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.

HAVE A GREAT WEEK!

ANNE


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:
http://www.ovc.gov/fund/dakit.htm#victimasstfellowship.

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!:
http://www.denverfoundation.org/resultpage.cfm?urlto=page30150%2Ecfm%3Ft%3D1&oldreturnto=page22539.cfm&oldreturntoname=About%20Technical%20Assistance&criteria=cultural%20inclusiveness&pagest=11&pageend=10&maxresults=5&cleancriteria=cultural%20inclusiveness.</fo

ANNE