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The OVC TTAC Helping Victims of Mass Violence and Terrorism: Planning, Response, Recovery, and Resources Toolkit web training series continues with an indepth look at the Communications protocol. Please plan to join one of the scheduled webinars to learn more about this essential victim assistance protocol.

Date: October 27
Time:  2:30–4:00 p.m., eastern time

Date: October 30
Time: 2:30–4:00 p.m., eastern time

Date: November 7
Time: 10:00–11:30 a.m., eastern time

Register Now.

To learn more, you can access the Toolkit on the OVC website.

(Posted October 19, 2017)

As you plan for National American Indian Heritage Month in November, we offer several resources:

(Posted October 18, 2017)

As you plan for America's Safe Schools Week this October 15–21, we offer several resources:

  • Take the VAT Online module Campus/University Victims of Sexual Assault, which provides a definition of campus sexual assault, describes barriers that victims of this crime face when seeing help, discusses laws, such as Title IX, in place to protect victims, and identifies strategies for serving victims of campus sexual assault.
  • Request the Sexual Assault Advocate/Counselor Training, which includes a module on campus sexual assault.
  • Download materials from the Sexual Assault Advocate/Counselor Training module on Campus Sexual Assault to discuss statistics on the prevalence of sexual assault on school and university campuses, and to identify the resources available to these victims.
  • Visit the SANE Program Development and Operation Guide chapter on Preparing Your Program to Meet the Unique Need of Survivors for a list of resources for providing patient-centered and trauma-informed care to college students who are survivors of sexual assault.
  • Download materials from Integrating Crime Victims' Issues Into College and University Curricula to help broaden college and university students’ exposure to and awareness of criminal victimization and its impact on victims and teach them about helpful responses when encountering victims.
  • Watch the Campus Sexual Assault web training series for information on state and local sexual assault coalitions and programs throughout the country.
  • Search VictimLaw to find laws related to crimes on school campuses.
  • Request customized technical assistance to address your organization’s most pressing needs and build your capacity to better serve crime victims.

(Posted October 6, 2017)

The recording of our September Capacity Building Webinar for Human Trafficking Service Providers on “Language Access” is now available. This session, moderated by OVC Fellow, Tuyet Duong, and featuring Yazmeen Hamza from WomanKind, Eria Myers from Pacific Asian Counseling Services and David Steib from Ayuda, discusses the role language access plays in providing appropriate and competent services for victims of human trafficking who are deaf, hard of hearing, or those who have Limited English Proficiency (LEP). Participants gain information on the importance of language access in identifying and serving victims, and identify tools and program models that address the systemic barriers facing survivors of human trafficking who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, or LEP.

(Posted October 6, 2017)

Recordings of the SANE Program Development and Operation Web Training Series are now available for viewing on our Webinars page. This series covers unique topics and provides information on how to use the SANE Guide to build a new SANE program, enhance an existing program, or expand your program.

(Posted October 2, 2017)

October’s Consultant Spotlight shines on Michael LaRiviere, Victim Services Officer for the Salem, Massachusetts Police Department. Officer LaRiviere investigates a wide range of crimes, including domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse, and crimes against undocumented and Limited English Proficiency victims. He has conducted extensive trainings both locally and nationally for law enforcement, medical, social services, and legal professionals on these issues. He has been honored with a community award from Help for Abused Women and Their Children for taking concrete steps to end domestic violence, and in 2002, he was recognized by the Office on Violence Against Women for his extraordinary contribution to the prevention of domestic violence.

(Posted October 2, 2017)

As you plan for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month in October, we offer several resources:

  • Take the VAT Online module, Cyber Fraud, to learn about the common types of Internet scams and resources available for victims of cyber fraud.
  • Request customized technical assistance to address your organization's needs and build your capacity to better serve victims of this crime.
  • Search VictimLaw to find your state’s laws regarding cybercrime.
  • Register for our Expert Q&A session, “Prosecuting Image Exploitation,” on October 26, at 3 p.m. e.t.

(Posted September 28, 2017)

A recording of our September Expert Q&A session on “Victim-Centered Approaches to Family Violence” is now available for viewing, along with a copy of the PowerPoint, on our Expert Q&A page.

