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OVC is accepting nominations for the 2009 National Crime Victims' Service Awards. The submission deadlines are approaching fast: October 3 for submissions sent by mail and October 10 for submissions using the online nomination form. The winners will be honored at a ceremony on April 24, 2009, in a prelude to the 2009 National Crime Victims' Rights Week—25 Years of Rebuilding Lives: Celebrating the Victims of Crime Act, April 26–May 2, 2009.

OVC and NIJ cosponsored an online discussion on assisting child victims of commercial sexual exploitation on September 10. If you missed the discussion cohosted by Rachel LLoyd and Jay Albanese, visit the OVC Web Forum today for a transcript of the session or to participate in the ongoing discussion.

OVC announces a job vacancy for a Victim Justice Program Specialist; deadline 9/16/08. Learn more about Job Opportunities With OVC.

On the 7th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Director Gillis remembers the victims and surviving loved ones. Read the Director's Message.

On September 24, 2008, at 2 p.m. ET, OVC will sponsor an OVC Web Forum Guest Host Session on responding to sexual violence on campus with S. Daniel Carter, Senior Vice President of Securities on Campus, Inc., and Margaret Mikkelsen, Executive Director of Students Active for Ending Rape (SAFER).

OVC announces the 5th National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children Conference in Salt Lake City on October 6–8, 2008. Online Registration for the conference is now open!

OVC Director Gillis copresented the National Sheriffs' Association (NSA) Crime Victim Services Award during the NSA's 2008 annual conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. The East Baton Rouge (Louisiana) Sheriff's Office received the award for “outstanding achievement by a Sheriff's Office in support of victims.”

Program funding from OVC continues with funding support for HOPE for victim service expansion efforts and ITVERP, the International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program.

Featured Resources

A National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims, September 25, 2008

In recognition of and preparation for this special event, OVC held a Web Forum on delivering victim-sensitive death notifications. If you missed the August 28 discussion hosted by Janice Harris Lord and Bill Jenkins, visit the Forum today to read the discussion online or download a transcript.

A Remembrance Ceremony

On September 25th, a ceremony will be held to honor the lives of homicide victims and provide support to bereaved families and friends. The event is sponsored by the National Organization of Parents of Murdered Children, Inc. (POMC) with support from OVC. If you are planning on attending, please RSVP to the POMC National Office at (888) 818-7662, no later than Thursday, September 18, 2008.


Specialized Training Available for Victim Service Providers (September 2008)

Register now for OVC's upcoming training workshops, including Identity Theft, October 8–9, 2008, in San Diego, California, and Sexual Assault Advocate/Counselor Training, October 15–16, 2008, in Portland, Maine.

Visit the training center today and learn more about OVC's online training opportunities and the Fall/Winter Training schedule, which includes two new workshops:

  • Enforcing Victims' Rights.
  • Supporting Children Living with Grief and Trauma: A Multidisciplinary Approach.

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This document was last updated on September 15, 2008