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Topic: Expanding Outreach to Victims of Identity Theft and Cybercrime
Date: March 20, 2019; 2:00–3:00 p.m. e.t.
Description:The National Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network seeks to expand and improve the outreach and capacity of victim service programs to better address the rights and needs of victims of identity theft and cybercrime nationwide through a national network that enhances the capacity to provide assistance to victims and encourages expansion of existing victim service programs and coalitions. This session will provide guidance on improving and expanding service to identity theft victims.
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|Ms. Heckers participated in writing and advocating for Colorado’s At-Risk-Adults legislation, defining abuse against older adults and people with disabilities. Ms. Heckers is the victim assistance coordinator with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, working in the Identity Theft, Fraud, and Cyber Crimes Investigations Unit. Ms. Heckers is also a current member of the National Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network Advisory Committee. She provides direct services and support to crime victims and coordinates community education and professional training across the state and on a national basis. Ms. Heckers worked to establish the first 24 Hour ID Theft and Fraud Hotline in the Nation and was in the forefront of bringing the issues of medical ID theft, child ID theft, family violence and ID theft, and disaster response-related ID theft and fraud to light. She is considered a national expert in ID theft and fraud. Ms. Heckers is the 2014 recipient of the U.S. Department of Justice National Crime Victim Service Award. She earned a graduate degree in Jungian Psychology.|
Topic: The Mental Health Consequences of Sexual Assault
Date: April 17, 2019; 2:00–3:00 p.m. e.t.
Description: Survivors of sexual assault are at heightened risk for a variety of mental health problems, including PTSD, depression, and anxiety. They are also more likely to consider or attempt suicide. This session will provide information from an extensive meta-analysis of research focused on the range of mental health problems that are associated with sexual assault and discuss risk factors for developing mental health problems after victimization. The discussion will address the role of service providers, friends, family, and other loved ones in supporting survivors.
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Expert Q&A Recordings
Each month the Nation's experts answer your questions about best practices in victim services. If you missed a past session, find the recording below.
|February 20, 2019||1 hour||Listen/View Webinar
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|Summary: Teenagers are impressionable and influenced by the world around them, which in turn can impact the way they view relationships and what they believe is or is not abusive behavior. This session will identify warning signs of teen relationship abuse and explore the effect relationship abuse has on teens.|
Connie J. Kirkland, M.A., N.C.C., has more than 35 years of experience in crime victim advocacy, as a college instructor, and as a criminal justice researcher and trainer. She is the director of the NOVACares Office at Northern Virginia Community College, where she chairs the Threat Assessment Team, coordinates behavioral intervention and support services for the college, and manages the college Sexual Assault Services program. Previously, she was the director of sexual assault services at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, where she provided education and intervention services for victims of campus sexual assault, stalking, and dating/domestic violence for 20 years. In 2014, Ms. Kirkland spoke with members of the White House Campus Sexual Assault Task Force, presented keynotes addressing Title IX issues at both the Stetson Law School National Conference on Law and Higher Education and the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services Campus Crime Summit.
David R. Thomas is a program manager at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), focusing on projects including the National Law Enforcement Leadership Initiative on Violence Against Women, and three OVC-funded demonstration initiatives, Identifying and Preventing Gender Bias in Law Enforcement Response to Victims; Integrity, Action, and Justice: Strengthening Law Enforcement Response to Domestic and Sexual Violence; and Law Enforcement and the Communities They Serve: Supporting Collective Healing in the Wake of Harm.
Mr. Thomas retired from the Montgomery County (Maryland) Police Department in 2000. While there, he taught at the Police Training Academy, served on the S.W.A.T. team, was a hostage negotiator, and was an original member of the Domestic Violence Unit. He developed the curriculum for the department’s domestic violence training and the policy on domestic violence-related issues.
|January 29, 2019||1 hour||Listen/View Webinar
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|Summary: Finding adequate and appropriate emergency, transitional, and long-term housing for victims of human trafficking is often the biggest service-related challenge that service providers face. In order to meet the diverse needs of trafficking victims, service providers should explore a variety of options, considering specific safety and level of care needs of each victim. This session will discuss the intersection between housing, substance use, and addiction, and will explore the impact of the opioid crisis on the already limited appropriate and available housing supply for victims of trafficking.|
Deepa Patel, CSTOP, LCSW, is the executive director and co-founder of Trauma and Hope in Springfield, Virginia, which focuses on victims of violence, sexual exploitation, gang prevention and intervention, and sex offender evaluations and treatment. As a clinician, she developed an expertise in treating non-voluntary clients, specifically juvenile and adult gang members and sex offenders. For more than a decade, Ms. Patel has developed a proficient style of working with adolescents who are gang-involved. Through her understanding and clinical devotion to her clients, she widened her competency to develop an Outpatient and Inpatient Sex Trafficking Training Treatment Curriculum that is implemented in her own agency and within numerous outpatient, inpatient, and human trafficking task force programs. Ms. Patel has a unique ability to successfully relate to and treat her clients.
