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June 2016: Commemorate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Month

May 2016: OVC Accepting Nominations for the National Crime Victims’ Service Awards

April 2016: National Crime Victims’ Rights Week: April 10–16, 2016

March 2016: 2016 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW)

February 2016: February Is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

January 2016: January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month


June 2016

Commemorate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Month

Commemorate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Month Each year, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month is commemorated in June. OVC encourages victim service providers to rededicate themselves to serving LGBTQ victims, who often do not have consistent access to informed services to help them recover in the aftermath of a crime. As a result, LGBTQ victims suffer disproportionately from violence and its effects.

In recognition of LGBT Pride Month, OVC features the online guide, Responding to Transgender Victims of Sexual Assault, to help educate those working in the field. Supported by the experiences of transgender survivors, and addressing specific challenges that victim service providers, first responders, and health care providers may encounter, this guide provides practical tools to promote understanding and support for transgender victims.

Nominations Now Being Accepted for the 2017 Crime Victims' Service Awards

2017 NominationsSubmit Your Nominations for the 2017 National Crime Victims' Service Awards by July 31, 2016. Every year, OVC recognizes extraordinary individuals, organizations, teams, and programs that demonstrate outstanding achievements in supporting victims and victim services. The recipients are honored at the National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C.

View past recipients and, if you know a similarly deserving individual, group, team, or program, submit a nomination by July 31, 2016.

Visit the National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) website for details about the 2017 NCVRW observance, April 2-8, 2017, and the Awards Ceremony as they become available.

June 15th Is World Elder Abuse Day

World Elder Abuse Day World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, recognized annually on June 15th, is a call–to–action for individuals, organizations, and communities to raise awareness about elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation. In commemoration of World Elder Abuse Day, learn how you can take a stand in the fight against elder abuse by visiting the National Center on Elder Abuse website and making use of the following OVC Resources:

  • In Their Own Words: Domestic Abuse in Later Life: This two-part DVD and Resource Guide covers what victim services providers and other professionals need to know about the dynamics of domestic abuse in later life, the barriers these victims have to overcome, and the justifications that abusers use to excuse such abuse.
  • Responding to Elder Abuse Video DVD Series: These three DVDs address what community corrections, judges and court personnel, and law enforcement should know about elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

More information can be found on the Elder Abuse/Mistreatment section of our site and the Elder Abuse Special Feature section of the National Criminal Justice Reference Service site.

May 2016

OVC Accepting Nominations for the National Crime Victims’ Service Awards

OVC annually recognizes individuals, teams, programs, and organizations that demonstrate outstanding service in supporting victims and victim services. The award recipients are selected from public nominations in 11 categories and are honored at the National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony in Washington, DC.

Nominate a deserving individual, organization, team, or program through the Online Nomination Form today! Nominations are due July 31, 2016.

At the 2016 National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony, Attorney General Loretta Lynch honored nine individuals and organizations for outstanding service to crime victims. Karol V. Mason, Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs, and Joye E. Frost, Director, OVC, also addressed attendees at this annual event that honors extraordinary service to crime victims.

Details about this event and the award recipients can be found in these online resources:

If you missed the ceremony, view the recording online.

National Police Week: May 15–21, 2016

National Police Week Each year the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) leads the Nation in commemorating National Police Week, which will be observed this year from May 15–21, 2016. Join NLEOMF on May 13th for its Annual Candlelight Vigil in Washington, DC to honor the sacrifices made by our Nation’s law enforcement officers. All are welcome to attend and no tickets are required. If you unable to attend in person, you can view a live webcast of the vigil.

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 (PSOB) Program. Visit the PSOB site to learn more about this program.

OVC recognizes the critical role of law enforcement in responding to victims of crime and encourages you to visit our Law Enforcement page to view available publications, FAQs, and additional resources.

National Missing Children’s Day: May 25, 2016

National Mission Children’s Day is commemorated every year on May 25th as a reminder to continue efforts to reunite missing children with their families and as an occasion to honor those dedicated to this cause. The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention offers the following publications to assist families of missing children and survivors –

National Missing Children’s Day: May 25, 2016 This May, OVC highlights our Through Our Eyes: Children, Violence, and Trauma video series which addresses the needs of children exposed to crime, abuse, and violence and shows how trauma-informed care can help child victims recover to lead healthy, productive lives. Everyone has a role in protecting children and working to alleviate the harm caused by victimization during childhood.

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

April 2016

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week: April 10–16, 2016

2016 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) will be observed April 10–16, 2016. This year's theme— Serving Victims. Building Trust. Restoring Hope.—underscores the importance of early intervention and victim services in establishing trust with victims, which in turn begins to restore their hope for healing and recovery.

The 2016 NCVRW Resource Guide provides campaign materials in both English and Spanish, including planning tips, a theme poster and video, artwork, and more. These resources will help you promote awareness of crime victim issues both during NCVRW and throughout the year.

