American Prosecutors Research Institute (2007). Rural Victim Assistance: A Victim/Witness Guide for Rural Prosecutors. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime.
International Association of Chiefs of Police (2000). What Do Victims Want? Effective Strategies to Achieve Justice for Victims of Crime. Alexandria, VA: International Association of Chiefs of Police.
International Association of Chiefs of Police (2003). Victim Services and Law Enforcement: Next Steps. Alexandria, VA: International Association of Chiefs of Police.
International Association of Chiefs of Police (2008). Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Victims: A 21st Century Strategy. Alexandria, VA: International Association of Chiefs of Police.
National Sheriffs' Association (2008). First Response to Victims of Crime. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime.
Parker, Susan (March 2001). Establishing Victim Services Within a Law Enforcement Agency: The Austin Experience. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime.
Stark, Erin (October 2000). Denver Victim Services 2000 Needs Assessment. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime.
A wealth of Web sites provide information on funding opportunities that may help start and sustain rural law enforcement-based victim service initiatives, including OVC, the Office of Justice Programs, the Office on Violence Against Women, Grants.gova site managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that lists all federal funding opportunities, and The Foundation Center for other federal and private funding. The University of Wisconsin's Grants Information Collection offers access to useful online resources on grant-writing basics.
National Sheriffs' Association
The National Sheriffs' Association (NSA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising the level of professionalism among those in the criminal justice field. Throughout its 68-year history, NSA has offered programs designed to aid sheriffs, deputies, chiefs of police, police officers, and others in the public safety field in performing their jobs and serving residents in their jurisdictions in the best possible manner.
Alabama Attorney General's Office
In terms of victim assistance, the Alabama Attorney General's Office offers information and support to crime victims and their families in capital murder trials and pardons/parole hearings, as well as notification of change of offender incarceration status. In addition, the state's district attorneys' offices provide assistance to victims when their cases reach district court. The Attorney General's Office recognized, however, that many victims were left without these structured forms of assistance because their cases were not prosecuted. Rural areas that had few community resources available to assist victims were particularly affected by this gap in criminal justice system-based victim services.
Justice Solutions is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing rights, resources, and respect for victims and communities hurt by crime; improving governmental and societal responses to crime; and strengthening crime prevention initiatives. The organization
- Provides education and training and technical assistance to victims, service providers, criminal justice and juvenile justice professionals, allied professionals, and communities.
- Promotes research-to-practice as the foundation for related policy development and community safety and victim assistance programs.
- Promotes public policy that enhances victims' rights and services, offender accountability, and community protection.
- Collaborates with individuals, organizations, and government agencies that share its vision and goals.