Assessing Risk in Stalking and Domestic Violence Cases: a case Study of the Murder of Mary Daniels



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Assessing Risk in Stalking and Domestic Violence Cases: A Case Study of the Murder of Mary Daniels

Certain risk factors, when present in stalking and domestic violence cases, lead to an increased risk of lethality. Mary Daniels' mother Sylvia Daniels will share with participants the specific facts and circumstances leading up the murder of her daughter Mary Daniels. Participants will then learn to identify specific high risk indicators and develop tools and safety planning techniques that can be utilized in these situations.
Befriending the Body- Trauma Sensitive Yoga

Contemporary research literature indicates trauma-sensitive yoga (TSY) as a promising adjunct therapy to address the cognitive-emotional and physical symptoms associated with chronic trauma. Designed for a yoga class or integrated in therapy practice, TSY principles give survivors of diverse background the opportunity to reduce trauma symptoms, cultivate a new healthier relationship with their body and enhance a quality of life. **This workshop will be facilitated in Spanish**
Building Capacity for Serving Immigrant Survivors

Immigrant survivors of violence face a wide array of challenges in their search for safety and security, that often involve our complex and ever-evolving immigration system. This workshop will focus on ways that victim advocates and attorneys can enhance their work with immigrant survivors by building an awareness of important policy tools and protections (VAWA, U visas, and others) for survivors, improving screening and intake processes to better identify immigration issues, and by expanding their safety planning practice to better meet the particular vulnerabilities of immigrant survivors.
Canine Comfort in Advocacy: The Joy of a Facility Dog in Victim Services

Dogs and comfort animals provide invaluable assistance to those who serve victims. Gain knowledge on the benefits of a facility dog when providing victim services, from the forensic interview process through the criminal justice system and mental health counseling. You will get to meet facility dogs, Nanook and Matty, and observe firsthand the methods of use with crime victims, as well as resources to apply on behalf of your agency/organization.
Changing the Conversation: Identifying Trafficked & Commercially Sexually Exploited Women in the U.S.

In a world where girls and women are not wholly valued, participants will be engaged in a training adapted from Girls Educational and Mentoring Services' (GEMS) nationally recognized Train-the-Trainer program. GEMS presenters will address commercial sexual exploitation, including the risk factors faced by commercially sexually exploited women from their adolescence into adulthood, social stigmas and false stereotypes, the numerous impacts of the commercial sex industry on victims, as well as techniques used to identify victims of commercial sexual exploitation. This presentation will provide better understanding of the crime of commercial sexual exploitation and the devastating impact the commercial sex industry has on our communities.
Child and Adolescent Sex Trafficking in the United States: An Interdisciplinary Framework for Working with Victims

The purpose of this workshop is to provide an interdisciplinary framework for understanding and working with survivors of child and adolescent sex trafficking within the United States. Human trafficking is a form of modern day slavery currently enslaving over 20.9 million people worldwide. With 100,000 children trafficked domestically each year, the U.S. remains the second largest consumer in the world. Unfortunately, service providers typically have a poor understanding of human trafficking, misidentify survivors, lack competency in minimum standards of care for survivors (i.e., stereotyping, criminalization, marginalization of victims), and fail to provide systemic care such as housing, vocational support, trauma-focused therapy, addiction treatment, or comprehensive medical care. Topics covered in this workshop include the psychological needs of adolescents and women escaping the sex trade, the interdisciplinary nature of treating the unique trauma suffered by its victims, and the culturally sensitive services required to treat their needs.
Client-Centered Safety Assessment/Risk Management

When making decisions about their safety, domestic violence victims consider a complex web of intertwined risks. These risks include physical violence, but they also include many other factors that are unique to each individual. When advocates and law enforcement partners focus exclusively on the risk of physical violence, we may alienate victims, or unintentionally heighten the risks they face. At Safe Horizon, we have implemented an evidence-informed, client-centered safety assessment and risk management model which responds to this reality, providing a structured approach that advocates can use in various settings to engage victims, understand the risks as the victim sees them, and be guided by each victim's priorities. This approach supports the development of a risk management plan that the victim is more likely to implement. We will describe our practice model and discuss the organizational strategies we are using to implement the model with fidelity.
Cold Case Homicides: Strategies for Successful Dialogues with Co-Victims

