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Summer 2005
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Sexual Assault Response Team DVD debuts at national SART conference

Picture of 2 women talking, one is cryingThe Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) provided funding to the Sexual Assault Resource Service to create a brief video on DVD that highlights the history and accomplishments of Sexual Assault Response Teams (SARTs). The Service partnered with Video/Action Fund to produce ?Sexual Assault Response Teams: Partnering for Success,? an 8-minute DVD that was piloted during the opening session of the 3rd National Sexual Assault Response Team Training Conference, June 1?3, 2005, in San Francisco. The DVD features interviews with survivors, victim advocates, forensic medical professionals, law enforcement officers, and prosecutors. It describes the benefits of the SART's multidisciplinary response to victims of sexual violence and highlights the progress made in serving victims and enhancing prosecution of sexual assault cases. The DVD also addresses emerging issues faced by first responders and challenges that continue to shape the response of SARTs. If you are interested in receiving a free copy, please call NCJRS at 1-800-851-3420; TTY (toll free) 1-877-712-9279; (local) 301-947-8374 by September 30, 2005, and ask to be added to SART DVD mailing list 996. (Copies will be mailed in fall 2005.) When you call, please reference NCJ 209842. After September 30, 2005, you can order this video online at www.puborder.ncjrs.org. However, a fee will apply and limited copies will be available.

DNA video and discussion guide will highlight issues crucial to victims and their advocates

Picture of person in lab looking in microscopeOVC also provided funding to Video/Action Fund to develop ?DNA Evidence: Critical Issues for Those Who Work with Victims,? a training video for victim advocates, criminal justice practitioners, and others about critical issues for victims whose cases involve DNA evidence. Through interviews with victims, victim advocates, criminal justice practitioners, and crime lab specialists, the video touches on such issues as what DNA is, its value as evidence, how it is used, challenges to DNA evidence in the trial process, the collection and preservation of evidence, victim impact and victim notification. The video is in the final stages of completion and will be available with a discussion guide in 2006. Check the OVC Web site at www.ovc.gov for an announcement of its release.

Cover of National Estimates of Children Missing Involuntarily or for Benign ReasonsClarifying the ways and reasons children become missing

This OJJDP bulletin provides estimates on the numbers and characteristics of two groups seldom mentioned in the public discussion of missing children: those who are lost, injured, or stranded and those who are missing for benign reasons (for instance, miscommunication between parent and child). The information in this bulletin is derived from two components of the Second National Incidence Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway, and Thrownaway Children.

National Estimates of Children Missing Involuntarily or for Benign Reasons, 12 pages

Cover of Highlights of the 2002?2003 National Youth Gang SurveysSurvey outlines latest trends in Nation?s youth gang problem

Since 1996, OJJDP?s National Youth Gang Center has conducted the National Youth Gang Survey (NYGS), an annual survey of law enforcement agencies across the United States, regarding the presence and characteristics of local gang problems.This fact sheet summarizes NYGS findings from 2002 and 2003 by agency type, presenting the distribution of annual maximum reported numbers of gangs, gang members, and gang-related homicides among agencies reporting gang problems.

Highlights of the 2002?2003 National Youth Gang Surveys, 2 pages

Cover of Robbery of Taxi DriversTaxi drivers are especially vulnerable to robbery

Taxi drivers are at risk of robbery for a number of reasons: They have contact with many strangers; work alone, often in high-crime neighborhoods; usually carry large amounts of cash; and travel through isolated areas at all times of the day or night. Specific data have not been collected on robberies of taxi drivers, so much of what is known about these crimes is based on information recorded on assaults and homicides by occupation. Analysis of the problem by local police departments is the first step in an effective response. This guide discusses the pros and cons of several robbery-prevention strategies, including separating drivers from passengers with screens or partitions; installing security cameras, alarms, or automatic vehicle locators; eliminating cash payments, informing dispatchers of destinations; and screening or otherwise monitoring passenger behavior.

Robbery of Taxi Drivers, Problem-Specific Guides Series, No. 34, 88 pages

Cover of Using Offender Interviews to Inform Police Problem SolvingOffenders? lives provide key to understanding their offending

Interviews of active offenders provide substantial information about each element of the crime triangle: victims, offenders, and location. This information yields details about crime patterns that may not be obvious when examining one case at a time. This guide attempts to bridge the gap between police and researchers by underscoring both groups? common purposes, and points out the problem-solving value gained from interviewing active offenders.

Using Offender Interviews to Inform Police Problem Solving, Problem-Solving Tools Series, No. 3, 62 pages http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/mime/open.pdf?Item=1464

Cover of Researching a ProblemGuide gives police departments the tools to build on what others have done


New releases of continuing series

Prison and Jail Inmates at
Midyear, 2004

Jails in Indian Country, 2003

State Court Sentencing of
Convicted Felons, 2002?Statistical Tables

For more information about BJS periodic reports, visit http://ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/

Problem-oriented policing focuses on specific problems of crime and disorder to identify and alter the factors that give rise to those problems. Because many jurisdictions experience similar crime problems, chances are excellent that another police department has already dealt with a specific problem. Departments can save themselves time by finding out which responses were successful and which were not. This guide is designed to take police officers and departments quickly to the information they need and help them evaluate and make the best use of it.

Researching a Problem, Problem-Solving Tools Series, No. 2, 72 pages

*Be sure to check the NCJRS Web site (http://www.ncjrs.org) for announcements of forthcoming publications and resources.

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