Karen Romero is the director of the Freedom Network Training Institute (FNTI). FNTI develops and delivers high quality training and technical assistance to human trafficking programs on access to housing for human trafficking survivors. Ms. Romero joined Freedom Network USA with a history in direct service provision and program management in the areas of human rights, including violence against women and immigrant rights. Ms. Romero is a native Spanish speaker who worked with survivors of sexual assault as a bilingual therapist at Utah’s Rape Crisis Center. She went on to direct the Women in Jeopardy Program at the YWCA, a residential program for victims of domestic violence, and later served as the social services director for Ayuda in the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area. Most recently, Ms. Romero worked at Polaris on the strategic initiative to address the sex trafficking of women and girls from Latin America. She received her master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Utah.
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|November 14, 2018||1 hour||Listen/View Webinar
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|Summary: In this session targeted toward Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners, participants will learn about some of the advantages to telenursing, as well as some of the potential obstacles, such as cross-state licensure, credentialing for nurses responding to a hospital where they are not employees, provision of medications, and maintenance of medical records. Collaboration with hospital medical and nursing staff is key to an effective telenursing response.|
Susan Chasson, M.S.N., J.D., SANE–A, is a family nurse practitioner and certified nurse midwife at the Merrill Gappmayer Family Medicine Clinic and the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) coordinator for the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault. As the statewide SANE coordinator, she provides education and assistance to health care providers and other professionals to improve the immediate response to victims of sexual violence. As a volunteer, Ms. Chasson has worked on projects to reduce sexual violence, including developing primary sexual violence prevention strategies for nurses and helping to draft an amicus brief to the Maine Supreme Court to maintain immunity for reporters of child abuse.
Dr. Sheridan Miyamoto is an assistant professor in the College of Nursing and a faculty member of the Child Maltreatment Solutions Network at Penn State University. Dr. Miyamoto received her Ph.D. in Nursing Science and Health Care Leadership from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. Her clinical work as a nurse practitioner at the UC Davis Child and Adolescent Abuse Resource and Evaluation Center focused on providing health and forensic services to children in Northern California. She supported six rural sites through live telehealth sexual assault consultations, allowing children to receive quality care within their own community.
|October 24, 2018||1 hour||Listen/View Webinar
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|Summary: Batterer Intervention Programs (BIP) provide an opportunity for program participants to be accountable for their abusive behavior. One key aspect of BIPs is the outreach they provide to partners of abusers for the purposes of making referrals to victim advocacy programs and safety planning. Various outcome studies show that BIPs often provide empowerment for victims by validating their experience and reinforcing that they are not responsible for the abusive behavior. This session will describe model practices for BIP outreach to victims as well as collaboration with victim advocacy programs.|
Dr. David Adams, Ed.D., is the co-founder and co-director of Emerge, the first counseling program in the Nation for men who abuse women, established in 1977. Dr. Adams has led groups for men who batter, and conducted outreach to victims of abuse, for 40 years. He has led parenting education classes for fathers for 20 years. He is one of the Nation's leading experts on men who batter and has conducted trainings for social service and criminal justice professionals in 46 states and 21 nations. He has published numerous articles and book chapters, and he writes a popular blog on The Huffington Post. Dr. Adams is a commissioner on the Massachusetts Governor’s Council on Sexual and Domestic Violence and director of the National Domestic Violence Risk Assessment and Management Training Project. His book, Why Do They Kill? Men Who Murder Their Intimate Partners, was published by Vanderbilt University Press in 2007. Dr. Adams is an experienced expert witness in family and criminal court cases involving allegations of domestic violence.
Gabriela (Gaby) Núñez-Santiago, M.A., is a bilingual/bicultural mental health counselor and expressive arts therapist. She completed her undergraduate education at the University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez and her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Expressive Arts Therapy at Lesley University in Massachusetts. Through her clinical internships at Casa Myrna Vazquez and at Newton-Wellesley Hospital’s Domestic and Sexual Violence Program, she began to work in service survivors of domestic and sexual violence, with a focus on Latinx communities. She has worked at Emerge as an Abuser Education Counselor, primarily within the “Latino Program”, and as the Partner Contact Coordinator. She is the Support Group Coordinator at The Network/La Red, a partner abuse program specializing in serving LGBTQ, poly, and SM survivors. She also co-facilitates an ongoing support group for Spanish-speaking survivors of domestic violence at REACH Beyond Domestic Violence. Ms. Núñez-Santiago is committed to anti-violence and anti-oppression work, prioritizing the centering and uplifting of those who are marginalized due to their intersecting identities.
