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Funding Opportunity: 2018 National Identity Theft Assistance Network Expansion Program

The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC), through a cooperative agreement with U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), announced a new grant opportunity under the National Identity Theft Assistance Network Expansion Program (NITVAN II).

National Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network ExpansionThrough NITVAN II, ITRC awarded six grants to coalition leaders across the nation in 2017. Learn more about these identity theft and cybercrime coalitions.

ITRC anticipates making up to 10 additional awards to organizations that will develop and lead an identity theft and/or cybercrime coalition.

This funding opportunity builds on prior NITVAN II efforts, and will further strengthen the network previously established. Each coalition will work to expand services to better address the rights and needs of identity theft and/or cybercrime victims. Applicants may achieve this goal through various initiatives, including, but not limited to—

  • community outreach and public awareness campaigns,
  • improved interagency infrastructure, coordination, and referrals, and
  • education and training of service professionals within the geographic region.

Successful applicants will be awarded up to $50,000, for a period of 1 year (October 2018–September 2019).

Learn more and apply by July 31, 2018.

(Posted February 13, 2018; updated June 27, 2018)

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Register to Attend Free Language Access Training

Register to attend one of three Achieving Language Access for Crime Victims regional trainings, hosted by the OVC-sponsored Translating Justice Initiative. This training series seeks to enhance the capacity of victim services personnel to serve people with limited English proficiency and people who are deaf and hard-of-hearing.

The training will cover the following topics:

  • an overview of why language access matters;
  • the legal and ethical responsibilities of providing language access;
  • how to plan for language access;
  • how to conduct a needs assessment and where to find resources in your community;
  • working with interpreters;
  • how to manage the use of other language access devices, including the use of technology; and
  • how to monitor your language access plan for quality assurance.

Click on the links below for additional details about each training and to register.

Washington, D.C.: June 27–28, 2018

Minneapolis, Minnesota: July 11–12, 2018

Albuquerque, New Mexico: August 22–23, 2018

(Posted May 24, 2018)

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Mobile App Offers Support to Victims of Sexual Assault

Seek Then SpeakAccording to 2016 Bureau of Justice Statistics data, only 12 percent of victims of serious violence reported receiving services to assist them in a crime's aftermath. OVC is committed to reaching even more survivors and to better meeting the needs of all victims of crime.

To help address this, End Violence Against Women International, with funding from OVC, is expanding and enhancing services to victims of sexual assault.

Seek Then Speak is a multichannel platform available as a mobile app, a website, and by phone and text, which helps survivors of sexual assault gather information, make decisions, and take the action that is right for them.

Services are available in 30 different languages, and users can remain anonymous while they explore their options.

Victim LinkOVC is also supporting Victim Link, which operates in partnership with Seek Then Speak. If a victim decides to request advocacy services or wants to report a sexual assault to law enforcement, the Seek Then Speak tool will alert the appropriate agencies and organizations through Victim Link.

A limited number of one-year subscriptions are available for eligible law enforcement agencies and victim advocacy organizations. Learn more and apply for a Victim Link subscription.

(Posted April 23, 2018)

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Expanding the Circle to Reach Young Victims of Crime

Our Nation's children and youth experience crime and victimization at alarming rates. The OVC-funded Vision 21: Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth demonstration project brings statewide systems together to coordinate efforts that ensure a timely and seamless response for children and their families.

One of the grantees in this project, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, recently released a series of articles to commemorate 2018 National Crime Victims' Rights Week and this year's theme–Expand the Circle: Reach All Victims.

These articles, authored by Linking Systems of Care Steering Committee members, discuss how their field seeks to "expand the circle" and "reach all victims" in vulnerable populations and how this work ties into the goals of the project.

Visit the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges site to read the articles, including several that were authored by OVC fellows:

(Posted April 23, 2018)

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Evaluating Elder/Adult Abuse Fatality Review Teams

The American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging is inventorying elder/adult abuse fatality review teams (EAFRTs) across the United States. This is a crucial step for a new project funded by OVC and conducted in collaboration with the University of Texas Health Science Center.

