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December Commemorates National Impaired Driving Prevention Month
Preparing for National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month
Supporting Older Adults Victimized by Financial Crime

December Commemorates National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

National Impaired Driving Prevention MonthIn his proclamation for National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, President Trump states that "By educating our communities on the importance of driving sober, we can help avoid loss of life, debilitating injuries, and unbearable heartache."

To help raise awareness, OVC highlights the National Sheriffs' Association video, DUI Crashes: Real Crimes, Real Victims. Created with funding support from OVC, this video addresses the need for law enforcement to respond to and interact with DUI crash victims in a victim-centered way, with all the referrals, support, and resources due to victims of a violent crime.

The video describes the importance of clearly communicating services that are available to victims of crime. This includes victim compensation available in every state and territory through the Crime Victims Fund.

Additional Information and prevention resources are available:

Preparing for National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention MonthIn January, communities across our nation will commemorate National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month to renew our commitment to helping trafficking victims. With increased awareness, improved services, and effective prosecutions, we can work together to fight this crime and support the survivors.

On November 14, 2018, OVC participated in a Twitter chat hosted by the Department of Homeland Security's Blue Campaign. If you missed the chat, you can read the conversation about human trafficking in tribal communities.

In an effort to help communities prepare for January's commemoration, we highlight the following OVC resources—

2018 Human Trafficking Statistical Fact Sheet
Offers statistics and compelling graphics related to investigations, prosecutions, and services to trafficking victims.

Faces of Human Trafficking Resource Guide
This award-winning multidisciplinary resource includes nine videos, a discussion guide, four fact sheets, and four posters that can be used to raise awareness of the seriousness of human trafficking, the many forms it can take, and the important role that everyone can play in identifying and serving victims.

Human Trafficking Task Force e-Guide
This Guide is a resource to support the day-to-day operations of human trafficking task forces.

OVC Human Trafficking Website
This online tool contains resources and information for a variety of audiences including victims/survivors, victim service providers, law enforcement, and allied professionals.

OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center: Human Trafficking Web Page
Visit this page for resources to help build the capacity of your organization to respond to victims of human trafficking.

Supporting Older Adults Victimized by Financial Crime

Supporting Older Adults Victimized by Financial CrimeThe holiday season is a time of celebration. However, during this time of the year, scams targeting older adults may be more prevalent. OVC features the following resources to help support older adults who are victims of financial exploitation—

Developing an Elder Abuse Case Review Multidisciplinary Team in Your Community
The U.S. Department of Justice, with OVC support, created this toolkit which is designed to facilitate the development and growth of multidisciplinary teams to address elder abuse cases, including financial abuse. It also provides information about team structures and functions, along with common issues that arise with developing a case review team.

U.S. Department of Justice Elder Justice Initiative
The Elder Justice Initiative offers resources to help victims of crime and the service provides who assist them. Additionally, the OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC) offers an Elder Justice Initiative Webinar Series which provides critical information for prosecutors, victim specialists, law enforcement, and others working on elder abuse cases.

Elder Abuse Resource Roadmap
Financial exploitation comes in many forms and it may be difficult to identify the correct agency to report this type of abuse. This resource roadmap is a user-friendly tool that will help guide you to the right agency.

Federal Trade Commission (FTC): Scammers demand gift cards
Did you know that many scammer's steal money by impersonating government officials or debt collectors and demanding payment through gift cards? In this FTC blog, learn about this scam and how to educate the public on spotting and reporting this type of fraud. Sign up for FTC email updates to learn about news about other scams and how to help seniors and other consumers identify and prevent fraud.

Visit the Elder Abuse/Mistreatment page on our site and the Elder Abuse Special Feature section of the National Criminal Justice Reference Service site for more information and resources.

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