American Correctional Association
700 East Franklin, Center Building, 4th Floor
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: 804-371-0692 Fax: 804-371-0773
Contact: Fred L. Finkbeiner, Chairman, ACA Victims Committee
The American Correctional Association (ACA) is a national organization for professionals in the field of corrections. The membership includes institutional corrections, both civilian and military; jails; probation and parole; volunteer organizations; and victim advocates. In addition to the administrative staff of the ACA and the various elected executive officers, there are a number of standing committees, one being the Victims Committee.
The Victims Committee is made up of 21 members from across the country, who have been or are actively involved in victims' issues. The primary areas of attention for the Victims Committee are: to recommend national research, training and technical assistance projects for ACA to pursue relating to victims; to continue to develop ACA's policies on victims of juvenile crime; to educate ACA members on the elements of restorative justice; and to develop and propose methodologies to evaluate the effectiveness of victim services programs in corrections.
American Probation and Parole Association
c/o The Council of State Governments
P.O. Box 11910
Lexington, KY 40578-1910
Phone: 606-244-8215 Fax: 606-244-8001
Contact: Tracy Godwin, Victim Services Specialist
The American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) is an international association composed of individuals from the United States and Canada actively involved in community-based corrections, in both the adult and juvenile sectors. APPA produces a variety of research documents and serves as a clearinghouse of information on topics of interest to community corrections professionals. In addition, APPA conducts training workshops, symposiums and training institutes to educate the community corrections field about pertinent issues, including the importance of incorporating victim services within probation and parole.
Association of Paroling Authorities International
P.O. Box 211
California, MO 65018
Phone: 314-796-2113 Fax: 314-796-2114
Contact: Gail Hughes
The Association of Paroling Authorities International (APAI) is a professional organization for paroling authorities and individuals with responsibilities in the field of parole. APAI's membership is drawn from Federal, state and provincial governments. APAI serves to advance the profession of parole decision-making and release practices and to foster the understanding, continuity, development and integrity of this criminal justice discipline. The Association provides a forum for exchanging useful information on significant developments and trends in the field of parole through its periodic newsletter and its regional and annual conferences.
California State University-Fresno, Victim Services Institute
2225 East San Ramon Avenue
Fresno, California 93740-0104
Phone: 209-278-4223 Fax 209-278-7265
E-mail: harveywallace @ csufresno.edu
Contact: Harvey Wallace, Director, Justice Center and Victim Services Institute
In 1995, California State University-Fresno (CSUF) became the first University in the nation to develop and conduct a program of study in victim services. Today CSUF offers an undergraduate degree in victimology and a victimology concentration in the criminology masters degree program, and serves as the academic coordinator for the Office for Victims of Crime National Victim Assistance Academy. The Victim Services Institute at CSUF has been in existence for seven years, and offers a concentrated program of study conducted over a four week period each summer. The primary goal of the 12-unit (180 hour) program is to provide the knowledge, foundation and skills needed for work with crime victims. The Summer Institute is open to both CSU students and professionals from the field.
Center for the Study of Crime Victims' Rights, Remedies, and Resources
University of New Haven
West Haven, CT 06516
Phone: 203-932-7041 Fax: 203-931-6030
Contact: Mario Thomas Gaboury, J.D., Ph.D., Director
The Center for the Study of Crime Victims' Rights, Remedies, and Resources was established to contribute to improving the treatment of victims of crime in the criminal and civil justice systems, and to expand our knowledge about crime victims' needs and how best to meet them. The various projects currently offered by the Center, and those in development, include: (1) academic courses and professional training in victimology; (2) field research studies and independent program evaluation services; (3) technical assistance, strategic planning and management consultation for victim services programs; (4) conferences, symposia and publications in the victim's field, (5) inter-university and other scholarly programs related to crime victim research, legal rights and supportive services; and (6) legislative and public policy analysis and advocacy. The Center is housed in the School of Public Safety and Professional Studies of the University of New Haven.
