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Topic: Supportive Services Available to Survivors of Sexual Assault in the Military – A Military- and Community-Based Collaboration

Date: August 19, 2020; 2:00–3:15 p.m. e.t.

Description: This session will provide information on understanding sexual assault reporting options in the military, in addition to immediate and long-term support services available to survivors. This session will ensure that sexual assault victim advocates have a better understanding of potential gaps in services, as well as assistance, support, and interventions available to victims.

Note: This session will be recorded and posted on the Expert Q&A Past Sessions tab when available.




Featured Host:

HeadshotPamela Jacobs is an attorney, advocate, and speaker who has dedicated her career to ending sexual assault and domestic violence. She currently serves as the executive director of the New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence, a statewide coalition supporting and representing 30 direct service domestic violence agencies across New Jersey. Ms. Jacobs has worked in this field for nearly 20 years, previously serving as an attorney representing survivors, an executive director of another statewide coalition, a consultant with the military, and a trainer and public speaker. She has worked extensively with survivors in the military, as well as with service members and command staff, and has served as a consultant with OVC TTAC since 2012. Ms. Jacobs has published several articles and a book on responding to and preventing these epidemics and has spoken to multidisciplinary professionals nationwide. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Lincoln University in Missouri and a J.D. from Washburn University School of Law in Kansas.





Topic: Developing a Co-Response to a Mass Violence Incident During a Community Crisis

Date: September 16, 2020; 2:00–3:15 p.m. e.t.

Description: What does a community do when one day they experience a mass shooting and the next day the same community is hit with a devastating tornado? Preparing a comprehensive response to incidents of mass violence or terrorism includes planning for the possibility that an incident could occur when another community crisis is taking place, such as a natural disaster or health response. While all communities have natural disaster response plans and some are prepared for incidents of mass violence and terrorism, we seldom consider that a co-response (responding to two incidents at the same time) may be necessary. This session will discuss some of the points of consideration when creating a co-response plan, including suggestions and challenges.

Note: This session will be recorded and posted on the Expert Q&A Past Sessions tab when available.




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HeadshotKrista R. Flannigan, J.D., is an attorney, educator, and advocate experienced in emergency response and crisis management, media relations, community collaboration, and program development. Ms. Flannigan is the director of the Institute for Crime Victim Research and Policy at Florida State University (FSU) College of Criminology. She has responded to mass violence incidents across the country. She helped to establish long-term services for the mass shooting victims in Las Vegas and in Parkland, Florida. She was a victim services consultant for Jefferson County after the Columbine High School shooting throughout the recovery phase. She served as co-director for the Colorado Oklahoma Resource Council, an effort to coordinate resources for the Oklahoma City bombing survivors and families who attended the trials in Denver. She provided services to families of the September 11 tragedies and offered training and consulting to other professionals providing services. She was involved in the victim and media response following the Aurora, Colorado, movie theater shooting, and worked in the aftermath of the shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando.
Ms. Flannigan trains lawyers, law enforcement, victim advocates, mental health professionals, and educators on topics including trauma-informed care, media interaction, high profile trials, and intervention and coordinated community response for victims of mass violence, terrorism, and other crimes, as well as on the impact of mass tragedy on communities. She co-wrote two guidebooks and developed a training video about community response to victims of mass tragedy trials. She also co-authored a book, Hope Gets the Last Word, depicting lessons learned while supporting people recovering from tragedy. Ms. Flannigan worked with several prosecutors’ offices as a prosecutor, director of the Victim Services 2000 program, director of public information and community partnerships, and victim advocate. She served on the boards of nonprofit organizations that promote the fair and just treatment of crime victims. Ms. Flannigan developed a victim assistance response to biological and chemical terrorist attacks for the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She is an OVC Consultant and supported the development and implementation of an e-toolkit for response to incidents of mass violence. Additionally, Ms. Flannigan teaches in the FSU College of Criminology and developed a career track and special studies in victim services for FSU.
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HeadshotNathan Spicer served as an emergency manager for the city of Little Rock for more than 15 years. Before joining the city of Little Rock, he was a disaster recovery officer with the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management. His primary responsibilities included grant administration for the Homeland Security Grant Program, coordination of emergency response to special events within the city, and responding to natural and manmade disasters/incidents that affected the city. Mr. Spicer is a 7-year member of the Arkansas Crisis Response Team, currently serving on the executive board as the treasurer. He has deployed to numerous crisis events with first responders. Mr. Spicer is also a member of the Governor's Advisory Group for Homeland Security and a Certified Emergency Manager through the International Association of Emergency Managers. He is Incident Command System 300 and 400 certified, with additional training as a member of the FEMA Incident Management Team, chief of the Planning Section, and Communications Unit leader.





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.

