The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) has received multiple reports that our office’s name is being used as part of an imposter scam targeting individuals throughout the country.
These scammers falsely represent themselves as OVC employees and attempt to obtain personal information from the call recipient, such as a social security number, or will ask for money by suggesting the person’s social security number has been compromised. The scammers call from a local number and provide a “case number,” but it is all a fraud.
We encourage the public to remain vigilant and do not provide personal information during calls in which someone claims to be from OVC or the “OVC Fraud Prevention Unit.” OVC has no such unit.
We also encourage those who have received one of these calls to report this information to us through the OVC Resource Center at the National Criminal Justice Reference Service by email or by phone at 800–851–3420. Individuals may also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission online or by calling 877–FTC–HELP (877–382–4357).
(Posted November 8, 2019)
Register for the OVC Grantee Orientation Webinar
Register for the Putting the Pieces Together - OVC Grantee Orientation Webinar:
This webinar will provide OVC grantees with the knowledge and resources to successfully manage grant awards. Webinar attendees will also learn about OVC and the OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center, special conditions, grant management, and program monitoring.
Programmatic Points of Contact and Financial Points of Contact for all OVC discretionary grantees and Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Assistance and Compensation formula administrators are encouraged to attend.
Register for a Webinar on the National Survey of Victim Service Providers
Register for a webinar on updates to the Bureau of Justice Statistics' National Census of Victim Service Providers and National Survey of Victim Service Providers.
The webinar will be held Thursday, November 7, 2019, from 1:00 to 1:30 p.m. eastern time and will summarize progress in administering the National Census of Victim Service Providers and the National Survey of Victim Service Providers.
The National Census of Victim Service Providers helped build a national roster of all active victim service providers and provided baseline knowledge about characteristics of the field.
The National Survey of Victim Service Providers is in the field now and collects more detailed information on topics such as services provided to crime victims, staffing, and organizational constraints to providing services.
The data will be used to better understand the type and scope of victim services nationwide and identify the resource needs of victim service providers.
OVC is pleased to announce the 2020 NCVRW theme—Seek Justice | Ensure Victims' Rights | Inspire Hope. NCVRW, which will be held April 19–25, 2020, brings communities together and educates the public about victims' rights, protections, and services.
Join the NCVRW Subscription List to receive a complimentary copy of the 2020 NCVRW Theme Poster Kit and email notifications about NCVRW, including the 2020 NCVRW Resource Guide and National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony.
(Posted October 30, 2019)
September 25: National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims
In 2007, the U.S. Congress designated September 25 of each year as the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims. The resolution states that this day provides “an opportunity for the people of the United States to honor the memories of murder victims and to recognize the impact on surviving family members.”
Submit Your Nominations for the 2020 National Crime Victims' Service Awards
Do you know an individual, organization, team, or program that you would like to see recognized for their work? If so, please submit nominations for the 2020 National Crime Victims' Service Awards by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on October 9, 2019.
These prestigious awards recognize extraordinary individuals, organizations, teams, and programs that demonstrate outstanding achievements in supporting victims and victim services.
New this year is the Victim Rights Legend Award increasing the award categories to twelve for the 2020 nomination period. Last year, Edwin Meese III, the 75th Attorney General of the United States, was recognized during the Awards Ceremony with the inaugural Victim Rights Legend Award in recognition of his significant role for many decades in securing vital services and funding for victims of crime, and assuring the victim's voice is heard in the criminal justice system and in public policy.
The recipients will be honored at the annual National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C.
Resources and Support for the Victims of Recent Mass Shootings
OVC staff extend our condolences to the victims of the shootings in Odessa and Midland, Texas, El Paso, Texas, Dayton, Ohio, and Gilroy, California. 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. Learn more:
Office of Justice Programs Pledges Millions to Support Public Safety in Alaska Native Communities
Alaska has the highest per capita crime rate in the country. Remote environments and unpredictable weather conditions exacerbate the high crime rate and access to services for victims.
