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News Archive 2012

Welcome to OVC’s News Archive—a collection of past announcements:

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December 2012

OVC Grantee Orientation WebinarsWatch Financial and Legal Responsibilities, a webinar focused on the financial management and legal responsibilities of OVC discretionary grantees. On November 29, 2012, OVC hosted its second webinar in the 2012 OVC Discretionary Grantee Orientation Series for OVC grantees. Participants heard from the Office of the Chief Financial Officer about allowable costs and withholdings, the top 10 audit findings, financial reports, conference cost approvals and reports and the Office of the General Counsel on their legal grant responsibilities. After viewing the webinar, please complete the evaluation.

OVC and BJA have launched a Directory of Training and Technical Assistance Resources for Anti-Human Trafficking Task Forces and Service Providers. The directory includes "distance learning," "in-person training" and "training by request" opportunities. It is an excellent resource for practitioners and task forces actively working in the field to expand and enhance their knowledge.

OVC Grantee Orientation WebinarsWatch Getting Started, a webinar to orient OVC Grantees with post-award instructions and grant management help. On November 15, 2012, OVC hosted the first webinar in the 2012 OVC Discretionary Grantee Orientation Series for OVC grantees. Participants learned about OVC, the Crime Victims Fund, special award conditions, and the Office of Justice Programs’ Grants Management System from Joye E. Frost, OVC Principal Deputy Director, and Sharron Chapman, OVC Lead Victim Justice Program Specialist. After viewing the webinar, please complete the evaluation.

On December 5, guest hosts Christopher Grant and Regina Sobieski presented an OVC Web Forum discussion on best practices for working with victims of gang violence. Read the questions and answers from the discussion and share your own comments.

On November 30, 2012, OVC’s Principal Deputy Director, Joye Frost, participated in a roundtable discussion on provision of shelter and services for victims and survivors of domestic minor sex trafficking. Shared Hope International, ECPAT USA, and the Protection Project at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, in coordination with Representatives Ted Poe and Jim Costa, Co-Chairs of the Congressional Caucus for Victims’ Rights, and Representatives Cynthia Lummis and Gwen Moore, Co-Chairs, and Representatives Jaime Herrera Beutler and Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Vice-Chairs, of the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues, are hosting Identifying Sustainable Resources for Shelter and Restorative Care for Victims of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking. During the webcast, the following experts in policy, philanthropy, and provision of restorative services were scheduled to address restoration of children victimized by domestic minor sex trafficking—

  • Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX)
  • Congress member Karen Bass (D-CA) (invited)
  • Congresswoman Linda Smith (U.S. Congress 1995-99), Founder and President, Shared Hope International
  • Deborah Richardson, Executive Vice President, Center for Civil and Human Rights, formerly Chief Program Officer at the Women’s Funding Network, past-President of the Atlanta Women’s Foundation
  • Lee Roper-Batker, President, Women’s Foundation of Minnesota
  • Vednita Carter, Founder and Executive Director, Breaking Free
  • Alex Trouteaud, PhD, Harold and Kayrita Anderson Family Foundation
  • Joye Frost, Principal Deputy Director, Office for Victims of Crime, U.S. Dept. of Justice

This briefing took place in Washington, D.C. during the National Colloquium: Shelter and Services Evaluation for Action event. The day-long colloquium was webcast live on the Shared Hope International Web site.

November 2012

On November 30, 2012, at 12:30–1:30 p.m. (EST), OVC’s Principal Deputy Director, Joye Frost, will participate in a roundtable discussion on provision of shelter and services for victims and survivors of domestic minor sex trafficking. Shared Hope International, ECPAT USA, and the Protection Project at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, in coordination with Representatives Ted Poe and Jim Costa, Co-Chairs of the Congressional Caucus for Victims’ Rights, and Representatives Cynthia Lummis and Gwen Moore, Co-Chairs, and Representatives Jaime Herrera Beutler and Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Vice-Chairs, of the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues, are hosting Identifying Sustainable Resources for Shelter and Restorative Care for Victims of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking. During the webcast, the following experts in policy, philanthropy, and provision of restorative services will address restoration of children victimized by domestic minor sex trafficking—

  • Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX)
  • Congress member Karen Bass (D-CA) (invited)
  • Congresswoman Linda Smith (U.S. Congress 1995-99), Founder and President, Shared Hope International
  • Deborah Richardson, Executive Vice President, Center for Civil and Human Rights, formerly Chief Program Officer at the Women’s Funding Network, past-President of the Atlanta Women’s Foundation
  • Lee Roper-Batker, President, Women’s Foundation of Minnesota
  • Vednita Carter, Founder and Executive Director, Breaking Free
  • Alex Trouteaud, PhD, Harold and Kayrita Anderson Family Foundation
  • Joye Frost, Principal Deputy Director, Office for Victims of Crime, U.S. Dept. of Justice

This briefing will take place in Washington, D.C. during the National Colloquium: Shelter and Services Evaluation for Action event. Watch the webcast and the day-long colloquium on the Shared Hope International Web site.

In commemoration of National American Indian Heritage Month, OVC presented a Web Forum discussion on the Tribal Law and Order Act and crime victims in Indian Country with guest host Leslie A. Hagen.

OVC, the Office on Violence Against Women, and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services partnered with the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators and the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) to conduct a forum that addressed the topic of enhancing criminal investigations of campus sex crimes.

Discussion topics included—

  • Identified standards and existing protocols.
  • Best practices in campus sexual violence investigations.
  • Clery Act requirements and other federal legislation.
  • The April 4, 2011 OCR letter that provides guidance regarding federal Title IX requirements related to sexual violence.

For details regarding the discussion and a list of resources for those working to investigate sex crimes, read the Promoting Effective Criminal Investigations of Campus Sex Crimes summary report.

Participate in a Faith & Community Based Approaches to Victim Services Webinar that will be held on November 15, 2012, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. et. In partnership with the Center for Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, this OVC-hosted webinar will focus on best practices and approaches to working with youth, adults, and families who are and have been victims of violent acts and the rebuilding process that takes place after surviving such experiences.

Learn more and register online today for this free event.

Search OVC's Discretionary Grantees TableIn fiscal year 2012, OVC awarded more than $29 million in discretionary funds. For information about OVC’s FY 2012 discretionary grantees, view OVC’s searchable grantee table, where grantees are listed by their—

  • Grant program and area that the grantee will serve.
  • Award amount and grant duration.

October 2012

On October 9, OVC held a Web Forum discussion on collaborative educational models benefiting victims and providers with guest hosts Maureen Lowell, licensed marriage and family therapist with the OVC-funded Institute for Collaborative Response for Victims of Family at San Jose University and Dr. Linda Williams, professor of criminal justice and criminology at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Read about OVC’s American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) SANE-SART Initiative, established in 2010 to address the comprehensive needs of tribal victims of sexual violence, with the ultimate goal of institutionalizing sustainable and evidence-based practices that meet the needs of tribal communities. On Wednesday, October 10, 2012, OVC released a new weblet detailing the AI/AN Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner-Sexual Assault Response Team (SANE-SART) Initiative with information covering the—

  • Foundation of the initiative.
  • Goals of the initiative.
  • Demonstration sites.
  • Federal Advisory Committee.
  • Training and technical assistance.

Visit the AI/AN SANE-SART weblet to download information on the initiative and check back with us on a regular basis for progress updates, including—

  • Meetings minutes and documents from the Federal Advisory Committee.
  • Frequently asked questions.
  • National Guidelines.

For more information about this project, contact the Initiative Lead, Kathleen Gless, a Victim Justice Program Specialist at the Office for Victims of Crime. You may do so at 202-423-4505 or kathleen.gless@usdoj.gov.

Jayne A. Hitchcock, President of WHOA and WHOA-KTD, and Hale Guyer, licensed private investigator and retired special investigator hosted an OVC Web Forum discussion on responding to victims of cyberbullying. Read the sessions Q&A’s or to post your own message.

