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December 2017: December Commemorates National Impaired Driving Prevention Month
November 2017: National Native American Heritage Month
October 2017: Getting Ready for National Crime Victims' Rights Week, April 8-14, 2018
September 2017: Honoring the Victims and Responders of 9/11
August 2017: Fact Sheets Highlight Current Crime and Victimization Trends
July 2017: Don't Delay: National Crime Victims' Service Awards Nominations Are Due by July 31st
December Commemorates National Impaired Driving Prevention Month
In his proclamation for National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, President Trump states that “[w]e have seen too many lives cut short by impaired driving, and too many drivers continue to put themselves and others at risk every day … In 2016, more than 10,000 people died in alcohol-impaired crashes, accounting for 28 percent 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 are available:
Getting Ready for National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month
Every January, we commemorate National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month to renew our commitment to helping trafficking victims. 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.
In an effort to help communities prepare for January's commemoration, we highlight the following OVC resources—
Faces 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.)
Human 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 to provide fundamental guidance for effective task force operations.
OVC Human Trafficking Weblet
This online tool contains resources and information for a variety of audiences including victims/survivors, victim service providers, law enforcement, and allied professionals.
Supporting Older Adults Victimized by Financial Crime
The holiday season is a time of celebration. However, during this time of the year, scams targeting older adults may be more prevalent. OVC features the following resources to help support older adults who are victims of financial exploitation—
Developing an Elder Abuse Case Review Multidisciplinary Team in Your Community
The U.S. Department of Justice, with OVC support, created this toolkit which is designed to facilitate the development and growth of multidisciplinary teams to address elder abuse cases, including financial abuse. It also provides information about team structures and functions, along with common issues that arise with developing a case review team.
U.S. Department of Justice Elder Abuse Initiative
The Elder Abuse Initiative offers resources to help victims of crime and the service provides who assist them. Additionally, the OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC) offers an Elder Justice Initiative Webinar Series which provides critical information for prosecutors, victim specialists, law enforcement, and others working on elder abuse cases.
Elder Abuse Resource Roadmap
Because financial exploitation comes in many forms, it may be difficult to identify the correct agency to report this type of abuse. This resource roadmap is a user-friendly tool that will help guide you to the right agency.
Visit the Elder Abuse/Mistreatment of our site and the Elder Abuse Special Feature section of the National Criminal Justice Reference Service site for more information and resources.
National Native American Heritage Month
President Trump 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 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.
Justice Department Awards More Than $130 Million to Enhance, Support Tribal Justice and Safety
Last month, the U.S. Department of Justice awarded more than $130 million to American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities to enhance victim services, address violence against women, improve public safety, and support youth programs.
Through two purpose areas of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS), OVC awarded funds to more than 20 tribes. CTAS is a consolidated tribal-specific grant program which seeks to help address the disproportionate rates of violence and victimization in AI/AN communities and significant obstacles to culturally relevant services.
Working with other U.S. Department of Justice bureaus and offices, OVC awarded funds to 24 tribal programs. Learn about program awards made by OVC and partner bureaus and offices on the CTAS 2017 Award List (PDF 807 kb).
A 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.
Partners in Justice—Bureau of Indian Affairs Victim Specialists (December 2016)
This video presents an overview of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Victim Specialist Program. The video, prepared by OVC and BIA, identifies some of the program’s successes and challenges providing services to victims of crime in Indian Country.
Alcohol-Facilitated Sexual Assault in Indian Country (December 2016)
This four-video series, produced by OVC in collaboration with the Office for Violence Against Women, is designed for criminal justice personnel, victim advocates, and allied professionals. The videos in this series seek to increase awareness about the prevalence of alcohol-facilitated sexual violence, enhance the investigation and prosecution of sexual violence, and provide best practices for responding to victims.
Visit the Tribal Multimedia and American Indian/Alaska Native sections of our site for additional resources.
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.
Getting Ready for National Crime Victims' Rights Week, April 8-14, 2018
The 2018 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) color palette and a customizable copy of the 2018 NCVRW Theme Poster are now available.
Colors: Navy, pink, and teal. Download the 2018 NCVRW color palette (PDF 565 kb).
Theme Poster: Download a customizable 2018 NCVRW Theme Poster
NCVRW will be commemorated April 8–14, 2018, and this year’s theme—Expand the Circle: Reach All Victims—emphasizes the importance of inclusion in victim services. This year’s theme addresses —
- how the crime victims field can better ensure that every crime victim has access to services and support, and
- how professionals, organizations, and communities can work in tandem to reach all victims.