|September 26, 2018||1 hour||Listen/View Webinar
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|Summary: Multidisciplinary Sexual Assault Response Teams (SART) are highly regarded as achieving success in communities, improving responses for victims, and increasing prosecution rates. The newly updated SART Toolkit is an online manual that supports SARTs in all aspects of their work, from building a team to responding to victims. The SART Toolkit connects teams with information on topics, resources, and access to experts. In this session, we will walk through what this resource is and how to use it.|
Christina Presenti joined the National Sexual Violence Resource Center as the Sexual Assault Response Team project coordinator in March 2016. Before that, Ms. Presenti provided leadership at the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, the Family Violence Prevention Specialist Program, and the New Hampshire Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program. Ms. Presenti volunteered, and later worked at her local domestic and sexual violence support center, Bridges, in Nashua, New Hampshire, where she established a transitional housing program and served as a domestic violence specialist. Both positions spurred a love and appreciation for systems work leading to clear protocols for service providers and consistent outcomes for victims. Ms. Presenti holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Global Studies from Assumption College.
Karla Vierthaler is the advocacy and resource director for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. She supports the provision of technical assistance to the Nation on a wide range of sexual violence prevention and intervention topics. She has been an advocate in the movement to end sexual violence for 20 years. Ms. Vierthaler previously worked for the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, where she developed training and technical assistance resources that address sexual violence in populations that are historically underserved, including adults in later life.
|August 22, 2018||1 hour||Listen/View Webinar
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|Summary: Vicarious trauma (VT) is related to secondary traumatic stress. The victim experiences primary traumatic stress, yet as a victim service provider who uses controlled empathy, you can become secondarily traumatized. By attempting to remain objective, your inner sense of who you are, and your beliefs about feeling safe and trusting others, can change. From not being able to sleep to feeling overwhelmed and not keeping boundaries, VT symptoms can hurt you. It's important to know what contributes to VT, such as professional isolation after hearing trauma-related narratives and being empathetic.|
Barbara Rubel, M.A., B.C.E.T.S., D.A.A.E.T.S., is a nationally recognized keynote speaker and trainer on topics related to survivors of homicide victims, victim relations training, and helping victim service professionals identify their strengths to build their resilience. Ms. Rubel’s humorous and upbeat style offers a delightful composite of experience, research, and practical application that promotes self-compassion and wellness. She is the co-author of the OVC Compassion Fatigue training curriculum, author of the book But I Didn’t Say Goodbye: Helping Children and Families After a Suicide, and author of the continuing education course book Nurses, Death, Dying, and Bereavement: Providing Compassion During a Time of Need.
|July 18, 2018||1 hour||Listen/View Webinar
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|Summary: Victim service providers and academic institutions can create mutually beneficial relationships in which subject matter expertise, learning experiences, data, and best practices are developed, exchanged, and improved upon. This session explores how to initiate relationships between these types of organizations, strengthen existing collaborations, and ensure that the working relationship is fair and productive to all parties.|
Keisha Varnell is the Title IX coordinator at Jackson State University, where she facilitates campus-wide trainings and investigations of interpersonal violence incidents on campus. Ms. Varnell has been working in the field of interpersonal violence for more than 13 years, and she facilitates speaking engagements and training sessions on domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, diversity, and LGBTQ issues. She serves as chair of the University S.M.A.R.T. (Sexual Misconduct/Assault Response Team), which is charged by the University to develop campus-wide sexual assault and interpersonal violence policies, trainings, and programs. Ms. Varnell is a member of the VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) Campus Consortium through the Institutions of Higher Learning in Mississippi. Ms. Varnell serves on a Community Task Force through the FBI that focuses on special victim crimes such as sexual assault and human trafficking. Prior to her work in higher education, Ms. Varnell was the state training coordinator for the Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence for 7 years, and she chaired a statewide campus task force. She received a master’s degree in Public Health-Health Education and Promotion and is certified as an Interpersonal Violence Prevention Education Specialist.
|June 20, 2018||1 hour||Listen/View Webinar
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|Summary: Social media and technology can be powerful tools to connect with and assist crime victims, but they can also be tools used against victims and survivors. Learn ways to manage social media and technology successfully when working with victims and strategies victims can use to help increase their online safety and privacy.|
Erica L. Olsen, M.S.W., is the project director of the Safety Net Project at the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV). Since joining NNEDV in 2007, Ms. Olsen has advocated on behalf of survivors of intimate partner violence by educating victim service providers, policymakers, and technology companies on the issues of technology abuse, privacy, and victim safety. She has provided more than 185 trainings to more than 10,000 technologists, attorneys, law enforcement members, victim advocates, and other practitioners in the United States and internationally. Through the Safety Net Project, Ms. Olsen works with private industry, state and federal agencies, and international groups to improve safety and privacy for victims in the digital age.