Screenshot from Using Federal Law To Prosecute Domestic Violence Crimes in Indian Country.OVC released Using Federal Law To Prosecute Domestic Violence Crimes in Indian Country, a DVD and companion facilitator’s guide intended to educate federal, state, local, and tribal 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.

 

September 2012

Join ongoing discussions on the OVC Web Forum, including the September sessions on Responding to Victims of Cyberbullying and Responding to Latina/o Victims of Crime. Each month the Nation’s experts hosts a session to answer your questions about best practices in victim services. Visit the OVC Web Forum to read the sessions Q&A’s or to post your own message. Transcripts are also available for download.

On September 20, 2012, NCPC held an OVC-funded webinar on mortgage fraud. Chuck Sczuroski, Senior Trainer, National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC), presented Understanding Mortgage Fraud, a webinar that—

  • highlights the current trends in mortgage fraud.
  • examines inflated income or assets.
  • discusses ways in which documents are altered.
  • explains the process of flipping a property and how people are scammed by this.
  • discusses predatory lending.
  • gives examples on how victim service providers or allied professionals can assist victims.

A recording of this webinar is available for online viewing: NCPC 9/20/2012 webinar recording of Understanding Mortgage Fraud.

OVC Replication Guides web siteOVC released Multidisciplinary Response to Crime Victims With Disabilities—the product of a 3-year project by two grantees to adapt and replicate their innovative, multidisciplinary response models. The replication guides in this set—one statewide (NCJ 239107) and one community based (NCJ 239108)—discuss how adult protective services, human services agencies, law enforcement, disability and Deaf advocates, self-advocates, and others can work together to ensure equal and effective access to the criminal justice system for persons with disabilities.

On September 26, 2-3 pm EST, join OVC for a Web Forum discussion on best practices for Responding to Victims of Cyberbullying. Submit your questions for Hale Guyer, licensed private investigator and retired special investigator, and Jayne Hitchcock, President of WHOA and WHOA-KTD, to answer during the live discussion.

On September 19, in commemoration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, OVC held a Web Forum discussion on best practices for Responding to Latina/o Victims of Crime. Questions were accepted in English and Spanish. If you missed this bilingual session, visit the OVC Web Forum today for a transcript of the Sept.19 session and/or return to participate in the ongoing discussion.

2013 NCVRW Theme PosterOVC announces the 2013 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week theme and colors. The theme for NCVRW 2013—to be observed April 21–27—is “New Challenges. New Solutions.” and the theme colors are midnight blue and orange. The theme colors (PDF 258 kb) are presented in full-color (CMYK) builds. Comparable spot colors and RBG values are available as well. Sign up for the NCVRW mailing list to receive future information about NCVRW, including a free Resource Guide and poster!

On September 20, 2012, at 2–3 pm (EST) participate in an OVC-funded webinar on mortgage fraud. Join Chuck Sczuroski, Senior Trainer, National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC), for Understanding Mortgage Fraud, a webinar that will—

  • highlight the current trends in mortgage fraud.
  • examine inflated income or assets.
  • discuss ways in which documents are altered.
  • explain the process of flipping a property and how people are scammed by this.
  • discuss predatory lending.
  • give examples on how victim service providers or allied professionals can assist victims.

If you are interested in participating, register online or send an email to coletrane@ncpc.org.

On September 27, 2012, at 1–2:30 pm (EST) attend a BJA-funded webinar on the use of new federal standards to stop prisoner rape. Join a panel of experts for It Starts With You: Victim Advocates and the New Federal Standards to Stop Prisoner Rape, a webinar about using the Prison Rape Elimination Act standards as a tool to develop and expand services for survivors. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from survivors and to learn about opportunities to expand services through better access to resources and the chance to build new partnerships.

If you are interested in participating, register now and receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

On September 19, 2-3pm EST, in commemoration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, join OVC during a Web Forum discussion on best practices for Responding to Latina/o Victims of Crime. For the first time, submit your questions in English or Spanish now and return on the day of the session for the live discussion.

August 2012

On August 10, 2012, The White House issued an Executive Order on Preventing and Responding to Violence Against Women and Girls Globally to further enhance the Administration’s efforts to advance the rights and status of women and girls, to promote gender equality in U.S. foreign policy.

The Executive Order, which creates an interagency working group co-chaired by the Secretary of State and the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), directs departments and agencies to implement the new United States Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-based Violence Globally (PDF 1.9 mb).

In addition to the Department of State and USAID, the working group will include representatives from the Department of Justice.

Submit your completed 2013 National Crime Victims’ Service Awards nomination by Wednesday, September 5. Each year, OVC recognizes extraordinary individuals, organizations, teams, and programs that demonstrate outstanding achievements in supporting victims and victim services. The recipients are announced just before National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) commences and honored at the National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony. In 2013, NCVRW will be observed April 21–27, and the Awards Ceremony will be held the week prior, in Washington, DC. Visit the NCVRW Web site for details as they become available.

On August 29, 2-3pm EST, join OVC during a Web Forum discussion on best practices for Implementing Trauma-Informed Care in Victim Services Settings. Submit your questions now and return on the day of the session for the live discussion.

On August 22, OVC and BJA held a Web Forum discussion on implementing the anti-human trafficking task force model with guest hosts Ari B. Redbord, Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia and Lieutenant Derek Marsh with the Westminster Police Department in California.

Funding is now available for enhancing response to children exposed to violence. Deadline to apply is August 27, 2012. In support of the Justice Department’s Defending Childhood Initiative, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) will fund a training and technical assistance provider to develop and disseminate resources designed to enhance law enforcement and partner agencies’ response to children exposed to violence. With support from OVC and the Bureau of Justice Assistance, OJJDP will administer this program in partnership with the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Those applying are strongly advised to begin the application process well in advance of the August 27, 2012 deadline.

Visit OVC’s Featured Resources section for a monthly roundup of new and noteworthy materials for the field of crime victim services. August highlights includes online training and the upcoming web forum discussion on human trafficking. If you missed the highlights from previous months or want to revisit these resources, visit the Previously Featured Resources page.

July 2012

Tribute to Irina Romashkan

Photo of Irina Romashkan, OVC Communication SpecialistOn Thursday, July 19, 2012, Irina Romashkan, a respected and beloved member of the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) family, passed away at age 53. She is survived by her loving husband, Sergei, daughter, Katya, and granddaughter, Sophie. Irina’s life was celebrated on Wednesday, July 25, 2012, by her family, friends, and colleagues at a service in Alexandria, Virginia.

Irina joined OVC in March 2010 as the Communication Specialist, with the mission to move OVC’s efforts forward in its online presence, publication and product development, dissemination, and outreach. Prior to joining OVC, she served as a senior project specialist for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), working on a variety of projects, including the Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Victims guide.

She will be warmly remembered and her vibrancy greatly missed by her OVC family.

The Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior, announces a Victim Assistance Program Manager vacancy in Washington, DC. View the job responsibilities and required qualifications by visiting USAJOBS.

  • U.S. Citizens (closes July 11, 2012)
    http://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/320111800

  • Federal Employees (closes July 11, 2012)
    http://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/320111900

June 2012

OVC releases June edition of OVC News & Program Updates about responses to underserved victims of crime. Read the articles in this issue for more information about—

  • improved responses for male crime victims;
  • Mary Lou Leary, Acting Assistant Attorney General;
  • an empowering account of a hate crime from an advocate for the Native LGBT/Two-Spirit community;  
  • training available for building military-civilian community partnerships to better serve military sexual assault victims;
  • Americans living overseas who experience domestic violence; and
  • facts about sexual assault in the military and efforts to combat it.
 

On June 20th, held a Web Forum discussion on enhancing law enforcement responses to crime victims with guest hosts John Firman, Director of the Research Division of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and Raymond Rose, Chief of Police for the Village of Mundelein, Illinois.  

