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We are now accepting applications for the NVAA Effective Management Series: Developing and Managing a Board of Directors training, which will be delivered online. Co-facilitated by Marcie Davis and Pamela Jacobs, this 4-week training will provide a step-by-step guide to building an effective board and strategies for keeping members involved and accountable. The schedule for this training is as follows:

  • Introductory Week: Identifying and Cultivating Potential Board Members, September 4–7, no webinar.
  • Week 1: Assessing Board Needs and Recruiting and Orienting Board Members, September 10–14, webinar on September 14.
  • Week 2: Involving and Educating Board Members, September 17–21, webinar on September 21.
  • Week 3: Evaluating, Rotating, and Celebrating the Board, September 24–28, webinar on September 28.

All webinars are conducted from 3:00–4:15 p.m. e.t.

For more information about this training, please contact nvaa@ovcttac.org.

(Posted August 20, 2018)

As you plan for National Preparedness Month this September, we highlight the following resources:

(Posted August 20, 2018)

This quarter’s OVC Human Trafficking Grantee Spotlight highlights the Colorado Judicial Department Restore, Educate, Support, and Treat–Embracing Diversity ProgramInternational Institute of St. Louis, and State of Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations–Office of Community Services. The OVC Human Trafficking Grantee Spotlight highlights the work and promising practices of OVC's Human Trafficking Grantees in serving victims of human trafficking and provides a space for grantees to relate to, identify with, and further engage with one another, the anti-trafficking community, and our many allied partners. 

(Posted August 9, 2018)

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We are now accepting applications for the NVAA Effective Management Series: Financial Management training, which will be delivered online. Co-facilitated by Charlene Allen and Mark Fero, you will learn key bookkeeping and accounting principles, how to prepare financial documents, how to prevent fraud, and the differences in available financial management tools during this 5-week training. The schedule is as follows:

  • Introductory Week: Introduction to Financial Management, September 4–7, no webinar.
  • Week 1: Planning the Budget, September 10–14, webinar on September 14.
  • Week 2: Bookkeeping and Accounting Concepts and Practices, September 17–21, webinar on September 21.
  • Week 3: Financial Reporting and Monitoring, September 24–28, webinar on September 28.
  • Week 4: Practical Financial Oversight, October 1–5, webinar on October 5.

All webinars are conducted from 11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m. e.t.

For more information about this training, please contact nvaa@ovcttac.org.

(Posted August 9, 2018)

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August's Consultant Spotlight shines on Alicia Aiken, the director of the Confidentiality Institute, a national organization that has helped protect privacy for crime victims since 2011. Through the Confidentiality Institute, Ms. Aiken launched the Protecting Privacy to Enhance Safety Subpoena Defense Pro Bono Project for the American Bar Association and headed a national discussion (with the National Network to End Domestic Violence) on cloud computing and crime victim privacy in 2014. Ms. Aiken is also the principal consultant with Aiken Strategic Partners where she excels in strategic planning and coaching professionals to improve their communication, negotiation, collaboration, litigation, management, and supervision skills. 

(Posted August 1, 2018)

Please join the following Elder Justice Initiative webinars:

MDT-Cross Training: Prosecutors and MDTs
August 9, 2018
2:00–3:00 p.m. e.t.
Nicole Sato, Deputy District Attorney, will provide an overview of the role of a prosecutor at the MDT table. Learn how to strengthen collaboration with your team’s prosecutor by delving into their role, contributions, and professional perspective. Join in a discussion about the ethical responsibilities of a prosecutor and the importance of multidisciplinary collaboration in the fight against elder abuse.
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The Role of Judges in an Elder Abuse Case
August 10, 2018
2:00–3:00 p.m. e.t.
Judge Karen Howze will discuss the dynamics of elder abuse, relevant issues such as cognitive capacity, expert witnesses that may be required, reasonable courtroom accommodations, the advantages of elder abuse multidisciplinary teams, and the importance of judicial leadership on the issue of elder abuse. 
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Building an Elder Justice Unit in South Dakota
August 23, 2018
2:00–3:00 p.m. e.t.
Michael Sharp, Assistant Attorney General in South Dakota, and Dave Lunzman, Special Assistant Attorney General in South Dakota, will describe the journey to create an Elder Justice Unit in South Dakota, finding support in the adage “If you build it, they will come.” AAG Sharp will also discuss two recent (closed) cases and how their Elder Justice Unit aided in those prosecutions.
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Digging Deeper: When Consent is Not Consent
September 6, 2018
2:00–3:00 p.m. e.t.
Jane Walsh, Director of At-Risk Protection, Denver District Attorney’s Office, will discuss the concept of consent, which underlies a range of actions in criminal and civil law, including gifting money. 
Register Now

