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Resources and Support for the Victims of the Shooting in Annapolis, Maryland

OVC staff extend our heartfelt condolences to the victims of the mass shooting at the Capital Gazette office in Annapolis, Maryland. OVC presents resources which may be able to help victims and their families, and victim service providers, law enforcement, and first responders that are providing support to them during this difficult time: www.ovc.gov/news/annapolis-maryland.html.

(Posted June 29, 2018)

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Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Program

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowThis 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.

View FY 2018 Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Program Frequently Asked Questions and Answers which help potential applicants with questions about eligibility, the application process, allowable expenses, and more.

OVC conducted an optional, pre-application Phase 1 webinar on June 28, 2018. During the webinar, OVC staff reviewed the solicitation requirements and conducted a question and answer session with interested potential applicants. A recording of this webinar is now available.

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.

(Posted June 22, 2018; updated June 29, 2018)

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Victim Impact: Listen and Learn Video Series Now Available Online

Victim Impact: Listen and LearnOnce only available as a DVD, OVC’s Victim Impact: Listen and Learn is now available to view on our YouTube channel. You may also download the videos as well.

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 intended to help offenders to become more aware of the impact that crime has on victims and to take responsibility for their actions and begin to make amends.

It is also an effective training resource for victim service providers seeking to improve their understanding of the physical, emotional, financial, and psychological effects of crime.

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

(Posted June 18, 2018)

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Submit Your Nominations for the 2019 National Crime Victims' Service Awards

National Crime Victims' Service AwardsThe prestigious National Crime Victims' Service Awards recognize extraordinary individuals, organizations, teams, and programs that demonstrate outstanding achievements in supporting victims and victim services.

Do you know an individual, organization, team, or program that you would like to see recognized? If so, submit your nominations for the 2019 National Crime Victims' Service Awards by August 1, 2018.

The recipients will be honored at the annual National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Sign up for the National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Mailing List for updates about the 2019 NCVRW observation, April 7–13, and the Awards Ceremony as they become available.

(Posted June 1, 2018)

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Resources and Support for the Victims of the Shooting in Santa Fe, Texas

We at OVC extend our condolences to the victims of the mass shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas. OVC presents resources which may be able to help victims and their families, and victim service providers, law enforcement, and first responders that are providing support to them during this difficult time: www.ovc.gov/news/santa-fe-texas.html.

(Posted May 18, 2018)

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Resources are Available to Help Ensure Services to Older Americans

During Older Americans Month, OVC encourages agencies to renew their commitment to serving older Americans.

The U.S. Department of Justice Elder Justice Initiative provides resources to combat elder abuse and financial exploitation and encourages victims to report abuse.

Through the OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center, we have created a series of webinars in partnership with the Elder Justice Initiative. Watch the Elder Justice Initiative recorded webinars which provide critical information for prosecutors, victim specialists, law enforcement, and others working on elder abuse cases.

Find additional resources on the Elder Abuse/Mistreatment section of our site.

(Posted May 4, 2018)

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OVC Video Discusses How Law Enforcement Enhances Services to Victims of Crime

National Police Week will be observed this year, the week of May 13–19, 2018. As OVC commemorates this annual event recognizing the contributions and sacrifice of law enforcement, OVC announces the release of a new video, 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.

This 6-minute video discusses OVC-sponsored programs and resources to enhance the delivery of services to victims of crime by law enforcement agencies.

Find more law enforcement resources on our May Featured Resources page during National Police Week.

(Posted May 3, 2018)

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Did You Miss the 2018 National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony?

On April 13, 2018, OVC honored 12 individuals, teams, programs, and organizations for their outstanding service in supporting victims and victim services at the 2018 National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony.

If you missed the ceremony, it's not too late. View a recording of the ceremony on our Facebook page or a transcript of the ceremony.

Learn more about the recipients in the recording of the Awards Ceremony.

(Posted April 24, 2018)

OVC Director Darlene Hutchinson speaks at the 2018 National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony

OVC Director Darlene Hutchinson speaks at the 2018 National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony

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Announcing the 2018 National Crime Victims' Service Awards Recipients

Meet this year's National Crime Victims' Service Awards Recipients. The following individuals, programs, teams, and organizations were recognized during the National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony on April 13, 2018, in Washington, D.C.:

  • Joye E. Frost, Former OVC Director, Washington, DC: Award for Professional Innovation in Victim Services

  • William Citty, Chief of Police, Oklahoma City Police Department, Oklahoma City, OK: Allied Professional Award

  • Dawne Lomangino-DiMauro, LCSW, Director, Statewide Human Trafficking Services, Galloway, NJ: Crime Victims' Rights Award

  • Kevin F. Rivers, Detective, Gila River Police Department, Sacaton, AZ and Sherry C. Rice, Special Agent, FBI-Phoenix Division, Phoenix, AZ: Federal Service Award

  • Shawn Partridge, MSW, Director, Muscogee (Creek) Nation Family Violence Prevention Program, Okmulgee, OK: National Crime Victim Service Award

  • Tina L. Fox, State Director of Victim Services, Tennessee Board of Parole, Nashville, TN: National Crime Victim Service Award

  • Debra McCall Reed, Director of Victim Services, Delaware State Police Department, Dover, DE: National Crime Victim Service Award

  • Casey Gwinn, President, Alliance for Hope International, San Diego, CA: Ronald Wilson Reagan Public Policy Award

  • Michelle L. Kuiper, Survivor Advocate, Louisville, KY: Special Courage Award

  • Shelby Kay Looper, Victim Advocate Director, Muncie Police Department, Muncie, IN: Tomorrow's Leaders Award

  • Victim Services Unit Volunteers, Travis County Sheriff's Office, Austin, TX: Volunteer for Victims Award

  • Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC: Crime Victims Financial Restoration Award

Learn more about the extraordinary contributions of this year's award recipients:

Sign up for the NCVRW Mailing List to receive notification about the nomination period for the 2019 National Crime Victims' Service Awards.