Tribute to William Van Regenmorter

Photo of William Van RegenmorterOn Monday, June 18, 2012, William Van Regenmorter, a retired state legislator, considered by many to be the “Father of Victims’ Rights” in the State of Michigan, passed away at age 73. Senator Van Regenmorter, recipient of the OVC National Crime Victims’ Rights Week 2009 Ronald Wilson Reagan Public Policy Award, authored the Michigan Victims Bill of Rights Constitutional Amendment, which became law in 1988, as well as successive victim-related legislation. He had a major influence over the development of victims’ rights policy across the country, with the Michigan Victims Bill of Rights serving as the model in drafting Arizona’s law that, in turn, served as the model for many other states’ amendments.

Senator Van Regenmorter had a 24-year legislative career in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. He authored Michigan’s first crime victims’ rights act, which was later named in his honor. In 1997, Mothers Against Drunk Driving established the William Van Regenmorter Award to be given to individuals and organizations that “exhibit outstanding leadership in the service of victims of crime.” He was also named Michigan’s Legislator of the Year 11 times, and the National Center for Victims of Crime named him National Legislator of the Year. Some of the key issues Senator Van Regenmorter’s work impacted included domestic violence, home invasion, faster resolution of child abuse cases, truth in sentencing, DNA profiling, and public services for persons with disabilities. Senator Van Regenmorter is the founder of the Michigan Crime Victim Foundation, which serves as a financial resource of last resort for victims who lack insurance or do not qualify for victim compensation. A stronger sense of victim empowerment has emerged as a result of his mission to ensure that all victims are afforded their much-deserved rights. In the Senator's own words, recorded through the Oral History Project, “victim empowerment has brought integrity to the system that wasn’t there before." 

On June 20, 2012, Governor Rick Snyder ordered that U.S. flags throughout Michigan to be lowered to half-staff in honor of Senator Van Regenmorter and be returned to full-staff on Friday, June 22. He will be lovingly remembered by his family, friends, colleagues, and the victim services field.

  • Based on the Senator Van Regenmorter’s bio in the OVC Gallery, his obituary from Matthysse Kuiper DeGraaf Funeral Directors, and condolence messages from the field. 

OVC releases the OVC HELP Series for Crime Victims, a brochure series featuring resources and information for victims of crime and victim service professionals on the topics of assault, child abuse, domestic violence, homicide, impaired driving, robbery, sexual violence, and stalking. 2012 Trafficking In Persons  Report

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton unveiled the 2012 Trafficking In Persons Report on
June 19 during a ceremony at the U.S. Department of State. The annual report sheds light on international human trafficking worldwide and assesses governmental anti-human trafficking efforts.  

At the ceremony, Secretary Clinton also honored the 2012 Trafficking in Persons Heroes, men and women whose personal efforts have made an extraordinary difference in the global fight against modern slavery. Visit the U.S. Department of State website for more details on the Release of the 2012 Trafficking Persons Report and video of the event.

The National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators, through a grant from OVC, is seeking proposals for projects to raise public awareness of victims' rights and services in communities during removed Rights Week (NCVRW), April 21-27, 2013. For more information and an application, visit the NCVRW Community Awareness Projects Web site. The deadline to apply is July 18, 2012.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, announces Social Science Program Specialist (Victim Witness Assistance) vacancies in San Juan, Puerto Rico and New York, New York. View the job responsibilities and required qualifications by visiting USAJOBS.

  • San Juan, Puerto Rico (closes June 21, 2012)
    http://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/318589900

  • New York, New York (closes June 25, 2012)
    http://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/318867300

The Attorney General Guidelines for Victim and Witness Assistance was revised in May 2012. The guidelines clarify DOJ’s responsibilities to provide mandated rights and services enumerated in the Crime Victims’ Rights Act (CVRA) and the Victims’ Rights and Restitution Act (VRRA) as well as other statutory requirements. Furthermore, the guidelines address the unique requirements of vulnerable victims, including the recent update in May 2012 that addresses the scope of the federal child abuse reporting requirement under section 13031 of the Victims of Child Abuse Act of 1990, 42 U.S.C. § 13031.

On June 20th, 2-3 pm ET, OVC will present a Web Forum discussion on enhancing law enforcement responses to crime victims. Guest hosts John Firman, Director of the Research Division of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and Raymond Rose, Chief of Police for the Village of Mundelein, Illinois will be available to answer your questions.

The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) is seeking a President and Chief Executive Officer, a visionary leader with an informed passion for ending domestic violence and a record of accomplishment in leading complex organizations. View the job responsibilities and required qualifications by visiting the NNEDV Web site. The position is open until filled, but preference will be given to those who apply before July 16, 2012.

Nominations are being accepted for the 2013 National Crime Victims’ Service Awards. Each year, OVC recognizes extraordinary individuals, organizations, teams, and programs that demonstrate outstanding achievements in supporting victims and victim services. The recipients are announced just before National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) commences and honored at the National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony. In 2013, NCVRW will be observed April 21–27, and the Awards Ceremony will be held the week prior, in Washington, DC. Visit the NCVRW Web site for details as they become available. The deadline to submit nominations is Wednesday, September 5, 2012.

The August 2012 National Victim Assistance Academy (NVAA) is being rescheduled to 2013 due to mandatory Department of Justice conference guidelines and policies. Please continue to check the OVC TTAC Web site for updates. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact OVC TTAC at 1-866-682-8822 or via e-mail at TTAC@ovcttac.org.

In commemoration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, OVC presented a Web Forum discussion on understanding violence against transgender individuals. Download a transcript of the June 6th 2012 session with guest hosts Michael Munson, cofounder and Executive Director of FORGE and Rebecca Waggoner, Director of OutFront Minnesota’s Anti-Violence Program.

May 2012

Effective May 31, 2012, OVC has cancelled the national and state conference support programs, which provided support to organizations and state agencies sponsoring conferences on victims’ issues. The cancellation is due to the challenging nature of supporting non-DOJ conferences while complying with the mandatory DOJ conference guidelines and pre-approval process. If your application has already been received by OVC TTAC, it will be processed. If you have any questions, please contact OVC TTAC at 1-866-682-8822 or ttac@ovcttac.org.

OVC presented a Web Forum discussion on expanding services for crime victims with disabilities with Marcie Davis, CEO of Davis Innovations, a research and organizational development consulting firm and Shell Schwartz, Training Manager for Disability Services ASAP (A Safety Awareness Program) of SafePlace. If you missed it, you can download a transcript of the May 23rd 2012 session and return to the Web Forum to continue with the discussion.

On May 23, 2–3 pm EST, OVC will present a Web Forum discussion on expanding services for crime victims with disabilities with Marcie Davis, CEO of Davis Innovations, a research and organizational development consulting firm and Shell Schwartz, Training Manager for Disability Services ASAP (A Safety Awareness Program) of SafePlace. Submit your questions now for answer during the discussion.

On May 9, 2012, OVC presented a Web Forum discussion on addressing the needs of victims on cruise ships hosted by Jamie Barnett, International Cruise Victims. If you missed it, you can download a transcript of the May 9th 2012 session and return to the Web Forum to continue with the discussion.

May deadlines are fast approaching. OVC has three open solicitations on topics such as culturally responsive victim-centered restorative justice practices and polyvictimization. An individual fellowship in the area of human trafficking is also available. Visit OVC’s Current Funding Opportunities page to view OVC’s open grants supporting—

  • FY 2012 Action Partnerships for National Membership, Professional Affiliation, and Community Service Organizations Responding to Polyvictimization. Deadline: 05/15/2012
  • FY 2012 National Field-Generated Demonstration Projects. Deadline: 05/15/2012
  • FY 2012 Victims of Human Trafficking Fellowship Program. Deadline: 05/10/2012

April 2012

On Tuesday, April 24, 2012, in Little Rock, Arkansas, Attorney General Eric Holder delivered a speech about human trafficking. Learn more about OVC’s and OJP’s efforts to address human trafficking in the United States.

