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Public Awareness

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

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 to receive -

  • Email notification when the 2016 NCVRW Resource Guide is available to download from the NCVRW website, including the NCVRW camera-ready artwork and downloadable Theme Video (NOTE: this year's NCVRW Resource Guide is an online resource and not available in hardcopy);
  • Details concerning the National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony; and
  • Information about future National Crime Victims' Service Award nomination periods.

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Guide

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.

2016 NCVRW Resource GuideThe 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 —

  • Helpful hints for maximizing communication and awareness.
  • Tips for working with the media and creating your own social media campaign.
  • Ideas and campaign materials for promoting your event.
  • Crime and victimization fact sheets for educating your community.
  • Web-ready art for placing ads on your Web site and social media.

View the 2016 NCVRW Theme Video, poster, and artwork, which are now online.

Learn more about NCVRW. Resource Guides from previous years can be found in OVC’s archive.

National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony

Each year, OVC recognizes individuals and organizations that demonstrate outstanding service in supporting crime victims and victim services. The award recipients, who are selected from public nominations in 11 categories, are extraordinary individuals, organizations, teams, and programs that provide services to victims of crime.

This year, the National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony will be held on April 12, 2016, from 2:00–3:30 p.m. at the National Archives in Washington, DC. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required by April 8, 2016.

For more information on this year’s event and to register, visit You can also visit the OVC Gallery for more information about past award recipients.

Community Awareness Projects: Raising Public Awareness of NCVRW

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:


  • billboard advertising
  • advertising in local newspapers
  • television and radio public service announcements


  • table displays for local restaurants
  • posters, display boards, and promotional materials
  • lawn signs for distribution and placement throughout residential communities


  • grocery bag inserts
  • brochures for outreach to non-English speaking victims
  • informational fliers for the restrooms of local bars and nightclubs that provide local victim service hotline numbers


  • community resource fairs/workshops/lectures
  • creation or restoration of victim memorial gardens or community spaces for reflection and tribute to victims
  • candlelight vigils
  • youth forums, art contests, and essay contests at local schools
  • fun runs/walks and 5K races to raise awareness
  • awards breakfasts/luncheons