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 The Office for Victims of Crime is pleased to announce the release of the Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services Final Report, the first comprehensive assessment of the victim assistance field in nearly 15 years. The Vision 21 initiative gave participants the opportunity to engage with a broad spectrum of service providers, advocates, criminal justice professionals, allied practitioners, and policymakers to address crime victim issues through a lens broader than their everyday work. The result of this collective examination, the report seeks to permanently transform the way crime victims are treated in this country. The Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services Final Report discusses the following:

  • Major challenges to the integration of research into victim services.
  • The tremendous need for crime victims to have access to legal assistance to address the wide range of legal issues that can arise following victimization.
  • The impact of advances in technology, globalization, and changing demographics on the victim assistance field.
  • The capacity for serving victims in the 21st century and some of the infrastructure issues that must be overcome to reach that capacity.

Furthermore, the final report outlines recommendations for beginning the transformative change, which fall into the following four broad categories:

  • Conducting continuous rather than episodic strategic planning in the victim assistance field to effect real change in research, policy, programming, and capacity building.
  • Supporting research to build a body of evidence-based knowledge and generate, collect, and analyze quantitative and qualitative data on victimization, emerging victimization trends, services and behaviors, and victims’ rights enforcement efforts.
  • Ensuring the statutory, policy, and programmatic flexibility to address enduring and emerging crime victim issues.
  • Building and institutionalizing capacity through an infusion of technology, training, and innovation to ensure that the field is equipped to meet the demands of the 21st century.

Presents data from the 2012 National Survey of Youth in Custody (NSYC), conducted in 326 juvenile confinement facilities between February and September 2012, with a sample of 8,707 adjudicated youth. The report ranks facilities according to the prevalence of sexual victimization, as required under the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (P.L. 108-79). The prevalence of victimization, as reported by youth during a personal interview, is based on sexual activity in the 12 months prior to the interview or since admission to the facility, if less than 12 months. This report provides state- and national-level estimates of juvenile sexual victimization by type of activity, including estimates of youth-on-youth nonconsensual sexual contact, staff sexual misconduct, and level of coercion. It also explores sexual victimization by the characteristics of both the perpetrator and youth at high risk of victimization, location and time of incidents, and nature of the relationship between youth and facility staff prior to sexual contact.

Spanish-coverEl Centro Nacional de Recursos contra la Violencia Sexual (NSVRC, por sus siglas en inglés) ha publicado Este informe amplio detalla las necesidades de defensoras(es) relacionadas con la violencia sexual en comunidades latinas. Por ejemplo, mientras que el 91.4% de participantes en la encuesta nacional dijo que su organización ha identificado el perfil demográfico de la población a la cual desea servir, sólo el 19.3% pensaba que su clientela pertenecía a dicha población; también las personas participantes se refirieron continuamente a la importancia de crear materiales culturalmente específicos que en realidad reflejen la cultura de las comunidades latinas y/o hispanoparlantes.

En inglés.

Además del informe complete, el resumen ejecutivo y una infografía están disponibles.

El documento proviene una visión general y una muestra de respuestas para La prevención de la violencia sexual en comunidades latinas: Un estudio nacional de necesidades, un informe amplio que detalla las necesidades de defensoras(es) relacionadas con la violencia sexual en comunidades latinas.

En inglés.

Además del resumenejecutivo, el informe complete y una infografía están disponibles.

This document provides an overview and sample of responses for Preventing sexual violence in Latin@ communities: A national needs assessment, a comprehensive report that details advocates’ needs related to sexual violence in Latin@ communities.

Also available in Spanish.

In addition to the executive summary, the full report and an infographic are available.

La infografía presenta hallazgos principales La prevención de la violencia sexual en comunidades latinas: Un estudio nacional de necesidades, un informe amplio que detalla las necesidades de defensoras(es) relacionadas con la violencia sexual en comunidades latinas.

En inglés.

Además de la infografía,  el informe complete y el resumen ejecutivo están disponibles.

infographic of study examining needed of LatinasThis infographic presents key findings from Preventing sexual violence in Latin@ communities: A national needs assessment, a comprehensive report that details advocates’ needs related to sexual violence in Latin@ communities.

Also available in Spanish.

In addition to the infographic, the full report and the executive summary are available.

 El guía breve fue diseñado para hombres que están en tratamiento por el abuso de sustancias para que ellos pueden enfrentar los problemas asociados con el abuso infantil. También disponible en inglés.

Issues 9 and 10 of the Strategies Prosecutors Newsetter on Violence Against Women discuss finding a balance between victim privacy and offender accountability in cases. Issue 9 offers an overview of confidentiality and privilege laws. Issue 10 discusses protecting privileges and the victims who assert them.

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El folleto proviene información básica sobre el acecho como algunas cosas que hacen los acechadores, sentimientos comunes de víctimas y cosas que víctimas pueden hacer. También está disponible en blanco y negro y letra grande, y en inglés (color, blanco y negro, y letra grande)

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