U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government, Department of Justice.

March 2021 Featured Resources

Are You Ready for National Crime Victims’ Rights Week?

Since 1981, National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) has challenged the Nation to confront and remove barriers to achieving justice for all victims of crime. The 40th anniversary of NCVRW will be commemorated April 18–24, 2021.

Use the tools and information in the 2021 NCVRW Resource Guide to inform your efforts to educate the public about victims’ rights, protections, and services during NCVRW and throughout the year. This year’s guide includes—

  • guidance on developing your campaign;
  • tips and tools to communicate your message;
  • web and social media artwork, theme artwork, awareness posters, and more.

All NCVRW Resource Guide materials are available in English, with many available in Spanish as well.

Join OVC and communities throughout the Nation to commemorate this year’s observance of NCVRW.

View the 2021 NCVRW Resource Guide to get started.

Search for and Publicize National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) Awareness Activities

OVC’s events list allows users to plan, promote, and locate webinars, virtual candlelight vigils, and other awareness activities of interest to the victim services community.

We encourage you to visit this section of the OVC site to find NCVRW activities from across the Nation hosted by local service providers and allied professionals.

Are you looking for ways to promote your organization’s NCVRW awareness activities? If so, we encourage you to add your event to the OVC list. Your submission will be reviewed and, if approved, posted on the web for public view.

New Online Training on Working With Young Men and Boys of Color

Crime victim service providers consider a range of factors when working with their clients, including mental health, exposure to trauma, and available criminal justice or social services. However, too often age, gender, and race are not considered when providing services.

The OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center recently launched a training to help the field provide effective services to young men and boys of color. This 90-minute Providing Effective Services to Young Men and Boys of Color online training will help users—

  • apply a client-centered approach with young men and boys of color who are victims of crime.
  • identify the impact of historical events, racial discrimination, implicit bias, and other socio-ecological factors that impact help-seeking.
  • assess various types of risks, including psychological, physical, and social safety.
  • develop effective safety plans with each victim.

Learn more and take the Providing Effective Services to Young Men and Boys of Color online training.

Date Created: March 5, 2021