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August 2019: Model Standards Seek to Enhance Crime Victim Services

July 2019: Visit the Updated OVC TTAC Website


August 2019

Model Standards Seek to Enhance Crime Victim Services

OVC's Achieving Excellence: Model Standards for Serving Victims & Survivors of Crime e-publication seeks to enhance victim service providers' competency and capacity to provide ethical, high-quality responses to crime victims. These model standards also seek to meet the demands facing the field today. The e-publication 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. The Competency Standards discuss how service providers can achieve these competencies.
  • The Ethical Standards identify the ethical expectations of service providers based on core values for the field.

Watch a Video About 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.

OVC Partnerships With Law Enforcement is 6-minute video which discusses OVC-sponsored programs and resources to enhance the delivery of services to victims of crime by law enforcement agencies.

Serving Victims in Tribal Communities

OVC's Tribal Multimedia Resources inform and assist victim service providers and allied professionals in their efforts to help crime victims in Indian Country.

Alcohol-Facilitated Sexual Assault in Indian Country
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.

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

A Healing Journey for Alaska Natives
This video series is designed to educate professionals who work with Alaska Native victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.

Partners in Justice—Bureau of Indian Affairs Victim Specialists
This video, prepared by OVC and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), identifies some of the BIA Victim Specialist Program program's successes and challenges providing services to victims of crime in Indian Country.

July 2019

Visit the Updated OVC TTAC Website

OVC is excited to announce the launch of the newly updated OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC) website. Visit www.ovcttac.gov to see the new design and watch the welcome video for an overview of OVC TTAC.

Explore the OVC TTAC website to learn about the many ways OVC TTAC can help you build your capacity to serve victims, such as—

Center for Victim Research Offers Tools to Build an Evidence Base for Victim Services

The Center for Victim Research is an OVC grant-funded program that facilitates access to victim research and data. The Center seeks to improve the utility of research and data collection to crime victim services nationwide. To meet this mission, the Center for Victim Research library collection offers a public collection of more than 800 resources regarding all types of victimization and victim services.

Additionally, agencies that receive Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funds also have complimentary access to the Center's collection subscription-based journal articles. Visit the Center for Victim Research Registration page and then click on “VOCA-Funded Agencies.” Once you are registered as a VOCA-Funded Agency, you will be able to search for both open-access and subscription resources.

Understanding the Impact of Crime

OVC's Victim Impact: Listen and Learn seeks to help offenders to become more aware of the impact that crime has on victims, family members of victims, and the community. The ultimate goal is to help offenders take responsibility for their actions and begin to make amends.

This video series features the first-person accounts of 14 men and women who share their experiences as crime victims and the ripple effect that victimization can have on family members and the community at large.

Victim Impact: Listen and Learn is available YouTube channel and each video is also available for download.

A companion online only training curriculum is also available and includes a two-part facilitator manual and a participant workbook.

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