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Workshop Description

(In Alphabetical Order by Title)


Abuse of Older Adults: Practical Strategies for Reaching and Serving Older Victims of Crime (Symposium on Undserved Victims of Crime Attendess ONLY)

Each day 10,000 people turn 65 years old. As the population ages, the number of reports of abuse, neglect and exploitation of older adults is rising. Older victims experience disproportionately higher rates of victimization and are at a higher risk of morbidity and mortality than older adults who are not abused. This workshop provides participants with a broad overview of the forms of abuse commonly perpetrated against older adults and of the dynamics that are often present in abuse cases involving older victims. This workshop addresses some obstacles that older victims can face when receiving assistance from service providers. This workshop offers attendees practical strategies and information about technical assistance available to help participants reach and better serve older victims.

Track(s); Symposium on Responding to Underserved Victims of Crime, Elder


Access to Justice: Language Access for Victims with Limited English Proficiency (Symposium on Undserved Victims of Crime Attendess ONLY)

This interactive workshop will explore the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act and what it means for ensuring that victim services are accessible to people with limited English proficiency. This workshop is intended for administrators, first responders and advocates to explore why language access plans are needed, and how to develop, implement and monitor one. Presenters will discuss tools and technical assistance that is available to help establish language access plans.

Track(s); Symposium on Responding to Underserved Victims of Crime


Accessing Justice: Are Your Services Available to Everyone?

Access to victim/survivor services, law enforcement, and the courts is inherently limited for individuals with limited English proficiency (LEP) and Deaf and hard of hearing (D/d/HoH) individuals. The variety of languages and cultures within the United States and its Territories underscores the significance of ensuring people, regardless of primary language and/or culture, experience meaningful access to justice. This workshop is designed to provide victim service professionals with information, resources and strategies to counter the lack of culturally and linguistically appropriate access that victims/survivors encounter when seeking justice.

Track(s); Underserved Populations, Victims with Disabilities


Addressing Ageism: Increasing Older Victims’ Access to Victim Services (Symposium on Undserved Victims of Crime Attendess ONLY)

Ageism and other forms of institutional and social marginalization present significant barriers for older victims seeking services to meet their unique needs. This workshop will delve into the concept of ageism and the ways in which ageism can manifest in victim services work. Particular emphasis will be put on the intersecting experiences of older victims from historically underserved communities. Participants will have an opportunity to identify strategies they can use to increase equity in and access to services for all older victims.

Track(s); Symposium on Responding to Underserved Victims of Crime, Elder

Advocating for Campus Sexual Assault Survivors’ Rights Under Title IX and Beyond

The workshop will describe campus sexual assault victims’ rights to accommodations so they can safely and fully access the benefits of their education, as well as schools’ responsibility to conduct prompt and equitable grievance proceedings into student-on-student sexual assault.  These rights stem from Title IX, state laws, and school conduct codes. Presenters discuss how to advocate for victims to ensure these rights protect and assist survivors through campus disciplinary proceedings, survivors’ rights under Title IX, and other laws to file civil lawsuits against schools.  Presenters explain the legal standards governing these claims and the remedies available to survivors, which can include money damages and other forms of relief that would help survivors access the full benefits of their education.

Track(s); Advocacy , Victims’ Rights, Violence against Women


At the Center: Using the SART Model to Create Survivor-Centered Programs in Detention

This workshop will explore how the tried and tested Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) model can be applied inside corrections facilities, making the jobs of all stakeholders easier and getting life-saving services to survivors. The SART model can unify professionals with different perspectives and jobs to work together to the common goal of preventing sexual abuse in detention and responding to survivors when it does happen. Written agreements, like memoranda of understanding (MOU), are important tools in defining each team member’s role and in creating sustainability of programs. Presenters discuss how the SART model fits with efforts to address sexual abuse in detention, using real-life examples from successful programs. Participants will also have an opportunity to work through an interactive MOU exercise, defining in detail each party’s roles and responsibility, will hear  survivor stories, and focus on how to improve responses and challenges. The workshop will encourage service providers and VOCA administrators to think about ways to use established community models to create effective programs for incarcerated survivors.

Track(s); Advocacy , Outreach


ATF’s NIBIN Program: Using Cutting Edge Technology to Bring Justice to Crime Victims

ATF is using NIBIN to identify shooters for investigation and prosecution to create safer communities and bring justice for victims of violent crime.

 The presentation will provide an overview of the ATF NIBIN Program and its ability to assist investigators in identifying the perpetrators of violent gun crime and bring justice to victims.

 The mission of ATF’s NIBIN program is to reduce gun violence through evidence-based targeting, investigation, and prosecution of shooters and their sources of crime guns. NIBIN is a vital resource for ATF and its law enforcement partners in identifying trigger-pullers and removing violent offenders from America’s streets. The NIBIN system is a collection of digital ballistic images of spent shell casings recovered from crime scenes and from crime gun test-fires. Through the examination and comparison of digital images in the system, firearm technicians and examiners are able to determine if shell casings were expelled from the same firearm.

Track(s); Law Enforcement


AWARE®: A culturally-adaptable gender-based violence prevention program

In order to raise awareness about healthy relationships and prevent future generations from suffering abuse, the Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse (JCADA) developed its prevention initiative AWARE® (Adolescents Working for Awesome Relationship Experiences). AWARE® provides age-appropriate experiential and interactive workshops for youth and young adults in 6th grade through college, as well as for parents and educators.  In this workshop, participants will be introduced to the array of AWARE® workshops, as well as their adaptability for multiple audiences.  An overview of AWARE®'s outcomes and results will be discussed.

Track(s); Children and Adolescents, Violence against Women


Bathrooms, Bullies, and Bystanders (Symposium on Undserved Victims of Crime Attendess ONLY)

Restrictive legislation is limiting the basic right of transgender and non-binary individuals to use public bathrooms and locker rooms.  Additionally, youth and adults, politicians and citizens, parents and teachers, atheists and people of faith, (and even some victim service providers) are all too often engaging in anti-trans bullying, discrimination, and assault.  Victim service agencies across the country are asking what they can do to both support transgender communities and counter myths about sexual assault linkages to basic transgender rights. This workshop helps attendees effectively respond to the false charges that trans peoples’ access to restrooms threatens women’s and children’s safety, offering suggested strategies that compassionately address peoples’ fears and introduce factual data about sexual assault, prevention, and bystander intervention.  Presenters show how transgender sexual assault survivors are negatively impacted by public votes on their basic human rights and repeated accusations of being sexual predators.   There are many ways we can all make a difference in improving the lives of trans and non-binary people.

Track(s); Symposium on Responding to Underserved Victims of Crime


Beyond the Letters: The ABC's of Working with LGBTQ Survivors (Symposium on Undserved Victims of Crime Attendess ONLY)

We all have many identities and experiences that make us who we are.  This is true for LGBTQ victims or crime, as well.  This session will review core information about who LGBTQ survivors are, including prevalence and other victimization data. An exploration of common barriers LGBTQ survivors face will engage attendees in thinking broadly about the many intersections associated with gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, race, disability, age, economics, employment, access to health care, and many other factors that influence LGBTQ victims of crime from accessing services.  Participants will leave with clear and concrete ideas of what they can do to better serve LGBTQ survivors of crime.

Track(s); Symposium on Responding to Underserved Victims of Crime, LGBTQ


Blending of Victims' Rights

juvenile courts; and politically.  All too often victims of crime find themselves in several court systems, having their rights not recognized and enforced in different court systems.  This workshop provides for unique ideas that have led to success in passing laws and lobbying for crime victims’ rights.

Track(s); Advocacy , Criminal Justice, Outreach, Public Policy, Victims’ Rights


Bringing the Margins of the Margins to the Center - Securing Collective Liberation for ALL (Symposium on Undserved Victims of Crime Attendess ONLY)

This workshop will explore the multi-layered experiences of historically marginalized communities, and the ways these communities.  Along with other national leaders, Women of Color Network, Inc. (WOCN, Inc.) will weave a critical conversation about the needs and assets of those residing at the margins of the margins.  Participants will receive information and specific strategies to amplify their efforts to meaningfully partner and serve these communities.

Track(s); Symposium on Responding to Underserved Victims of Crime


Building a Compelling Case for Stronger Victim Compensation Programs

Advocates can work with state leaders and compensation administrators to improve benefits and expand eligibility requirements for the crime victim compensation program. During this session, participants will learn how to leverage compensation program data to develop compelling arguments for decision makers to strengthen the compensation program in every state.

