Program Resources

SAVIN Program Resources

Have SAVIN program resources to share? Submit content for the virtual library to Tammy Woodhams at twoodhams@ncja.org.

Whether agency staff have direct or indirect responsibility for planning and implementing SAVIN programs and services, or could simply benefit from a great understanding of their agency’s role in managing SAVIN, resources for staff education and program development can help promote greater internal agency understanding of SAVIN.

Below, you'll find examples of staff education and training resources received from SAVIN programs and developed by the SAVIN Project Team, including: 

  • Sample plans for managing critical events;
  • Examples of legislation and RFPs for developing, funding and sustaining programs;
  • Examples of SAVIN governance committees;
  • Selections of laws, policies, and regulations such as victims' rights bills;
  • Guidance for developing effective partnerships;
  • Examples of public awareness and education materials;
  • Examples or materials for victim and survivor education and outreach;
  • Content from training programs;
  • Tools for conducting program evaluations;
  • Guidance for developing new SAVIN programs;
  • Resource kits for victim-related commemoration events;
  • Examples of technology implementation; and
  • Webinar recordings and slideshows.

Browse SAVIN Resources by Topic

The SAVIN Training and Technical Assistance Project Team collected, compiled, and cataloged the materials found in the SAVIN Virtual Library. These materials have been donated by programs across the country. Visit this page frequently for new materials. Click a topic below to view related materials:

Louisiana: LAVNS Hurricane Preparedness Plan

This document outlines the emergency hurricane preparedness plan developed in 2008 by the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement for the Louisiana Automated Victim Notification System (LAVNS) to mitigate any outages posed by Hurricane Gustav or any future storms. Author: LAVNS, Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement.

Ohio DRC SAVIN Emergency Response Plan

The SAVIN Emergency Response Plan provides the approved plan and protocol for staff to follow in response to a critical event occurring in the delivery of SAVIN services. Author: Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Office of Victim Services.

SAVIN Critical Event Management Plan

Part of the SAVIN Guidelines and Standards (revised, 2011), this Critical Event Management Plan provides a framework and guidance to assist SAVIN Administrators and SAVIN Governance Committees plan for potential problems, mitigate consequences, and restore services related to a critical event in the delivery of SAVIN services. Author: SAVIN Guidelines and Standards Advisory Committee, National SAVIN Training and Technical Assistance Program.

Webinar: Critical Event Management for SAVIN Administrators - Minimize the Negative Consequences

Webinar: Critical Event Management for SAVIN Administrators - Minimize the Negative Consequences

Despite careful planning and strategic implementation of SAVIN programs, critical events or occurrences can block victim access to important information, generate erroneous information and/or notifications, or preclude delivery of victim services. A critical event is defined as “a failure in the notification or information delivery system and/or supporting systems; this failure may involve one or more functions that need immediate attention.” Critical events may be major or minor; however, for victims who fail to receive timely, accurate notification, or who receive erroneous information, any such event may be a crisis, if not a life-threatening occurrence. Consequently, critical event management (CEM) is a core function of any SAVIN system. This webinar covered the various types of critical events that may arise in SAVIN program (as included in the SAVIN Guidelines and Standards. We reviewed components to successful critical event management and discussed how to prepare AVIN program staff for responding to a critical event. View Q & A.

Automated Victim Notification: Cost Considerations

This issue brief is the result of a U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice-funded evaluation of the Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification (SAVIN) program administered by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. Funded in fall 2009, the purpose of this evaluation was to explore the implementation and operation of automated victim notification systems in supporting victims of crime. ​Author: ICF International.

Hawaii Senate Victim Notification Bill Testimony

This document contains written testimony on the bill, SB2581 (which would establish a “SAVIN special fund” through a 4% surcharge on all inmate commissary purchases and a commission revenue on inmate telephone usage) before the Senate Committee on Public Safety, Government Operations, and Military Affairs on January 31, 2012, by numerous SAVIN stakeholders. Authors: Hawaii Senate, 26th Legislature, 2012.

Hawaii Victim Notification Bill

This bill, HB2226, would amend the current Chapter 353 of the Hawaii Revised Statutes to establish a SAVIN system and establish (§353(F)) a “SAVIN special fund” through a 4% surcharge on all inmate commissary purchases. Authors: Hawaii House of Representatives, 26th Legislature, 2012.

Mississippi Bill to Fund SAVIN

This bill, HB0665, would amend Section 99-19-73 of the Mississippi Code of 1972 to revise the statewide monetary assessments to provide funding for the SAVIN System and amend Section 99-45-9 to create the SAVIN System Fund. Authors: Mississippi Legislature, Regular Session 2007.

Nevada RFP to Develop a SAVIN System 

This is a 2010 RFP for proposals/bids to develop a SAVIN system to be operated through the Nevada Office of the Attorney General and the Department of Corrections. Authors: Nevada Department of Administration, Division of Purchasing, for the Office of the Attorney General.

New Mexico Bill Concerning Supervision Fees and Victim Notification

This 2012 bill, SB0176, would amend current New Mexico laws to provide for intensive supervision program fees to create a “corrections department intensive supervision fund” which would in part fund victim notification. Authors: New Mexico Senate, 50th Legislature, 2012.

SAVIN: Nationwide Funding Status

In the last half of 2013, the SAVIN Project Team conducted a short survey to determine the status of funding for SAVIN programs nationwide. 25 states provided information regarding their plans to sustain their SAVIN programs and information about funding gaps. Author(s): National SAVIN Project Team.

SAVIN Sustainability

This document identifies potential funding and sustainability sources for SAVIN programs. Authors: National SAVIN Training and Technical Assistance Project Team.

