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Honor the Fallen During National Police Week
National Missing Children's Day
Apply for OVC Funding Opportunities

Honor the Fallen During National Police Week

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, Fraternal Order of Police/Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary, and Concerns of Police Survivors annually lead the Nation in commemorating National Police Week, which will be observed this year from May 12–18, 2019. Visit the OVC calendar for events commemorating this week.

The Bureau of Justice Assistance provides death and education benefits to survivors of fallen law enforcement officers, firefighters, and other first responders, and disability benefits to officers catastrophically injured in the line of duty through the Public Safety Officers' Benefits Program.

Visit the Public Safety Officers' Benefits Program site to learn more about this program.

To assist law enforcement and the communities they serve, OVC has developed the following resources and programs—

OVC Partnerships With Law Enforcement
Law enforcement personnel are often the first contact that victims of crime have. It is therefore critical that law enforcement understand the needs of crime victims, have the skills to provide a trauma-informed response, and have resources to help address work-related exposure to trauma. This 6-minute video discusses some OVC-sponsored programs and resources to enhance the delivery of services to victims of crime by law enforcement agencies.

Law Enforcement-Based Victim Services Program
This program will develop or enhance and sustain victim assistance service programs within law enforcement-based systems and better coordinate partnerships with community-based programs to serve the broader needs and rights of all crime. Funding supports victim assistance service grants to state, tribal, and local law enforcement agencies in small, mid-sized, and large jurisdictions to hire staff to develop new or enhance existing law enforcement-based victim service programs—with a strong focus on reaching victims in high-crime areas and improving services to these crime victims. The International Association of Chiefs of Police serves as the training and technical assistance provider for the sites funded by this program.

The Vicarious Trauma Toolkit (VTT)
VTT was developed on the premise that exposure to the traumatic experiences of other people—known as vicarious trauma—is an inevitable occupational challenge for law enforcement and other allied professionals. However, organizations can mitigate the potentially negative effects of trauma exposure by becoming vicarious trauma-informed. This OVC toolkit offers guidance to help law enforcement agencies strengthen their ability to address work-related exposure to trauma.

Additional information can be found on the Police Week 2019 section of the Office of Justice Programs site, the law enforcement section of our site, and the 2017 Report to the Nation.

National Missing Children's Day

In 1983, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed May 25 as National Missing Children's Day. The U.S. Department of Justice commemorates this event annually, encouraging parents, guardians, and other caregivers to make child safety a priority.

Visit the Missing and Exploited Children section of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) for a wealth of resources on this topic including—

A Law Enforcement Guide on International Parental Kidnapping
This guide can help local, state, and federal law enforcement authorities investigate international parental kidnapping cases. The guide also offers information about victim services and victim reunification travel funds.

What About Me? Coping With the Abduction of a Brother or Sister
Written by siblings of abducted children, this document provides information to help and support children of all ages when their brother or sister is kidnapped.

You're Not Alone: The Journey From Abduction to Empowerment
Written by several survivors of child abductions, this document presents their stories and describes how their lives have changed since their traumatic experiences.

When Your Child Is Missing: A Family Survival Guide
This guide provides parents with information on what families should do when a child is missing.

Additional resources can be found on the Missing Children section of our site.

Apply for OVC Funding Opportunities

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowApply for OVC discretionary grant funding opportunities. These grants are designed to enhance the professional expertise of victim service providers and allied professionals.

OVC is seeking qualified applicants to identify and implement promising practices, models, and initiatives; address gaps and needs in training and technical assistance; and fund demonstration programs that may provide direct services. View our Current Funding Opportunities page to learn more and apply.

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