On Tuesday, April 12, 2016, OVC will host the annual National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C. During this annual ceremony, OVC will recognize individuals, teams, programs, and organizations that demonstrated outstanding service in supporting victims and victim services. Register to attend by April 8, 2016 or view the live-stream on April 12, 2016 if you cannot attend in person.

Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

National Sexual Assault HotlinePresident Obama proclaimed that April 2016 is National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. Help raise awareness about sexual violence by visiting the National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s National Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) website. This year’s campaign centers on prevention and content is available in English and Spanish.

OVC remains committed to improving services for sexual assault victims. With support from two OVC Vision 21 cooperative agreements, RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) provides free, confidential support services for English and Spanish-speaking survivors of sexual assault through the RAINN operated National Sexual Assault Online Hotline (La Línea de Ayuda Nacional Online del Asalto Sexual). In addition to services in English, Spanish-language survivors and their loved ones can receive support from trained support specialists through the Online Hotline or by calling RAINN at 1–800–656–HOPE (4673). RAINN also recently launched an online services help room (La Sala de Ayuda) support service which offers peer support for Spanish-speaking survivors of sexual assault.

The OVC website features a topical page on Sexual Abuse or Violence, which provides materials for service providers.

National Child Abuse Prevention Month

National Child Abuse Prevention Month President Obama has also proclaimed April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month. During the month of April and throughout the year, communities are encouraged to raise awareness and promote strategies that address the risk factors surrounding child abuse

OVC recently released resources that support efforts to protect and assist children and youth including:

  • The HALOS Strategy: Community Collaborations for Children,
    An innovative program based in Charleston, SC, Helping and Lending Outreach Support (HALOS) provides resources and special opportunities to abused and neglected children and their caregivers through partnerships with faith-based and other community organizations. This toolkit offers lessons learned and suggests strategies for establishing programs like HALOS wherever foster families and relatives need additional support for the children in their care.

  • Through Our Eyes: Children, Violence, and Trauma
    Too many of our Nation’s children experience violence and trauma every day—in their homes, schools, and communities. Trauma left unaddressed can have serious consequences for children and youth as they grow up. “Through Our Eyes” encourages everyone to act to protect children from crime and abuse and help them heal from trauma.

  • A Circle of Healing for Native Children Endangered by Drugs
    This seven-video series and companion resource guide weaves Native stories and cultural practices from across the Nation to show many of the ways children, families, and communities are healing from drug endangerment. This resource highlights a range of culturally relevant approaches to inspire communities to develop, enhance, and share their own responses to these issues.

  • OVC HELP Series for Crime Victims
    The OVC HELP Brochure Series provides a resource for victims of crime and the victim service providers that work with them every day. Brochures on “Child Abuse” and “What Adults Need To Know About Child Abuse” are available which provide guidance on how to identify victims of child abuse, filing a report, and where victims and their families can obtain additional information and assistance.

For additional resources, view the:

March 2016

2016 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW)

2016 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW)OVC is pleased to announce the release of its 2016 NCVRW Resource Guide. The guide is an extensive online resource, providing all of the materials necessary to promote NCVRW within your community.

It provides a variety of campaign materials in both English and Spanish, including planning tips, a theme poster and video, artwork, and more. These materials can also be downloaded for use offline.

Please join OVC to help communities and victim assistance providers promote crime victim issues and services. Access the Resource Guide today.

The National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony will be held on April 12, 2016, in Washington, DC. For more information on this year’s event and to register, visit www.ncvrw.org by Friday, April 8, 2016. You can also view the live-stream on April 12, 2016 if you cannot attend in person.

To receive other details about the ceremony when they become available, sign up for the NCVRW Mailing List.

New OVC Online Training Modules Now Available

OVC’s Victim Assistance Training Online (VAT Online) is a foundational Web-based victim assistance training program that offers victim service providers and allied professionals the opportunity to acquire the essential skills and knowledge they need to more effectively assist victims of crime.

OVC Online Training ModulesOVC recently launched twelve new training modules which cover Arson, Bullying, Children and Youth, Hate and Bias Crimes, Homeless Victims, Impaired Driving, Incarcerated Victims of Sexual Violence, Property Crime, Stalking, Teen Relationship Abuse, Terrorism and Mass Violence, and U.S. Citizens Victimized Overseas.


OVC Aims to Reduce Language Barriers in Victim Services

OVC recognizes that communication barriers prevent millions of Deaf, hard-of-hearing, and limited English proficient (LEP) victims across the country from seeking and receiving services. OVC has launched a new initiative to reach these underserved victims and bridge this gap in services.

The OVC Language Access Training and Technical Assistance Program provides a grant to the Vera Institute of Justice and its partners to ensure equal access to services for Deaf, hard of hearing, and LEP individuals through an innovative dual approach. The program will provide training and technical assistance, published resources, and research on promising practices for crime victim service providers and allied professionals through a new online language access resource center, in-person and online trainings, and individual consultations. OVC also selected Tuyet Duong as a Language Access Fellow to enhance OVC’s many programs with language access components.

