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Helping Victims of Mass Violence and Terrorism: Planning, Response, Recovery, and Resources Helping Victims of Mass Violence and Terrorism: Planning, Response, Recovery, and Resources (August 2015)
This toolkit is designed to help communities prepare for and respond to victims of mass violence and terrorism in the most timely, effective, and compassionate manner possible. This toolkit provides communities with the framework, strategies, and resources to –

  • Develop a comprehensive victim assistance plan for responding to incidents of mass violence, terrorism, natural disasters, and high-profile criminal incidents.
  • Bring key partners together to review existing emergency plans, and to initiate or continue the development of a victim assistance plan within a community.
  • Establish victim assistance protocols, which can greatly enhance the effectiveness of response and recovery efforts.
  • Follow protocols for short- and long-term responses to victims following incidents of mass violence.

OVC created this product in coordination with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Office for Victim Assistance and DOJ’s Office of Justice for Victims of Overseas Terrorism.


OVC News & Program Updates (June 2015) 2015 OVC Report to the Nation: Fiscal Years 2013-2014 Building Capacity Through Research, Innovation, Technology, and Training (August 2015)
This biennial report summarizes the programs, activities, and accomplishments of OVC in fiscal years 2013-2014, and their impact on victims, survivors, and communities. It describes the Crime Victims Fund—a significant resource for supporting services to victims; how OVC is working to address emerging challenges in victim services; and ways OVC is seeking to build capacity in the field.




Fiscal Years 2013-2014 Status Report Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States: Fiscal Years 2013-2014 Status Report (July 2015) (PDF 255 kb)
Based on the goals and objectives identified in the Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States, 2013–2017, released by the White House in January of 2014, this status report identifies actions taken during fiscal years 2013-2014 to ensure that all victims of human trafficking in the U.S. are identified and have access to the services they need to recover.



OVC News & Program Updates (June 2015) OVC News & Program Updates (June 2015) (PDF 1.15 mb)
This issue focuses on building capacity through innovation, providing comprehensive legal assistance, and addressing continuing and emerging challenges facing victims and service providers funded through grant projects funded through OVC’s Vision 21 Initiative. Articles include—

  • how DNA evidence exonerated two men and the impact on one victim’s family;
  • reaching victims in remote and challenging areas through the national sexual assault telenursing center;
  • an evidence-based strategy to enhance law enforcement response to victims;
  • how OVC is working to improve federal agency response to sexual violence in tribal nations;
  • the importance of the national survey of victim service organizations.

OVC News & Program Updates (June 2015) A Circle of Healing for Native Children Endangered by Drugs (December 2014)
This seven-video series and companion resource guide weaves Native stories and cultural practices from across the Nation to show many of the ways children, families, and communities are healing from drug endangerment. This resource is intended to generate conversation and inspire communities to come together to develop, enhance, and share their own responses to these issues.

To order the DVD series, contact the OVC Resource Center at 1–800–851–3420 or 301–240–6310 (TTY) or place your order online.

2015 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Online Resource Guide2015 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Online Resource Guide
Ahead of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 19 to 25, OVC has released its annual comprehensive resource guide. The 2015 NCVRW Resource Guide highlights this year’s theme, Engaging Communities. Empowering Victims. Inside, you’ll find educational content, campaign materials, and artwork to support and enhance your efforts to raise awareness, build new partnerships, and reach additional victims in your community. The 2015 NCVRW Resource Guide (247813) and Poster (PS000028) are also available to order through the Publications and Products section of the National Criminal Justice Reference Service Web site.

For additional information about NCVRW, visit our NCVRW Web site.

A Circle of Healing for Native Children Endangered by Drugs A Circle of Healing for Native Children Endangered by Drugs (December 2014)
This seven-video series and companion resource guide weaves Native stories and cultural practices from across the Nation to show many of the ways children, families, and communities are healing from drug endangerment. This resource is intended to generate conversation and inspire communities to come together to develop, enhance, and share their own responses to these issues.

To order the DVD series, contact the OVC Resource Center at 1–800–851–3420 or 301–240–6310 (TTY) or place your order online.

