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Document 028297
Victim-Centered Victim Offender Dialogue in Crimes of Severe Violence: 20 Essential Principles for Corrections-Based Victim Services
National Association of Victim Service Professionals in Corrections (NAVSPIC). Victim Offender Dialogue (VOD) National Standards Subcommittee (Wichita, KS).
If you are looking for an explanation of what victim-centered victim offender dialogue (VOD) is, then this is the document for you. It does a great job in explaining the process and standards involved in effective VOD.... Read More
6 pages
Document 028306
Post-Conviction Victim Service Providers: Selected Resources Annotated Bibliography
National Institute of Corrections Information Center (NICIC) (Aurora, CO).
Victims have statutory rights that begin the moment a crime is committed against them. Ideally, victims would be fully informed of their rights at every step in the process: at the time the crime is reported, during the justice process, while the offender is incarcerated, and when the offender reenters the community. Different criminal justice stakeholders are responsible for victim services at different stages of this process. National Institute of Corrections’ project, “Post-Conviction Victim ... Read More
20 pages
Document 028484
Victim Services and PREA: A Trauma-Informed Approach
U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) (Washington, DC). Just Detention International (Los Angeles, CA); National PREA Resource Center (Washington, DC).
This training program "was designed to prepare corrections staff to develop and implement a victim services program that is both trauma-informed and victim-centered. The curriculum includes material that involves aspects of the following PREA standards: 115.16, 115.21–.22, 115.51, 115.53–.54, 115.61–.68, 115.73, 115.81–.83, and 115.86. The curriculum guides officials, step-by-step, through the process of establishing victim services programs in a variety of confinement settings; prepares staff m... Read More
525 minutes
Document 029771
Innovative Practices for Victim Services: Report from the Field
U.S. Dept. of Justice. Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) (Washington, DC).
"This e-bulletin provides brief descriptions of some of the innovative practices used by VOCA victim assistance and compensation programs. It draws on the firsthand experiences of state administrators and program staff in responding to victims’ needs, addressing gaps in services, and promoting awareness of crime victims’ rights. It is designed to spark dialogue among states and localities and encourage them to replicate these innovative practices … While some of the initiatives highlighted here ... Read More

19 pages
Document 027699
OVC-Funded Webinar Offers Guided Tour of the 2013 NCVRW Resource Guide
U.S. Dept. of Justice. Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) (Washington, DC).
“Designed to help communities and victim assistance providers promote awareness of crime victim issues, the Guide includes educational content, campaign materials, artwork, and a theme video. Explore the Guide online or download all materials for use offline.” This website provides access to the NCVRW Resource Guide (in both English and in Spanish); campaign posters; camera-ready artwork; web ads; and PSAs. The Resource guide includes the following sections: Letter From OVC; Letter From NCVC (Na... Read More
130 pages
Document 027805
Evaluation of the Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification Program
By Irazola, Seri; Williamson, Erin; Niedzwiecki, Emily; Debus-Sherrill, Sara; Stricker, Julie. National Institute of Justice (NIJ) (Washington, DC). ICF International (Fairfax, VA).
Results from an evaluation of Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification (SAVIN) programs are presented. “Automated victim notification (AVN) is often touted as an effective and efficient means for providing victims timely and accurate information of their offenders’ court events and status changes at reduced burden to the criminal justice system. AVN systems, first introduced in 1994, operate by receiving electronic data (e.g., case number, offender demographics) from participating... Read More
359 pages
Document 027807
Transition Age Youth With Mental Health Challenges in the Juvenile Justice System
By Zajac, Kristyn; Sheidow, Ashli L.; Davis, Maryann. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) (Rockville, MD); National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) (Bethesda, MD); National Institutes of Health (NIH) (Bethesda, MD); National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) (Washington, DC). Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health (TA Partnership) (Washington, DC); National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice (NCMHJJ) (Delmar, NY).
Anyone working with transitional youth, individuals aged 16 to 25 years, needs to read this brief. It will help you in understanding their mental health problems, recidivism, and effective transition to adulthood. Sections of this brief include: overview, development during transition to adulthood, and potential pitfalls of the transition age; mental health problems and juvenile justice involvement during the transition age; critical issues facing justice-involved transition age youth with menta... Read More
61 pages
Document 028034
Promising Victim Related Practices in Probation and Parole: Training Curriculum [and] Participant Manual [Lesson Plans and Participants’ Manual]
U.S. Dept. of Justice (DOJ). Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) (Washington, DC). American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) (Lexington, KY); Council of State Governments (CSG) (Lexington, KY).
“The goal of this training program is to provide community corrections officers with information on strategies they can use to enhance their interactions with and services to crime victims. By the conclusion of this training participants will be able to: describe the impacts and implications of crime on its victims; identify the specific rights of victims, and describe the role of community corrections staff in implementing victims’ rights; demonstrate skills for communicating effectively with c... Read More
429 pages (Training Curriculum – 201 pages, Participant Manual – 114 pages, Presentation Slides – 114 pages)
Document 015118
OVC National Resource Directory of Victim Assistance Funding Opportunities
U.S. Dept. of Justice. Office for Victims of Crime (Washington, DC). Victim Services (New York); U.S. Dept. of Justice. Office for Victims of Crime (Washington, DC).
