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Product Types

Below are the products we commonly publish. All materials, with the exception of some multimedia products, are available as electronic publications ("e-pubs") with downloadable, printer-friendly versions.

Brochures provide brief descriptions of programs or services in various formats. They may be available in print for broad distribution at events and via mail.

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Bulletins provide information about training, promising practices, or findings and questions raised by symposia or focus groups. They may be components of informational or educational packages.

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Fact sheets describe OVC's major programs and services in a brief format. Many of the subjects they summarize will be covered in more detail in other, longer format publications. They may be available in print to facilitate distribution.

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Guides (e.g., replication guides, resource guides, handbooks) emphasize the practical implementation of demonstration projects, pilot programs, tools, and other systematic service enhancements, offering service providers and allied professionals specific strategies and actions.

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Multimedia (DVDs, CD-ROMs) enhances public awareness of victim-related issues and provides information about training and technical assistance and promising practices to victim service providers and allied professionals who assist victims of crime.

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Public awareness kits increase awareness of victims' rights and issues and promote services that assist victims. Components may include fact sheets; ideas to interest local news media; reproducible art for print ads, posters, and fliers; and public service announcements.

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Reports may be produced to summarize agency program accomplishments or to document the proceedings of structured focus groups in which practitioners and experts share their knowledge, learn about related efforts, obtain feedback, and generate recommendations for OVC and the field. These reports define the issues under discussion; summarize literature findings; address methodologies used; discuss gaps, promising practices, and approaches; and recommend action for the field and OVC.

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Training curricula contain materials for teaching victim service professionals how to enhance their capability to serve crime victims. Training packages include the following: participant manuals that describe basic concepts and specific practice-related information; and trainer's manuals that include material in the participant manual along with annotated source material, lesson plans and objectives, and notes on audiovisual aids.

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