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December 2016

 

In preparation for National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month this January, we highlight the following resources to help you serve victims of Human Trafficking:

Human Trafficking Task Force e-Guide

Use this e-learning tool, developed by the Office for Victims of Crime and the Bureau of Justice Assistance, for guidance on how to form and develop new human trafficking task forces, ideas to strengthen existing human trafficking task forces, creative strategies, examples, and lessons learned from existing task forces and links to tools, trainings, and resources, including case studies.

VictimLaw

Use this searchable database of victims' rights legal provisions to find out about the rights of human trafficking survivors in your state.

Customized Technical Assistance

OVC TTAC uses a network of consultants and experts in the victim services field to design and deliver customized technical assistance on a wide range of topics to address your organization’s most pressing needs and build your capacity to better serve crime victims. Sample Customized Technical Assistance topics requested include:

  • Enhancing Collaboration in Human Trafficking Task Forces
  • Victim-Centered Human Trafficking Investigations and Prosecutions
  • Providing Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Victim Services

If you are a service provider or organization of any kind, please reach out to humantrafficking@ovcttac.org and ask how we can help you get the training you need to combat human trafficking in your community.

(Posted December 29, 2016)

 

In preparation for National Stalking Awareness Month this January, we highlight the Victim Assistance Training Online Stalking module.

Take this module to learn about several common stalking behaviors, how social minimization and normalization of stalking affects our ability to recognize the crime of stalking, and strategies service providers can use when helping victims of stalking.

(Posted December 27, 2016)

 

Victim Assistance Training Online now includes a module on U.S.-Based Services for U.S. Citizens Victimized Overseas. This module focuses on what victim service providers in the United States can do to help U.S. citizens victimized abroad locate the resources they need once they’ve returned home.

(Posted December 20, 2016)

 

Our December Consultant Spotlight shines on Virginia Pérez-Ortega, an independent consultant and a part time employee as the Violence Prevention Co-director at Enlace Comunitario, an organization working in central New Mexico to eliminate domestic violence in the Latino immigrant community and to promote healthy families. Ms. Pérez-Ortega’s consulting experience includes training, facilitation, and coordination of victim advocacy related projects and events. In addition, she is an English-Spanish translator and interpreter. (Posted December 1, 2016)

 

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

Resources include:

  • The SANE Program Development and Operation Guide, a blueprint for communities that would like to start a SANE program. For communities with existing SANE programs, the Guide serves as a resource to help expand or enhance services provided to the community.
  • Videos to inform and assist victim service providers and allied professionals in their efforts to develop and maintain local SANE and SART programs.
  • All of OVC's training resources regarding sexual assault issues, including standardized, face-to-face trainings, online modules, recorded webinars, and downloadable training materials
  • SANE-SART related resources for victim service providers and allied professionals.

(Posted December 1, 2016)

 
 

November 2016

 

In preparation for National Impaired Driving Prevention Month this December, we highlight the following resources to help you serve victims of impaired driving crimes:

Victim Impact: Listen and Learn
This downloadable curriculum makes victims and their rights a central premise and includes a training unit on Drunk and Impaired Driving. Use this download center to gather all the materials you'll need to conduct the training.

 Victim Assistance Training Online
This Web-based victim advocacy training program includes a module on Impaired Driving. Take this module to learn about impaired driving crimes, the effects these crimes have on victims, and strategies service providers can use when helping victims of impaired driving crimes.

(Posted November 28, 2016)

 

The recording of our webinar, “Helping Victims of Mass Violence & Terrorism: Planning, Response, Recovery, and Resources Toolkit – Donation Management,” is now available. This session provides an overview of the complex process of managing donations. The process includes organizing, storing, and disbursing the funds, goods, and services received in response to incidents of mass violence or terrorism. Lessons learned from previous incidents consistently underscore that response and recovery efforts are more effective when there is a planned and comprehensive donation management strategy in place that focuses on both the immediate and longer term needs of victims, survivors, and the affected community.

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

(Posted November 22, 2016)

 

Check out our new and improved Victim Impact: Listen and Learn curriculum, structured to hold offenders accountable for the harm they have caused and to help foster their empathy toward crime victims and survivors. Updates include a revised facilitator manual and participant workbook and updated website content. The curriculum may be taught to either adult or juvenile offenders who are in custody or community-based correctional settings. Visit the site today to gather all the materials you'll need to conduct the training.

(Posted November 16, 2016)

 

November 13–19 is International Fraud Awareness Week. Check out some of our resources available for serving victims of fraud, including the National Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network, Identity Theft Victim Assistance Online Training, and our VAT Online module on Cyber Fraud.

The National Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network is a network of coalitions across the country, engaged in creating, enhancing, and delivering identity theft victim assistance training and outreach to improve the ability of the coalition members to provide direct victim assistance services.

Identity Theft Victim Assistance Online Training: Supporting Victims' Financial and Emotional Recovery is a user-friendly e-learning tool that will teach victim service professionals and allied professionals knowledge and skills to more effectively serve victims of identity theft and assist with their financial and emotional recovery.

The Cyber Fraud VAT Online module includes information on the common types of Internet scams and resources available for victims of cyber fraud. It also includes information on how criminals use the Internet to defraud victims, common patterns present in cyber and Internet fraud, and strategies for increasing victims' online safety and coping with the emotional impact of the crime.

(Posted November 14, 2016)

 

Take a look at our newly improved Webinars page for unlimited access to recordings and other resources from each of our webinars. This page was redesigned to make it easier for you to access the webinars that will help you to build your capacity to serve victims of crime. Just find the series you are interested in and select “View” to see all the available webinar recordings and resources. Topics include campus sexual assault; capacity building webinars for human trafficking service providers; human trafficking, domestic violence, and sexual assault; mass violence and terrorism; specific considerations for providing victim services; telemedicine; victims’ rights; and Vision 21 Talks. (Posted November 10, 2016)

 

November is National American Indian Heritage Month. Register for the VAT Online modules on American Indian/Alaska Native Populations and Tribal Justice Systems and visit the Tribal Law section of the SANE Guide for information on working with tribal victims.

VAT Online’s American Indian/Alaska Native Populations module covers key issues impacting American Indian and Alaska Native victims of crime. It also describes barriers American Indian and Alaska Native victims face when seeking help after being the victims of crime, and provides strategies for serving American Indian and Alaska Native victims

The Tribal Justice Systems module takes a high-level look at the various types of justice used in tribal areas. Tribal justice systems can vary from traditional Western-style systems to tribal courts and traditional courts, including family and community forums.

The Tribal Law section of the SANE Guide is helpful to programs that work with tribal victims of sexual assault, as many tribes have enacted their own legal codes. A SANE program that provides care to a tribal entity should be aware of any tribal laws impacting that specific program.

(Posted November 7, 2016)

 

The recordings from our five-part webinar series on “Telemedicine: Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners Responding to Sexual Assault” are now available. A collaborative effort with the National TeleNursing Center, these webinars are targeted to provide training to sexual assault clinicians to increase their confidence, competence, and retention, as well as support quality care for sexual assault patients. (Posted November 7, 2016)

 

The recording of our webinar, “Addressing Substance Use Disorders Amongst Human Trafficking Survivors,” is now available. This session explores the effects of substance use as a coping tool, service barrier, and mechanism of control experienced by survivors of human trafficking. Participants learn practical skills to better provide trauma informed services including advocacy, safety planning, documentation, referral, and program accommodation. (Posted November 7, 2016)

 

November’s Consultant Spotlight shines on Noorie Brantmeier, an Assistant Professor at James Madison University, who teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on research methodology, adult training and development, diversity in organizational settings, and Native American studies. Ms. Brantmeier has consulted for many Native nations and organizations including First Nations Development Institute, the National Congress of American Indians Policy Research Center, and Oweesta Corporation, on issues related to community development, research and data collection in Native communities. She currently sits on the board of First Step, a local domestic violence shelter. (Posted November 1, 2016)

 
 

October 2016

 

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Check out Victim Assistance Training Online for our course on Cyber Fraud. 

The Cyber Fraud module includes information on the common types of Internet scams and resources available for victims of cyber fraud. It also includes information on how criminals use the Internet to defraud victims, common patterns present in cyber and Internet fraud, and strategies for increasing victims' online safety and coping with the emotional impact of the crime. (Posted October 24, 2016)

 

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Learn more about OVC’s online training resources on this topic, including VAT Online’s Intimate Partner Violence module and Online Elder Abuse Training for Legal Service Providers’ Domestic Violence module.

Intimate partner violence, or IPV, is sometimes known as domestic violence, and it affects millions of persons in the U.S. regardless of marital status, sexual orientation, race, age, religion, education, or economic status. The VAT Online module on Intimate Partner Violence will go into detail on how victim service providers can assist victims of intimate partner violence, and how to help victims identify the goals they seek in getting help, and assisting the victim in achieving those goals.

The Online Elder Abuse Training for Legal Service Providers provides training to legal aid and other civil attorneys to identify and respond to elder abuse. The Domestic Violence module will address the following key learning points:

  • The definitions of domestic violence and sexual assault in later life.
  • The "red flags" of sexual assault and domestic violence, including risk factors, power and control dynamics, and indicators.
  • Establishing trust when communicating with possible victims of abuse and their families.
  • Effective ways to respond to cases of domestic violence and sexual assault, such as restraining orders and safety planning.
  • Key considerations when recommending options to your clients.