(Posted July 26, 2018)

A recording of the July Capacity Building Webinar for Human Trafficking Service Providers on “The Impact of Human Trafficking in Native and Tribal Communities” is now available. Participants learned what sex and labor trafficking look like for the American Indian/Alaska Native population, and the culturally appropriate resources available to better serve victims.

(Posted July 26, 2018)

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A recording of our July Expert Q&A session on “Forging Relationships Between Victim Service Providers and Academic Institutions” is now available for viewing, along with a copy of the PowerPoint, on our Expert Q&A page.

This session explores how to initiate relationships between victim service providers and academic institutions, strengthen existing collaborations, and ensure that the working relationship is fair and productive to all parties.

(Posted July 20, 2018)

Expert Q&A

On September 26, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. e.t., OVC TTAC will present an online Expert Q&A discussion with Christina Presenti and Karla Vierthaler on "Navigating the SART Toolkit." The newly updated Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Toolkit is an online manual that supports SARTs in all aspects of their work, from building a team to responding to victims. In this session, we will walk through what this resource is and how to use it.

Register now to submit your own questions or visit the Expert Q&A page for more information.

(Posted July 19, 2018)

A recording of our June Capacity Building Webinar for Human Trafficking Service Providers on “The Role, Responsibility, and Requirements of Law Enforcement: Building Victim-Centered Approaches” is now available. Participants learned about strategies and opportunities for strengthening and sustaining relationships between law enforcement, victim service providers, and their communities.

(Posted July 10, 2018)

The latest recordings from the Elder Justice Initiative webinar series are now available.

“Tribal Elder Protection Team Toolkit: Developing Your Team” introduces the Tribal Elder Protection Team Toolkit, a resource designed to assist tribal communities in developing tribal elder protection teams.

“Successful Collaboration Between APS and Victim Services” explores the benefits and positive impact achieved when Adult Protective Services collaborates effectively with crime victim services as partners in addressing elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation within communities.

“Benefits of Referring Elder Abuse Clients for Civil Legal Assistance” discusses the benefits of civil legal assistance for victims of elder abuse.

“World Elder Abuse Awareness Commemoration: Leveraging National Resources To Build Strong Support for Older Adults” discusses how organizations are helping to build strong support for older adults.

(Posted July 9, 2018)

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July's Consultant Spotlight shines on Sandra Matheson, who served as the director of the New Hampshire Attorney General's State Office of Victim/Witness Assistance for 26 years. She was responsible for coordinating statewide legislative initiatives, developing policy and protocols, and providing training and professional development on victim issues.

(Posted July 2, 2018)

In preparation for National Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week, July 15–21, OVC TTAC offers several resources:

(Posted July 2, 2018)

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A recording of our June Expert Q&A session on “Technology, Social Media, and Victim Safety” is now available for viewing, along with a copy of the PowerPoint, on our Expert Q&A page.

In this session, providers 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.

(Posted June 21, 2018)

In preparation for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15, we highlight the following resources:

(Posted June 1, 2018)

Kelly Clark PhotoJune's Consultant Spotlight shines on Dr. Kelly Clark, the founding director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Center at Binghamton University – SUNY. Dr. Clark is also a consultant, lecturer, and author of the blog He Throws Like a Girl: Essays on the Intersection of Homophobia & Misogyny. She has over 25 years of experience as a social justice educator and is an expert in LGBTQ cultural competence and masculinity as it relates to homo & trans phobias.

(Posted June 1, 2018)

In preparation for LGBT Pride Month in June, we highlight the following resources:

(Posted May 29, 2018) 

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A recording of our May Expert Q&A session on “Interjurisdictional Enforcement of Protection Orders” is now available for viewing, along with a copy of the PowerPoint, on our Expert Q&A page.

In this session, providers discuss the legal concept of Full Faith and Credit; 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 Full Faith and Credit.