Attorney General William P. Barr and Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Katie Sullivan recently visited Alaska to discuss public safety with state and local law enforcement officers, elected officials, Alaska Native leaders, native youth, crime survivors, and other experts.
During the meeting, the Office of Justice Programs at the U.S. Department of Justice announced that $6 million in emergency federal funds to support law enforcement efforts to curb the public safety crisis for Alaska Natives.
Furthermore, the U.S. Department of Justice, through OVC, is offering over $167 million in grant funds for tribal victim services. Alaska Native and American Indian communities can apply for this funding by August 16, 2019, through the FY 2019 Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Program solicitation.
Recordings and transcripts of these webinars, along with two webinars OVC held in June, are available on our Funding Webinar Series page.
Congress has set aside $167 million in Fiscal Year 2019 to improve services for victims of crime in tribal communities. This program can support a wide variety of services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, families of homicides, elder abuse and more. The program can support activities such as needs assessments, crisis services, shelters, transportation, and many critical services. Learn more and apply by August 16, 2019.
Attend the OVC Tribal Consultation on Potential Future Tribal Set-Aside Funding
OVC invites tribal leaders and representatives to participate in a Tribal Consultation regarding how potential future tribal set-aside funding from the Crime Victims Fund should be programmed.
The consultation will be held on August 20, 2019, at the Four Winds Casino Resort in New Buffalo, Michigan. The OVC Tribal Consultation precedes the Office on Violence Against Women's 14th Annual Tribal Consultation.
Register online for the OVC Tribal Consultation on Potential Future Tribal Set-Aside Funding. You may also register onsite from 7:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m.
Older victims of crime have unique challenges in accessing legal services following victimization, particularly in rural communities. Elder abuse has been referred to as a "hidden epidemic" in the United States, with estimates that it affects 10% of persons age 60 and older.
This program will provide increased legal services for older victims of crime (particularly in rural areas), educate attorneys and allied professionals about the needs of older victims, and increase coordinated multidisciplinary responses in supporting older victims of crime.
Applicants must demonstrate knowledge and understanding of—
civil legal representation for older crime victims;
enforcement of crime victims' rights;
management of sub-award organizations; and
experience with training and technical assistance.
This program will be implemented in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Justice's Equal Justice Initiative and the Administration for Community Living, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
OVC expects to make 1 award of up to $3,500,000 for a 36-month period of performance to begin on October 1, 2019.
OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on June 24, 2019, to review requirements and answer questions. A recording and transcript of this webinar are now available on our Funding Webinar Series page.
Funding Opportunity: FY 2019 Specialized Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance and Resource Development
OVC, consistent with the Trafficking Victim Protection Act of 2000 and its subsequent authorizations, seeks to ensure that all trafficking victims receive support to access the services they need to heal in the aftermath of victimization.
to enhance the quality of services available to assist victims of human trafficking by providing specialized training and technical assistance (TTA) to legal and social service providers, community organizations, and other stakeholders;
to develop resources that commemorate the 20th anniversary of the passage of the Trafficking Victim Protection Act to raise public awareness, promote community outreach, and create educational activities around the country to address human trafficking; and
to develop a key resource to improve the response to victims of human trafficking wherever they are identified.
Applicants may apply for one or more of the following purpose areas:
Purpose Area 1: TTA on Crime Victim Compensation for Victims of Human Trafficking. Under this program, OVC anticipates making 1 award for up to $850,000 for a 3-year performance period.
Purpose Area 2: TTA on Labor Trafficking. Under this program, OVC anticipates making 1 award for up to $1,000,000 for a 3-year performance period.
Purpose Area 3: TTA on State-Level Financial Remedies for Human Trafficking Victims. Under this program, OVC anticipates making 1 award for up to $850,000 for a 3-year performance period.
Purpose Area 4: Resource Development on Public Awareness for the 20th Anniversary of the Trafficking Victim Protection Act. Under this program, OVC anticipates making 1 award of up to $450,000 for a 16-month performance period.
Purpose Area 5: Resource Development on 'Standards of Care' for Human Trafficking Victims. Under this program, OVC anticipates making 1 award of up to $750,000 for a 3-year performance period.