|May 23, 2018||1 hour||Listen/View Webinar
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|Summary: Assisting survivors of domestic violence can often involve multiple legal jurisdictions. In many cases, these survivors may also have protection orders that need to be enforced. The Full Faith and Credit (FFC) provision (18 U.S. Code § 2265) of VAWA requires that protection orders issued in one jurisdiction must be recognized and enforced in other jurisdictions, but enforcement across state, tribal, or territorial jurisdictions can sound daunting to survivors as well as service providers. The effective enforcement of protection orders across jurisdictional lines is essential to the safety of victims. This session will discuss the legal concept of FFC; what interjurisdictional enforcement may look like for survivors and abusers; and help advocates navigate some of the challenges associated with interjurisdictional enforcement of protection orders under FFC.|
Greg Fiebig is a consultant providing expertise on preventing school shootings and implementing safety plans for houses of worship. During his 40-year career as a law enforcement officer, supervisor, and police academy commander and instructor, he actively investigated, apprehended, and prosecuted violators and assisted the victims of the crimes. Most recently, he instructed the Criminal Justice Management bachelor’s degree program at the Union Institute and University in Cincinnati, Ohio. Mr. Fiebig has written curricula on domestic violence and provided training for police, courts, and victim service agencies since 1982. He was instrumental in writing the departmental policy on the response to domestic disputes and domestic violence for the Hamilton County (Ohio) Sheriff’s Department. He is a retired supervisor of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department in Cincinnati. He also worked as the crime prevention officer for Xavier University, regional training director for the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services in Ohio, and police academy commander for the State of Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission.
Kari Kerr, M.A., L.P.C., has worked for the Community Violence Intervention Center (CVIC) in Grand Forks, North Dakota, for more than 20 years, holding a variety of positions. Currently, Ms. Kerr is the director of community innovations, overseeing major collaborative projects, including the Grand Forks County Coordinated Community Response Project and New Choices, CVIC’s 27-week offender treatment program. She also oversees the education and professional training conducted by CVIC and developed through the latest research and best practices in the areas of violence and trauma. Ms. Kerr has provided national training for the National Center for Campus Public Safety, the National Sheriff’s Association, and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, and she is a frequent presenter at statewide training events in North Dakota, including as an instructor at the North Dakota Law Enforcement Academy and the North Dakota Victim Assistance Academy. Ms. Kerr’s background is in direct service with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, working as an advocate and supervisor for several years before moving into violence prevention and training work.
|April 18, 2018||1 hour||Listen/View Webinar
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|Summary: Stalking is generally defined as a course of conduct (rather than a one-time act) directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person fear. This course of conduct may be a combination of overtly criminal acts and otherwise nonthreatening behaviors, all of which frequently intersect with domestic violence and/or sexual assault. In this session, providers will learn how understanding these links improves their response to victims and the provision of appropriate victim services.|
Mark Kurkowski is a 25 year veteran of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. Mr. Kurkowski has 21 years of experience investigating incidents of intimate partner violence, stalking, and sexual assault, while he was assigned to the Domestic Abuse Response Team (DART Unit), The Grants To Encourage Arrest Program, and the St. Louis Regional Domestic Violence Prevention Team. Mr. Kurkowski has nine years of experience as an investigator and supervisor on the Greater St. Louis Major Case Squad, a multijurisdictional investigative unit focused on homicide investigations.
|March 21, 2018||1 hour||Listen/View Webinar
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|Summary: For many boys and men, the harm of the initial betrayal of domestic violence and sexual abuse is compounded by the lack of a compassionate response from their friends, family, and community. This session will focus on holistic and trauma-informed solutions that take into account the unique challenges and sensitivities in responding to the behavioral health needs of male survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse.|
Jim Struve has been a practicing social worker since 1976. He is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice in Salt Lake City, providing psychotherapy services to individuals, couples, and groups. With special attention to mindful presence in the healing relationship, Mr. Struve works with a wide range of client issues, specializing in trauma (including male and female survivors of sexual victimization), sexual and gender diversity, and dissociative disorders (including Dissociative Identity Disorder). Mr. Struve was a founding member of MaleSurvivor.org in 1988. He is manager of the independent Weekends of Recovery retreat program for male survivors of sexual assault. In 2010 he received the Richard Gartner Outstanding Clinical Services Award.
|February 21, 2018||1 hour||Listen/View Webinar
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|Summary: In this session targeted to sexual assault clinicians, providers will learn about the prevalence of strangulation associated with intimate partner violence, the physiology of strangulation, and patient care considerations.|
Cheryl Re, R.N., B.S.N., SANE, is the associate director of the Adult Adolescent Massachusetts Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program. She is responsible for overseeing the statewide delivery of care for adult and adolescent patients 12 years of age and older in 30 designated SANE hospitals across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She is also the co-director of the National TeleNursing Project, a pilot project funded by the National Institute of Justice and the Office for Victims of Crime that uses audio and video telemedicine technology for Massachusetts TeleSANEs to provide expert consultation to clinicians caring for sexual assault patients in underserved communities across the Nation.