The National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators, under a cooperative agreement with OVC, is seeking proposals for projects to raise public awareness of victims' rights and services in communities. Learn more and apply on the CAP website. Apply by October 16, 2017.
Sign up for the NCVRW mailing list to receive email updates, including the release of the 2018 Resource Guide.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
President Trump proclaimed that October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In his proclamation, the President states that “[t]ogether we can bolster victims' support networks and encourage and empower them to report offenses.”
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.
Additional materials are available from the —
National Cyber Security Awareness Month Observed in October
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.
In 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 —
Honoring the Victims and Responders of 9/11
On the anniversary of the September 11 attacks, Americans will unite to participate in the National Day of Service and Remembrance.
This commemoration continues an inspiring tradition of engaging in charitable service on 9/11 in tribute to the 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 and Remembrance web page, where you can register your volunteer project and find other opportunities to volunteer.
National Preparedness Month
President Trump has proclaimed September as National Preparedness Month, and states that “[d]uring National Preparedness Month, we bring attention to the importance of readying ourselves for disasters, both natural and man-made.”
Learn more about how you can prepare for an emergency by visiting www.Ready.gov (www.Listo.gov para información en español) and the National Criminal Justice Reference Service’s Safety and Preparedness Special Feature.
During September, OVC features our Helping Victims of Mass Violence & Terrorism: Planning, Response, Recovery, and Resources toolkit. 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, and
- 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 are interested in developing a comprehensive victim assistance plan to ensure that all victims' needs are met, read Helping Victims of Mass Violence & Terrorism: Planning, Response, Recovery, and Resources.
Victim service professionals are encouraged to visit OVC’s Domestic Terrorism and Mass Violence web page for information about victims’ issues and resources.
OVC’s Help for Victims of Domestic Terrorism and Mass Violence web 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
Stalking, sexual assault, robbery, homicide, and other crimes may be the last thing on the minds 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.
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.
Visit these sites for resources to promote safety on campus and serve victims of campus crime:
Another resource specific to sexual assault on college and university campuses and in our schools is the Center for Changing Our Campus Culture website. Sponsored by the Office on Violence Against Women, this website is designed to help students find a crisis service, learn more about their rights and how to file a complaint, and provides a map of resolved school-level enforcement activities.
National Hispanic Heritage Month
National Hispanic Heritage Month is commemorated annually from September 15 to 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 helpful Spanish language websites.
Fact Sheets Highlight Current Crime and Victimization 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 section of the 2017 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Guide for additional resources and ways to enhance your organization's public awareness campaigns.
OVC’s Calendar: A Tool for Providers and Community Leaders
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, 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 on how to submit your information.
SANE Program Development and Operation Web Training Series
OVC, through the OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center, and in collaboration with the International Association of Forensic Nurses, will deliver three unique web trainings on the SANE Program Development and Operation Guide (SANE Guide).
Each session will provide information on how to use the SANE Guide to build a new SANE program, enhance an existing program, or expand your program.
Registration for these webinars is now open.
Don’t Delay! National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Nominations Are Due by July 31st
Nominations are being accepted for the 2018 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, D.C.
View past recipients and, if you know a deserving individual, group, team, or program, submit a nomination.
Nominations are due by July 31, 2017.
Sign up for the NCVRW Mailing List for information about NCVRW, the Awards Ceremony, and the Resource Guide and Theme Poster as they become available.
New Training Resource for Tribal Victim Assistance Providers
The OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC) recently launched
a Tribal Victim Assistance web resource.
This OVC TTAC resource consolidates information and tools to support the efforts of tribal victim advocates, prosecutors, law enforcement officers, and others to develop a victim-centered response to crime victims in tribal communities. It features trainings, toolkits, videos, and other resources to build the capacity of the field to provide services to American Indian and Alaska Native populations.
Professional Development Scholarships
Through our Training and Technical Assistance Center, OVC offers scholarship support for individuals and teams that work with victims of crime to attend victim-focused trainings and conferences.
The program provides up to $1,000 for individuals, $1,500 for individuals traveling from outside the contiguous United States, and up to $5,000 for multidisciplinary teams of victim service professionals.
Visit the OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center website to learn more.
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