This presentation will include a brief overview of the history of Denver Police Department (DPD) Cold Case Unit. DPD Cold Case Unit has successfully dialogued with many co-victims in unsolved homicides. Contrary to popular belief, a homicide does not necessarily need to be solved for successful dialogue to occur. The remainder of the presentation will provide specific tools that can be used to promote this successful dialogue. Actual case studies will be presented to highlight what works, and what does not work. This presentation has been adapted, in part, from the “Cold Case Investigations-Strategies & Best Practices” developed by the Colorado Cold Case Task Force (HB1272) Curriculum Committee.
Conducting Program Evaluations in Victim Assistance Programs: Your How-To Guide

Program evaluation is an essential tool for improving victim assistance programs, offering a systematic process for assessing how well a program is working to achieve intended goals. This workshop will discuss the CDC's framework for developing program evaluations including: engaging stakeholders, creating logic models, focusing the evaluation design, gathering data, analyzing and interpreting data, and disseminating findings. Concrete examples will be drawn from the presenters' experiences conducting program evaluations at a large crime victims' services agency in New York City.
Cranky, Angry and Other Clues You MAY be Burned Out! Helping First Responders get to the Core Issue and Ask: Should I take a Time-out or Tap out?

Addressing your development in five core areas is imperative if you are a first responder who may be suffering from vicarious trauma from repeated exposure to caring for victims of crime. Maybe you find yourself angry, hardened, or impatient. Now, you are engaging in behaviors you are not proud of or others complain about. We need to get you back to merely surviving in your j-o-b and thriving again in your life! This workshop provides a 5-developmental model assessment that assists first responders and others who work closely with victims of crime a better understanding of what is at the core of possible burnout or much worse, vicarious trauma.
DNA Upon Arrest

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Engaging Latin@ Communities to end Violence against Women and Girls

This session will focus on sharing Fuerza Unida (Strength United), a community engagement strategy utilized by Casa de Esperanza to work closely with Latin@ communities as agents of change. Fuerza Unida encourages individuals to think critically about their approach to community engagement and the process that will be most effective for their organizations and communities. Additionally, the presenter will share tools grounded in this community engagement approach to engage Latin@ women, men and youth to end violence against women. This includes toolkits for engaging men and youth and leadership development strategies for Latin@ survivors of violence. Fuerza Unida is a process that reflects the simple, yet powerful principles that guide the work of Casa de Esperanza and its National Latin@ Network for healthy Families & Communities.
Enhanced Police Intervention Collaboration

Whenever victims of domestic violence are involved with the criminal justice system, it is critical to have a victim-centered approach when providing immediate follow-up services after their abuser has been arrested. A collaborative approach with law enforcement officials and non-governmental advocacy organizations creates a team approach in surrounding the victim with support, advocacy and information. This workshop will examine developing these collaborative programs between law enforcement departments and victim services. Information will be provided on how to improve law enforcement responses when working with victims of domestic violence. The workshop will provide information on best practices when creating an EPIC program and how to reduce barriers for victims who are dealing with the criminal justice system.
Financial Empowerment for Survivors of Domestic Violence (and their Advocates)

The workshop will provide an overview of The Moving Ahead Through Financial Management curriculum developed in partnership between The Allstate Foundation and The National Network to End Domestic Violence. The curriculum provides information and strategies to address the complex financial and safety challenges unique to survivors of intimate partner violence.
Forgotten Youth: Working with LGBTQ Youth in the Criminal Justice System