Lieutenant Daniel Rincon is a 26-year veteran of the Scottsdale (Arizona) Police Department, where he served as the Domestic Violence Unit supervisor for more than 5 years. Prior to his career in law enforcement, Lt. Rincon served in the United States Navy for 4 years and the Arizona Department of Corrections for 2 years. He served on the East Valley Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board (Phoenix Metropolitan Area), and currently serves as faculty for the Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention at the National Family Justice Center Alliance in San Diego, California. Lt. Rincon has been a commissioner on the Arizona Governor’s Commission to Prevent Violence Against Women since 2012.
|January 24, 2018||1 hour||Listen/View Webinar
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|Summary: Merely understanding the concept of trauma-informed programming is not enough; this understanding must be integrated effectively into all levels of programming. In this session, providers will hear from survivors and learn about effective tools and processes to help them apply trauma-informed theories to day-to-day practice.|
Aubrey Lloyd has 18 years of nonprofit experience working with populations affected by domestic violence, substance abuse, mental health issues, and poverty. This experience focused on delivering training; creating and maintaining community partnerships, programs, and curriculum development; and managing programs. For the past 8 years, she has designed and implemented programs for multidisciplinary teams and nongovernmental and community-based organizations using her subject matter expertise in human trafficking, trauma-informed victim assistance programming, connections between human trafficking and addiction, domestic violence and sexual assault, homelessness and runaway youth, and early childhood adverse conditions and abuse.
A life-long resident of Northern Virginia, Joe Samaha graduated from Bishop Denis J. O’Connell High School and from American University in Washington, D.C. He married Mona in 1982, and the couple had three children: Omar, Randa, and their youngest, Reema. Reema, an 18-year-old freshman at Virginia Tech University, was one of 33 victims of the Virginia Tech shootings that took place on April 16, 2007. Since the Virginia Tech shootings, Mr. Samaha has been a tireless advocate on behalf of the Virginia Tech families and survivors, as well as victims of other mass shooting tragedies. He has served as president of the Virginia Tech Victims (VTV) Foundation (501c3) for 9 years. With several legislative and programmatic accomplishments related to school and higher education safety and response to victim needs, VTV CARE is the foundation’s latest effort to create an endowment that will assist victims with their financial needs for continued long-term physical and trauma-related therapy.
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|November 15, 2017||1 hour||Listen/View Webinar
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|Summary: The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), in partnership with the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) and Indian Health Service (IHS), held a National Roundtable Discussion on Sexual Assault in Indian Country with a multidisciplinary group of professionals with expertise in developing, implementing, or enhancing a sexual assault response in tribal communities. Through the report generated from that discussion, OVC, OVW, and IHS seek to share lessons learned and practical guidance from the roundtable participants, including tribal governments and responders to sexual violence.|
Theresa Friend, CNM, MSN, is the Indian Health Service (IHS) national forensic nurse consultant addressing the health care response to victims of violence. Prior to taking this position in 2015, she lived and worked on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota for 35 years. As a midwife, her clinical background includes reproductive health, STD/HIV care, and domestic and sexual violence across the lifespan. Holding a master’s degree from Yale University, she received Yale’s Distinguished Alumni Award for improvement of health care to native women, and has been recognized by IHS for building partnerships aimed at health promotion/disease prevention and expanding access to care. Ms. Friend is grateful for the support of her spouse and daughter, both members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe.
Tatewin Means, JD, is an indigenous woman from the Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota and Oglala Lakota nations in South Dakota. Ms. Means grew up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and later moved to Rapid City. She received her bachelor's degree from Stanford University in Environmental Engineering with a minor in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. She then returned to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and worked for Oglala Lakota College as the environmental lab manager for the Lakota Institute for Science and Technology. While there, she began graduate studies in Lakota Leadership and Management. She then went to law school and received her juris doctorate with a concentration in Human Rights Law from the University of Minnesota Law School.
|October 26, 2017||1 hour||Listen/View Webinar
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|Summary: Image exploitation is a distinct form of sexual abuse involving the nonconsensual creation, possession, or distribution of an image or images depicting the victim as nude, semi-nude, engaged in consensual sexual activity, or being sexually assaulted. All forms of image exploitation expose the victim to immeasurable trauma of essentially infinite duration by permanently invading the victim’s autonomy and security. In this session, we will describe various forms of image exploitation, including the dynamics of the behavior and the potential for harm, and discuss the ways that law enforcement and prosecutors can use existing laws to hold offenders accountable.|
Jane Anderson, J.D., is an attorney advisor with AEquitas: The Prosecutors' Resource on Violence Against Women. In that role, Ms. Anderson presents on trial strategy, legal analysis and policy, and ethics. She provides technical assistance and case consultation for prosecutors and allied professionals; authors and develops resources, publications, and curricula; and consults on the development of protocols and policies that improve responses to crimes of violence against women. Prior to joining AEquitas, Ms. Anderson served as an assistant state attorney in Miami-Dade County, Florida. As a prosecutor, she tried many of the state's first human trafficking cases, including related sexual assault, child abuse, and money laundering crimes.