SAVIN Sustainability 2012 Report

Sustainability has been consistently identified as a top priority for most SAVIN programs. The June 2012 SAVIN Sustainability Report highlights responses from SAVIN programs about their strategies to sustain SAVIN in the future, and features a wide range of funding strategies that may be useful to states that are examining their own sustainability plans. Authors: National SAVIN Training and Technical Assistance Project Team.

South Carolina Law Concerning Prisoner Wages and Victim Notification 

This statute (specifically, §24-3-40) mandates percentages of prisoner wages, either from employment in the community or in a prison industry program, be retained to support services provided by the Department of Corrections to victims of the incarcerated population, including victim notification through SAVIN. Authors: South Carolina Legislature.

Vermont RFP to Develop a SAVIN System

This is a copy of the 2008 RFP for bids to develop a SAVIN system to be operated through the Vermont Department of Corrections. Authors: Vermont Purchasing and Contract Administration Division, for the Vermont Department of Corrections.

Focus Groups: An Important Tool for Strategic Planning

As a component of the Strategic Planning Toolkit (Office for Victims of Crime, 2004), this resource provides guidance and techniques to effectively implement focus groups as a SAVIN strategic planning tool. Authors: Anne Seymour, National SAVIN Training and Technical Assistance Project Team.

Guidelines for a SAVIN Governance Committee

This document provides guidance and resources to implement or strengthen a SAVIN Governance Committee. Authors: National SAVIN Training and Technical Assistance Project Team.

Hawaii SAVIN Project Plan

This 2008 Project Plan reflects the guidelines and standards set by Hawaii’s SAVIN Governance Committee, and describes the SAVIN Program’s governance structure and implementation plan. Authors: Hawaii Department of Public Safety.

Hawaii SAVIN Technical Assistance Report and Recommendations

This is a copy of the report and recommendations resulting from technical assistance provided by the National SAVIN Training and Technical Assistance Program on March 1 – 4, 2011, to assist the Hawaii SAVIN Governance Committee and stakeholders in a strategic planning process. Authors: Hawaii Department of Public Safety.

LAVNS: Web Page How to Link to Us

This copy of a page from the LAVNS web site provides the page code for three different versions of the LAVNS logo to be copied and pasted in the HTML area of a stakeholder agency’s web site as a banner or button in order to link that agency’s web site to the LAVNS web site. Authors: LAVNS, Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement.

Montana SAVIN Memorandum of Understanding

This 2005 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is an example of the type of agreement that can provide a strong basis for the implementation or enhancement of a SAVIN Program. Authors: Montana Department of Corrections, Department of Justice, and the Supreme Court Administrator.

New York State Model Governance Committee Charter

This model Governance Committee Charter was developed as a template to offer guidance in describing the purpose, composition and responsibilities of a governance committee. Author: New York State Authorities Budget Office.

Ohio VINE Advisory Board Invitation Letter

This 2009 form letter describes the Ohio VINE Program and invites a representative of the recipient agency to serve on the Ohio VINE Advisory Board. Authors: Ohio Attorney General.

SAVIN Administrator Skills Set and Knowledge

This document provides a list of the skills and knowledge necessary to be a good SAVIN Administrator and to manage an effective SAVIN Program. Authors: National SAVIN Training and Technical Assistance Project Team.

SAVIN Strategic Planning Resources and Worksheets

These SAVIN Strategic Planning Resources and Worksheets were developed to assist SAVIN Administrators and SAVIN Governance Committees conduct strategic planning for implementation or enhancement of their SAVIN Program. Authors: National SAVIN Training and Technical Assistance Project Team.

State SAVIN Programs

This chart provides information on the various agencies and organizations that “house” SAVIN Programs within states. Authors: National SAVIN Training and Technical Assistance Project Team.

Benefits of SAVIN

The benefits of SAVIN programs to nine key stakeholder groups – from crime victims and survivors, to justice professionals, to the general public – are described in this document resource.

Essential Skills for Leaders: Collaboration and Team Building

This chapter from the National Victim Assistance Academy (NVAA) text examines the importance of collaboration and team building with allied professionals and community members who share concerns about victims’ rights and assistance. It provides guidelines for successful collaboration and practical approaches for building, implementing and evaluating team initiatives. Authors: Kevin Lowe, Ph.D., Marti Anderson, M.S.W., and Anne Seymour.

LAVNS Informational Brochure for Sheriffs

This LAVNS camera-ready brochure is designed to explain to parish Sheriffs how LAVNS can benefit them by automating the victim notice they are required to provide under the State Constitution. Authors: LAVNS, Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement.

North Carolina SAVAN PSA Partnership

This document describes a collaborative project to enhance awareness for the North Carolina SAVAN Program. In an effort to educate Spanish language-speaking crime victims about safe places to turn for help, the North Carolina Governor's Crime Commission, the North Carolina Victim Assistance Network, and Univision, an Hispanic television network, teamed up to produce and air public service announcements about the NC SAVAN Program and host a call-in talk show for increased public awareness. Author: North Carolina SAVAN Program, North Carolina Department of Crime Control and Public Safety.

Ohio VINE Jail Booking Form Letter to Sheriffs

This 2009 form letter to Ohio Sheriffs describes the Ohio VINE Program and identifies their agency as a critical part of the VINE process, and describes the jail booking data processes necessary to ensure data is accurate and timely. It requests that their agencies cooperate with the Ohio VINE Program and provides contact information and examples of how law enforcement officers can use VINE. Author: Ohio Attorney General.

Ohio VINE Promotional Letter to Criminal Justice Professionals

This 2009 form letter to Ohio criminal justice system agencies describes the Ohio VINE Program and identifies their agency as a critical part of the VINE process. It requests that their agencies cooperate with the Ohio VINE Program and provides contact information and ideas of how their agency can assist in the Ohio VINE outreach efforts. This letter was specifically adapted for law enforcement agencies and included the following additional paragraph: “In addition to the VINELink site, VINE can be accessed via OHLEG – under “related links.” All law enforcement officers can use VINE to check offenders’ custody status, including career criminals, in Ohio and other states, receive notification for a victim who is physically, mentally or emotionally unable to do so and register for notification against an offender who poses a threat to the officer’s safety.” Author: Ohio Attorney General.