Innovative Practices for Victim Services: Report From the FieldInnovative Practices for Victim Services: Report From the Field (December 2014)
This e-bulletin provides brief descriptions of the innovative practices currently used by VOCA victim assistance and compensation programs throughout the country. VOCA funding supports many innovative programs and protocols to serve victims more effectively, and this online resource promotes their replication where applicable. The bulletin focuses on six key program areas:

Eight Benefits of NIBRS to Victim Service ProvidersEight Benefits of NIBRS to Victim Service Providers (November 2014)
OVC’s Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services Final Report found that crime victim services must be designed with a clear understanding of who is being victimized and by whom. NIBRS is a system for recording crimes known to the police which provides broader comprehensive incident data than the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Unified Crime Reports.

This e-bulletin describes how victim service providers can use NIBRS to gain a better understanding of specific types of victimization, determine disparities between victims known to law enforcement and those receiving victim services, and identify underserved groups of crime victims. Data presented from the 15 states currently reporting to NIBRS can assist victim service providers to identify patterns of crime and victimization that can justify the need for additional resources and guide decisions on optimal resource development.

Human Trafficking Task Force e-GuideHuman Trafficking Task Force e-Guide (October 2014)
OVC and the Bureau of Justice Assistance have released a newly expanded and enhanced Human Trafficking Task Force e-Guide. The expanded e-Guide, redesigned to help navigate content more easily and locate information faster, provides practical information on the creation and day-to-day operations of human trafficking task forces.

Access the e-Guide to view new sections and strategies to –

  • strengthen multidisciplinary collaboration,
  • increase victim identification,
  • enhance victim-centered investigation, and
  • build stronger prosecution strategies.

Responding to Transgender Victims of Sexual AssaultResponding to Transgender Victims of Sexual Assault (June 2014)
Transgender victims of sexual assault, like all crime victims, want and deserve to be respected, heard, believed, served, and supported. This user-friendly guide offers practical tools to promote understanding and support of transgender victims, whether you are a health care provider, law enforcement officer, emergency medical personnel, advocate, therapist, or support group facilitator. Learn how you can be a source of support and care for individuals in this high-risk population.

The HALOS Strategy: Community Collaborations for ChildrenThe HALOS Strategy: Community Collaborations for Children (May 2014)
This online toolkit for communities wishing to replicate the Helping and Lending Outreach Support (HALOS) program offers lessons learned and suggests strategies for establishing programs like HALOS wherever foster families and relatives need additional support for the children in their care. It explains key components of program development, implementation, and sustainability, and includes sample forms and materials used by HALOS and the replicating organizations.

OVC News & Program Updates (April 2014)OVC News & Program Updates (April 2014) (PDF 262 kb)
This issue focuses on programs and resources that highlight the recommendations put forth in the Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services Final Report, and introduces OVC’s two new deputy directors, Marilyn Roberts and Kristina "Kris" Rose. Articles in this edition discuss—

  • How a Crisis Call Center is incorporating text messaging into its response to crises.
  • A firsthand account of one woman’s encounter with elder abuse and her advice for detecting abuse.
  • Information on addressing vicarious trauma for victim service professionals.
  • An update on the forward progress of victims’ rights in the military.
  • Research partnerships and lessons learned from the California

Through Our Eyes: Children, Violence, and TraumaThrough Our Eyes: Children, Violence, and Trauma (Last updated April 2014)
This video series addresses the needs of children exposed to crime, abuse, and violence; highlights major issues in child victimization; identifies promising practices for service providers and others working with young victims; and shows how trauma-informed care can help child victims recover to lead healthy, productive lives. Four new videos have been added that address violence in the home, interventions in schools, innovations in juvenile justice, and the role that every person in a child’s life can play in helping to protect them. A companion resource guide accompanies each video. The updated series also features a new Poster Gallery of public awareness posters.

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Many OVC publications and products are available in hardcopy and can be ordered from the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS), OVC’s information clearinghouse.

Search for and order available OVC resources via the NCJRS Publications/Products page.

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