victims of Mass Violence and Terrorism: Planning, Response, Recovery, and Resources. VOCA Administrators, emergency managers, law enforcement, prosecutors, health care providers, victim service providers, and others can access the online toolkit to –
The 2015 OVC Report to the Nation is now available online. View the full report to learn more about OVC's evidence-based practices, dynamic multi-disciplinary partnerships, and effective strategies for building capacity through research, innovation, technology, and training. (Posted August 19, 2015)
View the OVC social media feed, now available on our homepage, to read OVC’s social media posts on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. OVC is making it easier for you to connect with us through social media. (Posted August 18, 2015)
OVC conveys its condolences to the victims of the shootings at the movie theater in Lafayette, their families, the people of Louisiana, and everyone across the Nation who joins in the grief felt by this community. We share the following resources that may be able to help victims and their families, as well as the victim service providers that are assisting them: http://ovc.gov/news/lafayette.html (Posted July 24, 2015)
OVC conveys its condolences to the victims of the shootings at two military sites in Chattanooga, their families, the people of Tennessee, and the many U.S. citizens grieving nationwide. The following resources may be able to help victims and their families, as well as the victim service providers that are assisting them: http://ovc.gov/news/chattanooga.html (Posted July 20, 2015)
Learn about the progress being made to improve services to victims of human trafficking in FYs 2013-2014 Federal Strategic Action Plan Status Report. Based on the goals and objectives identified in the Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States, 2013–2017, released by the White House in January of 2014, this status report identifies actions taken during fiscal years 2013-2014 to-
The summer edition of OVC News & Program Updates is now available online. Read a message from Director Joye Frost, review the Vision 21 grant awardees, and learn more about the impactful work OVC is doing on behalf of victims and victim service providers. (Posted June 22, 2015)
We at OVC convey our deepest sympathies to the victims of the Charleston shootings, their families and friends, the people of South Carolina, and those in mourning throughout the nation. The following resources may be able to help victims and their families, as well as the victim service providers that are assisting them: http://ovc.gov/news/charleston_church_tragedy.html (Posted June 18, 2015)
OVC will award each eligible state victim assistance program a noncompetitive discretionary grant to support training and technical assistance to VOCA victim assistance service providers and others who work with crime victims. Uses for these additional funds include, but are not limited to, enhancing existing State Victim Assistance Academies (SVAAs) or establishing new SVAAs; and supporting statewide training initiatives, crime victim related conferences, basic training for new programs for underserved victims, and scholarships to service providers and others who work with crime victims. Apply by July 1, 2015. (Posted June 4, 2015)
Submit Your Nominations for the 2016 National Crime Victims’ Service Awards by July 30, 2015. Each 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.
This year, OVC announces a new award category, the Tomorrow’s Leaders Award. This award seeks to honor and highlight youth up to age 24 years who have dedicated their efforts to supporting victims of crime. Learn more.
View past recipients and, if you know a similarly deserving individual, group, team, or program, submit a nomination by July 30, 2015.
Visit the National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) Web site for details about the 2016 NCVRW observation, April 10 - 16, 2016, and the Awards Ceremony as they become available. (Posted June 1, 2015)
One discretionary grant in the amount of $175,000 will be awarded to plan and administer the National Joint Training Conference for VOCA Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation Administrators, to be held in 2016. This 2.5-day conference will provide training and technical assistance for Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) administrators, staff, and board members; and facilitate a forum for the presentation of state issues and practices. The conference will employ lectures, panels, workshops, and forums to explore ways to improve the delivery of crime victim services; provide an opportunity for VOCA administrators to exchange information, views, and experiences; and provide training and technical assistance on effective program operations. Apply by July 13, 2015. (Posted May 28, 2015)
OVC will award each eligible state victim compensation program an annual VOCA Victim Compensation Formula grant equal to 60 percent of what the state spent in state-funded benefits 2 years previously, other than amounts awarded for property damage. Funds under this program shall be used by the states and territories for awards of compensation benefits to crime victims, with the following exception: states may retain up to 5 percent of their total grant for administrative and training purposes. Apply by July 1, 2015. (Posted May 22, 2015)
OVC will award each eligible state victim compensation program an annual VOCA Victim Assistance Formula grant to support eligible crime victim assistance programs in that state or territory. Funds under this program shall be used by the states and territories to support eligible crime victim assistance programs that provide direct services to crime victims with the following exception: states may retain up to 5 percent of their total grant for administrative and training purposes. Apply by July 2, 2015. (Posted May 22, 2015)
OVC will make one award of up to $2,000,000 to improve access to services for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) victims of crime by cataloguing existing comprehensive services. Through this project, OVC will support the creation of a user-friendly, state-of-the-art resource that empowers victims to seek comprehensive services; support victim service providers in their efforts to expand their outreach on behalf of victims to ensure that services provided reflect the myriad needs of AI/AN crime victims; and provide a clear picture of service gaps for private, federal, and state funders. Apply by July 2, 2015. (Posted May 19, 2015)
*For additional information about how to apply to this solicitation, please see Pre-Application Conference Calls Q&A.
OVC will make up to one award of up to $150,000 for a fellowship that will focus on the issues of victims of elder abuse and elder financial exploitation. The fellowship recipient will work in the Elder Justice Initiative (EJI) of the Department of Justice Civil Division, in Washington, D.C. EJI provides resources to victims of elder abuse and financial exploitation and their families; practitioners who serve those victims; law enforcement agencies and prosecutors who respond to victims of elder abuse and financial exploitation; and researchers seeking to understand and address elder abuse and financial exploitation. Visit the Jobs & Fellowships section of the OVC Web site for general information about OVC's fellowship program. Apply by July 2, 2015. (Posted May 18, 2015)
OVC will make one award of up to $200,000 to identify the needs of families of overseas hostages, kidnapping victims, and returned hostages; and provide information and referrals to available services, assistance, and emotional support as they navigate the complex issues that arise in the aftermath of the kidnapping or hostage-taking. Applicants must demonstrate an established capacity to operate on a national level, as well as knowledge of the victim services field and the ability to coordinate and collaborate with, and provide referrals to, available resources and services throughout the United States, including those at the local level, to support the family members of these victims and returned hostages. Apply by July 2, 2015. (Posted May 18, 2015)
On April 29, 2015, Loretta E. Lynch was sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden as the 83rd Attorney General of the United States. In her remarks, Attorney General Lynch stated that we “can imbue our criminal justice system with both strength and fairness, for the protection of both the needs of victims and the rights of all. We can restore trust and faith both in our laws and in those of us who enforce them. We can protect the most vulnerable among us from the scourge of modern-day slavery – so antithetical to the values forged in blood in this country."