Hawaii Department of Public Safety SAVIN Training for Police and Prosecutors

This 2010 training PowerPoint presentation on the Hawaii SAVIN Program was developed by the Hawaii Department of Public Safety for police and prosecutors, describing what SAVIN is and how it works in order to locate an offender and/or register for notification. Authors: Pennsylvania District Attorneys Institute.

Impact of Crime on Victims

This chart identifies and describes the impact of crime on victims, including physical, spiritual, emotional/psychological, and financial aspects of crimes’ impact on the victim. It can be used as a handout in training or for victims. Authors: National SAVIN Training and Technical Assistance Project Team.

LAVNS VINEWatch Training Outline

This is an outline of a VINEWatch training provided by LAVNS staff for all partner criminal justice agency personnel.  Authors: LAVNS, Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement.

New York State VINE Annual Conference Brochure

This is a camera-ready promotional brochure for the Fifth Annual New York Statewide Conference on VINE (April 2011). Authors: LAVNS, Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement.

Nevada SAVIN Training on Crime Victimization and Victims’ Rights for Law Enforcement

This 2009 presentation was developed for law enforcement. It provides training on the trauma of crime victimization, the rights of crime victims, the role of law enforcement, and state resources for victims and law enforcement, including the Nevada VINE Program. Authors: Traci Dory, Victim Services Officer, Nevada Department of Corrections Kareen Prentice, Domestic Violence Ombudsman, Nevada Office of the Attorney General.

Nevada SAVIN Training Press Release

This 2012 press release was developed by the Nevada Office of the Attorney General to announce a series of regional SAVIN trainings around the state for first responders, crime victims, victim advocates, prosecutors, law enforcement agencies, and community members. Author: Nevada Office of the Attorney General.

Ohio Office of the Attorney General VINE Training for Law Enforcement

This 2009 training provides the PowerPoint slides and trainer’s notes for a 90 minute presentation on the Ohio VINE Program for law enforcement professionals with 1.5 hours of CPT credit. The presentation includes information on: the history of VINE; types of notification; how VINE works; the benefits of VINE; and how to create community awareness about the VINE program. It was developed for a regional series of trainings around the state. Author: Julie Quinn, Ohio Office of the Attorney General.

Ohio Office of the Attorney General VINE Training for Victim Advocates

This 2009 training provides the PowerPoint slides and trainer’s notes for a 90 minute presentation on the Ohio VINE Program for law enforcement professionals with 1.5 hours of CPT credit. The presentation includes information on: the history of VINE; types of notification; how VINE works; the benefits of VINE; and how to create community awareness about the VINE program. It was developed for a regional series of trainings around the state. Author: Julie Quinn, Ohio Office of the Attorney General.

Ohio Office of the Attorney General VINE Training Series Brochure

This brochure was developed and disseminated by the Ohio Office of the Attorney General to publicize a 2009 regional training series on the Ohio VINE Program for law enforcement and victim assistance professionals. Author: Julie Quinn, Ohio Office of the Attorney General.

Ohio SAVIN Governance and Management Training

This presentation was developed by the Ohio VINE Management Team for the 2008 National SAVAIN Conference. It provides training on the governance and management of SAVIN programs based on the Ohio VINE Program as a case study, emphasizing lessons learned and critical components of effective SAVIN management. Authors: Ohio VINE Management Team.

Pennsylvania SAVIN Training for Law Enforcement

This training PowerPoint presentation was developed by the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Institute in 2009 for SAVIN training for law enforcement around the state. The presentation describes the Pennsylvania SAVIN Program, how it works, and identifies what it can do for law enforcement. Authors: Pennsylvania District Attorneys Institute.

SAVIN Training for Community/Institutional Corrections

This 2010 general, non-state specific SAVIN training presentation was developed by the National SAVIN Training and Technical Assistance Project Team for delivery at national conferences of community/institutional corrections professionals. It identifies the importance of information and notification to crime victims and survivors; provides a history of automated victim notification; describe how SAVIN works; identifies the key benefits of SAVIN for community and institutional corrections; and describes the key components of the National SAVIN Training and Technical Assistance Project. Authors: National SAVIN Training and Technical Assistance Project Team.

SAVIN Training for Law Enforcement

This 2010 general, non-state specific SAVIN training presentation was developed by the National SAVIN Training and Technical Assistance Project Team for delivery at national conferences of law enforcement professionals. It identifies the importance of information and notification to crime victims and survivors; provides a history of automated victim notification; describe how SAVIN works; identifies the key benefits of SAVIN for law enforcement; and describes the key components of the National SAVIN Training and Technical Assistance Project. Authors: National SAVIN Training and Technical Assistance Project Team.

VINE and VINELink Training Video for Law Enforcement

This is a brief training video about the VINE program created for law enforcement. Author: Appriss.

Guide to Program Evaluation

The BJA Center for Program Evaluation and Performance Measurement provides this guide to assist users with understanding some of the basic principles of performance measurement and the creation of appropriate performance measures. The topics covered include: Defining Goals, Objectives, and Activities; Types of Performance Measures; Characteristics of Good Performance Measures; Elements of a Good Performance Measure Description; Program Goals, Objectives, and Activities Worksheet; and Performance Measurement Worksheet. Author: Bureau of Justice Assistance.

Logic Model for Program Planning and Evaluation

This logic model was characterized initially by program evaluators as a tool for identifying performance measures. Since that time, the tool has been adapted to program planning, as well. The application of the logic model as a planning tool allows precise communication about the purposes of a project, the components of a project, and the sequence of activities and accomplishments. This 2001 document provides an overview of this process and the logic model as a strategic planning tool. Author: Paul F. McCawley, Associate Director, University of Idaho Extension.

