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  • RFP Status Update

    July 1, 2014

    The New York State Office of Victim Services (OVS) issued an RFP for the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Victim Assistance Grant Program in April 2014. We now anticipate award announcements will be made in July. Each applicant will receive notice directly of the outcome of their application.

  • Requests for Comments

    May 1, 2014

    To All Interested Parties:

    The NYS Department of Health is seeking comments from interested parties concerning the Department’s efforts to support sexual violence prevention services in New York State.  This Request for Comments was posted in the New York State Contract Reporter on April 28, 2014.  The link to the NYS Contract Reporter is below:

    https://www.nyscr.ny.gov/agency/adsOpen.cfm

    The Contract Reporter posting contains the following information:

    A toll-free conference call is scheduled for May 22, 2014 from 10:00 am to noon to provide comments in response to the questions below.

    Questions

    To register for the conference call please send an email message to Nicole.Hassell@health.ny.gov no later than May 15, 2014.  Information about how to access the conference call will be sent to you upon registration.

    Written comments in response to the questions will be accepted up to May 23, 2014.  Written comments should be sent via email to Thomas.Tallon@health.ny.gov.

    The Department of Health’s sexual violence prevention efforts are in accordance with guidance established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Information regarding CDC’s Rape Prevention (RPE) program can be obtained through the website link below:

    http://www.cdc.gov/violencePrevention/RPE/index.html

  • Grants Application Demo

    April 21, 2014

    The Grants Reform Team will be holding webinars for Grantees to demo for them how to apply for an available grant opportunity. Webinars have been scheduled on Tuesdays  and Thursdays from April 22, 2014 through May 29, 2014.

  • OVS Request For Proposal Webinar 4-16-2014

    April 17, 2014

    The Office of Victim Services held an optional webinar for all prospective applicants on April 16, 2014. Please click here for a recording of the webinar (wmv). Webinar slides are available here (pptx). Webinar Transcipts are available here (pdf).

  • Now Available - 2014 Request For Proposal

    April 1, 2014

    The Office of Victim Services (OVS) is pleased to announce the release of a new Request for Proposal (RFP) to support direct services that meet the immediate needs of crime victims under the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Victim and Witness Assistance Grants Program. You may access a full version of the RFP at http://www.ovs.ny.gov/victim-assistance-program.html

  • Video: Office of Victim Services and National Crime Victims' Rights Week

    April 4, 2014

    The Office of Victim Services (OVS) has produced a new video to give you a better sense of what we do to help innocent victims of crime and their families, as well as more about National Crime Victims' Rights Week, April 6 -12.

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    Alt Download: OVS Crime Victims' Rights Week Video.

  • Grant Funding Available

    April 2, 2014

    Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced that approximately $30 million in grant funding is available to benefit programs across New York State that provide direct services, including counseling and crisis intervention, advocacy and legal assistance to crime victims.

  • Sexual Assault Awareness Month

    April 2, 2014

    The month of April has been designated Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) in the United States. The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence.

    By working together and pooling our resources during the month of April, we can highlight sexual violence as a major public health, human rights and social justice issue and reinforce the need for prevention efforts.

    The 2014 SAAM campaign focuses on healthy sexuality and young people. This campaign provides tools on healthy adolescent sexuality and engaging youth.  SAAM 2014 engages adults in supporting positive youth development, and encourages young people to be activists for change.  This April, use your voice to impact our future. For more information and available resources go to:  http://www.nsvrc.org/saam/resources

  • Child Abuse Prevention Month

    April 2, 2014

    National Child Abuse Prevention Month is a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect, and to promote the social and emotional well-being of children and families. During the month of April and throughout the year, communities are encouraged to share child abuse and neglect prevention awareness strategies and activities and promote prevention across the country. In recognition of the 40th anniversary of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, the Children’s Bureau within the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services has designed a historical timeline of significant moments in child abuse prevention in the United States.  Learn more on the National Child Abuse Prevention Month website at https://www.childwelfare.gov/preventing/preventionmonth/.

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