|September 27, 2017||1 hour||Listen/View Webinar
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|Summary: People who have experienced trauma, violence, and oppression are more than just these experiences. Like all of us, they are people who often face multiple challenges, they juggle multiple identities, and they have interests and relationships that sustain them. The term "victim-centered" means putting the person seeking services truly at the center of the work, which starts with engagement and recognizing that they are whole people, not just victims or survivors. These approaches require attention, openness, connection, and a capacity to engage and partner authentically with the person seeking assistance to support their well-being, which includes, but goes beyond their safety. These approaches also require examining how systems—programs and services—may inadvertently create barriers to engagement and erode well-being. In this session, we will explore empathy, transdisciplinary collaboration, the art of presence in a collaborative response to family violence, and how to shift from a focus on problems to supporting well-being for those experiencing family violence.|
Maureen Lowell has worked in the field of family violence since 1985, first in child welfare, then in domestic violence work, and then in a teaching capacity. Her primary work has been as a licensed marriage and family therapist, a perspective she brought to training and teaching over the years. Ms. Lowell began teaching a course on family and community violence in the Justice Studies Department at San Jose State University in 2001. In 2009, she became project director of the Institute for Collaborative Response for Victims of Family Violence, a project funded through the Office for Victims of Crime. The project involved working with students across disciplines to respond more effectively to family violence through interdisciplinary collaboration. Currently, she is developing and launching a certificate program based on that project. Ms. Lowell and other accomplished faculty anticipate launching the inaugural cohort for this program in 2018.
Anna Melbin has more than 20 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations and on state and federal policy issues. As the director of strategic capacity building at the Full Frame Initiative (FFI), she leads the organization’s work with diverse partners and systems to orient themselves around well-being by applying the Five Domains of Well-being framework. In this role, Ms. Melbin shapes and implements FFI’s strategy for supporting partners to strengthen their practices with a well-being focus, and she manages FFI’s well-being training, technical assistance, ongoing coaching, and other forms of capacity building. She also leads a project in California to build the capacity of communities to learn from what goes well, not just from crises, and she led FFI’s multi-year project documenting how survivors and other stakeholders understand success for domestic violence survivors.
|August 23, 2017||1 hour||Listen/View Webinar
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|Summary: It takes courage to help child and adult victims of sexual abuse, assist survivors of acts of terrorism and mass violence, fight fires that may have taken people's lives, or respond to shootings and other crime scenes. It also takes commitment to do this work in spite of the personal, physical, emotional, and mental impact it can have. This session will focus on how OVC’s Vicarious Trauma Toolkit (VTT) can help you to—
Janet E. Fine, M.S., is the project director for Northeastern University’s National Vicarious Trauma Toolkit project, funded by the Office for Victims of Crime, and a senior consultant for Organizational Resilience International, LLC. She also serves as a training and technical assistance provider for the State Victim Assistance Academy Resource Center at the National Center for Victims of Crime. She has held various direct service and leadership positions in victim services and children’s advocacy centers at the local, state, and national levels for 35 years.
Lisa A. Tieszen, M.A., LICSW, is a resource coordinator for Northeastern University's National Vicarious Trauma Toolkit project and a senior consultant for Organizational Resilience International, LLC. She also serves as a content expert for the State Victim Assistance Academy Resource Center at the National Center for Victims of Crime. She is in private practice as a clinician, consultant, and trainer in Brookline, Massachusetts.
|July 26, 2017||1 hour||Listen/View Webinar
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|Summary: Incidents of mass violence and terrorism present unique challenges to the communities in which they occur. These incidents require a coordinated, cross-sector approach among federal, state, local, and tribal governments; private entities; and nonprofit organizations to drive an effective response. This session will address how to create and maintain partnerships, address resource gaps, develop victim assistance protocols, and use the protocols after an incident of mass violence or terrorism.|
Krista Flannigan, J.D. is a crisis management consultant specializing in victimization issues related to high profile victimization, including mass violence. She trains nationally on coordinated community response for victims who are participating in high profile mass violence trials, as well as the impact of mass violence on victims and communities. Ms. Flannigan is an instructor and the director of the Institute for Crime Victim Research and Policy at the Florida State University College of Criminology. The Institute collaborates with victim service professionals to provide policy and practice recommendations and research and evaluation evidence. She was the director of the Community Justice Unit in the Denver District Attorney’s Office and was the director of the Victim Services 2000 program.