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Topic Date Length Training Materials
Show Summary July 15, 2020 1.25 hours Listen/View Webinar
View PowerPoint (PDF, 4.7 MB)
Non-fatal strangulation is an insidious form of violence that often goes unreported. This session is an opportunity for advocates, law enforcement, and other allied professionals to increase their awareness and understanding about the serious health, neurological, and emotional effects of non-fatal strangulation within the context of domestic violence and sexual assault. Victims of non-fatal strangulation are at higher risk of death, so it is essential for those working with victims to recognize possible indicators of strangulation injuries and understand the critical importance of referring for medical assistance, even when no visible injuries are present.
Show Summary June 17, 2020 1.25 hours Listen/View Webinar
View PowerPoint (PDF, 228 KB)
Associate Deputy Attorney General Toni Bacon, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Deputy Director Kathrina Peterson, and staff at the National Elder Fraud Hotline discuss the services available from this new U.S. Department of Justice hotline. Launched in March 2020 and managed by OVC, the hotline is available to assist older adults who may be victims of financial fraud in reporting fraud to the appropriate agencies. As a result of the session, participants will be able to identify services available to victims through the hotline and identify resources and approaches for referring potential victims of financial fraud for additional support.
Show Summary May 20, 2020 1.25 hours Listen/View Webinar
View PowerPoint (PDF, 184 KB)
In this session, participants will learn about strategies to recognize and respond to work-related trauma exposure and how this exposure may impact successful working relationships with victims of crime in their communities. The session also highlights resources available to first responders to address secondary traumatic stress and vicarious trauma.
Show Summary April 15, 2020 1.25 hours Listen/View Webinar
View PowerPoint (PDF, 430 KB)
Is your organization positioned to continue providing high-quality services to victims of crime while navigating the ebb and flow of resources, changes in organizational assets, and shifting community partnerships? These are just a few factors essential to sustainability, which is defined as the capacity of a program or organization to accomplish long-lasting success and stability. Find out more about starting or expanding your organization’s sustainability planning efforts.
Show Summary March 18, 2020 1.25 hours Listen/View Webinar
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Polyvictimization refers to having experienced multiple victimizations, such as sexual abuse, physical abuse, bullying, and exposure to family violence, and occurs when individuals experience different kinds of victimization, rather than multiple episodes of the same kind of victimization. Understanding the prevalence, occurrence, and identification of polyvictimization across all generations is essential for victim advocates and other victim-serving professionals to help ensure that the right types of assistance, support, and intervention are made available.
Show Summary February 19, 2020 1.25 hours Listen/View Webinar
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Family Justice Centers provide a “one-stop shop” for victims of family violence (intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and elder abuse). These co-located, multidisciplinary service centers reduce the number of places a victim must go to receive services following the crime. Services include, but are not limited to, assistance with protective orders, legal services, medical, counseling, safety planning, and more. This session allows the audience to inquire about innovative practices within the Family Justice Center model.
Show Summary January 15, 2020 1.25 hours Listen/View Webinar
View PowerPoint (PDF, 165 KB)
Presenters discuss trauma-informed approaches to increasing community awareness of labor trafficking, as well as explore how to help community partners provide potential victims with appropriate resources for support. As a result of the session, participants will: identify approaches that victim service providers can take to expand their knowledge and/or community knowledge of labor trafficking, discuss innovative approaches for outreach and awareness on labor trafficking, and identify resources and approaches for referring potential victims of labor trafficking safely for additional support.