(Posted April 5, 2018, Revised April 13, 2018)

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Now Available: 2018 NCVRW Resource Guide

National Crime Victims' Rights WeekThe complete 2018 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Guide is now available online. This year, NCVRW will be commemorated April 8–14.

Recent data show that fewer than half of victims report violent crimes. This year's NCVRW theme—Expand the Circle: Reach All Victims—emphasizes the importance of inclusion in victim services. To reach all victims, we must–

  • build relationships by reaching out, listening, and delivering culturally competent services;
  • engage our community across professional, cultural, economic, and other divides; and
  • remove barriers to reporting, safety, and accessing services.

Join OVC and communities across the country in raising awareness about crime victims' rights and the services available to victims of crime.

The 2018 NCVRW Resource Guide provides a wealth of materials for promoting public awareness campaigns for NCVRW and throughout the year. The guide includes planning tips, artwork, crime and victimization fact sheets, and more. Help OVC Expand the Circle: Reach All Victims.

(Posted March 5, 2018)

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Support for Victims of the School Shootings in Parkland, Florida and Benton, Kentucky

OVC staff extend our deepest sympathy to the victims of the mass shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky.

The following resources may be able to help victims, families, and the community, as well as the victim service providers, law enforcement, and first responders that are assisting them during this difficult time: www.ovc.gov/news/parkland-fl-benton-ky.html

(Posted February 15, 2018)

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35 Years After President Reagan Changed the Treatment of Crime Victims

Today, December 20, 2017, marks the 35th anniversary of the release of the Final Report from President Ronald Reagan's Task Force on Victims of Crime. In a comprehensive assessment of how crime victims nationwide were being treated in 1982, the task force determined that the criminal justice system often treated survivors with disinterest, and services to help victims heal from their trauma were sorely lacking. This watershed report resulted in many critical actions – including the enactment of the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) of 1984, the creation of the Crime Victims Fund, and the establishment of the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC). Also, crime victims compensation systems were set up around the country to reimburse survivors for the expenses they incurred because of crime, and finally victims' RIGHTS were delineated in many state constitutions, statutes, and in federal law.


Final Report from President Ronald Reagan's Task Force on Victims of Crime

President's Task Force on Victims of Crime
Final Report
December 1982

These actions represent enduring support for victims. The Crime Victims Fund provides millions of dollars in victim compensation and direct services for millions of individuals around the country each year. And OVC champions innovative programs to support victims and build capacity of victim service organizations throughout the nation.

Thirty-five years ago, Task Force Chairman Lois Haight Herrington wrote:

"You must know what it is to have your life wrenched and broken, to realize that you will never really be the same. Then you must experience what it means to survive, only to be blamed and used and ignored by those you thought were there to help you. Only when you are willing to confront all these things will you understand what victimization means."

This moving statement still holds true today and guides my actions as Director of the Office for Victims of Crime. It is truly an honor to lead OVC as it continues to help move the field forward to serve victims everywhere, and I am so personally grateful to the trailblazers like President Reagan, Judge Herrington, and so many others who've worked diligently to get us to this stage!

Darlene Hutchinson
Director
Office for Victims of Crime

(Posted December 20, 2017)

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Fewer than Half of Victims Report Violent Crimes

The Bureau of Justice Statistics recently released its latest estimates of crime from the National Crime Victimization Survey, one of two national measures of crime rates in the United States.

OVC Director Darlene Hutchinson, a survivor of violent crime herself, posted a blog recently responding to the findings from the latest victimization survey. In the blog, Director Hutchinson points out that only 42 percent of the violent crime victims report the offenses to police and she stresses that “OVC is committed to continuing to reach the unserved and meet the needs of even more survivors."

Read the Office of Justice Programs blog to learn more about why many victims of crime don't report their victimization and how OVC is committed to reaching these victims.


58% of victims of violent crimes do not report their offenses to police.

58% of victims of violent crimes do not report their offenses to police.

(Posted December 15, 2017)

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Reports Showcase the Services OVC Grantees Provide to Human Trafficking Victims

OVC administers the largest amount of federal grant funding to enhance the quality and quantity of services available to assist victims of human trafficking in the United States.

The OVC Trafficking Information Management System (TIMS) serves as a centralized repository for grant-required performance metrics and case-specific information.

To highlight the activities and achievements of OVC grantees, OVC created four TIMS snapshot reports for the period of July 2015 through June 2016. These grantees served 5,582 clients during the period, a significant increase over previous years.

Learn more about how OVC is working to improve the services available to human trafficking victims in these TIMS snapshot reports:

Services for Victims of Human Trafficking (PDF 325 kb)

Enhanced Collaborative Model to Combat Human Trafficking Program (PDF 363 kb)

Comprehensive Services for All Victims of Human Trafficking Program (PDF 352 kb)

Specialized Services for Victims of Human Trafficking Program (PDF 323 kb)

For more information on OVC's anti-trafficking efforts and available resources, visit our human trafficking website.

(Posted November 27, 2017)

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More Than $130 Million Awarded to Improve Tribal Victim Services and Public Safety

The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced more than $130 million in grant awards 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.

(Posted November 14, 2017)

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Support for Victims of the Mass Shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas

OVC staff extend our condolences to the victims of the mass shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

The following resources may be able to help victims, families, and the community, as well as the victim service providers, law enforcement, and first responders that are assisting them during this difficult time: www.ovc.gov/news/sutherland-springs-texas.html.

(Posted November 7, 2017)

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Support for Victims of the Terrorist Attack in New York City

We at OVC convey our deepest sympathies to the victims of the terrorist attack on a bike path in the West Side of Lower Manhattan, to their friends, families, and witnesses of this event.

OVC shares the following resources which may be able to help victims and their families, and victim service providers, law enforcement, and first responders that are providing support to them during this difficult time: www.ovc.gov/news/new-york-city.html.

