In preparation for Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, we highlight the following resources to help you serve victims of tax identity theft:
This user-friendly e-learning tool teaches victim service professionals and allied professionals the knowledge and skills to more effectively serve victims of identity theft and assist with their financial and emotional recovery.
The Identity Theft module includes the definition of identity theft, information on who is at the highest risk of being victimized by identity theft, information about laws that support identity theft victims, and strategies to help victims recover from identity theft.
The Financial Crimes module explores the common types of financial crimes; common patterns present in financial crimes; how to locate resources for victims of financial crimes, especially mortgage fraud; and how to help victims identify personal strategies for coping with the emotional impact of the crime and preventing revictimization.
Use the Toolkit for Professionals to improve and expand services to identity theft victims, start a collaborative group in your area, as well as access downloadable, ready-to-customize training materials and brochures. Use the Resource Map to learn more about local agencies that offer legal assistance to victims of identity theft, available online legal self-help for clients in your state, professional identity theft networking opportunities, and state laws applicable to identity theft cases.
(Posted January 23, 2017)
Our January Consultant Spotlight shines on Bukola Oriola, a speaker, author, mentor, advocate, entrepreneur, and consultant. Ms. Oriola is also an award winning journalist and a survivor of labor trafficking and domestic violence. She is also a member of the U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking, appointed by President Barack Obama in December 2015. (Posted January 3, 2017)
In preparation for National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month this January, we highlight the following resources to help you serve victims of Human Trafficking:
Use this e-learning tool, developed by the Office for Victims of Crime and the Bureau of Justice Assistance, for guidance on how to form and develop new human trafficking task forces, ideas to strengthen existing human trafficking task forces, creative strategies, examples, and lessons learned from existing task forces and links to tools, trainings, and resources, including case studies.
Use this searchable database of victims' rights legal provisions to find out about the rights of human trafficking survivors in your state.
OVC TTAC uses a network of consultants and experts in the victim services field to design and deliver customized technical assistance on a wide range of topics to address your organization’s most pressing needs and build your capacity to better serve crime victims. Sample Customized Technical Assistance topics requested include:
- Enhancing Collaboration in Human Trafficking Task Forces
- Victim-Centered Human Trafficking Investigations and Prosecutions
- Providing Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Victim Services
If you are a service provider or organization of any kind, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org and ask how we can help you get the training you need to combat human trafficking in your community.
(Posted December 29, 2016)
In preparation for National Stalking Awareness Month this January, we highlight the Victim Assistance Training Online Stalking module.
Take this module to learn about several common stalking behaviors, how social minimization and normalization of stalking affects our ability to recognize the crime of stalking, and strategies service providers can use when helping victims of stalking.
(Posted December 27, 2016)
Victim Assistance Training Online now includes a module on U.S.-Based Services for U.S. Citizens Victimized Overseas. This module focuses on what victim service providers in the United States can do to help U.S. citizens victimized abroad locate the resources they need once they’ve returned home.
(Posted December 20, 2016)
Our December Consultant Spotlight shines on Virginia Pérez-Ortega, an independent consultant and a part time employee as the Violence Prevention Co-director at Enlace Comunitario, an organization working in central New Mexico to eliminate domestic violence in the Latino immigrant community and to promote healthy families. Ms. Pérez-Ortega’s consulting experience includes training, facilitation, and coordination of victim advocacy related projects and events. In addition, she is an English-Spanish translator and interpreter. (Posted December 1, 2016)
Visit the new Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner-Sexual Assault Response Teams (SANE-SART) page to find the resources you need to help build your capacity to assist victims of sexual violence.
- The SANE Program Development and Operation Guide, a blueprint for communities that would like to start a SANE program. For communities with existing SANE programs, the Guide serves as a resource to help expand or enhance services provided to the community.
- Videos to inform and assist victim service providers and allied professionals in their efforts to develop and maintain local SANE and SART programs.
- All of OVC's training resources regarding sexual assault issues, including standardized, face-to-face trainings, online modules, recorded webinars, and downloadable training materials
- SANE-SART related resources for victim service providers and allied professionals.
(Posted December 1, 2016)
In preparation for National Impaired Driving Prevention Month this December, we highlight the following resources to help you serve victims of impaired driving crimes:
Victim Impact: Listen and Learn
This downloadable curriculum makes victims and their rights a central premise and includes a training unit on Drunk and Impaired Driving. Use this download center to gather all the materials you'll need to conduct the training.
Victim Assistance Training Online
This Web-based victim advocacy training program includes a module on Impaired Driving. Take this module to learn about impaired driving crimes, the effects these crimes have on victims, and strategies service providers can use when helping victims of impaired driving crimes.