This session focuses on 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.

(Posted September 28, 2017)

On October 26 at 3:00 p.m. e.t., OVC TTAC will present an online Expert Q&A discussion with Jane Anderson on “Prosecuting Image Exploitation.”

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.

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

(Posted September 27, 2017)

Chris Edmunds

In Memoriam – Christine Edmunds

All of us with the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) and the OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center were saddened to learn of the passing of Christine N. “Chris” Edmunds, 62, of Ypsilanti, Michigan, on September 14, 2017, surrounded by family. A long time OVC Consultant, Chris was a nationally known expert in the field of victims’ rights and services for more than 30 years. After the passage of the 1984 Victims of Crime Act, Chris was Director of Public Policy for the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) and was instrumental in translating policy to practice. Through her work with NOVA and the National Center for Victims of Crime, Chris developed public policy initiatives and training programs at both the federal and state levels. She was one of OVC’s lead training consultants. Most notably, she was cofounder of, and senior faculty for, OVC's National Victim Assistance Academy. She was also an adjunct professor at the California State University Fresno and Washburn University, where she taught courses on victims' rights and services. A proud third generation graduate of the University of Michigan, Chris returned to the area to take care of ailing family members. She made a lasting contribution to the field, and she will be missed. We share our condolences with her mother Nathalie E. Edmunds, sister Kathy Edmunds, brother George Edmunds, nieces Christine Gliha and Helen Edmunds, and nephews Will and George Edmunds, as well as all of her friends, colleagues, and the individuals she inspired throughout her life.

(Posted September 26, 2017)

As you plan for National Bullying Prevention Month in October, we offer several resources:

  • Take the VAT Online module, Bullying, to learn more about 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.
  • Request our training on Increasing Effectiveness of Providers for Child Victims of Violence to enhance your capacity to assist victimized children and adolescents with the best available research on violence, trauma, and trauma-focused assessment tools and mental health treatments.
  • Search VictimLaw to find your state’s laws regarding bullying.

(Posted September 21, 2017)

As you plan for National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, we offer several resources:

(Posted September 18, 2017)

The recording of our August Capacity Building Webinar for Human Trafficking Service Providers on “Financial Stability and Economic Empowerment” is now available. This session, featuring Sarah E. Hayes and Taylor Loomis from Sanctuary for Families, discusses how two key programs at Sanctuary for Families, the Economic Empowerment Program and the Anti-Trafficking Initiative, have come together to ensure the short- and long-term success of the clients they serve. Participants gain information on understanding and addressing the barriers to financial stability and economic empowerment faced by victims of human trafficking in a client-driven manner.

(Posted September 6, 2017)

September’s Consultant Spotlight shines on Stella Gallegos, a licensed independent social worker in New Mexico who has worked in the field of sexual assault for 38 years. She has served as director of training for the New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs since 1990. Ms. Gallegos is responsible for soliciting, scheduling, planning, and implementing 170 hours of free sexual abuse-related training to professionals, schools, and community members each year.

(Posted August 31, 2017)

A recording of our August Expert Q&A session on “Organizational-Level Response and Planning for Staff Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma” is now available for viewing, along with a copy of the PowerPoint, on our Expert Q&A page.

This session focuses 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.

(Posted August 25, 2017)

As you plan for National Preparedness Month in September, we offer several resources:

(Posted August 25, 2017)

The OVC Human Trafficking Grantee Spotlight highlights the work and promising practices of OVC's Human Trafficking Grantees in serving victims of human trafficking. Furthermore, it 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. Learn more about the great work OVC grantees are doing in the field.

(Posted August 24, 2017)

In preparation for National Campus Safety Awareness Month this September, we offer several resources:

(Posted August 18, 2017)

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 August 3, 2017)

The recording of our July Capacity Building Webinar for Human Trafficking Service Providers on “Survivor-Informed Services” is now available. This session, moderated by, Kristy Cho, OVC Fellow, features Amanda Eckhardt, Director of Programs, Restore NYC and Carolyn Lumpkin, Director of Empowerment Programs, CAST LA. Participants gain information on how to incorporate survivor leadership and feedback into programming, ensuring a trauma-informed framework when engaging survivors, and share successful characteristics and methods for resolving challenges related to survivor-informed services.