Attorney General Eric Holder honors individuals and organizations for service to crime victims during the April 20th National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony, which is held each year to honor heroic and hard-working individuals for their extraordinary service to crime victims. The Attorney General and Acting Assistant Attorney General Mary Lou Leary addressed attendees at the award ceremony and were on hand to help present the awards. If you missed the event and would like to learn more, visit the following:

OVC releases the 2012 fact sheet on the Crime Victims Fund, a major funding source for victim services throughout the Nation. This fact sheet provides information about the Fund, established by the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA), and the various grant programs (formula and discretionary) funded using VOCA dollars.

The White House released a report on women and the economy with information on efforts to combat violence against women and girls. The April 2012 report, Keeping America’s Women Forward, the Key to an Economy Built to Last, examines the ways in which the Administration has worked to ensure women’s economic security through all stages of life. The report also includes a section on violence against women and girls and the range of new efforts launched to prevent and prosecute violence against women and help victims escape their abusers and rebuild their lives. A sampling of the policies, programs, and legislative initiatives covered in the report include—

Keeping America's Women Moving Forward, The Key to an Economy Built to Last
  • Domestic Violence
    • Helping Employers Address the Impacts of Domestic Violence in the Workplace
    • Helping Victims of Domestic Violence File for Federal Refundable Tax Credits
    • Improving Healthcare Responses to Domestic Violence
    • Preventing Eviction as a Result of Domestic Violence
    • Protecting Victims Living in Subsidized Housing

  • Sexual Violence and Harassment
    • Expanding Efforts to Prevent and Respond to Sexual Assault in the Military
    • Providing Treatment for Military Sexual Trauma (MST)
    • Preventing Teen Dating Violence
    • Permanently Barring Sexual Harassers from Managing Rental Properties

View the complete report Keeping America’s Women Moving Forward, The Key to an Economy Built to Last (PDF 3.5 mb) available from the White House Council on Women.

In commemoration of National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, OVC hosted a Web Forum discussion on analyzing the impact of sexual assault protection orders to with guest hosts, Laura Jones and DeAnn Yamamoto, from King County Sexual Assault Resource Center.

On Friday, April 20, 2012, join OVC for the National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony. OVC will sponsor this free event in the Nation’s Capital as a prelude to National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW), April 22–28, 2012.

National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony
Date: Friday, April 20, 2012
Time: 2:00-3:30 PM
Register by April 17th to attend the Awards Ceremony

Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium
1301 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

This event is open to the public. RSVP online by April 17, 2012 to attend.

The Defending Childhood Task Force is seeking participants for a final Public Hearing in Detroit, MI, on April 23-24, 2012. The Detroit hearing follows hearings in—

Defending Childhood logo
  • Baltimore in November 2011 on the scope of children exposed to violence.
  • Albuquerque in January 2012 on the particular concerns and needs of rural and tribal settings in dealing with violence faced by children.
  • Miami in March 2012 about the challenges of children exposed to violence in their communities.

This final hearing focuses on how to protect children, help them heal from violence, and create the safety that allows them to thrive. You can participate in this hearing in multiple ways—

  • attend in person;
  • register to view the hearing via webinar;
  • provide oral testimony; or
  • submit written testimony by April 24th.

Visit the Justice Department’s Defending Childhood Web site for more information about the Initiative and its task force.

OVC releases the 2011 Report to the Nation, Fiscal Years 2009–2010: Rising to the Challenge—A New Era in Victim Services.

Listen to the MessageThis biennial report summarizes the programs, activities, and accomplishments of the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) and their impact on victims, survivors, and communities. Read the report to learn more about OVC and—

  • The Crime Victims Fund—a significant resource for supporting services to victims;
  • Enduring and emerging challenges in victim services; and
  • Public awareness, education, and outreach endeavors.

A transcript is now available of the March 21st Web Forum discussion on best practices for responding to survivors of clergy abuse.

OVC has a number of open solicitations on topics such as culturally responsive victim-centered restorative justice practices; polyvictimization; training & TA to American and Alaska Native communities; application of research and evaluation in victim services; provision of services for victims of human labor and sex trafficking; and wraparound legal assistance networks. Two individual fellowships in the areas of human trafficking and financial fraud and abuse are also available.

View the full list of available solicitations on OVC’s Current Funding Opportunities page

March 2012

Homeland Security Investigations announces Victim Assistance Specialist vacancies in the Boston, MA, and Buffalo, NY, Special Agent in Charge (SAC) principal field offices. View the job responsibilities and required qualifications by visiting USAJOBS.

  • SAC Boston (closes April 4, 2012)
    http://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/312506800

  • SAC Buffalo (closes April 2, 2012)
    http://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/312489100

A webinar was held on March 22, 2012, to help potential applicants learn more about the OVC solicitation "Sexual Assault Forensic Medical Examination Telemedicine Center: An Innovative Pilot Project." The goal of this project is to develop a live 24-hour telemedicine center to help sexual assault nurse examiners (SANEs) and other forensic medical examiners collect evidence from a victim of sexual assault. The recipient of this $3.5 million award will issue a separate solicitation, in partnership with OVC, to set up four pilot sites, and will use cutting-edge audiovisual technology to walk a health care provider through a forensic medical examination.

Webinar: Telemedicine Center to Support Sexual Assault Evidence Collection
March 22, 2012
3 pm - 4:30 pm EDT
A recording of the free Webinar will be made available within the week.

Check the Chat Archives periodically or register to be notified of when the recording is posted online.

This webinar was hosted by the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) and the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), and facilitated by the Government Innovators Network. Panelists will include—

  • Kristina Rose, Deputy Director of NIJ.
  • Marnie Shiels, Attorney Advisor to OVC.

OVC will award one fellowship of up to $135,000 to an individual to work onsite in Washington, D.C., to develop or enhance training, technical assistance, public awareness, and capacity-building resources that support services for victims of sex and labor trafficking. Apply by May 10, 2012.

In commemoration of National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, join OVC on April 4, 2-3 pm EST, for the Web Forum discussion on best practices for serving sexual assault victims in rural communities. Guest hosts Robin Clover, Executive Director of the Sublette County Sexual Assault and Family Violence (SAFV) Task Force, and Tiffany Eskelson-Maestas, Resource Development Specialist of the Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, will be available to answer questions.

One cooperative agreement of up to $250,000 will be awarded to identify, examine, and document the characteristics of existing culturally responsive victim-centered restorative justice practices. Apply by May 8, 2012.

Tribute to Mandie Patterson

Photo of Mandie PattersonThe field of crime victim assistance lost a dedicated advocate in Mandie Patterson. In addition to a career dedicated to serving victims of crime, her many professional accomplishments included her long-time membership in the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators, for which she served as president in 2009. She will also be remembered as the first recipient of the Grimm Award from the Sexual Assault Resource Agency.

Magdalena "Mandie" M. Patterson of Henrico County, Virginia, passed away on Friday, March 16, 2012. Born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, on September 19, 1951, Mandie moved to Arlington, Virginia, as a teenager, and began her career of state service in 1974 as a counselor for the Virginia Department of Corrections. After serving as one of the original ombudsmen for the Department of Corrections, she moved to the Department of Criminal Justice Services, where she was instrumental in creating, and for many years managing, the state’s victim-witness program.

A committed and effective advocate for victims of crime, Mandie built an enviable reputation across Virginia and nationwide. Throughout her career she worked with the Commonwealth’s attorneys, sheriffs, police departments, and local victim-witness coordinators to institute training programs for local officials to ensure they were better able to serve the needs of crime victims.