Forgotten Youth: Working with LGBTQ Youth in the Criminal Justice System LGBTQ youth are a widely underrepresented and underserved group that have been continuously overlooked by the criminal justice system and service providers. Part of the problem has been the inability to relate or comprehend various cultural aspects concerning this underepresented group. This presentation will address the culture, the critical problems affecting this population such as sexual assaults, and an overview of rights that these youth have but are unaware of in connection to the criminal justice system. This presentation will provide attendees various methods on how to connect with LGBTQ youth by applying cultural competency, having an understanding of the legal rights that currently exist for this population, and using mindful practice to strengthen communication.
Frozen in Time: Exploring the Lives of Unsolved Homicide Survivors

This workshop explores the lived experiences of cold case homicide survivors. Based on previous scholarly literature, professional experience with case investigation and findings from in-depth interviews with 24 survivors, Dr. Ashley Wellman will present the challenges associated with the family members left behind in an unsolved murder. Survivor stories, case details and media clips will aid the presentation. Topics will include personal struggles and triumphs, policy for media, bereavement and law enforcement practitioners, and treatment recommendations. This unique group of survivors are often overlooked and forgotten in the field of victimology. However, through education and policy reform, we can tailor services and care to the family members of cold case homicide victims.

How to Better Serve Victims with Mental Health Disorders

Two presenters with lived experience with disability and mental health systems will share 2 video stories of victims with mental health conditions navigating victim response systems. Using a lecture-style PowerPoint presentation, presenters will share methods law enforcement officers, social workers, court staff can use to improve the quality of their services supporting victims. Participants will leave with resources for providing equal access to programs and services.
Human Trafficking and Crime Victims Rights

This presentation will explore the specialized legal advocacy needs of survivors of human trafficking that are testifying against their traffickers, including access to a speedy trial, protection of identity and sexual history, and ensuring restitution is ordered. We will also discuss the criminal advocacy that human trafficking survivors often need because they have pending warrants or criminal charges due to the crimes their traffickers forced them to commit.
Human Trafficking in Indian Country

Indigenous children and women are brokered like chattel and relegated to nothing more than objects for sexual gratification; a sustained practice since the colonization of America. Estimates of human trafficking have focused almost exclusively on international trafficking victims. Only recent estimates of minors at risk for sexual exploitation come close to estimating human trafficking in the U.S.
Human Trafficking the Domestic Violence Model

Human Trafficking the Domestic Violence Model Human trafficking cases are often seen in the domestic violence and sexual assault fields. These cases are often mislabeled, victims are unidentified, and opportunities for intervention as missed. This session is designed to bring awareness to the often unseen human trafficking victims caught in the domestic violence systems.
Identifying and Responding to Victims of Human Trafficking: Everyone Has a Role to Play

This workshop will use an interactive approach to helping victim service providers and others learn to identify victims of human trafficking and direct them to the services they need most. Presenters from the fields of legal services, child advocacy, and migrant/immigrant services will be on hand to engage the audience in a discussion of case studies, available resources, and OVC's work to date including OVC's PSA and video series, the Strategic Action Plan, the E-guide, and trafficking services grants.
If It Works in Miami...a Model for Resolving Trauma

The TRC, fka Victim Services Center, was founded in 1995 at the request of the local State Attorney's Office, as the model presented is completely different than mainstream mental health services. The TRC model is trauma-specific, holistic and research-based. In an average of 20 hours of services, people who have suffered a range of victimization from robbery to human trafficking to rape to loss of a loved one through homicide experience significant relief from or complete elimination of PTSD, depression and anxiety. The TRC model is person-centered, and is based on a discipline that creates safety and cultural acceptance for all those who access services. The TRC is the first trauma-focused community mental health center in the US. This workshop will provide the overview of the agency and an experiential in how to attain the state of ‘detached compassion'.
Incorporating a Racial Justice Lens into Victims' Advocacy: our Coalition's experience