Herman Millholland is the founder of Millholland & Associates, an independent consulting firm with extensive management experience specializing in assisting criminal justice, for-profit, and not-for-profit organizations that serve crime victims and survivors. Management development has been his primary focus when assisting organizations with executive-level leadership, strategic planning, and staff development strategies. His services include assisting organizations with financial and grants management, legislative analysis, training and technical assistance, organizational and board development, governance, fund development, and management strategies to support the organization’s values, vision, and core mission strategies.
|June 21, 2017||1 hour||Listen/View Webinar
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|Summary: This session will address lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning (LGBTQ) youth; young men who have sex with men; and young women who have sex with women who are victims of human trafficking, experiencing homelessness, or engaged in survival sex. The session will discuss the delivery of trauma-informed, gender-sensitive, and inclusive services, and how service providers can advocate to improve their experiences with law enforcement, the criminal justice system, and the child welfare system.|
Meredith Dank is a research professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. Dr. Dank is an authority on the topic of human trafficking; conducted research in 10 countries; and participated in a White House stakeholder meeting on victim services for survivors during the Obama Administration. Her current studies include Capturing Human Trafficking Victimization Through Crime Reporting and Measuring Modern Slavery in the Indian State of Bihar.
|May 24, 2017||1 hour||Listen/View Webinar
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|Summary: Alcohol-impaired driving is a crime. Its perpetrators are criminals. And, most importantly, victims of drunk drivers and other impaired driving crashes are crime victims and deserve to be treated no differently than any other crime victim. This session will focus on how to help law enforcement support and integrate victim assistance services within their agencies and, thereby, provide both crisis and longer term assistance to victims of DUI/impaired driving crashes and all crime victims.|
Dan Eddy is the executive director of the National Association of Crime Victim Compensation Boards, a position he has held since 1988. He implements national training and technical assistance activities for all state crime victim compensation programs and operates an information and resource center for compensation programs and the general public. From 1984–1988, he served as crime victims project director for the National Association of Attorneys General. He is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Maryland School of Law. He received the Donald E. Santarelli award for contributions in public policy from the National Organization for Victim Assistance in 2001, and the Ronald Reagan Public Policy Award from the U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime in 2008.
Colleen Sheehey-Church joined MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) in 2005, a year after her 18-year-old son Dustin drowned when the car he was riding in, driven by a teen with alcohol and drugs in her system, crashed into a river, trapping Dustin in the vehicle. Before becoming national president in 2015, Ms. Sheehey-Church served on MADD’s National Board of Directors beginning in 2010. As a devoted volunteer for MADD Connecticut serving on the State Advisory Board, she spoke at Victim Impact Panels and in high schools, and urged legislators for stronger drunk driving laws with her husband, Skip. Her tireless advocacy on a local, state, and national level resulted in her being named national president.
Sheriff John Whetsel began his law enforcement career in 1967, joined the Choctaw Police in 1973, and served as Choctaw Chief of Police for 21 years before being elected Oklahoma County Sheriff. He retired after serving as Sheriff for 20 years. He has an associate’s degree in Police Science, a bachelor's degree in Government and Sociology, and master’s studies in Criminal Justice. Sheriff Whetsel wrote many law enforcement articles and was a guest on the Phil Donahue Show, Larry King Live, Dateline, NBC Nightly News, Hard Copy, Front Page, America’s Most Wanted, and You Be the Judge. He is nationally recognized as a traffic safety advocate.
Tim Woods is the director of the Grants and Contracts Division at the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA), where he has worked since 1997. A nonprofit, constituent organization headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, NSA has approximately 20,000 members and represents the more than 3,000 sheriffs in the United States. Mr. Woods has also been the project director on more than 25 federal grants while at NSA. Prior to joining NSA, he was the director of Networking and Outreach on the National Institute of Justice’s National Criminal Justice Reference Service contract with Aspen Systems Corporation (now Lockheed Martin/Leidos) in Rockville, Maryland (1994–1997).
|April 19, 2017||1 hour||Listen/View Webinar
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|Summary: Providing comprehensive health care to survivors of sexual assault is critical to minimizing the long-term consequences of this traumatic experience. That is where a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) can help. This session will focus on how to start or improve a SANE program in your community with OVC’s SANE Program Development and Operation Guide.|
Susan Chasson, M.S.N., J.D., SANE-A, is a family nurse practitioner and certified nurse midwife at the Merrill Gappmayer Family Medicine Clinic, and she is the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) coordinator for the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault. As the statewide SANE coordinator, she provides education and assistance to health care providers and other professionals to improve the immediate response to victims of sexual violence. As a volunteer, Ms. Chasson has worked on projects to reduce sexual violence, including developing primary sexual violence prevention strategies for nurses and helping to write an amicus brief to the Maine Supreme Court to maintain immunity for reporters of child abuse.
