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December 2014: December Commemorates National Impaired Driving Prevention Month
November 2014: National Native American Heritage Month
October 2014: Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) Observed in October
September 2014: Online Training To Assist Elder Abuse Victims
August 2014: Help Is Just a Phone Call Away
July 2014: OVC Now Accepting Nominations for the Crime Victim Service Awards

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December 2014

December Commemorates National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

In his proclamation for National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, President Obama states that "throughout our Nation, too many lives are tragically cut short in traffic crashes involving drunk, drugged, or distracted driving. … To help save lives, States and local communities across our Nation will participate in the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign from December 12 to January 1, reminding all Americans of their important responsibility." To help raise awareness, OVC features the following resources:


Coping with the Holidays

Coping With t
he Holidays After the Death of a Loved One or When You Are a Victim/Crime Survivor Anticipation of a holiday without a friend or family member can be harder than the actual holiday itself. View the OVC resource Coping With the Holidays After the Death of a Loved One or When You Are a Vic tim/Crime Survivor, which has suggestions from survivors for getting through the holidays.

November 2014

National Native American Heritage Month

President Obama proclaimed November as National Native American Heritage Month. In his proclamation, the President states that “[t]his month, we recognize the limitless potential of our tribal nations, and we continue our work to build a world where all people are valued and no child ever has to wonder if he or she has a place in our society.” The President goes on to say “[we] have taken unprecedented steps to strengthen tribal courts, especially when it comes to criminal sentencing and prosecuting individuals who commit violence against Native American women.”

OVC presents the following information for tribal communities in recognition of National Native American Heritage Month:

Attend the 14th National Indian Nations Conference
The 14th National Indian Nations Conference, to be held December 11-13, 2014, in Palm Springs, California, will bring together Native American victims, providers, and tribal leaders to share their knowledge, experiences, and ideas for developing programs that serve the unique needs of crime victims in Indian Country. Registration closes November 21, 2014.

OVC fact sheetOVC Builds Capacity to Serve Crime Victims in Indian Country
This OVC fact sheet provides an overview of the funding provided to support victim-centered services in Indian Country. Poverty, isolation, high crime rates, and a chronic lack of services for victims of crime in Indian Country all contribute to making American Indian/Alaska Native communities a high priority for enhanced programs and services.

Using Federal Law To Prosecute Domestic Violence Crimes in Indian CountryUsing Federal Law To Prosecute Domestic Violence Crimes in Indian Country
OVC's Using Federal Law To Prosecute Domestic Violence Crimes in Indian Country is a resource that contains a DVD and companion facilitator’s guide intended to educate federal, state, local, and tribal criminal justice and social service professionals about using federal law more effectively to combat intimate partner violence offenses committed in Indian Country. The video incorporates case studies of actual prosecutions, while the guide provides an overview of relevant legal principles and key points for discussion.

OVC’s Efforts to Combat Sexual Violence Against American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Women and Children
OVC is partnering with the FBI’s Office of Victim Assistance and the Indian Health Service to enhance the response to tribal victims of sexual violence. The AI/AN Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner-Sexual Assault Response Team (SANE-SART) Initiative addresses the comprehensive needs of these victims by building the capacity of tribal communities to provide coordinated, community-based, victim-centered responses to sexual violence.

Please visit the OVC AI/AN SANE-SART weblet for additional information on this topic. The weblet covers the—

  • Foundation of the initiative in 2010
  • Goals of the initiative
  • Demonstration sites
  • Federal Advisory Committee
  • Training and technical assistance

Justice Department Awards $87 Million to Enhance, Support Tribal Justice and Safety
The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced awards of approximately $87 million to American Indian/Alaska Native communities to enhance law enforcement practices and sustain crime prevention and intervention efforts including public safety and community policing; justice systems planning; alcohol and substance abuse; corrections and correctional alternatives; violence against women; juvenile justice; and tribal youth programs.

The awards are made under the Department’s Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS), a consolidated tribal-specific grant program. Working with other DOJ bureaus and offices, OVC provided awarded funds to 15 tribal programs. Learn about program awards made by OVC and partner bureaus and offices on the CTAS 2014 Award List.

New Resources for Combating Human Trafficking

On October 27, 2014, OVC and the Bureau of Justice Assistance released an expanded and enhanced Human Trafficking Task Force e-Guide and launched a new, mobile-friendly Web site that provides human trafficking information for victims and survivors, victim service providers, law enforcement, and allied professionals.

Human Trafficking Task Force e-GuideThe Human Trafficking Task Force 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.

Visit the human trafficking Web site to–

  • learn about human trafficking,
  • find resources based on the type of services you provide,
  • watch, download, and share public service announcements, and
  • read about OVC’s efforts to combat human trafficking.

