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Accepting Nominations for the National Crime Victims’ Service Awards
The Vicarious Trauma Toolkit
National Police Week: May 14–20, 2017
National Missing Children’s Day: May 25, 2017

Accepting Nominations for the National Crime Victims’ Service Awards

Accepting Nominations for the National Crime Victims’ Service AwardsOVC annually recognizes individuals, teams, programs, and organizations that demonstrate outstanding service in supporting victims and victim services. The award recipients are selected from public nominations in 11 categories and are honored at the National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Nominate a deserving individual, organization, team, or program for the 2018 awards through the Online Nomination Form today! Nominations are due July 31, 2017.

During the 2017 National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony, 12 individuals and organizations for outstanding service to crime victims. Details about this April event and the award recipients can be found in these online resources:

If you missed the ceremony, view the recording online.

The Vicarious Trauma Toolkit

The Vicarious Trauma Toolkit It takes tremendous courage for victim service providers, emergency medical services, fire services, law enforcement, and other allied professionals to respond to tragic events. It also takes commitment to do this work despite the personal, physical, emotional, and mental impact it can have.

Research shows that vicarious trauma, when left unaddressed, can lead to staff burnout, turnover, stress, and a lesser quality of services for victims.

The newly released OVC Vicarious Trauma Toolkit is a state-of-the-art repository of nearly 500 resources tailored specifically to these fields that provides the knowledge and skills necessary for organizations to address the vicarious trauma needs of their staff and promote resiliency.

This toolkit can be used to:

  1. conduct an assessment of your agency's current capacity as a vicarious trauma-informed organization;
  2. review your existing capacity, identify gaps, and prioritize needs;
  3. locate resources and tools to help meet your identified needs; and
  4. develop a comprehensive plan to address exposure to single incidents of crime or violence and acts of mass violence and terrorism.

National Police Week: May 14–20, 2017

National Police Week: May 14–20, 2017 Each year the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund leads the Nation in commemorating National Police Week, which will be observed this year from May 14–20, 2017.

Join law enforcement and citizens from across the country on May 13th for the Annual Candlelight Vigil in Washington, D.C. to honor the sacrifices made by our Nation’s law enforcement officers. All are welcome to attend and no tickets are required. If you unable to attend in person, you can view a live webcast of the vigil.

The Bureau of Justice Assistance provides death and education benefits to survivors of fallen law enforcement officers, firefighters, and other first responders, and disability benefits to officers catastrophically injured in the line of duty through the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Program. Visit the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits site to learn more about this program.

In 2016, OVC awarded $7 million to help communities respond to high profile violence through a Vision 21 grant. This 3-year project by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), in collaboration with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the Yale School of Medicine, is designed to:

  • Assist law enforcement in developing evidence-based and trauma-informed response strategies in the wake of law enforcement-involved shootings and other high-profile incidents of violence; and
  • Develop and disseminate comprehensive, expert technical assistance resources for law enforcement on trauma-informed culture and practice.

To accomplish these objectives, project partners have initiated strategic planning for the selection of multiple demonstration sites as well as a national multi-disciplinary rapid response team.

Additionally, in 2003, OVC partnered with IACP to create Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Victims (ELERV), a strategy to improve law enforcement agencies’ response to victims of crime, with a focus on reaching and serving underserved and unserved victims. A variety of tools were developed, including a Model Policy, Concepts and Issues Paper, and Training Key on Law Enforcement Response to Victims of Crime. Since its 2009 release, the ELERV strategy has been field tested in 11 pilot sites of varying sizes.

In 2014, OVC again partnered with IACP to launch a demonstration initiative to implement and evaluate ELERV in three medium-sized police departments (Chattanooga, TN; Saginaw, MI; and Casper, WY). IACP is providing subject matter expertise throughout the strategy implementation process and assisting each department with identifying a local evaluation partner to help update the ELERV strategy and its accompanying resources. IACP will also develop a detailed plan to provide technical assistance on ELERV to interested law enforcement agencies across the country.

Visit our Law Enforcement page to view available publications, frequently asked questions, and other resources to assist law enforcement in responding to victims of crime.

National Missing Children’s Day: May 25, 2017

National Mission Children’s Day is commemorated every year on May 25th as a reminder to continue efforts to reunite missing children with their families and as an occasion to honor those dedicated to this cause. The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention offers the following publications to assist families of missing children and survivors –

Additional resources can be found on the Missing Children section of the OJJDP site and the Missing Children section of our site.

National Missing Children’s Day: May 25, 20172016 Winning Poster
Michael Wu
Walnut, California

Previously Featured Resources

April 2017: Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

March 2017: 2017 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW)

February 2017: February Is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

January 2017: January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

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