Track(s); Victims Rights



Civil and Criminal Case Options for Elder Abuse

Using case scenarios, this presentation exposes the audience to various examples of elder abuse and financial exploitation. We will discuss the civil and criminal case options available for elder abuse; how trauma can have an impact on the victim and his/her ability to function within the justice system; and practical ways that advocates and lawyers can work with victims of elder abuse.

Track(s); Abuse in later life/Older Victims


Civil Remedies for Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking

This workshop explores civil remedies for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking beyond restraining orders. This workshop discusses:  the difference in the victim's roles in a civil case versus a criminal case;  why a victim may choose to pursue a civil case; - how advocates and attorneys can screen for potential civil cases and make appropriate referrals; the basic elements of tort remedies (e.g. some states have specific gender violence or domestic violence statutes);  strategies for incorporating demand and settlement for civil recovery within the existing family law; or restraining order cases.

Track(s); Trauma, Victims’ Rights, Violence against Women


Claiming PTSD damages at Trial

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that a person may develop after experiencing or witnessing an extreme, overwhelming traumatic event during which they felt intense fear, helplessness, or horror. PTSD is a complicated psychological disorder and plaintiffs in tort litigation will have difficulty making this kind of claim without supporting testimony and evidence at trial. This presentation discusses on the role of how evidence, including expert witness testimony, functions to prove a plaintiff's PTSD at trail.

Track(s); NCVBA


Collaboration on Trauma, Crime Trends, and Criminal Justice Reforms for Native American Populations

Track(s); Plenary


Consent in Civil Sexual Abuse Cases

This workshop will discuss matters of consent in civil sexual abuse cases (both children and adults). Topics that will be discussed include the following: consent as an affirmative defense in civil sexual assault cases, and can children consent? Does that always apply in civil cases? Also, does actual consent mitigate damages? Victims of drug-facilitated rapes lacking capacity to consent, as well a persons with cognitive disabilities lacking capacity to consent.

Track(s); NCVBA


Courageous Spirits - Brave Heart

Violence against Native women and men is at a crisis concern on our reservations and urban communities. The Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women and Men 2010 findings from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey reveal a disturbing picture of the victimization of American Indians and Alaska Natives; 4 in 5 American Indian and Alaska Native Women (84.3 percent) have experienced violence in their lifetime. This includes 56.1 percent who have experienced sexual violence, 55.5 percent who have experienced physical violence by an intimate partner. Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Men, 27.5 percent who have experienced sexual violence. This workshop addresses historical trauma experiences, the impact of intergenerational grief, and current racism which is integral to understanding violence issues in American Indian/Alaska Native community. This presentation will seek to create awareness of appropriate interventions while eliminating discrimination and racism.

Track(s); Anti-Oppression, Underserved Populations, Victimization in Indian Country


Creating Effective Support Groups for Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse

This 90-minute workshop will provide clinical guidance on how to prepare and effectively facilitate a psycho-educational support group for adult male survivors of childhood sexual abuse (CSA). This workshop will concentrate on understanding male culture (masculine hegemony and gender role socialization), and the impact of CSA and trauma on masculinity and male identity, as well as clinical approaches to facilitating a support group that emphasizes empowerment, psychoeducation on healthy relationships, coping skills, trauma, and emotional support to enhance recovery and resilience.  This presentation will prepare participants to facilitate their own support group for adult male survivors of CSA. After attending this presentation, participants will 1) understand the challenges of putting together and running a male support group for survivors of CSA 2) possess a basic structure and template for male survivor support groups 3) be able to identify common themes upon which they can build when starting their own groups.  This workshop will explore the many challenges in putting together and facilitating a male survivor group. The second part of the presentation will detail clinical strategies for effectively facilitating male support groups of CSA survivors.

Track(s); Trauma, Underserved Populations, Other (please explain)


Creative Collections and Recovery Strategies


Crime victims can be victimized twice – first by the criminal, then by an insufficient recovery in a subsequent civil action.  Civil defendants often have no obvious means to satisfy a judgment, including liquid assets and the insurance policies the defendants thought their premiums had purchased.  This panel presentation will introduce the audience to the basics of a claim for negligence against an insurance agent or broker, executing a judgment on a defendant’s real property, pre-judgment attachments/TROs, and other creative means of recovery.

Track(s); NCVBA


Creative Problem Solving: Mass Casualty in Native American Communities

The probability is high that every first responder and victim service provider will serve Native American victims at some point in their career.  With a focus on Crisis Response, the purpose of this workshop is to discuss implementation of victim-centered and trauma-informed work in the investigation, court process and during victims’/survivors’ aftercare in Native American communities. Presenters will explore the challenges and successes of our work in this area. The workshop will focus on lessons learned from our experience, research, and training to discuss both barriers and bridges to multidisciplinary partnerships aimed at supporting victim-centered response to critical incidents. We will offer solutions to the complicated goal of humbly providing culturally specific services to victims/survivors.

From the perspective of an enrolled Tribal member who is a Victim Witness Coordinator and a retired FBI Victim Specialist, the trainers’ extensive experience responding to mass casualties in Tribal communities and in non-tribal crimes provides first-hand insight in a surprisingly enjoyable manner. Both presenters are honored to provide direct victim services for Native American victims/survivors.


Track(s); Victimization in Indian Country, Underserved Populations


Critical Missing Links to Elder Justice: Coalitions of Faith and Community-Based Elder Abuse Programs & Shelters

Elder abuse is a multifaceted issue and helping elders get out of harm's way is complex. Elders cannot be left in or returned to their homes where the perpetrators reside. Access to emergency temporary elder shelters and available housing and social services for safe permanent discharge is essential. Without both, elder victims remain in the most lethal situations. This workshop will focus on how the shelter model uniquely leverages existing community resources to fill the critical services gap for vulnerable victims. Using case studies, policies and procedures, presenters examine the critical, missing links, unique holistic faith, community-based coalitions, and program models, and elder sheltering using two programs. In Baltimore's Jewish community, SAFE: Stop Abuse of Elders, a program of CHANA, formed a partnership between a domestic violence program, a community services program and a geriatric care facility. In Buffalo, Legal Services for the Elderly, Disabled or Disadvantaged, formed a partnership with two Assisted Living Groups. The workshop will also introduce participants to the SPRiNG Alliance (Shelter Partners: Regional, National, Global), an umbrella organization lending national structure to program replication through close working relationships, shared resources and technical assistance. Participants will learn concrete ways in which they can create their own unique version of the models presented.

Track(s); Abuse in later life/Older Victims


Defining Victims’ Rights to Fairness, Dignity and Respect

Nearly all states and the federal government have laws that promote the right of crime victims and survivors to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect, yet few jurisdictions clearly define what this right entails.  A national project seeks to define this important victims’ right and clarify what it means in the reality of criminal, juvenile, civil, Tribal and Federal justice processes, with an emphasize on traditionally-underserved and marginalized crime victims and survivors.  This session will provide an overview of this project and initial findings, and seek input from participants about how they define a victim's right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

Track(s); Victims Rights


Do Governments Have Responsibility for the Bad Guys Under Their Watch?

Do governments have a responsibility to properly and reasonably supervise parolees and persons who have been released on bail and awaiting trial? Many think that question should be answered in the affirmative. However, various states and jurisdictions across the United States prohibit victims of subsequent crimes committed by these persons from recovering for the government's negligent supervision of these persons. This presentation seeks to discuss the various laws across the United States and what it means for victims of crime committed by these persons.

Track(s); NCVBA


Does History Matter? Is Victim Services a Movement or a Field? The Quest Continues (SVAA Symposium Members Only)

Today’s victim rights and services in the US emerged over the past several decades from the rich history of the Victims Movement, which was inextricably intertwined with other key social movements, including the Women’s and Civil Rights Movements. Should this history, its legacy and implications for victim services occupy a foundational place in our Academies? Does the Victims Movement endure? Is it a goal of SVAAs to ensure victim service providers feel a part of it? Are victim service providers today responsible for keeping the Movement moving? Does this history inform the development of communities of practice that best serve victims and survivors? This workshop will provoke discussion about these questions and the diversity of perspectives that may exist. It will explore ways in which SVAAs have integrated this topic into their curricula and how it helps implement a truly victim-centered, interagency coordinated response to the enduring plight of victims and survivors.

