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Legal Assistance for Crime Victims: A Training and Technical Assistance Initiative

Through OVC's Legal Assistance for Crime Victims Training and Technical Assistance Initiative, OVC's Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC) is working collaboratively with national experts to offer training and technical assistance opportunities to the legal community. Training and technical assistance provides attorneys across the country with the tools they need to increase their knowledge base about crime victim issues and increase their capacity to provide pro bono or no-cost legal representation to crime victims.

OVC TTAC is partnering with national experts to offer training opportunities to the legal community. The trainings provide attorneys across the country with the tools needed to increase their knowledge base about crime victim issues and increase their capacity to provide pro bono or no-cost legal representation to crime victims. OVC TTAC offers Webinars, Online Training options, and Training by Request options.

Title IX Webinars

Webinar series on Title IX for state and local sexual assault coalitions and programs throughout the country.

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This session provides an overview of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and an understanding of how Title IX protects the rights of victims of sexual violence in educational settings.
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This session addresses the unique challenges and opportunities inherent in creating a safety plan that meets the specific needs of victims in a campus environment; explores how safety planning for campus victims/survivors may differ from safety planning for domestic violence victims; and discusses strategies for protecting victim privacy, discussing emotional safety, and providing survivor-centered safety planning.
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This session focuses on practical advocacy strategies and tools for using Title IX to empower and seek justice for victims of sexual violence.

Archived Webinars

The following Webinars are pre-recorded and available to view at your convenience.

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Effective Communication Techniques: Strategies for Interacting With and Representing Child Victim Clients
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This webinar is the second in a three-part series designed to enhance the ability of attorneys to provide effective legal representation to child-victims regarding their rights in criminal cases. This session provides concrete strategies for effectively communicating with and representing child-victims across the age spectrum.
Effective Legal Representation of Child Victims: What Every Lawyer Should Know About the Impact of Trauma
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This session provides an overview of the neurobiology of trauma and its unique impact on child victims. Building on this information, presenters will provide some strategies to help facilitate effective communication with clients who are child victims.
A High Wire Act: Advocating for Victims While Avoiding the Unlawful Practice of Law
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This session provides a discussion of law, ethics, and practice tips to ensure one's advocacy does not inadvertently cross the line into unauthorized practice of law.
Intersections of Civil, Criminal, and Administrative Proceedings: A Case Study
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This session focuses on the different justice systems that a human trafficking victim may be involved in and how to best serve victims who may be navigating various systems.
Introduction to Victims' Rights for Advocates
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This session, designed for advocates, is an overview of victims' rights laws, and an identification of common issues that victims face as they are forced to navigate the criminal justice system. Rebecca Khalil, NCVLI Staff Attorney, and Karla Salp, a victim advocate, discuss the state of victims' rights laws nationally, identify the most common stages in a criminal proceeding where victims' rights are at risk, discuss how advocates can protect these rights without crossing the line into unlawful practice of law, and explore how advocates and attorneys can best work together to enforce and advance victims' rights.
Introduction to Victims' Rights for Attorneys
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This session, designed for attorneys representing victims, is an overview of victims' rights laws, and an identification of common issues that victims face as they are forced to navigate the criminal justice system. Meg Garvin, NCVLI Executive Director, and Rebecca Khalil, NCVLI Staff Attorney, discuss the state of victims' rights laws nationally, identify the most common stages in a criminal proceeding where victims' rights are at risk, and target how system-based and community-based victim advocates can protect these rights.
Neurobiology of Trauma: What Every Practitioner Needs To Know
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Regardless of whether an attorney practices criminal law, family law, employment law, tort law, or wills and estates, (s)he will likely encounter clients with a trauma history, and advocates in the justice system will undoubtedly encounter these same individuals. This session explains the brain's response to trauma such that participants will gain a better understanding of the neurobiology of trauma, and why their clients may be ambivalent about participating in the justice system.
Protecting Victims' Rights in the Military
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This session provides an overview of what rights exist for victims in the military, focusing on standing, how to assert rights, and the latest appellate practice. The session provides an overview of the Air Force's Special Victim Counsel Program, which was the first program in the military to provide counsel to sexual assault victims. The targeted audience for this session includes military counsel and civilian attorneys working with crime victims.
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Attacks on victim privacy happen every day in the form of subpoenas for victim records, requests for a pretrial interviews, and disclosure of a victim's name in open court. Because privacy is critical to victims' recovery and access to justice, protecting privacy must be a key strategy of the victims' rights movement. This session discusses methods of protecting victim privacy, ranging from securing use of pseudonyms to quashing subpoenas, to enhance the practitioner's ability to protect victim privacy.
Year in Review: Top Victims' Rights from the Last 12 Months
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This session discusses notable victims' rights cases from 2013, both domestic and international. Speakers explore published and unpublished cases, legal changes, and litigation strategies for practitioners.

To determine the continuing legal education (CLE) credits available for each Webinar, please contact your state CLE provider.

Online Training

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Online Elder Abuse Training for Legal Service Providers
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Provides training to legal aid and other civil attorneys to identify and respond to elder abuse.

Training by Request

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2 Days 1.3 CEUs Instructor-led
This training provides a comprehensive overview of crime victims' rights and the advocate's role in enforcing those rights. In this interactive training you will analyze a hypothetical case scenario and actively explore how victims' rights can be exercised during pretrial proceedings, during trial, and in relation to sentencing, parole, and other post trial proceedings. Participants will develop an individual action plan for applying the new information to their own organizations so that victims will better understand their legal rights and the actions they can take to enforce those rights.
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OVC TTAC, through a collaborative partnership with NCVLI and our database of legal consultants, offers victims' rights enforcement legal technical assistance, including:

  • Assistance with legal research
  • Assistance with legal writing
  • Amicus briefs
  • Strategic advice to legal service providers throughout the country

If you are an attorney or member of a legal organization working with crime victims and need victims' right enforcement technical assistance, please contact OVC TTAC at legalassistance@ovcttac.org. Follow the links below for some of the ways in which we offer support.

VictimLaw

VictimLaw
VictimLaw is a user-friendly database of victims' rights laws. This is a useful tool for service providers and victims to find information on victims' rights laws in their jurisdiction.