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OVC will make one award of up to $1,000,000 to a national-scope organization to enhance training, technical assistance, public awareness, and capacity-building resources on language access for victim service providers and allied professionals. The objectives of this program are to improve access to services for crime victims who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, or who have limited English proficiency; increase victim service providers' and allied professionals' understanding of their legal and ethical obligations related to language access; and produce high-quality training, technical assistance, online resources, tools, and products to improve language access. Apply by June 24, 2015. (Posted May 8, 2015)
OVC will make one award of up to $150,000 to an individual that will work with OVC to develop and implement a strategic initiative that ensures OVC's products, programs, and services are accessible to individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, and those with Limited English Proficiency (LEP). Applicants must be individuals (organizations are not eligible to apply) who have prior experience with language access and victim services initiatives, especially for deaf, hard-of-hearing, and/or LEP communities. Apply by June 24, 2015. (Posted May 8, 2015)
Through cooperative agreements in up to 8 program areas, OVC will provide funding to enhance and transform services for victims of crime and to reach and serve more crime victims and address gaps in the crime victims’ field. OVC will consider proposals that provide training, technical assistance, capacity building, assessment, or strategic planning with a focus on identifying and addressing gaps in knowledge, assessing or developing and evaluating innovative practices, developing evidence-based training and technical assistance, or developing strategic approaches of leveraging resources to reach and serve more victims. Apply by June 18, 2015. (Posted May 4, 2015)
OVC will make several awards of up to $60,000 each to state VOCA compensation programs to enhance data collection efforts to increase the accuracy of administrative reporting through the OVC Performance Management Tool. Proposals must demonstrate how the funding would improve the state’s data collection capacity to satisfy the new OVC reporting requirements. Apply by June 17, 2015. (Posted May 4, 2015)
OVC will make one award of up to $1,000,000 to a training and technical assistance provider to develop tools and resources to replicate, evaluate, support, and sustain State Victim Assistance Academies (SVAA). SVAAs provide comprehensive, academically based, fundamental education and training for victim service providers and allied professionals to ensure that all crime victims receive the culturally competent, trauma-informed services they need. Apply by June 15, 2015. (Posted May 1, 2015)
OVC will make up to one award of up to $500,000 for a joint fellowship program with BJS focused on the translation and dissemination of statistical data used by the victim service field. The individual awarded funding under this fellowship program will work with both OVC and BJS to improve the synthesis and translation of social science research and statistical findings to inform practice and policies in the victim services field. Visit the Jobs & Fellowships section of the OVC Web site for general information about OVC's fellowship program. Apply by June 15, 2015. (Posted May 1, 2015)
OVC will make several awards of up to $1,000,000 each to improve responses to male survivors of violence, particularly boys and young men of color, and their families, and to dedicate technical assistance to support these efforts. OVC is particularly interested in strengthening victim service providers’ knowledge and skills, resulting in innovative programs and practices that foster a better understanding among criminal and juvenile justice systems and inform service providers about the needs and rights of these victims. Both OVC and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention will provide oversight for all of the projects funded through this solicitation. Apply by June 17, 2015. (Posted May 1, 2015)br>
*For additional information about how to apply to this solicitation, please see the Supporting Male Survivors of Violence Solicitation Q&A and Additional Participant Questions & Answers.
OVC will award up to $375,000 to provide financial and technical assistance to approximately 60 communities nationwide to conduct 2016 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Community Awareness Projects (CAP) on crime victims' rights and services in their jurisdictions during 2016 NCVRW. The selected applicant must be positioned to undertake a nationwide solicitation for proposals and the delivery of technical assistance to recipient organizations; capable of marketing the project so that it meets the goal of funding a project in every state; and able to assemble a group of expert reviewers who are familiar with NCVRW and the victim assistance field, and who are willing to volunteer their services to review every application received and be a part of the selection process. Apply by June 15, 2015. (Posted April 30, 2015)