Track(s); SVAA


Drawing on DV and IPV Movement History to Create a Shared Vision of Support for Male Survivors of Color (Symposium on Undserved Victims of Crime Attendess ONLY)

To a great extent, the contemporary victim service field arose from the battered women’s and rape crisis movements of the 1970’s-80’s. Based on this history, the field has developed broad services for survivors of rape and intimate partner violence (IPV), but has also inadvertently created structural barriers to meeting many survivors’ needs. In addition, it has had a complex and limited response to male victims of violence, particularly to young Black and Latino male survivors. This workshop will offer a framework for deep reflection on the successes and pitfalls of these early movements.  Through large and small group discussion, presenters identify strategies to improve and broaden this work so that it once again privileges survivors’ voices, in order to develop more effective options for victims of IPV and rape as well as for young men of color and all survivors.

Track(s); Symposium on Responding to Underserved Victims of Crime


Emotional Wellenss and the Helping Professional

This workshop is specifically geared toward helping professionals who work with clients in crisis, clients who may have experienced trauma, or professionals who, in the course of their duties, are exposed to trauma of some kind.  Participants will learn in an interactive and fun environment how to take care of themselves during their work-day, which will aid in reducing the risk of vicarious or secondary trauma, compassion fatigue, burn out, stress, adrenal fatigue, and a host of other issues directly resulting from being exposed to others’ trauma.

Track(s); Trauma, Other


Empowering Crime Victims, Even When We Can't Represent Them (ETHICS)

The presentation will teach participants how to emplower survivors and crime victims through their contacts with you and those who work with you. This is critical for survivors and represent and those you decline. Often crime victims tell us their secrets for the first time. How we treat them can give them power back as well as have a profound impact on how communities, including jury pool view lawyers.

Track(s); NCVBA


Enhanced Safety Planning for Immigrant Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence

This workshop provides a better understanding of enhanced safety plans for immigrant survivors. The presenters will cover special considerations that advocates and service providers must keep in mind when working with immigrant communities. What do survivors of violence have to keep in mind when interacting with Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE)? What are some of the economic and employment considerations to consider around safety planning? What are the policies of local police departments and their potential entanglement with immigration enforcement agencies? These are some of the guiding questions for the workshop. We will also explore safety planning around social services systems, including Adult Protective Services, Child Protective Services, and Housing providers. Finally, participants will receive some background about the remedies available for immigrant survivors in the United States.

Track(s); Advocacy , Underserved Populations, Violence against Women


Enhancing and Evaluating the Impact of Community-Based Domestic Violence Services: Building Partnerships Colloquium

In order to thrive and successfully compete for competitive funding opportunities, victim service organizations must invest in and build their capacity for program evaluation and enhancement.  Organizations must be committed to the ongoing examination of their program design and implementation, their development and/or utilization of evidence-based program models, and their outcome measurements and evaluations.  As the field of victim services is a relatively new field, with only a 40 year history, there are few tools and models available in supporting organizations to build their capacity for impact enhancement.   In order to address this gap, Safe Horizon developed the Building Partnerships Colloquium which brought together victim services organizations throughout NYC along with researchers to strengthen partnerships focused on building our collective capacity to increase and measure our impact. This presentation focuses on lessons learned from the Colloquium and provide a road map for other organizations to build practitioner/researcher partnerships.

Track(s); Evaluation/Research, Violence against Women


Enhancing Victim Services for Boys and Young Men of Color Harmed by Crime

Through a network of more than 50 program locations across NYC’s five boroughs, Safe Horizon offers a comprehensive array of programs, touching the lives of more than 250,000 individuals affected by violence each year. This workshop focuses on organizational efforts to address gaps in service to boys and young men of color, a traditionally underserved population within the victim services field. The workshop will take an in-depth look at scope of the organization's efforts to enhance services for this population and share findings from our ongoing demonstration project. The workshop will serve as a case study on the necessary processes to effectively engage and serve young men of color harmed by crime and abuse.

Track(s); Children and Adolescents, Organizational Development, Underserved Populations


Evaluating the Impact of your SVAA (SVAA Symposium Members Only)

Having confidence that your SVAA is providing high quality and effective training involves more than designing a pre- and post- test.  This workshop will provide tools to help you evaluate both the quality of the material your faculty are presenting and the effectiveness of your overall SVAA. There’s great value in determining what works, what doesn’t, and in designing a framework of evaluation consistent with your goals and objectives.  By examining evaluation strategies and reviewing how ‘data’ from academia and the field can inform your curriculum, this workshop will help you bring a more discerning perspective to many aspects of your Academy.  We will also present resources for finding relevant articles and information to incorporate into your SVAA.

Track(s); SVAA


How Faceook is Working to Make Victims of Crime Safer Online

Facebook has taken great steps in promoting safety online, particularly for victims of crime. Antigone Davis, the Head of Global Safety, and Karuna Nain, Global Safety Manager for Facebook will share with attendees the steps Facebook is taking to promote safety online, and the tools an resources that may be available to the public to create a safer online environment for victims of crime.

Track(s); Plenary


Film Screening: I Am Jane Doe

Narrated by Academy Award-nominee Jessica Chastain, directed by award-winning filmmaker Mary Mazzio, and produced by Mazzio along with Academy Award-nominee, Alec Sokolow, the documentary reveals how, after rescuing their daughters, these mothers filed lawsuits against Backpage. Although many of the lawsuits have not gone well, their efforts have sparked a Senate investigation, a political movement, and now, pending legislation in Congress.

The Jane Doe plaintiffs featured in the film include middle school girls from Boston, a 15-year-old violinist from Seattle, and a precocious 13-year-old girl from St. Louis. The documentary follows the journey of these young girls and their mothers in real time as they run headlong into a collision course not only with Backpage but with judges, special interest groups, and Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, an internet freedom law that provides a safe haven for website publishers to advertise underage girls for sex.

The film includes interviews with Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Senator John McCain (R-Arizona), Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri), Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota), as well as former editors and writers from the Village Voice, ex-CIA analysts, FBI agents, lawyers, and others involved with these cases.

I Am Jane Doe is a gut-wrenching human story and fresh look at a social and legal issue that affects every community in America.  The voices of the mothers and children in the film has helped to usher in legislative change in both the House and Senate.

Track(s); Special Meeting


Fly into the Eye of the Storm: Use Anxiety as Your Ally and Stop the “Fight or Flight”

Working with crime and victims, every day activites may vary greatly given the severity of the work. Learning how to master accessing the "calm" in any storm is a worthy goal, but is it really attainable? In this workshop, participants learn how to manage daily (normal) anxiety using a three-step adapted cognitive behavioral model that supports self-care, prevents burnout and maintains a helpful and healing connection to the victims served.

Track(s); Organizational Development, Trauma


From Client-Centered to Survivor Engagement: A Holistic Approach to Working with Survivors of Human Trafficking

This presentation will examine survivor engagement as a process, as opposed to a program or outcome, that weaves throughout existing service delivery models and should incorporate promising practices moving forward.  There are many avenues for survivors of human trafficking in the anti-trafficking field, from providing feedback on programs to leading service programming to becoming powerful advocates for change. This workshop will focus on helping service providers explore survivor engagement as a process that begins from implementing client-centered practices.

Track(s); Human Trafficking


Getting a Winning Verdict in Your Personal Life (ETHICS)

A discussion of how to deal with stress and avoid over use of alcohol. Also, a personal discussion of my experience as a trial lawyer for many years relating to how to have balance in our lives, avoid workaholism and find enjoyment in our work lives.

Track(s); NCVBA


Guiding Organizational Responses to Vicarious Trauma: New Tools & Strategies for Success

Increasingly aware of vicarious trauma as an occupational challenge, victim service agencies are seeking ways to minimize the negative impact of acute and cumulative trauma exposure on staff.  This exposure comes in wide-ranging ways, from mass casualties of a shooting to the devastating victim experiences of bullying, racism, xenophobia, and other forms of oppression. Addressing this work exposure to trauma can optimize staff health, reduce turnover, and improve quality of care for victims and survivors. This workshop will introduce the new OVC-funded, multimedia Vicarious Trauma Toolkit  (VTT) and explore its critical role in helping diverse victim service agencies assess their current organizational strategies, strengths and gaps, design action plans, and identify vetted, evidence-informed resources in the Toolkit to assist them in becoming vicarious trauma-informed.