The workshop will explore the experience of the New York City-based Downstate Coalition for Crime Victims in integrating racial impact statements into its decisions about what legislation to advocate for. Racial Impact Statements are a systematic examination of how different racial and ethnic groups will likely be affected by a proposed action or decision. They are used to minimize unanticipated adverse consequences and can be a vital tool to remedy long-standing inequities. The Downstate Coalition members believe that the demands of racial justice and the needs of victims are not only not opposed, they are interdependent, and so the group has adopted this practice to try to enhance its impact on victims, safety, and justice, and on the root causes of violence. The members will discuss the Coalition's decision to use these statements and the benefits and challenges they have encountered in applying them in practice.
Interdisciplinary Collaboration within Law Enforcement and Judicial Community in Serving Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Population

This workshop highlights an interdisciplinary, collaborative approach to improving communication access for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing victims of crime as well as crime victims with disabilities who interact with courts, law enforcement and the shelter system.
Investment Fraud Prevention

Investment fraud schemes hide behind attractive design, suggestive wording, and a humanistic desire for economic stability. To avoid investment fraud and secure finances it is essential to understand persuasive tactics, safeguard against risk factors, and be equipped with the skills and tools necessary for financial success. This presentation will highlight the FINRA Investor Education Foundation's (FINRA) Outsmarting Investor Fraud (OIF) campaign to protect consumers from financial fraud. The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) has partnered with FINRA to equip law enforcement and victim service providers with the tools to prevent and report fraud. This presentation will incorporate new research and deliverables, highlight the victimology profile, and introduce best practices and strategies to prevent falling victim to financial fraud.
Legal Remedies and Economic Options for Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Trafficking

This workshop will provide an overview of the legal remedies available to immigrant victims of violent crimes, including domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. The presentation will include eligibility for various pathways to lawful immigration status such as VAWA self-petitioning, U / Crime Victim Visa, and T / Trafficking Victim Visa as well as the differing requirements and characteristics associated with each application. A broad outline of the various forms of public benefits and economic relief that immigrant victims of crime may be eligible will also be provided.
LGBTQ Access -A Regional Response

The LGBTQ Access Project- Regional Response Model offers a promising practice for engaging multiple stakeholders in improving provider responsiveness and systems navigation for LGBTQ victims of crime. This workshop will showcase recommendations and lessons learned from a 3-year demonstration project that successfully engaged 20+ victim service organizations and hundreds of providers to increase access for LGBTQ people and communities in Seattle/King County, WA. Examples will include outcomes from both a 1-year and 3-year program for victim service organizations, an LGBTQ Family Law workgroup, and the development of a Transgender Resource & Referral Guide, among others.
Maintaining Confidentiality: Obligations & Best Practices

Confidentiality is core to the services we provide. It allows survivors to trust us with their stories and is a very critical component in maintaining their safety. This session will discuss federal confidentiality obligations for victim services, as well as best practices to ensure we're prioritizing survivor privacy in all aspects of our work.
Mandatory Reporting: Challenges, Complexities, and Other Considerations

Do mandatory reporting laws apply to every minor? To every older adult or adult with a disability? What laws apply if you work, live, or are licensed in more than one state? How do you determine what you may – and may not – report? What is the significance of permissive reporting statutes? These and other similar questions are critical for providers to know about their own - and their community partners' - reporting obligations. For OVW grantees, VAWA's confidentiality obligations provide an additional layer of complexity. This workshop will help you identify the relevant laws and offer tools to help advocates, medical personnel and others navigate the sometimes complex terrain of mandatory reporting.
Meeting the Challenge: Achieving a Compliant, Student-Centered Approach to Sexual Assaults on Campus

This presentation will engage audience members in a reflective process as they consider their own campus and community responses to sexual violence. This interactive presentation considers the need for a trauma-informed response while meeting legal obligations that apply to college campuses, including those under Title IX, FERPA, VAWA and the Clery Act. Presenters will identify options for campuses while demonstrating collaborative leadership and communication that makes a timely, coordinated and comprehensive response possible. Interactive case studies will supplement a formal presentation and video segments, as presenters from victim services, law enforcement, Title IX and student conduct present challenges and solutions to advance response efforts. The presentation will highlight three UC Irvine best practices that have resulted in increased legal compliance and incidence of reporting, coordinated responses, decreased secondary victimization, and protection of student rights and decision-making.
Money Smart for Older Adults: Prevent Elder Financial Exploitation - Train-the-Trainer