Both resources have been prepared to help strengthen the knowledge and skills needed to assist victims of human trafficking. Take advantage of both today!

Coping with the Holidays

Coping With the Holidays After the Death of a Loved One or When You Are a Victim/Crime Survivor Anticipation of a holiday without a friend or family member can be harder than the actual holiday itself. View the OVC resource Coping With the Holidays After the Death of a Loved One or When You Are a Victim/Crime Survivor, which has suggestions from survivors for getting through the holidays.

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October 2014

Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) Observed in October

President Obama proclaimed that October 2014 is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In his proclamation, the President states that “Domestic violence affects every American ... During National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we acknowledge the progress made in reducing these shameful crimes, embrace the basic human right to be free from violence and abuse, and recognize that more work remains until every individual is able to live free from fear." No More: Together We can end domestic violence & sexual assault

The Domestic Violence Awareness Month Project Web site by the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence provides customizable materials, training resources, and other tools designed to enhance your efforts to prevent and raise awareness of domestic violence during DVAM.

Additionally, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) developed a series of fact sheets which provide insight into the experience and needs children impacted by domestic violence and provide guidance to support their resilience and recovery.

Obtain additional material off their NCTSN resources page.

The Domestic and Family Violence section of our site and the Family Violence Spotlight section of the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Web site are also great places to obtain additional information and resources.

National Cyber Security Month

National Cyber Security Awareness Month logoComputer interconnectivity has produced enormous benefits but has also enabled criminal activity that exploits this interconnectivity for financial gain and other malicious purposes, such as Internet fraud, child exploitation, and identity theft. To help raise awareness, President Obama announced that October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM).

Visit the StaySafeOnline Web site which features information about NCSAM, promotional materials, and ways to get involved. Whether you are trying to protect yourself at home or looking to protect your business, organization, agency or school, the site contains resources designed to fit your needs. Also visit the Computer/Internet Crimes section of our site and the Internet Safety Special Feature of the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Web site for additional materials on how to stay safe online.

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September 2014

Fourth Module Released in New Online Training to Assist Elder Abuse Victims

In June 2014, OVC released the first three modules in the Online Elder Abuse Training for Legal Service Providers and the fourth was released in August 2014. Developed in collaboration with the Access to Justice Initiative and the Elder Justice Initiative, the first four modules in this series are:

  • What Every Legal Services Lawyer Needs to Know About Elder Abuse
  • Practical and Ethical Strategies
  • Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
  • Financial Exploitation

The Financial Exploitation module will help strengthen providers’ knowledge and skills in—

  • Identifying and responding to financial exploitation being experienced by older clients.
  • Helping older clients avoid financial exploitation by identifying their risk factors and providing information about how they can protect themselves.
  • Determining the extent of financial exploitation that has occurred or is occurring.
  • Taking legal action to try to recover client’s funds or other assets.
  • Addressing collateral effects of financial exploitation.

The training includes a variety of information, tools, and resources, from interactive client scenarios to printable materials.

Learn about the Legal Assistance for Crime Victims Initiative and enroll now for the training.

Read more about OVC’s support of service providers who work with elder abuse victims and survivors.

Back to School Safety for College & University Students

Strong Voices Safe CampusEvery year college students throughout the country become victims of stalking, sexual assault, robbery, homicide, and other crimes. The law enforcement, mental health, student affairs, school administrators, and legal professionals charged with identifying, assessing, and managing violence risk at colleges and universities throughout the United States provide an incredible service under unique and often challenging circumstances. In order to bring attention to this issue, colleges and universities across the United States have recognized September as National Campus Safety Awareness Month.

For resources on promoting safety on campus and serving victims of campus crime, visit the Campus Crime section of our site and the National Criminal Justice Reference Service’s Campus Safety Awareness Special Feature.

Another resource specific to sexual assault on college and university campuses and in our schools is the NotAlone.gov Web site. Launched in May 2014 by the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault, explore this site to find a crisis service, learn more about your rights and how to file a complaint, and view a map of resolved school-level enforcement activities.

Honoring the Victims & Responders of 9/11

September 11th: National Day of Service and RemembranceOn the anniversary of the September 11th attacks, Americans will unite to participate in the National Day of Service & Remembrance. This effort continues an inspiring tradition of engaging in charitable service on 9/11 as an annual and forward-looking tribute to the 9/11 victims, survivors, and those who rose up in service in response to the attacks. Learn how you and your organization can pay tribute by visiting the National Day of Service & Remembrance Web site where you can register a volunteer project, find volunteer opportunities, and browse marketing resources, toolkits and more.

