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National Preparedness Month
Honoring the Victims and Responders of 9/11
Safety for College & University Students
National Hispanic Heritage Month


National Preparedness Month

President Trump has proclaimed September as National Preparedness Month, and in his proclamation states that “[e]mergencies and disasters test the resilience and strength of families, communities, and our Nation. It is impossible to avoid every challenge and threat, but we can and must prepare for them.”

Helping Victims of Mass Violence & Terrorism: Planning, Response, Recovery, and ResourcesDuring September, OVC features our Helping Victims of Mass Violence & Terrorism: Planning, Response, Recovery, and Resources toolkit. This multidisciplinary product provides communities with the framework, strategies, and resources to —

  • conduct planning and preparation before an incident occurs,
  • mitigate the effects of future acts on victims,
  • respond to active incidents, and
  • recover after an incident of mass violence or terrorism occurs.

The toolkit is designed to serve as a victim-centered resource for a wide range of professionals. If you are interested in developing a comprehensive victim assistance plan to ensure that all victims' needs are met, read Helping Victims of Mass Violence & Terrorism: Planning, Response, Recovery, and Resources.

Contact the OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center at ttac@ovcttac.org or 1–866–682–8822 for information about free training or technical assistance related to the toolkit.

Victim service professionals are also encouraged to visit OVC’s Domestic Terrorism and Mass Violence web page for additional information.

The general public can view OVC’s Help for Victims of Domestic Terrorism and Mass Violence web page which provides information for victims on how to obtain assistance, including crisis counseling and victim compensation, along with other useful resources and referrals.

Honoring the Victims and Responders of 9/11

National Day of Service and RemembranceOn the anniversary of the September 11 attacks, Americans will unite to participate in the National Day of Service and Remembrance.

This commemoration continues an inspiring tradition of engaging in charitable service on 9/11 in tribute to the victims, survivors, and those who rose up in service in response to the attacks.

Learn how you and your organization can get involved by visiting the National Day of Service and Remembrance web page, where you can register your volunteer project and find other opportunities to volunteer.

Safety for College & University Students

National Campus Safety Awareness MonthIn order to bring attention to the issue of safety on campus, colleges and universities across the U.S. recognize September as National Campus Safety Awareness Month.

Law enforcement, mental health, student affairs, school administrators, and legal professionals—charged with identifying, assessing, and managing violence risk at colleges and universities throughout the United States—provide an incredible service under unique and often challenging circumstances.

OVC has compiled the following resources to promote safety on campus and serve victims of campus crime:

Another resource specific to sexual assault on college and university campuses and in our schools is the Center for Changing Our Campus Culture website. Sponsored by the Office on Violence Against Women, this website is designed to help students find a crisis service, learn more about their rights and how to file a complaint, and provides a map of resolved school-level enforcement activities.

National Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month is commemorated annually from September 15 to October 15 by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

During this month, OVC highlights our Recursos en Español (Spanish Resources) page, which contains information on how victims can find help, resources to assist Spanish-speaking victims of crime, and links to other helpful Spanish language websites.

Previously Featured Resources

Featured in: January - June 2018 | July - December 2018