Victims of Crime

Webinar - FY 2019 Law Enforcement-Based Direct Victim Specialist Program

This webinar will provide details and guidance for potential applicants to the Office for Victims of Crime’s fiscal year 2019 Law Enforcement-Based Direct Victim Specialist Program solicitation. The presenter will discuss the purpose and goals of this funding opportunity; review its eligibility requirements and deliverables; and address frequently asked questions. A question-and-answer session will conclude this webinar.

Law Enforcement Response: Approaching Your Work with a Trauma-Informed Lens

Victims react to the psychological trauma of a crime in various ways. In order to ensure they receive the care they need, practitioners must become familiar with the impact of trauma and the concept of trauma-informed care. This session will provide participants insight into the surprising similarities of victims and police officers that will help connect the complex thought patterns of a victim in trying to survive the moment and in the long term.

Genealogy Research: Successful Convictions of a Serial Rapist

This webinar will focus on four separate incidents that occurred from 2007 to 2012, including three first-degree rapes, a first-degree sex assault, and an attempted first-degree sex assault. These five cases were all committed by the same suspect, and DNA evidence connected four of these five incidents.

Mindfulness in Domestic Violence Work: Working with Victims (Part I)

Although utilizing trauma-informed principles is a beneficial tool when successfully serving clients who are victims of domestic violence and sexual violence, going a step further by being mindful will get you that much further with this population. This webinar will examine why being self-aware of our own judgments, beliefs and attitudes is so important in our work with victims. More importantly, it is this awareness that could have a profound impact on our work within this field – it could be the difference between life or death for the victims we serve.

Two-Day Suicide Prevention Training for Crime Victim Advocates (May 2019)

The Education Development Center is offering a series of suicide prevention train-the-trainer courses designed specifically for crime victim advocates who are not clinical mental health professionals. With funding support from the Office for Victims of Crime, the Center developed the HOPE curriculum (Notice Hints, Ask Openly About Suicide, Validate Pain, and Explore Reasons to Live).

In partnership with the Office for Victims of Crime, the Education Development Center (EDC) is providing a series of two-day suicide prevention trainings between May and August 2019 nationwide. The train-the-trainer courses are tailored to crime victim advocates who are not clinical mental health professionals.

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