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White House Accepting Nominations To Honor Youth and Law Enforcement Champions of Change

The White House Champions of Change program invites youth and law enforcement who are working together in their communities to the White House to share their accomplishments. The White House is now accepting nominations to recognize pairs of individuals—one young person (up to and including age 25) and one law enforcement officer—who help to build bridges between young people and law enforcement and improve public safety.

Nominees may include law enforcement officers who work with community partners to provide youth services, young people who have led programs and initiatives between law enforcement and youth, and police officers and youth who are using technology, including social media, to increase communication between law enforcement and young adults. Nominations must be received by noon on August 7, 2015.

View the White House page to read more, and nominate a Champion of Change. (Choose “Building Bridges Between Youth and Law Enforcement” in the Theme of Service field.)

White House Commemorates World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) was commemorated on June 15, 2015. WEAAD is an international observance to raise awareness about the abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation of elderly persons, provide services to victims, and promote ways to prevent elder abuse. Earlier this month, the Office of the Vice President and the White House Council on Women and Girls met with advocates to discuss ways to address solutions to serving elderly female victims of crime.

The discussion “featured an overview of the nexus between domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and elder abuse; explored how service providers can address age as a part of ongoing efforts to develop more comprehensive and victim-centered services; and identified remaining gaps and barriers for our field to build awareness and responsiveness to the needs of older survivors.” The Administration is working to support elder justice as a part of the 2015 White House Conference on Aging.

View the White House Blog to read more, and visit our June Featured Resources for resources to help your organization assist elderly victims.

New Checklists to Help Victims Recover from Financial Fraud, Identity Theft

Advocate Guide to Assisting Victims of Financial Fraud

In January 2014, OVC, the FINRA Investor Education Foundation and the National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC) sent out to the field the new Taking Action: An Advocate’s Guide to Assisting Victims of Financial Fraud which included strategies for addressing the major types of financial crime. FINRA and NCVC have just released four new checklists to assist victims of identity theft, investment fraud, mortgage and lending fraud, and mass marketing and other fraud.

Check out the new checklists today to help victims move toward recovery! You may also view the Taking Action Guide online.

Register to Attend a Webinar on Supporting Victims with Disabilities

Join the National Center on Criminal Justice & Disability (NCCJD) for a webinar on Violence in the Lives of People with Disabilities: Emerging Issues and Solutions for 2015 and Beyond on April 30, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. (Eastern). The webinar will explore emerging issues such as:

National Center on Criminal Justice & Disability

  • Applying trauma-informed care when working with people with intellectual/developmental disabilities
  • Assisting victims with complex communication needs
  • Supporting victims with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, and other disabilities
  • Responding to bullying of students with disabilities
  • Supporting people with disabilities in speaking out against violence

Participants will also be the first to obtain NCCJD’s white paper on violence, abuse, and bullying

Visit OVC’s Crime Victims with Disabilities page for additional resources.

Justice for All: Understanding Victimization of Young Men of Color

OVC's Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services Final Report highlights the need for more information about the prevalence of crime victimization among boys and young men of color, along with the barriers they face in asserting their rights as victims and gaining access to services. In 2014 the Vera Institute of Justice released a report titled, Young Men of Color and the Other Side of Harm: Addressing Disparities in our Responses to Violence.

On February 23, 2015, The Ford Foundation gathered a panel to discuss the issues raised in this publication, including the prevalence and impact of violence, victimization and trauma on young men of color. Moderated by The Ford Foundation's Kirsten Levingston, members of the panel included ‐

  • Representative Hakeem Jeffries, 8th District, New York (D)
  • Kenneth Thompson, District Attorney, Brooklyn, New York
  • Dr. Richard Dudley, forensic psychiatrist
  • Reverend Dr. Harold Trulear, Howard University School of Divinity
  • Danielle Sered, Vera Institute of Justice

Watch a recording of the panel discussion to help you gain an understanding of these issues in order to better engage this underserved population.

Serving Deaf Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence

Recent research indicates that as many as 25% of Deaf women will experience domestic and sexual abuse in their lifetime. Despite the overwhelming need, many of the resources available to help victims – from phone-based crisis hotlines to shelters without American Sign Language interpreters – remain inaccessible to the Deaf community.

The Vera Institute of Justice, along with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women, studied the unique needs of Deaf victims and how to better meet them to new and existing services. The full report, “Culture, Language, and Access: Key Considerations for Serving Deaf Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence,” is available at vera.org.

For additional information on serving the Deaf community, view the following resources from OVC:

What happens to crime victims when an individual is wrongfully convicted and exonerated?

