UCR Data, Kids Count Data, Watch MN Resources on Court Watch, OVC Web Forum on Victims and the Media and Easier Access to “Repaying Debts”

February 3, 2008

Dear Friends:

Well, I’m on pins and needles with the NFC Playoffs starring my beloved Packers only six hours away! So I’ve been inspired to load you up with LOTS of great resources this week. Also, I’ll be
on the road without internet access next weekend, so your next MMM will come from me on January 28. Five Missives for you this week.

The FBI just released preliminary figures indicate that, as a whole, law enforcement agencies throughout the Nation reported a decrease of 1.8 percent in the number of violent crimes brought to their attention in the first half of 2007 when compared with figures reported for the first six months of 2006. These are GREAT data to use for 2008 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. You can download the Uniform Crime Reports data at: http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/prelim2007/index.html.

The latest statistics and data from the annual Kids Count project have just been released. The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT online database has a whole new look and feel. Now featuring child well-being measures for the 50 largest U.S. cities, this powerful tool contains more than 100 indicators, including the most recent data available on education, employment and income, poverty, health, and youth risk factors for the United States as a whole, all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This is an excellent resource for MMMers: http://www.aecf.org/MajorInitiatives/KIDSCOUNT.aspx.

I’ve recently been introduced to a great organization, WATCH Minnesota, which in 2007 won a Mary Byron Foundation “Celebrating Solutions” award. They offer excellent resources and technical assistance to help folks establish court watch programs, including a wonderful “how to” manual. In the early days of our field, court watch programs were an important staple, and should be today! Check out their website and resources at: http://www.watchmn.org/.

I’ll be hosting an OVC Web Forum on Wednesday, January 30, from 2 pm tp 3 pm EST with my great Colorado colleague, journalism professor Greg Luft. We’ll be discussing “Cultivating Relationships Between Victim Service Providers and the Media.” It ought to be an interesting and lively chat, so please join us and help spread the word. More info is available from the Office for Victims of Crime at: http://ovc.ncjrs.gov/ovcproviderforum/index.asp.

Loyal MMMer Stephanie Frogge let me know that some folks were having difficulty accessing the CSG document on restitution, “Repaying Debts.” She provided a more direct link for you all: http://www.reentrypolicy.org/special_projects/financial_obligations. Thanks, Steph!



Important VOCA Survey, NCVRW Resource Guide and NCVRW Action Kit Now Available Online, and VAWA Briefing Book

January 14, 2008

Dear Friends:

GBPackersAs you can guess, I had a FANTASTIC weekend with my beloved Green Bay Packers headed to the NFC Playoffs next week, at Lambeau in the “frozen tundra!” We went from two years of “faith-based football” to an amazing “dream team,” and I couldn’t be prouder! FOUR MISSIVES THIS WEEK, and DO please take time to complete the VOCA survey!:

The OVC National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide is now available online at www.ovc.gov. In addition, APPRISS (provider of the VINE and SAVIN services) has produced a NCVRW Action Kit with an emphasis on automated victim notification. You can download this Kit at www.appriss.com.

IMPORTANT VOCA ACTION ALERT: The FY08 appropriations omnibus bill passed by Congress and signed by the President REDUCED VOCA spending to $590 million. This will mean an estimated 11 percent cut in VOCA Assistance grants to the states (we are hosting a VOCA Briefing on the Hill on February 8th to address this concern!). The National Center for Victims of Crime and its partners are gathering information to share with policymakers about the real world effect of this drastic cut. Please help us by taking a few minutes today to complete our survey. While we request that each agency or organization only complete the survey one time, additional comments by other staff are welcome. Send your additional comments to NCVC’s Public Policy Department at: ncvc_public_policy_dept@ncvc.org with the subject line “VOCA.” The survey, which should only take 5 to 10 minutes to complete, is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=M3ycwV_2b1ZMk4QeAymdpYhg_3d_3d. PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF SURVEYS WE RECEIVE – YOUR INPUT AND THAT OF ALL FOLKS WHO RECEIVE VOCA FUNDING ARE TRULY APPRECIATED!

Your national policy leaders are currently updating the VAWA Appropriations Briefing Book, and MMM will keep you posted when this is available. You may want to check out the most recent version to get up to speed on key funding issues related to VAWA: http://www.nnedv.org/docs/Policy/BriefingBook08.pdf.



