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December 2023 Featured Resources

National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

President Biden has proclaimed December 2023 as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month.

This month, OVC highlights the following resources to help the field serve victims of impaired driving.

The National Sheriffs’ Association’s DUI Crashes: Real Crimes, Real Victims video emphasizes that DUI crash victims should receive the same compassionate services that other victims of violent crime receive. This OVC-sponsored video describes the importance of clearly communicating to victims that services are available to them, including crime victim compensation.

You can also learn essential skills to assist victims of impaired driving through the OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center.

Victim Assistance Training Online is a free, self-paced training that includes modules on Impaired Driving and Victims With Substance Abuse Issues.

Register for the Expert Q&A: Providing Services to Victims of Impaired Driving and DUI Crashes webinar. Learn how victim service providers can best provide services to survivors, families, and friends following an impaired driving incident.

  • Date: Wednesday, December 20, 2023
  • Time: 2:00–3:15 p.m., eastern time

For additional information and resources, visit the Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: Drunk Driving websites.

Coping With the Holidays for Victims of Crime

Coping With the Holidays for Victims of Crime

During the holiday season, victims, family members, friends, and colleagues may experience life-changing traumas again through flashbacks, nightmares, and overwhelming sadness.

Though there are no rules to help someone get through the holidays, OVC offers suggestions from survivors based on their lived experience in Coping With the Holidays After the Death of a Loved One or When You Are a Victim/Crime Survivor.

Wherever victims and their loved ones are in their healing journey, this publication offers easy to follow guidance that may help them find comfort during the holiday season.

Last Chance: Call for Art for National Indian Nations Conference

18th National Indian Nations Conference Art Initiative

We are seeking original artwork from survivors, advocates, and representees from Tribal communities to be featured during the next National Indian Nations Conference, tentatively scheduled for December 2024.

  • Eligibility: Individuals and artists of all ages with lived experience and their allies in the Tribal victim services field. Submissions can be individual or as a group/collective.
  • Deadline: extended through 11:59 p.m., eastern time on Friday, December 22, 2023.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity.

Learn more and submit your artwork

Date Published: December 1, 2023