Under this program, OVC seeks applications to support the development and/or enhancement of multi-disciplinary teams (MDTs) and to strengthen the capacity of "enhanced MDTs" to better identify and respond to cases of abuse and more comprehensively serve and support victims of elder abuse and financial exploitation. The program will also fund a National Elder Abuse Training and Technical Assistance Center to support enhanced MDTs funded under this solicitation.
OVC intends to fund two separate purpose areas under this solicitation:
Purpose Area 1: Enhanced Multidisciplinary Teams
To fund approximately 10 to 22 enhanced MDT's (E-MDTs) at the rural, tribal, local or state levels, including existing and new teams. Up to 12 of these E-MDTs to be funded would be non-tribal applicants, and up to 10 could be E-MDTs within tribal communities. These teams should include forensic accountants, neuropsychologists, medical personnel and/or other appropriate professionals (to possibly evaluate the victim's cognitive abilities and capacity), so that case-related efforts more comprehensively consider and address the needs of older victims of financial exploitation and other forms of elder abuse.
Under Purpose Area 1, OVC expects to make approximately 10 to 22 awards of up to $375,000 each for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2019.
Purpose Area 2: Multidisciplinary Team Technical Assistance Center
To fund the development of a National Elder Abuse Multidisciplinary Team Training and Technical Assistance Center (National Elder Abuse MDT TTA Center) to support OVC-funded E-MDTs. Applicants for Purpose Area 2 should have experience and expertise in serving tribal victims or propose a partnership with a subgrantee with this experience.
Under Purpose Area 2, OVC expects to make up to 1 award of up to $3,000,000 for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2019.
OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on June 17, 2019, to review requirements and answer questions. A recording and transcript of this webinar are now available on our Funding Webinar Series page.
This program seeks to develop or enhance statewide or regional telehealth programs to improve the quality of healthcare for sexual assault victims, increase the access and quality of forensic evidence collection, and expand the reach of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) services through telehealth technology for communities with limited access to trained SANEs.
Apply under one of the following purpose areas:
Purpose Area 1: State/Tribal/Regional Demonstration Sites
The primary goal of this program is to increase the number of highly trained, experienced SANEs and other medical forensic examiners and provide high-quality care for victims of sexual assault.
Under Purpose Area 1, OVC expects to make up to 3 awards of up to $4,000,000 each for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2019. OVC may also make additional awards to applicants serving tribal populations.
Purpose Area 2: Technical Assistance Provider
The successful applicant under this program will provide technical assistance to the Purpose Area 1 sites during the planning and implementation of a telehealth program.
Under Purpose Area 2, OVC expects to make up to 1 award of up to $2,000,000 for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2019.
This solicitation will provide funding for direct services to victims of sex trafficking and labor trafficking. It will also support efforts to increase the capacity of communities to respond to human trafficking through the development of interagency partnerships, professional training, and public awareness activities.
This FY 2019 solicitation consolidates multiple OVC human trafficking direct services programs released as separate solicitations in previous years. By combining multiple solicitations, OVC hopes to streamline the application process and to encourage a more diverse pool of applicants.
Applicants may apply for one or more of the following purpose areas (and focus areas):
Purpose Area 1: Comprehensive Services for Victims of All Forms of Human Trafficking
Focus Area # 1. Building Capacity to Provide Comprehensive Services will provide funding to organizations to strengthen their capacity to provide comprehensive services for victims of all forms of human trafficking.
Focus Area # 2. Sustaining Capacity to Provide Comprehensive Services to Victims of All Forms of Human Trafficking will provide funding to experienced service providers to offer comprehensive services outlined within the Comprehensive Services Model.
Focus Area # 3. Comprehensive Services and Partnership With Enhanced Collaborative Model Human Trafficking Task Forces will provide funding to service providers who demonstrate a history of offering direct services to victims of sex trafficking and labor trafficking and working within multidisciplinary human trafficking task forces.
Over the past few years, OVC and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) have provided joint funding to support Enhanced Collaborative Model Human Trafficking Task Forces which required a significant amount of coordination between law enforcement and victim service provider applicants to submit joint applications for funding.