Silhouette of a person holding their head. ©Comstock, Stockbyte. Image is used for illustrative purposes only and any person depicted is a model.What happens to crime victims when an individual is wrongfully convicted and exonerated? This issue is explored in an article from the latest edition of the NIJ Journal. The authors of the NIJ Journal article, Addressing the Impact of Wrongful Convictions on Crime Victims, demonstrate that for some victims, the impact of the wrongful conviction may be comparable to — or even worse than — that of their original victimization. Crime victims may experience feelings of guilt, fear, helplessness, devastation, and depression. The authors also found a lack of available services to support crime victims who have been notified of a potential wrongful conviction.

In September 2014 the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) office also released an 8-minute podcast in which Meg Morrow, former OVC attorney advisor, shares OVC’s plan to help address the needs of survivors and victims of crime in cases of wrongful conviction.

You will also hear from Jennifer Thompson, who for 11 years, was certain that the man who attacked her was behind bars—until she learned that DNA evidence proved his innocence. Listen to the Beat Podcast: Wrongful Convictions (mp3 10.9 mb) or read the transcript.

New Online Library Features Tools on Violence Against Women

End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) image End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) offers service providers and allied professionals with resources to support victims and hold perpetrators accountable.

EVAWI has launched a new online Resource Library which features publications, policies, protocols, training tools and additional resources on topics including:

  • domestic violence
  • sexual assault
  • stalking
  • trauma
  • human trafficking
  • cold cases
  • elder abuse

Visit the EVWAWI Resource Library to search and view materials in this collection.

Boston Public Health Commission Web Video Series Engages Young Men in Preventing Gender Based Violence Against Women and Girls

As part of the Defending Childhood Initiative, through a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women’s Engaging Men in Preventing Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking Grant Program, the Boston Public Health Commission has launched an innovative Web video series. The Halls follows three young men in Boston through their struggles with relationships, trauma, masculinity, and identity as rumors of a rape of a classmate surface in the halls of their high school.

Through this program, the Commission is creating a public education and community organizing campaign to engage boys and young men in ending Boston’s high prevalence of teen dating violence. The project seeks to support healthy teen relationships by changing community and gender norms. For more information about the project and Web video series, visit the Boston Public Health Commission’s Engaging Men and Boys Web site.

Victim Rights During Federal Sentencing

The United States Sentencing Commission released a video entitled Victims' Rights and Federal Sentencing, which aims to help crime victims exercise their right to participate in the sentencing process. The video explains the court process, legal terminology and how participating in the process can benefit victims of crime. A probation officer explains how victims can affect the sentencing outcome. The personal story of a crime victim is also presented in which he shares his experience about speaking during sentencing.

New Report from the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Provides Recommendations for Law Enforcement and Courts in Eyewitness Identification

Identifying the Culprit - Partner Message Board ImageSponsored by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, a new study and corresponding report from the National Academy of Sciences explains the fallibility of eyewitness identification and issues science-based recommendations that will enable law enforcement and courts to improve the accuracy of eyewitness evidence.

According to the report, science has provided an increasingly clear picture of the inherent limits in human visual perception and memory that can lead to errors, as well as the ways unintentional cues during law enforcement processes can compromise eyewitness identifications.

Urging caution in handling and relying upon eyewitness identification in criminal cases, Identifying the Culprit: Assessing Eyewitness Identification examines the factors that can lead to such mistaken identifications and subsequently wrongful convictions and suggests best practices and recommendations to protect the innocent, increase public safety, and deliver justice to crime victims.

Impact of Exonerations on Victims

Thumbnail fo The Beat Podcast Page from COPSFor 11 years, Jennifer Thompson was certain that the man who attacked her was behind bars—until she learned that DNA evidence proved his innocence. Hear her story in the Beat Podcast: Wrongful Convictions (mp3 10.9 mb) or read the transcript. OVC’s attorney advisor, Meg Morrow, also shares OVC’s plan that helps to address the needs of survivors and victims of crime in cases of wrongful conviction.

This 8-minute podcast is one of a series produced by the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) office to inform you about the latest community policing topics facing our nation. The Beat Podcasts in September touch on these topics:

  • Wrongful Convictions
  • DNA Exoneration and False Confessions
  • Police Reforms to Prevent Wrongful Convictions
  • Eyewitness Misidentification: How it Happens and the Impact on the Innocent

Access these publications, referenced in the podcast:

Pass It On Campaign from FTC Encourages Peer-to-Peer Scam Education

ftc.gov/passiton Identity Theft. Imposter Scams. Charity Fraud. Health Care Scams. Paying Too Much. "You've Won" Scams.In September 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released the "Pass It On" campaign, which enlists people 65 and older to recognize and report frauds and scams. The campaign reinforces what older individuals already know about some of today’s most common scams, and it gives them a quick and straightforward way to share that knowledge with their family members, friends, and communities.

