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June 2019: World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

May 2019: Honor the Fallen During National Police Week

April 2019: Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

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


June 2019

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, recognized annually on June 15, 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, OVC is pleased to highlight a forthcoming video series, Lifting Up Voices, on elder abuse that will demonstrate the impact of elder abuse on older adults and their families, along with effective interventions to assist victims. This project is being developed by the National Center for Abuse in Later Life and the National Center on Elder Abuse with funding from OVC. Subscribe to News From OVC to receive notification about the release of Lifting Up Voices.

Furthermore, OVC just released the FY 2019 Building State Technology Capacity and Elder Abuse Hotlines solicitation through which OVC expects to make up to 5 awards of up to $440,000 each, for projects focused primarily on establishing or enhancing elder abuse or elder crime victim service hotlines (or the elder victim services portion of other general crime victim service hotlines). Apply by July 8, 2019.

Also view Developing an Elder Abuse Case Review Multidisciplinary Team in Your Community, a guide for developing and growing multidisciplinary teams to address elder abuse cases. This guide was published by the U.S. Department of Justice Elder Justice Initiative, with support from OVC. The Elder Justice Initiative provides additional resources to combat elder abuse and financial exploitation, encourages victims to report abuse, and hosts a series of recorded webinars from OVC’s Training and Technical Assistance Center.

Additional resources are available on the Elder Abuse/Mistreatment section of our site and the Elder Abuse Special Feature section of the National Criminal Justice Reference Service site.

Apply for OVC Funding Opportunities

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowApply for OVC discretionary grant funding opportunities. OVC is seeking qualified applicants to deliver critical direct services; identify and implement promising practices, models, and initiatives; address gaps in victim services; build capacity; meet training and technical assistance needs; and fund demonstration programs. View our Current Funding Opportunities page to learn more and apply.

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.

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May 2019

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.

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.

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April 2019

Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

According to a report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, in 2017, 393,980 persons age 12 or older reported a sexual assault victimization. Additionally, victims reported receiving victim services in 10% of all serious violent victimizations.

During National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, held annually every April, OVC reaffirms its commitment to reaching unserved victims of sexual assault and improving services for victims.

Help raise awareness about sexual violence by visiting the National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month website. Download and share campaign content, available in English and Spanish.

During this month, OVC also highlights the following initiatives which seek to improve services to victims and reach unserved victims.

National Sexual Assault Online Hotline
With support from two OVC Vision 21 cooperative agreements, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) provides free, confidential support services for English and Spanish-speaking survivors of sexual assault through its 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 800–656–HOPE (4673). RAINN also offers an online services help room (La Sala de Ayuda) support service which offers peer support for Spanish-speaking survivors of sexual assault.

The National Telenursing Center
The National TeleNursing Center, an OVC-funded demonstration project, is the first national 24/7 sexual assault telemedicine resource for clinicians. Through this program, six pilot sites in Arizona, California, and Massachusetts can consult with trained sexual assault nurse examiners (SANEs) to ensure quality support and care to patients.

Seek Then Speak
With funding from OVC, End Violence Against Women International expanded and enhanced the "Seek Then Speak" mobile app to offer help to survivors of sexual assault in 30 different languages.

This app allows users to remain anonymous while they gather information, make decisions, and take the action that is right for them. It also provides resources to friends and loved ones who wish to help a survivor. Seek Then Speak is a multichannel platform that is also accessible via web, phone, and text.

Service providers are encouraged to visit our Sexual Abuse or Violence page which offers publications, frequently asked questions, and related resources.

National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is also National Child Abuse Prevention Month. During this month, communities are encouraged to raise awareness and promote strategies that address the risk factors surrounding child abuse. OVC resources that support efforts to protect and assist children and youth include—

Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth
Through this initiative, OVC is supporting demonstration projects in four states to learn what is needed to bring healthcare, child welfare, justice, and other systems together at a statewide level to coordinate and align efforts to ensure a timely and seamless response.

View the Linking Systems of Care Toolkit to learn how you can help your community replicate the process of linking systems of care.

Through Our Eyes: Children, Violence, and Trauma
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 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. It highlights a range of culturally relevant approaches to inspire communities to develop, enhance, and share their own responses to these issues.

For additional resources, view the Child Abuse and Sexual Abuse section of our site and the National Criminal Justice Reference Service’s Child Abuse Special Feature.

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.

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.

March 2019

2019 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide

Image of 2019 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW)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 Event entrance.

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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February 2019

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

Image of 2019 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW)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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January 2019

National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention MonthFind 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

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—

  • 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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