Managing for Results: A Logical Approach for Program Design, Outcome Measurement and Process Evaluation Trainee Workbook

This 2001 publication was funded by a Victims of Crime Act Grant to provide a primer for victims’ services agencies to enable them to create a performance measurement system for their agency that would meet the reporting requirements of the TN Office of Criminal Justice Programs. Based on the logic model, it simply and clearly presents the concepts, principles and techniques to achieve the following types of process objectives: (1) document a program’s accomplishments, especially its impact and effectiveness; (2) generate information on what strategies work best, how projects should be structured, and how to overcome obstacles; (3) plan and manage a program by getting feedback to identify areas that are operating according to plan and those that need attention and development; and (4) publicize program accomplishments. Authors: Tennessee Office of Criminal Justice Programs, Department of Finance and Administration, with assistance from Performance Vistas, Inc.

Notifying and Informing Victims of Crime: An Evaluation of North Carolina’s SAVAN System

This 2004 report presents the findings of a process and impact evaluation of North Carolina’s SAVAN system, which  was conducted not only to receive information on network activity and usage but also in an effort to gather information concerning the process of establishing and maintaining the system; as well as to document the extent of its impact upon victims of crime, law enforcement and jail operations, and prosecutors’ offices. Author: North Carolina Governor’s Crime Commission and the North Carolina Criminal Justice Analysis Center.

Office for Victims of Crime TTAC Strategic Planning Toolkit Section on Evaluation

This section from the OVC TTAC Strategic Planning Toolkit (2004) provides guidance and information that can assist with SAVIN program evaluation and strategic planning. It outlines the steps to take to track the results of your strategic plan and determine how well your plan is working. It includes steps such as, choosing the right evaluation strategy, how to write an evaluation plan, collecting data, and reporting results. Evaluation data can help a great deal in making sure that a good program continues. Authors: Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center.

Pennsylvania SAVIN Survey Tool Draft

This document is a draft of the 2008 victim rights survey tool developed by the Pennsylvania SAVIN Program to be administered either online or by phone.  Authors: Pennsylvania SAVIN Program.

Performance Measurement and Evaluation: Definitions and Relationships

Many analytic approaches have been employed over the years by the federal agencies and others to assess the operations and results of federal programs, policies, activities, and organizations. This 2011 glossary describes and explains the relationship between two common types of systematic program assessment: performance measures and program evaluation. Author: United States General Accounting Office.

SAVIN: Improving Data Discovery and Reuse

This slideshow was presented at a 2013 NAJIS Conference workshop which explored the challenges and successes involved in implementing and sustaining these projects. Author: Debbie Allen, North Carolina SAVAN Administrator.

SAVIN Program Grant Performance Measures

To assist in fulfilling the U.S. Department of Justice’s responsibilities under the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA), Public Law 103-62, applicants that receive funding under the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) FY11 SAVIN Program solicitation must provide data that measure the results of their work. This “Performance Measures” section from the BJA SAVIN Program FY11 Competitive Grant Announcement provides information regarding and a chart delineating the performance measures required for this solicitation and the data that grantees/award recipients are required, post award, to provide to BJA so that OJP can calculate values for the performance measures listed. Author: Bureau of Justice Assistance.

SAVIN Satisfaction Survey Resource Kit

A victim satisfaction survey provides valuable input from SAVIN end users that can help improve your overall program. The National SAVIN Training and Technical Assistance Project Team has developed this SAVIN Satisfaction Survey Resource Kit to help SAVIN programs develop an ongoing, important venue to obtain feedback about SAVIN services. It offers an overview, guidance and tips, and a draft SAVIN survey instrument.  Authors: Justice Solutions, National SAVIN Training and Technical Assistance Project Team.

SAVIN Grant Program Performance Measures Questionnaire

This document provides information and an outline of general questions and performance measures for the FY11 BJA SAVIN Grant Program. It explains how these performance measures are to be reported both quantitatively and qualitatively and provides information on the formats and time frames for reports. Author: Bureau of Justice Assistance.

SAVIN Grant Program Performance Measures and Performance Measurement Tool FAQs

This BJA frequently asked questions (FAQs) document is derived from the most common questions asked about the FY11 BJA SAVIN Grant Program performance measures and Performance Measurement Tool (PMT). Author: Bureau of Justice Assistance.

Arkansas Statewide VINE Fact Sheet

This public education and awareness tool provides basic, easy to access information about the Arkansas Statewide VINE Program. Author: Arkansas Statewide VINE.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Resource Kit, Cover Letter and Evaluation Form

There are eight components of the SAVIN DVAM Resource Kit that you can adapt to your specific SAVIN program and state. Anything highlighted in red in this Kit indicates where you need to personalize your SAVIN program’s information. You can use these resources to promote SAVIN during October, and partner with domestic violence advocates and other allied professionals to ensure that domestic violence victims and communities in your state know about SAVIN services during DVAM and throughout the year. Author: National SAVIN Project Team.

Kentucky VINE Notification Descriptions and Definitions

This is a copy of a VINE page from the Kentucky Department of Corrections web site that provides descriptions and definitions of terms used in victim notifications in the KY VINE Program. Author: Kentucky Department of Corrections.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Resource Kit, Cover Letter and Evaluation Form

This cover letter introduces the 2012 MADD Resource Kit, which is available in the Public Education and Awareness documents list of the SAVIN Virtual Library. You can also access the Resource Kit by clicking here. Authors: National SAVIN Project Team.

