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One Day: Taking Stock, Moving Forward


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In the fall of 2014, the National Center for Victims of Crime convened leaders of the crime victims and survivors’ advocacy field to identify shared policy priorities for the next decade. We were joined by additional resource partners who shared their perspectives and led us to deeper consideration of the issues discussed. One Day: Taking Stock, Moving Forward gave us an opportunity to celebrate the tremendous progress that has been made for victims and survivors over the past three decades. It also provided a chance to share current concerns and set priorities for the national advocacy community for victims and survivors.

As advocates observe the 30th anniversary of the Victims of Crime Act and the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act, and the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act, we have much to celebrate. With a basic infrastructure to support victim services and compensation, the establishment of crime victims’ rights at the federal and state level, and many other policy accomplishments for victims of crime and abuse, victims and survivors are better supported today than ever before.

At the same time, we recognize that much remains to be accomplished. Many of our policy achievements are not uniformly implemented across the country; and many victims remain unable to access justice, safety, and important resources. After thoughtful and spirited discussions, we identified broad new policy priorities. We also agreed to circulate those priorities for endorsement by other national, state, and local victim and survivor advocacy organizations.

With the release and endorsement of these advocacy priorities, new advances in victim policy will help to bring hope, healing, and justice to survivors of crime and abuse nationwide.


Acknowledgements

We are very grateful for the many individuals who came together to develop these policy priorities. These included leaders from the victim advocacy community: Scott Berkowitz, Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network; Kay Buck, Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking; S. Daniel Carter, VTV Family Outreach Foundation; Meg Garvin, National Crime Victims Law Institute; Ruth Glenn, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence; Rosie Hidalgo, Casa de Esperanza; Teresa Huizar, National Children’s Alliance; Lisalyn Jacobs, Legal Momentum; Ruth Jewell, National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center; Dan Levey, National Organization of Parents of Murdered Children; Will Marling, National Organization for Victim Assistance; Lisa Nerenberg, California Elder Justice Coalition; Keelie Sorensen, Polaris; Sharon Stapel, National Coalition of Anti-Violence Projects; Deborah Tucker, National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence; Roberta Valente, National Domestic Violence Hotline; and Jan Withers, MADD. We’d also like to thank the allied professionals who joined us to lend their expertise to be sure our deliberations were well-informed: Dr. Nathan Galbreath, Senior Executive Advisor of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, Department of Defense; The Honorable Ramona Gonzalez, board member of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges; and Rita Smith, advisor to the National Football League.

We also want to thank John Jay College of Criminal Justice for hosting this event, especially President Jeremy Travis for his support and Executive Director of External Affairs Mindy Bockstein for her assistance. And the staff and leadership of the National Center for Victims of Crime, Jeff Dion, Mai Fernandez, Susan Howley, Kathleen Wilber, and board member Morris Gurley.