Childhelp, Tyler Village Foundation Childhelp USA/IOF Foresters National Child
The Village of Childhelp East Abuse Hotline: 1-800-4-A-CHILD
120 North Lee Highway
Falls Church, VA 22046 Contact: Iris Beekurth Contact: David Kurtz
Phone: 703-241-9100 Fax:: 703-241-9105 Phone: 213-465-4016 Fax: 213-465-3933
Childhelp USA operates the National Child Abuse Hotline (1-800-4-A-CHILD) providing 24-hour professional crisis counseling and referral services in all 50 states. Childhelp also provides counseling for adult and teen survivors of abuse at its Los Angeles Center, residential treatment for abused children at its Villages in California and Virginia, abuse investigation services at its Children's Advocacy Centers in Tennessee and New York, and abuse prevention programs at the Falls Church, Virginia office.
Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc.
P.O. Box 3199
Camdenton, MO 65020
Phone: 314-346-4911 Fax: 314-346-1414
Contact: Suzanne F. Sawyer, Executive Director
Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc. (COPS) provides assistance, guidance, understanding, compassion, empathy, and hope for the future through peer-support to survivors of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. Furthermore, COPS educates law enforcement agencies on survivor issues and raises public awareness of the need to assist and support the law enforcement profession and its survivors.
Family Violence Prevention Fund
383 Rhode Island, Suite 304
San Francisco, CA 94103-5133
Phone: 415-252-8900 Fax: 415-252-8991
Contact: Lisa James
The Family Violence Prevention Fund (FUND) is a national, nonprofit organization that focuses on domestic violence education, prevention, and public policy reform. The overriding mission of the FUND is to stem the epidemic of domestic violence in our homes. Throughout its history, the FUND has developed pioneering prevention strategies in the justice, public education, and public health fields. The FUND's publications and model programs have been distributed to every state and several foreign countries. The FUND's "There's No Excuse for Domestic Violence" campaign is the first national public education effort on this subject.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving
511 E. John Carpenter Frwy., Suite 700
Irving, TX 75062-8187
Phone: 214-744-MADD Fax: 214-869-2206/2207
Contact: Janice Harris Lord, National Director, Victim Programs
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) was established in 1980, primarily by two mothers, one whose daughter was killed and another whose daughter became the country's youngest paraplegic as a result of drunk driving. Both crashes were caused by multiple offenders. MADD's mission is to stop drunk driving and support victims of this violent crime. MADD has more than 500 active state organizations, chapters, and community action teams throughout the nation. All chapters have at least one trained victim advocate who offers one-on-one support, literature, and court accompaniment. Many chapters also offer Victim Impact Panels, a healing experience for victims, and victim support groups.
National Association of Crime Victim Compensation Boards
P.O. Box 16003
Alexandria, VA 22302
Contact: Dan Eddy, Executive Director
Founded in 1977, the National Association of Crime Victim Compensation Boards promotes a nationwide network for the exchange of information and ideas among state and local victim compensation agencies. With compensation programs now operating in every state in the country, plus Washington D.C., Guam and the Virgin Islands, the Association's goal is to advance better methods for serving crime victims through sound administrative practices, focusing on fiscal stability, efficient and expeditious processing and decision making, and effective outreach, communication and advocacy.
The Association, through its annual and regional conferences, its Crime Victim Compensation Quarterly, its special reports, updates and surveys, and its information resource and referral capabilities, provides support for its members and fosters an interchange of experience and expertise. The Association maintains an executive office in Washington, D.C., from which it strives to represent the interests of its members.