(Posted November 28, 2016)
The recording of our webinar, “Helping Victims of Mass Violence & Terrorism: Planning, Response, Recovery, and Resources Toolkit – Donation Management,” is now available. This session provides an overview of the complex process of managing donations. The process includes organizing, storing, and disbursing the funds, goods, and services received in response to incidents of mass violence or terrorism. Lessons learned from previous incidents consistently underscore that response and recovery efforts are more effective when there is a planned and comprehensive donation management strategy in place that focuses on both the immediate and longer term needs of victims, survivors, and the affected community.
Donation Management is one of 13 victim assistance protocols in OVC's Helping Victims of Mass Violence & Terrorism: Planning, Response, Recovery, and Resources Toolkit.
(Posted November 22, 2016)
Check out our new and improved Victim Impact: Listen and Learn curriculum, structured to hold offenders accountable for the harm they have caused and to help foster their empathy toward crime victims and survivors. Updates include a revised facilitator manual and participant workbook and updated website content. The curriculum may be taught to either adult or juvenile offenders who are in custody or community-based correctional settings. Visit the site today to gather all the materials you'll need to conduct the training.
(Posted November 16, 2016)
November 13–19 is International Fraud Awareness Week. Check out some of our resources available for serving victims of fraud, including the National Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network, Identity Theft Victim Assistance Online Training, and our VAT Online module on Cyber Fraud.
The National Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network is a network of coalitions across the country, engaged in creating, enhancing, and delivering identity theft victim assistance training and outreach to improve the ability of the coalition members to provide direct victim assistance services.
Identity Theft Victim Assistance Online Training: Supporting Victims' Financial and Emotional Recovery is a user-friendly e-learning tool that will teach victim service professionals and allied professionals knowledge and skills to more effectively serve victims of identity theft and assist with their financial and emotional recovery.
The Cyber Fraud VAT Online module includes information on the common types of Internet scams and resources available for victims of cyber fraud. It also includes information on how criminals use the Internet to defraud victims, common patterns present in cyber and Internet fraud, and strategies for increasing victims' online safety and coping with the emotional impact of the crime.
(Posted November 14, 2016)
Take a look at our newly improved Webinars page for unlimited access to recordings and other resources from each of our webinars. This page was redesigned to make it easier for you to access the webinars that will help you to build your capacity to serve victims of crime. Just find the series you are interested in and select “View” to see all the available webinar recordings and resources. Topics include campus sexual assault; capacity building webinars for human trafficking service providers; human trafficking, domestic violence, and sexual assault; mass violence and terrorism; specific considerations for providing victim services; telemedicine; victims’ rights; and Vision 21 Talks. (Posted November 10, 2016)
November is National American Indian Heritage Month. Register for the VAT Online modules on American Indian/Alaska Native Populations and Tribal Justice Systems and visit the Tribal Law section of the SANE Guide for information on working with tribal victims.
VAT Online’s American Indian/Alaska Native Populations module covers key issues impacting American Indian and Alaska Native victims of crime. It also describes barriers American Indian and Alaska Native victims face when seeking help after being the victims of crime, and provides strategies for serving American Indian and Alaska Native victims
The Tribal Justice Systems module takes a high-level look at the various types of justice used in tribal areas. Tribal justice systems can vary from traditional Western-style systems to tribal courts and traditional courts, including family and community forums.
The Tribal Law section of the SANE Guide is helpful to programs that work with tribal victims of sexual assault, as many tribes have enacted their own legal codes. A SANE program that provides care to a tribal entity should be aware of any tribal laws impacting that specific program.
(Posted November 7, 2016)
The recordings from our five-part webinar series on “Telemedicine: Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners Responding to Sexual Assault” are now available. A collaborative effort with the National TeleNursing Center, these webinars are targeted to provide training to sexual assault clinicians to increase their confidence, competence, and retention, as well as support quality care for sexual assault patients. (Posted November 7, 2016)
The recording of our webinar, “Addressing Substance Use Disorders Amongst Human Trafficking Survivors,” is now available. This session explores the effects of substance use as a coping tool, service barrier, and mechanism of control experienced by survivors of human trafficking. Participants learn practical skills to better provide trauma informed services including advocacy, safety planning, documentation, referral, and program accommodation. (Posted November 7, 2016)
November’s Consultant Spotlight shines on Noorie Brantmeier, an Assistant Professor at James Madison University, who teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on research methodology, adult training and development, diversity in organizational settings, and Native American studies. Ms. Brantmeier has consulted for many Native nations and organizations including First Nations Development Institute, the National Congress of American Indians Policy Research Center, and Oweesta Corporation, on issues related to community development, research and data collection in Native communities. She currently sits on the board of First Step, a local domestic violence shelter. (Posted November 1, 2016)
October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Check out Victim Assistance Training Online for our course on Cyber Fraud.