Track(s); Advocacy , Organizational Development


Hidden in Plain Sight: Women, Gender-Based Violence, and Jails (Symposium on Undserved Victims of Crime Attendess ONLY)

When thinking about mass incarceration, women detained in local jail facilities is not typically the first group to come to mind – yet this is the fastest growing correctional population in the United States. In just the last few years (2010-2014), the rate of women in jails increased 14%, even though the rates of men declined 3%.  Research shows that the overwhelming majority of women in jails – most of whom are charged with nonviolent crimes – are survivors of sexual violence (86%), partner violence (77%), and/or caregiver violence (66%). To reverse these trends and end cycles of female incarceration, more work needs to be done to address the deep trauma histories of justice-involved women. . This workshop will feature individuals and organizations working at the intersection of gender-based violence, victim services, and female jail incarceration. Presenters highlight the most common service needs of women and offer practical advice for reaching female survivors with trauma-informed, gender-responsive programs, both in and out of incarceration.

Track(s); Symposium on Responding to Underserved Victims of Crime

High Profile Litigation: Celebrity Defendants

Case Presentation of Priscilla Rainey v. Jayceon Terrell Taylor a/k/a The Game, highlighting: 1) the difficulties of trying a sexual abuse case against a famous individual, 2) the difficulties of trying a case arising during the filming of a reality television show, 3) the impact that social media can have in a jury trial, 4) the most effective way to educate the jury about how there is no “perfect” victim reaction, and 5) how to present damages to a jury in a civil sexual abuse case.

Track(s); NCVBA


Holding Chowchilla Kidnappers Accountable 40 Years Later

On July 15, 1976, three masked men hijacked a public school bus at gunpoint and abducted all 26 school children on board, and their bus driver near Chowchilla, California as part of a conspiracy and scheme between the men. Richard Allen Schoenfeld, his brother James Leonard Schoenfeld, and Frederick Newhall Woods, to obtain millions in ransom money in exchange for the release of the young children. Approximately 28 hours from the inception of the nightmarish ordeal, the victims escaped, returning to a world stunned by their vanishing. All three men found, pled guilty to 27 counts of kidnapping for ransom. 40 years later, after the Schoenfeld brothers were released on parole, several of the survivors held these men civilly accountable for the great harms they suffered and continue to suffer.

Track(s); NCVBA


House of Horrors: The Mills and Akers Investigation

This presentation will review the investigation of a married couple, Bailey and Elizabeth Mills, who operated a day care and mentoring program for children. As it turned out, the husband was a two time registered sex offender and also his wife’s pimp. The investigation revealed that the husband had sexually molested 10 children and recorded the acts with his cell phone camera, including some in which his wife participated. Bailey Mills also arranged for a person known as Peter Gilbert but later identified as William Akers to have sex with three of the children in his care. The presenters will discuss their investigation of this multi-victim/multi-offender case and how “Peter Gilbert” was identified. This case was awarded the HERO AWARD by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Track(s); Children and Adolescents, Criminal Justice, Violent Crime


How Safe are Americans with Disabilities? The Facts About Violent Crime and their Implications (Symposium on Undserved Victims of Crime Attendess ONLY)

People with disabilities make up 19% of the US population and are 3 times more likely to experience violent victimization than people without disabilities. Despite this, their experiences remain largely invisible to the criminal justice system and victim service agencies. This workshop explores the unique dynamics of violence against people with disabilities and discuss common barriers that prevent people with disabilities from getting help. The workshop also offers suggestions for creating a public safety strategy that both reduces the rate of violent victimization among people with disabilities and ensures that when violence does occur, survivors with disabilities have access to the support they need.

Track(s); Symposium on Responding to Underserved Victims of Crime, Victims with Disabilities


How to Develop a Working On-Going Collaborative with Law Enforcement

This workshop will be led by Commander James McPike, the Commander of the Special Investigations Units for the Cleveland Division of Police, and Rosemary H. Creeden LISW-S, the Associate Director of Trauma Services at FrontLine Service in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cleveland Division of Police is a large, diverse, urban police department serving over 500,000 residents and persons who commute to work in the city every day.  A FrontLine Service is a community mental health agency with the largest continuum of services addressing the needs of the homeless mentally ii, those experiencing mental health crisis and  trauma. The Trauma Programs have served children and families exposed to violence and co-victims of homicide for the last 20 years. Commander McPike and Ms. Creeden will describe the development, implementation and maintenance of several long term collaborative efforts between the Cleveland Division of Police and FrontLine Service, the Cuyahoga County Victim Witness Center, and the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center.  Workshop attendees will gain an understanding of the steps taken to develop the partnership and the critical elements required by all involved to sustain that relationship through departmental changes, promotions, and significant community stressors. Both law enforcement and mental health perspectives will be shared along with some missteps, lessons learned, and unexpected outcomes.

Workshop participants are encouraged to bring other conference participants from their agencies, cities, and counties in order to begin the discussion of developing a plan to work towards development of relationships with key community partners.


Track(s); Underserved, Trauma


I Can’t Believe I’m Free: Working with Victims of Family Violence, Including Abuse in Later Life

Using a case video describing long-term family violence and its effects on family members this session will discuss the tactics of abuse, lethality factors, enhancing victim safety with elderly crime victims, the value and benefits of a collaborative, multidisciplinary response. The impact of abuse on younger and older victims and extended family members will be considered and the resiliency of elderly victims of family violence will be highlighted.

Track(s); Abuse in later life/Older Victims, Underserved Populations, Violence against Women


INCLUSION: Its relevance to your SVAA (SVAA Symposium Members Only)

Cultural inclusion, cultural proficiency, cultural sensitivity, cultural humility, cultural relevance, cultural intelligence, cultural responsiveness, intercultural effectiveness, cultural responsiveness, cultural competence, multiculturalism.  So many terms! What do they mean to you and your Academy? How can knowledge and skills relative to “difference” be taught? OVC asks us to integrate culture and difference into our SVAAs. What are our goals in doing so and in what ways can we accomplish them? Do we teach an individual class on this topic or weave it throughout the Academy curriculum and activities? This workshop will explore the varied ways in which attendees are currently addressing this core need and collaboratively develop new ideas.

Track(s); SVAA


Increasing Access to Services for those Vulnerable to Human Trafficking

The workshop will go into a brief overview of human trafficking, and provide an overview of how the Polaris through its hotline established in 2007,  has worked with federal, state, local and tribal entities to increase access to victim services Polaris also has its textline with texting capabilities through the BEFREE textline in . For years, Polaris worked with local, state and federal service providers and law enforcement to create local crisis response protocols. When a call comes into the hotline from anywhere in the country, advocates are able to connect to localized, victim-centered emergency responders and long-term providers. Polaris is now working on ensuring that vulnerable populations and communities have high-functioning, well-integrated mechanisms to respond to all forms of human trafficking and the National Hotline is included in the response. The focus for the next couple of years will be American Indian/Alaskan Natives, rural populations and people with disabilities. Polaris shares its best practices and lessons learned with participants.

Track(s); Human Trafficking, Underserved Populations, Victimization in Indian Country


Innovative Approaches to Mediation

When it comes to mediation, attorneys should think outside the box and not feel constrained by the same expectations and rules associated with trial.  Mediation allows attorneys to think outside the jury box and rules of evidence.  This applies not only to how your case is presented at mediation, but also how the mediation is conducted, what type of participation your client has in the mediation, and the type of demands made. This presentation will focus on taking a non-traditional approach to mediation that allows the client to be in control and places a greater emphasis and importance on the mediation process as opposed to just the outcome.

Track(s); NCVBA


Innovative, Multi-Disciplinary Approaches to Identifying and Supporting Victims of Human Trafficking

Since 2012 California has worked diligently to improve its understanding of and response to the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC). Los Angeles has been at the forefront of the state’s efforts. The panelists, experts in the field of child trafficking, examine the landscape in L.A., focusing on two innovative protocols: the first first responder and victim witness protocols  Los Angeles’ Law Enforcement First Responder Protocol for CSEC (FRP) has been in place for nearly two years. The FRP has allowed Los Angeles County to drastically diminish the number of children arrested for prostitution and instead provides these children a non-punitive, victim-centered response.   The Victim Witness Protocol (VWP) brings together a team of individuals to support a child who is testifying against their trafficker. The VWP prioritizes the childs’ safety, mental and physical health while ensuring their legal rights are met.   In addition to reviewing the protocols, several cases will be discussed to illustrate the benefits, challenges, and collaboration necessary to meet the children’s needs.