(Posted August 2, 2017)

August’s Consultant Spotlight shines on Dorothy Johnson-Speight, a licensed family therapist and long-time supporter of the rights of children and families. Following the tragic 2001 murder of her 24-year-old son Khaaliq Jabbar Johnson over a parking space dispute, Ms. Johnson-Speight, along with other grieving mothers, founded the nonprofit group Mothers In Charge, Inc. (MIC). She serves as the executive director of MIC, whose mission focuses on violence prevention through education and intervention for children, young adults, families, and community organizations.

(Posted August 1, 2017)

A recording of our July Expert Q&A session on “Addressing the Impact of Trauma When a Mass Violence Incident Occurs” is now available for viewing, along with a copy of the PowerPoint, on our Expert Q&A page.

This session addresses 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.

(Posted July 26, 2017)

The next two recordings in our Elder Justice Initiative Webinar Series on "The Role of Law Enforcement in Elder Abuse Cases" and “Neural Correlates of Financial Decisionmaking in Old Age” are now available.

“The Role of Law Enforcement in Elder Abuse Cases” provides a summary of some of the research and facts around elder abuse, combined with the perspective of a detective with extensive practical experience in responding to cases of elder abuse. 

“Neural Correlates of Financial Decisionmaking in Old Age” reviews the use of brain imaging techniques and the latest research to describe how changes in brain structure affect financial decisionmaking, and the implications of the research for the legal system.

(Posted July 20, 2017)

The recording of our June webinar on “LGBT Services” is now available. This session features Nadia Swanson, LMSW, Coordinator of Training and Advocacy at the Ali Forney Center and Melissa Brockie, MSW, New Day Center Director at UMOM. Participants gain information on how to incorporate best practices and strategies for meeting the needs of LGBT clients, ensuring safety and confidentiality while building community partnerships to better serve this population.

(Posted July 12, 2017)

July’s Consultant Spotlight shines on Katherine Manners, a consultant and trainer for Organizational Resilience International serving victim services, trauma, and crisis responder programs. She has more than 30 years of organizational consulting and training experience in the fields of victim services, homicide bereavement, and resilience.

(Posted July 3, 2017)

In preparation for National Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week this July 16–22, we offer several resources:

(Posted June 23, 2017)

A recording of our June Expert Q&A session on “The Vulnerabilities of LGBTQ and Homeless Youth to Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation” is now available for viewing, along with a copy of the PowerPoint, on our Expert Q&A page.

The session discusses 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.

(Posted June 22, 2017)

The sixth recording in our Elder Justice Initiative Webinar Series, “A Walk Through the MDT Guide and Toolkit,” is now available. This webinar provides a demonstration of EJI's new Multidisciplinary Team Guide and Toolkit, designed for anyone looking to create or grow a local elder abuse MDT, regardless of their experience with MDTs. The web-based Toolkit is enhanced for use on mobile devices and contains easy-to-download PDF sample documents and citations.

(Posted June 21, 2017)

As part of OVC's ongoing commitment to providing relevant resources and tools to Indian country professionals, OVC TTAC has created the Tribal Victim Assistance page to help guide tribal victim advocates, prosecutors, law enforcement officers, judges, and others to information about how to create a victim-centered response to American Indian and Alaska Native victims of crime across the lifespan. We invite you to explore this site and learn more about available federal and non-federal resources that can help tribal communities better meet the needs of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, elder abuse, and many other forms of victimization.

(Posted June 14, 2017)

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

(Posted June 5, 2017)

June’s Consultant Spotlight shines on Michael Munson, the cofounder of FORGE, an organization focused on improving the lives of transgender individuals by building stronger connections, providing resources, and empowering growth through knowledge. Munson has written and coauthored numerous articles, guides, and book chapters about transgender survivors of sexual violence and intimate partner violence, both for victim service professionals and as self-help tools for transgender survivors.