OVC and the President remind individuals of the importance of being prepared for disaster emergencies. President Obama has proclaimed September as National Preparedness Month and this year’s theme is "Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare." The President states in his proclamation "Let us resolve to be ready for any crisis and work to inspire a new generation of Americans, vested with the knowledge and experience to protect themselves, their families, and their communities in the face of any challenge."

Learn more about how you can prepare for an emergency by visiting www.Ready.gov (www.Listo.gov para información en español) and the National Criminal Justice Reference Service’s (NCJRS) Safety and Preparedness Special Feature.

Victim service professionals and the public are encouraged to visit OVC’s Domestic Terrorism & Mass Violence page to help find information about government and nonprofit organizations, programs, and publications related to victims of terrorism.

National Hispanic Heritage Month

The United States commemorates National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15th – October 15th by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. During this month, OVC highlights our Recursos en Español (Spanish Resources) page which contains information on how victims can find help, resources to assist Spanish-speaking victims of crime, and links to other Spanish language Web sites.

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August 2014

Toll-Free AssistanceHelp Is Just a Phone Call Away

Did you know that OVC’s Web site features a listing of Toll-Free and Online Hotlines to help victims of crime locate assistance? Our Helplines page features referrals for victims of human trafficking, identity theft, sexual violence and many other types of crimes. Advocates and allied professionals are encouraged to bookmark this page to ensure these numbers are easily accessible when assisting victims of crime.

OVC’s Calendar: A Tool for Providers and Community Leaders

CalendarOVC’s National Calendar of Crime Victim Assisted-Related Events allows users to plan, promote, and locate events of interest to the victim service community in their area. We encourage you to visit the Calendar when you are not only seeking learning opportunities, but also as a way to promote your agency’s or organization’s events. View our Calendar submission guidelines for more information about this free method to extend your marketing footprint.

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Training and Technical Assistance

OVC works to ensure that every victim has access to a well-trained and knowledgeable service provider. The OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC) offers training opportunities for providers and advocates at all levels of victim services. Visit the OVC TTAC Web site to learn more about opportunities to build your organization’s skills and capacity through:

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July 2014

OVC Now Accepting Nominations for the Crime Victim Service Awards

National Crime Victims' Service Awards. Submit Your Nominations by August 6, 2014.Nominations are being accepted for the 2015 National Crime Victims’ Service Awards. Each year, OVC recognizes extraordinary individuals, organizations, teams, and programs that demonstrate outstanding achievements in supporting victims and victim services. This year, OVC announced a new category; the Vision 21 Crime Victims Research Award which recognizes individual researchers or research teams that made a significant contribution to the Nation’s understanding of crime victims issues.

The recipients are honored at the National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony in Washington, DC. View past recipients and, if you know a similarly deserving individual, group, team, or program, submit a nomination by Wednesday, August 6, 2014.

Visit the National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) Web site for details about NCVRW—April 19–25, 2014—and the Awards Ceremony as they become available.

New OVC Guide on Responding to Transgender Victims of Sexual Assault

Responding to Transgender Victims of Sexual AssaultTransgender individuals also experience high rates of sexual violence. According to several studies, more than 50 percent have been sexually assaulted at some point in their lives. OVC’s new user-friendly guide, Responding to Transgender Victims of Sexual Assault, 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.

The guide contains a section titled, Transgender 101, which covers the basics of what it means to be transgender. If you need a general understanding of transgender-related issues, this is an excellent place to build your cultural competency.

Learn how you can be a source of support and care for individuals in this high-risk population.

New Online Training to Assist Elder Abuse Victims

In June 2014, OVC released the first three modules of a free, Online Elder Abuse Training for Legal Service Providers training. Developed in collaboration with the Access to Justice Initiative and the Elder Justice Initiative, the first three modules in this six-part series are:

  • What Every Legal Services Lawyer Needs to Know About Elder Abuse
  • Practical and Ethical Strategies
  • Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

These training modules provide basic information and tools to identify and address the needs of elders who may be experiencing abuse. The training includes a variety of information, tools, and resources, from interactive client scenarios to printable materials.

Three additional modules will be released in August 2014.

Learn about the Legal Assistance for Crime Victims Initiative and enroll now for the training.

Read more about OVC’s support of service providers who work with elder abuse victims and survivors.

Online Tools for Providers/Community Leaders

Help for Victim Service Providers DiscussionsHELP for Victim Service Providers Web Forum—Visit this message board to share ideas, suggestions, and recommendations concerning promising and best practices and victim issues. Each month the Nation’s experts answer your questions about best practices in victim services through Guest Host Sessions. Users can sign up for e-mail notifications about new discussions and topics.

National Calendar of Crime Victim Assistance-Related Events—Find crime victim-related events, such as conferences, trainings, ceremonies, or use the OVC Calendar to promote your event nationwide.

Also visit our Online Tools page to view other popular online resources.

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