On March 16, 2016, OVC will host an online web forum on Language Access. Join OVC Fellow Tuyet Duong, and Margarita Araiza, L.I.S.W., J.D., to discuss ways to ensure that programs and services are accessible to all crime victims, especially the deaf, hard-of-hearing, and Limited English Proficiency communities.

February 2016

February Is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

Teen Dating Violence Awareness MonthApproximately 1 in 10 teenagers nationwide who were in a relationship within the past 12 months were hit, slammed into something, or injured with an object by their dating partner, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. To raise awareness and explore ways to prevent teen dating violence, President Obama has proclaimed that February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.

Break the Cycle and Loveisrespect.org will celebrate healthy relationships with events throughout the month, including Respect Week 2016 taking place February 8-12.

OVC highlights the following websites, which provide comprehensive information about preventing dating violence and assisting its victims:

Additionally, the Bureau of Justice Statistics has released the results of a study on the sexual victimization of undergraduate college students. It estimates the prevalence and incidence of sexual assault, rape, and sexual battery during the 2014-15 academic year.

Information on forming Healthy Relationships and working through problems in relationships is also available on the GirlsHealth.gov website.


New Brochure: Notifying Sexual Assault Victims After Testing Evidence

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OVC has partnered with the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) to inform practitioners about lessons learned in sexual assault kit research projects. Multidisciplinary teams in Detroit and Houston have developed protocols for notifying victims in cases where the sexual assault kit had not previously been—but is now being—tested for DNA evidence.

Using a victim-centered approach for notifying victims about the status of their sexual assault cases may help minimize the trauma a victim experiences when receiving this type of information, especially in older cases.

Download the Notifying Sexual Assault Victims After Testing Evidence brochure to learn more.




Expansive Resource Center Launched for Victims of Crime

VictimConnect Resource CenterThe VictimConnect Resource Center is a place for crime victims to learn about their rights and options, confidentially and compassionately. Operated by the National Center for Victims of Crime, VictimConnect offers a toll–free telephone helpline (855–4–VICTIM), an innovative online chat, referrals, and additional resources. Whether by chat or phone, trained specialists are available to assist victims of crime.


OVC Video Series and Resource Guide Raise Awareness on Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is a horrendous crime that impacts communities throughout our Nation. With increased awareness, improved victim services, and effective prosecutions, we can work together to fight this crime and support the survivors. OVC has developed the Faces of Human Trafficking Video Series and Resource Guide 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.

This new multidisciplinary resource includes—

OVC Video Series and Resource Guide Raise Awareness on Human Trafficking
  • Nine videos, including versions with Spanish subtitles, and Public Service Announcements (PSAs) offered in Spanish, Thai, Hindi, and Tagalog,
  • A discussion guide, which provides information on the intended audience and focus of each video, suggests questions that can be used to generate discussion, and offers recommendations for enhancing trainings,
  • Four fact sheets, which provide an introduction to human trafficking, information on the legal needs and rights of victims of human trafficking in the United States, information on the special considerations and needs of youth victims, and promising practices for building effective collaborations to address human trafficking, and
  • Four posters, each of which targets a specific audience (service providers and allied professionals, law enforcement, the general public, and victims/survivors).

View Faces of Human Trafficking and learn more about OVC’s human trafficking programs.

January 2016

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention MonthHuman trafficking is a horrendous crime that impacts communities throughout our Nation. With increased awareness, improved services, and effective prosecutions, we can work together to fight this crime and support the survivors. Every January, we commemorate National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.

OVC has developed the Faces of Human Trafficking Resource Guide 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.

This new multidisciplinary resource includes—

  • Nine videos, including versions with Spanish subtitles, and Public Service Announcements (PSAs) offered in Spanish, Thai, Hindi, and Tagalog,
  • A discussion guide, which provides information on the intended audience and focus of each video, suggests questions that can be used to generate discussion, and offers recommendations for enhancing trainings,
  • Four fact sheets, which provide an introduction to human trafficking, information on the legal needs and rights of victims of human trafficking in the United States, information on the special considerations and needs of youth victims, and promising practices for building effective collaborations to address human trafficking, and
  • Four posters, each of which targets a specific audience (service providers and allied professionals, law enforcement, the general public, and victims/survivors).

View Faces of Human Trafficking and learn more about OVC’s human trafficking programs.

View the following resources for additional information about efforts to combat human trafficking:


National Stalking Awareness Month

National Stalking Awareness MonthJanuary is also National Stalking Awareness Month which seeks to educate the public about the serious and at times deadly crime of stalking. Throughout January, communities help build awareness by sharing information and holding special events. To learn more, we encourage you to visit—

Raising Awareness About Tax Refund Theft

Tax identity theft happens when someone uses your Social Security number to claim your tax refund. To raise awareness, OVC is helping the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) commemorate Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week from January 25–29, 2016.

Visit the FTC website for promotional materials and to learn more about protecting your identity. Participate in OVC's free online training, Identity Theft Victim Assistance Online Training: Supporting Victims' Financial and Emotional Recovery.

For additional information, visit our Fraud and Identity Theft page and the Taxpayer Guide to Identity Theft section of the Internal Revenue Service website.

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