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National Public Awareness and Education Campaign

OVC launched the National Public Awareness and Education Campaign to increase public awareness of and support for victims' rights, issues, and services, and to help victims' voices resonate across the country. This project, conducted through a grant to Justice Solutions, Inc., is implementing a national strategy to increase awareness of victims' issues and the role of OVC and the Crime Victims Fund in serving victims. The grantee is creating resource materials for use during National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW), developing awareness activities and supporting resources, and will publish an article about OVC, the Fund, and victims' issues in a major national publication.

A major accomplishment of this project is the development of a series of Public Service Announcements (PSAs). Seven PSAs were released in 20-, 30-, and 60-second formats, for broadcast on national, regional, and local network and cable television stations. They are designed to increase awareness among crime victims and survivors about their rights and the services available to assist them, and to educate the public about the impact of crime on victims and survivors, victims' rights, and services for crime victims. Additional information about the PSA Campaign, including an online version of the PSA Partner Kit, is available at www.crimevictims.gov. The campaign is building the capacity of victim service organizations to develop and sustain ongoing public awareness and victim outreach activities at the community level. For more information, call Justice Solutions at 202–448–1710.

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