Following her retirement in 2010, Mandie served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime, assisting other states in establishing training academies for local law enforcement and criminal justice personnel. As an adjunct faculty member at the University of Richmond, Mandie taught an undergraduate course in Victimology.

Mandie Patterson, a respected mentor and friend to so many in the field, will be greatly missed; and her grace, compassion, and contributions to the field of victim services will be long remembered.

—Based on the Richmond-Times Dispatch obituary and condolence messages from the field.

OVC releases the 2011 Report to the Nation, Fiscal Years 2009–2010: Rising to the Challenge—A New Era in Victim Services.

Read about OVC Principal Deputy Director Frost’s visit to Kosovo to speak at their second observance of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week at the invitation of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina (USAO-EDNC), under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development Assistance and Training (OPDAT).

More details about this visit and Kosovo can be found in a OVC Web article Kosovo Focuses on Victims’ Rights after Decades of Strife (PDF 500 kb), which offers in brief—

  • The history of Kosovo;
  • The Kosovar efforts to establish a criminal justice system that recognizes victims’ rights;
  • The events that led up to Principal Deputy Director Frost’s visit; and
  • The positive outcomes to date of the relationship between Kosovo, the U.S. Embassy, OPDAT, and USAO-EDNC.

Starting March 29, the first of multiple OVC grant solicitations will close. To avoid missed deadlines, visit the Current Funding Opportunities page to find the available OVC grants and their application due dates. A wide range of solicitation topics includes polyvictimization, training & TA to American and Alaska Native communities, application of research and evaluation in victim services, provision of services for victims of human labor and sex trafficking, financial fraud and elder financial exploitation, and wraparound legal assistance networks.

OVC presented a Web Forum discussion on best practices for responding to survivors of clergy abuse. Read the discussion thread of guest hosts, Elsie Boudreau, LMSW, Alaska Native Justice Center and the Reverend Dr. Bernard "Skip" Keels, Director of the University Chapel at Morgan State University.

Previously, OVC held a discussion on making the most of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week with guest hosts Steve Derene, Mary Gleason Rappaport and Anne Seymour. A transcript of the March 7th session is available for download.

Defending Childhood logoThe Defending Childhood Task Force is seeking participants for a Public Hearing in Miami, FL, on March 20-21, 2012. This hearing will focus on children’s exposure to violence in their communities and at school. The Defending Childhood Task Force is interested in hearing from community members and professionals who work with children and families. You are invited to—

Visit the Justice Department‘s Defending Childhood Web site for more information about the Initiative and its task force.

Two discretionary grants of $750,000 each will be awarded to develop or enhance promising practices, models, and programs that build the capacity of the crime victims’ field to provide services to both adult and child crime victims who experience polyvictimization. Apply by May 15, 2012.

One award of up to $3.5 million will be awarded to develop a national telemedicine center to administer sexual assault forensic medical exam services to four pilot sites and test their viability. Apply by May 8, 2012.

Register by March 12, 2012, for the White House LGBT Conference on Safe Schools & Communities being held on March 20th in Arlington, Texas, and featuring Eric H. Holder, Jr., Attorney General of the United States, and Valerie B. Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President.

Advocates, community leaders, and members of the public are welcome to attend and engage with the Obama Administration on efforts to ensure safety and security for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in schools and communities throughout the country.

This conference is hosted by the White House and the U.S. Department of Justice, in partnership with the College of Liberal Arts Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice and the College of Education and Health Professions at University of Texas at Arlington.

White House LGBT Conference on Safe Schools & Communities
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
The University of Texas at Arlington
The E.H. Hereford University Center
300 W. First Street
Arlington, TX
(Near Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX)

Registration closes on March 12 or sooner if capacity is reached. Register online at http://go.usa.gov/U7Y.

OVC will make one award of up to $750,000 to support the training and technical assistance needs of American Indian and Alaska Native communities that receive grant funds under the Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation. Apply by May 8, 2012.

Join OVC on March 7, 2–3pm EST for a Web Forum discussion on making the most of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week with guest hosts Steve Derene, Mary Gleason Rappaport and Anne Seymour. Submit questions now for answer during the discussion.

OVC News & Program Updates, February 2012OVC releases February edition of OVC News & Program Updates about elder abuse and exploitation. These crimes are complex and can be extremely difficult to recognize and resolve. Read the articles in this issue for more information about –

  • elder financial exploitation and identity theft, with a personal account from entertainer Mickey Rooney;
  • resources addressing victims of late-life domestic violence and elder abuse;
  • the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life;
  • practical uses of research for working with older victims;
  • crimesolutions.gov, a credible resource for informing practitioners and policymakers about what works in justice-related programs and practices, including crime victim services;
  • elder victimization facts available from the recently released 2012 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide.

February 2012

OVC will make up to six awards of $250,000 each to identify and address gaps in services to or awareness of victims who suffer from polyvictimization, and to propose to remedy those gaps through training and/or technical assistance. Apply by May 15, 2012.

One fellowship of up to $135,000 will be awarded to an individual to examine financial exploitation and abuse, with a focus on victims of elder financial exploitation as well as other victims of financial abuse who may be experiencing other types of abuse simultaneously. Apply by May 1, 2012.

OVC Discretionary Grantees TableIn fiscal year 2011, OVC awarded more than $23 million in discretionary grants. For information about OVC’s FY 2011 discretionary grantees, view OVC’s searchable grantee table, where grantees are listed by their—

  • Grant program and area that the grantee will serve
  • Award amount and grant duration

Attorney General Guidelines for Victim and Witness AssistanceDownload the Attorney General Guidelines for Victim and Witness Assistance (PDF 2 mb) to see how it may serve as a model for your guidelines on the fair treatment of crime victims and witnesses. These revised guidelines, effective October 1, 2011, have been updated to incorporate best practices and integrate new case law.

The AG Guidelines establish policy and provide guidance to be followed by U.S. Department of Justice personnel in their interactions with crime victims and witnesses. 

OVC Web ForumDownload a transcript of the February 15 online discussion on assisting older victims of intimate partner sexual violence or visit the OVC Web Forum to participate in ongoing discussions in victim services. The discussion was led by guest hosts Jenifer Markowitz, Medical Advisor, and Jennifer Gentile Long, Director, both with AEquitas: The Prosecutor’s Resource on Violence Against Women.

Previously on the OVC Web Forum—

Visit the OVC Web Forum to read the questions and answers from these sessions or to post your own message. Session transcripts are also available for download.

One cooperative agreement of up to $250,000 will be awarded to develop and implement national-scope, interactive, online training and technical assistance to help victim service providers become better consumers of research and evaluation. Apply by April 25, 2012.

Cooperative agreements of $200,000 to $400,000 will be awarded to support either a comprehensive array of services for trafficking victims in specific geographic areas or specialized mental health or legal services over larger geographic areas. Apply by April 17, 2012.

Discretionary grants of up to $400,000 will be awarded to support the development of models for wraparound victim legal assistance networks that support comprehensive, holistic, pro bono, legal services for all victims of crime. Apply by April 19, 2012.

Join OVC on February 15, 2-3pm EST for a Web Forum discussion on assisting older victims of intimate partner sexual violence with guest hosts Jenifer Markowitz, Medical Advisor, and Jennifer Gentile Long, Director, both with AEquitas: The Prosecutor’s Resource on Violence Against Women. Submit questions now for answer during the discussion.

The Use of Technology to Stalk. An Online Course.The National Center for Victims of Crime launched an online course, funded by OVC, about the use of technology in stalking. NCVC’s Stalking Resource Center developed this course to inform participants how stalkers use technologies to locate, harass, and surveil their victims.

Take this free online course on the Use of Technology To Stalk to learn how to assist in the investigation of stalking crimes and support crime victims.

On January 27, OVC held a Web Forum discussion on building resiliency within victim service organizations. Karen Kalergis, an Associate Director of Education and Communications at the Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, and Janice Harris Lord, a Fellow in Thanatology at the Association of Death Education and Counseling, led the discussion. Visit the Web Forum to read the questions and answers from the session or post your own message. A transcript is also available for download.