This train-the-trainer session will prepare you to deliver presentations of the Money Smart for Older Adults: Prevent Elder Financial Exploitation curriculum to older adults, family caregivers and community groups. Produced by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the curriculum contains 150 minutes of presentation material on common frauds, scams and other forms of elder financial exploitation; planning for unexpected life events, including diminished capacity to make financial decisions. The instructors will introduce the content in the module with a special emphasis on the segment covering abuse by persons with power of attorney or legal authority to act on behalf an older adult. The presentation will include an update on the resources of the Office for Older Americans and will give you tips on how to plan and deliver an effective presentation for older adults, family/caregivers, stakeholders and other community members.
My Boss Wants to Talk About Feelings?!: How Staff Supervision Can Help Employees Manage the Impact of This Work In Their Lives and On the Job

As witnesses and supporters to trauma victims, our lives and job performance are impacted in positive and negative ways. Whether we call it “vicarious trauma,” “secondary trauma,” “burnout,” or “compassion fatigue,” no one is immune. This workshop will explore how a supportive supervisory relationship can help employees build insight, develop coping skills, and feel less isolated so that they can sustain their careers and do their best work with victims of crime. The presenters will share Safe Horizon's experience with implementing new supervisory policy, training, and practices. Practical tools for supervisors will be provided, and participants will have an opportunity to apply the training content to their own professional setting.
New National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability

This session will introduce The Arc’s new National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability and provide an overview of the center’s mission, goals and accomplishments to date.
Offender Accountability: A Systems Perspective

This workshop will discuss the many factors involved in holding the domestic violence offender accountable for their behavior and how our policies and practices can enhance or impede both victim safety and offender accountability. Participants will learn the concept of Therapeutic Jurisprudences and the importance of a victim centered approach. We discuss the similarities and differences between partner abuse and substance abuse; new tools for managing offenders and how enhanced collaboration with all community partners, through assessments and monitoring ultimately lead to community safety.
Opening the Doors to Mainstream Providers: Serving LGBTQ Victims ( Panel with Sid Petersen)

This workshop will present the results of a multiyear project where 3 mainstream service providers partnered with local anti-violence projects to improve their capacity to reach and serve LGBTQ victims. The workshop will outline the multi-topic training and technical assistance provided and lessons learned. We'll also present information about the evaluation efforts that formed an integral part of the project, and the findings from that evaluation. Finally, participants will learn about materials and technical assistance they can use in their programs.
Pacific Regional Response to Combat Human Trafficking

How can a small jurisdiction make a difference in Human Trafficking? Karen Carpenter along with U.S. Attorney Alicia Limtiaco, District of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, will present The Pacific regional Response to Combat Human Trafficking Initiative. This employs a regional and multidisciplinary model, including participation, coordination, and collaboration among law enforcement; prosecution; victim service providers; social services; medical, mental and public health professionals; faith based organizations; and educational institutions of the Pacific Region island nations and communities. Consulates and other community stakeholders are also involved. This workshop will explore how this initiative started and how it was organized, the importance of unique approaches to the problem depending on the jurisdiction, and implications for other small jurisdictions.
Policy Advocacy: Strategies Used and Lessons Learned from Kansas' Stalking Law

Stalking is a crime that affects 6.6 million people annually in the United States. Many times, stalking is an ongoing continuation of the violence perpetrated during an intimate relationship and is a risk factor for lethal violence requiring the system to respond swiftly and effectively to reported incidents. In 2008, Kansas changed the law to allow a felony charge for stalking occurring after the issuance of a protection order. This workshop will review the process for the Kansas law change and the implementation phase of the new law identifying specific strategies for policy development and implementation aimed at improving the system's response to victims of stalking. This will be a skill-building workshop designed to provide participants the skills necessary to effectively pursue policy changes for victims of crime.
Preventing Child Sexual Abuse in Youth-Serving Organizations