(Posted May 24, 2018)

A recording of our May Capacity Building Webinar for Human Trafficking Service Providers on “Family Reunification” is now available. Participants learned about the approaches, successes and challenges of family reunification for victims and survivors of human trafficking.

(Posted May 24, 2018)

This quarter’s OVC Human Trafficking Grantee Spotlight highlights the Contra Costa Alliance to End Abuse, Refugee and Immigrant Center-Asian Association of Utah, and North County Lifeline. The OVC Human Trafficking Grantee Spotlight highlights the work and promising practices of OVC's Human Trafficking Grantees in serving victims of human trafficking and provides a space for grantees to relate to, identify with, and further engage with one another, the anti-trafficking community, and our many allied partners. 

(Posted May 14, 2018)

The recording of our webinar, “Helping Victims of Mass Violence & Terrorism: Planning, Response, Recovery, and Resources Toolkit – Communications,” is now available. 

This session provides an overview of the importance of communication in responding to incidents of mass violence and terrorism. Communication itself is an intervention tool, so it is important to consider how you are sharing information. When information is shared effectively it decreases anxiety and can provide those who are affected with a sense of being supported. When victims and the public know where to get more information, they are likely to be less anxious. Timely, accurate, and thoughtful information decreases opportunities for speculation and rumor and can help victims understand what has and is occurring, allowing them to begin to process the event and start the recovery process. Lessons learned from previous incidents consistently underscore that all response and recovery efforts are more effective when there is a planned and comprehensive communications management strategy that focuses on communication among all responders, with victims and survivors, and with the community during the response and recovery phases.

Communications is one of 13 victim assistance protocols in OVC's Helping Victims of Mass Violence & Terrorism: Planning, Response, Recovery, and Resources Toolkit.

(Posted May 14, 2018)

In preparation for National Missing Children’s Day on May 25, we highlight the following resources:

(Posted May 4, 2018)

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May's Consultant Spotlight shines on Linda McFarlane, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., the deputy executive director of Just Detention International (JDI). She has 30 years of experience working with survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse. Ms. McFarlane leads JDI’s domestic training, technical assistance, and mental health programs. She has trained thousands of corrections officials, medical and mental health practitioners, and direct service providers in the prevention and response to sexual violence behind bars.

(Posted May 1, 2018)

In preparation for National Police Week, May 13–19, we offer several resources:

(Posted April 27, 2018)

In preparation for National Correctional Officers and Employees Week, May 6–12, we highlight the following resources:

(Posted April 23, 2018)

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A recording of our April Expert Q&A session on “The Intersection of Stalking, Sexual Assault, and Domestic Violence” is now available for viewing, along with a copy of the PowerPoint, on our Expert Q&A page.

In this session, providers learn how understanding the links between stalking, domestic violence, and sexual assault can improve their response to victims and the provision of appropriate victim services.

(Posted April 20, 2018)

A recording of our March Elder Justice Initiative webinar, “MDT Member Recruitment and Retention: Building Trust and Traction,” is now available for viewing on our past webinars page.

This webinar highlights real-world solutions from an elder abuse case review MDT and reviews best practices for recruitment and ongoing engagement of team members, explores real-world examples of relationship- and trust-building strategies, and introduces a new MDT Guide and Toolkit documents, including a recruitment letter and statement of need.

(Posted April 19, 2018)

 A recording of our March Capacity Building Webinar for Human Trafficking Service Providers on “Provision of Victim-Centered and Trauma Informed Services” is now available. Participants gained information on how outreach, identification, and service provision to victims of trafficking can be positively impacted by implementing strategies that utilize trauma-informed approaches.

(Posted April 10, 2018)

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April's Consultant Spotlight shines on Chris Newlin, the executive director of the National Children’s Advocacy Center (NCAC) where he provides leadership and management and participates in national and international training and leadership activities regarding the protection of children. Mr. Newlin has provided diverse training related to the NCAC Model, the multidisciplinary response to child abuse, the international development of child advocacy centers, forensic interviewing, best practices in child abuse intervention and response, and additional child maltreatment and exploitation topics.

(Posted April 2, 2018)

In preparation for National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 8–14, we highlight the following resources:

(Posted March 30, 2018)

In preparation for National Sexual Assault Awareness Month this April, we highlight the following resources:

(Posted March 29, 2018)

In preparation for National Child Abuse Prevention Month this April, we highlight the following resources:

(Posted March 26, 2018)

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A recording of our March Expert Q&A session on "Assisting Male Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse" is now available for viewing, along with a copy of the PowerPoint, on our Expert Q&A page

This session is focused 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.