January 2012

In recognition of National Stalking Awareness Month, the National Cyber Security Alliance and McAfee release new data about online stalking and safety tips. Read the NCSA press release for a statistical snapshot and useful details about the following safety tips–

  • Cleanup your online profiles.
  • Lockdown your privacy settings.
  • Be careful whom you connect with.
  • Search yourself to see what’s out there about you.
  • Don’t use an email address that is easy to identify.
  • If you have a personal website, don’t post your email address.
  • Be careful when posting photos online.
  • Create strong passwords.
  • Avoid using location-based services.
  • Delete old posts or entries.

For more information about National Stalking Awareness Month, visit OVC’s Featured Resources!

Photo of elderly women and young girl.On January 31, 2012, attend a free webinar on elder abuse sponsored by the National Institute of Justice. Join moderator, Andy Mao, Senior Counsel for Health Care Fraud and Elder Justice, U.S. Department of Justice, for Building a Risk Assessment Tool for the N.H. Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services. Panelists include—

  • Kristen Johnson, researcher with the National Council on Crime and Delinquency.
  • Rachel Lakin, New Hampshire’s Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services.
  • Kathleen Quinn, director of the National Adult Protective Services Association.

Register online to participate in this free webinar on January 31 from 2 pm to 4 pm ET.

In commemoration of Human Trafficking Prevention Month, OVC presented a Web Forum discussion on intersections between human trafficking and other vulnerable populations with Cynthia Kennedy, LICSW, and Constance Rossiter. View the questions and answers from the session.

Individual scholarships available for OVC Mass Violence and Emergency National Training Conference. Qualified new conference registrants as well as those who have already registered are eligible to apply for individual scholarships (up to $1,000) to help defray expenses associated with attending the conference. For more information, contact TTAC@OVCTTAC.org.

There is no registration fee to attend The 2012 OVC Mass Violence and Emergency National Training Conference which is scheduled for January 31–February 2, 2012, in Jacksonville, Florida.

2012 OVC Mass Violence & Emergency National Training Conference. Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 2012.The 3-day event that will bring together multidisciplinary stakeholder teams to share their experiences and knowledge about how to respond to victims, survivors, and communities. For more information, view the conference schedule.

Stakeholder discipline areas include—

  • Emergency management personnel
  • Law enforcement
  • Fire and rescue
  • Federal, state, local, and tribal policymakers
  • Prosecutors
  • State VOCA and Victim Compensation Administrators
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Victim service professionals

November 2012

Prevent Loan Scams. A Project of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under LawLearn About Distressed Homeowner Fraud

On November 15, 2012, at 2–3 pm (EST), the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) will host The Fight Against Distressed Homeowner Fraud: The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. This OVC-funded webinar will allow participants to learn more about the work of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in fighting distressed homeowner fraud and will highlight how victim service providers and allied professionals can partner with the Lawyers’ Committee in this effort.

The webinar will be conducted by Eileen O’Connor, Counsel, Legal Mobilization Project, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

If you are interested in participating, register online or send an email to coletrane@ncpc.org.

Identity Theft Victims Assistance NetworkParticipate in Upcoming Webinars on Identity Theft

The National Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network (NITVAN) is hosting two OVC-funded webinars on the topic of identity theft.

Identity Theft and Children in Foster Care
Date: November 20, 2012
Time: 2-4 p.m. est
Speakers: Steven Toporoff, Federal Trade Commission, Joanna Crane, identity theft expert, and a panel of coalition coordinators, including—

  • Anne Gargano-Ahmed, Wisconsin Identity Theft Coalition
  • Hazel Heckers, Identity Theft Network of Colorado,
  • Sunrise Ayers, Idaho Coalition Against Identity Theft.

Each coalition coordinator will discuss their coalitions’ initiatives to train foster care parents and workers to detect identity theft and assist the young victims before they age out of the system.

Identity Theft and Domestic Violence
Date: December 17, 2012
Time: 2-4 p.m. est
Speakers: Erika A. Sussman, Center for Survivor Agency and Justice, Sara Shoener, Consumer Rights for Domestic Violence Survivors Initiative, and Deirdre Keys, Minnesota Identity Theft Coalition.

This webinar will focus on the use of identity theft by domestic violence perpetrators as a method of power and control.

Registration is required to attend these webinars. Visit the NITVAN Web site for more information about both webinars.

OVC Web ForumStay tuned for a 2013 OVC Web Forum Guest Host Session on Child Welfare Agencies Responding to Child Identity Theft with Howard Davidson, Catherine Heath, and Steven Toporoff. Visit the OVC Web Forum for more details about the Guest Hosts and sign up for the E-Alert to be notified of the date and participation details.

October 2012

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)Learning About Children Exposed to Violence from the American Academy of Pediatrics

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), with support from a grant from the Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime, has developed a new website entitled "Medical Home for Children and Adolescents Exposed to Violence," which provides:

  • Research and information on the prevalence and impact of exposure to violence among children.

  • Sample questions that can be used in the practice setting are listed for the types of violence that children seen in the medical home may have experienced, along with resources that can be shared with parents and next steps to take if a child is identified as having been exposed to violence.

  • Video vignettes provide examples for pediatricians to address exposure to violence based on symptoms that a child presents during a visit.

This AAP website offers not only information on topic and reliable sources but also many educational opportunities, such as—

Keep It Real: How One Pediatrician Makes Medical Home Work for Children Exposed to ViolenceWebinar on November 30, 2012, 3 p.m. est.: Keep It Real: How One Pediatrician Makes Medical Home Work for Children Exposed to Violence. 6TH and final session of the webinar series intended to provide a strong foundation for medical home teams (pediatricians, physicians, nurses, front office staff, etc.) to more effectively identify children and adolescents exposed to violence. This final session will be led by Nadine Burke Harris, MD, MPH, FAAP.

Recordings and presentation slides of all previous webinars in the series are available online for free.

New Weblet Highlights Grantees of AI/AN SANE-SART Initiative

On Wednesday, October 10, 2012, OVC published new web pages about the American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner-Sexual Assault Response Team (SANE-SART) Initiative, offering a dedicated area to learn about the purpose, goals, and progress of the Initiative.

Since 2010, when OVC established the AI/AN SANE–SART Initiative, OVC awarded funds to three sites—

  • Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.
  • Southern Indian Health Council, Inc.
  • Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation.

The goal of this initiative is to address the comprehensive needs of tribal victims of sexual violence, with the ultimate goal of institutionalizing sustainable and evidence-based practices that meet the needs of tribal communities. Visit the AI/AN SANE-SART weblet to download information about the initiative and grantees or to check on progress. The weblet will offer:

  • Meetings minutes and documents from the Federal Advisory Committee.
  • Frequently asked questions.
  • National Guidelines.

For more information about this project, contact the Initiative Lead, Kathleen Gless, a Victim Justice Program Specialist at the Office for Victims of Crime. You may do so at 202-423-4505 or kathleen.gless@usdoj.gov.

September 2012

New Resource on Serving Child-Victims of Crime

Child-Victims' Independent Participation in the Criminal Justice SystemNearly every state has a statute that establishes who may assert child-victims’ rights in criminal proceedings. These provisions can be categorized as either codifying procedures that enhance a child-victim’s ability to independently participate, or as including language that may pose problems for child-victims’ independent participation.

Read about these statutes and the tips to assist practitioners representing child victims in the legal bulletin Child-Victims’ Independent Participation in the Criminal Justice System (PDF 800 kb)—published August 2012 by the National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI) and developed with OVC funding.

To read additional Child-Victims’ Rights Bulletins, visit the NCVLI Website, which offers other important victims’ rights publications in their law library.

