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If you have not yet contacted law enforcement officials to report your missing child, please do so immediately. Ask them about the issuance of an AMBER Alert. Through AMBER Alert, law enforcement agencies and broadcasters activate an urgent bulletin in the most serious child abduction cases. Request that law enforcement put out a Be On the Look Out (BOLO) bulletin. Ask them about involving the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the search for your child.

Additional helpful information for families about what to do when a child is missing is available in the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention report, When Your Child is Missing: A Family Survival Guide and the Missing and Exploited Children page. Also contact the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 800–843–5678 and view their Missing-Child, Emergency-Response, Quick-Reference Guide for Families.

Also visit the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) website. NamUs is a clearinghouse for missing persons and unidentified decedent records. This free online system can be searched by law enforcement officials, other allied professionals, and the general public to solve these cases. To enter a missing persons report into the NamUs database, visit the registration page.

Information on children found at methamphetamine labs can be found in the OVC publication, Children at Clandestine Methamphetamine Labs: Helping Meth's Youngest Victims.

For additional information, visit the National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children site.

For a complete listing of OVC’s online trainings, visit the Online Training section of the OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center site.

Visit the Training and Technical Assistance section of the OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center website for specific eligibility requirements and application information for training and technical assistance or requesting an event speaker.  

Requests for assistance must be submitted at least 90 days prior to the date of the event.

The United States uses two national data collection systems to track detailed information on homicides.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation annual Crime in the United States report provides homicide data from thousands law enforcement agencies across the Nation.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also publishes annual homicide data in its National Vital Statistics System, Fatal Injury Reports. Mortality data are produced from standardized death certificates filed throughout the United States.

Read the Bureau of Justice Statistics report, The Nation's Two Measures of Homicide for information about these two data collection systems.

Data on women sexually assaulted on campus can be found on the Sexual Assault on Campus: Measuring Frequency section of the National Institute of Justice website and in the Bureau of Justice Statistics report, Rape and Sexual Assault Among College-age Females, 1995-2013.

Also visit the Office of Postsecondary Education Campus Security website and the Student Activism section of the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network site.

Visit the Campus Crime and Sexual Assault sections of our site for additional information.

For statistics on violence in the workplace, access the Violence in the Workplace publication series from the Bureau of Justice Statistics. See the Occupational Violence section of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) website for additional information.

Visit the Professional Development Scholarship Program section of the OVC TTAC website for specific eligibility requirements and application information.

Applications must be submitted at least 60 calendar days prior to the date of the event.

A program can apply directly to OVC for funding. A certain percentage of discretionary monies in the Crime Victims Fund are used to support national scope training and technical assistance projects to improve services to victims of crime. For available funding opportunities, visit the Current Funding Opportunities section of our website.

Visit the Get Posted section of the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Online Directory of Crime Victim Services for information on how to add your program or organization to the directory.