The topics in the first generation of the Pass It On campaign include—

  • Imposter scams
  • Identity theft
  • Charity fraud
  • Health care scams
  • Paying too much
  • "You’ve won" scams.

Visit the Pass It On Web site for more information about the campaign and free resources for bulk orders and downloads. All resources are also available in Spanish; Vea ¡Pásalo!

The U.S. Department of Justice Launches Elder Justice Web Site

On September 8, 2014, Associate Attorney General Tony West, Assistant Attorney General Stuart F. Delery for the Civil Division, and members of the Department’s Elder Justice Initiative met with stakeholders in the field of elder abuse and financial exploitation to launch the Elder Justice Web site in an effort to further prevent and combat elder abuse and financial exploitation.

The Elder Justice website serves as a resource for elder abuse prosecutors, researchers and practitioners and, most importantly, for victims of elder abuse and their families. This Web site will also serve as a forum for law enforcement and elder justice policy communities to share information and enhance public awareness about elder abuse. Key features of the site include—

  • Resources by State
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Common Elder Abuse Scenarios
  • Training Materials
  • Sample State and Federal Case Documents

For more information, including OVC resources, visit the Elder Justice Web site.

NIJ Report Explores Applying a Sentinel Event Review Approach to Criminal Justice System Errors

Mending Justice: Sentinel Event ReviewsErrors in our criminal justice system inflict specific harm—an individual is wrongfully convicted, a criminal goes free, and people lose trust in the justice system. Errors are potential "sentinel events" that can signal complicated, interconnected flaws in the system.

Drawing on lessons from medicine and aviation, the National Institute of Justice’s latest report, Mending Justice: Sentinel Event Reviews, takes a deeper look at how the criminal justice system could apply "organizational accident" review principles to improve the administration of justice and prevent future errors.

The primary essay—written by James Doyle, a Visiting Fellow with NIJ for 2 years—discusses how principles used by aviation and medicine to improve outcomes could be adopted in criminal justice. The report includes a message from the Attorney General and 16 commentaries from highly respected representatives of criminal justice researchers, practitioners, and other stakeholders.

Download Mending Justice: Sentinel Event Reviews (PDF 1.2 mb) from NIJ’s Web site.

National Academies Release Victim and Support Services Guide About Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking of Children

Confronting Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United States. A Guide for Providers of Victim and Support Services. How are we preventing, identifying, and responding to Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking or Minors in the U.S.? Launch Graphic.

The Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council released a guide for victim and support service providers summarizing the Confronting Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United States report. The report, sponsored by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), was released in September 2013 and examines current approaches to address commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking of children.

This new guide for victim and support service providers (PDF 500 kb) highlights information that is relevant for providers, and includes key terms, risk factors, emerging service strategies, challenges of providing services, and recommendations for preventing, identifying, and responding to these crimes.

Access materials from the report, including an infographic and YouTube video.

 

 

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May 2014

Sign Up for Webinars on Trauma-Informed Services for Victims of Domestic Violence

National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental HealthThe National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health (NCDVTMH) will host a free, 10-part webinar series titled, Building Trauma-Informed Services for Children, Youth, and Parents Impacted by Domestic Violence. The goal of these webinars is to provide participants with practical strategies for supporting survivors and their children to address challenges, promote resilience, and heal from the traumatic effects of interpersonal violence.

  • Webinar 1: Children and Domestic Violence
    Wednesday, June 11, 2014, from 3:00-4:30 p.m. (Eastern)
    In addition to providing an overview of the Webinar series, this event will teach participants about the needs of child victims and their families.
  • Webinar 2: Caring for Others While Caring for Ourselves
    Wednesday, July 30, 2014, from 3:00-4:30 p.m. (Eastern)
    This training will provide guidance on self-care, managing stress, and building organizational support.

Register for these 2 webinars today and sign up for the NCDVTMH Email List to stay informed about future webinars.

Nomination Period Open for L. Anthony Sutin Civic Imagination Award

The L. Anthony Sutin Civic Imagination AwardAwarded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office), the L. Anthony Sutin Civic Imagination Award is bestowed upon a collaborative team of law enforcement and community members whose innovative civic interactions have transformed public safety in their community.

Nominated teams of two or more individuals—at least one law enforcement officer and one community member—have to demonstrate active engagement with the community in a multifaceted manner that has been sustained over time and has resulted in positive, observable public safety outcomes.

The ideal team—

  • creates sustainable collaborations that are innovative, creative, and transformative;
  • displays civic leadership through problem solving and collaborative partnerships;
  • institutionalizes sustainable, positive, observable public safety outcomes; and
  • promotes public safety through dedication to the community policing philosophy.

Visit the COPS Office’s L. Anthony Sutin Civic Imagination Award website to learn more and nominate a team. Nominations must be sent via e-mail to SutinAward@usdoj.gov or via fax to 202-616-8658 (ATTN: Nazmia Alqadi) by Thursday, June 12 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

March 2014

The White House, WashingtonJoin Conference Call With President Obama To Thank Faith and Community Leaders for Assisting in Affordable Care Act Enrollment

At the request of the Federal Partners Committee on Women and Trauma, the Office for Victims of Crime is pleased to send you an invitation from the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships to join President Obama for a conference call on Affordable Care Act enrollment. The conference call will take place on Monday, March 10, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. ET.

President Obama wants to thank all of the faith and community leaders across the country who are working hard to help millions of Americans access affordable, quality health coverage. As you know, one of the President’s top priorities is to ensure that Americans enroll in the health insurance marketplace before the March 31 deadline, and he looks forward to discussing these issues with you.

To participate, RSVP to AT&T Executive TeleConference at http://www.att-rsvp.com or by phone at 877-471-4350. If you are outside the United States, call 402-516-0110.

When you RSVP, you will be asked to provide Conference ID # 321632 and your name, organization, and email address. Once you RSVP, you will receive a dial-in number for the call on Monday, March 10, and you will need to retain Conference ID # 321632.

This call is off the record and not for press purposes.

February 2014

Participate in Listening Sessions about Protecting Students from Sexual Assault

The White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault will be conducting a series of virtual, public listening sessions in February. The Office of Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice, in partnership with the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, and the Civil Rights Division, U.S Department of Justice, will be hosting these sessions, and will be joined by the White House, the Office of the Vice President, and the agencies serving on the Task Force.

The Task Force is looking for concrete and creative ideas about how schools can prevent sexual assault, and how they can better respond when it happens—both in terms of supporting survivors and holding offenders accountable.

In particular, the Task Force is looking for your opinions on:

  • Institutional policies and protocols to address sexual assault
  • Responding to diverse, underserved or historically marginalized victims
  • Prevention programs
  • Crisis intervention and advocacy services
  • Complaint and grievance procedures
  • Investigation protocols
  • Adjudicatory procedures
  • Disciplinary sanctions
  • Training and orientation modules for students, staff, and faculty
  • Evaluating and measuring the success of prevention and response efforts
  • Sharing information with the public
  • Making enforcement activities transparent and accessible
  • Promoting greater coordination and consistency among federal agencies
  • Maximizing the Federal Government’s effectiveness in combatting campus rape and sexual assault

To facilitate conversation, the listening sessions are organized by group. For more information about the various topical groups, the dates and times of each session, the procedure for the sessions, and how to register, visit NCJFCJ's event page for the White House listening sessions.

Participate in Free NITVAN Webinar on ID Theft Victimization Data and Informing Policy for Serving Crime Victims

On February 12, 2014, from 2 to 3 p.m. EST, the National Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network (NITVAN), an OVC-funded network project, will host "Understanding the Latest BJS Data on Identity Theft Victimization—What it Means to Criminal Justice, Policy Makers, Victim Service Professionals and Allied Professionals," a free Webinar for advocates, law enforcement, legal assistance providers, and other allied professionals.

Bureau of Justice Statistics statisticians and authors of 2012 Identity Theft Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey, Erika Harrell and Lynn Langton, will provide background information on the source of the data and explain key findings related to the financial, social, and emotional consequences of identity theft and the experiences of identity theft victims.

Eva Casey Velasquez, President and CEO of Identity Theft Resource Center, will offer thoughts on how the data can be used to inform policy decisions in addressing the needs and rights of identity theft victims.

Register now to learn how these data can impact your work with victims, inform policy decisions, and educate the public on the effects of victimization.

January 2014

Read the Federal Interagency Report on Women and Trauma-Informed Approaches

Trauma-Informed Approaches: Federal Activities and InitiativesTrauma-Informed Approaches: Federal Activities and Initiatives—a report of the Federal Partners Committee on Women and Trauma—demonstrates the application of trauma-informed approaches across a wide range of settings and systems to encourage other government and nongovernmental agencies to implement a cross-sector, interagency, inter-systems’ recognition and response to trauma.

This report, developed with support from the National Center for Trauma-Informed Care at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, also addresses the growing interest in this issue nationally, the work of the Committee, and the specific progress that participating agencies made in the years (2010-2013) since the Committee published its first report in 2011.

Read the report (PDF, 632kb) for further information about the projects, programs, and initiatives of more than three dozen federal agencies, departments, and offices participating on the Federal Partners Committee on Women and Trauma.

 

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