Additional OVC-funded NCVLI Victim Law Publications:

Attend a Free Webinar on Mortgage Fraud

On September 20, 2012, at 2–3 pm (EST), the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) will host Understanding Mortgage Fraud, an OVC-funded webinar that will—

  • highlight the current trends in mortgage fraud.
  • examine inflated income or assets.
  • discuss ways in which documents are altered.
  • explain the process of flipping a property and how people are scammed by this.
  • discuss predatory lending.
  • give examples on how victim service providers or allied professionals can assist victims.

The webinar will be conducted by Chuck Sczuroski, a senior trainer at NCPC, who has training experience in Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design, basic crime prevention, campus crime prevention, gangs, and community mobilization.

If you are interested in participating, register online or send an email to coletrane@ncpc.org.

June 2012

Free Event in July: The Judicial Institute on Adolescent Relationship Abuse

With support from OVC, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) and Futures Without Violence will host the Judicial Institute on Adolescent Relationship Abuse on July 9-12, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. This 3-day workshop is designed to enhance the ability of state and tribal court judges to respond to teen dating violence.

Apply today to this free event! Applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants are responsible for travel and per diem costs.

Now Available: Guidebook on Reaching Out to Teen Victims of Crime

National Crime Prevention Council logo
The National Center for Victims of Crime logo

The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) and the National Center for Victims of Crime (National Center), with funding from OVC, produced Outreach to Underserved Teen Victims of Crime (PDF 400 kb) as part of the Underserved Teen Victims Initiative. This guidebook and accompanying Web-based resources provide an overview of the challenges faced in conducting outreach to underserved teen victims of crime and highlights examples of the various projects and resources developed and implemented in local communities through the Initiative.

Learn About Launching and Sustaining a Hospital-Based Program to Break the Cycle of Violence

Violence is Preventable NNHVIP Guide coverViolence is Preventable: A Best Practices Guide for Launching & Sustaining a Hospital-based Program to Break the Cycle of Violence is a new OVC-funded guide available from National Network of Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs (NNHVIP). This replication guide supports the development of programs in medical facilities across the country to engage patients in targeted services during their recovery to interrupt the cycle of violence. Download this free, online guide from NNHVIP now.

OVC Tribal Grantees Participate in White House Panel Discussion

Three OVC tribal grantees—Turtle Mountain (faith-based grantee), Red Cliff (Children’s Justice Act grantee), and Menominee (Tribal Victim Assistance grantee)—participated in a panel discussion hosted by the White House as part of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! in Indian Country initiative. The discussion featured panelists who have demonstrated success and could share their stories about the four pillars essential to building a healthy future for American Indian and Alaska Native youth:

  • Creating a healthy start on life,
  • Creating healthy learning communities,
  • Fostering healthy, comprehensive food systems policies, and
  • Increasing opportunities for physical activity.

You can read more about the event from the White House Blog post of May 31, 2012.

For more information on OVC Grantees, consult the OVC Discretionary Grantee Matrix for FY 2011 available on our website.

March 2012

IACP and OVC Release DVD for Law Enforcement on Meeting Crime Victims’ Needs

Service, Support & Justice: Law Enforcement Response to Crime Victims DVD.OVC is pleased to announce the release of Service, Support & Justice: Law Enforcement Response to Crime Victims. This 15-minute DVD presents the benefits, challenges, and methods of placing a high priority on crime victims’ interests and meeting their needs and of enhancing law enforcement agencies’ response to victims of crime across the Nation. Watch a preview of this DVD in using Windows Media Player (1.81 mb) or QuickTime (4.94 mb).

Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to VictimsThe DVD highlights Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Victims, a national strategy presented in a four-volume package designed by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) with funding from and in collaboration with OVC.

  1. The 21st Century Strategy document
  2. Implementation Guide
  3. Resource Toolkit
  4. Training Supplemental

To access the 4-volume strategy for Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Victims, visit www.responsetovictims.org.

February 2012

Free Online Course on Use of Technology to Stalk Now Available

The Use of Technology to Stalk. An Online Course.Produced by the Stalking Resource Center of the National Center for Victims of Crime with funding from OVC, this self-paced, interactive online training will help increase the ability of criminal justice professionals and victim service providers to recognize how stalkers use technology and, ultimately, enhance their ability to work with victims of stalking. This course highlights—

  • how stalkers use technologies to locate, harass, and surveil their victims;
  • steps to assist in investigating stalking crimes; and
  • how to support victims of stalking.

Register for training on the Use of Technology To Stalk. It’s free!

November 2012

Webinar To Explore Victim Services in Faith and Community Settings

In partnership with the Center for Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, OVC will host a Faith & Community Based Approaches to Victim Services Webinar on November 15, 2012, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. eastern. The webinar will focus on best practices and approaches to working with youth, adults, and families who are and have been victims of violent acts and the rebuilding process that takes place after surviving such experiences.

Learn more and register online today for this free event.

RESCHEDULED — Seminar on the Neurobiology of Sexual Assault

Due to inclement weather, the October 29, 2012, seminar has been rescheduled for December 3rd, 2012.

On Monday, December 3, 2012, join NIJ for “Neurobiology of Sexual Assault: Implications for First Responders in Law Enforcement, Prosecution, and Victim Advocacy" with Rebecca Campbell, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology and Program Evaluation at Michigan State University.

Monday, December 3, 2012
10:00 am-11:30 am
Office of Justice Programs, 3rd Floor Ballroom
810 7th Street, NW
Washington, DC

For this Research for the Real World seminar, Dr. Campbell will bring together research on the neurobiology of trauma and the criminal justice response to sexual assault. She will explain the underlying neurobiology of traumatic events, its emotional and physical manifestation, and how these processes can impact the investigation and prosecution of sexual assaults. Real-world, practical implications will be examined for first responders, such as law enforcement, nurses, prosecutors, and advocates.

The seminar is free but you must RSVP to gain access to the OJP building. Please allow 20 minutes to get through security. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Yolanda Curtis at Yolanda.Curtis@usdoj.gov or 202-305-2554.

NIJ’s in-person seminar series is held periodically in Washington, D.C. and features research that is changing our thinking about policies and practices. The seminars are recorded before a live audience and published online. Visit the NIJ Web site for news on upcoming seminars and for recordings of past NIJ seminars.

October 2012

Nominations Due for the National Sheriffs’ Association 2013 Crime Victim Services Award

National Sheriffs' Association

Originally funded by OVC, the National Sheriffs’ Association’s (NSA) Crime Victim Services Award recognizes a Sheriff’s Office that has demonstrated outstanding achievement in support of victims. Nominations should include a brief overview of the Sheriff’s Office, address multiple questions posted on the Crime Victim Services Award Web page, and list any other achievements the nominee may wish to highlight. The deadline for receipt of nominations by NSA is November 16, 2012. For more information and eligibility requirements, visit NSA’s Crime Victim Services Award Web page or contact Tim Woods at 703-838-5317. The 2013 Crime Victim Services Award will be presented during a plenary session at NSA’s June Conference in Charlotte, NC.

Criminal Victimization, 2011Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) Releases New Criminal Victimization Data

BJS announces the release of Criminal Victimization, 2011, a report which presents 2011 estimates of rates and levels of criminal victimization in the U.S. This bulletin includes violent victimization (rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault) and property victimization (burglary, motor vehicle theft, and property theft). It describes the annual change from 2010 and analyzes 10-year trends from 2002 through 2011. The bulletin includes estimates of domestic violence, intimate partner violence, and injury and use of weapons in violent victimization. It also describes the characteristics of victims.