Expert Q&A Archives

2019 Recordings


2019 Recordings


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Topic Date Length Training Materials
Show Summary November 20, 2019 1.25 hours Listen/View Webinar
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This session identifies the historical and traditional ways that domestic and sexual violence were addressed in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities prior to colonization and how historical experiences persist to have residual trauma in the community. Recommendations are provided to improve advocacy for native communities that have been affected by domestic and sexual violence.
Show Summary October 16, 2019 1.25 hours Listen/View Webinar
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The Domestic Violence High Risk Team (DVHRT) Model was born from one community’s tragedy and has gone on to national recognition and replication as a leading strategy for intimate partner homicide prevention. This presentation provides a comprehensive understanding of the DVHRT Model, with an overview of the research at its foundation, and includes a discussion on the function and structure of key partners in this multidisciplinary approach. Participants will learn how team members work together to identify high-risk cases and mobilize risk management strategies.
Show Summary September 18, 2019 1.25 hours Listen/View Webinar
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The negative psychological effects of surviving a mass violence incident are second only to injury and death, and these types of incidents usually have a slower recovery trajectory. Everyone who is exposed is in some way touched by what happened and may not understand their reactions. The good news is that most distress reactions are quite common and dissipate over time with good social supports and coping skills. This webinar provides psychoeducational information to assist victims and survivors in understanding their reactions and how to best cope with them. It also helps providers to understand how powerful this information is in decreasing anxiety and fear of the development of mental illness.
Show Summary August 21, 2019 1.25 hours Listen/View Webinar
View PowerPoint (PDF, 333 KB)
During this session, practical information is be provided to direct service providers and other programs open to the public about service and support animals. Learn the differences between service animals, crisis response canines, emotional support animals, therapy animals, and pets. Find out the laws in the United States that apply to these animals, including the Fair Housing Act, and learn about New Mexico's "Model Guidelines for Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals in Domestic Violence Programs and Shelters," which provides policy suggestions and other tips for working with clients who have emotional support animals and how to respectfully respond when someone tries to bring in a dog or animal that isn’t appropriate for public access.
Show Summary July 17, 2019 1 hour Listen/View Webinar
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The field of victim services has marched from a movement to a profession. Learn more about current trends and growth in the field and how to use innovation to better serve victims.
Show Summary June 12, 2019 1 hour Listen/View Webinar
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In October 2017, the Elder Abuse Prevention and Prosecution Act was signed into law. The law requires the U.S. Department of Justice to take a number of steps to both enhance its own efforts and to support the efforts of state and local prosecutors, law enforcement, and other elder justice professionals in preventing and combatting elder abuse and financial exploitation. This session explores the different forms of elder abuse, the role that dementia and other cognitive issues play, promising preventive measures, and some of the challenges of prosecuting such cases.
Show Summary May 29, 2019 1 hour Listen/View Webinar
View PowerPoint (PDF, 138 KB)
Victims react to the psychological trauma of a crime in various ways. In order to ensure they receive the care they need, you must become familiar with the impact of trauma and the concept of trauma-informed care. This session will provide insight into the surprising similarities of victims and police officers that will help connect the complex thought patterns of a victim in trying to survive the moment and in the long term.
Show Summary April 17, 2019 1 hour Listen/View Webinar
View PowerPoint (PDF, 688 KB)
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.
Show Summary March 20, 2019 1 hour Listen/View Webinar
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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 provides guidance on improving and expanding service to identity theft victims.
Show Summary February 20, 2019 1 hour Listen/View Webinar
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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.
Show Summary January 29, 2019 1 hour Listen/View Webinar
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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.

2018 Recordings


2018 Recordings


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Show Summary November 14, 2018 1 hour Listen/View Webinar
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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.
Show Summary October 24, 2018 1 hour Listen/View Webinar
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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.
Show Summary September 26, 2018 1 hour Listen/View Webinar
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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.
Show Summary August 22, 2018 1 hour Listen/View Webinar
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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.
Show Summary July 18, 2018 1 hour Listen/View Webinar
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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.
Show Summary June 20, 2018 1 hour Listen/View Webinar
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Read Q&A (PDF, 209 KB)
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.
Show Summary May 23, 2018 1 hour Listen/View Webinar
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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.
Show Summary April 18, 2018 1 hour Listen/View Webinar
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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.
Show Summary March 21, 2018 1 hour Listen/View Webinar
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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.
Show Summary February 21, 2018 1 hour Listen/View Webinar
View PowerPoint (PDF, 1.07 MB)
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.
Show Summary January 24, 2018 1 hour Listen/View Webinar
View PowerPoint (PDF, 444 KB)
Read Q&A (PDF, 211 KB)
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.

2017 Recordings


2017 Recordings


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Topic Date Length Training Materials
Show Summary November 15, 2017 1 hour Listen/View Webinar
View PowerPoint (PDF, 1.37 MB)
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.
Show Summary October 26, 2017 1 hour Listen/View Webinar
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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.
Show Summary September 27, 2017 1 hour Listen/View Webinar
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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.
Show Summary August 23, 2017 1 hour Listen/View Webinar
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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—
  • Conduct an assessment of your agency's current capacity as a vicarious trauma-informed organization.
  • Bring leadership and staff together to review your existing capacity, identify gaps, and prioritize needs.
  • Locate resources and tools in the VTT and Compendium of Resources to help meet your identified needs.
  • Develop a comprehensive plan to become a vicarious trauma-informed organization that addresses exposure to single incidents of crime or violence and acts of mass violence and terrorism.
Show Summary July 26, 2017 1 hour Listen/View Webinar
View PowerPoint (PDF, 1.05 MB)
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.
Show Summary June 21, 2017 1 hour Listen/View Webinar
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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.
Show Summary May 24, 2017 1 hour Listen/View Webinar
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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.
Show Summary April 19, 2017 1 hour Listen/View Webinar
View PowerPoint (PDF, 610 KB)
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.
Show Summary March 22, 2017 1 hour Listen/View Webinar
View PowerPoint (PDF, 581 KB)
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.
Show Summary February 15, 2017 1 hour Listen/View Webinar
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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.
Show Summary January 27, 2017 1 hour Listen/View Webinar
View PowerPoint (PDF, 345 KB)
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?


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