Track(s); Children and Adolescents, Human Trafficking, Victims’ Rights


Introduction to Community-Centered Evidence-Based Practices (Symposium on Undserved Victims of Crime Attendess ONLY)

There has been increasing demand for service providers to selectively utilize treatments and interventions that have demonstrated evidence of effectiveness (Sullivan et al., 2009). Government and private funding agencies often make funding contingent on effectiveness, despite continued debate on what constitutes as “evidence” and other methodological concerns. In an attempt to address this issue in various disciplines, the Evidence Based Practice (EBP) model was developed and adapted to include various forms of evidence including, but not limited to, highly controlled academic researchThis presentation will attempt to fill this gap by presenting an adapted EBP framework that bridges violence practice and research. This presentation will include the introduction of the Community-Centered Evidence-Based Practice (CCEBP) approach (Serrata et al., 2017) which is meant to challenge traditional EBP models by including sources of knowledge relevant to historically underserved communities, including the Latino community. By illustrating practical steps for including documented evidence, community practitioner expertise, and organizational context into decision-making processes, the presenter hopes to stimulate the adoption of CCEBP by other organizations and programs in violence practice and related fields. The emergence of community-based “best practices” can also be used to inform broader systems of care and policies affecting Latino communities

Track(s); Symposium on Responding to Underserved Victims of Crime


Its "Not Just Kids Stuff"  :  Intrafamilair Juvenile Sexual Abuse

This workshop will explore the dynamics, challenges, issues  and opportunities available to professional staff when working with parents of both the victim and offender on juvenile sexual abuse cases involved with the court system. Topics will include: Prevalence of juvenile intra-familial sexual abuse, who are these families and what are the relationships, and what are the impacts of intra-familiar juvenile sexual abuse between victim/offender, parent, and extended family. Presenters discuss the short and long term impact of sibling abuse and address  the often forgotten secondary victim siblings who were not abused, their issues and ways to include them in the healing process.  Other topics addressed include common issues for families in the healing process, conflicting loyalties among family members and potential legal options and navigation through the court system, and how to ensure best outcomes.

Track(s); Advocacy , Children and Adolescents


KNOWING YOUR AUDIENCE: Guiding principles for effective learning (SVAA Symposium Members Only)

Foundational principles for SVAA curricula include: adult learning; victim-centered; trauma-informed; evidence-based; the history of the victim rights movement; cultural inclusion; peer connections (community of practice); and professional development.  All of these principles are key to ensuring the highest quality training and, in turn, the highest quality service delivery to victims/survivors. This workshop will allow participants to share and delve more deeply into a few of of these guiding principles and explore varied approaches to teaching SVAAs’ curricula.

Track(s); SVAA


Leaving the Silo: Embracing the Concept of Polyvictimization and Evidence-Based Treatment (Symposium on Undserved Victims of Crime Attendess ONLY)

For many years we have pursued a multidisciplinary approach to child abuse, recognizing the unique contributions made by diverse partners.  However, we have not fully embraced the multi-victimization of our clients, typically focusing on one form of victimization for which the client was referred.  Emerging research and practice considerations related to the polyvictimization of children will be reviewed with specific recommendations for practice changes which will enhance our service delivery to our clients and also our effective investigation and evidence-based intervention outcomes.  Particular focus will be paid to children with disabilities, LGBTQ children, and children from historically marginalized populations, and the increased complexity for addressing child victimization.

Track(s); Symposium on Responding to Underserved Victims of Crime


Lessons from the Pros

This panel will discuss how to properly evaluate a civil case that arises from a crime, and you’ll hear from experts who have been representing crime victims throughout their extensive careers. Emphasizing the importance of minimizing case expenses to make more cases economically feasible, panelists will provide attorneys with the necessary tools to help victims of crime who previously may have gone unrepresented. By implementing the use of alternative dispute resolutions such as mediation, an attorney may be able to turn a non-viable case into a viable one, providing justice to a victim of a crime.

Track(s); NCVBA


Lessons Learned from the Military's Multidisciplinary Approach to Victim Support

The 2014 Not Alone report from the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault recommended 4 sets of actions for universities. The Air Force Academy (and all of DoD) has been engaged in these action steps for nearly a decade. The unique structure and resources of the military have allowed us to lead the way in regards to victim services and support, particularly because all of our support and response agencies fall under a consolidated organizational umbrella. This session, led by a military attorney and a victim advocate from the US Air Force Academy, presents the distinctive response capabilities of the military and at the Academy. In a system where victims receive their own legal counsel, collaboration between first responders is required and monthly updates are mandated to be presented to advocates from legal, investigative, and support services, civilian services will gain insight into the benefits and challenges involved in such a multi-disciplinary approach to improve their own organizations.

Track(s); Advocacy , Special Populations, Victims’ Rights


Making Connections: Prisoner Reentry and Victim Services (Symposium on Undserved Victims of Crime Attendess ONLY)

Every year, hundreds of thousands of people are released back into the community from our nation’s prisons and jails. For many reentering society after a period of incarceration, their immediate needs for transportation, housing, and employment often supersede any needs they may have to address the trauma of past victimization – either prior to their incarceration or during their time in confinement. This workshop explores the unmet needs of people returning to the community from prison or jail and consider strategies for fostering connections between reentry programs and victim service organizations. Presenters discuss creative ways for providing healing services to this underserved population of survivors, which may not always see themselves as “crime victims” or know where to go for help with past trauma.

Track(s); Symposium on Responding to Underserved Victims of Crime


Maximizing the Criminal Prosecutor & Victim Attorney Relationship

This session will cover how prosecutors and civil attorneys can effectively work together, the limitations that exist in the mutual exchange of information, victims' attorneys role in each stage of a criminal case, and use of case studies and examples.

Track(s); NCVBA


New York State's Collaborative Response to the Prison Rape Elimination Act

This workshop will focus on providing services to incarcerated survivors of sexual violence, using New York State's multidisciplinary, collaborative model as a starting point for the conversation.  New York State approached its response to the guidelines set forth in the Prison Rape Elimination Act by engaging victim service providers to provide support to inmates who have experienced sexual violence.  A three-year pilot program was designed and initiated beginning in 2013.  Now, three and a half years later, the victim service providers who were part of the pilot, the New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault, and the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision have developed a sustainable PREA response that could be easily replicated across the country.

Track(s); Advocacy , Underserved Populations, Victims’ Rights


Oh, the Possibilities: Multidisciplinary, Best Practice Approaches to Service Provision for Incarcerated Survivors of Sexual Abuse

This workshop explores meaningful service provision for incarcerated survivors, focusing on the importance of collaborative approaches, that is, where rape crisis centers, state coalitions and corrections officials work together to build meaningful partnerships and troubleshoot potential challenges. While the national Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards are a powerful tool for stimulating genuine corrections-community partnerships, meaningful service provision should extend beyond what is required by the standards. Profiling successful service provision initiatives for incarcerated survivors around the country, speakers will highlight what is possible when corrections officials and victim services providers partner creatively and effectively.   The workshop will provide tailored guidance for VOCA administrators on creating mechanisms for their grantees to establish programs for incarcerated survivors, and identifying barriers—such as in their solicitation guidelines--that could prevent the allocation of funds for services to incarcerated sexual abuse survivors.

Track(s); Criminal Justice, Outreach, Other (please explain)


Opening Doors: Alternative Reporting Options for Law Enforcement and VAWA Forensic Compliance

There is currently a very welcome national trend across the country emphasizing alternative reporting methods for sexual assault victims. It is partly the result of provisions in the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) that were first enacted in 2005 and remain in effect under the current 2013 reauthorization. This is an area known as forensic compliance, and it is critically important to understand because these legislative provisions have dramatically altered the options available for victims to report sexual assault.  Yet implementing forensic compliance and other alternative reporting methods requires addressing many complex issues regarding: evidence collection, storage, reporting methods, records retention, retrieval, and collaboration with hospitals and other community agencies such as victim advocacy organizations. These are complex issues, and many communities have worked toward creative solutions to go beyond the "letter of the law" to honor the "spirit of the law" which is to increase victim access to the criminal justice system and other community resources. In other words, many Sexual Assault Response and Resource Teams (SARRTs) are enacting reforms designed to "open more doors" for sexual assault victims. In this workshop, presenters explore a number of community models that have been implemented to improve victims' access to the criminal justice and community response systems. Best practices, existing tools and resources are reviewed and evaluated from across the country. With a focus on local implementation, our goal is for participants to leave prepared to make recommendations for positive changes in their communities.

Track(s); Evaluation/Research, Public Policy, Violence against Women


Oregon's Response to Sex Trafficking

This workshop provides an overview of Oregon's collaborative statewide response in addressing sex trafficking. Presenters discuss the structure of the system we have set in place, the toolkits developed to support that structure, and how this systems has worked with the different needs and capacities of urban and rural communities.  Presenters show how awareness and buy-in has expanded throughout the state and how all this has been executed at a very low cost.

Track(s); Human Trafficking, Organizational Development, Program Management


Outreach that Works: Effective Strategies for Reaching Young Men of Color Survivors of Violence (Symposium on Undserved Victims of Crime Attendess ONLY)

As an often marginalized, racially subjugated and ostracized group, young men of color face an array of social obstacles and racial barriers that influence their ideas of manhood. In this context, anything associated with weakness may be shunned. Trauma, in many respects, and among many populations, conjures negative connotations of weakness and vulnerability. The resulting unwillingness of young men of color to associate themselves with trauma, makes reaching them, and ultimately serving them, much harder. This session will present strategies for effectively reaching out to young men of color who have suffered trauma. The session will provide the tools needed to locate, recruit, influence, enlighten, and engage young men of color who may or may not acknowledge themselves as victims of crime or as traumatized individuals. The session will cover the benefit of credible messengers, avoiding overly clinical language, and honoring the young men’s skills and abilities. It will also address the use of financial incentives, travel reimbursement, and offering practical skills and training, like writing and public speaking. Similarly, we will highlight the importance of having a broader community strategy of engagement.

Track(s); Symposium on Responding to Underserved Victims of Crime, Men of Color


Partnering to Provide Accessible and Appropriate Services for LGBTQ+ Survivors of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence

The Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault’s (MECASA) and the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence (MCEDV) co-chair a statewide LGBTQ+ Advisory Board which works collaboratively to develop creative, collaborative programming between local DV/SA centers and local LGBTQ+ providers. This work increases the capacity of local victim service providers and LGBTQ+ providers to offer accessible and appropriate services for LGBTQ+ survivors of sexual and domestic violence. This workshop will offer best practices for establishing and convening an LGBTQ+ Advisory Board and an overview of the programming we created to increase cross-training and cross-referrals. We will also have resources and guidelines around developing and implementing tools, trainings and programming in your communities. Participants will leave having identified potential partnerships and programming priorities within their own communities.

Track(s); Outreach, Underserved Populations


Perspectives of Victims and Survivors: Court and Community Challenges

This workshop addresses obstacles facing sexual and domestic violence victims as they encounter expectations embedded in community and court procedures - and present ways of minimizing or eradicating those challenges.  Information on two areas of current significance will be highlighted:  The Safer Schools Sexual Assault Task Force, established to develop recommendations addressing sexual assault on campus within the City and County of San Francisco through 2017, and California’s statewide judicial branch efforts to improve the handling of domestic violence cases.  While state and federal policies have been developed addressing campus sexual assault, San Francisco's approach is one of the first city-wide efforts addressing coordination on and off campus. Similarly, California’s judicial branch, (the largest court system in the U.S.) has implemented policies on coordination designed to reduce barriers to justice for victims.  The workshop will cover opportunities to reconsider the experience of victims and survivors navigating these processes.

Track(s); Anti-Oppression, Public Policy, Violence against Women


Protecting Access to Safety and Justice for Immigrant Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence and Trafficking

Abusers often use the threat of immigration enforcement as a way to maintain power and control and to make immigrant victims less likely to seek protection.  This interactive workshop will use case scenarios to highlight special immigration remedies for survivors under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), including special VAWA provisions around confidentiality and sensitive locations. This workshop will also discuss recent immigration policy developments and new enforcement measures that should be taken into consideration when assisting immigrant survivors with safety planning.

Track(s); Advocacy , Underserved Populations, Violence against Women


Proving What Cannot be Seen - Simple, Yet Compelling Ways to Prove the Full and Lasting Emotional and Developmental Impact of Child Abuse on Survivors


The most profound and lasting injuries from child abuse are emotional and mental health injuries. These are injuries that cannot be seen or appreciated on such things as an MRI or X-ray, obviously. Effective advocacy for child abuse victims requires knowing how to make judges, juries, politicians and others see, feel, and have empathy for what cannot be seen, as well as understanding that time does not heal all wounds. This presentation will illustrate how to do so using simple, but compelling methods that judges, juries, and politicians can relate to. The presentation will focus on doing so on a case-by-case basis, taking advantage of the specific development and historical background of an affected child or adult survivor. Real litigation case examples and testimony, as well as political advocacy examples will support the presentation.

Track(s); NCVBA


Raped or “Seduced”?  How Language Helps Shape Our Response to Sexual Violence

Language can never be neutral; it creates versions of reality.  Yet when we discuss sexual assault, we constantly use the language of consensual sex to describe assaultive acts.  We use euphemisms, erotic or affectionate terms to portray violent acts.  This language often implies consent and romance, rather than criminal acts.  In addition, we describe violence against women in passive terms, which allows the perpetrators of this violence to remain invisible and unaccountable.  We also use language that objectifies or blames sexual assault victims.   This interactive session will explore the language of sexual assault: how we talk about and write about this crime.  We will discuss specific examples of the language we use and explore how to discuss sexual assault in a way that more accurately depicts the crime.

Track(s); Advocacy , Outreach, Violence against Women


Removing Barriers of Care and Transforming Services for Survivors of Violent Crime

This workshop focuses on the University of California San Francisco General Hospital Trauma Recovery Center (TRC) model which includes assertive outreach to identify and engage the hardest-to-reach victims of crime, clinical case management for all services (including medical, legal, financial, and others), and evidence-based psychotherapy. A flexible, coordinated, trauma-informed approach allows clinicians to tailor services to patients’ individual needs, providing victims of crime with the services and support that is most important to them while eliminating the barriers to treatment that often prevent patients from accessing traditional services.

Track(s); Advocacy , Criminal Justice, Outreach, Public Policy, Trauma, Underserved Populations, Violent Crime



Representing Survivors of K-12 School Sexual Violence

The prevalence of sexual violence against students at elementar, middle, and high school is occuring with alarming frequency and far too often overlooked. This presentation will focus on achieving justice through the legal process for K-12 students who have been sexually abused by school employees, volunteers or fellow students. Topics discussed will include claims that may be brought on behalf of survivors against schools and school employees, common legal hurdles, and obtaining resolution for clients. The presenter will utilize examples from three recent federal lawsuits they brought on behalf of children who are survivors of school-place sexual violence.

Track(s); NCVBA


Resolving the Paradox: Working in Victim Services and being the Victim of a Workplace Bully

One of the challenges in victim services work is the Workplace Bully: someone whose actions can increase stress, affect work performance, and make staff want to leave. We don't often realize that some of the same patterns we have come to recognize in intimate partner violence are present in this bullying dynamic. This workshop explores the correlation between Intimate Partner Violence and Bullying, and how pro-active bystander behavior helps us craft solutions to reclaim the workplace to be a safe and supportive place for all.

Track(s); Organizational Development, Program Management, Other (please explain)


Restorative Practices for Grief and Healing

After a homicide, family and friends of the deceased may be unable to discuss the death with others or have space to express their grief to those who understand because victimization can create shame and silence storytelling and connection. Catholic Charities takes a broad approach to identifying and supporting those hurt by violence in communities. The ripple effect of violence impacts communities, alongside victims, and perpetuates cycles of grief.  This presentation will cover restorative practices philosophy, as well as the systems-based approach we take to holistically supporting the needs of victims and communities. The primary tool covered in this training will be restorative grief and healing circles. Presenters will focus on their work in partnership to collaboratively support victim needs, while addressing the impacts of systemic oppression and trauma on victims and communities, and how other agencies can begin these conversations as well.

Track(s); Anti-Oppression, Trauma, Other (please explain)


Secondary Trauma, Compassion Fatigue, and Suicide: Risks to Law Enforcement and Service Providers Working in Sex Crimes Against Children

The rate of suicide among law enforcement professionals working with children who are victims of sex crimes has increased exponentially over the last five years, and now includes suicide victims from local law enforcement branches, the private sector, the United States Military, and the Department of Homeland Security. The purpose of this workshop is to provide an understanding of vicarious trauma, secondary trauma, and compassion fatigue in law enforcement and service providers working with children and individuals that have experienced sexual violence and/or sexual victimization. This training will make recommendations for understand the warning signs of burnout and coping skills to increase physical and psychological health, as well as job performance.