(Posted October 17, 2016)

 

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Take our Victim Assistance Training Online module on Bullying to learn about the characteristics, prevalence, and other information related to this crime.

Bullying affects thousands of children and youth each year through physical, verbal, and cyber bullying. This module defines and recognizes the different forms of bullying, identifies those who are involved in bullying situations, identifies the effects of bullying on victims and the perpetrator, identifies the motivations of children and youth who bully and the risk factors of children who are bullied, and describes ways to help children and youth who are bullied, including helping victims in the short term, and prevention strategies to share with schools in the long term.

(Posted October 10, 2016)

 

The recording for one of our Vision 21 Talks on "Realizing the Vision for the Future of Victim Services: Translation, Data Dissemination, and Bridging the Divide" is now available.

This session highlights the efforts being made by OVC and the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) to improve the use, dissemination, and translation of research data to close the gap between research, policy, and practice. The workshop includes an analysis of groundbreaking efforts from the BJS to enhance existing data that often go underutilized, and addresses how efforts to bridge the divide have already shed critical light on the lack of victim services in key settings.

(Posted October 10, 2016)

 

October’s Consultant Spotlight shines on Lindy Aldrich. Ms. Aldrich has been with the Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC) since 2007, beginning as a staff attorney and becoming deputy director in 2010. Along with managing the daily activities of the VRLC and Boston office staff attorneys, she continues to represent victims of sexual assault across the Commonwealth in a wide range of legal areas, including education, privacy, safety, and federal and state government benefits. Ms. Aldrich received recognition as one of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly 2012 Top Women in the Law. She is a member of the Rappaport Center on Law and Public Service Advisory Board. Ms. Aldrich received her juris doctor from Suffolk University Law School in 2006 and was named the 2013 Outstanding Young Alumni. (Posted October 3, 2016)

 
 

September 2016

 

The recording for one of our Vision 21 Talks on "Supporting Young Male Survivors of Violence" is now available. This session highlights different intervention models currently in use to serve young male survivors of violence. During this 90-minute session, each of the panelists provides an overview of their respective community or hospital-based program or initiative. (Posted September 22, 2016)

 

Visit our new Resource Library, a searchable collection of materials that you can use for your organizational development and training needs. Inside you will find tools, promotional materials, reference materials, and more. (Posted September 21, 2016)

 

September is National Campus Safety Awareness Month. Campus/University sexual assault is, unfortunately, a serious crime that is widespread across college and university campuses all over the United States. Check out our recorded campus sexual assault webinars on our Legal Assistance for Crime Victims page or take the VAT Online course Campus/University Victims of Sexual Assault to learn more about strategies for serving victims of campus sexual assault.

Visit the Legal Assistance for Crime Victims page to view webinar recordings of Title IX issues for state and local sexual assault coalitions and programs throughout the country. Topics include Negotiating Safety and Remedial Measures in Campus Sexual Assault Cases, Campus Sexual Assault: Advocating Under Title IX, Safety Planning With Campus Sexual Violence Victims, and many more.

Our VAT Online module Campus/University Victims of Sexual Assault 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.

(Posted September 19, 2016)

 

The recordings for our webinars, "Human Trafficking Case Study: United States v. Alaboudi” and “Leveraging Strategic Partnerships To Improve Housing Access for Trafficking Survivors,” are now available.

Human Trafficking Case Study: United States v. Alaboudi” highlights the complex vulnerabilities associated with trafficking of native minor and adult victims, and evaluates cross-disciplinary collaborative efforts. Speakers identify lessons learned from the case study that contributed to a successful conviction and to diverse short and long term outcomes for survivors.

Leveraging Strategic Partnerships To Improve Housing Access for Trafficking Survivors” highlights how some agencies have forged creative and strategic partnerships with hotel brands, local public housing authorities, and federal agencies to streamline and expand access to emergency and long term shelter resources on behalf of trafficking survivors.

(Posted September 15, 2016)

 

OVC TTAC's Helping Victims of Mass Violence and Terrorism: Planning, Response, Recovery, and Resources Toolkit multimedia web training series continues with an indepth look at the Donation Management protocol. Donation management is a complex process that includes organizing, storing, and disbursing the funds, goods, and services received in response to incidents of mass violence or terrorism.

Please plan to join one of the scheduled webinars to learn more about this essential victim assistance protocol.

Date: September 13
Time: 1:00–2:30 p.m., eastern time
Register

Date: September 15
Time: 1:30–3:00 p.m., eastern time
Register

Date: September 22
Time: 4:00–5:30 p.m., eastern time
Register

The recording for our webinar, “Helping Victims of Mass Violence and Terrorism: Planning, Response, Recovery, and Resources Toolkit,” is now available. This session highlights customized technical assistance to help communities, states, and regions better respond to incidents of mass violence using the OVC resource, Helping Victims of Mass Violence & Terrorism: Planning, Response, Recovery, and Resources Toolkit.

Customized technical assistance is also available to city, county, and state level organizations to develop a comprehensive victim assistance plan to respond to incidents of mass violence and terrorism. We know from past incidents that the effectiveness of response and recovery efforts are greatly enhanced by establishing victim assistance protocols in advance of an event of mass violence or terrorism. Communities with established protocols are better prepared to support a holistic approach to assisting victims. If you would like to request mass violence and terrorism customized technical assistance, please contact TTAC@ovcttac.org.

(Posted September 6, 2016)

 

The recordings for our webinars, "Title IX Live Chat" and “Campus Safety Planning: Remedial Measures, Schedule Mapping, and No Contact Orders,” are now available.

In the “Title IX Live Chat” session, the Victim Rights Law Center answers questions regarding the Campus Safety Planning, Schedule Mapping, and other Title IX issues.

The “Campus Safety Planning: Remedial Measures, Schedule Mapping, and No Contact Orders” session addresses the unique challenges of creating a safety plan that meets the specific needs of victims in a campus environment, explores how safety planning for sexual violence can be different than safety planning for domestic violence, and discusses strategies for protecting victim privacy and safety.

(Posted September 6, 2016)

 

The recordings for our Vision 21 Talks on "Assisting Original Crime Victims and Survivors in Wrongful Conviction Cases" and “Inspiring Action To Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls” are now available.

The aim of the "Assisting Original Crime Victims and Survivors in Wrongful Conviction Cases" session is to raise awareness among prosecutor-based staff and other victim advocates and allied professionals to more effectively assist survivors during exoneration processes. Two original victims who faced post-conviction exonerations share their personal and very compelling stories, followed by Richmond Commonwealth's Attorney, who provides recommendations from a prosecutor's perspective on ways to improve the experiences of victims facing an exoneration. The Healing Justice Project concludes with a summary of general recommended practices to improve the experiences of original victims.

The "Inspiring Action To Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls" session reviews key research findings and introduces the Move to End Violence Research Into Action Guide, a set of practical recommendations to use when working to inspire people to take action to end violence against girls and women. It concludes with some real-life examples from Futures Without Violence, about how they have successfully implemented the recommendations put forth in the Research Into Action Guide.

(Posted September 6, 2016)

 

September’s Consultant Spotlight shines on Julia M. da Silva, a native Brazilian staff member with the American Psychological Association (APA), and director of APA’s Violence Prevention Office. Ms. da Silva serves as the primary point person for the APA on violence, prevention, and treatment issues, and represents the APA in local, state, national, and international efforts and forums on violence and prevention. She has extensive experience and expertise in development, implementation, coordination and evaluation of programs and projects; coordination of multi-site interventions; curriculum and training materials; and training and public speaking for diverse audiences. She is fluent in English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese and has had work experiences in Brazil and internships in France. Ms. da Silva earned a graduate degree in Sociology from the University of Paris III, France, and a B.S. in Psychology from Catholic University, Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Posted September 1, 2016)

 
 

August 2016

 

Nearly two decades after releasing the original guide for Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) programs, OVC is pleased to announce the new and improved SANE Program Development and Operation Guide.

  • Available online for the first time, so the Guide can be updated continually with new resources.
     
  • Mobile optimized for easy access via tablet or smartphone.
     
  • Fully updated with new research and innovative practices.
     
  • All the latest information you need to create a new SANE program or enhance an existing one.
     
  • Reorganized around 5 key principles: trauma-informed, patient-centered care, multidisciplinary approach, community uniqueness, and evidence-based practice.
     

Check out the new Guide to see how it can help improve your SANE program and ensure that all sexual assault victims receive the highest standard of patient-centered care. 

Watch our video to learn more about the SANE Program.

(Posted August 31, 2016)

 

Please join us for a live webcast session on, “Realizing the Vision for the Future of Victim Services: Translation, Data Dissemination, and Bridging the Divide,” on September 8, 2016, 1:00–2:00 p.m. e.t.

OVC is partnering with BJS on a number of activities designed to improve the dissemination and translation of relevant social science findings and statistical data for the crime victim assistance field. This workshop will highlight some of the initial findings related to this challenge, as well as new products and resources designed to overcome it.

Register today!

(Posted August 26, 2016)

 

OVC has launched two new Victim Assistance Training Online (VAT Online) modules. The topics of the new modules are Immigrant Populations and Refugee Populations.

The Immigrant Populations module discusses the types of crimes immigrants are susceptible to in the United States and strategies victim service providers can use to help them. This module also addresses several immigration relief options.

The Refugee Populations module addresses the types of crimes for which refugees are commonly at risk, strategies victim service providers can use to help victims, and resources available to refugee victims of crime.