Montana Crime Victim Notification System Overview Bookmark

This camera-ready bookmark is an informational awareness tool developed by the Montana Office of Consumer Protection and Victim Services for the Montana Crime Victim Notification (CVN) System. It provides a general overview of the CVN System along with contact information. Author: Montana Crime Victim Notification System, Montana Office of Consumer Protection and Victim Services.

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Kit

Provides resources for enhancing crime victim/survivor outreach; print, broadcast and social media relations strategies; statistics; and camera-ready artwork to promote SAVIN during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 22 – 28, 2012. Author: National SAVIN Training and Technical Assistance Project Team.

National Day of Remembrance Resource Kit, Cover Letter, and Evaluation Form

As part of the 6th Annual National Day of Remembrance (NDoR), the National Criminal Justice Association’s (NCJA) National SAVIN Training and Technical Assistance Project Team has provided a Resource Kit to help you promote SAVIN on NDoR, and develop partnerships with homicide support groups that can help surviving family members of murder victims understand and access SAVIN services. Author: National SAVIN Training and Technical Assistance Project Team.

National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Resource Kit, Cover Letter and Evaluation Form

The following document, from 2013, is an evaluation form to be used with the National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention (NTDVAP) Month Resource Kit. This kit is available in the Public Education and Awareness Documents section of the SAVIN Virtual Library. Author: National SAVIN Training and Technical Assistance Project Team.

North Carolina SAVAN Criminal Justice Flowchart

This is a copy of an informational page from the North Carolina SAVAN Program web site which provides a flowchart of events as they occur in the criminal justice system. This page was last modified in October, 2010. Author: North Carolina SAVAN Program, North Carolina Department of Crime Control and Public Safety.

North Carolina: A Citizen's Guide to the State's Parole Process

This brief reference guide provides and overview of North Carolina's parole process and answers commonly asked questions. Author: North Carolina Department of Crime Control and Public Safety.

North Carolina SAVAN “Track the Status of a Registered Sex Offender” Brochure

This public education and awareness brochure was developed by the North Carolina SAVAN Program to provide critical information about North Carolina legal requirements pertaining to sex offender registration, NC SAVAN notification services for victims and survivors, and community resources available for victims of sexual assault or abuse. Author: North Carolina SAVAN Program.

NY State Sheriff's Association Institute's Order of Notification Project

This slideshow (in PDF format) was presented at the 2012 National Forum on Criminal Justice at a workshop that provided information on the SAVIN Service Specification (SSP) and the Information Exchange Package Document (IEPD) pilot project completed with the Montana Department of Corrections. In addition, there was a demonstration of the recently launched SAVIN system in Alabama and the standards and technology innovations employed. Lastly, presenters provided information on how to access technical and technology assistance through the National Training and Technical Assistance Project. Both the SAVIN Technical Assistance Request System (STARRS) and the SAVIN Technology Assistance Project (S-TAP) categories of assistance were explored.  Authors: Stephanie Cassavaugh, Kathy Gattin, Trudy Gregorie, and Maury Mitchell.

Public Service Announcement Partner Guidebook

This 2005 Guidebook was developed by Justice Solutions (National SAVIN Project Team partner) as part of a national public education and awareness campaign project for the Office for Victims of Crime. Whether you have extensive or limited experience with PSAs and public education, this easy-to-read, step-by-step Guidebook will tell you everything you need to know to ensure your PSA gets played on the air as part of your SAVIN program’s public education strategy. Author: Justice Solutions.

SAVIN Newspaper Article Sample

This newspaper article, “Victim-notification system celebrates 15 years,” in the December, 2009 edition of the Courier-Journal of Louisville, Kentucky, is a good example of how the press media can serve as a vehicle to publicize and build public awareness of a SAVIN system. Author: Jesse Halladay.

SAVIN Project Overview

This one-pager provides an overview of the SAVIN Project. Author: National SAVIN Project Team.

SAVIN Website Content Areas

Many states are working to create robust SAVIN websites that can be used as a "one-stop shopping" portal for access to information and assistance for crime victims and survivors, and information about victim information and notification for the general public. This document describes the "content areas" in an outline form that can help states review and revise their SAVIN websites in order to better meet the needs of victims and community members. Author: National SAVIN Project Team.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month Resource Kit

Provides victim outreach, traditional and social media relations strategies, statistics, camera-ready artwork and other resources to promote SAVIN during Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April. Author: National SAVIN Training and Technical Assistance Project Team.

Strategic Planning for Victim Services

This slideshow (in PDF format) was presented at a 2012 National Fourm on Criminal Justice workshop that examined how SAAs can provide leadership and facilitation for this process in their states, which stakeholders should be at the table, and what should be the expectations and outcomes. State examples of successful strategic planning for victim services are presented. Authors: Trudy Gregorie, Misty Giles, and Daina Moran.

SAVIN Success Stories

This document provides examples of SAVIN success stories which can be an important public education and awareness tool to promote SAVIN programs. Collect and incorporate these types of success stories on program web sites, in promotional materials and media coverage, in presentations, and in reports. CAVEAT: Always get permission from crime victims and survivors prior to using their stories in this way and, if possible, always provide them with advance notice if their story is to be used in media coverage. Author: National SAVIN Training and Technical Assistance Project Team.

Washington SAVIN Quarterly

This is a copy of the Volume 5, Issue 3 (December 2011) edition of the Washington SAVIN Quarterly Newsletter, WASAVIN News and Updates. The intent of the newsletter is to assist all SAVIN stakeholders to: stay updated; share new information; get the word out; and encourage use of the SAVIN programs. Author: Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs.

Automated Victim Notification: Practices Aimed at Supporting Victims

This National Institute of Justice-funded issue brief highlights some of the practices that jurisdictions can employ to enhance AVN services for victims. These practices are specific to AVN registration and notification, and incorporate findings from all phases of the evaluation. Author: ICF International.

