Each April, OVC helps lead communities throughout the country in their annual observances of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) by promoting victims’ rights and honoring crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf. In 2016, NCVRW will be observed April 10–16. Sign up for the NCVRW Mailing List by November 17, 2015 to receive -
The Office for Victims of Crime produces the yearly NCVRW Resource Guide to help communities and victim assistance providers promote awareness of crime victim issues. This year, NCVRW will be observed April 10-16, 2016.
The 2016 NCVRW Resource Guide is an online resource and not available in hardcopy. The 2016 NCVRW Resource Guide is anticipated to be available online early in 2016 and will include educational content and campaign materials such as –
View the 2016 NCVRW Theme Poster which is now online.
In observance of NCVRW, OVC recognizes extraordinary individuals, organizations, teams, and programs that demonstrate outstanding achievements in supporting victims and victim services. Each year, the recipients are honored at the National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C.
This year, OVC announced a new award category, the Tomorrow’s Leaders Award. This award seeks to honor and highlight youth up to age 24 years who have dedicated their efforts to supporting victims of crime. The 2016 National Crime Victims’ Service Awards nomination period is now closed.
Since 2004, OVC has been providing competitive funding opportunities to local communities to reimburse up to $5,000 in costs associated with conducting public awareness activities during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. This initiative, known as the NCVRW Community Awareness Project, has enhanced the ability of 193 communities throughout the United States to raise awareness about victims’ rights and services among the general public. View previously funded NCVRW projects.
OVC has compiled a list of creative NCVRW awareness activities (PDF 2 mb), including art exhibits and contests, blood drives, runs/walks, and community fairs that can be easily adapted to different jurisdictions. Some examples of previously selected public awareness strategies include: