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2015 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Theme Video
The theme of 2015 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is “Engaging Communities, Empowering Victims.” The 2015 NCVRW theme video highlights the importance of building partnerships throughout communities to better address all victims’ needs.
Grants 101: A Resource from Department of Justice
This resource is particularly useful for new applicants in navigating the challenges of a highly competitive application and grant award process. The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has posted a number of current solicitations on OJJDP's Funding Opportunities Web page. Additional funding opportunities from other OJP components may be found on OJP's Open Solicitations Web page.
High School Graduation Rate Hits New Record High
New data released by NCES show that the nation’s high school graduation rate hit 81 percent in 2012-13, the highest rate seen since states adopted a new common metric for tracking graduation rates five years ago. See graduation rates listed by state.
New Modules Added to VAT Online
OVC’s Victim Assistance Training (VAT) Online offers service providers online training opportunities to better assist victims of crime. Five new modules can now be found on VAT Online addressing sexual assault, LGBTQ populations, victims with substance abuse issues, financial crimes, and identity theft.
Rape and Sexual Assault Among College-Age Females, 1995 - 2013
This report compares the characteristics of rape and sexual assault victimization of 18-24 year old females enrolled and not enrolled in college. The report examines the relationship of victim and offender, involvement of a weapon, location of victimization, reporting to the police, perceived offender characteristics, and victim demographics.
Research and Evaluation Projects on Gangs
This resource, developed by the National Institute of Justice, provides process and outcome evaluation results and a discussion of anti-gang and anti-gun-violence programs.
Violence by Gang Members, 1993-2003
This brief from the Bureau of Justice Statistics discusses national crime rates, violent assaults, and the percentage in which a gang or gang member was identified as the perpetrator. Rates of gang violence are given by gender, race, and age.
Tribal Justice and Safety
The site features the latest announcements, press releases, speeches and information regarding Department of Justice initiatives in tribal communities. It also provides comprehensive resources available through the Office of Tribal Justice and the Department's grant-making divisions: the Office of Justice Programs, Community Oriented Policing Services and the Office on Violence Against Women. Access to the Department's Combined Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) is also available on the Web site.
“Through Our Eyes: Children, Violence, and Trauma” Video Series and Resources
This video series aims to educate child-serving professionals about the significance of exposure to violence, the lasting effects of this exposure, ways to protect children, and how to alleviate harm from exposure. The accompanying resource guide contains information about hotlines, organizations, websites, public awareness products, training, and publications that can help professionals as they work to make homes, schools, and communities safer for children.
SART Toolkit: Resources for Sexual Assault Response Teams
SARTs, or sexual assault response teams, can help victims of sexual assault through the maze of governmental and community agencies they interact with to receive assistance. The SART Toolkit can help communities considering developing a SART program or communities that have an established coordinated response but want to improve it.
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Forces Arrest More Than 1,000 Child Predators in Operation Broken Heart
Sixty-one members of the ICAC Task Force, funded by OJJDP, arrested 1,140 child predators from 41 states during Operation Broken Heart. This was a two-month, nationwide coordinated investigative operation to intensify efforts to identify and arrest child sexual predators during the months of April and May 2015.
Online Training: Building Resiliency in Child Abuse Organizations
This one-day online training identifies the five core elements of resiliency and explores how the organizational resiliency model can be implemented in victim service agencies through policies, supervisory techniques, and trainings. Continuing education unit (CEU) is offered for this training.
Second National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence
Children’s Exposure to Violence, Crime, and Abuse: An Update (PDF, 16 pages) presents findings from the second National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence (NatSCEV II), conducted in 2011. NatSCEV II gathered data about exposure to violence among a new group of 4,500 children and youth, and added new categories of crime and victimization. Findings from the NatSCEV II show that 60% of young people were exposed to violence in the past year, and more than one in 10 reported five or more exposures.
Resource: Data Snapshot on Youth Victims of Violence
This Statistical Briefing Book Data Snapshot (PDF, 1 page) highlights characteristics of youth victims of violence and domestic violence using data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Incident-Based Reporting System.
Resource: Children, Violence, and Trauma
This video provides an overview of how violence and trauma impact students, gives coping techniques for educators to share with their students, and provides information on trauma-informed teaching.
Report: Campus Sexual Assault in the United States
This report includes a review of prevalence estimates for campus sexual assault in the United States published between January 2000 and February 2015. Results show that estimates of rape varied widely, largely due to differences in measurement and definitions of sexual assault among studies.
Resource: Enhanced Resource Guidelines: Improving Court Practice in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases
These guidelines (PDF, 417 pages) are available for judges and court professionals as a tool to enhance court practice in child abuse and neglect cases.
Report: Durable Collaborations: The National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention
This report describes the outcomes from a study of the perceptions and attitudes of community leaders in the 15 cities participating in the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention. Results indicate that leaders feel the Forum develops greater opportunities for youth, more effective violence prevention approaches, improved perceptions of law enforcement, and a broader engagement of community members.
Resource: New BJA NTTAC Violent Crime Resource
This new website features violent crime training and technical assistance resources, including publications, national initiatives, trainings, technical assistance opportunities, and other materials identified by BJA’s National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC).
Resource: National Youth Violence Prevention Update 2010-2016
This update (PDF, 16 pages) provides an overview of the three signature initiatives that comprise the federal national youth violence prevention strategy: the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention, the Community-Based Violence Prevention program, and the Defending Childhood initiative.
Report: Co-Offending Among Adolescents in Violence Victimizations, 2004-13
This report presents estimates of nonfatal violence victimizations committed by adolescents during 2004-13 and compares the characteristics of victimizations committed by adolescents acting alone and with other young people. The data show adolescent offenders committed 22% of all violent victimizations during this period, and more violent victimizations were committed by adolescents who acted alone than those who acted with co-offenders.
Resource: Changing Minds Campaign
This campaign aims to educate adults who work with youth about the impact of childhood trauma and the actions they can take to help young people heal.
Report: The Role of Technology in Youth Harassment Victimization
This bulletin (PDF, 12 pages) discusses key findings from the Technology Harassment Victimization study. Conducted between December 2013 and March 2014, this study examined technology-involved harassment within the context of other types of youth victimization and risk factors.
Report: Gun Violence and Youth
This literature review (PDF, 24 pages) provides an overview of intentional gun violence involving youth, aged 10-24, in the U.S., including homicides, nonfatal injuries, suicides, community violence, and school violence/shootings. It includes information on the scope of the problem, risk and protective factors, policy research on guns, guns as a public health issue, and evidence-based practices and programs to reduce gun violence.
Resource: Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Children Exposed to Violence
This toolkit, developed by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Yale Child Study Center with support from OJJDP, provides practical tools and resources to assist law enforcement agencies in building or enhancing effective operational responses to children exposed to violence. This toolkit can help police leaders and frontline officers provide trauma-informed, developmentally-appropriate responses to children exposed to violence.