This year, OVC and BJA are allowing separate applications from victim service and law enforcement applicants that fully demonstrate each applicant's strengths related to participation in a human trafficking task force.
Purpose Area 2: Specialized Services
Victims of trafficking have diverse and distinct needs that may require specialized responses. OVC is interested in supporting programs that will focus on one or more of the priority areas: housing, economic and leadership empowerment and/or education, mental health, substance abuse, and legal services.
OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on June 14, 2019, to review requirements and answer questions. A recording and transcript of this webinar are now available on our Funding Webinar Series page.
The purpose of this solicitation is to provide training and technical assistance to Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Victim Assistance service providers and others who work with victims of crime. 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.
OVC expects to make up to 10 awards of up to $600,000 each, with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $4 million. The anticipated period of performance for these grants will be from the award date through September 30, 2022.
Eligible applicants are limited to state administering agencies for the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Victim Assistance Program Formula Grants.
OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on June 17, 2019, to review requirements and answer questions. A recording and transcript of this webinar are now available on our Funding Webinar Series page.
The purpose of this program is to improve outcomes for children and youth who are victims of sex and labor trafficking by—
integrating human trafficking policy and programming at the state or tribal jurisdiction level and
enhancing coordinated, multidisciplinary, and statewide approaches to serving trafficked youth.
Recognizing that each state/tribe is unique, applicants should identify the state or tribe's greatest barriers to—
identifying and assisting child and youth victims of sex and labor trafficking and/or
investigating and prosecuting these trafficking cases.
Applicants should propose a program to systematically address these barriers. OVC is particularly interested in applications from states with a high geographic need for this program.
OVC expects to make up to four awards of up to $1.5 million with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $6 million. OVC expects to make the awards for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2019.
OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on June 13, 2019, to review requirements and answer questions. A recording and transcript of this webinar are now available on our Funding Webinar Series page.
The overall goal of this program is to provide support to tribal communities to improve services for victims of crime.
OVC is soliciting applications to support a comprehensive range of activities including—
program development and implementation,
program expansion, and
other activities needed to address the needs of a wide variety of crime victims in tribal communities.
Apply under one of the following purpose areas:
Purpose Area 1: Establishment of a New Victim Service Program
Applicants that have no existing victim services program, including applicants that do not have programs and are going to coordinate with others to provide services to them.
Purpose Area 2: Coordination and Expansion of Existing Victim Service Program
The goal under this purpose area is for existing victim service programs to expand and enhance their services so that they can become more victim-centered, culturally competent, and provide more services, better services, serve more victims, and provide services to crime victims for whom there were no services available previously.
Please note: FY 2019 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) Purpose Area #6 and Purpose Area #7 applicants ARE eligible to apply under this solicitation. However, the applicant may not request duplicative activities and budget items.
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 the result of the opioid crisis.
OVC developed the following objectives as a framework for applicants to be able to successfully achieve the overarching program goal of serving young victims of this crisis:
Objective 1: Deliver information, services, and support to children and youth who are crime victims as a result of the opioid crisis.
Objective 2: Build and implement a feedback system to further identify and define the scope of the community- or jurisdiction-specific problem (related to children and youth who are crime victims as a result of the opioid crisis), the associated victim needs, the resources and services available, and remaining gaps to be addressed.
Objective 3: Establish or enhance a seamless, comprehensive, community-driven, and multidisciplinary response to children and youth who are crime victims as a result of the opioid crisis.
OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on June 10, 2019, to review requirements and answer questions. A recording and transcript of this webinar are now available on our Funding Webinar Series page.
Apply by July 11, 2019.
(Posted May 28, 2019; Updated June 11, 2019)
Funding Opportunity: FY 2019 Law Enforcement-Based Victim Specialist Program
This program will develop or enhance crime victim specialist programs within law enforcement agencies to better support victims through the criminal justice process including by connecting them with community-based direct victim services programs to more quickly and more effectively serve them.