Jennifer Pierce-Weeks, R.N., SANE-A, SANE-P, Education Director for the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN), working with project partners, developed and implemented IAFN's 40-hour online Sexual Assault Forensic Examination adult/adolescent training program with a 16-hour clinical skills workshop through a grant from the National Institute of Justice. Ms. Pierce-Weeks regularly presents nationally on a variety of forensic nursing-related topics, including child and adult sexual assault, intimate partner violence, strangulation, child maltreatment, and Sexual Assault Response Team development.
|March 22, 2017||1 hour||Listen/View Webinar
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|Summary: Organizations that serve these youth should be well grounded in trauma-informed care. This session will address how to mitigate the risk for both (re)victimization and criminal offending, the victim/offender overlap, responding to youth victims of crime, and the complex ethics and mandatory reporting requirements involved in this work.|
Mitru Ciarlante has more than 25 years of leadership in programs advocating for child and youth victims. She created a comprehensive children’s advocacy program model, started a statewide children’s advocacy task force, established peer education programs, and organized a statewide youth activist network. Working through her consulting firm (ACT for Change) and as director of the Youth Initiative at the National Center for Victims of Crime, Ms. Ciarlante has experience creating trauma-informed, direct service program models and curricula for responding to childhood victimization. She received extensive training from the Child Trauma Academy and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.
Angela Downes is an attorney. Her work focuses on public service, policy, and legislative efforts to protect the public trust. She provides training, policy expertise, and technical assistance to nonprofit agencies on the interpersonal violence issues of child abuse, child protection, domestic violence, human trafficking, and elder abuse. As a senior program attorney with the Vera Institute of Justice, an organization dedicated to working with government agencies, Ms. Downes worked with prosecutors and district attorneys' offices to improve the criminal justice system through technical assistance, policies, resolution of conflict, programs, and advocacy.
|February 15, 2017||1 hour||Listen/View Webinar
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|Summary: Now that the VOCA Final Rule has been released, many more nonprofit agencies can apply for funding to assist unserved and underserved victims. The VOCA Final Rule released some previous restrictions in the VOCA Victim Assistance Guidelines, but this does not necessarily mean every state’s statutes, rules, and/or policies have changed. This session will provide some best practices on how to navigate this complicated state system to maximize your agency’s ability to build capacity in your organization and increase services to our most vulnerable victim populations.|
Grace Call brings extensive experience working with victims of crime to enhance programs across the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center and deliver technical assistance to justice reinvestment states. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, she was a visiting fellow at the Office for Victims of Crime at the U.S. Department of Justice, and directed the VOCA Victim Assistance program for the Office of Crime Victims Advocacy in the State of Washington. Ms. Call previously led the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault. She started her work with victims in the late 1990s as a volunteer at the Rape Recovery Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. She received her B.S. in Gender Studies from the University of Utah.
|January 27, 2017||1 hour||Listen/View Webinar
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|Summary: Substance use can be a coping mechanism for a trauma response to being trafficked; however, it can also be the mechanism that ensures control by traffickers on human trafficking (HT) victims/survivors. This session will address procedures, for example: How does addiction play a role for survivors of HT experiencing trauma? What should service providers know about substance abuse when responding to survivors of HT or investigating HT? How to balance the substance abuse with the victimization and the trauma that occur?|
Tracy Busse is a licensed professional counselor and approved clinical supervisor who has provided therapeutic services to children, adolescents, adults, and families for more than 12 years. She specializes in working with adolescents and women who experienced various forms of trauma from sex trafficking, childhood sexual abuse, physical abuse, psychological abuse, and other forms of developmental trauma. Ms. Busse has training in several evidence-based practices for treating trauma. Additionally, she provides therapy to adults and adolescents who have challenges related to grief/loss, substance abuse, depression, and family issues. Ms. Busse believes in providing individualized, holistic care through a gentle, compassionate approach that leads to healing and restoration. In addition to providing psychotherapy, she provides training and awareness to the community around the issues of sex trafficking and exploitation. She was a member of the Georgia Governor’s Office Task Force for 5 years and worked with the community to develop training for caregivers and childcare workers. Ms. Busse led therapeutic trainings for safe homes, shelters, and other human service professionals with strategies for working with survivors of sexual exploitation and complex trauma. She co-created a therapeutic model for working with survivors of sex trafficking and led multiple trainings to the therapeutic community in Georgia. Ms. Busse partnered with Moody Bible Institute as an adjunct professor to create a curriculum for an Intro to Sexual Exploitation course, as well as an online course for educating students about sex trafficking. While working as the clinical director for Wellspring Living, she developed residential and transitional programming for adult and adolescent survivors of sexual exploitation. In these programs, Ms. Busse was able to develop new leaders in the fight against human trafficking, create innovative treatment approaches for survivors, and advocate for the needs of women and girls who have been sexually exploited.
Elisabeth Corey is an advocate working against childhood trauma and a life coach for trauma survivors. She offers one-on-one guidance, virtual groups, and email workshops to help survivors build awareness of their inner conversation and heal their trauma. Her guidance is informed by her personal recovery after a childhood of family-controlled sex trafficking and abuse. She trains recovery helpers in the holistic impact of complex trauma and using trauma as a source of connection as opposed to separation. She raises awareness of familial abuse and trafficking through legislative advocacy, media interviews, conference presentations, and published writings.
If you would like to access Guest Host sessions prior to January 2017, please view them on the OVC website.
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