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December 2016: December Commemorates National Impaired Driving Prevention Month
November 2016: National Native American Heritage Month
October 2016: Getting Ready for National Crime Victims' Rights Week, April 2-8, 2017
September 2016: National Preparedness Month
August 2016: Model Standards To Enhance Crime Victim Support
July 2016: Don't Delay: National Crime Victims' Service Awards Nominations Are Due by July 31st

December 2016

December Commemorates National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

In his proclamation for National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, President Obama states that “recently, the number of traffic crash fatalities caused by impaired driving has unfortunately increased -- last year, preventable alcohol-related driving fatalities accounted for nearly one-third of all traffic fatalities.”

To help raise awareness, OVC highlights the National Sheriffs' Association video, DUI Crashes: Real Crimes, Real Victims. Created with funding support from OVC, this video addresses the need for law enforcement to respond to and interact with DUI crash victims in a victim-centered way, with all the referrals, support, and resources due to victims of a violent crime.

The video describes the importance of clearly communicating services that are available to victims of crime. This includes victim compensation available in every state and territory through the Crime Victims Fund.

Additional Information and prevention resources available on:

Funding Opportunity: Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation

The U.S. Department of Justice is seeking applicants for its Fiscal Year 2017 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.

Applicants can 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 trauma-informed, culturally competent holistic 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.

Apply by 9:00 p.m. ET on February 28, 2017.

Helping Alcohol-Facilitated Sexual Assault Victims in Indian Country

The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) would like to announce a new video series, produced in collaboration with the Office on Violence Against Women to support victims of sexual assault in Indian Country. Alcohol-Facilitated Sexual Assault in Indian Country is a four-video series designed for criminal justice personnel, victim advocates, and allied professionals.

The videos in this series—

  • Increase awareness about the prevalence of alcohol used as a vehicle to facilitate sexual violence perpetration and the targeting of vulnerable victims, to include intoxicated persons, by sex offenders.
  • Provide commentary on enhancing the investigation and prosecution of sexual violence crimes.
  • Present case studies that illustrate best practices for responding to victims of alcohol-facilitated sexual assault and underscore the need for collaboration and a coordinated multijurisdictional response.

Visit the OVC Tribal Multimedia Resources page to view the videos online.

Coping with the Holidays

blog post on coping with the holidays For those who have recently experienced a tragedy or lost a family member or friend, the holiday season may seem too much to bear. OVC Deputy Director Marilyn McCoy Roberts' blog post on coping with the holidays offers resources to help support those who have been victims of crime.

November 2016

National Native American Heritage Month

President Obama proclaimed November as National Native American Heritage Month. OVC presents the following information for tribal communities in recognition of National Native American Heritage Month:

A Healing Journey for Alaska NativesA Healing Journey for Alaska Natives
This video series is designed to educate federal, state, local, and tribal victim service providers, criminal justice professionals, and others who work with Alaska Native victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.

15th Indian Nations Conference: Justice for Victims of Crime
This OVC-sponsored event will be held December 8-10, 2016, on the reservation of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, California. The conference brings together a wide range of providers, stakeholders, and victims to share their knowledge and develop programs to serve the needs of victims in Indian Country. For more information and to register, visit the conference website.

A Circle of Healing for Native Children Endangered by DrugsA Circle of Healing for Native Children Endangered by Drugs
This video series offers examples of successful programs and practices used to help drug-endangered Native youth heal from trauma. A companion resource guide accompanies this product.

This video series features programs and practices that integrate Native stories and cultural traditions to help children, families, and communities in Indian Country to heal from substance abuse-related trauma.

Justice Department Awards More Than $107 Million to Enhance, Support Tribal Justice and Safety
In September, the Department of Justice (DOJ) awarded more than $107 million to American Indian/Alaska Native communities to enhance victim services, law enforcement practices, and sustain crime prevention and intervention efforts in nine purpose areas. The awards are made under the Department’s Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS), a consolidated tribal-specific grant program.

Working with other DOJ bureaus and offices, OVC awarded funds to 34 tribal programs. Learn about program awards made by OVC and partner bureaus and offices on the CTAS 2016 Award List (PDF 261 kb).