The new project builds upon the Commission’s earlier work, also funded by OVC, which provided seed funding to some of the earliest EAFRTs and produced an elder abuse fatality review team replication manual.

The goals of this project are to update and expand the initial capacity-building work and evaluate the impact of EAFRTs in identifying system gaps and improving victim services. The Commission on Law and Aging is seeking information about multidisciplinary teams that review deaths that were or might have been related to elder abuse, domestic violence in later life, or abuse of adults with disabilities.

Learn more about the fatality review team survey.

(Posted March 21, 2018)

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Reaching and Supporting Male Survivors of Violence

The Vision 21: Supporting Male Survivors of Violence initiative 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.

This initiative is a collaboration between OVC, the National Institute of Justice, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

With OVC’s support, the Healing Justice Alliance provides training and technical assistance to 12 demonstration sites implementing the program.

The Healing Justice Alliance recently released the first in a series of briefs on Reaching out to Male Survivors of Violence. Based on the work of experts in the field, this brief offers best practices for reaching and serving male victims of crime.

Read Reaching out to Male Survivors of Violence to learn how you may be able to apply these lessons in your community.

(Posted February 23, 2018)

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Strengthening Law Enforcement Response to Domestic and Sexual Violence

With support from OVC, and in collaboration with the National Crime Victim Law Institute, the International Association of Chiefs of Police recently announced funding for six law enforcement agencies to identify, address, and prevent gender bias.

Part of a national demonstration site initiative, these agencies will receive support to strengthen their response to victims and improve their investigations of sexual assault, domestic/intimate partner violence, and stalking. Agencies receiving funds are the—

  • City of Shawnee, Oklahoma, Police Department,
  • Clark County, Ohio, Sheriff’s Office,
  • Denton, Texas, Police Department,
  • Iowa City, Iowa, Police Department,
  • Nampa, Idaho, Police Department, and
  • Vancouver, Washington, Police Department.

Learn more on the International Association of Chiefs of Police website.

(Posted February 6, 2018)

Gender Bias Initiative Infographic
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National Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network

The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC), a nationally recognized non-profit organization established to support victims of identity theft, recently announced six awards to lead identity theft coalitions. Each grantee will use this funding support to help expand and improve services to identity theft and cybercrime victims in their respective state or region.

These awards were made under the National Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network Expansion (NITVAN II) project, which receives its funding from OVC.

This year’s grantees are:

National Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network Expansion
  • Attorney General, Massachusetts
  • Minnesota Alliance on Crime
  • Iowa Organization for Victim Assistance
  • Elder Law of Michigan, Inc.
  • The National Cybersecurity Society
  • Cybercrime Support Network

In addition, a partnership was established between the ITRC and the National Center for Victims of Crime to aid ITRC in supporting the coalition-building efforts.

Learn more about this project on the Identity Theft Resource Center website.

(Posted November 13, 2017)

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Funding Opportunity: Integrity, Action, and Justice: Strengthening Law Enforcement Response to Domestic and Sexual Violence

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), with funding support from OVC, is seeking applications from law enforcement agencies to be part of a demonstration initiative, Integrity, Action, and Justice: Strengthening Law Enforcement Response to Domestic and Sexual Violence. Through this funding opportunity, IACP seeks to improve community trust through response to, and investigation of, domestic/intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

Successful applicants will work closely with project staff and community partners to assess current practices and build agency-wide capacity to implement trauma-informed, victim-focused policies and procedures.

IACP expects to make up to four total awards not exceeding $225,000 per year for up to 3 years.

On September 25, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. e.t., join IACP for a webinar that will provide details and guidance for potential applicants.

Part I application submissions are due October 9, 2017.

Learn more and apply on the IACP website.

(Posted September 15, 2017)

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Learn More About OVC’s Vicarious Trauma Toolkit

OVC released the Vicarious Trauma Toolkit in April 2017 to address the negative effects of exposure to the traumatic experiences of other people.

The toolkit was created through an OVC grant to Northeastern University, and in an article from News @ Northeastern, Associate Professor Beth Molnar discusses the comprehensive efforts that were involved in developing this important resource.

The process of creating the toolkit included a national survey, calls for materials from the field, a systematic review of research literature and websites, expert summits, the development of 16 new tools, a pilot study of the website that included focus groups, and interviews in seven locations around the country.

In the article, Molnar says that “talking about the impact of trauma has been considered taboo—until now. We’re changing that social norm so there’s a positive, promotive, preventative set of responsibilities organizations can take on to make this kind of work healthy for people dealing with what we now call an occupational challenge, rather than a hazard or a negative part of the work."

(Posted July 31, 2017)

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Roadmap to Assist Trafficking Survivors with Post-Conviction Legal Support

The U.S. Department of State notes that “authorities often fail to properly screen and identify victims of human trafficking when they detain or arrest criminal suspects. This can result in a second victimization when victims are punished for their engagement in the crimes their traffickers forced them to commit."

To address this issue, the American Bar Association, with funding support from OVC, published, Post-Conviction Advocacy for Survivors of Human Trafficking: A Guide for Attorneys (PDF 844 kb).

This guide serves as a roadmap for practitioners who represent trafficking survivors in post-conviction efforts to clear, vacate, expunge, or seal criminal records. It contains important filing considerations for motion practice, best practices for employing a trauma-informed approach to client interviewing and representation, and other best practices for advocates.

(Posted July 5, 2017)

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Past News from Grantees

June 2018

Funding Opportunity: Increase Legal Access Evaluator Solicitation

The National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI), through a cooperative agreement with OVC, is seeking applicants for the Increase Legal Access Evaluator Solicitation.

Through this solicitation, NCVLI is seeking a project evaluator to design and conduct an overall evaluation plan for the Increase Legal Access in Rural Areas Project and to report on evaluation outcomes.

The goal of the Increase Legal Access in Rural Areas Project is to encourage innovative ideas and methods to increase legal services to crime victims in rural areas. Specifically, this project is anticipated to fund sites that will leverage technology to provide holistic legal services, including enforcement of victims’ rights, to crime victims in rural communities.

Under the Increase Legal Access Evaluator Solicitation, NCVLI anticipates making one subaward of $50,000 starting in August 2018 and ending September 15, 2020.

Apply by 5:00 p.m. p.t. on July 15, 2018.

Visit the Increase Legal Access Evaluator Solicitation application page to learn more and apply.

(Posted June 13, 2018)


April 2018

Funding Opportunity: Increasing Legal Access to Rural Victims of Crime

The National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI), through a cooperative agreement with OVC, is soliciting proposals for the Increase Legal Access in Rural Areas grant.

The goal of this project is to encourage innovative ideas and methods to increase legal services to crime victims in rural areas. Specifically, the project is anticipated to fund sites that will leverage technology to provide holistic legal services, including enforcement of victims’ rights, to crime victims in rural communities.

NCVLI anticipates awarding three subawards up to $750,000 starting in 2018 and ending August 31, 2020.

If you plan to apply, please send a non-binding letter of intent to NCVLI no later than April 11, 2018.

Apply by 5:00 p.m. p.t. on May 30, 2018.

View the Increase Legal Access in Rural Areas grant page to learn more and apply.

(Posted April 2, 2018)


February 2018

Funding Opportunity: Apply to Host a Crime Victims Justice Corps Fellow

Equal Justice Works invites eligible organizations to apply to participate in the Crime Victims Justice Corps Fellowship Program, an exciting new initiative—funded by the Office for Victims of Crime—to increase capacity and access to civil legal help for crime victims.

The Crime Victims Justice Corps will mobilize 62 Fellows and 34 summer law students over a two-year Fellowship period, from June 2018 to May 2020.

Fellows and law students will work at nonprofit organizations across the country:

  • 45 Fellows will serve human trafficking survivors.
  • 17 Fellows will serve survivors of campus sexual assault, fraud and/or identity theft, and hate crime, and immigrant victims.
  • 34 Law students will work during the summers (17 each summer), supporting the Fellows.

Learn more and apply by March 14, 2018.

(Posted February 14, 2018)


 

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