(Posted June 1, 2017)

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

(Posted May 30, 2017)

A recording of our May Expert Q&A session on “Serving Victims of Impaired Driving and DUI Crashes” is now available for viewing, along with a copy of the PowerPoint, on our Expert Q&A page.

This session focuses 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.

(Posted May 24, 2017)

In preparation for National Missing Children’s Day on May 25, we offer several resources:

(Posted May 8, 2017)

The fifth recording in our Elder Justice Initiative Webinar Series, “Fill in the Blanks: Starting and Running an Elder Abuse Case Review Multi-Disciplinary Team,” is now available. This webinar features two elder abuse multidisciplinary team (MDT) coordinators who successfully implemented an MDT. The MDT coordinators discuss real problems and offer real world examples on how to make an elder abuse case review MDT work.

(Posted May 5, 2017)

May’s Consultant Spotlight shines on Barry McCrary, Ph.D., an associate professor at Western Illinois University and previously a professor at the University of Phoenix teaching policy issues in criminal justice.  Dr. McCrary has more than 30 years of experience in the field of juvenile justice, as well as more than 27 years of experience in training and academics. He worked for Allegheny County Juvenile Court, Community Intensive Supervision Program in Pittsburgh for 18 years, where he was responsible for counseling, designing, implementing, and monitoring a progressive treatment program.

(Posted May 1, 2017)

Past Announcements

August 2017

 

On September 27 at 2:00 p.m. e.t., OVC TTAC will present an online Expert Q&A discussion with Maureen Lowell and Anna Melbin on “Victim-Centered Approaches to Family Violence.”

In this session, we will explore help-seeking, empathy, self-care, transdisciplinary collaboration, and the art of presence in a collaborative response to family violence.

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

(Posted August 24, 2017)

 

We are now accepting applications for the Fall 2017 NVAA Program Evaluation Training, which will be held online. Co-facilitated by Alyssa Rheingold, Ph.D. and Melissa Riley (Mescalero Apache), Ph.D., this 5-week training will give you the practical skills to conduct an evaluation. The schedule for this training is as follows:

  • Introductory Week: What is Program Evaluation? August 28–September 1
  • Week 1: Foundations for Program Evaluation, September 4–8, webinar on September 7
  • Week 2: Preparing for Program Evaluation: Developing a Program Evaluation Plan, September 11–15, webinar on September 14
  • Week 3: Implementing the Program Evaluation: Focus on Data Collection, September 18–22, webinar on September 21
  • Week 4: Analyzing Evaluation Data and Using it To Tell Your Program’s Story, September 25–29, 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 14, 2017)

 

We are now accepting applications for the Fall 2017 NVAA Leadership Institute, which will be held online. This comprehensive training covers essential skills you need to guide, motivate, and support your staff to achieve your organization's mission and vision.

The Leadership Institute is a free training that includes 10 online sessions held over 10 weeks, plus a Welcome and Introduction to Leadership week. The training is conducted by two nationally recognized experts in the victim services field. Learn the basics of effective leadership within organizations, use tools to develop your leadership skills, and create your own leadership mission, all while interacting with other victim service providers. CEUs are awarded when you complete all requirements.

(Posted August 3, 2017)

 
 

July 2017

 

On August 23 at 2:00 p.m. e.t., OVC TTAC will present an Expert Q&A discussion with Janet E. Fine, M.S., and Lisa A. Tieszen, M.A., LICSW, on “Organizational-Level Response and Planning for Staff Compassion Fatigue/Vicarious Trauma.”

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.

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

(Posted July 26, 2017)

 

Are you interested in or about to start a new SANE program? Have you considered expanding an existing one? Are you wondering how to implement a SANE program in a rural community? OVC, through OVC TTAC, and in collaboration with IAFN, will deliver three unique web trainings as part of the SANE Program Development and Operation Web Training Series.

SANE Program Development and Operation: An Introduction
Date: August 14
Time: 2:00–3:30 p.m. e.t.

How To Expand an Existing SANE Program
Date: September 18
Time: 2:00–3:30 p.m. e.t.

Developing a SANE Program in Rural Communities
Date: September 29
Time: 2:00–3:30 p.m. e.t.