Automated Victim Notification: Awareness and Use Among Service Providers and Victims 

This National Institute of Justice-funded issue brief provides evaluation findings on the awareness and use of AVN services among service providers and victims, including their satisfaction with, perceived benefits of, and challenges using AVN systems. To capture the experiences of service providers and victims, researchers employed a two-pronged approach, surveying service providers and victims. Authors: ICF International.

Conducting Effective Meetings

This document offers useful tips and techniques to assist SAVIN Administrators and staff in conducting and facilitating effective meetings in the implementation, management, promotion and enhancement of SAVIN programs. Author: National SAVIN Training and Technical Assistance Project Team.

Connecticut SAVIN Implementation Report

This 2007 report to the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary of the Connecticut Legislature details the plan for establishment and implementation of a SAVIN system pursuant to Connecticut Public Act No. 06-100, § 4. Author: Connecticut Division of Criminal Justice, Office of the Chief State’s Attorney.

Montana CVN Requirements

The Crime Victim Notification (CVN) Requirements Definition Document Discussion Draft represents a baseline understanding of the requirements of the proposed Montana CVN system. The purpose of the requirements document, which was prepared by an initial group of stakeholders from key state agencies representing justice, corrections, and the courts, is to provide a starting place for stakeholders to provide input and give direction for the development of a statewide CVN system in Montana. Author: Montana Crime Victim Notification System, Montana Office of Consumer Protection and Victim Services.

SAVIN Guidelines

This document contains the 2012 guidelines for planning, implementing and operative effective SAVIN programs. Author: National SAVIN Project Team.

Centralized Prosecutor Case Management Systems: Survey Results

In September 2013, a request was received by the National SAVIN Training and Technical Assistance Project – sponsored by the National Criminal Justice Association with support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice – to identify states that use centralized prosecutor case management systems. The Project Team coordinated with the NAPC to query its members about their use of such systems. The cumulative responses are featured below. Authors: National Association of Prosecutor Coordinators and the National SAVIN Project Team.

LAVNS Registration Links Service

From the LAVNS web site, this page provides an overview of the LAVNS “Registration Links” service, implemented in May, 2009. This free, easy-to-implement service allows jails that have an online “roster” to add a link to each offender’s record that allows visitors to register against this offender, without ever leaving the jail's web site and without having to search for the offender in LAVNS. Author: LAVNS, Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement.

LAVNS Rosters Feature

From the LAVNS web site, this page provides an overview of the LAVNS “Rosters” feature, implemented in April 2010. By re-deploying LAVNS offender data, the Rosters feature provides each jail with a “live” roster updated every 30 minutes. Each web site appears as though it was created just for that Sheriff's Office, listing the offenders in custody, along with DOB, gender and race. With this feature, victims can click on the LAVNS logo and quickly register against an offender from the Sheriff’s Roster web page. Author: LAVNS, Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement.

Sample List of SAVIN Service Providers

This list identifies companies that the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) has learned offer SAVIN support services. However, the list may not identify all providers nor is it intended to reflect an endorsement of service providers by BJA, the U.S. Department of Justice, or the National Criminal Justice Association. Author: National SAVIN Training and Technical Assistance Project Team.

SAVIN Technology Assistance Project (S-TAP) TA Report Abstract for: Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center

The IJIS Institute received the request for a SAVIN Technology Assistance from ACJIC; and, upon internal approval to proceed with the TA engagement, the IJIS Institute staff worked directly with the ACJIC Director and IT Manager in defining the specifics of the engagement. A TA questionnaire was completed by the ACJIC Director and technical team and reviewed by the Institute and, subsequently, a contract agreement was jointly negotiated that authorized the TA engagement. Author: IJIS Institute.

SAVIN Technology Assistance Project (S-TAP) TA Report Abstract for: New Hampshire Department of Safety

The IJIS Institute received the request for a SAVIN TA from the NHDOS; and, upon internal approval to proceed with the TA engagement, the IJIS Institute staff directly worked with the SAVN Project Manager and Department of Justice Grants Manager in defining the specifics of the engagement. A TA questionnaire was completed by the SAVN Project Manager and was reviewed by the Institute; and, subsequently, a contract agreement was jointly negotiated authorizing the TA engagement. Author: IJIS Institute.

SAVIN Technology Help Desk

The IJIS Institute’s SAVIN Technology Help Desk is designed to provide an online knowledge center of reference materials that will provide both public and private sector constituencies with access to the appropriate level of assistance with the use of national information sharing standards. In addition to the ability to ask specific questions of SAVIN technology experts, the Help Desk includes a Frequently Asked Questions feature and a Helpful Links page. This document contains the full press release. Author: IJIS Institute.

SAVIN Technology Roadmap

This document is intended to serve as a supplement to the SAVIN Guidelines document that was developed based on the experiences of early adopters and refined through consensus of SAVIN program administrators. These guidelines remain the primary definition of services that a SAVIN program should consider implementing, and, therefore, can be used as a potential baseline for measuring the completeness and utility of the service being provided. Author: IJIS Institute and the National Criminal Justice Association.

SAVIN Victim Notification Service Description

This document is designed as a Service Description for the Victim Notification (VN) Service. Author: Global Information Sharing Initiative.

Service Level Performance Requirements in SAVIN Systems

The purpose of this document is to provide guidance in the development of a SAVIN SLA based on a jurisdiction’s laws, participating agencies’ policies and protocols, and participating agencies’ needs. This reference document includes an example of an SLA document that includes SLRs based on both best practices from the field and national information sharing standards. Authors: IJIS Institute and the National Criminal Justice Association.

Crime Victim Outreach Survey

This report discusses findings from a 2014 survey of SAVIN administrators. Author: National SAVIN Project Team.

