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Statistical Overviews and Resources

Statistical Overviews

One of the most popular and useful components of the NCVRW Resource Guide is the collection of statistical overviews that address crime and victimization, including statistics specific to different types of victimization, the cost of crime, and the mental health impact of crime on victims. Twenty-one statistical overviews are included in this year's Resource Guide, including a new overview about Human Trafficking.

The statistical overviews can be utilized as “stand-alone” documents for victim and community education; as background resources for the news media; and as important sources to develop speeches and other public presentations. Compiled as one-page summaries, each overview should be personalized with the contact information for the sponsoring organization (at the bottom of each overview) prior to dissemination.

Efforts have been made to incorporate the most current and accurate data that address crime and victimization in the United States today. The Bureau of Justice Statistics National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) reports on interviews of all household members at least 12 years old in a nationally representative sample of approximately 49,000 households (about 101,000 persons). The NCVS collects information about crimes committed against individuals and households, and whether or not those crimes were reported to law enforcement. It estimates the proportion of each crime type reported to law enforcement, and it summarizes the reasons that victims give for reporting and not reporting.

Accessing Information: OVC Resource Center and Other Services

Crime victims and survivors, service providers, criminal and juvenile justice professionals, and allied professionals have an opportunity to receive valuable information about victims' rights and services, criminal and juvenile justice, crime prevention, terrorism, and other important issues on an ongoing basis in electronic format from the OVC Resource Center (OVCRC) and the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS). Specific guidelines about how to register and access OVCRC and NCJRS services are included in this document. A registration form can be requested from OVCRC by calling 800-851-3420.

OVCRC and NCJRS provide timely, accurate and relevant information about a wide range of issues that affect crime victims' rights and services. These resources can be utilized to create a resource library, for media relations, and to enhance victim and public education efforts throughout the year.

In addition, this document also contains a comprehensive, up-to-date roster of Web sites that includes URLs for key Federal agencies, national victim assistance and justice organizations, state VOCA and victim compensation agencies, state Attorneys General, federal and state departments of corrections, and other valuable contact information.

NCVRW Resource Guide Partners

National victim assistance, criminal and juvenile justice, and allied justice organizations partner with OVC and Justice Solutions to promote NCVRW each year. This listing of the 2005 NCVRW Resource Guide Partners is a helpful resource that can be used throughout the year.

Resource Guide Evaluation

Each year, OVC seeks to improve the contents and usefulness of the NCVRW Resource Guide based upon feedback it receives from the field. The evaluation form provides an opportunity for recipients to rate the effectiveness of the Guide's scope and contents, and the relevance and usefulness of its different components.

Please take a few minutes to complete the evaluation form and return it to OVC. Your comments are truly appreciated by OVC, and will help ensure that future NCVRW Resource Guides meet the victim awareness and public education needs of the field.

We also encourage you to provide documentation of any of your 2005 NCVRW activities, special events or unique victim and public awareness initiatives so they can be incorporated into future Resource Guides. These resources should be sent to: Justice Solutions, 720 Seventh Street, NW, Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001-3716, ATTENTION: Anne Seymour.

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