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Got Drugs?

April 30, 2016

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

DC Victim Hotline

844-4HELPDC (844-443-5732)
The DC Victim Hotline is available for all crime victims in the District of Columbia. The hotline number is 844-4-HELP-DC (844-443-5732) and is operational 24/7. The hotline victim assistance staff provides basic crisis-intervention support and helps callers access the complete continuum of care for crime victims, including relevant and appropriate resources based on the needs of the caller.  Some of these services include:
• Accessing the crime victim compensation fund
• Medical and forensic exams
• Housing
• Legal assistance
• Mental health counseling and support groups
Other individual support as needed
The hotline will help increase the reach and effectiveness of the District’s crime victim response system by providing a highly visible entry point for victims of any crime to access the assistance they need.


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Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program

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The District of Columbia Office of Victim Services manages the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (DC SANE) program. The DC SANE program is a collaborative initiative among three agencies and community-based organizations, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, DC Forensic Nurse Examiners (DCFNE), and the Network for Victim Recovery of DC (NVRDC) whose mission is to provide comprehensive care to adult victims of rape, sexual assault and other sex crimes.

The DC SANE program is staffed 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week by nurses with specialized training in medical forensic evidence collection and paid, professional advocates who will meet the victim at the hospital and stay with the victim throughout the victim’s recovery. Exams are available to victims within 96 hours of an incident. Nurses are prepared to assess the victim for physical injury, provide prophylaxis medication to prevent the transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, and collect specimens to get a full toxicology screen. Advocates will be prepared to manage the victim’s case in the criminal justice system, connect the victim with long-term mental health care, refer the victim to criminal or civil legal assistance, or help the victim get safe housing or access to public benefits.

All services provided by the DC SANE program are free and confidential. Victims of sexual assault do not need to file a report with police to access services.

To access the DC SANE program:

  • To access a medical forensic exam, contact the DC SANE Call Center at (800) 641-4028. Advocates are available 24/7/365 to arrange for you to get a medical forensic exam.
  • To speak to a medical forensic nurse, call (202) 742-1736. If a medical forensic nurse is not available, leave a message and someone will return your call during the next available business day.
  • To speak to an advocate, call (202) 742-1727. Advocates are available by phone Monday-Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. If you’ve just been sexually assaulted and need immediate care, go to the Emergency Department of MedStar Washington Hospital Center or contact the DC SANE Call Center at (800) 641-4028.
Contact Phone:
(202) 742-1736
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Financial Assistance for Victims

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If you are a victim of a crime in DC, you may be eligible to receive financial assistance.

To find out more, contact:

DC Crime Victims Compensation Program

DC Superior Court, Building A
515 5th Street, NW, Room 104
Washington, DC 20001

Phone: (202) 879-4216
Hours of Operation: 8:30 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday



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DC Victim Hotline 
The DC Victim Hotline is available 24/7 by telephone, text, or online chat. Through a partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants and the National Center for Victims of Crime, the DCVH provides comprehensive information, resources and referrals in the District of Columbia. The new DC Victim Hotline represents an unprecedented collaboration of service providers in DC who are working to seamlessly connect victims of crime to free, resources and to help them navigate the physical, financial, legal, and emotional repercussions of crime. To contact the hotline, dial or text 1-844-4HELPDC (1-844-443-5732) or access the online chat at
National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) is an annual observance to bring communities together and educate the public about victims’ rights, protections, and services. This year’s theme— Serving Victims. Building Trust. Restoring Hope.—speaks to the idea that, when victims receive culturally sensitive and appropriate support and services in the immediate aftermath of a crime, it establishes trust in their community and the criminal justice response. This trust, in turn, begins to restore their hope for healing and recovery.

RFK Events 4-30-16

March 30, 2016 | Volume 2, Issue 12

Dear Washingtonians,

You spoke and I listened.

Last week, I proposed the DC Government’s 21st consecutive balanced budget to the DC Council.

This Fiscal Year 2017 budget reflects your priorities. I made critical investments in things you told me were important to you. This budget makes historic investments in public education, as well as continued investments in affordable housing, transportation, infrastructure, public safety, job training and employment services that give residents a fair shot.

You can read an overview of my proposed budget and other detailed information at

Before announcing my budget last week, I committed to sending legislation to the DC Council to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. With the high cost of living and the expenses of everyday life, low wages create an invisible ceiling that prevents working families from getting their fair shot. In a city as prosperous as ours, we can level the playing field and make sure our residents are paid a good wage so fewer families are forced to leave.

I’ll need your support. Will you join me in our #fightfor15DC? Sign our pledge to join the fight for fair wages.

We will continue to create pathways to the middle class, so that every resident has a fair shot.


Muriel Bowser

District of Columbia Victim Assistance Academy

The DC Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants hosts

2015 DC Victim Assistance Academy

Registration is now open for Mass Disaster Training

The DCVAA is a comprehensive, academic and interdisciplinary training for service providers and allied professionals who work with victims in the District of Columbia.

The DCVAA-Mass Disaster will train victim assistance professionals in the District in a two-day, 13-hour session.  The goals of the Academy training are to:


  • Be prepared to activate a crisis response team and Family Assistance Center (FAC) with professionals who can assess and respond appropriately to the needs of victims, survivors, witnesses and community members affected by a mass disaster in the immediate, short and long-term
  • Identify the unique aspects of victims’ most basic, concrete needs in a mass disaster that must be quickly and effectively met by crisis responders
  • Identify potential partners for a DC mass disaster response at the District and federal levels, and document the roles and responsibilities of each partner
  • Provide comprehensive death notification training to participants


                                            Academy dates: October 26-27, 2015       

Time 8:30 am-5 pm

Location: 441 4th Street NW, Washington DC

Metro Accessible (Judiciary Square- Red Line)

Visit the Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants website to download a participant application. The Academy is open to a limited number of 35 participants. Applications are due by October 15, 2015. For more information, email

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