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August 2021 Featured Resources

Save the Date for National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

Every April, OVC leads communities throughout the country in their annual observances of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW).

NCVRW challenges the Nation to confront and remove barriers to achieving justice for all victims of crime and is a time to raise awareness of victims’ rights, that help is available, and that they are not alone.

In 2022, NCVRW will be commemorated April 24–30.

Subscribe to the NCVRW Subscription List, or update your contact information, to receive 2022 NCVRW announcements, including the online release of the 2022 NCVRW Resource Guide.

Visit our NCVRW website to learn more.

New OVC Resource on Supporting Child Victims and Witnesses

Children are some of the most vulnerable members of our society and often the victims of, or witnesses to, violence and abuse. Follow Malik and other young characters as they learn about the justice system in OVC’s newly released OVC’s Child Victims and Witnesses Support Materials, an online resource for children.

The materials feature illustrated narratives with compelling graphics and child and youth characters, including Malik who is a witness to a crime.

Follow Malik as he talks to a counselor at school, goes to court and meets with his advocate, meets the prosecutor working on the case, testifies in court, and builds a network of support to understand and process his experience.

Malik and other characters are featured in developmentally appropriate materials available for three different age groups: 2–6, 7–12, and 13–18. For children who have to testify, there are also tips to help them prepare for going to court.

Accompanying guides provide additional information on how to use the materials, as well as tips for supporting child victims and witnesses.

View Child Victims and Witnesses Support Materials.

Keep Up with the Latest News from OVC Grantees

Through funding from OVC, organizations and agencies create publications, mobile apps, trainings, and more to help ensure victim service providers and allied professionals have the tools and resources they need to support victims.

Our grantee news page offers helpful resources such as—

  • a toolkit on how to effectively identify, reach, and serve victims of crime with disabilities,
  • a mobile app to help victims of terrorism and mass violence, and
  • a strategy to help law enforcement agencies reach victims and build community trust.

Visit our grantee news page to learn more.

Date Published: August 11, 2021