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December 2018: December Commemorates National Impaired Driving Prevention Month
November 2018: National Native American Heritage Month
October 2018: Getting Ready for National Crime Victims' Rights Week
September 2018: National Preparedness Month
August 2018: Mobile Apps
June 2018: Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Program
December Commemorates National Impaired Driving Prevention Month
In his proclamation for National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, President Trump states that "By educating our communities on the importance of driving sober, we can help avoid loss of life, debilitating injuries, and unbearable heartache."
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:
Preparing for National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month
In January, communities across our nation will commemorate National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month to renew our commitment to helping trafficking victims. With increased awareness, improved services, and effective prosecutions, we can work together to fight this crime and support the survivors.
On November 14, 2018, OVC participated in a Twitter chat hosted by the Department of Homeland Security's Blue Campaign. If you missed the chat, you can read the conversation about human trafficking in tribal communities.
In an effort to help communities prepare for January's commemoration, we highlight the following OVC resources—
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 is a resource to support the day-to-day operations of human trafficking task forces.
OVC Human Trafficking Website
This online tool contains resources and information for a variety of audiences including victims/survivors, victim service providers, law enforcement, and allied professionals.
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.
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 Justice Initiative
The Elder Justice 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
Financial exploitation comes in many forms and 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.
Federal Trade Commission (FTC): Scammers demand gift cards
Did you know that many scammer's steal money by impersonating government officials or debt collectors and demanding payment through gift cards? In this FTC blog, learn about this scam and how to educate the public on spotting and reporting this type of fraud. Sign up for FTC email updates to learn about news about other scams and how to help seniors and other consumers identify and prevent fraud.
Visit the Elder Abuse/Mistreatment page on our site and the Elder Abuse Special Feature section of the National Criminal Justice Reference Service site for more information and resources.
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National Native American Heritage Month
President Trump proclaimed November as National Native American Heritage Month.
OVC supports multiple efforts to enhance tribal victim services and public safety. One is the tribal set-aside program, created by the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018, (P.L. 115-141) for the U.S. Department of Justice, intends to help tribes develop, expand, and improve services to victims of crime by providing funding, programming, and technical assistance. Recipients of awards under this program will be announced in 2019.
Additionally, through the FY 2018 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS), the Department awarded $113 million to American Indian/Alaska Native communities to enhance victim services, address violence against women, improve public safety, and support youth programs.
Under two CTAS purpose areas, the Comprehensive Tribal Victim Assistance Program and Children's Justice Act Partnerships for Indian Communities Program, OVC made more than 45 awards to tribes.
OVC has also produced multiple resources that can be used throughout this commemorative month. Visit the Tribal Multimedia and American Indian/Alaska Native sections of our site for information related to these products and more:
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. The OVC publication, Coping With the Holidays After the Death of a Loved One or When You Are a Victim/Crime Survivor offers resources and suggestions to help support survivors.
Also view the Mothers Against Drunk Driving: Coping with the Holidays Tip Sheet for additional tips on coping during the holidays.
Getting Ready for National Crime Victims' Rights Week
National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) will be held April 7–13, 2019.
Sign up for the NCVRW mailing list to receive email updates, including–
- email notification about this year’s theme and colors,
- complimentary copies of the 2019 NCVRW Theme Poster and Awareness Posters, and
- email notification when the 2019 NCVRW Resource Guide is available online.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
President Trump proclaimed that October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In his proclamation, the President states “To ensure the protection of all Americans, especially women and children, we must strive to end domestic violence — in all its forms — from our society and help victims recover from abuse.”
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.
You may also use statistics and compelling graphics from the 2018 Intimate Partner Violence Statistical Fact Sheet in email and social media marketing, presentations, and on your website to help raise awareness and help demonstrate why crime victims' rights matter.
Domestic violence not only causes emotional and physical harm to victims, but it is also a major cause of homelessness. During the month of October, OVC highlights the Domestic Violence and Housing Technical Assistance Consortium, which supports survivors experiencing homelessness. This project is sponsored by the Administration for Children and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Office on Violence Against Women and the Office for Victims of Crime at the U.S. Department of Justice, and the Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Providers and allied professionals seeking to address the intersection of domestic violence and homelessness in their community can submit a technical assistance request to the Consortium.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also offers a number of valuable tools and resources on their Intimate Partner Violence page. The CDC publication, Preventing Intimate Partner Violence Across the Lifespan: A Technical Package of Programs, Policies, and Practices can help communities prioritize prevention activities based on the best available evidence.