Noted by State, this directory lists contact names, mailing addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses for Federal grants programs that provide assistance to crime victims. These Federal programs include: the Edward Byrne Memorial State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance Formula Grant Program (Byrne Program), Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA), Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant (PHHSBG), STOP Violence Against Women Act Program (VAWA), Victims of Crime Act (V... Read More
1 p.
Document 027248
Promising Victim Related Practices in Probation and Parole Fact Sheet Series
U.S. Dept. of Justice. Office for Victims of Crime (Washington, DC). American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) (Lexington, KY); Council of State Governments (New York, NY).
Access to eight fact sheets “on topics related to crime victims and victims’ needs throughout the community corrections process” is provided. Topics covered are: The Role of Community Corrections in Victim Services; Collaboration and Partnership for Victim Services in Community Corrections; Family Violence; Restitution and Other Legal Financial Obligations; Seeking Victim Input; Victim Information and Notification; Victim/Offender Programs; and Workplace Violence.... Read More
Document 027379
Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services: Final Report
U.S. Dept. of Justice. Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) (Washington, DC).
“The Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services Final Report presents a cohesive and comprehensive framework for strategic change in the victim services field and addresses ways to overcome political, policy, and philosophical challenges in the field. OVC anticipates that this report will catalyze important first steps in the strategic direction and focus of the victim assistance field. “ Six chapters follow an executive summary: forging a future informed by research; meeting the holistic legal nee... Read More
60 pages
Document 027633
Voice of the Victim: A Perspective Spotlight Issue
U.S. Dept. of Justice. Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) (Washington, DC). American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) (Lexington, KY); Council of State Governments (CSG) (Lexington, KY).
This special issue of Perspectives is “is dedicated to promoting innovative programs, policies and protocols that improve crime victims’ rights and services in community corrections” (p. iii). Features of this issue cover: The Power of Information and Notification: A Victim/Survivor’s Perspective; Recommendations from the Public Hearing on Victim Issues in Probation and Parole: August 18, 2010; Crime Victims and Offender Reentry; Victim Services Provided Through The Allen County, Indiana Reentry... Read More
100 pages
Document 022871
Report and Recommendations of the Subcommittee on Supervision in the Community to the New York State Commission on Sentencing Reform
New York State Commission on Sentencing Reform. Subcommittee on Supervision in the Community (Albany, NY).
Observations and recommendations made by the Subcommittee on Supervision in the Community regarding the strengthening of community corrections are presented. This report includes these sections: introduction and background information; Subcommittee process; framework and operating assumptions for deliberations; pretrial release services; probation services and system issues; alternatives to incarceration; parole supervision and violations process; community resources; and victim's services and ... Read More
57 p.
Document 021985
Achieving Excellence in Correctional Victim Services Through Collaboration [Satellite/Internet Broadcast held September 11-15, 2006]
National Institute of Corrections Academy (Longmont, CO).
Crime is everyone's business. It affects entire communities. Too often, crime victims are left to fend for themselves or are forgotten, especially after the court process. Significant progress has been made in corrections-based victim services over the past two decades. Yet, true excellence in victim services can only be achieved through active collaboration. This interactive, multidisciplinary program examines the need for a collaborative approach to corrections-based victim services. In add... Read More
8 DVDs (650 min.) + 1 CD
Document 016898
Community Notification and Education
By Matson, Scott. U.S. Dept. of Justice. Office of Justice Programs (Washington, DC); National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC); State Justice Institute (Alexa. Center for Sex Offender Management (Silver Spring, MD).
Differences in state laws regarding sex offender notification are examined, as well as innovative approaches to community notification and education in the U.S. This report contains the following sections: introduction; background; state variations; identifying offenders for notification; methods of notification; legal issues; are notification laws effective?; innovative approaches; unintended consequences; reducing unintended consequences; educating communities; conclusion; and organization co... Read More
20 p.
Document 016075
Community Supervision of the Sex Offender: An Overview of Current and Promising Practices
By Gilligan, Leilah; Talbot, Tom; Carter, Madeline M., ed.. U.S. Dept. of Justice. Violence Against Women Grants Office (Washington, DC); U.S. Dept. of Justice. Office of Justice Programs (Washington, DC); National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC); State Justice Institute (SJI) (Alexandria, VA). Center for Sex Offender Management (Silver Spring, MD).
Almost 60% of all adult sex offenders are under some form of community supervision. An exploration of emerging practices and lessons learned in the management of sex offenders at the community level is presented. Contents include:
  • Overview;
  • Sex offenders -- who is being supervised;
  • A shift in perspective -- the victim-centered approach to sex offender management;
  • The central role of collaboration in managing sex offenders in the community;
  • Establishing a framewor... Read More
16 pages
Document 020495
Victim Services Liaison Occupational Analysis Profile
National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC); Eastern Kentucky University. Training Resource Center (Richmond, KY).
A competency profile for a victim services liaison is presented. Elements comprising this competency are duties, tasks, traits, knowledge, skills, and training needs, presented in DACUM format. ... Read More
2 p.
Document 007042
Making It Work: Addressing Victim Concerns Through Community Corrections Programs
By Shapiro, Carol; Alexander, Diane; Schuman, Alan M.. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). Rutgers University. School of Criminal Justice. Program Resources Center (Newark, NJ).
... Read More
52 p.
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