The National Sheriffs' Association (NSA) is committed to assisting local law enforcement in providing the best possible service to victims of crime. This page provides an overview of some of the ongoing initiatives at NSA, as well as current information on crime victim issues, events, and resources.
For further inquiry, contact Tim Woods, NSA Director of Research, Development & Grants.
Since 1981, National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW)
has challenged the nation to extend its vision of crime victims’ rights and services to reach every victim of crime. Each year, communities across the country celebrate decades of hard-earned progress in securing the rights, resources and protections that crime victims need to rebuild their lives. The NCVRW Resource Guide
provides a wide array of user-friendly tools, information, and concrete, practical ideas on how to involve communities in extending the vision of crime victims’ rights and services to reach every victim. NSA encourages you to use these materials to raise crime victim awareness in your community, during NCVRW and throughout the year.
U.S. Department of Justice releases Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force Strategy and Operations e-Guide
. The e-guide provides resources and guidance to support effective Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force operations, including task force formulation and structuring, and strategies and lessons learned from the anti-trafficking field. It also provides a centralized link to trainings and other tools and resources.
The International Association of Chiefs of Police has developed four companion documents to help law enforcement agencies implement its Office for Victims of Crime funded Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Victims initiative. Volume #1, a 21st Century Strategy, introduces state, local, and tribal law enforcement leaders to the benefits, challenges, methods, and responsibilities for enhancing their response to victims of crime. Volume #2, the Implementation Guide, outlines the steps to implement the Strategy. Volume #3, the Resource Toolkit, provides templates to aid in the implementation of these steps. And Volume #4, the online Training Supplemental presents law enforcement agencies with content that can be customized to provide every agency employee, from recruit to executive, with specific knowledge, skills, abilities, and tools to better respond to crime victims. For more information, visit www.responsetovictims.org
The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) releases Enhancing Community Policing with Immigrant Populations
(April 2010). NSA and the COPS Office partnered to host a national roundtable discussion of law enforcement leaders and immigrant advocates that developed recommendations for enhancing community policing, including police training and police education, to ensure equity in the delivery of law enforcement services to immigrant populations. This report documents that roundtable discussion and recommendations.
The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) releases Victim Services in Rural Law Enforcement
(April 2009). This publication explores creative and economical ways for rural law enforcement agenciescomprised of sheriffs, deputies, and police to meet the needs of victims at the crime scene and during follow-up contact. Based on the experiences of 17 sites that received OVC funding to establish or enhance crime victim assistance efforts in their law enforcement agencies, the publication: Reviews the grant project; Highlights site activities; Identifies core elements and challenges of rural law enforcement-based victim service programs; and Offers a blueprint for rural law enforcement agencies interested in initiating their own victim services efforts.
Other Crime Victim Resources
NSA's First Response to Victims of Crime Guidebook and Roll Call Video. Available from the Office for Victims of Crime Resource Center at (800) 851-3420.