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National Crime Victims' Rights Week will be commemorated on April 18–24, 2021.  The 2021 theme—Support Victims. Build Trust. Engage Communities.—emphasizes the importance of leveraging community support to help victims of crime.

Sign up for the National Crime Victims' Rights Week Subscription List to receive to receive information about future National Crime Victims' Rights Week commemorations and information about the National Crime Victims' Service Awards.

To learn more, visit the National Crime Victims’ Rights Week section of our website.

If you know an individual, organization, team, or program that you would like to see recognized for their work, submit your nominations for the 2021 National Crime Victims’ Service Awards by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on August 31, 2020. 

Learn more and submit a nomination today.

Visit the Report a Crime section of the U.S. Department of Justice website to learn how you can report child pornography or cases involving the sexual exploitation of children.

You can also report suspicion of child sexual exploitation to your local police, your ICAC Task Force or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's CyberTipline (www.cybertipline.com or 1–800–843–5678).

Through the OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center, OVC offers practical skill-building sessions through its Trainings Catalog and National Victim Assistance Academy (NVAA), an education and training classroom experience for professionals and volunteers who assist victims and survivors of crime. Continuing education units (CEUs) will be offered for full participation and completion of all requirements for select trainings and the NVAA.

Contact an OVC TTAC Technical Aassistance Coordinator at 866–682–8822 (TTY: 866–682–8880) or [email protected] to check on the status of your training or technical assistance request.

Through the OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center, OVC offers the following curricula for instructors to download.

The Sexual Assault Advocate/Counselor Training teaches advocates how to provide competent, effective crisis intervention services to victims and survivors of sexual assault.

Victim Impact: Listen and Learn helps facilitators in their efforts to make offenders more aware of the impact that crime has on victims, to take responsibility for their actions, and begin to make amends.

Ethics in Victim Services provides information and skills related to ethical standards in victim services and ethical decisionmaking.

The NVAA Foundation-Level Training Curriculum is basic training for victim service providers and allied professionals to download for their own use.

Information on police response to victims with disabilities is available in the OVC Victims with Disabilities: Collaborative, Multidisciplinary First Response (DVD and Guidebook). For additional information, visit the Victims with Disabilities section of our website.

To sign up for the OVC TTAC listserv, fill out and submit the online request form. Once you have registered, you will receive notification of future OVC TTAC training events and announcements.

The number of sexual assaults that occur in the U.S. is available in Criminal Victimization in the United States: Statistical Tables from the Bureau of Justice Statistics. The annual Crime in the United States report, published by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, provides data on rape reported to the police.

For additional information about sexual assault, visit the Sexual Assault section of our website.

The Substance Abuse and Victimization (Video and Guidebook) is now available as part of the  OVC resource Gaining Insight, Taking Action: Basic Skills for Serving Victims, NCJ 232780. This 55-minute DVD and Companion Guidebook provides access to three videos and companion guides that were originally released as part of the 2005 National Victim Assistance Academy curriculum:

  • Listen to My Story: Communicating With Victims of Crime
  • Meeting the Needs of Underserved Victims
  • Substance Abuse and Victimization.

The Gaining Insight, Taking Action: Basic Skills for Serving Victims DVD and Companion Guide is available to order through the Shopping Cart section of the National Criminal Justice Reference Service website.