(Posted November 3, 2017)

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Funding Awarded to Combat Human Trafficking and Support Victims

Image of human traffickingThe Office of Justice Programs (OJP) recently announced more than $25 million in funding to combat human trafficking.

A recent blog post by OJP's Acting Assistant Attorney General Alan R. Hanson demonstrates how OVC and our OJP partners are working to improve critical services to victims of human trafficking.

OJP's anti-trafficking work is led by OVC, which manages the largest amount of federal funding to assist victims of human trafficking, as well as the Bureau of Justice Assistance, which works with OVC to jointly support human trafficking task forces composed of victim service providers, law enforcement agencies, and other key partners.

For more information on OVC's anti-trafficking efforts and available resources, visit our human trafficking website.

(Posted October 12, 2017)

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Giving Victims of Sexual Assault the Care They Need

Research shows that using a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) to conduct forensic examinations contributes to higher prosecution and conviction rates. But what if the victim lives hundreds of miles from the nearest hospital that employs a registered nurse who has completed specialized education and training to provide forensic examinations to sexual assault patients?

Learn how OVC's support of innovative telemedicine programs is making the best tools available to help victims of sexual assault in a recent blog post by Acting Assistant Attorney General Alan R. Hanson.

These telemedicine programs employ real-time patient care support and ongoing training through live video interface to help ensure that all victims receive compassionate, victim-centered care.

(Posted October 10, 2017)

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Tribute to Christine (Chris) Edmunds

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Chris Edmunds, a champion for victims' rights and the advancement of education and training for victim service professionals, passed away on September 14, 2017. She was 62.

An enthusiastic and passionate advocate for the rights of crime victims, Chris' contributions to the victims' rights field shaped how crime victims are supported today.

Chris began her career at the National Organization for Victim Assistance, where she served as chief lobbyist and helped successfully advocate for the passage of the Victims of Crime Act of 1984. Later, she served as the Director of Program Development at the National Center for Victims of Crime before working with OVC as a contractor.

At OVC, Chris assisted former OVC Director Aileen Adams to author OVC's New Directions from the Field – Victims' Rights and Services for the 21st Century, which was the guiding vision of OVC prior to its Vision 21 initiative.

Chris co-founded the National Victim Assistance Academy and was instrumental in the organization's Train-the-Trainer and the Leadership in Victim Services programs—both of which were built into the OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center's training platform.

An adjunct professor at Washburn University and California State University, Fresno, Chris taught courses on victims' rights and services. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 1979 and completed the Washington Representative Program at George Washington University in 1984.

OVC expresses its deep appreciation for all that Chris has accomplished to advance victim advocacy, rights, and services.

(Posted October 5, 2017)

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Darlene Hutchinson Biehl Named OVC Director

Image of OVC Director Darlene Hutchinson Biehl with Acting Assistant Attorney General Alan Hanson

OVC Director Darlene Hutchinson
Biehl with Acting Assistant
Attorney General Alan Hanson

Darlene Hutchinson Biehl was sworn in as Director of the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) in August 2017.

With more than 20 years of experience in victim advocacy, Ms. Hutchinson has had an active role passing legislation, advancing public policy, teaching at police academies, and working directly with victims and their families.

Prior to joining OVC, Ms. Hutchinson honed her expertise as a victim advocate by volunteering for 10 years at rape crisis centers in Alabama and Texas, and served for 7 years as president of a victims' support and advocacy group in Montgomery, Ala.

For 6 years, Ms. Hutchinson played a key role in the development of Alabama's innovative victim notification system and was part of the small team responsible for the passage and ratification of Alabama's Victims' Constitutional Amendment in 1994–95.

She first became aware of the inadequacies of the justice system and the needs of crime victims after being kidnapped at gunpoint from a small-town post office when she was only 20. Blindfolded and tied, Ms. Hutchinson escaped on the second day and assisted in the apprehension and prosecution of the offender. Following a plea, the kidnapper served 20 years in prison.

Ms. Hutchinson became inspired to help other survivors navigate the complex criminal justice system and has been a champion for victims' rights.

(Posted October 4, 2017)

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Support for Victims of the Shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada

OVC extends its deepest condolences to the victims of the shooting at the country music festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, and to their friends and families. OVC presents resources which may be able to help victims and their families, and victim service providers, law enforcement, and first responders that are providing support to them during this difficult time: www.ovc.gov/news/las-vegas-nevada.html.

(Posted October 3, 2017)

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Past Announcements

June 2018

Learn About the FY 2018 Crime Victims Fund Tribal Set-Aside

The Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018, (P.L. 115-141) for the U.S. Department of Justice created a 3 percent set-aside in the Crime Victims Fund (CVF) receipts allocated to OVC. OVC is responsible for administering grant award programs that are supported by the CVF, including the FY 2018 tribal set-aside.

For more information, visit OVC’s FY 2018 Tribal Set-Aside page.

(Posted June 18, 2018)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Vicarious Trauma Response Initiative: National Scope Training and Technical Assistance

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowOVC is seeking applications for the FY 2018 Vicarious Trauma Response Initiative: National Scope Training and Technical Assistance solicitation.

The successful applicant will create an accessible, tailored, and integrated technical assistance approach to address vicarious trauma. This project has two stages as outlined below.

Stage 1: Develop a program strategy and plan to directly support up to 15 project sites across the country to develop customized approaches to addressing vicarious trauma response plans that are uniquely tailored to each project site’s victim response efforts/teams.

Stage 2: Establish and carry out a national-scope training and technical assistance (TTA) initiative to build upon existing evidence-based resources and expertise, and weave these resources together with in-depth and tailored technical assistance, based on the unique needs and resources in various community sites. Further, the TTA provider will develop and deliver free and accessible support and technical assistance that results in a robust, established, and sustained response to vicarious trauma.

OVC expects to make one award of up to $600,000 for a 24-month period of performance, to begin on January 1, 2019, and end on December 31, 2020.