Using Federal Law To Prosecute Domestic Violence Crimes in Indian CountryUsing Federal Law To Prosecute Domestic Violence Crimes in Indian Country
This OVC DVD and companion facilitator’s guide educates stakeholders about using federal law more effectively to combat intimate partner violence offenses committed in Indian Country. The video incorporates case studies of actual prosecutions and the guide provides an overview of relevant legal principles and key points for discussion.

Visit the Tribal Multimedia and American Indian/Alaska Native sections of our site for additional resources.

Coping with the Holidays

blog post on coping with the holidays For those who have recently experienced a tragedy or lost a family member or friend, the holiday season may seem too much to bear. OVC Deputy Director Marilyn McCoy Roberts' blog post on coping with the holidays offers resources to help support those who have been victims of crime.

Transgender Awareness Week November 14–20

Transgender Awareness Week

During November 14–20, 2016, we commemorate Transgender Awareness Week to help raise the visibility of transgender and gender non-conforming people, and address the issues the community faces.

In recognition of this week, OVC features the online guide, Responding to Transgender Victims of Sexual Assault, to help educate those working in the field.

This guide is supported by the experiences of transgender survivors, and addressing specific challenges that victim service providers, first responders, and health care providers may encounter. It provides practical tools to promote understanding and support for transgender victims.

Visit our LGBTQ Topic Page for additional resources.

October 2016

Getting Ready for National Crime Victims' Rights Week, April 2-8, 2017

OVC is pleased to announce the 2017 theme for National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW). This year’s theme—Strength. Resilience. Justice.—reflects this vision of the future. One, in which all victims are strengthened by the response they receive, organizations are resilient in response to challenges, and communities are able to seek collective justice and healing.

Update or add your information to the NCVRW Mailing List by October 21, 2016 to receive:

  • 2017 NCVRW Theme Poster digital download and optional printed copy;
  • 2017 NCVRW Resource Guide digital download;
  • Details concerning the National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony; and
  • Information about future National Crime Victims’ Service Award nomination periods.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic Violence Awareness President Obama proclaimed that October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In his proclamation, the President pledges “to ensure every victim of domestic violence knows they are not alone, and foster supportive communities that help survivors seek justice and enjoy full and healthy lives.”

The Domestic Violence Awareness Month Project section of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence website provides customizable materials, training resources, and other tools designed to enhance your efforts to prevent and raise awareness of domestic violence during DVAM.

Additionally, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) developed a series of fact sheets which provide insight into the experience and needs children impacted by domestic violence and provide guidance to support their resilience and recovery.

Obtain additional material from the:

National Cyber Security Awareness Month Observed in October

National Cyber Security Awareness Month Computer interconnectivity has produced enormous benefits but has also enabled criminal activity that exploits this interconnectivity for financial gain and other malicious purposes, such as Internet fraud, child exploitation, and identity theft.

Identity Theft Resource CenterIn recognition of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), OVC highlights the ID Theft Help App, developed by the Identity Theft Resource Center, with funding support from OVC.

This app provides resources for identity theft victims, including direct access to victim advisors through a 24/7 call center or live chat, and also offers educational tools on how to protect yourself against identity theft.

Additionally, the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Stop.Think.Connect. public awareness campaign seeks to increase the understanding of cyber threats and empower the American public to be safer and more secure online.

The DHS NCSAM website also features information to help you promote NCSAM, including suggestions for weekly activities during October and tips and resources for parents, students, and businesses.

Finally, visit the following sites for additional materials on how to stay safe online:

September 2016

National Preparedness Month

President Obama has also proclaimed September as National Preparedness Month and this year’s theme is Don’t Wait, Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today. In his proclamation, President Obama states that “during National Preparedness Month, we emphasize the importance of readying ourselves and our communities to be resilient in the face of any emergency we may encounter.”

Learn more about how you can prepare for an emergency by visiting ( para información en español) and the National Criminal Justice Reference Service’s (NCJRS) Safety and Preparedness Special Feature.

