For victims and victim service providers, new information access begins with the Office for Victims of Crime Resource Center (OVCRC) and the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS). As an NCJRS component, OVCRC (800-627-6872) specializes in delivering timely and relevant information to the victim-serving community.
Today, victims and victim service providers can instantly access an enormous store of information specific to the entire range of their personal and professional concerns, including statistics; model programs and protocols; grant funding sources; and local, State, and national referrals to professional organizations in the victim-serving community. Perhaps most important, this information is available wherever and whenever it is needed -- in homes, shelters, and offices; in the middle of a trial or in the middle of the night.
Since coming "online" in 1994, NCJRS and OVCRC have developed a variety of online services to benefit the victim assistance professional. Each service is listed below with a description and online address. Together with other electronic access features -- including telephone and online document ordering, and fax-on-demand -- NCJRS and OVCRC have truly made a "quantum leap" forward in fulfilling their mission of "bringing the right information to the right people...right now."
NCJRS INTERNET GOPHER SITE: Contains text of information from each Office of Justice Programs (OJP) agency, the Office of National Drug Control Policy, and NCJRS component clearinghouses. Includes agency overviews, press releases, public announcements, conferences, previews of new products and publications, direct links to other criminal and juvenile justice resources on the Internet, and direct connections to the NCJRS Bulletin Board System and the Partnerships Against Violence NETwork (PAVNET). The gopher address is <ncjrs.aspensys.com>.
NCJRS WORLD WIDE WEB HOMEPAGE: Provides a graphical interface (a connection that displays graphics or illustrations, as well as text) to NCJRS information, as well as links to other criminal justice resources from around the world. The NCJRS Web page provides information about NCJRS and OJP agencies; grant-funding opportunities; previews of selected new publications; key-word searching of NCJRS publications; the current NCJRS Catalog; a topical index; and direct connections to the NCJRS Gopher site and Bulletin Board System, as well as PAVNET. The address for the NCJRS Homepage is <http://ncjrs.aspensys.com:81/homepage.html>.
NCJRS ANONYMOUS FTP: The NCJRS Anonymous FTP (File Transfer Protocol) site allows users to quickly access and download large, complex NCJRS publications and software, whether they are in ASCII text or a binary document. These documents may include annual OJP agency program plans, which contain grant funding information. The Anonymous FTP address is <ftp ncjrs.aspensys.com>.
JUSTICE INFORMATION (JUST INFO) ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER: This free, online newsletter is distributed to your Internet e-mail address on the 1st and 15th of each month. JUST INFO contains information concerning a wide variety of subjects, including news from all Office of Justice Programs (OJP) agencies and the Office of National Drug Control Policy; criminal justice in the news; news of international criminal justice; criminal justice resources on the Internet; Federal legislation updates; criminal justice funding and program information, and announcements about new NCJRS products and services. To subscribe, send an e-mail to <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Further instructions will be automatically forwarded.
E-MAIL: INFORMATION AND HELP: First time users can send an e-mail message to this address: <email@example.com>. The user will automatically receive a reply outlining the services of NCJRS. User requiring technical assistance or having specific questions on criminal and juvenile justice topics can send an e-mail to <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
NCJRS BULLETIN BOARD SYSTEM (NCJRS*BBS): NCJRS*BBS is a free 24-hour electronic service accessible through a personal computer and a modem (now also available through the Internet). NCJRS*BBS serves as the primary online conduit for news and announcements from NCJRS, the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), and the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). Agency "menus" contained on the system provide agency and mission descriptions; product and publications lists; full texts of documents and reports; conference, workshop, and seminar schedules; program summaries; applications for grant funding opportunities; grant award summaries; and training and technical assistance information. In addition to providing up-to-date criminal justice information, NCJRS*BBS serves as an interactive network for information sharing among criminal justice professionals. NCJRS collects, reports, and evaluates information from numerous sources, and users supply information on their vital findings. Information is also generated online, as users comment on resources, exchange ideas, ask questions, and provide answers. Users with Internet access may either Telnet to <ncjrsbbs.aspensys.com> or Gopher to <ncjrs.aspensys.com>. Users without Internet access may direct dial through their modem: (301) 738-8895. Modems should be set at 9600 baud and 8-N-1.