National Center on Elder Abuse
810 First Street, NE, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20002-4267
Phone: 202-682-0100 Fax: 202-289-6555
Contact: Toshio Tatara, (Ph.D.), Center Director
The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), established in September, 1993, is operated by a consortium of four organizations: The American Public Welfare Association (APWA), the National Association of State Units on Aging (NASUA), the University of Delaware College of Human Resources, and the National Committee for Prevention of Elder Abuse (NCPEA). The Center manages a Clearinghouse on Abuse and Neglect of the Elderly (CANE), the nation's only automated, elder abuse literature search and retrieval system; publishes the quarterly newsletter NCEA EXCHANGE; compiles and disseminates "best practice" information; trains professionals and concerned citizens on elder abuse; distributes technical assistance memoranda on issues of importance to adult protective services (APS) and aging agencies; collects elder abuse statistics; performs research studies using data collected from agencies; analyzes state laws addressing elder abuse; provides agencies with assistance in improving their elder abuse information systems; and responds to inquiries about elder abuse from the public.
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
2101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 550
Arlington, VA 22201-3052
Phone: 800-THE-LOST/800-843-5678 Fax: 703-235-4067
Contact: Margie Kazdin
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) serves as a national clearinghouse and resource center on issues relating to child victimization, specifically the abduction and sexual exploitation of American youth. Opened in June, 1984, the National Center works in cooperation with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
Prevention (OJJDP) at the U.S. Department of Justice in an effort to reduce crimes against children and better address the needs of victim families and the professionals serving them.
The National Center operates a 24-hour, toll-free hotline for parents to call to report a missing child; the public to relay information which could lead to a child's recovery; or for citizens to request free information on child protection. Since the National Center's establishment, the hotline has received approximately 900,000 calls, and over 11 million publications have been distributed. In addition to networking with other nonprofit organizations, NCMEC staff works closely with law enforcement, child protective services, victim advocacy organizations, medical professionals, legislators, attorneys and judges in an effort to begin to close the gap in services for parents and siblings of missing and exploited children.
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
P.O. Box 34103 P.O. Box 18749
Washington, D.C. 20043-4103 Denver, CO 80218-0749
Phone: 202-638-6388 Fax: 202-628-4899 Phone: 303-839-1852 Fax: 303-831-9825
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) is the only national organization representing the over 2,000 grassroots programs and shelters serving battered women and their children of all backgrounds in rural and urban areas throughout the United States. NCADV opposes the use of violence as a means of control over others, and supports equality in relationships and strategies for helping women assume power over their own lives. Formed in 1978, NCADV is a private non-profit organization.
National Coalition Against Sexual Assault
912 North Second Street
Harrisburg, PA 17102-3119
Phone: 717-232-7460 Fax: 717-232-6771
Contact: Beverly Harris-Elliott
The National Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NCASA) is a membership organization committed to the prevention of sexual violence through intervention, education, advocacy and public policy. NCASA promotes and advocates a national course of action based on the sexual assault victim/survivor's perspective within a feminist framework. NCASA works toward the empowerment of all victims/survivors: children and adults, women and men. Major NCASA initiatives include hosting an annual National Conference and Women of Color Institute as well as producing resources for National Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April.
National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center
Medical University of South Carolina
171 Ashley Avenue
Charleston, SC 29425-0742
Phone: 803-792-2945 Fax: 803-792-3388 Homepage: http://www.musc.edu/cvc/
Contact: Dean G. Kilpatrick, Ph.D., Professor and Director
The National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center (NCVC) is a division of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston. Since 1974 the faculty and staff of the NCVC have been devoted to achieving a better understanding of the impact of criminal victimization and trauma on adults, children and their families. The many activities and contributions of the NCVC faculty to the crime victim and child abuse fields have been recognized nationally and internationally. Program activities focus in four major areas: scientific research, professional education, clinical services, and public policy consultation.
National District Attorneys Association
99 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 510
Alexandria, VA 22314-1588
Phone: 703-549-9222 Fax: 703-836-3195
Contact: Dr. J. Panogopoulos, Deputy Director
The National District Attorneys Association (NDAA) is the largest and premier professional association of prosecuting attorneys in the United States. In carrying out its mission -- "To be the voice of America's prosecutors and to support the efforts to protect the safety of the people" -- NDAA provides professional guidance and support to its members, serves as a resource and education center, follows public policy issues involving criminal justice and law enforcement and produces a number of publications, including The Prosecutor, a bi-monthly magazine, and the National Prosecution Standards.