VAT Online is a Web-based victim advocacy training program that offers victim service providers and allied professionals the opportunity to acquire the basic skills and knowledge they need to better assist victims of crime.

(Posted August 15, 2016)

 

August 12 is International Youth Day. Register for our Victim Assistance Training Online module, Children and Youth.

Children and youth are a highly victimized segment of the general population. They are victims of some of the same crimes adults experience, and also some that are unique to childhood and adolescence. This module identifies different crimes that impact children and youth, describes how children and youth react to trauma, identifies the developmental impact of trauma on children and youth of different ages, and describes strategies for working with child and youth victims of crime.

(Posted August 12, 2016)

 

Please join us for a session on, “Supporting Young Male Survivors of Violence,” on August 25, 2016, 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. e.t. to learn more about three exciting intervention models currently in use to serve young male survivors of violence. During this 90-minute session, panelists will provide an overview of their innovative programs and initiatives, which are listed below.

  • Healing Hurt People is a community-focused, trauma-informed, hospital-based program designed to reduce PTSD, re-injury, and retaliation among youth ages 8–30.
     
  • Make It Happen is a community program that provides young men who have experienced violence with the tools necessary to overcome traumatic experiences and enable them to succeed in spite of those experiences.
     
  • Caught in the Crossfire is a hospital-based peer intervention program that hires young adults who overcame violence in their own lives to work with youth who are recovering from violent injuries.

Register today!

(Posted August 8, 2016)

 

August’s Consultant Spotlight shines on Krista R. Flannigan, J.D., a crisis management consultant specializing in victimization issues related to high profile victimization, including mass violence. She trains nationally on coordinated community response for victims who are participating in high profile mass violence trials, as well as the impact of mass violence on victims and communities. Ms. Flannigan is an instructor and the director of the Institute for Crime Victim Research and Policy at Florida State University's College of Criminology. (Posted August 1, 2016)

 
 

July 2016

 

John 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 John “Jay” Foley, Jr., 62, of Hemet, California, on February 28, 2016. An OVC Consultant since 2004, he was a nationally known speaker, and he was passionate about working to prevent identity theft and cybercrime. After his wife and partner, Linda, became a victim, they co-founded the Identity Theft Resource Center in 1999. Jay specialized in cybercrime and criminal identity theft, and he worked with the California Office of Privacy Protection regarding the enormous problem of identity theft and foster children. He was instrumental in the passage of several bills that redefined identity theft and assisted victims in resolving their cases. Jay and Linda Foley’s efforts were recognized with the 2004 National Crime Victim Assistance Award presented by the U.S. Attorney General; the 2010 Congressional Victims’ Rights Caucus Suzanne McDaniel Public Awareness Award; and commendations from Senator Dianne Feinstein. They also served on the Attorney General’s task force on identity theft. He made a lasting contribution to the field, and he will be missed. We share our condolences with Linda, daughters April and Angelic, and all of his family and friends.

(Posted July 27, 2016)

 

The newly redesigned OVCTTAC.GOV website makes it easier for you to find the tools and resources you need to help build your capacity to serve victims of crime. Along with the new look, the website includes improved navigation, refreshed content, updated training and technical assistance applications, and a revised fact sheet.

 Visit the new Resources page for a variety of self-service materials that address the full spectrum of issues that impact victims and the people who provide assistance and services to them. The revised How We Can Help page includes online applications and information on Training, Customized Technical Assistance, and Speaker Support.

(Posted July 26, 2016)

 

July 17–23 is National Probation, Parole and Community Supervision Week. Visit our download center for the Victim Impact: Listen and Learn curriculum.

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 curriculum makes victims and their rights a central premise. (Posted July 18, 2016)

 

Join the Healing Justice Project and Richmond Commonwealth's Attorney for a webinar on, “Assisting Original Crime Victims and Survivors in Wrongful Conviction Cases,” on July 25, 2016, 1:00–2:00 p.m. e.t.

Every year, DNA and other evidence leads to the discovery of wrongful convictions and subsequent exonerations in cases that were long since considered resolved. The original crime victims and survivors in these cases inevitably suffer new trauma upon discovery that the wrong person was convicted. This session will focus on building awareness and understanding about the unique needs of victims and survivors in these cases and about the specific types of support that should be provided.

Please register early, as space is limited.

(Posted July 11, 2016)

 

The recording for our webinar, "Negotiating Safety and Remedial Measures in Campus Sexual Assault Cases,” is now available. This session provides detailed, practical tips on where to begin with a new campus case, how to assist a survivor with obtaining the safety and remedial measures they need, and how to assist a survivor throughout all stages of the resolution process. (Posted July 6, 2016)

 

July’s Consultant Spotlight shines on Carl Wicklund, the former executive director of the American Probation and Parole Association. In this role, Carl administered more than 100 grants and training and technical assistance projects, research and information clearinghouse services related to pretrial, probation, parole and services for victims of crime. He oversaw numerous face-to-face training programs as well as the development and delivery of distance learning endeavors. (Posted July 1, 2016)

 

Join Lake Research Partners and Springboard Partners for a webinar on, “Inspiring Action To Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls,” on July 13, 2016, 1:00–2:00 p.m. e.t. to discuss the research findings and introduce the Move to End Violence Research Into Action Guide, a set of practical recommendations you can use in your work to inspire people to take action to end violence against girls and women.

Please register early, as space is limited.

(Posted July 1, 2016)

 
 

June 2016

 

June is Internet Safety Month. To learn more about the common types of Internet scams and resources available for victims of cyber fraud, take our VAT Online module, Cyber Fraud.

This module also includes information on how criminals use the Internet to defraud victims, common patterns present in cyber and Internet fraud, and strategies for increasing victims' online safety and coping with the emotional impact of the crime. (Posted June 20, 2016)

 

June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. OVC in collaboration with the Access to Justice Initiative and the Elder Justice Initiative, developed a free, four-part, online Elder Abuse Training to give legal service providers the training and resources to assist victims of elder abuse.

The four modules will help strengthen your knowledge and skills to assist victims of elder abuse, including:

• Recognizing the signs of elder abuse, including financial exploitation, domestic violence, and sexual assault in later life.

• Identifying older adults who are at risk of abuse.

• Understanding and responding to difficult ethical issues that arise with clients who are victims of elder abuse.

• Identifying various legal remedies available to victims of elder abuse.

• Connecting victims with appropriate community resources.

Visit the Legal Assistance for Crime Victims Initiative page to learn more about the training.

(Posted June 15, 2016)

 

OVC’s Legal Assistance for Crime Victims Initiative is collaborating with the Victim Rights Law Center to host a webinar series on Title IX issues for state and local sexual assault coalitions and programs throughout the country. Please register early, as space is limited.

Topics include:

Negotiating Safety and Remedial Measures in Campus Sexual Assault Cases
June 28, 2016
1:00–2:30 p.m. (e.t.)

Using the OCR Complaint Process to Empower Sexual Assault Survivors
July 26, 2016
1:00–2:30 p.m. (e.t.)

Campus Safety Planning: Remedial Measures, Schedule Mapping, and No Contact Orders
August 16, 2016
1:00–2:30 p.m. (e.t.)

Title IX Live Chat
August 23, 2016
1:00–2:30 p.m. (e.t.)

(Posted June 10, 2016)

 

June is LGBT Pride Month. Learn more about resources for working with LGBTQ-identified people, communities, and survivors.

LGBTQ people are in danger of victimization not only because of their race or class, but also because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The VAT Online module, LGBTQ populations, includes information on language, terminology, and concepts commonly used in LGBTQ communities, the differences between gender identity and sexual orientation, a historical and legal perspective of LGBTQ rights and recognition, barriers LGBTQ people face when accessing services, and ways to increase your agency's ability and capacity to effectively serve LGBTQ people.

OVC’s Serving LGBTQ Survivors of Violence Training by Request can also help victim advocates and allied professionals strengthen their knowledge of the obstacles LGBTQ people experience in seeking victim services and explore how best to overcome or alleviate these issues.

(Posted June 6, 2016)

 

The recording for our webinar, "Title IX and Clery Act Live Chat,” is now available. This session focuses on a facilitated discussion with the Victim Rights Law Center and the Clery Center for Security on Campus about victims of campus sexual assault. (Posted June 3, 2016)

 

The recording for our webinar, “Engaging Volunteers and Interns: How Anti-Trafficking Programs Can Grow and Sustain Volunteer Programs,” is now available. This session focuses on best practices for training and engaging volunteers for their human trafficking programs. (Posted June 3, 2016)

 

June’s Consultant Spotlight shines on Chai Jindasurat, the Co-Director of Community Organizing and Public Advocacy at the New York City Anti-Violence Project. Chai oversees the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, which works to prevent, respond to, and end all forms of violence against and within lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender, queer, and HIV-affected communities. Mr. Jindasurat has been featured in local, state, and national publications including The Advocate, The Boston Globe, and The Huffington Post. (Posted June 2, 2016)

 
 

May 2016

 

May 25 is National Missing Children’s Day. Find resources for working with missing and exploited children in the Human Trafficking Task Force e-Guide. (Posted May 23, 2016)

 

Children and youth are a highly victimized segment of the general population. VAT Online’s new Children and Youth module identifies different crimes that impact this group, describes how children and youth react to trauma, and describes strategies for working with child and youth victims of crime. (Posted May 16, 2016)

 

OVC TTAC will launch a new multimedia web training series to introduce the web-based toolkit Helping Victims of Mass Violence and Terrorism: Planning, Response, Recovery, and Resources to civic, government, and business sectors that are interested in developing a comprehensive victim assistance plan.

To participate in this important training, we encourage you to register for the web-based training event that aligns most closely with your geographic region. (If you are unable to attend the training event scheduled for your geographic region, please register for one of the other events.)

(Posted May 12, 2016)

 

May is Older Americans Month. Learn more about resources for working with elderly victims of crime.

The Online Elder Abuse Training for Legal Service Providers provides training to legal aid and other civil attorneys to identify and respond to elder abuse.

Victim Assistance Training Online (VAT Online) offers a course on Elder Abuse, which provides information about what elder abuse is, and how victims are affected by this crime. It includes issues related to the crime, such as prevalence and victim impact as well as tips and strategies to help victims. VAT Online also offers a course on Elderly Populations. The course provides information on elderly victims of crime, and includes issues that victims may face, as well as tips and strategies to help victims.

The Training by Request, Identifying and Responding to Elder Abuse, is designed for victim advocates and other allied professionals to learn to recognize the risk factors for and indicators of elder abuse among older persons; name the types of elder abuse, relevant statutes, and responsibilities of a mandated reporter; and intervene appropriately and collaborate with other organizations and agencies involved with elder abuse.

(Posted May 9, 2016)

 

The recording for our webinar, “Continuum of Labor Exploitation: Wage Theft, Fraud in Foreign Labor Contracting and Human Trafficking,” is now available. This session focuses on understanding the continuum of work place exploitation from labor trafficking to wage theft and the role of the Department of Labor in investigating workplace crimes. (Posted May 6, 2016)

 
 

April 2016

 

May’s Consultant Spotlight shines on Christopher M. Grant, the former Chief of Detectives of the Rapid City, South Dakota Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division and the former commander of the Rapid City Area Gang Task Force. Mr. Grant is a nationally recognized authority on Native American street gang and prison gang trends. He has worked with law enforcement, educators and community leaders in over 65 tribal communities, providing community and school gang and drug threat assessments, as well as training programs to assist in understanding, recognizing and addressing gang and drug activity in Indian Country. (Posted April 29, 2016)

 

Did you know that OVC TTAC offers live, interactive, facilitated training sessions and conferences, which are recorded and transcribed for unlimited access? Access all of our recorded webinars on our Webinars page. (Posted April 25, 2016)

 

If you attended OVC's two recent Title IX Webinars, “Title IX and Clery Act Intersections,” or “Understanding the Clery Act” or viewed them on our website, we invite you to attend our live chat session on May 12.

This forum is an opportunity to ask the experts from the Victim Rights Law Center and the Clery Center for Security on Campus questions regarding victims of campus sexual assault.

(Posted April 22, 2016)

 

The recordings for our webinars, "Title IX and Clery Act Intersections" and “Understanding the Clery Act,” are now available.

Two federal laws—the Jeanne Clery Act and Title IX—influence campus prevention and response to sexual violence. “Title IX and Clery Act Intersections,” highlights how the laws intersect regarding requirements, resources, and options available to campus survivors. “Understanding the Clery Act,” provides an overview of the Clery Act's requirements and how the Act influences on- and off-campus response and resources. 

(Posted April 21, 2016)

 

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Learn about resources available to help you assist child victims.

Our newest Training by Request, “Increasing Effectiveness of Child Welfare Workers for Child Victims of Trauma,” provides an overview of the most current trauma-focused, evidence-based treatments and tools for child welfare workers and CPS professionals.

Victim Assistance Training Online  offers victim service providers and allied professionals the opportunity to acquire the essential skills and knowledge they need to more effectively assist child victims of crime. Register for our courses on Child Abuse and Children and Youth.

Watch OVC’s two-part webinar series addressing child trauma and providing effective legal representation of child victims.

Visit the VictimLaw database to learn more about your state’s laws regarding child abuse.

(Posted April 18, 2016)

 

April 10–16 is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. Do you know what victims’ rights exist in your state? 

Visit the VictimLaw database today to research state, federal, or tribal law, or check out archived victims’ rights webinars from OVC’s Legal Assistance for Crime Victims Initiative.

(Posted April 11, 2016)

 

April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Learn about resources available to help you assist victims of sexual assault.

The Sexual Assault Advocate/Counselor Training by Request is designed to build the basic skills to provide competent, effective, and sensitive crisis intervention services to sexual assault victims/survivors through case studies, role-playing, and other interactive exercises. There is also a downloadable curriculum available for instructors to conduct the training.

Victim Assistance Training Online (VAT Online) offers victim service providers and allied professionals the opportunity to acquire the essential skills and knowledge they need to more effectively assist victims of sexual assault. Available course topics include:

OVC’s Online Elder Abuse Training for Legal Service Providers includes a module on sexual assault/domestic violence in later life.

OVC’s Legal Assistance for Crime Victims Initiative has free recorded webinars on Title IX and campus sexual assault, available to watch at your convenience.

Visit the VictimLaw database to learn more about your state’s laws regarding sexual assault.

(Posted April 4, 2016)

 

April’s Consultant Spotlight shines on Maria Busineau, the Associate Director of the Sexual Assault Crisis Center of Eastern Connecticut. Ms. Busineau manages the 24-hour crisis hotline, community prevention and education programs, as well as the recruitment and training of staff and volunteers. She has provided training and technical assistance to enlisted and civilian personnel at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and the U.S. Naval Submarine Base. She participates in multiple college multidisciplinary teams in Eastern Connecticut and is a member of the Windham AIDS Task Force. Ms. Busineau is a member of the Spanish Response Team and the Latinx Advisory Committee with the Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence (Connecticut’s statewide alliance of rape crisis centers). She is a Certified Sexual Assault Crisis Counselor as well as a Pastoral Counselor, having received her training at The Saint Francis Academy for Clinical Pastoral Counseling, as well as a certified medical interpreter, English/Spanish. (Posted April 1, 2016)

 
 

March 2016

 

Human trafficking is a complex problem. Enhance your capacity to respond.

Have you found yourself asking any of these questions?

What if you could meet the needs of the survivors you serve more effectively? You might be eligible for FREE training and technical assistance! Talk to an OVC TTAC TA Specialist today about the challenges facing your organization. Email humantrafficking@ovcttac.org or call 1-866-OVC-TTAC (1-866-682-8822). 

(Posted March 28, 2016)

 

Jennifer Lynn McLaughlinAll of us at the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) and the OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center are saddened to learn that Jennifer Lynn McLaughlin, 43, of Edmonton, Oklahoma, passed away on January 16, 2016, following complications from a blood clot and stroke. As an OVC Consultant since 2014, she was a trainer for OVC’s Strengthening Military-Civilian Community Partnerships to Respond to Sexual Assault (SMCCP) training and delivered an SMCCP training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, in 2014. In addition to her work on this important training, Jennifer was the Director of Professional Development for the Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. She was a leading expert on domestic violence and sexual assault for the State of Oklahoma and was the driving force behind the creation of the Oklahoma Certified Domestic Sexual Violence Response Professional training program for advocates. Jennifer is survived by her parents, brother, sister, nieces and nephews, and many friends, and she leaves behind a significant legacy of service and accomplishments that are an inspiration to her family, her friends, and her professional colleagues. Everyone in the victim services field shares this tremendous loss with all who knew her and who benefited from her service.

(Posted March 11, 2016)

 

OVC’s Legal Assistance for Crime Victims Initiative is collaborating with the Clery Center for Security on Campus to host a webinar series on Clery Act issues for state and local sexual assault coalitions and programs throughout the country.

The Clery Center will present a webinar on, “Understanding the Clery Act,” April 18, 2016, 1:30–3:00 p.m. e.t. This webinar will provide an overview of the Clery Act's requirements and how the Act influences on- and off-campus response and resources.

(Posted March 10, 2016)

 

March 6–12 is National Consumer Protection Week. Check out Victim Assistance Training Online for our course on Financial Crimes. This 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 victimization. (Posted March 7, 2016)

 

Need leadership skills and knowledge to get to the next level? Learn about our Leadership in Victim Services Training by Request.

This revised training is based on the highly successful NVAA Leadership Institute and includes:

  • More scenarios and content with practical applications, such as how to structure a workday, create more effective teams, and develop a leadership plan.
  • New information on emotional intelligence, communication skills, change and transition, and leading diverse teams.
  • New activities on topics such as team building, time management, and communication.

This comprehensive 2-day leadership training is designed for leaders and program managers at all levels of experience. CEUs are available upon successful completion of the training. 

(Posted March 2, 2016)

 

March’s Consultant Spotlight shines on Debra L. Stanley, Ph.D., professor and executive director of the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Baltimore, and director of the Roper Victim Assistance Academy of Maryland. In 2008, Dr. Stanley developed a victim studies specialization for the Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree program at the University of Baltimore, and in 2014, she developed a new undergraduate minor in victimology and a post-baccalaureate Trauma-Informed Certificate program. Dr. Stanley has extensive research experience in victimology, domestic violence, child homicide, child victimization, youth violence, elderly victimization, drunk driving, drugs and crime, and program development and evaluation. She serves as the president of the American Society of Victimology, vice chair of the Victimology Section, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and is a member of the Advisory Council for the U.S. Congressional Victims’ Rights Caucus. She earned her Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland. (Posted March 1, 2016)

 

The recording for our February webinar, "Case Study on Collaboration," is now available. This session focuses on how multidisciplinary, long-term collaboration is vital to uncovering hidden human trafficking cases, how various disciplines may have competing interests and pressures and can still collaborate, and how task forces can consider a broad definition of success as defined by the survivor. (Posted March 1, 2016)

 
 

February 2016

 

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Learn more about resources for working with victims of teen dating violence on our Additional Training and Technical Assistance Links page, or check out Victim Assistance Training Online (VAT Online) for our course on Teen Relationship Abuse.