This session is divided into two sections. First, it is designed to educate the attendees about the problems associated with the collection and validity of data regarding the extensiveness of child sexual abuse in youth-serving organizations with public policy issues emphasized. And second, options available to managers of such organizations on methods to screen and supervise employees/volunteers will be explained with particular detail. The emphasis on this session is to provide practical information on how to reduce the risk of child sexual abuse, using examples of programs in place at selected youth-serving organizations and well-recognized security practices.
Protecting Sexual Assault Victim Rights in Criminal & Civil Cases

Attorney Michael Haggard and crime victim Amanda Slone will guide attendees through the criminal and civil legal process when sexual assault is involved. Amanda will give a first hand account of what happened to her and how she able to survive not only the crime itself, but the constant BULLYING by defense attorneys trying to discredit her. This demonstrative and highly interactive PowerPoint presentation will incorporate prior cases, fact patterns and tips, as well as offer insight from both the victim and attorney perspectives regarding the best way to protect sexual assault victims rights through legal proceedings. The workshop will end with Q&A to answer any questions and offer advice to those who are currently involved in such proceedings or are interested in pursuing a civil case.
Recognizing Sibling Violence and Abuse

One of the topics receiving attention in the last decade or so has to do with effect of peer bullying. However, researchers have found that sibling violence and abuse may exceed those of peers and is often not assessed as a critical form of abuse. The presentation will address sibling violence and the research that supports it as a concern. Additionally, the presentation will focus on the potential effects of sibling abuse as it relates to children with disabilities.
Replicable, Innovative and Cost-Saving Measures in Adult Protective Services

The speaker will present the findings of a 2013 promising practices report from the National Adult Protective Services Resource Center (NAPSRC). The forthcoming report, Replicable, Innovative and Cost-Saving Measures in Adult Protective Services, examines programs in New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and California that effectively deal with common issues faced by APS programs across the country. Programs include a unique look at: public-private partnerships, prevention services, response to financial exploitation, agency reorganization and victim capacity assessments.
Responding to Victims and Witnesses Impacted by Community Violence

Studies have shown that individuals who are exposed to interpersonal community violence are at an increased the risk of exhibiting Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); additionally, young adults who are exposed to violence in their home, community and/or school are at a higher risk of displaying criminal and violent behaviors. Community violence is “shared,” mass casualty violence; the impact of the ongoing violence is felt in real and harmful ways by diverse members of the community. Sexual assault, burglary, robbery and the use of firearms in violent acts does not purely affect the “primary” victim; the ‘secondary” victims, the witnesses, are also affected by these acts of violence. Far beyond isolated events, continuous exposure to day to day violence creates the necessary ingredients for PTSD in people of all ages, in many American communities. The affects of this exposure cannot be overstated, and for many, long lasting. Distrust of authority, desensitized feelings toward life and death and disenfranchisement are some common affects that have been documented. In no small part, this exposure contributes to a cycle of violence whereby victims and witnesses, far too often, live in fear and reject the traditional means of justice. This workshop will study the real effects of community violence on individuals and how those effects create a daunting challenge to law enforcement and victim/witness advocates. Traditional support for only the primary victim(s) of a crime is challenged and consideration for understanding and support for the community as a whole will be explored. Presenters will examine the direct correlation between witness intimidation and PTSD and will explore, in an interactive setting, strategies for overcoming these critical issues within the criminal justice system. Real-life examples of successes and best practices that have been developed in overcoming witness intimidation will be presented alongside audience solicited experiences.
Responding to Victims of Mass Trauma: Lessons Learned

Responding to victims of mass trauma events is on the rise. There has been a nearly 150% increase in the number of individuals both shot and killed in the last 4 years in these type of events. This workshop will discuss predictable challenges when working with victims in mass trauma events as well as offering practical solutions based on lessons learned from actual cases.
Restitution: How Data Driven Efforts can Improve Collections and Help Better Meet the Needs of Victims