National Organization for Victim Assistance
1757 Park Road, NW
Washington, DC 20010
Phone: 202-232-6682 Fax: 202-462-2255
Contact: Marlene A. Young, Ph.D., J.D., Executive Director
Founded in 1975, the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) is the oldest of the many broad-based victim rights groups now found worldwide. A nonprofit, membership organization, NOVA is guided by four purposes: to be of service to its members; to be an advocate for victim rights and services in Federal, state, and local legislatures and executive agencies; to be a training and educational resource to victim assistance and allied professionals (including police, prosecutors, clergy members, and health and mental health professionals); and to be of direct service to victims who call the NOVA offices or who have suffered in a large-scale disaster to which a NOVA "Crisis Response Team" (composed of trained volunteers) has been invited to help in the emotional recovery. NOVA publishes a Newsletter and holds two annual events: the National Forum on Victims' Rights held during NCVRW in Washington, DC, and the North American Victim Assistance Conference held in August.
National Resource Center on Child Sexual Abuse
2204 Whitesburg Drive, Suite 200
Huntsville, Alabama 35801
Phone: 205-534-6868 Fax: 205-534-6883
The National Resource Center on Child Sexual Abuse provides technical support to all professionals who work with sexually abused children and their families. The Center's services benefit social workers, law enforcement investigators, medical personnel, therapists, researchers, administrators, prosecutors, teachers, judges, volunteers and others. Services include information, referrals, technical assistance and training.
The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
6400 Flank Drive, Suite 1300
Harrisburg, PA 17112-2778
Phone: 800-537-2238 Fax: 717-545-9456
Contact: Nita Carter
The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRC) provides comprehensive information, resources, policy development and technical assistance designed to enhance community response to and prevention of domestic violence. The NRC works closely with three Special Issue Resource Centers to coordinate information and resource development and technical assistance. The NRC and the following Special Issue Resource Centers work together as the Domestic Violence Resource Network:
Minneapolis, MN - Provides training, technical assistance and other resources addressing criminal and civil justice system responses to domestic violence and issues related to battered women's self-defense.
San Francisco, CA - Provides specialized information packets designed to strengthen the health care
system's response to domestic violence, as well as technical assistance and library services to support health care-based domestic violence training and program development.
Reno, NV - Provides resource materials, consultation, technical assistance and legal research related to child protection and custody in the context of domestic violence.
National Victim Center
2111 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 300 555 Madison Avenue, Suite 2001
Arlington, VA 22201 New York, NY 10022
Phone: 703-276-2880 Fax: 703-276-2889 Phone: 212-753-6880
Contact: David Beatty Contact: Rachel Shearer
The National Victim Center is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1985 in honor of Sunny von Bulow. The Center is dedicated to reducing the consequences of crime on victims and society by promoting victims' rights and victim assistance, and enhancing the dignity and value of human life by eliminating America's acceptance of violence. The many programs of the National Victim Center include: training and technical assistance to strengthen the abilities of victim advocates and criminal justice officials to assist and support crime victims; a legislative database containing over 27,000 statutes relevant to violence, victimization and criminal justice issues which support the public policy program efforts to establish, expand and protect victims' rights through legislation and policy development; a library with the nation's most comprehensive collection addressing crime and victimization issues; Infolink (1-800-FYI-CALL), a comprehensive source of crime victimization information and referrals to local victim assistance programs; and the Carrington Victims' Litigation Project offering a centralized source of civil cases brought by victims of crime, as well as attorney referrals operating in this field.
Neighbors Who Care
P.O. Box 16079
Washington, D.C. 20041
Phone: 703-904-7311 Fax: 703-478-0452
Contact: Lisa Barnes
Neighbors Who Care (NWC) mobilizes and equips local churches to provide practical assistance to victims of crime. Through the efforts of trained volunteers, NWC provides crime victims with prompt assistance that includes property repair, supportive listening, emergency food and clothing, transportation, and relocation assistance. In addition to meeting practical needs, volunteers are also trained to provide emotional and spiritual support.