Expanding Victim Outreach and Public Awareness

The overall effectiveness of SAVIN programs depends upon their ability to collaborate and develop proactive relationships with entities that can enhance victim and public outreach. This list identifies 12 categories of organizations, agencies and other groups that can be important partners in outreach efforts (totaling 150 individual entities). It was adapted from Expanding Your Community Outreach Efforts (Office for Victims of Crime, 2009). Author: National Association of VOCA Administrators and Anne Seymour.

Hawaii SAVIN Bus Poster

This 2009 bus poster is an outreach tool that promotes the Hawaii VINE Program and provides the toll-free phone number and web site address. The poster is available in English and Japanese. Author: Hawaii SAVIN Program.

Hawaii SAVIN Brochure (English)

This two-page 2009 brochure is an outreach tool that provides information about how the Hawaii SAVIN Program works, how to register to receive custody information about an offender in jail or prison, and how to contact the SAVIN Program. The brochure also provides a list of referrals for victim services in Hawaii and provides space for recording personal SAVIN information. Author: Hawaii SAVIN Program.

Illinois AVN Tear Pad

The tear-off pad is an outreach tool for the Illinois AVN System. It provides basic information about the IL AVN System along with the toll-free phone number and web site address. The tear sheets are designed to be take-aways from a poster or some other public awareness display, so that an individual can immediately have the IL AVN System information in their possession in a format that can fit into their pocket, purse, or wallet. There are spaces provided on the tear sheet to write in specific personal IL AVN information. The pads are available in English and Spanish. Author: Illinois AVN, Illinois Office of the Attorney General.

Illinois AVN Registration Brochure

This two-page, camera-ready brochure is an outreach tool that provides basic information about the Illinois AVN System, how to register for the services it provides for crime victims and survivors, and contact information for the IL AVN System. It also provides information on the specific services IL AVN offers victims/survivors, identifies other state victim services and resources, and provides space for recording specific personal IL AVN information. The brochure is available in English and Spanish. Author: Illinois AVN, Illinois Office of the Attorney General.

Kentucky VINE Brochure

This camera-ready, two-page five-panel brochure is an outreach tool that provides information about how the Kentucky VINE Program works, how to register to receive custody information about an offender in jail or prison, and how to contact the VINE Program. The brochure also provides information about the DOC Office of Victim Services and victim input to the Parole Board. One of the panels is a tear-off with contact information for other victim services in Kentucky and provides space for recording personal VINE information. The brochure is available in English and Spanish. Author: Kentucky VINE Program, Kentucky Department of Corrections – Office of Victim Services.

Kentucky VINE Tear Pad

The tear-off pad is an outreach tool for the Kentucky VINE Program. It provides basic contact information for the VINE Program. The tear sheets are designed to be take-aways from a poster or some other public awareness display, so that an individual can immediately have the Kentucky VINE Service information in their possession in a format that can fit into their pocket, purse, or wallet. There are spaces provided on the tear sheet to write in specific personal VINE information. The pads are available in English and Spanish. Author: Kentucky VINE Program, Kentucky Department of Corrections – Office of Victim Services.

Louisiana Notification Registration Form

The 5-part Louisiana Victim Notice and Registration Form is mandated by Louisiana Statute. The complete form, or individual pages, either in English or Spanish, can be downloaded in PDF from the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement web site. The individual pages include: Clerk of Court Pages; District Attorney Pages; Arresting Agency Pages; Jail Pages; and Victim Pages. The form does include basic information about LAVNS for the crime victim or survivor. A button on the LCLE web site provides an explanation of how LAVNS can help criminal justice agencies meet their mandated victim notification requirements once a victim has signed and filed the Louisiana Victim Notice and Registration Form. The LCLE web site is also where resources about the form can be found, such as videos, training opportunities and the ability to order supplies of the forms online. Author: Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement .

Maryland VINE Access Chart

This copy of a web page from the Maryland VINE section of the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention web site provides two easy-to-understand charts showing what services MD VINE offers to find out about the custody status of offenders and to find out about upcoming court hearings, how to access those services, and what information needs to be provided by the end user to access those services. Author: Victim and Survivor Outreach.

Maryland VINE Tear-Off Pad

The tear-off pad is an outreach tool for the Maryland VINE Service. It provides basic information about the VINE Program along with the toll-free phone number and web site address. The tear sheets are designed to be take-aways from a poster or some other public awareness display, so that an individual can immediately have the Maryland VINE Service information in their possession in a format that can fit into their pocket, purse, or wallet. There are spaces provided on the tear sheet to write in specific personal VINE information. The pads are available in English and Spanish. Author: Victim and Survivor Outreach.

Missouri MOVANS: Registration Tutorial

This video demonstrates how to register for Missouri Victim Automated Notification System (MoVANS). MoVANS is a fully automated, information notification system that immediately notifies registered users upon a change in an offender's incarceration and court status. MOVANS will tell you if an offender is in custody and will give you other important custody information. Author: State of Missouri.

Montana VINE Web Page: 10 Things Every Victim Needs to Know

This web page, “10 Things Every Victim of a Felony in Montana Needs to Know,” from the Crime Victim Information/MT VINE System section of the Montana Department of Corrections web site  provides information on 10 items relating to convicted felony offenders that victims/survivors could be interested in. Some of these items are justice system related; some are victim notification related; and some are victim trauma related. Author: Montana VINE System, Montana Department of Corrections.

Montana VINE Web Page: I Forgot My Pin

This web page, “I Forgot My Pin,” from the Crime Victim Information/MT VINE System section of the Montana Department of Corrections web site explains the purpose of a personal identification number (PIN) and provides information about the PIN process within the MT VINE System and provides information about what a registered victim/survivor or any end user can do in case they forget their individualized, registered PIN. Author: Montana VINE System, Montana Department of Corrections.