The Cyber Fraud module includes information on the common types of Internet scams and resources available for victims of cyber fraud. It also includes information on how criminals use the Internet to defraud victims, common patterns present in cyber and Internet fraud, and strategies for increasing victims' online safety and coping with the emotional impact of the crime. (Posted October 24, 2016)
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Learn more about OVC’s online training resources on this topic, including VAT Online’s Intimate Partner Violence module and Online Elder Abuse Training for Legal Service Providers’ Domestic Violence module.
Intimate partner violence, or IPV, is sometimes known as domestic violence, and it affects millions of persons in the U.S. regardless of marital status, sexual orientation, race, age, religion, education, or economic status. The VAT Online module on Intimate Partner Violence will go into detail on how victim service providers can assist victims of intimate partner violence, and how to help victims identify the goals they seek in getting help, and assisting the victim in achieving those goals.
The Online Elder Abuse Training for Legal Service Providers provides training to legal aid and other civil attorneys to identify and respond to elder abuse. The Domestic Violence module will address the following key learning points:
- The definitions of domestic violence and sexual assault in later life.
- The "red flags" of sexual assault and domestic violence, including risk factors, power and control dynamics, and indicators.
- Establishing trust when communicating with possible victims of abuse and their families.
- Effective ways to respond to cases of domestic violence and sexual assault, such as restraining orders and safety planning.
- Key considerations when recommending options to your clients.
(Posted October 17, 2016)
October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Take our Victim Assistance Training Online module on Bullying to learn about the characteristics, prevalence, and other information related to this crime.
Bullying affects thousands of children and youth each year through physical, verbal, and cyber bullying. This module defines and recognizes the different forms of bullying, identifies those who are involved in bullying situations, identifies the effects of bullying on victims and the perpetrator, identifies the motivations of children and youth who bully and the risk factors of children who are bullied, and describes ways to help children and youth who are bullied, including helping victims in the short term, and prevention strategies to share with schools in the long term.
(Posted October 10, 2016)
The recording for one of our Vision 21 Talks on "Realizing the Vision for the Future of Victim Services: Translation, Data Dissemination, and Bridging the Divide" is now available.
This session highlights the efforts being made by OVC and the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) to improve the use, dissemination, and translation of research data to close the gap between research, policy, and practice. The workshop includes an analysis of groundbreaking efforts from the BJS to enhance existing data that often go underutilized, and addresses how efforts to bridge the divide have already shed critical light on the lack of victim services in key settings.
(Posted October 10, 2016)
October’s Consultant Spotlight shines on Lindy Aldrich. Ms. Aldrich has been with the Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC) since 2007, beginning as a staff attorney and becoming deputy director in 2010. Along with managing the daily activities of the VRLC and Boston office staff attorneys, she continues to represent victims of sexual assault across the Commonwealth in a wide range of legal areas, including education, privacy, safety, and federal and state government benefits. Ms. Aldrich received recognition as one of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly 2012 Top Women in the Law. She is a member of the Rappaport Center on Law and Public Service Advisory Board. Ms. Aldrich received her juris doctor from Suffolk University Law School in 2006 and was named the 2013 Outstanding Young Alumni. (Posted October 3, 2016)
The recording for one of our Vision 21 Talks on "Supporting Young Male Survivors of Violence" is now available. This session highlights different intervention models currently in use to serve young male survivors of violence. During this 90-minute session, each of the panelists provides an overview of their respective community or hospital-based program or initiative. (Posted September 22, 2016)
Visit our new Resource Library, a searchable collection of materials that you can use for your organizational development and training needs. Inside you will find tools, promotional materials, reference materials, and more. (Posted September 21, 2016)
The recordings for our webinars, "Human Trafficking Case Study: United States v. Alaboudi” and “Leveraging Strategic Partnerships To Improve Housing Access for Trafficking Survivors,” are now available.
“Human Trafficking Case Study: United States v. Alaboudi” highlights the complex vulnerabilities associated with trafficking of native minor and adult victims, and evaluates cross-disciplinary collaborative efforts. Speakers identify lessons learned from the case study that contributed to a successful conviction and to diverse short and long term outcomes for survivors.
“Leveraging Strategic Partnerships To Improve Housing Access for Trafficking Survivors” highlights how some agencies have forged creative and strategic partnerships with hotel brands, local public housing authorities, and federal agencies to streamline and expand access to emergency and long term shelter resources on behalf of trafficking survivors.
(Posted September 15, 2016)
The recordings for our webinars, "Title IX Live Chat" and “Campus Safety Planning: Remedial Measures, Schedule Mapping, and No Contact Orders,” are now available.