(Posted July 24, 2017)

 
 

June 2017

 

On July 26, 2017, at 2 p.m. e.t., OVC TTAC will present an online Expert Q&A discussion with Krista Flannigan and Herman Millholland on “Addressing the Impact of Trauma When a Mass Violence Incident Occurs.”

This session will address how to create and maintain partnerships, address resource gaps, and develop victim assistance protocols after an incident of mass violence or terrorism.

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

(Posted June 21, 2017)

 

Join us for the next Elder Justice Initiative webinar, “The Role of Law Enforcement in Elder Abuse Cases,” on Monday, June 26, 2:00–3:00 p.m. e.t., as Yolonda Campbell, Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, hosts a discussion with Brian Payne, Ph.D., Provost, Old Dominion University, and Mike Day, Detective, Vancouver Police Department Elder Justice Center.

Dr. Payne has been studying elder abuse in the context of the legal system for more than 20 years, and he will talk about his research and share some facts that may surprise you. Detective Day has extensive practical experience in responding to cases of elder abuse, and he will discuss how to assist other law enforcement officers in better understanding their role, what to look for when on a call, and what community resources are available for suspected cases of elder abuse.

Register Now.

(Posted June 6, 2017)

 
 

May 2017

 

Join us for the next Elder Justice Initiative webinar, “Neural Correlates of Financial Decisionmaking in Old Age,” on Monday, June 19, 2:00–3:00 p.m. e.t., as Dr. Sidney M. Stahl, Research Consultant at the U.S. Department of Justice, hosts a discussion with Dr. S. Duke Han, Director of Neuropsychology at the University of Southern California.

Dr. Han is studying the neural correlates of financial decisionmaking among older adults using brain imaging techniques. Dr. Han will describe his latest research and help you to understand how changes in brain structure affect financial decisionmaking. Dr. Han will also discuss how this research has implications for the legal system. There will be time for Q&A.

Register Now.

(Posted May 30, 2017)

 

On June 21, 2017, at 2 p.m. e.t., OVC TTAC will present an Expert Q&A discussion with Dr. Meredith Dank on “The Vulnerabilities of LGBTQ and Homeless Youth to Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation.”

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.

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

(Posted May 24, 2017)

 

The Elder Justice Initiative is pleased to announce the launch of the new Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) Guide and Toolkit. The Toolkit is designed for anyone looking to create or grow a local elder abuse MDT, regardless of their experience with MDTs.

Join us on Tuesday, May 30, 2:00–3:00 p.m. e.t., as we take a live walk through of the Toolkit. This webinar will cover many aspects of the Toolkit, including—

  • Layout and usability,
  • Highlights from each chapter, and
  • Questions and feedback.

Register Now.

(Posted May 5, 2017)

 

In preparation for National Police Week this May 14–20, we offer several resources:

 (Posted May 4, 2017)

 
 

April 2017

 

In preparation for Older Americans Month this May we offer several resources:

(Posted April 20, 2017)

 

May 7–13 is National Correctional Officers and Employees Week. Visit our download center for the Victim Impact: Listen and Learn curriculum or VAT Online page to take our module on Incarcerated Victims of Sexual Violence.

Victim Impact is geared toward helping offenders to become more aware of the impact that crime has on victims and to take responsibility for their actions and begin to make amends.

The Incarcerated Victims of Sexual Violence module defines sexual violence within correctional facilities, describes its unique aspects and risk factors, identifies challenges or obstacles to providing victim services, and identifies and describes some of the practical response strategies that can be implemented to address the needs of these victims.

(Posted April 20, 2017)

 

A recording of our April Expert Q&A session on “Building an Effective SANE Program” is now available for viewing, along with a copy of the PowerPoint, on our Expert Q&A page.

This session focuses on how to start or improve a SANE program in your community with OVC's SANE Program Development and Operation Guide.

(Posted April 19, 2017)

 

On May 24, 2017, at 2 p.m. e.t., OVC TTAC will present an Expert Q&A discussion with Dan Eddy, Colleen Sheehey-Church, Sheriff John Whetsel, and Tim Woods on “Serving Victims of Impaired Driving Crashes.”

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.