(Posted March 22, 2018)

We are highlighting the following resources from OVC TTAC to better serve youth victims of violence:

  • Enroll in VAT Online to take the module on Bullying.
  • Visit the Tribal Victim Assistance Resources tab to view federal and nonfederal child maltreatment resources.
  • Request customized technical assistance to meet your organization's needs and build your capacity to better address youth violence prevention.
  • Access the following Vision 21 Talks webinar recordings:
    • Inspiring Action To Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls, and
    • Supporting Young Male Survivors of Violence.
  • Visit the Expert Q&A page to access the following recorded session:
    • Working with At-risk Youth with High Levels of Trauma and Risk for (Re)victimization. 

(Posted March 6, 2018)

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March’s Consultant Spotlight shines on Michelle (Shell) Schwartz, the disability services program director at the SAFE Alliance, a human services agency in Austin, Texas, serving survivors of child abuse, sexual assault and exploitation, and domestic violence. With more than 25 years of experience working with and advocating for the rights of people with disabilities, Ms. Schwartz oversees SAFE’s disability services and abuse prevention program for youth and adults with a broad range of disabilities. 

(Posted March 1, 2018)

Past Announcements

August 2018

 

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We are now accepting applications for the Fall 2018 NVAA Leadership Institute, which will be delivered online. Co-facilitated by Sheree Hukill and Shara Moscinska, this 11-week training will assist you in becoming a more effective leader of your team, work group, or organization. CEUs will be awarded to those who complete all of the requirements.

(Posted August 7, 2018)

 
 

July 2018

 

Join us on Thursday, July 19, 2:00–3:00 p.m. e.t. for the Elder Justice Initiative webinar, “Responding to Elder Abuse Victims With Alzheimer’s Disease or Other Dementias,” as Nina Shaw, Trial Attorney, Civil Division Frauds Section, hosts a discussion with Lt. Hank Levenson (Ret.) and Sgt. Tim Sutton, trainers with the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Learn how dementia impacts an elder abuse investigation and discover some of the best ways to respond effectively.

Register Now.

(Posted July 12, 2018)

 

Join us on Tuesday, July 31, 3:00–4:00 p.m. e.t. for the Elder Justice Initiative webinar, “Banks & Triads Working Together To Combat Scams Against Older Americans,” as Julie Childs, J.D., Consultant to the U.S. Department of Justice Elder Justice Initiative, hosts a discussion with Elaine Dodd, EVP Fraud Division, Oklahoma Bankers Association, and Corporal Kim Lopez, Triad Coordinator, Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office, to demonstrate how banks and law enforcement can work together to combat elder financial exploitation and abuse.

Register Now.

(Posted July 12, 2018)

 

Expert Q&A logoOn August 22, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. e.t., OVC TTAC will present an online Expert Q&A discussion with Barbara Rubel on "Addressing Vicarious Trauma for the Individual."

In this session, victim service providers will discuss what contributes to vicarious trauma and learn how vicarious trauma is related to secondary traumatic stress.

Register now to submit your own questions or visit the Expert Q&A page for more information.

(Posted July 3, 2018)

 
 

June 2018

 

Join us for the next Elder Justice Initiative webinar, “The Forgotten Victims: Elder Homicides Part 2, A Prosecutor's Perspective,” on Friday, July 13, 2:00–3:00 p.m. e.t., as Belle Chen of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office discusses the unique challenges of investigating and prosecuting elder and dependent neglect homicides.

This webinar will highlight some of the challenges and common dynamics in these cases through a comparison of two elder neglect cases that went to trial and were presented to juries. This presentation can aid law enforcement in their investigations of complex elder neglect cases and prosecutors in their review, filing, and litigation in criminal court.

Register Now.

(Posted June 20, 2018)

 

We are now accepting applications for the Implementing the Model Standards: A Primer for Victim Service Program Managers training, which will be delivered online. Co-facilitated by Beverly (BJ) Horn and Angie McCown, you will learn about the importance of the Model Standards for Serving Victims and Survivors of Crime to the field and to your organization, explore your organization’s capabilities to implement the Model Standards, and develop a plan to integrate the Model Standards into your program’s policies, procedures, and activities in this 4-week training. The schedule for this training is as follows:

  • Introductory Week: Introduction to the Model Standards, July 16–20, no webinar.
  • Week 1: What are the Model Standards?, July 23–27, webinar on July 26.
  • Week 2: Exploring How the Model Standards Align with Your Organization’s Guidelines, Policies, and Procedures, July 30–August 3, webinar on August 2.
  • Week 3: Creating a Plan to Incorporate the Model Standards, August 6–10, webinar on August 9.

All webinars are conducted from 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. e.t.

For more information about this training, please contact nvaa@ovcttac.org.

(Posted June 18, 2018)

 

 

 

We are now accepting applications for the NVAA Effective Management Series: Building Resiliency in Victim-Serving Organizations training, which will be delivered online. Co-facilitated by Cynthia Hedge and Kimber J. Nicoletti-Martinez, this 3-week training identifies five core elements of resiliency and examines how they can be implemented within organizations to build resiliency in staff. The schedule for this training is as follows:

  • Introductory Week: Acknowledging Resiliency, July 2–6, no webinar.
  • Week 1: The Five Core Elements, July 9–13, webinar on July 12.
  • Week 2: Identifying Strategies To Building Resiliency in Organizations, July 16–20, webinar on July 19.

All webinars are conducted from 3:00–4:15 p.m. e.t.

For more information about this training, please contact nvaa@ovcttac.org.

(Posted June 14, 2018)

 

 

 

We are now accepting applications for the NVAA Effective Management Series: Program Evaluation training, which will be delivered online. Co-facilitated by Barbara Paradiso and Melissa Riley, this 5-week training will give you the practical skills to conduct an evaluation and take some of the fear out of the process. The schedule for this training is as follows:

  • Introductory Week: What is Program Evaluation?, July 2–6, no webinar.
  • Week 1: Foundations for Program Evaluation, July 9–13, webinar on July 13.
  • Week 2: Preparing for Program Evaluation: Developing a Program Evaluation Plan, July 16–20, webinar on July 20.
  • Week 3: Implementing the Program Evaluation: Focus on Data Collection, July 23–27, webinar on July 27.
  • Week 4: Analyzing Evaluation Data and Using it To Tell Your Program’s Story, July 30–August 3, webinar on August 3.

All webinars are conducted from 3:00–4:15 p.m. e.t.

For more information about this training, please contact nvaa@ovcttac.org.

(Posted June 14, 2018)

 
 

May 2018

 

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On July 18, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. e.t., OVC TTAC will present an online Expert Q&A discussion with Keisha Varnell on "Forging Relationships Between Victim Services and Academic Institutions."

Learn how 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.

Register now to submit your own questions or visit the Expert Q&A page for more information.

(Posted May 24, 2018)

 

We are now accepting applications for the Implementing the Model Standards: A Primer for Victim Service Program Managers training, which will be delivered online. Co-facilitated by Anita Carpenter and Jennifer Storm, you will learn about the importance of the Model Standards for Serving Victims and Survivors of Crime to the field and to your organization, explore your organization’s capabilities to adopt the Model Standards, and develop a plan to integrate the Model Standards into your program policies, procedures, and program activities in this 4-week training. The schedule for this training is as follows:

  • Introductory Week: Introduction to the Model Standards, May 29–June 1, no webinar.
  • Week 1: What are the Model Standards? June 4–8, webinar on June 7.
  • Week 2: Exploring How the Model Standards Align with Your Organization’s Guidelines, Policies, and Procedures, June 11–15, webinar on June 14.
  • Week 3: Creating a Plan to Incorporate the Model Standards, June 18–22, webinar on June 21.

All webinars are conducted from 11:30 a.m – 12:45 p.m. e.t.

For more information about this training, please contact nvaa@ovcttac.org.

(Posted May 14, 2018)

 

Join us for the upcoming Elder Justice Initiative webinar, "World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Commemoration: Leveraging National Resources To Build Strong Support for Older Adults," on June 13, 2018, at 4:00 p.m. e.t.

An array of experts will discuss how their organizations are helping to build strong support for older adults. A presenter from the Social Security Administration will share the latest on representative payees; an EJI representative will talk about the Elder Abuse Prevention and Prosecution Act and new resources being developed to better respond to elder abuse; an expert from the Administration for Community Living will describe their guardianship grant programs and the importance of data collection for policy and programmatic enhancement; and the Deputy Director of the National Center on Elder Abuse will present on some of the latest trends and resources that will help you to better respond to elder abuse. 