PARTNERSHIPS AGAINST VIOLENCE NETWORK (PAVNET): PAVNET Online is a searchable database containing information about hundreds of promising programs and resources, providing users with key contacts; program types; target populations; location; project startup date; evaluation information; annual budget; sources of funding, and program description. Users may either go directly to the site at <gopher pavnet.esusda.gov> or access it through the NCJRS Gopher site at <ncjrs.aspensys.com> (look under the menu selection "Other Criminal and Juvenile Justice Resources"). OTHER NCJRS ELECTRONIC INFORMATION SERVICES
FAX-ON-DEMAND: NCJRS has established a "fax-on-demand" service which allows the user to obtain copies of selected NCJRS documents directly through their own fax machine, using a toll-free telephone number. To access the fax-on-demand menu, simply call 1-800-851-3420, and follow the prompts.
CD-ROM: Users with CD-ROM capability can also obtain the NCJRS Document Data Base on CD-ROM. This disk features citations and abstracts of more than 130,000 criminal justice books, research reports, journal articles, government documents, program descriptions, program evaluations, and training manuals contained in the NCJRS Research and Information Center library collection. The disk also contains search software that supports retrieval using any combination of words to search individual fields or all fields globally. The disk can be searched using "free text" methods, or in combination with the National Criminal Justice Thesaurus. Details are available by calling NCJRS at (800) 851-3420. VICTIM-RELATED INTERNET SITES
The following is a list of sites on the Internet containing information on selected crime victimization and criminal justice topics. The list is intended only to provide a sample of available resources, and does not constitute an endorsement of opinions or statements made therein. Be sure to check the Victims section of the NCJRS World Wide Web homepage for links to new and interesting sites online.
General Information Resources
Internet Resources for Crime Victims http://timon.sir.arizona.edu/govdocs/crmvctm/home.htm
National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center, MUSC http://www.musc.edu/cvc/
National Criminal Justice Reference Service http://ncjrs.aspensys.com:81/homepage.html
Office for Victims of Crime http://ncjrs.aspensys.com:81/new2/aboutovc.html
United States Department of Justice http://justice2.usdoj.gov/
American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children http://child.cornell.edu/APSAC/apsac.home.html
Child Abuse Prevention Network http://child.cornell.edu/
National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect http://www.acf.dhhs.gov/ACFPrograms/NCCAN/
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children http://inept.scubed.com:8001/public_service/ncmec.html
Crime Victims Fund
Crime Victims Fund http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/42/10601.html
Domestic and Family Violence
American Bar Association Comm. on Domestic Violence http://www.abanet.org/textonly/domviol/home.html
Domestic Abuse Page of the Nashville Police Department http://www.telalink.net/~police/abuse/index.html
Family Violence Prevention Fund http://www.fvpf.org/fund/index.html
Minnesota Higher Education Center Against Violence and Abuse http://www.umn.edu/mincava
Safety Net http://www.cybergrrl.com/dv.html
National Fraud Information Center http://seamless.com/talf/ftc/natfraud.html
Grant Funding Information
Funding News gopher://gopher.igc.apc.org:7003/11/mny
Grant Getters Guide to the Internet gopher://gopher.uidaho.edu/11s/e-pubs/grant
Grants and Funding Information Page http://www.mssm.edu/library/grants/grants.html
Grants and Funding Menu http://asa.ugl.lib.umich.edu/chdocs/nonprofits/fundingmenu.html
Links to Grants and Funding Information http://cbawcb.unomaha.edu/dept/econ/funding.htm
Sexual Abuse and Assault
Sexual Assault Information Page http://www.cs.utk.edu/~bartley/saInfoPage.html
David Baldwin's Trauma Information Page http://gladstone.uoregon.edu/~dvb/trauma.htm
The Fly's Resource Page http://www.crl.com/www/users/Th/thefly/abuse.html
Victim-Offender Mediation Association http://www.igc.org/voma/
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