In the “Title IX Live Chat” session, the Victim Rights Law Center answers questions regarding the Campus Safety Planning, Schedule Mapping, and other Title IX issues.
The “Campus Safety Planning: Remedial Measures, Schedule Mapping, and No Contact Orders” session addresses the unique challenges of creating a safety plan that meets the specific needs of victims in a campus environment, explores how safety planning for sexual violence can be different than safety planning for domestic violence, and discusses strategies for protecting victim privacy and safety.
(Posted September 6, 2016)
The recordings for our Vision 21 Talks on "Assisting Original Crime Victims and Survivors in Wrongful Conviction Cases" and “Inspiring Action To Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls” are now available.
The aim of the "Assisting Original Crime Victims and Survivors in Wrongful Conviction Cases" session is to raise awareness among prosecutor-based staff and other victim advocates and allied professionals to more effectively assist survivors during exoneration processes. Two original victims who faced post-conviction exonerations share their personal and very compelling stories, followed by Richmond Commonwealth's Attorney, who provides recommendations from a prosecutor's perspective on ways to improve the experiences of victims facing an exoneration. The Healing Justice Project concludes with a summary of general recommended practices to improve the experiences of original victims.
The "Inspiring Action To Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls" session reviews key research findings and introduces the Move to End Violence Research Into Action Guide, a set of practical recommendations to use when working to inspire people to take action to end violence against girls and women. It concludes with some real-life examples from Futures Without Violence, about how they have successfully implemented the recommendations put forth in the Research Into Action Guide.
(Posted September 6, 2016)
September’s Consultant Spotlight shines on Julia M. da Silva, a native Brazilian staff member with the American Psychological Association (APA), and director of APA’s Violence Prevention Office. Ms. da Silva serves as the primary point person for the APA on violence, prevention, and treatment issues, and represents the APA in local, state, national, and international efforts and forums on violence and prevention. She has extensive experience and expertise in development, implementation, coordination and evaluation of programs and projects; coordination of multi-site interventions; curriculum and training materials; and training and public speaking for diverse audiences. She is fluent in English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese and has had work experiences in Brazil and internships in France. Ms. da Silva earned a graduate degree in Sociology from the University of Paris III, France, and a B.S. in Psychology from Catholic University, Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Posted September 1, 2016)
Nearly two decades after releasing the original guide for Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) programs, OVC is pleased to announce the new and improved SANE Program Development and Operation Guide.
- Available online for the first time, so the Guide can be updated continually with new resources.
- Mobile optimized for easy access via tablet or smartphone.
- Fully updated with new research and innovative practices.
- All the latest information you need to create a new SANE program or enhance an existing one.
- Reorganized around 5 key principles: trauma-informed, patient-centered care, multidisciplinary approach, community uniqueness, and evidence-based practice.
Check out the new Guide to see how it can help improve your SANE program and ensure that all sexual assault victims receive the highest standard of patient-centered care.
Watch our video to learn more about the SANE Program.
(Posted August 31, 2016)
OVC has launched two new Victim Assistance Training Online (VAT Online) modules. The topics of the new modules are Immigrant Populations and Refugee Populations.
The Immigrant Populations module discusses the types of crimes immigrants are susceptible to in the United States and strategies victim service providers can use to help them. This module also addresses several immigration relief options.
The Refugee Populations module addresses the types of crimes for which refugees are commonly at risk, strategies victim service providers can use to help victims, and resources available to refugee victims of crime.
VAT Online is a Web-based victim advocacy training program that offers victim service providers and allied professionals the opportunity to acquire the basic skills and knowledge they need to better assist victims of crime.
(Posted August 15, 2016)
August 12 is International Youth Day. Register for our Victim Assistance Training Online module, Children and Youth.
Children and youth are a highly victimized segment of the general population. They are victims of some of the same crimes adults experience, and also some that are unique to childhood and adolescence. This module identifies different crimes that impact children and youth, describes how children and youth react to trauma, identifies the developmental impact of trauma on children and youth of different ages, and describes strategies for working with child and youth victims of crime.
(Posted August 12, 2016)
August’s Consultant Spotlight shines on Krista R. Flannigan, J.D., 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 Florida State University's College of Criminology. (Posted August 1, 2016)
On January 27, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. e.t., OVC TTAC will host a live Expert Q&A discussion with Tracy Busse and Elisabeth Corey on “Addressing Substance Abuse When Responding to Survivors of Human Trafficking.” This session will address questions such as:
- How does addiction play a role for survivors of human trafficking who are experiencing trauma?
- What should service providers know about substance abuse when responding to survivors of human trafficking or investigating cases of human trafficking?
- How do you balance the substance abuse with the victimization and the trauma that occur?
(Posted January 12, 2017)