State Legislature Victim Education
OVC recognizes the importance of providing state legislators with comprehensive information that informs their efforts to address victims' issues. In 2002, OVC initiated the State Legislature Victim Education Project, which is being conducted by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). This project is educating state and local legislators and others about victims' needs by compiling, publishing, and distributing a legislator's guide, and providing substantive descriptions of key areas of law that address victims' rights and services in the states. NCSL is tracking major policy trends in victims' rights legislation and published a report in 2003 entitled Victims' Rights Legislation in the 21st Century. NCSL also produced a snapshot of each state's victim-related laws in 2004see "Victims' Rights State Legislation in 2004." A recent release, Enforcing and Evaluating Victims' Rights Laws summarizes state and federal actions to advance victims rights. For more details, visit the NCSL Web site.