Victims' Advocates

National Domestic Violence Prosecution Conference

The conference will focus on the needs of jurisdictions responding to domestic violence cases. Experienced prosecutors and victim advocates will facilitate discussion and train participants on practical strategies and model policies in domestic violence prosecution. Prosecutors and victim advocates with all levels of experience are encouraged to attend.

Assessing Childhood Trauma: A Guide for Justice Professionals

Traumatic events during childhood have an impact on the victim’s brain development, emotional regulation capacity, and behavior throughout the lifespan. Having the ability to assess an individual for the effects of childhood trauma better enables us to work effectively with them, and more effectively encourage compliance.

Participants will be able to:

Expert Q&A: Innovative Practices for Family Justice Centers

Family Justice Centers provide a “one-stop shop” for victims of family violence (intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and elder abuse). These co-located, multidisciplinary service centers reduce the number of places a victim must go to receive services following the crime. Services include, but are not limited to, assistance with protective orders, legal services, medical, counseling, safety planning, and more. This session will allow the audience to inquire about innovative practices within the Family Justice Center model.

STOP School Violence 2019 BJA Solicitation Webinar

Join the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the National Center for School Safety on Wednesday, January 29 at 1 p.m. ET for a webinar on the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Student, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Program funding opportunity. The FY 2019 STOP School Violence Grant Program seeks to improve school security by equipping students and teachers with the tools they need to recognize, respond to, and help prevent acts of violence.

Upcoming Solicitations from BJA Webinar

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) will host a webinar focused on upcoming BJA solicitations on Thursday, January 30 from 10:45 a.m.–12:00 p.m. EST. Dr. Angela Williamson — Supervisor of National Initiatives/Federal Bureau of Investigation Violent Criminal Apprehension Program Liaison — will be sharing information on criminal-justice based programs that will soon be requesting proposals. The webinar will highlight forensics-based programs at 11:00 a.m. EST and investigations-based programs at 11:30 a.m. EST.

Telecommunications Best Practices for Missing and Abducted Children

The National Criminal Justice Training Center of Fox Valley Technical College is hosting a classroom training in Mayetta, Kansas on February 26, 2020 to share resources and best practices needed to support quick and critical responses to reports of missing, abducted, and sexually exploited children. This training is primarily for front-line telecommunications personnel, telecommunications supervisors and directors, and front-line law enforcement officers.

Webinar - Capital Litigation Improvement Project Webinar Series: Victim Counsel Coordination

Randy Udelman of the Arizona Crime Victim Rights Law Group will present on victim counsel coordination and offer a sample start-to-finish hypothetical case based on real facts—illustrating how to effectively meet victim needs in capital case prosecution.

This webinar is part of the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys’ Capital Litigation Improvement Project webinar series.

Strengthening Sovereign Responses to Sex Trafficking in Indian Country

The U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition, Comprehensive Tribal Sex Trafficking Technical Assistance, Mending the Sacred Hoop Comprehensive and Domestic Violence Tribal Technical Assistance, Men as Peacemakers, and the Tribal Law and Policy Institute extend an invitation to attend the Strengthening Sovereign Responses to Sex Trafficking in Indian Country at El Conquistador Tucson, A Hilton Resort, located in Tucson, Arizona on January 28 – 30, 2020.

Capital Litigation Improvement Project Series: Mitigating Mental Health Defenses

In “Mitigating Mental Health Defenses,” First Assistant Ed McCann of the Montgomery County, Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Office will explore various mental health defenses in capital cases and how prosecutors can effectively counter them. A career prosecutor who has been on the front lines of many high-profile cases, McCann will provide webinar viewers with anecdotal insights and practical tools to take straight into trial. This presentation is intended for prosecutors, prosecution teams, victim advocates, and law enforcement personnel.

Conducting Child Abuse Investigations (Newport, Rhode Island)

Gather up-to-date information for the investigation and prosecution of all types of child abuse cases utilizing a multidisciplinary team approach. Learn about medical evidence, interviewing child victims/witnesses and adult suspects/witnesses, along with legal issues involved in the investigation and prosecution of child physical and sexual abuse cases.

Upon completion of this training, participants will be able to:

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