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Public Awareness

National Crime Victims’ Service Awards

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.

For information about past Award recipients, visit the NCVRW Web site and the Gallery of Award Recipients.

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 19-25, 2015.

2015 NCVRW Resource GuideThe 2015 NCVRW Resource Guide is available online and includes 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.
  • Statistics for enhancing your public awareness activities – including new information on DNA and victimization and driving under the influence.
  • Web-ready art for placing ads on your Web site and social media.

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

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 2015, NCVRW was observed April 19–25. Sign up for the NCVRW Mailing List to receive -

  • Complimentary copies of the 2016 NCVRW Resource Guide and Poster;
  • E-mail notification when the Resource Guide is available to download from the NCVRW Web site;
  • Details of the 2016 National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony; and
  • Information about the National Crime Victims' Service Awards.

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