Apply by July 16, 2018.

(Posted June 14, 2018)


Don’t Miss Out on OVC Funding Opportunities Closing in July

OVC is seeking applicants for multiple funding opportunities closing in July. Find information about these open solicitations below and click the links to learn more and apply.

FY 2018 Vicarious Trauma Response Initiative: National Scope Training and Technical Assistance
Due: July 16, 2018

FY 2018 Enhancing Access to Services Program
Due: July 16, 2018

FY 2018 Tribal Set-Aside Training and Technical Assistance Program
Due: July 18, 2018

View all open OVC funding opportunities on our current funding opportunities page.

Are you interested in receiving email notices when OVC releases new funding opportunities? Subscribe to receive News From OVC for updates on new funding opportunities and other OVC announcements.

(Posted June 13, 2018; Updated July 16, 2018)


Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Field-Generated Innovations in Assistance to Victims of Human Trafficking

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowOVC is seeking applications for the FY 2018 Field-Generated Innovations in Assistance to Victims of Human Trafficking solicitation.

This solicitation seeks applications to develop or enhance promising practices, models, and programs, or apply them in innovative ways, to build the capacity of victim service providers to assist victims of human trafficking under the following two purpose areas:

Purpose Area 1: Evidence-Based, Trauma-Informed Services for Victims of Human Trafficking
Funding under this purpose area will support the identification of promising practices and the delivery of evidence-based, trauma-informed clinical, mental health, and substance abuse services within a system of care, as clinically necessary, for victims of human trafficking.

Purpose Area 2: Addressing Barriers to Identifying and Assisting Labor Trafficking Victims
Funding under this purpose area will support implementation of innovative ideas to increase the identification of victims of labor trafficking and enhance service delivery to those victims.

OVC expects to make up to six awards (three per purpose area) of up to $600,000 each, with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $3.6 million. OVC expects to make awards for a 36-month period of performance to begin on October 1, 2018.

OVC conducted an optional, pre-application webinar on June 14, 2018. During the webinar, OVC staff reviewed the solicitation requirements and conducted a question and answer session with interested potential applicants. A transcript of this webinar is now available.

Apply by July 9, 2018.

(Posted June 8, 2018; updated June 22, 2018)

FY 2018 Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowOVC is seeking applications for the FY 2018 Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking solicitation.

This solicitation has two categories, each with its own specific goals, activities, and objectives.

Category 1: Statewide or Tribal Jurisdictionwide Response
The first category seeks applications for up to three state or tribal jurisdictions to identify the state or tribe’s greatest barriers to identifying and assisting child and youth victims of sex and labor trafficking and/or to investigating and prosecuting these cases, and to develop a statewide or tribal jurisdictionwide strategy to address these challenges.

Category 2: Children and Youth Technical Assistance Program
The applicant funded under Category 2 will provide training and technical assistance and resources to support OVC and all OVC grantees funded under the Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking program (Both those newly funded in FY 2018 under category 1 and the 6 previously funded grantees).

OVC expects to make up to three awards under Category 1 of up to $1.5 million with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $4.5 million. Under Category 2, OVC expects to make one award for up to $600,000. OVC expects to make the awards for a 3-year period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2018.

Apply by July 9, 2018.

(Posted June 7, 2018)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Enhanced Collaborative Model Task Force to Combat Human Trafficking

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowOVC and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) are seeking applications for the FY 2018 Enhanced Collaborative Model Task Force to Combat Human Trafficking solicitation.

Through this solicitation, OVC and BJA will make awards to support law enforcement and victim service provider efforts within human trafficking task forces under the following purpose areas:

Purpose Area 1: Development of Human Trafficking Task Forces
Funding under this purpose area is intended to help task forces with critical first steps related to starting up a multidisciplinary task force.

Purpose Area 2: Increasing Human Trafficking Task Force Effectiveness
Eligible applicants are human trafficking task forces that were funded in FY 2015 under the OVC/BJA Enhanced Collaborative Model Task Force Program - Purpose Area 1. FY 2018 Purpose Area 2 allows FY 2015 task forces to compete for funding to support continued task force activities and develop a plan for task force sustainability.

Purpose Area 3: Expanding Human Trafficking Task Force Effectiveness
Eligible applicants are human trafficking task forces that were funded in FY 2015 under the OVC/BJA Enhanced Collaborative Model Task Force Program - Purpose Area 2. FY 2018 Purpose Area 3 allows FY 2015 task forces to compete for funding to expand their task force efforts, implement task force sustainability plans, and assist OVC and BJA in building capacity of other task forces in the field, by providing mentoring and peer support to newly established task forces.

OVC and BJA conducted an optional, pre-application webinar on June 18, 2018. During the webinar, OVC staff reviewed the solicitation requirements and conducted a question and answer session with interested potential applicants. A transcript of this webinar is now available.

Apply by July 5, 2018.

(Posted June 5, 2018; updated June 29, 2018)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Field-Generated Innovations in Addressing Elder Financial Exploitation

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowOVC is seeking applications for the FY 2018 Field-Generated Innovations in Addressing Elder Financial Exploitation solicitation.

OVC seeks applications which focus on elder financial exploitation through innovative collaborations between the financial industry and others to better detect and respond to victims.

These efforts should build the capacity of victim service providers and financial industry representatives to enhance fraud detection and provide trauma-informed, age-appropriate services and resources for victims.

Projects proposed under this program must be built on collaborative partnerships that are national in scope to develop or enhance promising practices, models, and programs and provide enhanced or improved services for these victims.

OVC expects to make up to six awards of up to $500,000 each, with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $3,000,000. OVC expects to make awards for a 24-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2018.

OVC conducted an optional, pre-application webinar on June 13, 2018. During the webinar, OVC staff reviewed the solicitation requirements and conducted a question and answer session with interested potential applicants. A transcript of this webinar is now available.

Apply by July 5, 2018.

(Posted June 5, 2018; updated June 21, 2018)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth Technical Assistance

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowOVC is seeking applications for the Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth Technical Assistance solicitation.

This solicitation will fund one organization to provide comprehensive training and technical assistance (TTA) to support state-level demonstration projects funded under OVC’s Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth (LSC) Demonstration Initiative.

The LSC approach seeks to ensure every child entering various systems is assessed for victimization; that children and their families are provided comprehensive and coordinated services to fully address their needs; and that practices and policies are established to sustain this approach long term.

The TTA provider selected through this solicitation will actively engage with the four existing demonstration sites and will offer a wide range of TTA through varied delivery modes to support the demonstration sites through the planning, where applicable, and implementation of the initiative.

OVC anticipates that it will make one award of up to $2 million for a 30-month period.

Apply by July 5, 2018.

(Posted June 5, 2018)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Initiative to Enhance Crime Victims’ Rights Enforcement and Victim Access to Legal Assistance

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowOVC is seeking applications for the FY 2018 Initiative to Enhance Crime Victims’ Rights Enforcement and Victim Access to Legal Assistance solicitation.

This initiative is intended to expand on federal, state, local, and tribal efforts to enforce crime victims’ rights. One managing training and technical assistance (TTA) provider will be selected under this initiative, which, in turn, will competitively select up to six subgrantee clinics.

OVC expects to make one award totaling $6.9 million to the managing TTA provider for a 3-year project period beginning on October 1, 2018. OVC expects to distribute these funds as follows:

  1. (a) approximately $900,000 for the managing TTA provider; and
  2. (b) approximately $6 million for six crime victims’ rights clinics ($1 million per site).

OVC conducted an optional, pre-application webinar on June 14, 2018. During the webinar, OVC staff reviewed the solicitation requirements and conducted a question and answer session with interested potential applicants. A transcript of this webinar is now available.

Apply by July 2, 2018.

(Posted June 1, 2018; updated June 26, 2018)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Tribal Set-Aside Training and Technical Assistance Program

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowApply for the FY 2018 Tribal Set-Aside Training and Technical Assistance Program solicitation.

The primary goal of the cooperative agreement(s) awarded under the FY 2018 Tribal Set-Aside Training and Technical Assistance Program solicitation is to provide resources and training and technical assistance to Indian tribes and tribal consortia that receive grant funds from OVC through the FY18 Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Program, to enhance their response to victims of crime, their families, and the community.

OVC estimates that it will make up to two awards, of up to $1.325 million each, for an estimated total of $2.65 million, for a 3-year period of performance, beginning on October 1, 2018. OVC anticipates funding organization(s) with experience providing expertise on American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) victim issues and support and training and technical assistance to AI/AN communities.

Apply by July 18, 2018.

(Posted June 1, 2018)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Law Enforcement-Based Direct Victim Services and Technical Assistance Program

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowOVC is seeking applications for the FY 2018 Law Enforcement-Based Direct Victim Services and Technical Assistance Program solicitation in two purpose areas.

Purpose Area 1 – Law Enforcement-Based Direct Victim Services Program
Purpose Area 1 supports direct victim assistance service grants to state, tribal, and local law enforcement agencies in small, mid-sized, and large jurisdictions to hire staff to develop new, or enhance existing, law enforcement-based victim service programs and partnerships in high-crime areas to improve rights and services for victims.

OVC expects to make up to 40 awards under Purpose Area 1 across all jurisdictional categories (small, medium, large, and tribal) with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $21.51 million. OVC expects to make awards for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2018.

Purpose Area 2 -- Law Enforcement-Based Direct Victim Services Technical Assistance
Funding under Purpose Area 2 will support a technical assistance program to help build the capacity of the Purpose Area 1 sites to better serve all victims of crime.

OVC expects to make one cooperative agreement award under Purpose Area 2 to a successful applicant that can demonstrate experience providing technical assistance to victim-serving organizations. OVC expects to make an estimated total award up to $2.25 million, for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2018.

OVC conducted an optional, pre-application webinar on June 13, 2018. During the webinar, OVC staff reviewed the solicitation requirements and conducted a question and answer session with interested potential applicants. A transcript of this webinar is now available.

Apply by July 2, 2018.

(Posted June 1, 2018; Updated June 20, 2018)

Participate in Calls about the Crime Victims Fund Tribal Set-Aside

OVC invites tribal leaders and representatives to discuss the administration of the Fiscal Year 2018 tribal set-aside to enhance services for tribal victim services.

The Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018, (P.L. 115-141) for the U.S. Department of Justice created a 3 percent set-aside in the Crime Victims Fund (CVF) receipts allocated to OVC. OVC is responsible for administering grant award programs that are supported by the CVF, including the FY 2018 tribal set-aside.

Participate in a series of telephone calls about the set-aside that will be held between June 12, 2018 and June 14, 2018. For more information, visit OVC’s FY 2018 Tribal Set Aside page.

(Posted June 1, 2018)

May 2018

Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Victim Assistance Fellowship Program: Translation and Dissemination of Statistical Data

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowOVC and the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) are seeking applications for the FY 2018 Victim Assistance Fellowship Program: Translation and Dissemination of Statistical Data solicitation.

The individual awarded funding under this fellowship will enhance the efforts of OVC and BJS to improve the synthesis and translation of social science research and statistical findings to inform practice and policies in the victim services field.

The successful candidate must demonstrate substantial knowledge of data and research related to victimization and victim services, and have the skills to communicate orally and in writing with a broad audience of stakeholders. Preference will be given to applicants with a background in statistics or survey methodology.

OVC expects to make one award of up to $400,000 under this program. OVC expects to make the award for a 24-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2018.

OVC and BJS conducted an optional, pre-application webinar on June 7, 2018. During the webinar, OVC and BJS staff reviewed the solicitation requirements and conducted a question and answer session with interested potential applicants. A recording of this webinar is now available.