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

(Posted April 19, 2017)

 

Our April Consultant Spotlight shines on Anita Drummond, who served as the director of the Alabama Crime Victims Compensation Commission and as director of the Texas Attorney General's Crime Victim Compensation Division. Prior to that, she served as the counselor for Summerdale School for 11 years, where she worked with many children who had been abused and neglected, and as a part-time coordinator for the Southwest Alabama Abuse Network, a program that coordinates the use of telemedicine for rural child sexual abuse victims.

(Posted April 6, 2017)

 

The recording of our webinar, “Building Relationships With Medical Service Providers,” is now available. In this session, grantees gain information on how relationships with medical professionals and health care systems can support the delivery of comprehensive, trauma-informed, and survivor-centered services.

(Posted April 3, 2017)

 
 

March 2017

 

Please join us for a conversation with elder abuse multidisciplinary team (MDT) coordinators Kelly Burnett, Deputy Attorney, City of Richmond, Virginia; and facilitator Talitha Guinn-Shaver, EJI MDT Technical Advisor on Monday, April 24, 2:00–3:00 p.m. e.t. These MDT coordinators will talk about real problems and give real world examples about how to make an elder abuse case review MDT work.

Register Now.

(Posted March 30, 2017)

 

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

Search the Resource Library for sexual assault related materials.

Visit the webinar library for recorded events covering topics such as—

Enroll in Victim Assistance Training Online to take the following courses—

Learn about OVC’s comprehensive and practical skill-building curricula delivered by subject matter expert consultants, including—

Download training materials in specialized topic areas, such as Sexual Assault Advocate/Counselor Training.

Register for OVC’s Online Elder Abuse Training for Legal Service Providers to take the module on sexual assault/domestic violence in later life.

Search VictimLaw to learn more about your state’s laws regarding sexual assault.

Sign up for our Expert Q&A discussion on “Building an Effective SANE Program,” on Wednesday, April 19 at 2 p.m. e.t.

Check out the SANE Program Development and Operation 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. 

Visit the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner-Sexual Assault Response Teams page to find the resources you need to help build your capacity to assist victims of sexual violence.

(Posted March 24, 2017)

 

The next two webinar recordings in our Elder Justice Initiative Webinar Series on "Introducing the Elder Justice Initiative Victim Specialist Resource" and “Helping Law Enforcement Respond to Elder Abuse Quickly” are now available.

The “Introducing the Elder Justice Initiative Victim Specialist Resource” webinar highlights how victim service providers can benefit from using the victim specialist web page at ElderJustice.gov to assist older victims, including access to many tools.

The “Helping Law Enforcement Respond to Elder Abuse Quickly” webinar highlights training materials and resources for state and local law enforcement officers available on ElderJustice.gov.

(Posted March 23, 2017)

 

In preparation for National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 2–8, we highlight the following resources:

Visit VictimLaw to research state, federal, or tribal laws.

Visit the webinar library for recorded Victims’ Rights webinars.

Learn about OVC’s comprehensive and practical skill-building curricula delivered by subject matter expert consultants, including our training on Enforcing Victims' Rights.

Enroll in Victim Assistance Training Online to take the Victims' Rights course.

(Posted March 23, 2017)

 

A recording of our March Expert Q&A session on “Working with At-risk Youth with High Levels of Trauma and Risk for (Re)Victimization” is now available for viewing, along with a copy of the PowerPoint, on our Expert Q&A page.

This session addresses 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.

(Posted March 23, 2017)

 

The recording of our webinar, “Needs of Male Victims,” is now available. This session provides grantees with information on strategies for supporting the needs of male victims through their programs.

(Posted March 22, 2017)

 

On April 19, 2017, at 2 p.m. e.t., OVC TTAC will present an Expert Q&A discussion with Susan Chasson and Jennifer Pierce-Weeks on “Building an Effective SANE Program.” 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.

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

(Posted March 22, 2017)

 

In preparation for National Child Abuse Prevention Month this April and National Youth Violence Prevention Week, April 3–7, we highlight the following resources:

Search the Resource Library for child abuse related materials.