Funding under this program will support an estimated 80 victim specialist grants to state, tribal, and/or local law enforcement agencies to hire victim services staff to develop new programs or enhance existing law enforcement-based victim specialist programs.
Eligible applicants for this opportunity are limited to public law enforcement agencies (including municipal, county, state, and tribal agencies).
OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on June 6, 2019, to review requirements and answer questions. A recording and transcript of this webinar are now available on our Funding Webinar Series page.
Apply by July 26, 2019.
(Posted May 24, 2019; Updated July 15, 2019)
Funding Opportunity: FY 2019 Building State Technology Capacity and Elder Abuse Hotlines
This program seeks ambitious yet viable proposals from Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Formula State Administrating Agencies 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 up to 9 awards of up to $600,000 each, to implement other visionary statewide technology programs as outlined in the solicitation's Program Description.
OVC also expects to make up to 5 awards of up to $440,000 each, for projects focused primarily on establishing or enhancing elder abuse or elder crime victim service hotlines (or the elder victim services portion of other general crime victim service hotlines).
In addition to VOCA Formula State Administering Agencies, other organizations are also eligible to apply for funding when such an application is in partnership with the SAA for the applicant's state.
OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on June 11, 2019, to review requirements and answer questions. A recording and transcript of this webinar are now available on our Funding Webinar Series page.
The National Resource Center for Reaching Victims, with funding support from OVC, will be holding a series of regional trainings to support victim advocates in reaching survivors from underserved communities.
Attendees will explore topics that include who is being served by their program, barriers to service and how to remove them, resiliency among survivors, and steps to take to strengthen partnerships.
The five planned trainings are as follows:
Decatur, Georgia: June 26 and 27
Minneapolis, Minnesota: July 24 and 25
Vancouver, Washington: August 21 and 22
Austin, Texas: September 10 and 11
Arlington, Virginia: September 17 and 18
Space is limited for each training and registration is required to attend. Registration will close on May 24 for the training in Decatur. Registration will close on June 24 for the other four trainings.
Register now for one of the upcoming five regional training sessions.
(Posted May 23, 2019)
Funding Opportunity: FY 2019 Transforming Family Justice Center Services: Creating New Pathways of Hope and Healing for Polyvictims
Under this solicitation, OVC seeks to support Family Justice Centers or similar co-located service model agencies as they transform service delivery to more effectively meet the needs of polyvictims (when a person endures multiple victimizations of different kinds, as opposed to experiencing a single type of victimization repeatedly).
OVC plans to fund cooperative agreements to expand the work and lessons learned from OVC's FY 2016 demonstration initiative, "A Pathway to Justice, Healing, and Hope: Addressing Polyvictimization in a Family Justice Center."
Through the FY 2016 initiative, a polyvictimization assessment tool was developed, validated, and pilot-tested for use to identify polyvictims and to build capacity in Family Justice Centers (FJCs) to serve polyvictims in a more holistic manner.
Applicants may apply under the purpose areas listed below.
Purpose Area 1: FJC Polyvictimization Implementation Sites
OVC expects to fund up to six FJCs or similar co-located service model agencies up to $850,000 each to:
implement the validated assessment tool (see Appendix A in the solicitation);
increase partnerships with traditional and non-traditional FJC services to serve identified polyvictims more holistically;
expand case management services to include a thorough understanding of the specific needs of the survivors; and
build capacity within their communities to leverage existing and new resources for crime victims.
Purpose Area 2: Polyvictimization Technical Assistance Provider
OVC anticipates funding one organization up to $1 million to provide comprehensive technical assistance to the Purpose Area 1 sites selected under this program.
OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on May 20, 2019, to review requirements and answer questions. A recording and transcript of this webinar are now available on our Funding Webinar Series page.
To meet the needs of a rapidly evolving anti-trafficking field, and to best serve victims of human trafficking, OVC is seeking innovative ideas to enhance identification of and services for victims.
Proposed projects should develop or enhance promising practices, models, and victim-centered programs, or apply them in innovative ways, to build the capacity of victim service providers to close gaps in assisting all victims of sex and labor trafficking in the United States.