Apply by July 9, 2018.

(Posted May 30, 2018; updated June 20, 2018)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Enhancing Access to Services Program

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowOVC is seeking applications for the FY 2018 Enhancing Access to Services Program solicitation.

Many victims of crime, and particularly those from limited English proficient (LEP), Deaf, and hard-of-hearing communities, may experience barriers that prevent them from accessing critical services.

This program will support community-based organizations in addressing the language access and service needs of victims of all types of crime and will promote innovation and collaboration in affected communities. This solicitation has two purpose areas:

Purpose Area 1
OVC will make up to 10 awards of up to $200,000 each to organizations for the provision of direct services to victims of crime in linguistically specific communities.

Purpose Area 2
OVC will make one award of up to $600,000 to one technical assistance provider who will support community-based service providers and allied professionals in meeting language access and service needs of crime victims.

OVC conducted an optional, pre-application webinar on June 12, 2018. During the webinar, OVC staff reviewed the solicitation requirements and conducted a question and answer session with interested potential applicants. A recording of this webinar is now available.

Apply by July 16, 2018.

(Posted May 30, 2018; updated June 21, 2018)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Enhancing Community Responses to the Opioid Crisis: Serving Our Youngest Crime Victims

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowOVC is seeking applications for the FY 2018 Enhancing Community Responses to the Opioid Crisis: Serving Our Youngest Crime Victims solicitation.

The purpose of this solicitation is to address an urgent gap in crime victim services related to the opioid epidemic and to expand upon existing or establish new programs to provide services to children and youth who are victimized as a result of the opioid crisis.

This solicitation has two purpose areas:

Purpose Area 1 (Direct Services)
Applicants will develop and execute plans to support children and youth directly at the community or jurisdictional level. Applicants are expected to work with an OVC-designated national training and technical assistance provider to further enhance these efforts and contribute to the growing body of knowledge about these issues and underscore successful practices.

Purpose Area 2 (TTA)
Applicants will develop and activate plans to support the direct services applicants on a national scale to equip and support the community-based programs as they develop new initiatives or enhance existing efforts.

OVC conducted an optional, pre-application webinar on June 6, 2018,. During the webinar, OVC staff reviewed the solicitation requirements and conducted a question and answer session with interested potential applicants. A recording of this webinar is now available.

Apply by July 10, 2018.

(Posted May 30, 2018; updated June 14, 2018)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Advancing Hospital-Based Victim Services

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowOVC is seeking applications for the FY 2018 Advancing Hospital-Based Victim Services solicitation.

In an effort to expand the use of hospitals and other medical facilities as an entry point to increase support for victims of crime, improve their outcomes, and prevent chances for repeat victimization, this solicitation will fund applicants under two purpose areas:

Purpose Area 1: Demonstration Project
Up to eight demonstration sites will be selected to implement or expand hospital-based/affiliated programs to support crime victims using evidence-based models and practices with victim-centered approaches.

Purpose Area 2: TA Project
One entity will be selected to provide comprehensive TA to the demonstration sites and develop TA tools and resources to support the initiative.

OVC conducted an optional, pre-application webinar on June 6, 2018. During the webinar, OVC staff reviewed the solicitation requirements and conducted a question and answer session with interested potential applicants. A recording of this webinar is now available.

Apply by July 2, 2018.

(Posted May 30, 2018; updated June 18, 2018)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Building State Technology Capacity

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowApply for the FY 2018 Building State Technology Capacity solicitation.

OVC seeks ambitious yet viable proposals from Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Formula State Administrating Agencies (SAAs) or outside organizations who partner with existing SAAs to—

  • implement visionary statewide technology programs to enhance victims' access to services,
  • foster innovation and efficiency in the provision of services,
  • improve the quality of services, and
  • improve the accessibility and responsiveness of victim service organizations.

OVC expects to make an unspecified number of awards of up to $750,000 with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $7 million. OVC expects to make awards for a 12–36 month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2018.

OVC conducted an optional, pre-application webinar on June 5. During the webinar, OVC staff reviewed the solicitation requirements and conducted a question and answer session with interested potential applicants. A recording of this webinar is now available.

Apply by July 2, 2018.

(Posted May 29, 2018; updated June 18, 2018)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Vision 21: Advancing the Use of Technology to Assist Victims of Crime

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowApply for the FY 2018 Vision 21: Advancing the Use of Technology to Assist Victims of Crime solicitation.

This program will provide project funding to eligible nonprofit organizations that propose to develop, use, and strategize the use of technology in innovative ways to interact directly with crime victims and provide information, referral, crisis assistance, and longer term help.

Through this solicitation, OVC seeks to support organizations which demonstrate innovative strategies to create, expand, or enhance the use of technology initiatives on a national or nationally replicable scale to improve response, services, and access for victims of crime.

OVC expects to make up to 10 awards in the range of $500,000 to $2.25 million each, with an estimated total amount awarded up to $15 million. OVC expects to make awards for a 24 month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2018.

Apply by June 25, 2018.

(Posted May 24, 2018)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 National Joint Training Conference for VOCA Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation Administrators (2019-2021)

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowOVC is seeking applications for the FY 2018 National Joint Training Conference for VOCA Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation Administrators (2019-2021) solicitation.

The successful applicant will support the 2019 and 2021 VOCA National Training Conferences and the 2020 regional training conferences for State VOCA Victim Assistance and Compensation Administrators and their staff.

The conferences are intended to provide training and technical assistance and facilitate an opportunity for the presentation of state issues and practices through lectures, panels, workshops, and forums.

OVC expects to make one award of up to $600,000 total ($200,000 per year), for a 3-year period of performance, beginning October 1, 2018.

Apply by June 26, 2018.

(Posted May 22, 2018)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Discretionary Training and Technical Assistance Program for VOCA Victim Assistance Grantees

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowOVC is seeking applications for the FY 2018 Discretionary Training and Technical Assistance Program for VOCA Victim Assistance Grantees solicitation.