On our Additional Training and Technical Assistance Links page, you can find resources such as, “Break the Cycle” which engages, educates and empowers young people to build lives and communities free from domestic and dating violence. Building on their direct experience working with young people, Break the Cycle offers trainings that help adult professionals build their knowledge and increase their capacity to meet the needs of young people.

In the Teen Relationship Abuse VAT Online course, we’ll review warning signs of teen relationship abuse, explore the effect relationship abuse has on teens and identify resources victim advocates can use to help teen victims of relationship abuse.

 (Posted February 22, 2016)

 

OVC has launched 12 new Victim Assistance Training Online (VAT Online) modules. The topics of the new modules are Arson, Bullying, Children and Youth, Hate and Bias Crimes, Homeless Victims, Impaired Driving, Incarcerated Victims of Sexual Violence, Property Crime, Stalking, Teen Relationship Abuse, Terrorism and Mass Violence, and U.S. Citizens Victimized Overseas. VAT Online is a Web-based victim advocacy training program that offers victim service providers and allied professionals the opportunity to acquire the basic skills and knowledge they need to better assist victims of crime. (Posted February 15, 2016)

 

We are now accepting applications for the Spring 2016 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 10, 2016)

 

February 9 is International Safer Internet Day. Check out Victim Assistance Training Online for our course on Cyber Fraud. The Cyber Fraud module includes information on the common types of Internet scams and resources available for victims of cyber fraud. It also includes information on how criminals use the Internet to defraud victims, common patterns present in cyber and Internet fraud, and strategies for increasing victims' online safety and coping with the emotional impact of the crime. (Posted February 9, 2016)

 

February’s Consultant Spotlight shines on Ruby Nelson, Ph.D., the program manager of Community Services in Community Partnerships Administration for the D.C. Child and Family Services Agency. Dr. Nelson has provided therapeutic services to children and adults to address issues such as trauma, substance abuse, academic achievement, and family violence. She conducted forensic interviews with child victims of sexual abuse and advocated for families to identify resources to meet their needs. She also implemented a system-wide resiliency program for the Community Partnership Administration. (Posted February 1, 2016)

 
 

January 2016

 

The recording for our January webinar on "Program Evaluation” is now available. This session focuses on the different methods of program evaluation, ways for constructing surveys relevant to human trafficking, and analyzing feedback from clients. (Posted January 29, 2016)

 

January 25–29 is Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week. Learn about resources available to help you assist victims of identity theft.

The Federal Trade Commission and Internal Revenue Service will co-host a webinar on “Assisting the Victims of Tax Identity Theft” on Thursday, January 28 at 1:00 p.m. e.t. Learn what to look for and how to report tax related identity theft issues, and where to find information and resources. Click here to join the online event.

Check out 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.

Visit the National Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network and 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. Or 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 26, 2016)

 

January is National Stalking Awareness Month. Learn more about resources for working with victims of stalking on our Additional Training and Technical Assistance Links page. The Use of Technology to Stalk Online Course is a resource produced by the Stalking Resource Center of the National Center for Victims of Crime. This self-paced, interactive online training increases the ability of criminal justice professionals and victim service providers to recognize how stalkers use technology and, ultimately, enhances their ability to work with victims of stalking. (Posted January 19, 2016)

 

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. If you are a service provider or organization of any kind, please reach out to humantrafficking@ovcttac.org and ask how we can help you get the training you need to combat human trafficking in your community. We provide training and technical assistance to a variety of stakeholders by supporting the work of OVC Human Trafficking grantees, promoting collaboration and communication among human trafficking task forces, and building capacity among general victim service providers, allied professionals, and the general public.

Follow the links below for some of the ways in which we can support your human trafficking efforts.

(Posted January 11, 2016)

 

OVC TTAC is proud to announce that a Live Chat feature is now available on our website! This feature allows you to interact with a member of the OVC TTAC team directly to ask questions or request assistance in real time. Just click on the chat box that appears at the bottom of every page when an agent is available. The Live Chat hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. and 1:00–3:00 p.m. eastern time. We look forward to chatting with you. (Posted January 5, 2016)

 
 

December 2015

 

January’s Consultant Spotlight shines on Katherine Kaufka Walts, J.D., the director of the Center for Human Rights of Children at Loyola University Chicago. Ms. Kaufka Walts served as executive director of the International Organization for Adolescents and managed the Counter-Human Trafficking project at the National Immigrant Justice Center in Chicago. Most recently, her work focuses on issues affecting children, including the intersection of child welfare and child trafficking, Safe Harbor laws, and effective responses to child trafficking. She has subject matter expertise in the areas of commercial sexual exploitation of children, immigrant victims, child and juvenile/youth victims, sex and labor trafficking, developing and delivering training and technical assistance, and training of trainers. (Posted December 31, 2015)

 

December's Consultant Spotlight shines on Steven Dakai, Ph.D. A.D., a nationally recognized trainer and consultant in the field of addictions, behavioral health, trauma, domestic violence, and wellness for more than 16 years. Dr. Dakai has spent his career working in Native American communities, first with the Inupiat in Northwest Alaska for 8 years, and then with the Menominee Tribe of Wisconsin for 6 years. (Posted December 2, 2015)

 
 

November 2015

 

The recording for our November webinar on "Labor Trafficking – Research to Practice," the latest in our "Capacity Building Webinars for Human Trafficking Service Providers" series, is now available. This session focuses on the findings in San Diego State University's recent report on labor trafficking. (Posted November 24, 2015)

 

From conference workshops to needs assessments, OVC TTAC offers specialized training and technical assistance to meet your organization’s needs. Learn about the different types of training and technical assistance available, eligibility requirements, and how to apply on our Customized Training and Technical Assistance page. (Posted November 18, 2015)

 

Do you know a victim service provider working in the field of child abuse suffering from secondary traumatic stress or burnout? Our Building Resiliency in Child Abuse Organizations training can help program managers introduce strategies within their organizations to promote resiliency. This resource is offered as a blended online training, a 1-day in-person training, a 4-hour in-person training, or as a Training by Request. (Posted November 18, 2015)

 

November's Consultant Spotlight shines on Leila Goldsmith, J.D., who has served as the child advocacy coordinator for the Tulalip Tribes since 2007. She has subject matter expertise in the areas of child protection and systems improvement, and the ability to work cross-culturally with tribal, federal, and local entities. (Posted November 2, 2015)

 
 

October 2015

 

The recording for our September webinar on "Working Together Part II: The Courts," the latest in our "Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence, and Sexual Assault: Strategies to Strengthen Community Collaboration to Respond to Survivors' Needs" series, is now available. This session identifies court-based strategies to address the needs of trafficking victims and understand the role and significance of the court and judicial leadership in developing a response to human trafficking. (Posted October 30, 2015)

 

Sign up for the OVC TTAC mailing list to get the latest news and updates. Subscribe and be the first to hear about opportunities with upcoming webinars, training and technical assistance, human trafficking, legal assistance and other specialized subject areas. (Posted October 30, 2015)

 

October's Consultant Spotlight shines on Fran Danis, Ph.D., who has more than 35 years of experience in victim assistance, including in the areas of direct practice, policy advocacy, administration, curriculum development and training, research, and evaluation. She was the founder and first executive director of Denton County Friends of the Family, an organization that serves survivors of domestic and sexual violence. (Posted October 1, 2015)

 
 

September 2015

 

Two new human trafficking webinar recordings are now available on the OVC TTAC website:

(Posted September 28, 2015)

 

The recording for our August webinar on "Survivor Informed Programming," the latest in our "Capacity Building Webinars for Human Trafficking Service Providers," is now available. This session highlights what is survivor informed programming, how to utilize survivor informed practices in organization programming and how to integrate these practices in case management during a client intake, and short-term and long-term service provision. (Posted September 11, 2015)

 

OVC’s Legal Assistance for Crime Victims Initiative and the National Crime Victim Law Institute will host a live chat session as part of their three-part webinar series on Providing Legal Representation to Child Victims. If you attended the two previous webinars, "Effective Legal Representation of Child Victims: What Every Lawyer Should Know About the Impact of Trauma" and "Effective Communication Techniques: Strategies for Interacting With and Representing Child Victim Clients," or viewed them on our Web site, we invite you to attend our live chat session on Thursday September 24 from 3:00-4:30 p.m. ET. This forum is an opportunity to ask the experts from the National Crime Victim Law Institute questions about the impact of trauma and representing child victims.