OVC expects to make up to four awards of up to $900,000 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 January 1, 2020.
OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on May 9, 2019, to review requirements and answer questions. A recording and transcript of this webinar are now available on our Funding Webinar Series page.
This grant program seeks to enhance language access services for crime victims to break down barriers that prevent many individuals from reporting crimes and accessing the services they need after crime victimization.
Funding will support the provision of direct services, the development of language access plans, and will expand the capacity of community-based organizations within linguistically specific communities to address the needs of victims of all types of crime.
OVC expects to make up to 10 awards of up to $200,000 each. The estimated total amount awarded under this program is anticipated to be $2 million. OVC expects to make awards for a 24-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2019.
OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on May 14, 2019, to review the solicitation requirements. A recording and transcript of this webinar are now available on our Funding Webinar Series page.
Apply by June 26, 2019.
(Posted April 26, 2019; Updated May 29, 2019)
Funding Opportunity: FY 2019 Advancing the Use of Technology to Assist Victims of Crime
Through this program, OVC will support national-scope initiatives and regional initiatives (that can be replicated nationally) to maximize the use of technology to improve and increase access to crime victim services. OVC will give priority to proposals that have a national scope, as those projects may have the potential to serve more victims, but an exceptional proposal that is initially regional in scope could certainly be competitive. Projects could include, but are not limited to:
Development of new national app(s) or creation of another technology platform designed to serve victims of crime.
Development of regionally focused app(s) or creation of another technology platform designed to serve victims of crime.
Expansion or enhancement of existing services and/or hotlines on digital, online, or text platforms or an app that uses technology to provide services, referrals, tools, and information to victims of crime.
OVC expects to make up to 7 awards in the range of $500,000 to $2 million each, with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $8 million.
(Posted April 25, 2019)
ITVERP Launches Online Application to Streamline Claims Process
The Office for Victims of Crime's (OVC's) International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program (ITVERP) releases a new online application and claims tracking portal.
Now, eligible claimants can file their ITVERP applications online and track their claim's progress throughout the lifecycle of their claim. U.S. citizens or foreign nationals working for the U.S. government at the time of a terrorist incident are eligible to apply for ITVERP.
This webinar provides grantees with knowledge and resources on the variety of special conditions that must be met to successfully manage their OVC grant award(s).
Programmatic Points of Contact and Financial Points of Contact for all Fiscal Year 2018 OVC discretionary grantees and Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Assistance and Compensation formula administrators are encouraged to view the webinar.
Watch the 2019 National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony on Facebook Live
OVC annually recognizes individuals, programs, teams, and organizations that demonstrate outstanding service in supporting victims and victim services.
The award recipients are selected from nominations in a variety of 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 on Friday, April 12.
If you want to receive a notification when the Facebook Live session begins, click "Get Reminder" before the event and then login to your account before the ceremony starts. We recommend that you check your Facebook settings to make sure you receive notifications for Live events.
(Posted April 11, 2019)
Announcing the 2019 National Crime Victims' Service Awards Recipients
These exceptional individuals and organizations were recognized during the National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony on Friday, April 12, 2019, in Washington, D.C.
The U.S. Department of Justice and Office for Victims of Crime honored former Attorney General Edwin Meese III during the Awards Ceremony. Mr. Meese received the inaugural Victim Rights Legend Award in recognition of his significant role for many decades in securing vital services and funding for victims of crime, and assuring the victim's voice is heard in the criminal justice system and in public policy.
The following 12 individuals and organizations were also honored during the Awards Ceremony:
Laura Abbott, Victims' Rights Arkansas, Cabot, AR: Volunteer for Victims Award.
Sergeant Amy Dudewicz, Special Victims Unit, Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department Albuquerque, NM: Allied Professional Award.
Diana Faugno, Eisenhower Medical Center and Barbara Sinatra Children's Center, Rancho Mirage, CA: Allied Professional Award.
Susan Howley, Center for Victim Research, Justice Research and Statistics Association Washington, DC: Crime Victims' Rights Award.