Helping Victims of Mass Violence and Terrorism: Planning, Response, Recovery, and ResourcesOVC—in coordination with the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Office for Victim Assistance and Department of Justice's Office of Justice for Victims of Overseas Terrorism—recently released an innovative electronic toolkit, Helping Victims of Mass Violence and Terrorism: Planning, Response, Recovery, and Resources. This multidisciplinary product provides communities with the framework, strategies, and resources to —

  • conduct planning and preparation before an incident occurs
  • mitigate the effects of future acts on victims
  • respond to active incidents
  • recover after an incident of mass violence or terrorism occurs

The toolkit is designed to serve as a victim-centered resource for a wide range of professionals. If you or someone you know is interested in developing a comprehensive victim assistance plan to ensure all victims' needs are met, read Helping Victims of Mass Violence and Terrorism: Planning, Response, Recovery, and Resources.

Victim service professionals are also encouraged to visit OVC’s Domestic Terrorism & Mass Violence page for information about victim issues and resources. OVC’s Help for Victims of Domestic Terrorism & Mass Violence page provides information for victims on how to obtain assistance, including crisis counseling and victim compensation, along with other useful resources and referrals.

Safety for College & University Students

Safety for College & University StudentsStalking, sexual assault, robbery, homicide, and other crimes may be the last thing on the mind of college and university students as they return to school this fall. In order to bring attention to the issue of safety on campus, colleges and universities across the U.S. have recognized September as National Campus Safety Awareness Month. The law enforcement, mental health, student affairs, school administrators, and legal professionals charged with identifying, assessing, and managing violence risk at colleges and universities throughout the United States provide an incredible service under unique and often challenging circumstances.

For resources on promoting safety on campus and serving victims of campus crime, visit the —

Another resource specific to sexual assault on college and university campuses and in our schools is the website. The White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault created this site to help students find a crisis service, learn more about their rights and how to file a complaint, and view a map of resolved school-level enforcement activities.

Honoring the Victims & Responders of 9/11

Honoring the Victims & Responders of 9/11On the anniversary of the September 11th attacks, Americans will unite to participate in the National Day of Service & Remembrance. This effort continues an inspiring tradition of engaging in charitable service on 9/11 in tribute to the 9/11 victims, survivors, and those who rose up in service in response to the attacks.

Learn how you and your organization can get involved by visiting the National Day of Service & Remembrance website where you can register a volunteer project and find volunteer opportunities.

National Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month is commemorated annually from September 15 – October 15 by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

During this month, OVC highlights our Recursos en Español (Spanish Resources) page which contains information on how victims can find help, resources to assist Spanish-speaking victims of crime, and links to other Spanish language websites.

August 2016

Model Standards To Enhance Crime Victim Support

Achieving Excellence: Model Standards for Serving Victims & Survivors of CrimeOVC recently released Achieving Excellence: Model Standards for Serving Victims & Survivors of Crime, which is an update to victim assistance standards published with OVC support in 2003 by the University of South Carolina and the National Victim Assistance Standards Consortium. This important e-publication is intended to enhance victim service providers’ competency and capacity to provide ethical, high-quality responses to crime victims and to meet the demands facing the field today. It includes three sets of standards:

  • The Program Standards recommend guidelines, policies, and procedures that victim-serving organizations should have in place, and identify ways of documenting and administering services.
  • The Competency Standards describe general attitudes, knowledge, and skills that demonstrate professional competency in the crime victims field, and how services providers can achieve these competencies.
  • The Ethical Standards identify the ethical expectations of service providers, based on core values for the field.

Learn More About OVC and Support for Victims Through a New Video Series

OVC has developed three short videos that provide information about OVC, the Crime Victims Fund, and help for victims of crime. Watch or download the following videos and share them as educational tools—

  • What is the Office for Victims of Crime?
    This video describes OVC's mission and major responsibilities to enhance victims' rights and services for all victims across the U.S.
  • What is the Crime Victims Fund?
    This video describes the Crime Victims Fund, a major funding source for victim services throughout the Nation that is made up of fines, special assessments, and forfeited bail paid by people who are convicted of federal crimes in U.S. courts around the country.
  • If You're a Victim of Crime, Help is Available
    The video recognizes that being a victim of a crime can be a devastating experience for survivors and their families, identifies certain victims' rights that are guaranteed in most states, and describes services available from state victim compensation and assistance programs. If you or someone you know is a victim of crime, help is available.

