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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

49 pages
Document 031511
Creative Ideas for Institutional and Community Corrections Agencies to Partner with Crime Victim Assistance Organizations and Agencies to Promote 2016 National Crime Victims' Rights Week: Serving Victims. Building Trust. Restoring Hope.
American Correctional Association (ACA). Victims and Restorative Justice Committees; American Probation and Parole Association (APPA). Victim Issues Committee; Association of Paroling Authorities International (APAI). Victims Committee; National institute of Corrections (NIC). Network of Post-Conviction Victim Service Providers (Washington, DC).
"From the creation of Victims Committees at ACA (1987), APPA (1991), and APAI (1992) and the establishment of the National Association of Victim Assistance in Corrections (NAVAC, formerly known as NAVSPIC) and the National Institute of Corrections Network of Post-Conviction Victim Service Providers, the field of corrections has recognized the importance of enforcing victims’ rights in the post-sentencing phases of their cases, and providing services and support to the victims and survivors of th... Read More

9 pages
Document 032727
Working with Victims of Crime: An Integrated Approach for Community Supervision Professionals
By Baker, Maureen; King, Erica; Wheeler, Tara; Conners, Anne; Sanchez, Mara. National Institute of Corrections (NIC) (Washington, DC); University of Southern Maine. Muskie School of Public Service. Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy (Portland, ME).
This Guide provides a comprehensive overview of available information on victims’ rights and services. It is informed by the foundational work of many advocates, academics and community corrections professionals. While the Guide will outline specific tools and resources to inform your work, it is worth noting that there is no “one size fits all” approach that will work across all scenarios. There may be information in the Guide that will require you to self-reflect on your practice as it relates... Read More

Document 029682
Offender Reentry: The Value of Victim Involvement [Broadcast]
By Brisbin, Lorie; Newlin, Lydia ; Costa, Jeralita “Jeri”; Odom, Mark; Seymour, Anne; Baker, Maureen; King, Erica. National Institute of Corrections (NIC) (Washington, DC).
This three-hour national discussion and broadcast by the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) focuses on the unique opportunities and challenges of including victims in the offender reentry process. Current points in the criminal justice reentry continuum where victims can and should have a voice are explored. By including victims we can obtain more balanced information about the offender and their offense history which can positively impact reentry decisions. This approach can result in bett... Read More

158 minutes
Document 030186
2015 OVC Report to the Nation, Fiscal Years 2013-2014: Building Capacity Through Research, Innovation, Technology, and Training
U.S. Department of Justice. Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) (Washington, DC).
"OVC's Report to the Nation summarizes the progress made in upholding crime victims' rights and providing high-quality services to victims, survivors, and communities during fiscal years 2013-2014. The report highlights innovative programs and victim-centered initiatives, summarizes financial support to states and U.S. territories, and provides insight into OVC's strategic efforts to address both emerging and enduring challenges in order to expand and enhance victim assistance throughout the Nat... Read More

43 pages
Document 030162
A Tribal Probation Officers Guide to Working with Victims
By Seymour, Anne. U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) (Washington, DC). American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) (Lexington, KY).
"While victims are not the primary client for you as a tribal probation officer [TPO], you are in a unique position to provide them with critical information and link them with services. This bulletin is designed to provide TPOs with a brief overview of victims’ rights, tips to help coordinate and improve the delivery of victim services, and information about the varied services available to victims of crime" (p. 3). Sections of this publication cover: why tribal probation officers should be con... Read More

20 pages
Document 031312
Victim Impact: Listen and Learn: An Evaluation of the Effects of the Victim Impact: Listen and Learn Program on Prisoner Recidivism and Prisoner Behavior
Longwood Foundation (Wilmington, DE). Victims' Voices Heard, Inc. (Lewes, DE); Brown University. Alpert Medical School (Providence, RI).
"This is a report of the evaluation study conducted to examine the effects of the Victim Impact: Listen and Learn program on the behaviors of the prisoners who attended this program. The focus of the data we collected and reported on was on the participants’ behaviors after attending the program but while still in prison, and upon release from prison … The central tenet of the program is that a vital component to facilitating change within an individual offender is a focus on the victims of crim... Read More

27 pages
Document 031335
Culture, Language, and Access:; Key Considerations for Serving Deaf Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence
By Smith, Nancy; Hope, Charity. U.S. Dept. of Justice. Office on Violence Against Women (Washington, DC). Vera Institute of Justice. Center on Victimization and Safety (New York, NY).
"Recent research suggests that Deaf women experience higher rates of sexual and domestic violence than their hearing counterparts, but are often shut off from victim services and supports that are ill-equipped to respond to their unique needs. As a result, they are denied access to services that could help them safely flee from abuse, heal from trauma, and seek justice after they have been harmed. This policy brief offers practical suggestions for expanding and enhancing Deaf survivors’ access t... Read More

36 pages
Document 031408
Evidence-Based Decision Making: Victim Service Provider User's Guide
By Gibel, Susan; Carter, Madeline M.; Ramirez, Rachelle. NIC-13CS09GKN5; National Institute of Corrections (NIC). Community Services Division (Washington, DC). Center for Effective Public Policy (Silver Spring, MD).
"The purpose of this Guide is to prepare and assist VSPs [victim service providers) to become part of an EBDM [Evidence-Based Decision Making] policy team, as outlined in "A Framework for Evidence-Based Decision Making in Local Criminal Justice Systems" (http://nicic.gov/library/024372). To help prepare VSPs for this role, the Guide provides: a rationale for VSPs to become involved with the policy team; an examination of the benefits that can accrue from the participation of VSPs in the EBDM pr... Read More

34 pages
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 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 029749
Corrections-Based Victim Services 2016 National Directory
National Association of Victim Service Professionals in Corrections (NAVSPIC) (Wichita, KS).
"This is a national directory of all known corrections-based victim service providers, maintained by the National Association of Victim Service Professionals in Corrections (NAVSPIC)." Information provided includes (if available): contact person, title, state correctional agency, phone number, email address, postal address, and website.... Read More

32 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. “ ... 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).... Read More
100 pages
Document 025228
Public Hearing on Victim Issues in Probation and Parole, August 18, 2010: Recommendation Report
By Seymour, Anne. U.S. Dept of Justice. Office for Victims of Crimes (Washington, DC). American Probation and Parole Association (Lexington, KY).
“Based on the testimony provided, this report provides a list of 10 recommendations for improving services to crime victims and survivors throughout the community corrections process” (p. 4). Also presented are excerpts from testimony regarding safety, information and notification, restitution, access to available resources, fairness and justice, respect and recognition, and offender accountability.... Read More
15 pages
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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