Shari Kastein, Family Crisis Centers, Sioux Center, IA: Special Courage Award.
Richard H. Norcross III, Retired Law Enforcement Officer, Keasbey, NJ: Award for Professional Innovation in Victim Services.
San Mateo County Elder and Dependent Adult Protection Team, San Mateo, CA: Crime Victims Financial Restoration Award.
James Shaw, Jr., James Shaw Jr. Foundation, Nashville, TN: Special Courage Award.
Missey Smith, The Kelsey Smith Foundation, Overland Park, KS: Ronald Wilson Reagan Public Policy Award.
Eva Velasquez, Identity Theft Resource Center, San Diego, CA: National Crime Victim Service Award.
Mark Weiner, Licking County Prosecutor's Office, Newark, OH: National Crime Victim Service Award.
Hallie Bongar White, Southwest Center for Law and Policy, Tucson, AZ: Ronald Wilson Reagan Public Policy Award.
Learn more about the extraordinary contributions of this year's award recipients:
The overall goal of this project is to successfully establish and execute national-scope and community-based approaches that buffer and mitigate the negative effects of vicarious trauma. Many first responders and victim service providers are affected by vicarious trauma, defined as the exposure to the traumatic experiences of other people, because of their repeated exposure to crime victimization.
The purpose of this solicitation is to build upon existing evidence-based resources and expertise (at the national, regional, tribal, state, and local levels), weave these resources together with in-depth and tailored technical assistance, based on the unique needs and resources in a particular community, and provide free and accessible support and technical assistance that results in a robust established and sustained response to vicarious trauma in at least 10 to 15 community implementation sites (including American Indian/Alaska Native communities).
OVC expects to make one award of up to $3 million for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2019, and end on September 30, 2022.
OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on April 19, 2019, to review requirements and answer questions. A recording and transcript of this webinar are now available on our Funding Webinar Series page.
(Posted April 3, 2019; Updated April 30, 2019)
Funding Opportunity: FY 2019 Reducing Child Fatalities and Recurring Child Injuries Caused by Crime Victimization
OVC will provide funding to support the development of multidisciplinary strategies and responses to effectively address cases involving children who have experienced serious or near-death injuries as a result of abuse and/or neglect, and to reduce the number of child fatalities within each of the participating jurisdictions.
Purpose Area 1
During Phase I of this initiative, five demonstration sites will—
examine relevant data for at least the previous 5 years locally,
establish formal partnerships and Memoranda of Understanding with key stakeholders, and
create a strategic plan and needs assessment to implement a comprehensive approach for reducing child injuries and fatalities.
During Phase II, sites will work with OVC and the technical assistance provider to implement their strategic plan that was established during the planning phase and carry out a communications strategy that engages the broader community.
OVC expects to make up to five awards to demonstration sites for up to $750,000 each, with an estimated total amount awarded under this purpose area of up to $3.75 million.
Purpose Area 2
This initiative will award funding to one organization (or group of organizations with one designated lead) to provide comprehensive technical assistance to the demonstration sites and actively share findings and lessons learned with the larger crime victims' field.
The successful applicant will be expected to fully participate in all aspects of this initiative, including the national evaluation. OVC expects to make one award under this purpose area of up to $1.5 million for a 36-month period of performance.
All demonstration sites and the technical assistance provider will be required to participate in the implementation study which will be competed this year under a separate solicitation.
OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on April 10, 2019, to review requirements and answer questions. A recording and transcript of this webinar are now available on our Funding Webinar Series page.
(Posted March 28, 2019; Updated April 19, 2019)
Blog Highlights OJP Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking
In a recent blog post, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Matt Dummermuth highlighted a number of initiatives through the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) to combat human trafficking.
In fiscal year 2018, OJP granted more than $67 million to fight trafficking at the national, state, local, and tribal levels. Included in these efforts are OVC programs which support services to survivors of human trafficking.
OVC's anti-trafficking grantees strengthen the victim assistance response in states and territories to increase the quantity and quality of victim services across the country. From mid-2017 to mid-2018, OVC grantees reported serving a record number of nearly 9,000 human trafficking clients. Grantees also trained more than 76,000 professionals who can assist in identifying victims and help them on their path to recovery.