Participate in a Live Chat on Title IX

In August, the OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC) will host two free Live Chats on Title IX. Experts from the Victim Rights Law Center will be available to answer your questions about safety planning and legal representation for victims of campus sexual assault.

  • Campus Safety Planning: Remedial Measures, Schedule Mapping, and No Contact Orders
    August 16, 2016, 1:00-2:30 p.m. (e.t.)
    This webinar will address the unique challenges of creating a safety plan that meets the specific needs of victims in a campus environment, explore how safety planning for sexual violence can be different than safety planning for domestic violence, and discuss strategies for protecting victim privacy and safety.
  • Title IX Live Chat
    August 23, 2016, 1:00–2:30 p.m. (e.t.)
    This forum is an opportunity to ask the experts from the Victim Rights Law Center questions regarding the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights process, campus safety planning, schedule mapping, or any other Title IX questions.

Visit the OVC TTAC website to register for these Title IX Live Chats and view previously recorded sessions.

Innovative Strategies for Crime Victim Compensation Programs

Crime Victimization Compensation Program Initiative Fact SheetOVC is pleased to announce the release of the Crime Victimization Compensation Program Initiative Fact Sheet. This fact sheet highlights efforts to further the Department of Justice’s mission to provide crime victims with the services they need to recover from their victimization.

In Fiscal Year 2013, OVC awarded funds through this initiative to the Iowa, California, and Vermont state crime victim compensation programs. These states used this funding to develop or enhance innovative strategies to increase program efficiency, responsiveness, and accessibility for crime victims. This fact sheet highlights the work that these three programs implemented, which other state programs can use as a model for replication.

OVC’s Calendar: A Tool for Providers and Community Leaders

Calendar OVC’s National Calendar of Crime Victim Assisted-Related Events allows users to plan, promote, and locate events of interest to the victim service community in their area. We encourage you to visit the Calendar not only when you are seeking learning opportunities, but also when you need to promote your organization’s events and trainings. View our Calendar submission guidelines for details about how to submit your information.

July 2016

Don’t Delay: National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Nominations Are Due by July 31st

Nominations are being accepted for the 2017 National Crime Victims’ Service Awards. Each 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, DC. View past recipients and, if you know a similarly deserving individual, group, team, or program, watch this video for instructions on how to submit a nomination. The video includes information about submission requirements, a short demo of the online nomination form, and tips for submitting a noteworthy nomination.

Nominations are due by July 31, 2016.

Sign up for the NCVRW Mail List for information about NCVRW, the Awards Ceremony, and the Resource Guide and Theme Poster, as they become available.

Helping Victims of Mass Violence and Terrorism Toolkit Video Series

OVC recently launched a companion video series for the toolkit, Helping Victims of Mass Violence and Terrorism: Planning, Response, Recovery, and Resources. The electronic toolkit and video resources were developed to help communities prepare for and respond to victims of mass violence and terrorism in the most timely, effective, and compassionate manner possible.

MVT ToolkitThe four videos cover the following topics:

  • Introductory video: introduces the video series and highlights the importance of partnerships and planning, response, and recovery.
  • Partnerships and Planning: discusses the value of establishing and maintaining partnerships, addressing resource gaps, and developing victim assistance protocols.
  • Response: explains how a response to a mass violence incident should be well-organized, timely, multidisciplinary, and respectful to victims.
  • Recovery: depicts how victims experience recovery and resilience at their own pace and their own ways, and also shows how recovery approaches can be varied depending on victims' needs.

Watch or download all of the videos and access the entire electronic toolkit, Helping Victims of Mass Violence and Terrorism: Planning, Response, Recovery, and Resources, to enhance your efforts to prepare for, respond to, and recover from these devastating incidents.

Fact Sheets Highlight Current Crime and Victimization Trends

Crime Trends OVC’s Crime and Victimization Fact Sheets, available in both English and Spanish, are a resource for victim service providers and allied professionals to raise awareness of victims' issues throughout the year.

Use statistics and compelling graphics from these Fact Sheets in email and social media marketing, presentations, and on your website to help raise awareness and help demonstrate why crime victims' rights matter.

View the Communicating Your Message (PDF 355 KB) section of the 2016 National Crime Victims' Right Week (NCVRW) Resource Guide for additional resources and ways to enhance your organization's public awareness campaigns.

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