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March 2019: 2019 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide
February 2019: Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month
January 2019: January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month
2019 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide
The 2019 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Guide is now available online. This year, NCVRW will be commemorated April 7–13.
This year’s NCVRW theme—Honoring Our Past. Creating Hope for the Future.—celebrates the progress made by those before us as we look to a future of crime victim services that is even more inclusive, accessible, and trauma-informed.
The 2019 NCVRW Resource Guide provides a wealth of materials for promoting public awareness campaigns for NCVRW and throughout the year. The guide includes planning tips, artwork, and more.
Join OVC and communities across the country in raising awareness about crime victims’ rights and the services available to victims of crime.
A complementary theme video will be released separately. To make sure you’re notified of its release, join the NCVRW listserv.
Register to Attend the National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony
Every year OVC honors the individuals, teams, programs and organizations that demonstrate outstanding service in supporting crime victims and victim services.
Join OVC at the 2019 National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony in recognizing these individuals and organizations.
When: 2:00–3:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) on April 12, 2019
Where: National Archives—William G. McGowan Theater
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.
Washington, DC 20408
Attendee Entrance: Enter on Constitution Avenue at the 7th Street Special
Learn more about the ceremony and register to attend.
Search for and Publicize Your Organization’s NCVRW Events
OVC’s National Calendar of Crime Victim Assistance-Related Events allows users to plan, promote, and locate events of interest to the victim services community in their area.
We encourage you to visit the Calendar to find NCVRW events from across the nation hosted by local service providers and allied professionals.
Are you looking for ways to promote your organization’s NCVRW event? Publicize your event by adding it to the National Calendar of Crime Victim Assistance-Related Events. Your submission will be reviewed and, if approved, posted on the web for public view.
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Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month
More than two thirds of youths (ages 12–18) who were in a relationship or had been in one in the past year reported that they had been victimized (69 percent) or perpetrated violence (63 percent), according to the National Survey of Teen Relationships and Intimate Violence. This same National Institute of Justice funded survey found that 84 percent of victims also perpetrated abuse, illustrating that education for youth about healthy relationships is a critical component of responding to the issue.
To raise awareness, and for comprehensive information about preventing dating violence and assisting its victims, OVC highlights the following websites:
African American History Month
Every February, African American History Month is commemorated in the U.S. This annual commemoration pays tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.
OVC recognizes the need to provide culturally relevant services to the African American community.
Learn about how OVC is working to reach out to underserved African American communities through the Vision 21: Supporting Male Survivors of Violence Initiative. This OVC-funded program seeks to improve the field's capacity to provide culturally appropriate and trauma-informed services for boys and men harmed by violence. It also seeks to expand services that help normalize their lives and promote their healing.
With OVC's support, the Healing Justice Alliance also provides training and technical assistance to 12 demonstration sites implementing the program. Based on the work of experts in the field, the Healing Justice Alliance released a Reaching out to Male Survivors of Violence brief which offers best practices for reaching and serving male victims of crime.
2019 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Online Theme Poster and Color Palette
The 2019 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) color palette and a customizable copy of the Theme Poster are now available.
NCVRW will be commemorated April 7–13, 2019, and this year’s theme—Honoring Our Past. Creating Hope for the Future.—celebrates the progress made by those before us as we look to a future of crime victim services that is even more inclusive, accessible, and trauma-informed.
Join the NCVRW mailing list to receive email updates, including the online release of the 2019 NCVRW Resource Guide.
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National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month
Find resources to help your organization commemorate National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month on the OVC Human Trafficking Website, including:
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 supports established the day-to-day operations of human trafficking task forces.
Map of OVC/BJA-Funded Human Trafficking Services and Task Forces
The interactive U.S. map shows the breadth of victim services and support coverage provided by current OVC grantees and the OVC and Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)-funded human trafficking task forces.
OVC TIMS Snapshot Report, July 2015–June 2016: Services for Victims of Human Trafficking
This updated brief provides data on the services provided by OVC human trafficking grant programs.
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.
National Stalking Awareness Month
January 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—
- OVC's Stalking page, containing publications, frequently asked questions, and additional resources.
- Stalking Awareness Special Feature, a compilation of research and resources from the National Criminal Justice Reference Service.
- Stalking Awareness Month, a resource from the National Center for Victims of Crime with web art and other promotional materials.
- Stalking Awareness Month, a Stalking Prevention, Awareness, and Resource Center page with ready-to-use resources for newsletters, social media accounts, and other awareness-building activities.
Raising Awareness About Tax Refund Theft
Tax identity theft happens when someone uses your Social Security number to claim your tax refund. To help raise awareness about this issue, the Federal Trade Commission annually leads the nation to commemorate Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, which will be held January 28–February 1, 2019.
The Internal Revenue Service offers a Taxpayer Guide to Identity Theft to assist victims of this crime and tips for preventing this crime.
We encourage providers and allied professionals to take OVC's free online training, Identity Theft Victim Assistance Online Training: Supporting Victims' Financial and Emotional Recovery. This training will provide the knowledge to more effectively serve victims of identity theft and assist with their financial and emotional recovery.
For additional information about tax fraud and identity theft, review—
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