Register today.

(Posted May 24, 2018)

 

Join us for the upcoming Elder Justice Initiative webinar, "Successful Collaboration Between APS and Victim Services," on May 31, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. e.t. 

This webinar will provide a “no wrong door” access to assistance for older adult abuse victims and an overview of victim services and their intersection with APS, as well as tips, strategies, and resources for shared outreach and joint activities to address elder abuse within communities. 

Register today

(Posted May 8, 2018)

 

Join us for the upcoming Elder Justice Initiative webinar, "The Benefits of Referring Elder Abuse Clients for Civil Legal Assistance," on June 1, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. e.t. 

In this webinar, you will learn how and to whom to make referrals for civil legal assistance that do not conflict with your professional ethics (e.g., confidentiality) and the myriad ways in which civil legal assistance can aid older victims in recovering from their victimization. 

Register today.

(Posted May 8, 2018)

 
 

April 2018

 

Expert Q&A LogoOn June 20, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. e.t., OVC TTAC will present an online Expert Q&A discussion with Erica L. Olsen, M.S.W. on "Technology, Social Media, and Victim Safety."

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.

Register now to submit your own questions or visit the Expert Q&A page for more information.

(Posted April 26, 2018)

 

We are now accepting applications for the NVAA Effective Management Series: Financial Management training, which will be delivered online. Co-facilitated by Mark Fero and Sheree Hukill, you will learn key bookkeeping and accounting principles, how to prepare financial documents, how to prevent fraud, and the differences in available financial management tools in this 5-week training. The schedule for this training is as follows:

  • Introductory Week: Introduction to Financial Management, May 29–June 1, no webinar.
  • Week 1: Planning the Budget, June 4–8, webinar on June 8.
  • Week 2: Bookkeeping and Accounting Concepts and Practices, June 11–15, webinar on June 15.
  • Week 3: Financial Reporting and Monitoring, June 18–22, webinar on June 22.
  • Week 4: Practical Financial Oversight, June 25–29, webinar on June 29.

All webinars are conducted from 3:00–4:15 p.m. e.t.

For more information about this training, please contact nvaa@ovcttac.org.

(Posted April 25, 2018)

 

We are now accepting applications for the NVAA Effective Management Series: Building and Managing Volunteer Programs training. Facilitated by Michelle Harkey, this 3-week training will focus on the importance of volunteers; how to recruit, screen, onboard, and retain them; and how to determine the costs associated with managing volunteers. The schedule for this training is as follows:

  • Introductory Week: The Importance of Volunteers, April 30–May 4. No webinar this week.
  • Week 1: Finding the Right Volunteers, May 7–May 11, webinar on May 11.
  • Week 2: Onboarding and Retaining Volunteers, May 14–18, webinar on May 18.

All webinars are conducted from 11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m. e.t.

For more information about this training, please contact nvaa@ovcttac.org

(Posted April 19, 2018)

 

Join us for the upcoming Elder Justice Initiative webinar, "Tribal Elder Protection Team Toolkit: Develop Your Team," on Wednesday, April 25, 2:00–3:00 p.m. e.t., as presenters Jacqueline S. Gray and Sloan M. Henry of the National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative review the new Tribal Elder Protection Team Toolkit, a resource designed to assist tribal communities in developing tribal elder protection teams (EPT).

The toolkit aims to help identify vested partners or potential EPT members to help respond to elder abuse in Indian Country. The speakers will cover each section of the EPT Toolkit, how to develop a tribal EPT and Tribal Elder Protection Codes, selecting team members, and additional tips on culturally sensitive and appropriate practices commonly accepted in tribal communities.

Register Now

(Posted April 16, 2018)

 
 

March 2018

 

On April 18, 2018, at 2 p.m. e.t., OVC TTAC will present an Expert Q&A discussion with Mark Kurkowski on “The Intersection of Stalking, Sexual Assault, and Domestic Violence.”

In this session, providers will learn how understanding the link between stalking, domestic violence and/or sexual assault improves their response to victims and the provision of appropriate victim services.

Register now to submit your own questions or visit the Expert Q&A page for more information.

