Accessing Information: OVC Resource Center
and Other Services
VICTIMS RESOURCES IN THE INFORMATION
The advent of the information technologies, especially the enormous growth
of the Internet, has changed the way in which information about crime victims issues
is being made available to researchers, advocates, and practitioners. Today,
victims and victim service providers can instantly access an enormous amount
of information specific to their needs, including the latest research findings,
statistical reports, program descriptions, grant and funding sources, evaluations
on victim issues, promising practices, and referrals to professional organizations
in the victim-serving community.
For victims and victim service providers, information access
begins with the Office
for Victims of Crime Resource Center (OVCRC),
a component of the National Criminal Justice Reference Service
(NCJRS). Its web site address is www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ovc/ovcres.
Established by the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), U.S. Department
of Justice, OVCRC is your primary source for crime victim information.
OVCRC is accessible 24-hours-a-day through the NCJRS World Wide
Web Justice Information Center and Fax-on-Demand where menus provide
information and publications from all the Office of Justice Programs
(OJP) agencies: Office for Victims of Crime, National Institute
of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention,
Bureau of Justice Statistics, and Bureau of Justice Assistance,
as well as the Office of National Drug Control Policy. In addition
to the web site, victim assistance professionals can benefit by
taking advantage of various online services, such as the Justice
Information (JUSTINFO) Electronic Newsletter, e-mail inquiries,
the Conference Calendar Database, and the Online Ordering Store.
NCJRS also has highly trained information specialists to personally
answer questions and direct individuals to the best resources available.
Furthermore, NCJRS offers allied professionals an opportunity to
be placed on its mailing list to receive up-to-date information
via the NCJRS Catalog. Together with online services, Fax-on-Demand,
and personal assistance, NCJRS and OVCRC can help advocates know
more to better serve the needs of victims of crime.
ACCESSING NCJRS AND OVCRC
To contact OVCRC and NCJRS, call (800) 851-3420. NCJRS can be accessed online
in the following ways:
NCJRS World Wide Web Homepage. The homepage provides
NCJRS information, and links to other criminal and juvenile justice
resources from around the world. The NCJRS web page provides information
about NCJRS and OJP agencies, grant-funding opportunities, full-text
publications, key-word searching of NCJRS publications, access
to the NCJRS Abstracts Database, the current NCJRS Catalog, and
a topical index. The address for the NCJRS homepage is www.ncjrs.gov.
NCJRS Online Ordering System. Publications, videos,
and other materials that pertain to criminal justice, juvenile
justice, and drug control policy can now be ordered at any time.
Theonline store is open 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week at http://www.ncjrs.gov/App/Publications/AlphaList.aspx.
Justice Information (JUSTINFO) Electronic Newsletter.
This free, online newsletter is distributed to your Internet e-mail
address on the 1st and 15th of each month. JUSTINFO 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 and juvenile justice
resources on the Internet; criminal and juvenile justice funding
and program information; and announcements about new NCJRS products
and services. To subscribe, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the message subscribe justinfo [your name].
E-Mail: Information and Help. Users requiring technical
assistance or having specific questions about criminal and juvenile
justice topics can send an e-mail to email@example.com. To place
an order for publications, users may send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
OTHER NCJRS ELECTRONIC INFORMATION SERVICES
Fax-on-Demand. NCJRS has established a fax-on-demand service
that allows the user to obtain copies of selected NCJRS document directly through
their own fax machine, using a toll-free telephone number. To access the fax-on-demand
menu, simply call (800) 851-3420, and follow the prompts.
CD-ROM and Online Access to the Abstracts Database. Users
with CD-ROM capability can also obtain the NCJRS Abstracts Database
on CD-ROM. This disc features citations and abstracts of more than
140,000 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 disc also contains search software
that supports retrieval, using any combination of words to search
individual fields or all fields globally. The disc can be searched
using free text methods, or in combination with the
National Criminal Justice Thesaurus. In addition, the NCJRS Abstracts
Database is available on the NCJRS
VICTIM-RELATED INTERNET SITES
Crime victims and victim
service providers have witnessed a remarkable growth in the amount
of information available to them, through the continued development
of the Internet, especially the World Wide Web. Now, victim-serving
agencies and advocacy organizations have the ability to reach around
the corner or around the world with information about new issues,
services, and promising practices designed to improve the welfare
of victims of all types of crime. In an effort to present the most
comprehensive and timely information available through this vast
medium, the Office for Victims of Crime has substantially revised
its World Wide Web homepage. OVC encourages crime victims and victim
service providers alike to visit this comprehensive resource, located
Many other agencies and organizations are now providing victim-related
information through the World Wide Web. The following is a list
of sites on the Web that contain information on selected crime
victimization topics. Please note that this list is intended only
to provide a sample of available resources, and does not constitute
an endorsement of opinions, resources, or statements made therein.
Further, neither the Office for Victims of Crime nor Justice Solutions
endorses any commercial products that may be advertised or available
on any of these listed sites.
National Victim-related Organizations
National Criminal and Juvenile Justice- and Public Policy-related
State-level Crime Victim Compensation Programs
State-level VOCA Victim Assistance Agencies
Federal and State Corrections
Victims Rights Compliance Programs
Other Victim Resources
|National Crime Victims' Rights
Week: Victims' Rights: America's Values
||April 1824, 2004