One cooperative agreement of $360,000 will be awarded to develop the 2012 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide. Apply by February 14, 2011.
The 2012 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Guide is a comprehensive kit to serve as a resource to be used to heighten awareness of crime victim issues during NCVRW in April 2012. Check out the 2011 NCVRW Resource Guide for more information. Older editions can be accessed via OVC’s Online Publications Archive. (Posted December 30, 2010)
Read the transcript from the December 16 OVC Web Forum Guest Host discussion on serving crime victims with mental illness. (Posted December 30, 2010)
Attorney General Eric Holder spoke at the 12th National Indian Nations Conference on December 9, 2010, during a week of Justice Department events with Tribal Country. These events are part of ongoing efforts to create better communication and coordination to fight crime and promote justice in tribal communities.
In addition to Attorney General Eric Holder’s remarks at the 12th National Indian Nations Conference, sponsored by OVC, the week commenced with an Interdepartmental Tribal Justice, Safety and Wellness, which included workshops and plenary sessions that focused on Native American wellness, examining topics such as tribal youth programs; victim’s assistance; suicide prevention; alcohol and substance abuse; community-based partnerships; domestic violence and sexual assault; and data reporting and information sharing. The 12th National Indian Nations Conference focused on sharing knowledge and ideas for developing programs that serve the unique needs of crime victims in Indian Country.
Learn more: Justice News
(Posted December 15, 2010)
Submit your questions to Carole Warshaw, MD, Director of the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health and Jennie Barr, PhD, Director of Sexual Assault Prevention and Crisis Services for the OVC Web Forum Guest Host discussion to be held on December 16. (Posted December 6, 2010)
Read the transcript from the OVC Web Forum Guest Host discussion with Dianne Barker-Harrold, about advocating for victims' rights in tribal courts. (Posted November 22, 2010)
Apply now for the National Victim Assistance Academy, to be held March 14-18, 2011, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Continuing Education Units will be awarded to participants who complete all of the requirements of the Foundation-Level Training, Professional Skill-Building Institute, or Leadership Institute. The application deadline is February 25, 2011. (Posted November 22, 2010)
On November 17, 2010, at 2 p.m. eastern time, a free webinar will be held to discuss Strategic Approaches to Sexual Assault Kit Evidence: An Action Research Project, a newly issued solicitation from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) with support from the Office for Victims of Crime. There will be time for audience questions. To participate in the webinar, you must first register with Harvard’s Government Innovators Network. Registration is free and takes just a few minutes. (Posted November 5, 2010)
On January 17, 2011, applications are due for the solicitation Strategic Approaches to Sexual Assault Kit Evidence. Through this solicitation, NIJ seeks to understand why so many sexual assault kits are not tested—not forwarded from police evidence rooms to crime labs for DNA testing—and to develop innovative approaches to solve this problem. (Posted November 5, 2010)
OVC invites applications for State Victim Assistance Academy (SVAA) grants to develop SVAAs that meet the educational and training needs of victim service providers and allied professionals in states that have not yet received OVC funding to develop an SVAA. Up to six first-year awards of $35,000 are available for this 3-year project. The deadline for applications is December 21, 2010. (Posted November 4, 2010)
OVC and the Tribal Law and Policy Institute announce the 12th National Indian Nations Conference, to be held December 9-11, 2010, in Palm Springs, California. The theme of this year’s conference is "Walking in Harmony: Honoring Victim Voices to Achieve Safety, Justice & Healing." Visit the conference site now for information about registration, the agenda, and continuing education.
OVC released e-publication to assist victim service providers help victims of identity theft and financial fraud. This free resource showcases the efforts of four grantees helping victims of these crimes and offers practical tools and information on developing case protocols, training staff, and staging campaigns as well as providing self-help materials to enable victims to become better self-advocates. Available online from OVC: Expanding Services To Reach Victims of Identity Theft and Financial Fraud.
Read the transcript from the OVC Web Forum Guest Host discussion with James Meeker, Ph.D., J.D., a professor at University of California, Irvine with expertise in geographic information systems and their application to delivery of legal services.