Registration is now open. (Posted September 3, 2015)

 

September's Consultant Spotlight shines on Ana Nogales, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist at Nogales Psychological Counseling, Inc. and the founder of Casa de la Familia, a nonprofit organization for victims of rape, sexual assault, child sexual and physical abuse, human trafficking, and domestic violence. She has practiced in Los Angeles and Orange Counties for more than 30 years, supervising a clinical staff of 45 bilingual-bicultural mental health professionals and overseeing outreach and advocate programs, including the Los Angeles Police Department - Domestic Abuse Response Team. (Posted September 1, 2015)

 
 

August 2015

 

OVC has launched five new Victim Assistance Training Online (VAT Online) modules, including Assault, Campus/University Victims of Sexual Assault, Child Abuse, Ethics, and Human Trafficking. VAT Online is a Web-based basic victim advocacy training program that offers victim service providers and allied professionals the opportunity to acquire the basic skills and knowledge they need to better assist victims of crime. (Posted August 31, 2015)

 

The recording for the August 18 Title IX Live Chat on campus sexual assault is now available.  The webinar, a collaboration between OVC’s Legal Assistance for Crime Victims Initiative and the Victim Rights Law Center, was an opportunity for participants to ask experts questions about safety planning and/or legal representation for victims of campus sexual assault. (Posted August 19, 2015)

 

The recording for the July webinar “Collaborating with Culturally Specific Organizations to End Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault” is now available. This is the third in a five-part national webinar series titled “Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence, and Sexual Assault: Strategies to Strengthen Community Collaboration to Respond to Survivors' Needs.” (Posted August 7, 2015)

 

The recording for the July 21 Title IX webinar on “Legal Representation for Victims of Campus Sexual Assault” is now available. This webinar, a collaboration with the Victim Rights Law Center, addresses victims’ rights and remedies related to their rights under Title IX, including safety, accommodation, and judicial process; and discusses eligibility and strategies for filing a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights. (Posted August 4, 2015)

 

OVC TTAC spotlights consultant Ron Reinstein, a judicial consultant for the Arizona Supreme Court and director of the Center for Evidence-Based Sentencing. He is also chair of the Supreme Court Commission on Victims in the Courts, the Supreme Court Capital Case Oversight Committee, and chair of the Arizona Forensic Science Advisory Committee. (Posted August 3, 2015)

 
 

July 2015

 

OVC’s Legal Assistance for Crime Victims Initiative is collaborating with the Victim Rights Law Center to host a live chat on Title IX issues on August 18. This forum is an opportunity to ask the experts from the Victim Rights Law Center questions about safety planning and/or legal representation for victims of campus sexual assault. If you attended OVC's two recent Title IX webinars, “Safety Planning With Campus Sexual Violence Victims” and “Legal Representation for Victims of Campus Sexual Assault,” we invite you to attend. Registration is now open. (Posted July 22, 2015)

 

The recording for the June webinar “Balancing Collaboration, Confidentiality and Privilege on Human Trafficking Cases” is now available. This is the second in a five-part national webinar series titled “Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence, and Sexual Assault: Strategies to Strengthen Community Collaboration to Respond to Survivors' Needs.” (Posted July 14, 2015)

 

OVC TTAC spotlights consultant Kimberly Grebert, a clinical social worker serving the Massachusetts Deaf community, which includes Deaf, Deaf Blind, Hard of Hearing, and Late Deafened individuals. She was the first Deaf person to graduate from the Boston University School of Social Work. She has worked as a clinician for various outpatient mental health agencies, and as a coordinator for two Deaf service programs. When facing barriers and misperceptions as a Deaf person and Deaf social worker, she uses the opportunity to educate and raise awareness. (Posted July 1, 2015)

 

Integrating Crime Victims’ Issues Into College and University Curricula, a free online resource, consists of curriculum kits and teaching materials; a faculty involvement guide; and templates for internship agreements. All materials are fully customizable and designed for adaptation across multiple academic disciplines.

As college and university faculty, you can use these materials to—

  • add crime victim components to existing courses and programs,
  • develop new victim-oriented courses and programs, and
  • increase the availability of victim-oriented field placements for undergraduate and graduate interns.

Review the materials today and consider adding information about criminal victimization and its impact on victims to your existing courses or developing new victim-oriented courses. (Posted July 1, 2015)

 
 

June 2015

 

New webinar recordings, including “Getting Out of the Box” and “Results of OVC’s Needs Assessment,” are now available. Visit the Webinars page to view the recording, transcript and other materials. (Posted June 22, 2015)

 

New webinar recordings are now available on the OVC TTAC Web site:

(Posted June 15, 2015)

 

New webinar recordings are now available on the OVC TTAC Web site:

(Posted June 3, 2015)

 

June is LGBTQ Pride Month. Learn more about OVC resources for working with LGBTQ-identified people, communities, and survivors.

LGBTQ individuals are more likely to be bullied by their peers, ostracized by their communities, and be vulnerable to human trafficking. The Human Trafficking Task Force e-Guide covers key considerations when working with these victims.

OVC’s Serving LGBTQ Survivors of Violence Training by Request can also help victim advocates and allied professionals strengthen their knowledge of the obstacles LGBTQ people experience in seeking victim services and explore how best to overcome or alleviate these issues. (Posted June 3, 2015)

 

June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Register now for OVC’s free online elder abuse training to help legal service providers understand and respond to victims of this crime. The four modules, What Every Legal Services Lawyer Needs to Know, Practical and Ethical Strategies, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, and Financial Exploitation, offer an interactive online approach providing basic information and tools to identify and address the needs of elders who may be experiencing abuse. (Posted June 3, 2015)

 

OVC has launched two new Victim Assistance Training Online (VAT Online) modules, including Intimate Partner Violence and Victims With Mental Health Issues. VAT Online is a Web-based basic victim advocacy training program that offers victim service providers and allied professionals the opportunity to acquire the basic skills and knowledge they need to better assist victims of crime. (Posted June 1, 2015)

 

OVC TTAC spotlights consultant Kim Fountain, the executive director of Pride Center of Vermont, a statewide center that celebrates, educates, and advocates with and for LGBTQ Vermonters. Prior to this, she was the deputy director of the New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project in charge of community organizing, public advocacy, and client services. (Posted June 1, 2015)

 
 

May 2015

 

Register now for a five-part webinar series on “Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence, and Sexual Assault: Strategies to Strengthen Community Collaboration to Respond to Survivors' Needs.” The series offers strategies, practical tips, case studies, and resources to help domestic violence and sexual assault service providers improve outcomes for human trafficking survivors. Each webinar highlights models for potential replication and features local and national subject matter experts. Registration is now open for each session.  (Posted May 21, 2015)

 

OVC will host a webinar on "Building Bridges Between Elder Justice Professionals and VOCA Administrators" on Wednesday, May 27 from 1:00-2:00 PM (ET). Ursel McElroy Drake, Deputy Director of Education and Policy for the Ohio Attorney General’s Crime Victim Services Section, will share her knowledge of and experience with elder justice and crime victim services in a discussion of how elder justice professionals and VOCA administrators benefit from knowing more about each other. Attendees will also learn possible ways to access VOCA funds for elder abuse programs and to seek collaborative opportunities.

Registration is now open. (Posted May 5, 2015)

 

OVC TTAC spotlights consultant Dan Dennis, a retired detective from the San Diego Police Department with 28 years of law enforcement experience who now provides training and consulting services to the field. During his law enforcement career, Mr. Dennis served as a training officer, SWAT officer, secondary school resource officer, and undercover gang unit officer, as well as serving as a detective in narcotics, child abuse, domestic violence, and sexual assault cases. As one of the first domestic violence detectives in the Nation, he also taught law enforcement, judges, social workers, and advocates. (Posted May 1, 2015)

 
 

April 2015

 

OVC’s Legal Assistance for Crime Victims Initiative and the National Crime Victim Law Institute will host a webinar on "Effective Communication Techniques: Strategies for Interacting with and Representing Child Victim Clients" on May 21, 2015 from 3:00-4:15 PM (ET). This webinar is the second  in a three-part series designed to enhance the ability of attorneys to provide effective legal representation of child victims regarding their rights in criminal cases. This session will address concrete strategies for communicating with and representing child victims.

Registration is now open. (Posted April 29, 2015)

 

In honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month, OVC’s Legal Assistance for Crime Victims Initiative and the National Crime Victim Law Institute will host a webinar on “Effective Legal Representation of Child Victims: What Every Lawyer Should Know About the Impact of Trauma” on April 23, 2015 from 3:00-4:15 PM (ET).

This webinar is the first in a three-part series designed to enhance the ability of attorneys to provide effective legal representation of child victims regarding their rights in criminal cases. The first session includes an overview of effective representation of child victims, as well as the neurobiology of trauma and its unique impact on children. Building on these lessons, presenters will preview some strategies to help facilitate effective communication with victim clients who are children.

Registration is now open. (Posted April 7, 2015)

 

OVC has launched three new Victim Assistance Training Online (VAT Online) modules, including Victim Compensation, American Indian/Alaska Native Populations, and Cyber Fraud. VAT Online is a Web-based basic victim advocacy training program that offers victim service providers and allied professionals the opportunity to acquire the basic skills and knowledge they need to better assist victims of crime. (Posted April 7, 2015)

 

OVC TTAC spotlights consultant Amy Russell, who serves as executive director of the Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center and provides administrative and programmatic oversight, as well as professional training and technical assistance. Ms. Russell is a certified counselor and has worked with victims of violence and trauma in several capacities, including extensive counseling and support work with child victims of abuse; as director of victim services and counselor for survivors of homicide victims; as victim/witness coordinator in a U.S. Attorney’s Office; and as executive director of two children’s advocacy centers. (Posted April 1, 2015)

 
 

March 2015

 

OVC’s Legal Assistance for Crime Victims Initiative is collaborating with the Victim Rights Law Center to host a webinar on Title IX issues for state and local sexual assault coalitions and programs throughout the country.

