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What is National Night Out?

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Co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice, National Night Out is an event to increase crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for local anticrime programs, and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships. This year, National Night Out will be held August 3.

The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) is a federal agency within the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Its mission is to provide leadership and funding on behalf of crime victims, enhance the capacity to assist crime victims, and to provide leadership in changing attitudes, policies and practices to promote justice and help for all victims.

To accomplish this, OVC provides federal funds to support victim compensation and assistance programs across the United States. They also provide training for professionals who work with victims, develop publications, support projects to enhance victims' rights and services, and educate the public about victim issues.

The OVC Resource Center provides information for all types of victim issues. Some of the resources provided are web forums for victims' service providers, information on nonprofit groups, or resources for events that address victims' rights and services

The OVC can be contacted by phone or mail at:

Phone: 1.800.851.3420 
TTY: 1.877.712.9279 
Office for Victims of Crime Resource Center 
National Criminal Justice Reference Service 
PO Box 6000 
Rockville, MD 20849-6000

OVC also sponsors the annual National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW). During this week, rallies, candlelight vigils and other commemorative activities are held to promote victims' rights and to honor crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf. In 2011, the NCVRW will be observed from April 10 through April 16.

National Night Out (.PDF document) is a crime/drug prevention event held the first Tuesday of every August (first Tuesday of October in Texas.) Its purpose is to increase crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for local anticrime programs, and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships. National Night Out 2010 will be held on August 3.

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By usa.gov team

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