The Office for Victims of Crime and the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, both administered by the United States Department of Justice, have brought victim assistance collaboration into the 21st century with facilitation tools for service providers. We have incorporated a link to their websites at the top of our newsletter.
The OVC website provides a wealth of information and also details two new services, the OVC Web Forum and the OVC Directory of Crime Victim Services. Be sure to update your own information in the Service Directory, a comprehensive and user-friendly database providing victims and service providers with the means to locate or promote victim assistance programs in the United States and other countries. To learn more, visit http://ovc.ncjrs.org/findvictimservices.
The OVC Web Forum provides a forum for victim service providers and allied professionals to connect and share experiences about best practices. A guest host feature each month focuses discussion on a single topic of interest. Visit the forum at http://ovc.ncjrs.org/ovcproviderforum to learn more.
NCJRS has dedicated a web page for victims assistance. Find the latest publications, links, Questions and Answers, and Search Engine at http://www.ncjrs.gov/App/Topics/Topic.aspx?TopicID=179. The NCJRS is full of information and research on multiple topics. Remember information is power.