Parents of Murdered Children, Inc.
100 East Eighth Street, Suite B-41
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: 513-721-5683 Fax: 513-345-4489
Contact: Nancy Ruhe-Munch, Executive Director
The National Organization of Parents of Murdered Children, Inc., is the only national self-help group dedicated solely to providing support and education for the families and friends of those who have died by homicide. Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, the organization has Chapters and Contact Persons across the United States. National Headquarters of POMC also coordinates many special programs and services to assist survivors of murder victims, including the Parole Block Program, a petition system to help prevent the early parole or release of convicted murderers; Murder is Not Entertainment (MINE), an awareness campaign designed to decrease the acceptance of "murdertainment" in today's society; Second Opinion Services (S.O.S.), which provides second opinions/assistance for unsolved or complicated cases, by members of POMC's S.O.S Board which is comprised of medical, law enforcement and investigative experts; and the Murder Wall...Honoring Their Memories, a traveling tribute to the memory of all murdered loved ones. The growing Wall carries the names of homicide victims on engraved, solid walnut plaques as a vivid reminder of the need to stop the violence.
Police Executive Research Forum
1120 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 930 11815 East 28th Street
Washington, D.C. 20036 Tulsa, OK 74129
Phone: 202-466-7820 Fax: 202-466-7826 Phone: 918-627-5700
Contact: Mr. Cliff Karchmer Contact: Drew Diamond
The Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) is a national membership and research organization of progressive police executives from the largest city, county and state law enforcement agencies. PERF is dedicated to improving policing and advancing professionalism through research and involvement in public policy debate. PERF's primary sources of operating revenues are government grants and contracts and partnerships with private foundations and other organizations.
PERF was founded to improve the delivery of police services and crime control nationwide; encourage debate of police and criminal justice issues within the law enforcement community; implement and promote the use of law enforcement research; and provide national leadership, technical assistance and vital management services to police agencies. PERF has performed a number of studies and designed training materials on a variety of victims' issues, including the instructor's discussion guide for the OVC video, In Crime's Wake.
The Spiritual Dimension in Victim Services
P.O. Box 6736
Denver, CO 80206-0736
Phone: 303-333-8810 Fax: 303-333-8805
Contact: Rev. David W. Delaplane, Executive Director
The Spiritual Dimension in Victim Services is a non-profit educational organization established in 1984 to educate the religious community -- all faiths -- in violence prevention and survivor assistance. This organization provides training for clergy and religious leaders on crime victim assistance, and for victim service providers on methods of involving the religious community. Their training manual, Victims: A Manual for Clergy and Congregations, is available at a reasonable cost upon request.
VALOR, Victims' Assistance Legal Organization, Inc.
P.O. Box 862
McLean, VA 22101-0862
Contact: Jane Nady Burnley, Ph.D., Executive Director
VALOR is a national non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the rights of crime victims in the civil and criminal justice systems. Founded in 1981 by the late Frank Carrington, Esq., considered by many to be the "father of the crime victims' rights movement in America," VALOR is committed to carrying on Mr. Carrington's pioneering work on behalf of crime victims.
VALOR's recent projects include administering the National Victim Assistance Academy, restitution reform, juvenile justice policy reform and production of the 1995 and 1996 National Crime Victims' Rights Week Resource Guide. With support from private and corporate foundations, individual contributions, and government grants, VALOR accomplishes its mission by: promoting public education and awareness about the rights and needs of crime victims; advancing victims' rights through public policy efforts on the Federal, state, and local levels; supporting criminal and civil justice reforms that hold offenders accountable to both crime victims and the community; enhancing the ability of crime victims to recover their losses and damages through restitution and civil litigation; and improving and expanding services for victims to assist in their emotional, financial, and physical recovery.
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