Visit the webinar library for recorded events covering topics such as—

Enroll in Victim Assistance Training Online to take the following courses—

Learn about OVC’s comprehensive and practical skill-building curricula delivered by subject matter expert consultants, including—

Download training materials in specialized topic areas, such as—

Visit VictimLaw to research your state’s laws regarding child abuse.

(Posted March 21, 2017)

 

Due to the impending inclement weather in the Washington, DC area, the VOCA Administrator Meetings scheduled for March 15 and March 16, 2017, have been canceled. Please contact OVC TTAC at 1–866–682–8822 if you have any questions.

(Posted March 13, 2017)

 
 

February 2017

 

Our March Consultant Spotlight shines on Beverly Frantz, Ph.D., adjunct professor and project director of the criminal justice and sexual health programs at the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University. Dr. Frantz specializes in working with individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism and the intersection of healthy sexuality, sexual violence, and the criminal justice system to ensure all survivors have access to equal justice. Dr. Frantz is an expert in working with victim services, law enforcement, the disability community, and the judiciary to develop sustainable and proactive strategies and resources to reduce the risk of sexual and domestic violence, especially for individuals with complex communication needs.

(Posted February 28, 2017)

 

In preparation for National Consumer Protection Week, March 5–11, we highlight the following resources:

Identity Theft Victim Assistance Online Training

This user-friendly e-learning tool 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.

VAT Online Modules: Cyber Fraud, Financial Crimes, and Identify Theft

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.

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.

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.

Online Elder Abuse Training for Legal Service Providers: Financial Fraud and Exploitation Module

This module explores the circumstances and risk factors that contribute to financial exploitation of older adults, as well as strategies for addressing and preventing such cases. This module can help you identify and respond to financial exploitation being experienced by older clients; help older clients avoid financial exploitation by identifying their risk factors and providing information about how they can protect themselves; determine the extent of financial exploitation that has occurred or is occurring; take legal action to try to recover your client's funds or other assets; and address collateral effects of financial exploitation on your client.

(Posted February 27, 2017)

 

Our new online training, Polyvictimization in Later Life, is intended to focus thought and spark insights though its examination of the polyvictimization of older adults. Topics include: Context of Polyvictimization, Victims of Polyvictimization, Perpetrators of Polyvictimization, Working With Older Adults Affected by Polyvictimization, and Professional Implications.

(Posted February 23, 2017)

 

We are now accepting applications for the Spring 2017 NVAA Leadership Institute, which will be held online. This comprehensive training covers essential skills you need to guide, motivate, and support your staff to achieve your organization’s mission and vision.

The Leadership Institute is a free training that includes 10 online sessions held over 10 weeks, plus a Welcome and Introduction to Leadership week. The training is conducted by two nationally recognized experts in the victim services field. Learn the basics of effective leadership within organizations, use tools to develop your leadership skills, and create your own leadership mission, all while interacting with other victim service providers. CEUs are awarded when you complete all requirements.

(Posted February 17, 2017)

 

On March 22, 2017, at 2 p.m. e.t., OVC TTAC will present an Expert Q&A discussion with Mitru Ciarlante and Angela Downes on “Working with At-risk Youth with High Levels of Trauma and Risk for (Re)Victimization.” 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.

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

(Posted February 15, 2017)

 

A recording of our February Expert Q&A session on “Applying for VOCA Formula Funds on the State Level” is now available for viewing, along with a copy of the PowerPoint, on our Expert Q&A page.

This session provides some best practices on how to best 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.

(Posted February 15, 2017)

 

The first 2 recordings of the 20-part Elder Justice Initiative Webinar Series are now available. This series provides critical information for prosecutors, victim specialists, law enforcement, and others working on elder abuse cases.

The “Introduction to the Elder Justice Website” webinar introduces the U.S. Department of Justice Elder Justice Initiative's new website, ElderJustice.gov, and highlights the tools and resources that support professionals in the field of elder abuse.

The “Elder Justice Prosecution Resources” webinar highlights training materials and resources available on ElderJustice.gov that help state and local prosecutors to prosecute elder abuse cases more effectively.

(Posted February 14, 2017)

 

Please join our webinar on Wednesday, March 8, 2:00–3:00 p.m. e.t., as we highlight the U.S. Department of Justice’s Elder Justice website, ElderJustice.gov.