The purpose of this solicitation is to fund VOCA Victim Assistance Program state administering agencies (SAAs) or outside organizations who partner with existing SAAs to provide training within the applicant’s state.

Activities funded through this program may include, but are not limited to—

  • the establishment or enhancement of state victim assistance academies,
  • statewide training initiatives,
  • crime victim-related conferences,
  • basic training for new programs, or
  • scholarships to attend conferences and/or training for service providers and others who work with victims of crime.

OVC expects to make up to 30 awards of up to $1.5 million each, with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $12 million. The anticipated period of performance for these grants will be from the award date through September 30, 2021.

OVC conducted an optional, pre-application webinar on May 22, 2018 During the webinar, OVC staff reviewed the solicitation requirements and conducted a question and answer session with interested potential applicants. A recording of this webinar is now available.

Apply by June 18, 2018.

(Posted May 17, 2018; Updated June 5, 2018)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Specialized Services for Victims of Human Trafficking

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowOVC is seeking applications for the FY 2018 Specialized Services for Victims of Human Trafficking solicitation.

The purpose of this program is to enhance the quality and quantity of specialized services available to assist victims of human trafficking, as defined by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, as amended.

OVC is interested in supporting programs that focus on one or more of the priority areas listed below—

  1. housing services,
  2. economic and leadership empowerment and/or education services,
  3. mental health services,
  4. substance abuse services, and
  5. legal services.

OVC expects to make up to 20 awards of up to $700,000, with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $14 million. OVC expects to make awards for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2018.

OVC conducted an optional, pre-application webinar on May 31, 2018. During the webinar, OVC staff reviewed the solicitation requirements and conducted a question and answer session with interested potential applicants. A recording of this webinar is now available.

Apply by June 27, 2018.

(Posted May 14, 2018; updated June 8, 2018)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Specialized Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowOVC is seeking applications for the FY 2018 Specialized Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance solicitation.

Successful applicants will provide specialized training and technical assistance (TTA) to service providers and court personnel in three purpose areas.

Purpose Area 1: Comprehensive Legal Services
The overarching goal of this purpose area is to enhance the quality and quantity of legal services provided to victims of human trafficking by assisting legal and social service providers to protect their client’s legal rights, particularly victims’ rights, and the civil legal remedies and legal resources available to them.

Purpose Area 2: Trauma-Informed Responses and Services
The overall goal of this purpose area is for a technical assistance provider to assist trafficking victim service providers through a process of becoming trauma-informed.

Purpose Area 3: Increased Identification, Referrals, and Assistance of Human Trafficking in Court Settings
The purpose of this TTA program is to increase accurate identification of human trafficking victims in court settings, enhance victim referrals to appropriate service providers, and to decrease the re-victimization of trafficking victims who interact with the justice system.

OVC expects to make up to three awards (one per purpose area) of up to $900,000 each, with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $2.7 million. OVC expects to make awards for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2018.

OVC conducted an optional, pre-application webinar on May 31, 2018. During the webinar, OVC staff reviewed the solicitation requirements and conducted a question and answer session with interested potential applicants. A recording of this webinar is now available.

Apply by June 27, 2018.

(Posted May 14, 2018; updated June 8, 2018)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Comprehensive Services for Victims of All Forms of Human Trafficking

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowThrough the FY 2018 Comprehensive Services for Victims of All Forms of Human Trafficking solicitation, OVC is seeking applicants to enhance the quality and quantity of services available to assist victims of human trafficking, as defined by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, as amended.

OVC is interested in supporting programs that focus on one of three purpose areas.

Purpose Area 1: Comprehensive Services
Purpose Area 1 will provide funding to victim service providers with a demonstrated history of providing comprehensive services to victims of human trafficking.

Purpose Area 2: Comprehensive Services for Sustained Caseloads
Purpose Area 2 will provide funding to victim service providers with a demonstrated history of providing comprehensive services to a sustained caseload of a large number of victims of human trafficking.

Purpose Area 3: Capacity Building
Purpose Area 3 is designed to strengthen the capacity of victim service providers who have experience serving victims of human trafficking and/or related populations (e.g., victims of domestic violence, victims of sexual assault, and/or runaway and homeless youth, etc.) but who currently have a limited capacity to implement the comprehensive services model due to limited staff and/or partnerships to fully meet the needs of human trafficking victims.

OVC conducted an optional, pre-application webinar on May 24, 2018. During the webinar, OVC staff reviewed the solicitation requirements and conducted a question and answer session with interested potential applicants. A recording of this webinar is now available.

Apply by June 25, 2018.

(Posted May 10, 2018, updated June 5, 2018)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 2019 National Crime Victims' Rights Week Community Awareness Projects

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowEvery April since the first National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) was observed in 1981, OVC has supported local communities throughout the nation in their NCVRW observances. Victim service providers conduct rallies, candlelight vigils, and a host of other events during this week to promote awareness of victims' rights and needs.

The successful applicant for the FY 2018 2019 National Crime Victims' Rights Week Community Awareness Projects solicitation will provide financial and technical assistance to approximately 90 communities nationwide to conduct public education and awareness activities on crime victims' rights and services in their jurisdictions during the 2019 NCVRW observance.

OVC expects to make one award of up to $600,000, for a 12-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2018.

Apply by June 18, 2018.

(Posted May 3, 2018)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 2019 National Crime Victims' Rights Week Resource Guide

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowOVC is seeking applicants for the FY 2018 2019 National Crime Victims' Rights Week Resource Guide cooperative agreement.

The successful applicant will support the development of a comprehensive Resource Guide for use by the victim services field when planning for local National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) events across the nation in April 2019, and throughout the year. Furthermore, the successful applicant will develop and produce a complementary theme video to use in 2019 and begin preparations for the 2020 NCVRW theme narrative.

OVC anticipates making one award of up to $400,000. OVC expects to make the award for an 18-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2018.