 

September 2012

Learn about New Federal Standards to Stop Prisoner Rape

On Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 1–2:30 pm (EST), join a panel of experts for It Starts With You: Victim Advocates and the New Federal Standards to Stop Prisoner Rape, a webinar about using the Prison Rape Elimination Act standards as a tool to develop and expand services for survivors. Hosted by Just Detention International, this BJA-funded event will afford participants the opportunity to hear from survivors and to learn about opportunities to expand services through better access to resources and the chance to build new partnerships. The panel of experts includes—

  • Gary Dennis, Ph.D., Sr. Policy Advisor for Corrections, Bureau of Justice Assistance
  • Bea Hanson, Acting Director, Office on Violence Against Women
  • Jan Lastocy, Survivor Council Member, Just Detention
  • Linda McFarlane, Deputy Executive Director, Just Detention International
  • Frank Mendoza, Survivor Council Member, Just Detention International
  • Tim Ryan, Director, Miami-Dade Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • Marnie Shiels, Attorney Advisor, Office on Violence Against Women
  • Gwyn Smith-Downes, Sr. Program Director, Just Detention International
  • Cynthia Totten, Esq., Senior Program Director, Just Detention International
  • Jenni Trovillion, Co-Director, National PREA Resource Center

If you are interested in participating, register now and receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Contact Cynthia Totten, Esq., Senior Program Director, Just Detention International, at 202-506-3595 or ctotten@justdetention.org, with any questions.

This webinar is being offered through the National PREA Resource Center (PRC)—a training resource implemented by The National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) with funds from BJA.

2 New Spanish Guides Designed To Assist Child Abduction Victims and their Families

¿Y yo? Cómo sobrellevar el secuestro de un hermano o una hermanaThe Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) announces the release of two publications translated into Spanish:

For additional information about child abduction, visit the Missing Children section of OVC.gov. A collection of foreign language publications is also available from our website.

Briefings Available from the Defending Childhood Task Force Public Hearings

Defending Childhood LogoThe Defending Childhood Task Force, a project that addresses the epidemic levels of exposure to violence faced by our nation’s children, has posted testimony and speeches from four Task Force hearings, the most recent of which was held April 23-25, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan.

Based on the testimony at four public hearings, on comprehensive research, and on extensive input from experts, advocates, and impacted families and communities nationwide, the Defending Childhood Task Force will issue a final report to the U.S. Attorney General presenting its findings and comprehensive policy recommendations in the fall of 2012.

Visit the Justice Department’s Defending Childhood Web site for more information about the Initiative and its task force. Visit the Children Exposed to Violence section of our site for additional resources.

OJJDP Bulletin Discusses Authorities’ Knowledge of Victimization

National Survey of Children's Exposure to ViolenceThe Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has released, "Child and Youth Victimization Known to Police, School, and Medical Authorities." This bulletin presents results from the National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence (NatSCEV) regarding past-year victimizations that were known to the police, teachers and other school personnel, and doctors and other medical personnel. This bulletin looks first at what and how much authorities know about child victimization and what the implications of the study findings are for increasing disclosure of child victimizations and for effective prevention and treatment. Among the survey’s primary findings: in general, school officials knew about victimization episodes considerably more often (42 percent) than police (13 percent) or medical personnel (2 percent).

Early Registration Extended for 2012 National Conference

The National Center for Victims of Crime will host the 2012 National Conference on September 19-21, 2012, in New Orleans, LA. Session topics include—

    National Center for Victims of Crime 2012 National Conference. September 19-21, 2012. New Orleans. Victim-centered, Practice-based, Research-informed.
  • Child and youth victimization
  • Violence against women
  • Trauma and resilience
  • Crime victims with disabilities
  • Victims of human trafficking
  • Immigrant victims
  • Elder abuse
  • Organizational capacity

Early Registration Extended Until June 15, 2012. Take advantage of early registration rates available until June 15, 2012 – $375 for National Center members and $400 for non-members – by registering by that date.

For more information about the conference, including future updates on the latest conference topics and speakers, visit the conference Web site.

American Society of Victimology (ASC) Posts Comments on Bullying Behavior Study

American Society of Victimology Research to Practice BlogThe Research to Practice blog from the American Society of Victimology advances the discipline of victimology by promoting evidence-based practice and by providing leadership in research and education. The blog presents digests of current research in the field in an effort to make research more accessible to practitioners. Through comments to posts, practitioners and researchers can dialogue on the subjects covered, including journal articles:

  • Pontzer, D. (2010). A theoretical test of bullying behavior: Parenting, personality, and the bully/victim relationship. Journal of Family Violence, 25 (3), 259-273.

  • Moffatt, G. K. & Hersey, N. W. (2010). Typical and atypical homicide: Investigative differences and cold case profiling. The Forensic Examiner, Spring, 39-46. Summary provided by James Beeks.

Intimate Partner Stalking

NIJThe National Institute of Justice (NIJ) has released a new Intimate Partner Stalking page on its Web site. This resource features recent research and statistics demonstrating the extent of intimate partner stalking, as well as the following topics which can help provide service providers and allied professionals a greater understanding of this issue:

  • Duration and Trajectory
  • Stalking Tactics
  • Comparing the Danger Posed by Partner Stalkers Versus Non-Partner Stalkers
  • Comparing Abusive Partners Who Do and Do Not Stalk
  • Fear, Psychological Distress and Health Impacts
  • Economic Harm Caused
  • Impact on Children, Friends and Family
  • Partner Stalking Risk Assessment
  • Criminal Justice System Response

Visit the Stalking Victimization section of our Web site for additional resources.

Seeking Participants for the Final Defending Childhood Task Force Public Hearing, April 23–24

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The Attorney General’s National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence (the "Defending Childhood Task Force") is interested in hearing from community members, professionals who work with children and families who have experienced violence and individuals who have been directly impacted by these issues. You can participate in this hearing in Detroit, MI, on April 23–24, 2012, in multiple ways—

  • attend in person;
  • register to view the hearing via webinar;
  • provide oral testimony; or
  • submit written testimony by April 24th.

This is the final public hearing by the Defending Childhood Task Force and it will focus on how to protect children, help them heal from violence, and create the safety that allows them to thrive.

The Detroit hearing follows hearings in Baltimore in November 2011, examining the scope of this issue; in Albuquerque in January 2012, considering the particular concerns and needs of rural and tribal settings in dealing with violence faced by children; and in Miami in March 2012, exploring the challenges of children exposed to violence in their communities.

Visit the Justice Department’s Defending Childhood Web site for more information about the Initiative and its task force.

Seeking Participants for Defending Childhood Task Force Public Hearing, March 19–21

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The Attorney General's National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence (the "Defending Childhood Task Force") is interested in hearing from community members, professionals who work with children and families who have experienced violence and individuals who have been directly impacted by these issues. You can participate in this hearing in Miami, FL, on March 20–21, 2012, in multiple ways—

  • attend in person;
  • register to view the hearing via webinar on day 1 or day 2;
  • provide oral testimony; or
  • submit written testimony by April 24th.

This is the third of four public hearings by the Defending Childhood Task Force and it will focus on children's exposure to violence in their communities and at school. Visit the Justice Department's Defending Childhood Web site for more information about the Initiative and its task force.

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Building a Risk Assessment Tool for the N.H. Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services

January 31, 2012  |  2 pm to 4 pm ET

Free Elder Abuse Webinar Series

On January 31, 2012, at 2:00 pm (ET) the National Institute of Justice and Government Innovators Network are sponsoring the next discussion in the Elder Abuse Webinar Series on Building a Risk Assessment Tool for the N.H. Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services. This Webinar will examine the complex issue of researching an older population, and how a truly innovative partnership among state adult protective services agencies, a national association, and criminal-justice researchers is overcoming the challenges.

Join moderator, Andy Mao, Senior Counsel for Health Care Fraud and Elder Justice, U.S. Department of Justice, and the following panelists—

  • Kristen Johnson, researcher with the National Council on Crime and Delinquency.
  • Rachel Lakin, New Hampshire’s Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services.
  • Kathleen Quinn, director of the National Adult Protective Services Association.

Visit the series Web page to register for this free webinar and view transcripts and slides from past webinars.