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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)

Recordings of our March Elder Justice Initiative webinars, “MDT Member Recruitment and Retention: Building Trust and Traction,” and “Walkthrough of the EJI Website for USDA NIFA,” are now available for viewing on our past webinars page.

The “MDT Member Recruitment and Retention: Building Trust and Traction” webinar highlights real-world solutions from an elder abuse case review MDT. The webinar 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.

The “Walkthrough of the EJI Website for USDA NIFA” webinar provides an overview of the Elder Justice Initiative Website, and highlights resources that are relevant for the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

(Posted April 19, 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)

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On May 23, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. e.t., OVC TTAC will present an online Expert Q&A discussion with Greg Fiebig and Kari Kerr, M.A., L.P.C. on "Interjurisdictional Enforcement of Protection Orders."

This session will discuss the legal concept of Full Faith and Credit (FFC); 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 FFC.

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

(Posted April 18, 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)

 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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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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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)

Past Announcements

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)

 

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)

 

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)

 

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)

 
 

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)

 

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)

 
 
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