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  • 23 Apr 2016 10:52 AM | Jose Juan Lara Jr. (Administrator)

    Due to recent relocations, changes in professional employment and term expirations, TVSA has a number of board vacancies it is looking to fill. Energetic and enthusiastic volunteers are sought who can commit to rolling up their sleeves to fully participate in our working board! Nominations are now open for upcoming elections later this spring.

    For more information or to request an application please email at www.info@txvsa.org.  

  • 05 Sep 2013 2:32 PM | Stephanie Books (Administrator)
    The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) is pleased to announce that a proposed regulation for the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Victim Assistance Formula Grant Program has been posted in the Federal Register and on Regulations.gov for a 60-day comment period, ending October 28, 2013.

    This proposed regulation gives states and territories greater flexibility in providing financial support to eligible crime victim assistance programs, so it’s important that we receive feedback regarding possible effects this may have on your state or territory, and any suggestions on how OVC might improve the proposed regulation. Please go to Regulations.gov to view an electronic version of the proposed regulation and provide your comments using the form on the site.

    All comments received are considered part of the public record and are generally made available for public inspection on Regulations.gov. Please see the additional information about submitting public comments under the heading “Supplementary Information” in the proposed regulation.

    Once the public comment period closes, OVC will review all comments and make any necessary changes to the draft. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) then has 90 days to review the draft final regulation and return it to OVC. It will be published again in the Federal Register, and will go into effect 30 days after final publication.

    We anticipate the regulation will be finalized with sufficient time allowed for states and territories to make any necessary adjustments, and expect to coordinate the effective date of the final regulation with the VOCA Victim Assistance program funding cycle.

    Your comments will help ensure that VOCA-funded services are of the highest quality and are readily accessible to every victim of crime in our Nation.

    FROM: Joye E. Frost, Director
    Office for Victims of Crime

    DATE: August 28, 2013

    This e-mail message was sent to you from the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)
    by the VOCA Subgrantees Listserv e-mail system.
  • 29 Jul 2013 3:54 PM | Michelle Richter

    The Domestic Violence Research Group is proud to sponsor the world's best domestic violence research website: 

    http://www.domesticviolenceresearch.org/


    Our site features findings from the Partner Abuse State of Knowledge Project (PASK), the most comprehensive database of domestic violence research:

    • A 3-year effort by 42 scholars from 20 universities in the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Israel  
    • 2,657 total pages
    • Summarizes over 1,700 peer-reviewed scientific studies published between 1990 and 2012   
    • 17 topic areas on prevalence, dynamics, risk factors, consequences, and intervention   
    • Up-to-date, reliable, methodologically-sound   
    • Free and accessible to anyone at one convenient location
    The site also features full-length video presentations and links to the world's most renowned domestic violence scholars

    PLEASE FORWARD THIS E-MAIL TO ANYONE WHO YOU THINK MIGHT BE INTERESTED !

    Your feedback on this website would very much be appreciated.  Please let us know how we can improve upon its navigation system, content, or anything else you believe would help in enhancing its usefulness 

     

    Thank you

    The Domestic Violence Research Group

  • 24 Jun 2013 3:19 PM | Michelle Richter

    National Center for Victims of Crime

    Request for Applications

    for Technical Assistance 

     

    Sexual Assault Kit Backlog Reduction:

    Making Victims Part of the Solution

     

    Dear Colleague, 

     

    Would you like to improve your agency's response to victims whose cases include untested sexual assault kits?

    The National Center for Victims of Crime is seeking to identify 3 to 4 communities that would like to receive  technical assistance to help improve their response to these victims.

    For more information on this opportunity, please read our Request for Applications. Completed applications should be returned by July 2 to iknecht@ncvc.org.

    This opportunity is part of the National Center's effort, funded by the Office on Violence Against Women, to reduce the backlog of untested sexual assault kits and ensure victim-centered system responses and service provision. Learn more.

    Sincerely,
    Mai Fernandez Signature
    Mai Fernandez
    Executive Director
  • 11 Jun 2013 1:20 PM | Michelle Richter

    OVC has released its Vicsion 21 Report.

    You can view the document at: http://ovc.ncjrs.gov/vision21/pdfs/Vision21_Report.pdf 

  • 25 Apr 2013 8:46 AM | Michelle Richter

    OJJDP Inventory Reduction Sale

    For a limited time, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) is waiving shipping fees for select publications in its inventory. Stock up on materials for your personal collection, order a quantity of an essential publication for distribution to your colleagues, or add resources for trainings and meetings. Browse the collection and take advantage of this special offer, but hurry – quantities are limited, and free shipping ends May 1.

    Resources:

    View the available publications with free shipping.

  • 25 Apr 2013 8:45 AM | Michelle Richter

    Evaluation of OVW’s Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention Demonstration Initiative

    NIJ seeks proposals to evaluate the implementation and outcomes of the Office on Violence Against Women’s (OVW) Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention Demonstration Initiative. Proposals submitted under this solicitation should:

    • Detail research options for conducting both a process and outcome evaluation.
    • Provide an initial plan for reviewing Phase I, that can include in-person or virtual site visits.
    • Demonstrate strong knowledge of program evaluation, including experience with multi-site evaluation.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of domestic violence, including intimate partner homicide and related prevention programs.

    Application deadline: June 8, 2013

    Download the solicitation
  • 25 Apr 2013 8:44 AM | Michelle Richter
    The National Center for Victims of Crime is inviting adult survivors of child sexual abuse involving sexually explicit pictures or videos of the abuse (child pornography) to take an anonymous online survey about the response they received and the help victims need.


    The survey is funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime. It asks about help survivors received, barriers to getting help, and suggestions for improving how victims of these crimes are treated by police, prosecutors, courts, and counselors. It also includes a few general questions about the crimes experienced. Participants are free to skip any questions they do not want to answer, and they will not be asked for any information that could identify them.

    For more information about this project, including a link to the online survey, visit www.victimsofcrime.org/child-pornography.

    Thank You!

  • 25 Apr 2013 8:41 AM | Michelle Richter

    Congrats to TAASA for being awarded as a 2013 National Crime Victims’ Service Recipient!

     

    Everyone is so grateful for TAASA’s mission and the dedication of and strategic thinking of its employees. You make us proud!

     

    OVC annually recognizes individuals and organizations that demonstrate outstanding service in supporting victims and victim services. The award recipients, who are selected from public nominations in nine categories, are extraordinary individuals, organizations, teams, and programs that provide services to victims of crime. The honorees are announced and honored at the National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony. Mary Lou Leary, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs and US Attorney General Eric Holder, among other spoke at the awards ceremony.

     

    Pictures and more about the event: https://ovcncvrw.ncjrs.gov/Awards/AwardGallery/gallerysearch.html

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