OVC will make one award of up to $700,000 to update the SART Toolkit: Resources for Sexual Assault Response Teams (SART Toolkit) to ensure that it contains the most current research, practices, and information to support sexual assault victims—particularly underserved populations. The SART Toolkit is an online resource for information and tools to establish, strengthen, and sustain sexual assault response teams in a variety of settings. Eligible applicants are limited to organizations with national-scope expertise on sexual assault and a track record of developing national-scope technical assistance resources, and that have existing strong relationships with a range of victim-serving organizations at the local, tribal, state, and federal levels. Apply by June 8, 2015. (Posted April 22, 2015)
Attorney General Eric Holder honored 12 individuals, programs, teams, and organizations during the April 21st National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony. Karol Mason, Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs, and Joye Frost, OVC Director, also addressed attendees at this annual event that honors extraordinary service to crime victims. If you missed the event or would like to learn more, visit:
Awards of up to $500,000 will be made to expand access to comprehensive legal services for victims of human trafficking through training and technical assistance. Trafficking victims face an array of legal challenges and access to trained legal counsel assists victims in increasing their safety, financial security, independence, and self-sufficiency. This program seeks to expand the capacity of the existing legal services network to meet these critical needs. Apply by June 18, 2015. (Posted April 17, 2015)
Awards of up to $600,000 will be made to enhance the quality and quantity of specialized services available to assist victims of human trafficking including services for underserved victims of human trafficking. Funding will also support efforts to increase the capacity of communities to respond to human trafficking victims through the development of interagency partnerships, professional training, and public awareness activities. Apply by June 1, 2015. (Posted April 16, 2015)
Awards of up to $750,000 will be made to enhance the quality and quantity of services available to assist all victims of human trafficking in achieving their goals. Funding will support interagency collaboration and the coordinated community response to victims of human trafficking and the provision of high-quality services that address the individualized needs of trafficking victims. Apply by June 1, 2015. (Posted April 16, 2015)
One cooperative agreement of up to $450,000 will be awarded to plan and conduct, in cooperation with OVC, the 15th National Indian Nations Conference: Justice for Victims of Crime, which will take place in 2016. The goal of this project is to provide timely training, information about best practices, and resources to increase and enhance the skills of victim service providers, criminal justice professionals, and other allied professionals in order to improve their ability to respond to the needs of American Indian and Alaska Native crime victims. Apply by June 1, 2015. (Posted April 14, 2015)
OVC will make two awards of up to $1,500,000 each to support the training and technical assistance needs of American Indian and Alaska Native communities that receive grant funds from OVC under Purpose Area 6 (Children's Justice Act Partnerships for Indian Communities) and Purpose Area 7 (Comprehensive Tribal Victim Assistance Program) of the Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation, as well as Vision 21 Community Wellness Centers. Deadline: June 1, 2015. (Posted April 14, 2015)
On March 26, 2015, OVC Director Joye Frost participated in an interview for The Social Network Show, an online radio series sponsored by the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) which promotes best practices in cyber safety, crime prevention, and social justice issues.
In this interview, Director Frost provides information on the ways OVC enhances the work of national, state, and local agencies and organizations to assist crime victims and how the Crime Victims Fund further supports these efforts.
Director Frost highlights that everyone has a role in supporting crime victims, and that support can come from service providers, friends, family, and neighbors. This is also reflected in the 2015 NCVRW theme—Engaging Communities. Empowering Victims.—which emphasizes the role of the entire community—individually and collectively—to support victims of crime and empower them to begin their healing from their victimization. This year’s National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) will be held April 19 - 25, and more information can be found at ovc.ncjrs.gov/NCVRW.
Listen to this interview on The Social Network Show co-hosted by Dr. Jane Karwoski and NCPC Senior Communications Director Michelle Boykins. (Posted March 26, 2015)
The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, in partnership with the National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC), is pleased to announce the availability of the entire National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide EN ESPAÑOL (in Spanish) online. For the first time in the history of the Resource Guide the Statistical Overviews have been translated into Spanish.
This user-friendly package contains everything you need to host and promote NCVRW in your community and to promote victims’ rights throughout the year. This year’s theme—Engaging Communities. Empowering Victims.—emphasizes the role of the entire community, individually and collectively, as we support victims of crime and empower them to direct their own recovery. Included in the Resource Guide are campaign materials such as artwork, educational content, helpful hints, and a Theme Video that highlights the importance of building partnerships with community leaders and organizations.
Join OVC in our mission to help communities and victim assistance providers promote awareness of crime victim issues. Access both the English and Spanish versions of the Resource Guide online today. (Posted March 23, 2015)
OVC will make one award of up to $300,000 to develop the 2016 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Guide. The comprehensive Resource Guide will support victim service providers, victim advocates, allied professionals, and the general public in their efforts to heighten awareness of crime victim issues nationwide during NCVRW in April 2016, and throughout the year. Deadline: April 29, 2015. (Posted March 13, 2015)
OVC and BJA will award between $600,000 and $900,000 to law enforcement agencies and victim service providers to work collaboratively to develop and enhance multidisciplinary human trafficking task forces that combat sex and labor trafficking of foreign nationals and U.S. citizens of all sexes and ages. Eligible applicants are law enforcement agencies and victim service providers who submit separate but coordinated proposals that outline how the funding will be used to implement the human trafficking task force specified within the application. Deadline: May 11, 2015. (Posted March 11, 2015)
The National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony will be held April 21, 2015, in Washington, D.C. During the ceremony, OVC will recognize individuals and organizations that have demonstrated outstanding service in supporting crime victims and victim services. The event is free and open to the public; however, registration is required.
For more information about this event and to register, visit www.ncvrw.org by Friday, April 17, 2015. (Posted February 10, 2015)
Join us, as OVC holds the third in a series of forums addressing OVC's Vision 21 initiative on Thursday, February 19, 2015, from 10:00-11:30 a.m. eastern time, at the Office of Justice Programs (third floor main ballroom) in Washington, DC. We encourage all victim-focused services providers, researchers, and policymakers to attend, A Data-Driven Approach to Victim Services, which underscores the importance of researcher-practitioner partnerships and a data-driven approach to policy decisions impacting victims of crime.
Come hear Heather Warnken, Esq., LL.M., Legal Policy Associate at the Chief Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, as she presents her statewide research findings on:
For more information, or to RSVP, contact Heidi Fam at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Tuesday, February 17, 2015. Please include your name, title, organization and state in your response. (Posted February 3, 2015)
OVC is pleased to announce that the 2015 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Guide is now available online. This user-friendly package contains everything you need to host and promote NCVRW in your community. This year’s theme—Engaging Communities. Empowering Victims.—emphasizes the role of the entire community, individually and collectively, as we support victims of crime and empower them to direct their own recovery.
Included in the Resource Guide are campaign materials including artwork and the theme video, educational content, helpful hints, and for the first time ever, a new statistical overview. These materials can also be downloaded for use offline.
Join OVC in our mission to help communities and victim assistance providers promote awareness of crime victim issues. Access the Resource Guide online today. (Posted January 22, 2015)
In October 2014, OVC and the Bureau of Justice Assistance released the newly expanded and enhanced Human Trafficking Task Force e-Guide and launched a new, mobile-friendly Human Trafficking Web site that provides human trafficking information for victims and survivors, victim service providers, law enforcement, and allied professionals.
Visit the Human Trafficking Web site to:
These resources have been prepared to help strengthen the knowledge and skills needed to assist victims of human trafficking. Take advantage of both today! (Posted January 8, 2015)
A newly released video from the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) explores how the International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program (ITVERP) may provide financial assistance to victims of international terrorism and their families.
Administered by OVC, ITVERP is the only federal, direct-service program that provides reimbursement for qualifying expenses to qualified U.S. citizens and U.S. government employees who suffered direct physical or emotional injury from an act of international terrorism while outside the United States.
This brief video from OVC highlights key program features and includes testimonials from individuals who have received ITVERP benefits. You can view the video online and access further information about the program on the OVC ITVERP Web site. (Posted January 5, 2015)
Between 2010 and 2013, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) took action on fraudulent schemes that affected nearly 30,000 investors, with losses totaling more than $1 billion. To help arm every day consumers with the tools to reduce the risk of falling victim to fraud, the CFTC has launched SmartCheck.CFTC.gov.
The SmartCheck Web site provides educational tools to reduce financial and investment fraud. In addition to background check tools, the newly launched Web site contains a variety of resources, including interactive videos that allow users to take part in a fictional financial scenario to help investors identify potential fraudulent schemes and make the best financial decision.
OVC works to address the needs of fraud victims, and encourages consumers to take advantage of these new tools. Visit the SmartCheck Web site to access effective tools to check backgrounds of financial professionals and access the full range of resources. (Posted January 2, 2015).
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