OVC Web Forum
In early 2004, OVC launched a Web forum, the OVC Message Board To Help Exchange Lessons and Practices (HELP) in Victim Services, to link victim service providers and allied professionals with colleagues throughout the Nation who face similar challenges and experiences. An online bulletin board, the OVC Web Forum, allows peer-to-peer dialogue on innovative practices and services in victim assistance. Guest hosts are featured each month, allowing participants to ask questions of and receive insight from nationally recognized experts on the featured topic. Guest hosts have covered such topics as helping child victims, assisting victims of identity theft, assisting victims of drunk and drugged driving, and managing “compassion fatigue.”
In 2005, OVC launched an expanded forum, featuring new tools to enhance collaboration. New features include the following:
- OVC News and Announcements: Reports current OVC-focused initiatives and relevant topics and events with a primary focus on best practices.
- Search Engine: Scans and retrieves posts by topic of interest, keywords, or date.
- Hot Topics: Features posts from unique users or forum topics that are relevant to current events in victim assistance.
- Post of the Month: Highlights a post that expresses information of value to the online community and contributes to the body of knowledge concerning crime victims and best practices.
For more details, visit the OVC Web Forum.