New Hampshire Role of SAVIN Victim/Survivor Advisory Council

New Hampshire SAVIN created a SAVIN Victim/Survivor Advisory Council (VSAC) to help guide the implementation of its new SAVIN program. The role of the VSAC is described in this document resource. Author: Anne Seymour, National SAVIN Project Team and the New Hampshire SAVIN Team.

New Hampshire Survivor Roundtable Discussion Guide

The voices of crime victims and survivors can be very instrumental in planning, implementing and enhancing SAVIN programs. In May 2012, New Hampshire’s new SAVIN program received technical assistance from the National SAVIN Project to conduct a Roundtable discussion of victims and survivors to help plan their SAVIN program. This features the Roundtable Discussion Guide and participant worksheets (a copy of the Roundtable Summary Report will be posted on the website when it is finalized). Author: Joan Eliel, Program Specialist, Montana Department of Justice, Office of Consumer Protection and Victim Services.

North Carolina SAVAN Brochures in English and Spanish

These brochures provide basic information about the North Carolina SAVAN Program, how to register for the services it provides for crime victims and survivors, and contact information for the SAVAN Program. It also provides information on the specific services NC SAVAN offers victims/survivors, identifies other state victim services and resources, and provides space for recording personal SAVAN information. Author: North Carolina SAVAN Program.

New Mexico SAVIN Regular User Registration Tutorial

This video is designed to help users register with New Mexico SAVIN (NMSAVIN) system. The NMSAVIN system was designed to supplement the services provided by victim advocates within the District Attorneys’ Offices. NMSAVIN provides information to victims, witnesses, and members of the public in regards to case status and court hearings on adult, criminal cases as well as custody status of New Mexico Corrections Department inmates. Author: New Mexico SAVIN.

Ohio VINE Poster

This 2010 poster is an outreach tool for the Ohio VINE Program. It provides basic information about the VINE Program along with the toll-free phone number and web site address. Author: Ohio VINE Program.

Ohio VINE Banner Stand

This banner stand is an outreach tool for the Ohio VINE Program. It provides basic information about the VINE Program along with the toll-free phone number and web site address. Author: Ohio VINE Program.

Ohio VINE Tear Offs

These tear offs (with crop marks) are outreach tools for the Ohio VINE Program. It provides basic information about the VINE Program along with the toll-free phone number and web site address. They are designed to be take-aways from a poster or some other public awareness display, so that an individual could immediately have the Ohio VINE Program information in their possession in a format that could fit into their pocket, purse, or wallet. Author: Ohio VINE Program.

Pennsylvania SAVIN: FAQs for Corrections Staff

This Pennsylvania SAVIN frequently asked questions (FAQs) document provides answers to seven basic questions about the SAVIN Program. It was developed for a corrections staff page on the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency website. Author: Pennsylvania SAVIN Program Staff.

Pennsylvania SAVIN Webpage: Let Other People Know

This web page from the PA SAVIN section of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s Office of Victims’ Services web site is designed as an informational/outreach tool for victims and survivors. It is entitled: “Letting Other People Know About SAVIN – Pennsylvania’s Crime Victim Notification Network.” Victims/survivors can click on links to hear SAVIN radio public service announcements in English and Spanish. Another unique aspect of this web page is that it encourages victims/survivors and other members of the public who visit the web page to become a part of the notification network by sending an email about PA SAVIN to a friend and provides suggested cut-and-paste wording for that email. Author: Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, Office of Victims’ Services.

Federal Requirements: Services for Limited English Proficient Victims/Survivors

This document outlines the federal requirements for providing services to limited English proficient (LEP) victims/survivors. Author: National SAVIN Project Team.

South Carolina SAVIN FAQs

This document, developed for the South Carolina SAVIN website, discusses seven frequently asked basic questions about the program. Author: South Carolina SAVIN Program.

Tips for Crime Victims and Survivors

This document contains tips for crime victims and survivors based on responses to a November 2014 survey of SAVIN administrators. Author: National SAVIN Project Team.

Tips for Engaging SAVIN Governance Committee Members in Victim/Survivor Outreach

These are tips for specific actions SAVIN Administrators can take to engage their SAVIN Governance Committee (SGC) members in victim and survivor outreach.  Author: National SAVIN Training and Technical Assistance Project Team.

Below are PSA videos about the automated victim notification programs in select states:

Critical Event Management for SAVIN Administrators: Minimize the Negative Consequences

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Despite careful planning and strategic implementation of SAVIN programs, critical events or occurrences can block victim access to important information, generate erroneous information and/or notifications, or preclude delivery of victim services. A critical event is defined as “a failure in the notification or information delivery system and/or supporting systems; this failure may involve one or more functions that need immediate attention.” Critical events may be major or minor; however, for victims who fail to receive timely, accurate notification, or who receive erroneous information, any such event may be a crisis, if not a life-threatening occurrence. Consequently, critical event management (CEM) is a core function of any SAVIN system. This webinar covered the various types of critical events that may arise in SAVIN program (as included in the SAVIN Guidelines and Standards. We reviewed components to successful critical event management and discussed how to prepare AVIN program staff for responding to a critical event.

Progress in SAVIN - Innovations from the Field, Support and Assistance

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With varying degrees of agency participation, funding challenges, advancement in notification technologies, and the adoption of existing and emerging information sharing standards, the future of SAVIN systems is more complex and exciting than ever. This webinar will provide information on the SAVIN Service Specification (SSP) and the Information Exchange Package Document (IEPD) pilot project completed with the Montana Department of Corrections. In addition, there will be a demonstration of the recently launched SAVIN system in Alabama and the standards and technology innovations employed. Lastly, presenters will provide information on how to access technical and technology assistance through the National Training and Technical Assistance Project. Both the SAVIN Technical Assistance Request System (STARRS) and the SAVIN Technology Assistance Project (S-TAP) categories of assistance will be explored.