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February 2018: 2018 National Crime Victims' Rights Week Resource Guide Artwork Now Available

January 2018: January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

February 2018

2018 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide Artwork Now Available

2018 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide Artwork Now AvailableWe are pleased to present the 2018 NCVRW Resource Guide theme artwork, theme poster, awareness posters, and web artwork. This artwork is designed to help your organization promote NCVRW and this year’s NCVRW theme—Expand the Circle: Reach All Victims. Use these materials to join the nationwide effort to raise awareness about victims’ rights and services.

Available in both English and Spanish, view and download the 2018 NCVRW artwork today.

Join the NCVRW mailing list to be notified when the complete Resource Guide is available.

February Is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

Approximately 7 in 10 youths nationwide who were in a relationship within the past 12 months experienced some type of victimization by their dating partner, according to a National Institute of Justice funded study seeking to identify the nature and scope of teen dating violence. This same survey found that 84% of victims also perpetrated abuse.

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

Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

Coming Soon: OVC Funding Opportunities

OVC will be releasing discretionary grant funding opportunities later this year to enhance the professional expertise of victim service providers and allied professionals. These grant programs seek 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.

Are you interested in receiving email notices when OVC releases new funding opportunities? Subscribe to receive News From OVC for updates on new funding opportunities and other OVC announcements.

January 2018

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

Human 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 to renew our commitment to helping trafficking victims.

In an effort to help communities prepare for local events for this January, we highlight the following OVC resources—

Image of PDF for Faces of Human Trafficking Resource GuideFaces of Human Trafficking Resource Guide
This award-winning multidisciplinary resource 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.

This resource includes nine videos, a discussion guide, four fact sheets, and four posters. The guide can be viewed online or a limited quantity of physical copies may be ordered through the OVC Resource Center (shipping and handling fees will be applied.)

Image of eguide for Human Trafficking Task Force E-GuideHuman Trafficking Task Force E-Guide
Developed in partnership with the Bureau of Justice Assistance, this Guide is a resource to support established task forces and provide guidance to agencies that are forming task forces.

Its purpose is to assist in the development and day-to-day operations of an anti-human trafficking task force and effective task force operations.

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

National Stalking Awareness Month

National Stalking Awareness MonthJanuary is also National Stalking Awareness Month, which seeks to educate the public about the serious crime of stalking. Visit the following online resources to find tools to help you build awareness and serve victims of crime—

Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation

The U.S. Department of Justice is seeking applicants for its OVC Funding OpportunityFiscal Year 2018 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS). CTAS provides comprehensive funding to American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments and tribal consortia to support public safety, victim services, and crime prevention.

CTAS applicants have the flexibility to submit a single application and select from any or all of the nine purpose areas, including two administered by OVC:

  • Comprehensive Tribal Victim Assistance Program (CTVA): CTVA supports tribal program response to victims of crime, their families, and communities and provides funding to support trauma-informed, culturally competent holistic victim services.

  • Children’s Justice Act Partnerships for Indian Communities Program (CJA): CJA supports the investigation and prosecution of child abuse, especially child sexual abuse and comprehensive and coordinated multidisciplinary responses to child abuse victims and their families in ways that are trauma-informed and culturally competent.

To learn more about this funding opportunity, visit the CTAS solicitation website. This site provides FAQs, templates, and other materials that will help guide you through the application process.

Additionally, view the OVC 2018 CTAS FAQs which help guide you through the application process and create a stronger application.

Apply by 9:00 p.m. e.t. on March 20, 2018.

Raising Awareness About Tax Refund Theft

Tax Refund Theft Awareness WeekTax identity theft happens when someone uses your Social Security number to claim your tax refund.

Visit the Federal Trade Commission website for Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week (January 29-February 2, 2018)—

  • promotional materials,
  • a schedule of free webinars and other events,
  • and to learn more about protecting your identity.

You may also 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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