See below lists of national victim groups, allies, law enforcement, and charities:
We thank all our allies nationally who work at the grassroots level to protect victims rights. Many of these groups, like ours, are just our fellow crime victims who work tirelessly and without compensation to help others not to suffer as we have. (Let us know if there are any other groups we should add).
Attorneys and Advocates for victims - resource page
Families and Friends of Murder Victims - California
Families and Friends of Violent Crime Victims - Washington State
Fields Wolfe Memorial Fund - Colorado
Fight Crime Invest in Kids www.fightcrime.org National Survivor Network
For Kids Sake - an anti-bullying network with helpful information/resources
Justice for Murdered Children - California
National Organization of Victim Assistance NOVA www.trynova.org - the national membership organization for victim advocates
Parents of Murdered Children with chapters all over the nation
Polly Franks Foundation Virginia-based national advocacy for child sex abuse prevention
www.VictimLaw.org an informational resource website on victims rights and case law
Voices of Victims – Colorado
NATIONAL INFORMATION RESOURCES
The Bureau of Justice Statistics has published the crime figures for the most recent year 2008: “Criminal Victimization in the US, 2008, Statistical Tables” presents tables on crimes of violence, demographic characteristics of victims, and much more. You can access these tables at: http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=2218.
The American Society for Victimology has a research page with many informative articles on important topics to crime victims. http://american-society-victimology.us/research/
CrimeSolutions.gov website launched
CrimeSolutions.gov, launched by the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs, is a searchable online database of evidence-based programs covering a range of justice-related topics, including criminal justice, juvenile justice, and crime victim services.
The United States Congress has a Victims Rights Caucus! It is bi-partisan and diverse in every way: geographically, demographically, politically, economically. Victims Issues are universal. Suggest that your Congressman join the Victims Rights Caucus. For more: http://vrc.poe.house.gov/
The national Co-Chair of the Congressional Victims Rights Caucus is Congressman Judge Ted Poe. He recently gave an amazing Floor speech about human trafficking. Grab a cup of coffee and prepare to be inspired! – you can download the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOoAmqRXzpE.
Digital Information and the Criminal Justice System - a great resource with much of interest to victims about how to get information about crimes and cases at this website:
From the American Society of Victimology publication Research to Practice:
Fehr, R., Gelfand, M., & Nag, M. (2010). The Road to forgiveness: A meta-analytic synthesis of its situational and dispositional correlates. Psychological Bulletin, American Psychological Association (136) 5, 894-914. This publication can be found at http://american-society-victimology.us/research/ where you are also invited to post comments.
Summary: Those who work with victims know that forgiveness plays a large role in healing. This is particularly well known among restorative justice practitioners, who commonly have a goal of helping victims forgive. This study attempts to identify statistically significant aspects of forgiveness, looking both at effects for the victim and usefulness of various strategies.
LAW ENFORCEMENT and LEGAL PARTNERS:
We have been very grateful for the always strong support of the law enforcement community in their support for crime victims. Here are some resources:
- National District Attorneys Association,
- Fraternal Order of Police,
- Association of Prosecuting Attorneys,
- Heritage Foundation Legal Division
- Criminal Justice Legal Foundation,
- NAVRA, the National Alliance of Victims Rights Attorneys
- National Crime Victims’ Law Institute
- The 911 Site – Law Enforcement Agencies
Join the World Wide Sensible Sentencing Organization (WWSSO) on Facebook
Parents of Murdered Children www.pomc.org
NATIONAL VICTIM CHARITIES
The Peyton Tuthill Foundation, Inc. announces the availability of its annual Hearts of Hope Scholarships available to young people who have lost a loved one to a violent crime. $1000 annual scholarships are available to either high school students or undergraduate students whose family member was killed within 18 months of applying for the scholarship, and who has completed grief counseling.
Restorative Justice Resources
Learn more about DIVO – Defense Initiated Victim Outreach
National Crime Victims Rights Week
The nation focuses most strongly on victims rights every April during these wonderful series of observations, including special ceremonies in Washington D.C. This year 2011 was a wonderful OVC-led event - see below:
IllinoisVictims.Org Past President Terry Mayborne (right) with Collene Campbell (left), national leader of Force 100 speaking to law enforcement in Rockford, IL – October 2009