Track(s); Children and Uouth, Underserved Populations


Serving Male Domestic Violence Survivors in Shelter

Barrier Free Living, Freedom House (FH), is the first fully accessible emergency domestic violence shelter located in New York City.   FH serves everyone who is in need of safety including men with and without disabilities who are single and have children. Through research and resident experiences, FH has developed a unique understanding and approach to the needs and challenges our male population endures.  During this workshop, we will address the struggles men face accepting that they are in a violent relationship, understanding what gives them the courage to report the violence, and explore what it is like for a male survivor with and without disabilities to access and live in a domestic violence shelter.  Presenters discuss the stigmas and struggles male victims with and without disabilities face while seeking assistance from various settings including police, court, child services, and shelter.

Track(s); Special Populations, Trauma, Victims with Disabilities


Shifting the Underserved Populations Paradigm: Supporting VOCA Administrators to Enhance Efforts to Better Identify, Reach and Resource Un-served, Underserved and Inadequately Served Communities (Symposium on Undserved Victims of Crime Attendess ONLY)

This workshop will explore innovative steps VOCA and other administrators have undertaken to expand their ability to effectively engage, collaborate with and fund community-based organizations (CBO) and culturally specific programs (CSP) serving un-served and underserved communities.  Participants will hear about promising practices from national experts as well as fellow administrators who have increased their capacity to better identify, reach and resource un-served, underserved and inadequately served communities and the CBOs and CSPs assisting them.

Track(s); Symposium on Responding to Underserved Victims of Crime



Stalking on Campus: New Regulations and the Implications for Campus Responders

The 2013 Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act outlines amendments to the Clery Act regarding the prevention of and response to stalking (among other crimes) on college campuses. In June of 2016, the Department of Education (DOE) outlined recommendations for the implementation of these amendments in its handbook. This workshop will explore the new requirements per the DOE handbook for college campuses as they relate to stalking. Topics will include: primary prevention and awareness programming requirements, the development of procedures for victims and the college to follow in cases of stalking and the reporting and disclosure of stalking crimes in annual security reports. Challenges and opportunities in building stalking cases that are victim centered will also be discussed.

Track(s); Violence Against Women


Strategic Litigation in Advancement of Crime Victim Rights

Using real case examples, this presentation will discuss how strategic litigation of crime victims’ rights in civil and criminal cases has furthered development and use of civil rights and remedies for crime victims.  Examples will include rape shield laws, financial recovery, and discovery disputes.

Track(s); NCVBA


Supporting Healthy Relationships for Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder

As young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) transition from the relative security of school settings to the world at large, they encounter numerous challenges relating to victimization in both social and workplace interactions. This workshop illustrates interpersonal concerns of young adults with ASD, present sensitive and knowledgeable teaching accommodations to promote self-determination for healthy relationships, and provide examples of a nine-week program model specifically designed to support young adults with ASD.

Track(s); Children and Adolescents, Special Populations, Underserved Populations, Victims with Disabilities


Supporting Male Survivors of Violence

The Supporting Male Survivors of Violence Initiative (SMSV) is a collaborative effort between the Office of Victims of Crime, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and the National Institute of Justice to enhance and support trauma-informed systems of care for boys and men of color harmed by violence. Participants in this session will learn how the 12 SMSV demonstration sites have increased the body of knowledge available on identifying and serving male survivors of violence, particularly boys and young men of color, and their families. The Healing Justice Alliance (HJA), the dedicated technical assistance provider for this effort, will lead a discussion about the successes and challenges of creating a multi-disciplinary network of partners to provide coordinated services and support for male survivors of violence and their families; conducting outreach and training to educate stakeholders on the adverse effects of trauma and violence; and/or, developing methods to overcome barriers that prevent male survivors of violence, particularly boys and young men of color, from accessing services and support. Speakers from HJA and a representative from a SMSV demonstration site will discuss their work and challenges faced when connecting male victims to the supportive services required to normalize their lives and support their healing. Participants will have opportunity to share lessons learned and strategies to better serve male crime victims.

Track(s); Trauma, Underserved Populations, Violent Crime


Taking Action: Assisting Victims of Financial Fraud

Millions of Americans become victims of financial crimes every year. This training will walk you through the accessible, victim-centered approaches at the heart of Taking Action: An Advocate’s Guide to Assisting Victims of Financial Fraud. Learn step-by-step strategies for addressing four major types of financial crime: Identity Theft, Investment Fraud, Mortgage and Lending Fraud, and Mass Marketing Scams. Attendees will receive a foundational background on these four major fraud types, and will learn about their role as advocates when they encounter victims dealing with financial crime. We will also discuss specific and concrete action steps that can be taken, along with a multitude of resources available to victims.

Track(s); Abuse in later life/Older Victims, Fraud/ID Theft, Trauma, Victims’ Rights


The History of Crime Victims’ Rights and Services Through the Perspective of Use of Technology

This workshop will explore the historical path of crime victims’ rights and services and the parallel movement of the use of technology.  There will be a review of the growth of modern technology in enhancing efforts to care for survivors and the vision of innovations on the horizon.  The panel hopes to be a catalyst for discussion of needs and best practices at the intersection of rights, services, and technology.

Track(s); Victims Rights


The Intimate Partner Violence Intervention: Victim Safety and Accountability

Intimate partner violence (IPV) constitutes nearly half of all murders of women in the United States. It ranks among the top calls for service to police and its community impact is devastating. Yet, traditional criminal justice responses have failed to address IPV appropriately, placing an enormous burden on victims and neglecting offender accountability. This workshop introduces a new approach.  Designed by David Kennedy, the Intimate Partner Violence Intervention (IPVI) aims to alleviate serious victim harm; intervene early in cycles of victimization; and shift the burden of IPV from victims to the criminal justice system. Through a partnership of law enforcement, victim advocates, service providers, and community, IPVI addresses all offenders known to the criminal justice system, while enhancing outreach and support for victims. A pilot implementation in High Point, NC has shown dramatically reduced intimate partner homicides and victim injuries, fewer repeat calls for service, and positive victim response. This panel will focus on how IPV is informed by and observes both historical perspectives and best practices of victim advocacy, and how a focus on offender accountability supports victim safety.

Track(s); Advocacy , Criminal Justice, Violence against Women


The Lawsuit Against Backpage.com and the Battle Against Human Trafficking

Human sex trafficking must be combatted on a number of fronts.  Traffickers must be jailed, victims must be rescued, and the on-line portals that facilitate trafficking by providing an endless stream of paying customers must be stopped. Backpage.com has been the largest marketplace for the buying and selling of sex with children, generating hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue.  The owners of Backpage.com claim they are protected by federal law and several courts have agreed.  This plenary showcases the courageous survivors and attorneys who are fighting to hold Backpage.com accountable for their active complicity in trafficking children.  This issue must be addressed criminally, civilly, and legislatively.  Is it possible for the law to protect the growth of the Internet without also condoning the trafficking of children?  Come to this plenary, listen and decide for yourself.

Track(s); Plenary


The Personal and Public Implications of Childhood Trauma

Each year approximately 700,000 children in the United State are abused or neglected, and it is estimated that up to ¼ of America’s children will be victims of child abuse or neglect during their childhood.   This talk will highlight the scope of this problem from the impact on the individual to the consequences for society as a whole.  Information will be provided on the short-term and long-term impacts of child abuse on the psychological, emotional and physical health of a child throughout the lifespan. Finally, this talk will conclude with the hopeful message of evidence-based treatments, interventions proven to mitigate the impact of trauma.

Track(s); NCVBA


The Zero Abuse Project

The Zero Abuse Project is an effort launched by Jeff Anderson and Associates and Mitchell Hamline School of Law to train future attorneys in the prevention of child abuse and trauma informed care, and education.  The Zero Abuse Project will educate professionals and help institutions effectively prevent, recognize and respond to child abuse.  It will include a dedicated child advocacy clinic with experienced professionals who will be involved in research, developing and teaching courses, public policy change and impact litigation.

Track(s); Plenary


Tribal Mapping Tool: Resources for Survivors of Crime and Abuse

American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) have the highest crime victimization rates in the nation and often have difficulty connecting with victim services. AI/AN victims of crime face additional challenges such as navigating complex jurisdiction barriers and a dearth of culturally appropriate services, both on and off tribal lands. On January 1, 2016, the Office for Victims of Crime of the U.S. Department of Justice funded the National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC), National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), and the Tribal Law and Policy Institute (TLPI) to work together and create a web-based tribal resource mapping tool that would link AI/AN victim/survivors of crime to tribal victim services anywhere in the country. The project was designed to also help identify gaps in the network of existing services. To achieve these goals, the project partners have convened several events in order to seek input from primary stakeholders from tribal communities about the design and content of the tool. Recently, the official project name was changed to the Tribal Mapping Tool: Resources for Survivors of Crime and Abuse. This session will focus on the project team’s journey to develop the tool, and be an opportunity for participants to have a first-look at the tool before it launches nationally in 2018.