Visit the OJP blog to read more about how OJP is working to enhance service for victims and help local authorities prosecute those responsible for human trafficking crimes.
(Posted March 28, 2019)
Register for Suicide Prevention Trainings for Crime Victim Advocates
The Education Development Center is offering a series of suicide prevention train-the-trainer courses designed specifically for crime victim advocates who are not clinical mental health professionals.
With funding support from OVC, the Center developed the HOPE curriculum (Notice Hints, Ask Openly About Suicide, Validate Pain, and Explore Reasons to Live). This prevention training curriculum is designed specifically for crime victim advocates.
HOPE prepares advocates who work with adult crime victims to properly identify, intervene, and refer individuals who are exhibiting symptoms of suicidality to appropriate care and follow-up treatment. Event participants will learn how to deliver the HOPE curriculum.
This year's NCVRW theme—Honoring Our Past. Creating Hope for the Future.—celebrates the progress made by those before us as we look to a future of crime victim services that is even more inclusive, accessible, and trauma-informed.
The 2019 NCVRW Resource Guide provides a wealth of materials for promoting public awareness campaigns for NCVRW and throughout the year. The guide includes planning tips, theme video, artwork, and more.
Join OVC and communities across the country in raising awareness about crime victims' rights and the services available to victims of crime.
(Posted March 5, 2019; updated March 29, 2019)
Register to Attend the National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony
Every year OVC honors the individuals, teams, programs and organizations that demonstrate outstanding service in supporting crime victims and victim services.
Join OVC at the 2019 National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony in recognizing these individuals and organizations.
When: 2:00–3:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) on April 12, 2019 Where: National Archives—William G. McGowan Theater
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.
Washington, DC 20408 Attendee Entrance: Enter on Constitution Avenue at the 7th Street Special
These materials were designed to help inspire your community and raise awareness of victims' rights. Share this artwork and sample proclamation to help your organization promote NCVRW and this year's NCVRW theme—Honoring Our Past. Creating Hope for the Future.
More Than $8.3 Million Awarded to Support California Victims of Las Vegas Shooting
OVC has awarded more than $8.3 million in Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program funding to aid California survivors of the October 1, 2017, mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Route 91 Harvest festival.
This new grant award supports the California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board, because 35 of the 58 murder victims and approximately 200 of those physically injured were from California.
This funding will help California cover the costs of supplemental crime victim compensation expenses; victim assistance, such as mental health and peer support groups; outreach to identify and contact victims, including a virtual victim resiliency center; and related expenses for support staff to provide these activities.
This new program is designed to enhance the quality and quantity of direct services available to assist minor (under the age of 18) victims of human trafficking.
Organizations funded under this program will—
provide (directly and through partnerships) a comprehensive array of services that minor victims of sex trafficking and labor trafficking often require to address their needs for safety, security, and healing;
ensure that minors who have been trafficked are identified and referred for appropriate services; and
document the progress of the project.
This program places a priority on funding direct services provided by organizations with the capacity to implement a highly collaborative and comprehensive service model, engaging all appropriate community resources, to address the needs of minor victims of all forms of human trafficking.
OVC expects to make up to 40 awards through this solicitation totaling up to $20 million for a 36-month period of performance, to begin no later than October 1, 2019.
OVC conducted an optional pre-application webinar on February 20, 2019. 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 11:59 p.m. eastern time on April 4, 2019.
For additional information about potential funding opportunities in the area of human trafficking, visit the FY 2019 DOJ Program Plan.
(Posted February 4, 2019, updated March 7, 2019)
2019 National Crime Victims' Rights Week Online Theme Poster and Color Palette
The 2019 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) color palette and a customizable copy of the Theme Poster are now available.
NCVRW will be commemorated April 7–13, 2019, and this year's theme—Honoring Our Past. Creating Hope for the Future.—celebrates the progress made by those before us as we look to a future of crime victim services that is even more inclusive, accessible, and trauma-informed.
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