On July 21, 2015, 1:30-3:00 p.m. (ET), the Victim Rights Law Center will present “Legal Representation for Campus Sexual Assault Victims.” This webinar addresses victims’ rights and remedies related to their rights under Title IX, including safety, accommodation, and judicial process; and discusses eligibility and strategies for filing a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.

Registration is now open. Space is limited. (Posted March 6, 2015)

 

The Sexual Assault Advocate/Counselor Training, aimed at helping advocates and counselors provide competent and effective crisis intervention services to victims and survivors of sexual assault, has been revised to include three new modules. These new modules include Campus Sexual Assault, Effects of Sexual Assault on Males, and The Neurobiology of Trauma and Sexual Assault. Both the downloadable curriculum and Training by Request have been updated with this new content. (Posted March 5, 2015)

 

OVC TTAC spotlights consultant Mitru Ciarlante, who has more than 25 years of leadership experience in programs advocating for child and youth victims, which includes creating a comprehensive children's advocacy program model, starting a statewide children's advocacy task force, establishing peer education programs, and organizing a statewide youth activist network. (Posted March 2, 2015)

 

Due to the overwhelming response to our Title IX webinar series, OVC is offering an encore of the "Safety Planning With Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault" webinar on April 7, 2015, 2:00-3:30 p.m. (ET). This webinar addresses the unique challenges and opportunities inherent in creating a safety plan that meets the specific needs of victims in a campus environment; explores how safety planning for campus victims/survivors may differ from safety planning for domestic violence victims; and discusses strategies for protecting victim privacy, discussing emotional safety, and providing survivor-centered safety planning.

As a reminder, there will also be a webinar on “Legal Representation for Campus Sexual Assault Victims” on July 21, 2015, 1:30-3:00 p.m. (ET).  This webinar addresses victims’ rights and remedies related to their rights under Title IX, including safety, accommodation, and judicial process; and discusses eligibility and strategies for filing a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.

Registration for both webinars is now open. Space is limited. (Posted March 2, 2015)

 
 

February 2015

 

OVC’s Legal Assistance for Crime Victims Initiative is collaborating with the Victim Rights Law Center to host a two-part webinar series on Title IX issues for state and local sexual assault coalitions and programs throughout the country.

On March 24, 2015, 1:30-3:00 p.m. (ET), the Victim Rights Law Center will present the first webinar “Safety Planning With Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault.” This webinar addresses the unique challenges and opportunities inherent in creating a safety plan that meets the specific needs of victims in a campus environment; explores how safety planning for campus victims/survivors may differ from safety planning for domestic violence victims; and discusses strategies for protecting victim privacy, discussing emotional safety, and providing survivor-centered safety planning.

On July 21, 2015, 1:30-3:00 p.m. (ET), the Victim Rights Law Center will present the second webinar “Legal Representation for Campus Sexual Assault Victims.” This webinar addresses victims’ rights and remedies related to their rights under Title IX, including safety, accommodation, and judicial process; and discusses eligibility and strategies for filing a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.

Registration is now open. Space is limited. (Posted February 20, 2015)

 

OVC has launched five new Victim Assistance Training Online (VAT Online) modules, including Sexual Assault, LGBTQ Populations, Victims With Substance Abuse Issues, Financial Crimes, and Identity Theft. VAT Online is a Web-based basic victim advocacy training program that offers victim service providers and allied professionals the opportunity to acquire the basic skills and knowledge they need to better assist victims of crime. (Posted February 9, 2015)

 

OVC TTAC spotlights consultant Marcella Benson-Quaziena, a faculty member at Fielding Graduate University and The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. Dr. Benson-Quaziena has more than 20 years of experience consulting for public and nonprofit sectors in the areas of change management, executive coaching, leadership development, strategic planning, organizational analysis and design, retreat design and facilitation, and team building. (Posted February 2, 2015)

 
 

December 2014

 

OVC TTAC spotlights consultant Kimber Nicoletti, Director and Founder of Multicultural Efforts to End Sexual Assault at Purdue University, and an advocate for Latina, migrant farm worker, and multicultural communities for more than 20 years. Ms. Nicoletti works at the national, state, and local levels to engage communities and organizations in the use of culturally relevant models to promote healing, healthy relationships, and violence prevention. (Posted December 31, 2014)

 

OVC TTAC spotlights consultant Kevin Becker, Psy.D, a licensed clinical psychologist and founder and director of the Massachusetts Victim Assistance Academy for the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance. Dr. Becker has specialized in psychological trauma for nearly 25 years. He was a clinical instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School and director of the Institute for Trauma & Crisis at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in the Continuing Education Program. (Posted December 1, 2014)

 

OVC has launched four new Victim Assistance Training Online (VAT Online) modules, including Victims of Sexual Assault in the Military, Elder Abuse, People With Disabilities, and Elderly Populations. VAT Online is a Web-based basic victim advocacy training program that offers victim service providers and allied professionals the opportunity to acquire the basic skills and knowledge they need to better assist victims of crime. Additional modules that address other specific crimes and the needs of special populations will be launched in 2015. (Posted December 1, 2014)

 
 

November 2014

 

The new Facilitation Skills Online Training has been launched, aimed at helping you develop your skills as a facilitator. These brief, narrated modules are available online and cover topics such as What is Facilitation?; Leading a Training; Listening, Questioning, and Validating; Engaging Participants; Building Consensus and Resolving Conflicts; Facilitating Activities; and Debriefing and Summarizing. (Posted November 7, 2014)

 

OVC TTAC spotlights consultant Melissa Riley (Mescalero Apache), who provides training and technical assistance to American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities as well as social work, behavioral health, education, and medical services in rural and urban programs on the national, state, and local levels. Ms. Riley uses her own culture, tradition, work experience, and education to help AI/AN communities enhance and sustain community programs that promote health and social justice. She has also managed federal projects for the Office for Victims of Crime, assessing grantee needs, evaluating TTA services, and recording performance measures. (Posted November 3, 2014)

 
 

October 2014

 

OVC and BJA release the newly expanded and enhanced Human Trafficking Task Force e-Guide, an online resource that provides practical information on the creation and day-to-day operation of human trafficking task forces. It includes several new sections and strategies to strengthen multidisciplinary collaboration, increase victim identification and improve victim assistance response, enhance victim-centered investigation, and build stronger prosecution strategies. The e-Guide also has been redesigned to help navigate content more easily and locate information faster to ultimately strengthen the knowledge and skills needed to assist victims of human trafficking. (Posted October 27, 2014)

 

Visit the new Human Trafficking Webinars page. This resource includes webinar recordings, transcripts, and power point presentations on a range of issues related to human trafficking. Topics include:

  • How to Identify and Communicate with Human Trafficking Victims with an Intellectual and/or Developmental Disability
  • Delivering Victim Services to Human Trafficking Survivors: Confidentiality and Privilege Issues
  • An Overview of the T and U Visa Process
  • Labor Trafficking Case Study: Domestic Servitude  
  • Shelter and Housing Options for Human Trafficking Victims     

The page will be updated monthly with the latest webinars and resources. (Posted October 14, 2014)

 

Picture of William ShermanIt is with tremendous sadness that we have to announce the sudden passing of William Sherman. William worked onsite at OVC for 12 years as part of the OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC) through a contract with ICF International. From his desk right by the front door of OVC, William always had a smile to share and a joke for the asking. All who had the good fortune to know him will miss his warmth, good humor, and eagerness to help. William began his career with OVC TTAC as an administrative assistant, moved up to research assistant, and found his real calling as the technical liaison. William was a whiz with database development and management, and understood putting together information in ways that were effective and technically efficient for the whole team. His knowledge of MS Access made him the go-to guy for people all over the Department. William's warmth, humor, and dedication will be greatly missed by everyone at OVC and OVC TTAC. William Sherman leaves behind five sisters, Carolyn Sherman Thomas, Jacqueline Sherman Henderson, Audrey Sherman Jackson, Angela Sherman Stafford, and Doris Sherman Jones; two brothers, Wilfred Sherman and Keith McCray; two uncles, Clarence Collins and Eddie Lee Collins, aunt Mamie Vell, and scores of friends and family who will miss him terribly. (Posted October 10, 2014)

 

OVC TTAC spotlights consultant Julie Owens, an independent consultant and trainer who is currently developing a pilot project of best practice interventions for special victim populations, including older victims, victims with disabilities, and those with limited English proficiency. For more than 8 years, Ms. Owens served as a regional director for the North Carolina Council for Women, overseeing victim program grants and best practices for advocates in 20 counties. (Posted October 1, 2014)

 
 

September 2014

 

OVC announces the recent transition of the National Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network Toolkit for Professionals and Resource Map, (developed under a national scope training and technical assistance grant), to OVC TTAC. The Toolkit for Professionals is intended to provide useful guidance on improving and expanding services to identity theft victims and starting a collaborative group in your area. You can access downloadable, ready-to-customize training materials and brochures. Or, you can visit 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. You will find resources for victim advocates, attorneys, and law enforcement.

