Victims of crime


Let's Talk About the Science of Victims' Services: Talking Points for Advocates

A summary of empirical research that policymakers may consider about victims' services


Victim Services Threatened by a Depleted Perpetrator-Financed Crime Victims Fund

Created to explain the purpose of services funded by the Crime Victims Fund (CVF).

Address Confidentiality

  • Why it's Important

  • Current State of Confidentiality

  • Confidentiality and the Internet​

  • Possible Solutions

  • Key Takeaways

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  • Prevention Programs

    • Quality and focus
    • ​Cultural and regional relevance of preventative programs 
    • Avoiding burdening potential victims

  • Education and Awareness

    • ​Universal education and awareness programs

    • Online-only

    • Workplace violence

  • Tribal Programs​​

  • Outreach and Support

    • ​Males and non-binary individuals can also be victims and female can perpetuate violence

    • Empowering survivors

  • Key Takeaways​

Violence Against Indigenous Women

  • Magnitude of the Issue​​

  • Current/Proposed Legislation

    • Savannah's Act​

    • Tribal Access Program

  • What Can be Done?

    • Established research-based community prevention programs​

    • Collaborate with community members to move towards comprehensive, long-term prevention programs

    • Help to establish more resources for Indigenous women escaping violence

  • Key Takeaways​

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)


The Role of Victim Service Providers in Mitigating Increased Risk for Family Violence During the COVID-19 Crisis

  • Basic necessities so families can cope

  • Fostering social support & strategies to communicate risk


For more information and resources on COVID-19 and its impact on children and families, click here.

Victim Compensation

  • Funding Victim Compensation

  • Victim Compensation Program Services and Requirements for Access

  • Addressing Barriers for Victims Accessing Compensation


How Policymakers and Practitioners Can Facilitate Disclosure and Help-Seeking

  • Barriers to disclosure

  • Unique considerations regarding disclosure for minor victims of violence 

  • Alleviating barriers to disclosure

    • Helping victims of violence navigate ​legal and advocacy systems and the VAWA petitioning process

    • Addressing victims' basic needs

    • Providing population-specific information and services

      • Male victims​

      • Children and youth

      • Victims with disabilites


Ensuring Services for Victims of Crime: Penalty Financing and Local Coordination

  • Victim Needs and Service Providers

  • Victims Service Providers (VSPs)

    • ​Evidence-based trauma therapies

    • Housing assistance

    • Criminal and civil justice system assistance

    • Advocacy organizations

  • Broken Pathways to Service Access

    • ​Inequities in access to services and care exist.

    • Add'l considerations: Race & gender

  • How to better serve victims and protect the providers that assist them


Family Violence


Collaborative Efforts for the Prevention of Family Violence

  • Findings:

    • Data and information sharing

    • Lack of communication

  • Potential Solutions:

    • Centralizing the location of services

      • A centralized lo​cal government building

      • School

  • Individuals who can facilitate successful collaboration​

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Two-Generation Approach to Family Violence

  • Challenges

  • Relevant Legislation

    • Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)​

    • Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA)

    • Family Violence Prevention Services Act (FVPSA)

    • Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Visiting Program (MIECHV)

  •  Stumbling Blocks​

  • Opportunities for Improvement


Supporting Families Facing Domestic Violence

  • With COVID-19 mitigation strategies to reduce the spread of the pandemic, come an increased risk of domestic violence - both intimate partner and child maltreatment.

  • Some concerns that require special attention include:

    • Isolation from social networks​ and support resources

    • National Domestic Violence Hotlines and shelters could uniquely impact survivors

    • Unemployment and economic stress

When Home Does Not Offer Shelter: Partner Violence in the Time of Pandemics


For more information and resources on COVID-19 and its impact on children and families, click here.


Trauma-Informed Approaches


Quality Implementation of Trauma Informed Care 

  •  Components of trauma-informed response systems

  • Examples of shifting law enforcement responses to trauma​

  • Key Resources 

    • Guidelines and fact sheets

    • Policy recommendations


Child (Trauma)  Informed Care

  •  Strategies & barriers 

  • Key Resources 

    • Briefs & recent legislation

    • Report from GAO