Victims' Advocates

American Institutes for Research in the Behavioral Sciences

AIR is one of the world's largest behavioral and social science research and evaluation organizations. Our overriding goal is to use the best science available to bring the most effective ideas and approaches to enhancing everyday life. AIR's mission is to conduct and apply the best behavioral and social science research and evaluation towards improving people's lives, with a special emphasis on the disadvantaged.

Within the United States and internationally, AIR will be the preeminent organization that

Active BJA Funded Project(s):

  • Second Chance Act National Reentry Resource Center Training and Technical Assistance: Category 1
  • Category 1: National Reentry Resource Center

The Regents of the University of Michigan

The University of Michigan is a top public research university located in Michigan. The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future. The University of Michigan values scholarship, diversity, equity and inclusion, and public engagement.

Active BJA Funded Project(s):

  • National Center for School Safety

Capital Litigation Improvement Project Series: Meeting with Victim Families

Join the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys for the webinar “Meeting with Victim Families.” This webinar will focus on how to be the best advocate possible for victims of capital crimes and their families, with emphasis on building effective, empathetic relationships with these families and guiding them through the judicial process. This presentation will include resources for prosecutors dealing with such capital litigation cases.

How Justice Agencies Can Implement and Benefit from Sentinel Event Reviews

The National Institute of Justice’s (NIJ) Sentinel Events Initiative takes a learning approach to error in the criminal justice system. This approach advocates for non-blaming, forward-looking, all-stakeholder event reviews of negative criminal justice outcomes, which might include a death in custody, routine police encounter that escalates to violence, wrongful conviction, or “near miss” in which a negative event is narrowly avoided.

The Case for Police-Mental Health Collaboration Programs: What Every Law Enforcement Executive Should Know

People living with mental illnesses and intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) are disproportionately represented in contacts with police. These interactions can lead to stressful and dangerous conditions for everyone involved. This webinar will provide an in-depth look at the challenges many communities face and will share real-world experiences in developing Police-Mental Health Collaboration (PMHC) programs to address them.

Leave No Victim Behind IV National Training Conference

The University of Oregon, Oregon Police Department and the California Victim Compensation Board are pleased to announce the Leave No Victim Behind IV national training conference for 2019. The conference will take place on October 21 – 23, 2019 at the Conference Center of Las Vegas. The Leave No Victim Behind conference series will continue its focus on best practices for responding to mass violence and unique partnerships between law enforcement and victim services to assist victims of crime.

Child Sexual/Physical Abuse Investigations in Today’s Law Enforcement Climate

Brief Overview: The course is designed to give a greater understanding of the intricacies of modern child sexual/physical abuse investigations. The course will explain some of the challenges law enforcement faces today given various social movements and some negative publicity in the media. The goal is to give the consumer a greater understanding of how these investigations unfold and an understanding of both positives and negatives when presenting cases for charging.

National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect

The Association of Prosecuting Attorneys’ Child Abuse Prosecution Project will present a National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect in Salt Lake City, Utah.

This three-day, tuition-free conference will feature nationally known speakers and will showcase cutting-edge workshops for child abuse prosecutors and their multidisciplinary teams. This conference is co-sponsored by the Salt Lake County, Utah District Attorney’s Office, the Western Regional Children’s Advocacy Center, and the National Children’s Advocacy Center.

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