Justice Department announces nearly $2.6 billion in Fiscal Year 2010 awards. The funding is to advance the criminal and juvenile justice fields and to assist victims of crime.
2011 NCVRW Community Awareness Project Call for Applications: The National Association of Victim Assistance Administrators, through a grant from OVC, is seeking proposals for innovative, collaborative projects to raise awareness of victims’ rights and services during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 10-16, 2011. Deadline for applications is October 22, 2010.
Department of Justice awards more than $610 million in funding for programs to aid crime victims. This funding was awarded under the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) to support state and local victim assistance and compensation programs.
OVC TTAC’s redesigned Web site makes it easier to find great training and technical assistance resources. With one click, you can view our trainings catalog, apply for conference support and customized training and technical assistance, and sign up to receive updates from OVC TTAC. Explore the redesigned site now.
Save the date for the Sixth National Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Training Conference, May 25–27, 2011, in Austin, Texas. New to the conference are workshops designed for practitioners in Indian Country and scholarships available for Indian Country SARTs.
Nominations for the 2011 National Crime Victims‘ Service Awards. Help ensure that outstanding service providers and programs are given the recognition they deserve by going online today to submit your nomination by September 15.
OVC presented a Web Forum on serving survivors of homicide victims during cold case investigations with guest hosts Diane Alexander, Dan Levey, and Tim Woods. If you missed the August 18 session, download the transcript today or visit Web Forum online.
On August 18, 2010, OVC presented a Web Forum Guest Host Session on serving survivors of homicide victims during cold case investigations with Diane Alexander, Dan Levey and Tim Woods. If you missed the July 21, 2010 Session on serving older victims of financial abuse you can download the transcript now.
On July 21, 2010, OVC presented a Web Forum Guest Host Session on serving older victims of financial abuse with Betty Malks and Angela DeLeon. If you missed the July 7, 2010 Session on addressing child identity theft as financial exploitation you can download the transcript now.
On July 7, 2010, OVC, CCDO, and OJJDP presented a Web Forum Guest Host Session on addressing child identity theft as financial exploitation. If you missed the session with Howard Davidson, Director of the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law, and Joanne McNabb, Chief of the California Office of Privacy Protection you can download the transcript.
Mass Casualty Conference Report Available Online. First responders, victim assistance providers, and policymakers gathered in October 2009 to share advice on addressing the needs of victims of mass casualty and violence at home or abroad. The findings are summarized in this free report from OVC.
Applications are being accepted until Monday, December 20, 2010. Learn more about the position and the application process by visiting the Job Opportunities section of the CVAN Web site. Read more about SVAA’s on the OVC Web site.
DNA and Crime Victims
The National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC) hosts a Webinar series regarding DNA and crime victims geared primarily toward victim service providers, though law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and other allied professionals are welcome to attend. Sponsored by OVC, this series began in January 2010 and will conclude in November 2010. Visit the NCVC Web site now to listen to recordings of past Webinars and keep informed about upcoming Webinars.
Training and Technical Assistance Newsletter; USTCDG – Summer 2010
Produced in part with OVC funds, this newsletter highlights information and resources specific to the needs of CCVIC/FBO grantees (Counseling for Crime Victims in Indian Country by Faith-Based Organizations grantees) to facilitate strength and healing for victims of crime in tribal communities. This bimonthly newsletter is available online.
The Family Violence Prevention Center, Office of Criminal Justice Services, Ohio Department of Public Safety, has released Excellence In Advocacy: A Victim-Centered Approach to provide a basis of knowledge about working in the advocacy field and to address different topics victim advocates may encounter such as vicarious trauma, emerging issues, legal remedies and other subjects.
This manual is intended for professionals who have been working with victims of crime for 5 years or less, though it may benefit all victim advocates and other service providers. The interactive PDF is available free to download. (Posted December 2010)
The National Association of Victim Assistance Administrators, through a grant from OVC, is seeking proposals for innovative, collaborative projects to raise awareness of victims’ rights and services during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW), April 10-16, 2011. The deadline for 2011 NCVRW Community Awareness Project Applications is October 22, 2010.