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Submit Your Nominations for the 2019 National Crime Victims' Service Awards
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
Improve Your Organization’s Response to Vicarious Trauma

Submit Your Nominations for the 2019 National Crime Victims' Service Awards

National Crime Victims' Service AwardsThe prestigious National Crime Victims' Service Awards recognize extraordinary individuals, organizations, teams, and programs that demonstrate outstanding achievements in supporting victims and victim services

Do you know an individual, team, program, or organization that you would like to see recognized? If so, submit your nominations for the 2019 National Crime Victims' Service Awards by August 1, 2018.

The recipients will be honored at the annual National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Sign up for the National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Mailing List for updates about the 2019 NCVRW observation, April 7–13, and the Awards Ceremony as they become available.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

World Elder Abuse Awareness DayWorld Elder Abuse Awareness Day, recognized annually on June 15, is a call-to-action for individuals, organizations, and communities to raise awareness about elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation.

The OVC 2018 Crimes Against Older Adults Statistical Fact Sheet provides a snapshot of current crime trends against older adults in the United States. Use this fact sheet to promote awareness about crimes against older adults, as graphics for your social media, and to inform other education efforts throughout the year.

In commemoration of World Elder Abuse Day, OVC highlights the elder abuse case review toolkit. This U.S. Department of Justice Elder Justice Initiative resource, created with support from OVC, offers help to develop and grow multidisciplinary teams to address elder abuse cases. The toolkit also provides information about team structures and functions, along with common issues that arise with developing a case review team.

The Elder Justice Initiative provides additional resources to combat elder abuse and financial exploitation and encourages victims to report abuse.

Through the OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center, we have created a series of webinars in partnership with the Elder Justice Initiative. Watch the Elder Justice Initiative recorded webinars which provide critical information for prosecutors, victim specialists, law enforcement, and others working on elder abuse cases.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) will convene a public forum in Topeka, Kansas on June 8, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. c.t. to discuss ways to prevent elder financial exploitation. Learn more and register for the Fighting Elder Financial Exploitation in Your Community event on the CFPB website.

Additional resources are available on the Elder Abuse/Mistreatment section of our site and the Elder Abuse Special Feature section of the National Criminal Justice Reference Service site.

Improve Your Organization’s Response to Vicarious Trauma

It takes tremendous courage for victim service providers, emergency medical services, fire services, law enforcement, and other allied professionals to respond to tragic events. It also takes commitment to do this work despite the personal, physical, emotional, and mental impact it can have.

Research shows that vicarious trauma, when left unaddressed, can lead to staff burnout, turnover, stress, and a lesser quality of services for victims.

The Vicarious Trauma Toolkit is a repository of nearly 500 resources tailored specifically to these fields that provides the knowledge and skills necessary for organizations to address the vicarious trauma needs of their staff and promote resiliency.

This toolkit can be used to—

  1. conduct an assessment of your agency's current capacity as a vicarious trauma-informed organization;
  2. review your existing capacity, identify gaps, and prioritize needs;
  3. locate resources and tools to help meet your identified needs; and
  4. develop a comprehensive plan to address exposure to single incidents of crime or violence and acts of mass violence and terrorism.

View a recorded OVC webinar on evidence-based strategies for your organization to address vicarious trauma. This webinar will introduce you to The Vicarious Trauma Toolkit and how to use this resource to help your organization become trauma-informed.

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