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National Center for Victims of Crime

The National Center for Victims of Crime (NCFVOC) is a nonprofit organization that advocates for victims' rights, trains professionals who work with victims, and serves as a trusted source of information on victims' issues. After more than 25 years, NCFVOC remains the most comprehensive national resource committed to advancing victims' rights and helping victims of crime rebuild their lives.

Active BJA Funded Project(s):

  • Project Safe Neighborhoods National Training and Technical Assistance Program

Learning from Error in Criminal Justice: A Sentinel Events Approach

In criminal justice, a “sentinel event” is a bad outcome that might include a death in custody, routine police encounter that escalates to violence, mishandling of evidence, wrongful conviction, or “near miss,” in which a negative event is narrowly avoided. Too often, the criminal justice system fails to learn from these bad outcomes. Drawing inspiration from aviation, medicine, and other high-risk fields, the Sentinel Events Initiative (SEI) takes an alternative approach.

Webinar - Introducing the Public Safety Risk Assessment Clearinghouse

The Public Safety Risk Assessment Clearinghouse (PSRAC), developed in partnership between the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center (Urban), is a new, one-stop online resource for comprehensive and accessible information on risk assessment for safer communities.

Webinar - SOAR: A Reentry Tool for Individuals Involved in the Criminal Justice System

The Social Security Administration disability benefit programs – Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) – can provide income and health insurance benefits to support healthy return to communities for previously incarcerated individuals who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness and have a serious mental illness, medical impairment, and/or a co-occurring substance use disorder. SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) is a model that can help.

Webinar - Promoting Accessible & Inclusive Services for Victims with Disabilities: A Webinar for VOCA Administrators

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ 2016 report, people with disabilities were more than three times more likely to experience violent crime than people without disabilities from 2010 to 2014. At the same time, only 13 percent of violent crime victims with disabilities received assistance from non-police victim services agencies. The recent increases in state Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) victim assistance grants create a unique opportunity to increase the number of crime victims with disabilities who access victim services.

First Responder Burnout Prevention Webinar

The Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program team invites you to this no-cost webinar on Thursday, October 11 at 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. ET.

Please register to reserve your spot!

This webinar will examine the causes of first responder burnout with consideration given to stresses arising from response to the opioid epidemic.

Panelists will discuss:

Webinar - Navigating the SART Toolkit

Multidisciplinary Sexual Assault Response Teams (SART) are highly regarded as achieving success in communities, improving responses for victims, and increasing prosecution rates. The newly updated SART Toolkit is an online manual that supports SARTs in all aspects of their work, from building a team to responding to victims. The SART Toolkit connects teams with information on topics, resources, and access to experts.

Webinar - Helping Victims of Mass Violence & Terrorism: 48 Hours and Beyond

This September, the Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center will launch an important two-part webinar series that will highlight significant actions needed to help communities prepare and respond appropriately to assist victims in the first few days after a mass violence tragedy occurs. 

Webinar - Helping Victims of Mass Violence & Terrorism: The First 24 to 48 Hours

This September, the Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center will launch an important two-part webinar series that will highlight significant actions needed to help communities prepare and respond appropriately to assist victims in the first few days after a mass violence tragedy occurs. 

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