Track(s); Underserved Populations, Victimization in Indian Country

Understanding Dissociative Identity Disorder and What it means for your work: From VOCA Administrators to Service Providers (Symposium on Undserved Victims of Crime Attendess ONLY)

Olga Trujillo was diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder (formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder) at the age of 31 in response to crimes she experienced in adolescence. Over the past 25 years she has undergone an intense journey to understand what Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) is, how she developed it, the impact on her life, and she began to address the challenges she faced in healing.  In 2011 Olga’s memoir, The Sum of My Parts: A Survivor’s Story of Dissociative Identity Disorder was released by New Harbinger Publications. In this workshop, she will bring her experience of DID to help participants expand their knowledge from an inside out perspective. Participants will explore how DID develops, what the signs are, how it can impact a survivor’s ability to report a crime and participate in the criminal and civil legal proceedings, and how service providers and VOCA Administrators can help to lessen that impact for victims with DID and other mental health disabilities.

Track(s); Symposium on Responding to Underserved Victims of Crime, Victims with Disabilities


Understanding the Types of Elder Abuse and Resources for Responding

As victim service providers expand their scope to include victims of elder abuse, and as elder abuse is increasingly being perceived as a crime, victim service providers will increasingly be responding to the needs of elder abuse victims.  This workshop is intended to familiarize victim service providers with the various forms of elder abuse (including financial exploitation) and to provide a basic understanding of the dynamics involved.   This workshop will further familiarize victim service providers with materials being developed by various agencies within the US Department of Justice to assist victim service providers in responding to the needs of elder abuse victims generally, and the unique needs of elder abuse victims specifically.  Attendees will also learn about several VOCA-funded elder abuse programs and how to access VOCA funds in their own state.

Track(s); Abuse in later life/Older Victims, Criminal Justice, Fraud/ID Theft


Using VOCA to Increase Safe Housing Options for Domestic and Sexual Violence Victims: Updates and Innovations

Access to safe and stable housing plays a critical role in the lives of domestic and sexual violence survivors and their children. The Domestic Violence & Housing Technical Assistance Consortium, a highly collaborative federally-funded initiative, is providing coordination leadership to the goal of ending family homelessness in the U.S. by 2020, by more effectively addressing the housing needs of survivors. The VOCA Final Rule that went into effect on August 8, 2016 provides both clarity and new flexibility on the use of VOCA Assistance funds to contribute to these efforts. This interactive workshop will highlight emerging and innovative approaches to investing VOCA funds to expand the array of housing options for survivors, provide an update on what we are learning from ongoing evaluation research on different housing approaches, as well as explore challenges and opportunities identified by participants.

Track(s); Advocacy , Violence against Women  , Other (please explain)


Victim Principles in Criminal Justice Reform-How to Engage Victims as Authentic Stakeholders in the Safety and Justice Challenge

The Safety and Justice Challenge, supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, seeks to reduce over-incarceration by changing the way America thinks about and uses jails. The National Center for Victims of Crime, a strategic ally of the Safety and Justice Challenge, has been conducting roundtables across the country at SJC sites, in order to engage victim service and criminal justice professionals in a conversation about what victims expect from the criminal justice system. The National Center seeks to understand victims’ concerns when an offender is released into the community and what changes the criminal justice system should make to meet their needs. This plenary will address the main principles from victim advocates and providers in the field when discussing alternatives to incarceration.

Track(s); Plenary


What Really Happens to Our Children? An Overview of Child Victimization in the United States (Symposium on Undserved Victims of Crime Attendess ONLY)

In order for us to intervene on behalf of our vulnerable children we must understand what they are experiencing.  This presentation will provide an overview of historical trends in child victimization in the United States, and highlight emerging trends in youth victimization from emerging research with a particular focus on the complex interaction between these experiences and youth from minority and/or underserved populations.  The long-term impacts of this victimization on our society will be highlighted to further clarify youth victimization as a public health issue.

Track(s); Symposium on Responding to Underserved Victims of Crime, Child and Youth


What’s Next?:  Innovations in Increasing Legal Assistance for Crime Victims

Victims’ advocates have long recognized the need for legal assistance for crime victims.  In an effort to respond to this need, the Office for Victims of Crime has supported a broad array of legal assistance programs, including through Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Victim Assistance state formula funding, the Victim Assistance Legal Networks, and ElderJustice AmeriCorps.  The panel will discuss the impact of these and other legal assistance programs, lessons learned, and suggested next steps.  This workshop will be an open discussion about the need for legal services for crime victims, innovative ideas to address those needs, and funding opportunities available to support these programs.

Track(s); Advocacy , Victims’ Rights


When Your Offender is a Victim,“Identifying and Supervising Victims of Intimate Partner Violence”

This presentation focuses on the role community corrections officers who may be the first responders of victims of domestic violence who are involved in the criminal justice system. Domestic violence cuts across all boundaries of race, age, social class and even sexual orientation, impacting the lives of individuals from all social categories—including those involved with the criminal justice system. Therefore, it is important to keep in mind that the victim and probation/parole populations are not mutually exclusive populations. Increasingly, community corrections agencies and professionals are addressing intimate partner violence through enhanced—in some cases, specialized—supervision of intimate partner abusers. These efforts have been critical to enhancing the criminal justice response to domestic violence and have demonstrated the critical role that community corrections should play in addressing intimate partner violence. However, probation, parole, and pretrial services professionals can also play an important role in identifying and addressing the needs of victims of intimate partner violence under community supervision. In addition, due to the nature of the work that community corrections officers do and the access that they have to the homes and lives of the individuals they supervise, they are also in a unique situation to recognize potential unreported cases of IPV.

Track(s); Advocacy , Criminal Justice, Organizational Development, Special Populations, Trauma, Underserved Populations, Victims with Disabilities, Violence against Women


Who is at High Risk for Violent Victimization and Who is Most Likely to Access Services? Findings from the National Crime Victimization Survey for the Victim Assistance Field

What do race, gender, poverty and age have to do with who is at highest risk for victimization, who is less likely to access services, and the level of distress this victimization may cause in their lives? Analysis of statistical trends and data can be complicated and limited to researchers with a particular skill set. Often the numbers do not tell the whole story, requiring context and texture not always readily available to practitioners or policymakers. Yet connecting these perspectives is critical for understanding the significance of data by researchers and practitioners alike – and most importantly, the implications for the people and communities these statistics represent. This workshop will present updated findings from the nation's primary source of information on criminal victimization, the National Crime Victimization Survey, with a focus on translating the significance for service providers and other key stakeholders in the victim assistance field.

Track(s); Evaluation/Research, Public Policy, Violent Crime


Who's Your Trusted Contact?

Hear practical pointers for Kids, Elders, Social Workers and Brokerage firms and why it's so important to name a trusted contact. Learn about the (FINRA) Customer Account Statement Rule (Rule 4512) and a new Rule 2165 regarding Financial Exploitation of Specified Adults and how it applies to you and yours.

Track(s); Elder


Women’s Pathways to Crime and Prison: The Psychological, Social, and Legal Impact of Sexual Victimization

The majority of incarcerated women in the United States have survived sexual victimization before imprisonment. In this session, the researcher provides an overview of the analysis with incarcerated women in Washington, D.C., during the time period of 2010 – 2012. This presentation will provide an analysis of how sexual victimization and other forms of gender-based violence profoundly influenced women’s “pathways” to crime and prison. This workshop  will identifies and explains how specific criminalized behaviors may indicate that women are trying to cope with, or recover from, sexual victimization. This session will also analyze how structural violence affected research participants.

Track(s); Special Populations, Trauma, Violence against Women


Writing from the Heart: Poetry as a Resource for Healing

This workshop is based on the work of the Pongo Poetry Project, a 22-year-old volunteer-based nonprofit in Seattle. Pongo provides trauma-informed poetry programs for vulnerable populations. The workshop will share poetry by victims of crime, describe the history and structure of a successful therapeutic poetry program, explain data and outcomes from the program, and demonstrate methods and resources that will help the audience to use therapeutic poetry in their own healing work.

Track(s); Trauma, Underserved Populations