(Posted March 29, 2018)

 

We are now accepting applications for the NVAA Effective Management Series: Developing and Managing a Board of Directors training. Facilitated by Jennifer Landhuis, this 4-week training will provide a step-by-step guide to building an effective board and offer strategies for keeping members involved and accountable. The schedule for this training is as follows:

  • Introductory Week: Identifying and Cultivating Potential Board Members, April 23–27. No webinar this week.
  • Week 1: Assessing Board Needs and Recruiting and Orienting Board Members, April 30–May 4, webinar on May 4.
  • Week 2: Involving and Educating Board Members, May 7–11, webinar on May 11.
  • Week 3: Evaluating, Rotating, and Celebrating the Board, May 14–18, webinar on May 18.

All webinars are conducted from 3:00–4:15 p.m. e.t.

For more information about this training, please contact nvaa@ovcttac.org.

(Posted March 28, 2018)

 

We are now accepting applications for the NVAA Effective Management Series: Succession Planning training, which will be delivered online. Facilitated by Anita Carpenter, this 3-week training presents several strategies to plan for changes in leadership and to develop your organization’s succession plans. The schedule for this training is as follows:

  • Introductory Week: The Purpose of Succession Planning, April 2.
  • Week 1: Getting Started, April 9–13, webinar on April 12.
  • Week 2: Preparing for Change, April 16–20, webinar on April 19.

All webinars are conducted from 11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m. e.t.

For more information about this training, please contact nvaa@ovcttac.org.

(Posted March 5, 2018)

 

We are now accepting applications for the NVAA Effective Management Series: Program Evaluation training, which will be delivered online. Co-facilitated by Dan Petersen and Alyssa Rheingold, this 5-week training will give you the practical skills to conduct an evaluation and take some of the fear out of the process. The schedule for this training is as follows:

  • Introductory Week: What is Program Evaluation?, March 26.
  • Week 1: Foundations for Program Evaluation, April 2–6, webinar on April 6.
  • Week 2: Preparing for Program Evaluation: Developing a Program Evaluation Plan, April 9–13, webinar on April 13.
  • Week 3: Implementing the Program Evaluation: Focus on Data Collection, April 16–20, webinar on April 20.
  • Week 4: Analyzing Evaluation Data and Using it To Tell Your Program’s Story, April 23–27, webinar on April 27.

All webinars are conducted from 3:00–4:15 p.m. e.t.

For more information about this training, please contact nvaa@ovcttac.org.

(Posted March 1, 2018)

 
 

February 2018

 

On March 21 at 2:00 p.m. e.t., OVC TTAC will present an online Expert Q&A discussion with Jim Struve on "Assisting Male Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse."

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.

Register now to submit your own questions or visit the Expert Q&A page for more information.

(Posted February 22, 2018)

 

A recording of our February Expert Q&A session on “Strangulation and Intimate Partner Violence” is now available for viewing, along with a copy of the PowerPoint, on our Expert Q&A page.

In this session, targeted to sexual assault clinicians, providers learn about the prevalence of strangulation associated with intimate partner violence, the physiology of strangulation, and patient care considerations.

(Posted February 22, 2018)

 

In preparation for National Consumer Protection Week, March 4–10, we highlight the following resources:

 (Posted February 21, 2018)

 

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February's Consultant Spotlight shines on Michelle Harkey, a victim service provider providing trauma-informed services focused on at-risk youth and children in the foster care system. Based on her dedication to youth in need, she founded Stars Mentoring Services, LLC, an internationally accredited child and family service organization that provides therapeutic mentoring to at-risk youth and counseling services for military personnel, first responders, and crime victims and their families. She is the director of victim services, outreach, and training at the Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Assault in South Carolina.

(Posted February 1, 2018)

 

We are now accepting applications for the NVAA Effective Management Series: Strategic Planning training, which will be delivered online. Co-facilitated by Cynthia Hedge and Barbara Paradiso, this 5-week training will review the strategic planning process to help prepare you to create and implement your organization’s strategic plan. The schedule for this training is as follows:

  • Introductory Week: Introduction to Financial Management, February 26.
  • Week 1: Introduction to Strategic Planning, March 5–9, webinar on March 8.
  • Week 2: Assessing the Readiness of your Organization, March 12–16, webinar on March 15.
  • Week 3: Creating your Strategic Plan, March 19–23, webinar on March 22.
  • Week 4: Implementing and Communicating your Strategic Plan, March 26–30, webinar on March 29.