If you have any questions about the resources or if you would like to consult an expert about developing your own coalition please direct any questions to OVC TTAC at 1-866-682-8822 or TTAC@ovcttac.org(Posted September 30, 2014)

 
 

August 2014

 

OVC TTAC spotlights consultant James Markey, who served for 30 years with the Phoenix Police Department before retiring in 2012 as a detective sergeant. For 14 years, he supervised the sex crime unit which investigated more than 6,000 felony sexual assault cases, including 80 serial rapists, and processed dozens of crime scenes. As a subject matter expert on DNA evidence in sex crimes, he has lectured nationally on using DNA in sexual assault cases. (Posted August 29, 2014)

 

We are excited to announce that OVC TTAC is now accepting applications for OVC's Fall 2014 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. Space is limited. Apply early! (Posted August 25, 2014)

 

OVC, in collaboration with the Access to Justice Initiative and the Elder Justice Initiative, is pleased to release the Financial Exploitation module of the free online elder abuse training for legal service providers. This module will help strengthen knowledge and skills to assist elder abuse victims, including:

  • Identifying and responding to financial exploitation being experienced by older clients
  • Helping older clients avoid financial exploitation by identifying  their risk factors and providing information about how they can protect themselves
  • Determining the extent of financial exploitation that has occurred or is occurring
  • Taking legal action to try to recover your client's funds or other assets
  • Addressing collateral effects of financial exploitation on your client

The Financial Exploitation module joins the first three in this series: What Every Legal Services Lawyer Needs to Know About Elder Abuse, Practical and Ethical Strategies, and Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. (Posted August 22, 2014.)

 

OVC’s Legal Assistance for Crime Victims Initiative is collaborating with the Victim Rights Law Center to host live chats on Title IX. If you attended OVC's two Title IX Webinars, or viewed them on our Web site, we invite you to attend one of the three live chat sessions in September. This forum is an opportunity to ask the experts from the Victim Rights Law Center about campus sexual assault and Title IX issues.

To register for an upcoming live chat, select the date that is most convenient for you. All Webinars will be held from 1:30–3:00 PM (ET). 

September 9, 2014:   Register
September 19, 2014: Register
September 22, 2014: Register

Please register early as space is limited. (Posted August 20, 2014)

 

OVC and the Department of Defense (DoD) Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) launch the Advanced Military Sexual Assault Advocate Training (AMSAAT) for DoD certified Sexual Assault Response Coordinators (SARC) and Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Victim Advocates (VA).

The result of this groundbreaking partnership, AMSAAT combines expertise in learning development from the OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC) with DoD’s broad range of SAPR advocacy capabilities and initiatives. This combination promises a dynamic learning experience that focuses on providing appropriate support for military victims of sexual assault.

The training incorporates a victim-centered approach in implementing sexual assault policy and builds a framework that improves the quality of response to sexual assault victims and encourages victims to report an incident.

On July 17, 2014, the American Forces Press Service, released a statement about the joint project and Army Maj. Gen. Jeffrey J. Snow, director of DoD’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, was quoted as saying, "It was important to collaborate with the Office for Victims of Crime and tailor an advanced training to meet the needs of advocates supporting military victims."

Joye E. Frost, OVC Director, stated "As the Department of Defense moves forward with policy changes that affect victims of sexual assault in the military services, we believe this accessible and cost-effective online training will play an important role in changing the landscape of the military response to victims." (Posted August 1, 2014)

 

OVC TTAC spotlights consultant Kyanna Perkins, the director of the Victim Witness Services Program for the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney in Richmond, Virginia. She has been serving crime victims for more than 16 years, previously working as a police officer at the George Mason University Police Department and as a victim-witness specialist and assistant director in the Fairfax County Police Department’s Victim Services Section. (Posted August 1, 2014)

 
 

July 2014

 

OVC’s Legal Assistance for Crime Victims Initiative is collaborating with the Victim Rights Law Center to host a two-part Webinar series on Title IX for state and local sexual assault coalitions and programs throughout the country. 

On July 24, 2014, 1:30-3:00 PM (ET), the Victim Rights Law Center will present the first Webinar “Know Your Title IX Rights.” This Webinar will provide an overview of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and an understanding of how Title IX protects the rights of victims of sexual violence in educational settings.

On August 7, 2014, 1:30-3:00 PM (ET), the Victim Rights Law Center will present the second Webinar “What Can Advocates Do To Help Victims?” This Webinar will focus on practical advocacy strategies and tools for using Title IX to empower and seek justice for victims of sexual violence. 

Registration is now open. Space is limited. (Posted July 2,2014)

 

OVC TTAC spotlights consultant Jeralita Costa, the Community Victim Liaison with the Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC).  She has consulted on criminal justice system reform for the past 20 years and previously worked as the Prison Rape Elimination Act Victim Advocate at the Washington DOC for more than 4 years. (Posted July 2, 2014)

 
 

June 2014

 

OVC releases the first three modules of a free online elder abuse curriculum for legal service providers. Developed in collaboration with the Access to Justice Initiative and the Elder Justice Initiative, the first three modules in this six-part series, What Every Legal Services Lawyer Needs to Know About Elder Abuse, Practical and Ethical Strategies, and Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, offer an interactive online approach providing basic information and tools to identify and address the needs of elders who may be experiencing abuse. The training includes a variety of information, tools, and resources, from interactive client scenarios to printable materials.

Three additional modules will be released in August 2014.

Learn about the Legal Assistance for Crime Victims Initiative and enroll for the training.

(Posted June 26, 2014)

 

OVC has just released two new versions of our well-received training, Building Resiliency in Child Abuse Organizations. The one-day version covers the basics of resiliency and several strategies that have been shown to improve organizational resiliency. The four-hour version streamlines the resiliency message further, focusing on the key points organizations need to begin building resiliency in their staff and volunteers. (Posted June 19, 2014)

 

OVC TTAC spotlights consultant Bobbi Gagne, the Executive Director of the Sexual Assault Crisis Team of Washington County, Vermont. For more than 20 years, she has provided direct services, training, and materials for male and female victims of incest and LGBTQ victims, as well as trained and educated law enforcement officers, various professionals, survivors, and the public. (Posted June 2, 2014)

 
 

May 2014

 

The Professional Development Scholarship Program has been revised. Please review the Eligibility Criteria section for details on the new requirements. (Posted May 7, 2014)

 

Integrating Crime Victims’ Issues Into College and University Curricula, a series of multidisciplinary educational models designed to broaden students’ exposure to and awareness of criminal victimization and its impact on victims and teach them about helpful responses when encountering victims, is now available. With funding from OVC, the University of Massachusetts Lowell, along with its partners from the universities of Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts Dartmouth, and Massachusetts Medical School, developed these curriculum kits and teaching materials to advance helpful responses to crime victims. (Posted May 1, 2014)

 
 

April 2014

 

OVC’s Legal Assistance for Crime Victims Initiative will present a series of free Webinars on victims' rights issues by the National Crime Victim Law Institute. Registration for the Webinars, which take place through the end of 2014, is now open. (Posted April 23, 2014)

 

The redesigned Victim Assistance Training Online (VAT Online) is now available. This basic victim advocacy Web-based training program offers victim service providers and allied professionals basic skills and knowledge to better assist victims of crime. Basic information and core knowledge is covered in 19 modules, which each take 30-90 minutes to complete. Additional VAT Online modules that address specific crimes and the needs of special populations will be launched later in 2014. (Posted April 9, 2014)

 

The new Building Resiliency in Child Abuse Organizations training, which can help victim service providers avoid burnout and secondary trauma, is now available as a downloadable curriculum or through the Training by Request program. (Posted April 8, 2014)

 

OVC’s Legal Assistance for Crime Victims Initiative will present a series of free Webinars on victims' rights issues by the National Crime Victim Law Institute. Registration for the April trainings is now open. (Posted April 8, 2014)

 

OVC TTAC spotlights consultant Cynthia King, president of King & Associates, Inc. and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 28 years of experience in assessment and treatment of juvenile and adult sex offenders, sexually reactive youth, and victims of sexual abuse and their families. For 20 years, she also provided consultation to mental health professionals and agencies on providing therapeutic services to victims of sexual abuse. (Posted April 1, 2014)

 
 

March 2014

 

Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 National Victim Assistance Academy (NVAA) Leadership Institute. The Leadership Institute provides skills and knowledge for new and seasoned victim services leaders to build capacity within victim-serving agencies. The 10-week online training begins Thursday, April 24 and spaces are limited. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. (Posted March 6, 2014)

 
 

February 2014

 

OVC TTAC spotlights consultant Paula Pierce, a Managing Attorney at the Texas Legal Services Center, providing legal services to the elderly, disabled, and economically disadvantaged, including crime victim compensation claims. Since 2007, her work has focused on identity theft and financial fraud and she frequently speaks on the legal rights of identity theft victims. (Posted February 28, 2014)

 
 

January 2014

 

OVC TTAC spotlights consultant Katherine Lawson, Ed.D., Founder and Executive Director of Victims to Victory Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides faith-centered support to families grieving losses from homicide. Her organization developed a community-based protocol to respond to victims of mass violence. Dr. Lawson helped develop faith-based curricula on family violence education. (Posted January 31, 2014)

 

Picture of Carol DorrisIt is with great sadness that we announce the loss of Carol Dorris, a pioneer in the victims’ rights movement and our good friend who passed away on January 8th after a short illness. She was an attorney, victim advocate, wife, and mother of three children. Since 1991, Carol’s work has focused on analyzing victims’ rights laws. Carol was the driving force behind VictimLaw. She was one of a small group of attorneys who collected and analyzed victims’ rights laws and built the first, comprehensive database of victims’ rights laws that served as the foundation for VictimLaw. Over her career, Carol helped shape the landscape of victims’ rights through her work with state and federal lawmakers, victim service providers, prosecutors, victims’ rights attorneys, and crime victims and survivors. Carol will be greatly missed, but her work toward ensuring that crime victims are aware of their rights and that they are enforced will live on. (Posted January 9, 2014)