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On January 24 at 2:00 p.m. e.t., OVC TTAC will present an online Expert Q&A discussion with Aubrey Lloyd 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 webinar 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) 

Rafael Bautista Photo

January's Consultant Spotlight shines on Rafael Bautista, a survivor of labor trafficking. With the assistance of Opening Doors, he escaped his trafficking situation and is now a survivor advocate. Mr. Bautista has spoken at a survivor panel in Washington, D.C.; participated on survivor-informed interviewing strategies panels in Atlanta, Georgia, Los Angeles, California, and Reno, Nevada; and participated in a plenary session for the Cook County Human Trafficking Task Force in Chicago, Illinois.

(Posted January 2, 2018)

In preparation for Law Enforcement Training Week this January 8–12, we highlight the following resources:

(Posted December 22, 2017)

In preparation for National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month this January and Human Trafficking Awareness Day on January 11, we highlight the following resources:

  • Visit the Human Trafficking page to find an array of training and technical assistance resources.
  • Take the VAT Online module on Human Trafficking.
  • Visit the Expert Q&A page to access the following recorded sessions:
    • Addressing Substance Abuse When Responding to Survivors of Human Trafficking, and
    • The Vulnerabilities of LGBTQ and Homeless Youth to Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation.
  • Visit the Human Trafficking Task Force e-Guide to find resources to assist in the formation of new task forces as well as guidance and support for existing task forces.
  • Search the SANE Guide for resources related to human trafficking.
  • Search VictimLaw to find laws related to human trafficking.
  • Request customized technical assistance to address your organization's needs and build your capacity to better serve victims of human trafficking.

(Posted December 20, 2017)

In preparation for Stalking Awareness Month this January, we highlight the following resources:

(Posted December 18, 2017)

The recording of our November Capacity Building Webinar for Human Trafficking Service Providers on “Labor Trafficking: Improving Victim Identification” is now available. Participants learned strategies for improving outreach to hard-to-reach populations that are vulnerable to labor trafficking, and for building long-term, collaborative relationships with community based organizations and nontraditional investigative partners.

(Posted December 7, 2017)

December's Consultant Spotlight shines on Susan Bragg, who has more than 35 years of experience as a victim advocate in the field of crime victimization. She has worked extensively with domestic violence victims and their families, and with drunk driving survivors and their loved ones in North Texas since 1980. Ms. Bragg specializes in law enforcement training (e.g., death notification, family violence, trauma, and victims' rights) and counseling special victim populations on catastrophic death or injury. 

(Posted December 1, 2017)

As you plan for National Impaired Driving Prevention Month in December, we offer several resources:

(Posted November 27, 2017)

A recording of our November Expert Q&A session on “Developing and Implementing a Response to Sexual Assault in Tribal Communities” is now available for viewing, along with a copy of the PowerPoint, on our Expert Q&A page.

This session shares lessons learned and practical guidance from the Sexual Assault in Indian Country roundtable participants, including tribal governments and responders to sexual violence.

(Posted November 16, 2017)

November’s Consultant Spotlight shines on Sheree L. Hukill, a professional educator whose experience spans more than 30 years in the fields of business, education, and law. She co-founded and leads a consulting firm, Integrated Concepts, Inc., and a law firm, P&S Legal Advocacy, PLLC. Integrated Concepts has served as management/evaluation professionals for Office on Violence Against Women Rural Domestic Violence Awareness; CTAS Tribal Justice System Strategic Planning; Department of Education, Office of Indian Education, Native Youth Community Projects; and Department of Justice Building Refuge for Immigration Detainees through Governance and Engagement (BRIDGE) Project grants.

(Posted November 2, 2017)

A recording of our October Expert Q&A session on “Prosecuting Image Exploitation” is now available for viewing, along with a copy of the PowerPoint, on our Expert Q&A page.

This session describes various forms of image exploitation, including the dynamics of the behavior and the potential for harm, and discusses the ways that law enforcement and prosecutors can use existing laws to hold offenders accountable.

(Posted October 26, 2017)

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

(Posted October 18, 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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

(Posted August 25, 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)

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 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)

Past Announcements

December 2017

 

We are now accepting applications for the Spring 2018 NVAA Leadership Institute. 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 and our instructors. CEUs are awarded when you complete all requirements.

(Posted December 14, 2017)

 
 

October 2017

 

On November 15 at 2:00 p.m. e.t., OVC TTAC will present an online Expert Q&A discussion with Theresa Friend and Tatewin Means on “Developing and Implementing a Response to Sexual Assault in Tribal Communities.”

The Office for Victims of Crime, in partnership with the Office on Violence Against Women and Indian Health Service, held a National Roundtable Discussion on Sexual Assault in Indian Country with a multidisciplinary group of professionals with expertise in developing, implementing, or enhancing a sexual assault response in tribal communities. This session focuses on lessons learned and practical guidance from the roundtable participants.

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

(Posted October 26, 2017)

 

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)

 
 

September 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)

 
 

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)

 

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)

 

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)

 

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)

 
 
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