All webinars are conducted from 11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m. e.t.

For more information about this training, please contact nvaa@ovcttac.org.

(Posted February 1, 2018)

 
 

January 2018

 

We are now accepting applications for the NVAA Effective Management Series: Financial Management training, which will be delivered online. Co-facilitated by Charlene Allen, J.D. and Tamara Fulwyler, M.P.H., you will learn key bookkeeping and accounting principles, how to prepare financial documents, how to prevent fraud, and the differences in available financial management tools in this 5-week training. The schedule for this training is as follows:

  • Introductory Week: Introduction to Financial Management, February 26.
  • Week 1: Planning the Budget, March 5–9, webinar on March 9.
  • Week 2: Bookkeeping and Accounting Concepts and Practices, March 12–16, webinar on March 16.
  • Week 3: Financial Reporting and Monitoring, March 19–23, webinar on March 23.
  • Week 4: Practical Financial Oversight, March 26–30, webinar on March 30.

All webinars are conducted from 3:00–4:15 p.m. e.t.

For more information about this training, please contact nvaa@ovcttac.org.

(Posted January 29, 2018)

 

A recording of our January Expert Q&A session on “What You Need To Know From Survivors About Trauma-Informed Programming” is now available for viewing, along with a copy of the PowerPoint, on our Expert Q&A page.

In this session, hear from survivors and learn about effective tools and processes to apply trauma-informed theories to day-to-day practice.

(Posted January 26, 2018)

 

Visit the new Job Aids page to learn more about designing effective training. Resources include checklists for OVC-funded training, design templates, and best practices for self-paced and blended online trainings. In addition, the OVC Instructional Design Standards have been updated for OVC grantees who are developing training.

(Posted January 25, 2018)

 

In preparation for Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month this February, we highlight the following resources:

(Posted January 24, 2018)

 

On February 21 at 2:00 p.m. e.t., OVC TTAC will present an online Expert Q&A discussion with Cheryl Re, R.N., B.S.N., SANE, and Lieutenant Daniel Rincon on “Strangulation and Intimate Partner Violence.”

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.

Register now to submit your own questions or visit the Expert Q&A page for more information.

(Posted January 24, 2018)

 

On January 24 at 2:00 p.m. e.t., OVC TTAC will present an online Expert Q&A discussion with Aubrey Lloyd and Joe Samaha on “What You Need To Know From Survivors About Trauma-Informed Programming.”

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.

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

Register now to submit your own questions or visit the Expert Q&A page for more information.

(Posted January 12, 2018)

 

This quarter’s OVC Human Trafficking Grantee Spotlight highlights the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and TraffickingInternational Institute of Buffalo, and The Salvation Army Wake County: Project FIGHT. The OVC Human Trafficking Grantee Spotlight highlights the work and promising practices of OVC's Human Trafficking Grantees in serving victims of human trafficking and provides a space for grantees to relate to, identify with, and further engage with one another, the anti-trafficking community, and our many allied partners. 

(Posted January 9, 2018)

 

We are now accepting applications for the NVAA Effective Management Series: Developing and Managing a Board of Directors. Facilitated by Shara Moscinska, MA, LPCC, this 4-week training will provide a step-by-step guide to building an effective board and discuss strategies for keeping members involved and accountable. The schedule for this training is as follows:

  • Introductory Week: Identifying and Cultivating Potential Board Members, January 29–February 2.
  • Week 1: Assessing Board Needs and Recruiting and Orienting Board Members, February 5–9, webinar on February 9.
  • Week 2: Involving and Educating Board Members, February 12–16, webinar on February 16.
  • Week 3: Evaluating, Rotating, and Celebrating the Board, February 19–23, webinar on February 23.

All webinars are conducted from 3:00–4:15 p.m. e.t.

For more information about this training, please contact nvaa@ovcttac.org.

(Posted January 4, 2018)

 

The Elder Justice Initiative Webinar Series addresses a broad range of topics for elder abuse professionals, including prosecutors, researchers, law enforcement, multidisciplinary team members, and others. See the list of free webinars to find relevant topics, watch videos of past events, and browse the line up of upcoming webinars.

(Posted January 3, 2018)

 

In preparation for Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week this January 29–February 2, we highlight the following resources:

(Posted January 2, 2018) 

 
 
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