Teen Action Campaign and New Website on Drug Abuse

January 5, 2008

Dear Friends:

Hope you are all settling into a productive 2008! I wanted to offer my recommendation to ya’ll on a great speaker/presenter for victim conferences. Mildred Muhammad is the ex-wife of the man known as the “D.C. Sniper,” who is now working to help other survivors of domestic violence. She has a very compelling story to tell about her experiences as a survivor of domestic violence; having her children kidnapped; and being the main target of her ex-husband as he committed countless murders and assaults in the DC Metropolitan Area. You can visit her website at http://www.afterthetrauma.org/; and for information about speaking engagements, you can contact Mildred directly via email at: afterthetrauma@yahoo.com. TWO MISSIVES for you this week.

The Family Violence Prevention Fund is co-sponsoring the Teen Action Campaign, See It and Stop It, an unprecedented multi-media public education campaign by and for teens. It offers posters, radio and television public service announcements, an online toolkit, and valuable information on how to recognize the warning signs of dating violence, how to stop it, and how to make a difference in your school and community. See It and Stop It was developed by teens in Massachusetts, with support from the Family Violence Prevention Fund and The Advertising Council. You can download a great Toolkit and more information about the Campaign at: http://www.seeitandstopit.org/pages/.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse has launched a website to serve researchers, practitioners, and policymakers. The NIDA Networking Project site facilitates information sharing and research collaboration among those concerned with drug abuse through access to locations, people, expertise, and resources from NIDA’s research networks. You can access this great new website at: http://nnp.drugabuse.gov/.


Technology and Domestic Violence, Victims’ Rights Article, Methamphetamine Guidebook, AND Job Opp in NYC

December 30, 2007

Dear Friends:

I hope each of you, like me, is looking back at 2007 and appreciating our accomplishments that have benefited victims and survivors of crime. AND at the same time, realizing the challenges that remain ahead…..so here’s to a “great ’08 for victims rights and services.” FOUR MISSIVES FOR YOU THIS WEEK:

The National Network to End Domestic Violence’s “Safety Net: National Safe and Strategic Technology Project has resources to address how technology impacts victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. Safety Net Project publications are available online in six languages, and can be accessed at: http://www.nnedv.org/resource-center/safety-net-publications/

An interesting article published in U.S. News and World Report on the impact of crime victims’ rights laws is worth reading. And I’d be interested in knowing what you think! You can download it at: http://www.usnews.com/articles/news/national/2007/12/13/giving-crime-victims-more-of-their-say_print.htm.

A free guide, produced by the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs and UCLA ISAP, is a comprehensive compilation of the latest information on methamphetamine, including: an overview of methamphetamine and its effects, guidelines for assessment, treatment, and recovery and the impact of methamphetamine on special populations. You can download the document at: http://www.adp.ca.gov/Meth/pdf/MethTreatmentGuide.pdf.

There is a GREAT employment opportunity at Family Justice in New York City for a Director of Training and Curriculum Development. I have worked with these wonderful folks for years on incorporating victim issues into broader justice issues. The job description and additional information can be accessed at; http://www.familyjustice.org/jobs/jobs.html.



Teen Drug Use, New OVC Fellowships, School Safety Statistics, AND Resources for Cultural Inclusiveness

December 28, 2007

Dear Friends:

MMM sends you best wishes for a truly wonderful holiday, and hope that you get well-deserved time to celebrate with family and friends. Four missives for you this week:

“Monitoring the Future,” a new Report from the University of Michigan, has important statistics related to the decline in teen drug use. You can access this document at: http://www.monitoringthefuture.org/pressreleases/07drugpr.pdf.

OVC is sponsoring a competitive program that will award three grants of $75,000-$125,000 to individuals to provide direct operational assistance to crime victim organizations and agencies; design and develop innovative initiatives; develop and deliver training programs; and assist with evaluation and capacity building efforts. Fellowships specifically address sexual assault, human trafficking, public awareness, field outreach, and victims’ rights enforcement. Those applying are urged to begin the application process well in advance of the January 10, 2008 deadline. You can access further information at:

BJS has just published “2007 Indicators of School Crime and Safety.” This annual report examines crime occurring in school as well as on the way to and from school. It also provides the most current detailed statistical information on the nature of crime in schools, school environments, and responses to violence and crime at school. It can be accessed at: http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/abstract/iscs07.htm.

From our friends at Victim Services 2000: The Denver Foundation offers some excellent resources on how to build an inclusive organization, which include great resources on cultural competence. Check it out, great resources for victim advocates!: