Victims

Webinar - Death Notification when Children are Involved: Trauma-informed Strategies for Delivering the Most Difficult News to the Most Vulnerable

In this webinar, law enforcement professionals and child trauma experts team up to provide law enforcement professionals with useful guidance regarding the challenging task of death notification involving children. Key steps that should be taken will be reviewed and frequent challenges that arise will be discussed. Presenters will share their experiences with this work and respond to questions from the audience.

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.

Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program Webinar Series: Moms Do Care

The Bureau of Justice Assistance, in collaboration with the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program team, invites you to this no cost webinar on February 20, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. ET. This webinar will highlight the Massachusetts Moms Do Care Project (MDCP), which provides an innovative and multipronged approach to supporting pregnant and parenting women who abuse opioids. 

Core components of the program include:    

Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP) Resource Center Webinar Series: Handle With Care

This webinar will showcase innovative best practices to mitigate the negative effects experienced by children exposed to trauma—including an arrest or incident related to opioid use—and will highlight the Handle With Care initiative. This promising initiative partners schools and childcare agencies, law enforcement, and treatment providers to promote safe and supportive homes, schools, and communities with the goals of protecting children and helping traumatized children heal and thrive.

National Center for Victims of Crime

The National Center for Victims of Crime (NCFVOC) is a nonprofit organization that advocates for victims' rights, trains professionals who work with victims, and serves as a trusted source of information on victims' issues. After more than 25 years, NCFVOC remains the most comprehensive national resource committed to advancing victims' rights and helping victims of crime rebuild their lives.

Active BJA Funded Project(s):

  • Project Safe Neighborhoods National Training and Technical Assistance Program

Learning from Error in Criminal Justice: A Sentinel Events Approach

In criminal justice, a “sentinel event” is a bad outcome that might include a death in custody, routine police encounter that escalates to violence, mishandling of evidence, wrongful conviction, or “near miss,” in which a negative event is narrowly avoided. Too often, the criminal justice system fails to learn from these bad outcomes. Drawing inspiration from aviation, medicine, and other high-risk fields, the Sentinel Events Initiative (SEI) takes an alternative approach.

Advancing Research Initiatives and Combatting the Human Trafficking Epidemic

Trafficking in persons is a multifaceted global epidemic, which has seen a significant increase in public awareness. However, there is a substantial need to expand capacities and technologies involving representatives from all stakeholders.

Substance Use, Trauma and Domestic Violence: Critical Issues, Promising Approaches

Substance use is a challenging issue facing domestic violence survivors and the programs that serve them. The national opioid epidemic has intensified the problem. But progress is being made. We are identifying promising approaches and building community capacity to address the complex needs of survivors. Recognition of the impact of trauma on survivors’ use of substances as well as the role of substance use-related coercion by perpetrators has led to more integrated approaches.

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