Learn more and apply for FY 2018 2019 National Crime Victims' Rights Week Resource Guide grant.

Apply by May 30, 2018.

(Posted May 1, 2018)

April 2018

Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 American Indian/Alaska Native Training and Technical Assistance Program

OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowThrough the FY 2018 American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Training and Technical Assistance Program solicitation, OVC seeks to provide resources and coordination to increase AI/AN tribal communities' ability to provide comprehensive and culturally appropriate services to crime victims, their families, and the community.

OVC anticipates making up to two awards of up to $1.5 million each for an estimated total of $3 million for a 3-year project period. Successful applicants will assist OVC in supporting the TTA needs of AI/AN communities that receive grant funds from OVC.

Learn more and apply for the FY 2018 American Indian/Alaska Native Training and Technical Assistance Program funding opportunity.

Apply by May 31, 2018.

(Posted April 17, 2018)

Watch the 2018 National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony Online

Each year, OVC recognizes individuals, programs, teams, and organizations that demonstrate outstanding service in supporting victims and victim services. The award recipients are selected from public nominations in 11 categories for their vision, action, and leadership in improving the lives of victims in the aftermath of crime. The honorees are recognized at the National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony, which will be held April 13 at 2:00 p.m. e.t.

Watch the Facebook Live Stream of the Ceremony. To view the ceremony on Facebook, simply “Like” the OVC Facebook page and login to your account prior to the start of the ceremony. We recommend that you check your Facebook settings, to ensure that you receive notifications for Live events.

Learn more about the awardees in the OVC Gallery.

(Posted April 9, 2018)

March 2018

Creating a Vicarious Trauma-Informed Organization: Strategies for Success Webinar

Vicarious Trauma Toolkit (VTT)As part of OVC's commemoration of National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW), OVC will host a webinar on April 11, from 2:00–3:30 p.m. e.t., that focuses on evidence-based strategies for your organization to address vicarious trauma.

Due to their continuous exposure to victims of trauma and violence, vicarious trauma is an occupational challenge for people working and volunteering in the fields of victim services, law enforcement, emergency medical services, fire services, and other allied professions.

This webinar will provide a starting point for an organizational response to vicarious trauma by highlighting the compelling need for it.

National Crime Victims' Rights WeekReleased in April 2017, OVC's Vicarious Trauma Toolkit (VTT) is an evidence-informed resource for organizations that work with people who have experienced trauma. This training will show how organizations can use VTT to become trauma informed and support an organization's plan to address trauma.

Learn more and register for the NCVRW Creating a Vicarious Trauma-Informed Organization: Strategies for Success webinar.

(Posted March 22, 2018)

Register for the NCVRW: Maximizing the Impact of Your Campaign Webinar

National Crime Victims' Rights WeekEvery year in April, OVC helps lead communities throughout the country in their annual observances of National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW).

On March 15, 2018, at 3:00 p.m. e.t., join experts Anne Seymour, NCVRW Community Awareness Projects consultant, and Tara Ballesteros, National Center for Victims of Crime, for the National Crime Victims' Rights Week: Maximizing the Impact of Your Campaign webinar on how to raise awareness about victims' rights and services during NCVRW and beyond.

Topics to be discussed during the webinar include—

  • a history and overview of NCVRW, and the importance of community outreach;
  • ways to use the resources and artwork from the NCVRW Resource Guide;
  • how to organize a planning committee, establish goals, and create a timetable;
  • how to create impactful messaging on traditional and social media; and
  • an overview of this year's theme “Expand the Circle: Reach All Victims.”

Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions prior to the conclusion of the event.

Register today for the webinar.

(Posted March 7, 2018)

February 2018

2018 National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony

National Crime Victims' Rights WeekEvery year OVC honors the individuals, teams, programs and organizations that demonstrate outstanding service in supporting crime victims and victim services.

Join OVC at the 2018 National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony in recognizing these individuals and organizations.

When: 2:00–3:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) on April 13, 2018
Where: National Archives—William G. McGowan Theater
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.
Washington, DC  20408
Attendee Entrance: Constitution Avenue, between 7th and 9th Street, NW.

Learn more about the ceremony and register to attend.

(Posted February 28, 2018)

January 2018

2018 National Crime Victims' Rights Week Resource Guide Artwork Now Available

2018 National Crime Victims' Rights Week Resource Guide Artwork Now AvailableWe are pleased to present the 2018 NCVRW Resource Guide theme artwork, theme poster, awareness posters, and web artwork. This artwork is designed to help your organization promote NCVRW and this year's NCVRW theme—Expand the Circle: Reach All Victims. Use these materials to join the nationwide effort to raise awareness about victims' rights and services.

Available in both English and Spanish, view and download the 2018 NCVRW artwork today.

Join the NCVRW mailing list to be notified when the complete Resource Guide is available.

(Posted January 19, 2018)

Resources for National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

Human trafficking is a tragic human rights issue and 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 survivors throughout their recovery. Every January, we commemorate National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month to renew our commitment to identifying and assisting victims of human trafficking. In an effort to help communities prepare for local events throughout January, we highlight the following OVC resources—

Image of PDF for Faces of Human Trafficking Resource GuideFaces 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.)

Image of eguide for Human Trafficking Task Force E-GuideHuman 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 effective task force operations.

Human Trafficking Weblet
This online tool contains a wealth of resources and information for a variety of audiences including victims/survivors, victim service providers, law enforcement, and allied professionals.

(Posted January 11, 2018)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation

The U.S. Department of Justice is seeking applicants for its OVC Funding OpportunityFiscal Year 2018 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.

CTAS applicants have the flexibility to 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 funding to support trauma-informed, culturally competent holistic victim 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.

Additionally, view the OVC 2018 CTAS FAQs which help guide you through the application process and create a stronger application.

Apply by 9:00 p.m. e.t. on March 20, 2018.

(Posted January 3, 2018)

 

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