Hosts Yolonda Campbell, Trial Attorney, Elder Justice Initiative and Randy Thomas, Law Enforcement Consultant and Trainer, will highlight training materials and resources for state and local law enforcement officers. The resources include—

  • Elder Abuse Sample Protocols and State Statutes
  • Training Resources on Investigating Elder Abuse
  • State by State Reporting Obligations
  • And Much More…

Register Now

(Posted February 7, 2017)

 

The recordings for our Vision 21 Talks on "Supporting Young Male Survivors of Violence" and “Realizing the Vision for Future Victim Services” are now available.

Supporting Young Male Survivors of Violence highlights three community and hospital-based violence interventions; Caught in the Crossfire, Healing Hurt People, and Make It Happen.

Realizing the Vision for Future Victim Services 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.

(Posted February 2, 2017)

 

Our February Consultant Spotlight shines on Keisha Varnell, the director of interpersonal violence prevention programs through Title IX at Jackson State University. Ms. Varnell has been working in the field of interpersonal violence for more than 12 years and has facilitated many speaking engagements and training sessions on domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, diversity, and LGBTQ issues. She serves as chair of the University S.M.A.R.T. (Sexual Misconduct/Assault Response Team), charged by the University to develop campus-wide sexual assault and interpersonal violence policies, trainings, and programs.

(Posted February 1, 2017)

 
 

January 2017

 

A recording of our January Expert Q&A session on “Addressing Substance Abuse When Responding to Survivors of Human Trafficking” is now available for viewing, along with a copy of the PowerPoint, on our Expert Q&A page.

This session addresses questions such as:

  • How does addiction play a role for survivors of human trafficking (HT) experiencing trauma?
  • What should service providers know about substance abuse when responding to survivors of HT or investigating HT?
  • How do we balance the substance abuse with the victimization and the trauma that occur?

(Posted January 31, 2017)

 

Please join our webinar on Monday, February 27, 2:00–3:00 p.m. e.t., as we introduce the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Elder Justice Initiative’s new website, ElderJustice.gov.

Hosts Maria Shumar, DOJ Elder Justice Initiative Victim Specialist Consultant, and Keeley Frank, National Center for Victims of Crime Senior Services Specialist, will highlight how victim service providers can benefit from using the victim specialist web page to assist older victims, including access to many tools such as the following: 

  • Crime victim resources, hotlines, and links to training on elder abuse.
  • Victims' Rights Guidelines and reporting obligations.
  • “Ready-to-use” PowerPoint presentations with speaking guides for community outreach training.
  • Webinars on what federal agencies are doing to help older victims.

Register now.

(Posted January 31, 2017)

 

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

VAT Online Modules: Teen Relationship Abuse and Campus/University Victims of Sexual Assault

The Teen Relationship Abuse module identifies warning signs of teen relationship abuse, explores the effect relationship abuse has on teens, and identifies resources victim advocates can use to help teen victims of relationship abuse.

The Campus/University Victims of Sexual Assault module provides a definition of campus sexual assault, describes barriers that victims of this crime face when seeking help, discusses laws, such as Title IX, in place to protect victims, and identifies strategies for serving victims of campus sexual assault.

Campus Sexual Assault Webinars

This webinar series focuses on campus sexual assault for state and local sexual assault coalitions and programs throughout the country.

(Posted January 30, 2017)

 

On February 15, 2017, at 2 p.m. e.t., OVC TTAC will present an Expert Q&A discussion with Grace Call on "Applying for VOCA Formula Funds on the State Level: How to Navigate the New Final Rule, Increased VOCA Funding, and the State Administrating Agency Applications." This session will provide some best practices on how to best 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.

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

(Posted January 27, 2017)

 

In preparation for Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, we highlight the following resources to help you serve victims of tax identity theft:

Identity Theft Victim Assistance Online Training: Supporting Victims' Financial and Emotional Recovery

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.

Victim Assistance Training Online Identity Theft and Financial Crimes Modules

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.

National Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network

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)

 

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?

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

(Posted January 12, 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)

 
 
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