Additional materials are available on the—
National Cyber Security Awareness Month Observed in October
To help commemorate National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), visit the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Stop.Think.Connect. campaign and the National Cyber Security Alliance websites.
The Office for Victims of Crime is a federal partner in this public awareness campaign effort, which seeks to increase the understanding of cyber threats and empower the American public to be safer and more secure online.
View the Securing the Internet is Our Shared Responsibility infographic showcases 2018’s weekly themes and shares easy ways to get involved and learn about cybersecurity.
You may also use statistics and compelling graphics from the 2018 Financial Crime Statistical Fact Sheet in email and social media marketing, presentations, and on your website to help raise awareness and help demonstrate why crime victims' rights matter.
Download 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.
Finally, visit the Computer/Internet Crimes section of our site and the Internet Safety Special Feature section of the National Criminal Justice Reference Service site for additional materials on how to stay safe online.
National Preparedness Month
President Trump has proclaimed September as National Preparedness Month, and in his proclamation states that “[e]mergencies and disasters test the resilience and strength of families, communities, and our Nation. It is impossible to avoid every challenge and threat, but we can and must prepare for them.”
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.
Contact the OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1–866–682–8822 for information about free training or technical assistance related to the toolkit.
Victim service professionals are also encouraged to visit OVC’s Domestic Terrorism and Mass Violence web page for additional information.
The general public can view OVC’s Help for Victims of Domestic Terrorism and Mass Violence web page which provides information for victims on how to obtain assistance, including crisis counseling and victim compensation, along with other useful resources and referrals.
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.
Safety for College & University Students
In order to bring attention to the issue of safety on campus, colleges and universities across the U.S. recognize 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.
OVC has compiled the following 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.
OVC's Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services Final Report recognized that we needed to create a better way to respond to crime victims.
Technology can be a powerful tool for expanding victims' safe access to information and services. Mobile technology creates new opportunities for outreach and collaboration, with the potential to provide services directly to victims of crime.
Visit OVC's Mobile Apps Center to find and download mobile apps designed to help crime victims and victim service providers.
Register for the OVC-sponsored National Indian Nations Conference
With support from OVC, the Tribal Law and Policy Institute will host the 16th National Indian Nations Conference: Justice for Victims of Crime December 5–7, 2018, on the reservation of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, California.
This event brings together a wide range of providers, stakeholders, and victims to share their knowledge and develop programs to serve the unique needs of victims in Indian Country.
The theme of this year's conference is "Braiding Strength, Hope, and Healing for the Path Forward."
Learn more about the National Indian Nations Conference and register.
Learn About Current Crime and Victimization Trends
OVC's Crime and Victimization Fact Sheets, are a resource for victim service providers and allied professionals to raise awareness of victims' issues throughout the year. They cover topics such as human trafficking, homicide, domestic violence, sexual violence, and many more!
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 2018 NCVRW Resource Guide for additional resources and ways to–
- enhance your organization's public awareness campaigns,
- increase your visibility in the community, and
- promote valuable resources for victims of crime.
Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Program
This year, for the first time, the 2018 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act provides for 3 percent of funds from the Crime Victims Fund to be used to support a broadly applicable tribal set-aside program for Indian tribes to improve services to crime victims.
OVC is seeking applications for the FY 2018 Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Program solicitation. Under the solicitation, OVC will award eligible tribes, tribal consortia, and tribal designees grants to support a wide-range of services for victims of crime.
In developing the scope of activities allowable with this funding, OVC took into account input from tribal leaders and other stakeholders regarding needs for victim services in tribal communities.
OVC anticipates making up to $110 million available through this solicitation to support tribes to improve victim services.
This solicitation has a streamlined, two-phase application process for this unique program.
Phase 1 applications are due by 9:00 p.m. e.t. on August 6, 2018.
Learn more about the tribal set-aside program and apply for the FY 2018 Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Program solicitation.
National Crime Victims' Service Awards Nominations Due by August 1
Nominations are being accepted for the
2019 National Crime Victims' Service Awards. Each year, OVC recognizes extraordinary individuals, teams, programs, or organizations 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. during National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW).
View past recipients and, if you know a deserving individual, team, program, or organization, submit a nomination.
Nominations are due by August 1, 2018.
Need Help Creating Effective Training?
The OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center Job Aids page provides guidance and resources to help you create effective training.
Resources include checklists for OVC-funded training, design templates, and best practices for self-paced and blended online trainings.
In addition, the OVC Instructional Design Standards were recently updated for OVC grantees who are developing training.
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