Over the last decade, criminal justice reform efforts have challenged federal, state and local governments to demonstrate that crime intervention strategies actually deliver on the promise of crime reduction and increased public safety. This demand for evidence-based reforms has encouraged the collection of a body of evidence and practice that can guide the work of law enforcement and corrections practitioners in their efforts to focus interventions and programming on strategies that can have the greatest impact. Despite these efforts, the collection of victim restitution has remained an almost intractable criminal justice challenge. Across the country, states struggle generate comprehensive data on the scale of debts, the timeliness of collections and the effectiveness of civil remedies. This workshop will focus on several statewide criminal justice reform efforts that have are implementing strategies to improve restitution data and debt collection.
Rites of Passage: Uniqueness in Sexual Violence Prevention

Presented by the co-authors and facilitators of the curriculum, this workshop will discuss the Sexual Violence Prevention Engaging Men Rites of Passage Program (EMROPP). As featured in NSVRC's 2013 Spring/Summer Edition of The Resource, EMROPP is a rites of passage sexual violence prevention education and training curriculum developed in consultation and collaboration with the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Designed to connect the four-level social-ecological model to the Nguza Saba seven principles of blackness, EMROPP introduces sexual violence prevention strategies and cultural values and history to boys as they transition from boyhood to manhood.
Rural Challenges: Increasing Victim Safety and Offender Accountability in Rural Areas

Victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking who reside in rural or frontier areas face unique challenges. Limited resources within the rural criminal justice and social service systems make it even more difficult to overcome these challenges. This session will discuss practical strategies to assist in: increasing the safety of rural victims, holding rural offenders accountable and enhancing community collaborations.
SAFE Protocol Revisions: Important Updates

The National Protocol for Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examinations of Adults and Adolescents 2nd Edition was released by the US Department of Justice in 2013. The protocol provides detailed guidelines for practitioners to respond to the immediate needs of the patient who has experienced sexual violence. The critical importance of caring for both health needs and providing options to the patient for a criminal justice response are integral components of the medical care necessary to protect the health and safety of the individual patient. This presentation will highlight the changes to the recommendations in the new 2nd Edition of the Protocol. Included will be suggestions on the implications that these recommendations can have for your existing response protocols, policies and practice.
Safety for All: Juvenile Justice Facilities and Rape Crisis Centers Collaborate on Prison Rape

Illinois is one of 6 states with the highest incidence of sexual assault in juvenile justice facilities in the country. With the 2012 Department of Justice release of The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards, correctional facilities, including juvenile justice facilities, are now required to institute a comprehensive approach to preventing and addressing sexual assault. As a result, the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault and local rape crisis centers in the state are forming partnerships with juvenile justice facilities to implement the PREA victim services standards for incarcerated youth. This workshop will address how to create a collaboration that builds the capacity of both juvenile justice facilities as well as rape crisis centers to provide a victim-centered approach to incarcerated youth who are sexually victimized. Presenters will frame the issues and challenges, identify successful strategies and promising practices and explore resources available and needed for full implementation.
Sexual Assault in the Military: What do we Really Know About it?

Sexual assault in the military is a topic that receives a great deal of attention these days- from the media, Congress, and the general public. A recent Google search for the topic yielded over 9,000,000 hits. Unfortunately, much of what is presented is either inaccurate or misleading. In order to eddectively respond to secual assault in the military, we mist first have accurate information about the natire of the problem. There are unique characteristics to sexual assault in the milirary that are critically important for anyone working in this field to understand. This session will present accurate, research-based information o nsexual assault in the military; its unique dynamics and challenges. We will also discuss how military and civilian advocates can work together to effectively advocate for positive change.
Sexual Assault: Justice Starts with a Trauma Informed Response

Sexual Assault: Justice Starts With A Trauma Informed Response – Justice in sexual assault investigations begins with an understanding of the devastating impact of sexual violence trauma on victims and survivors. The effects of trauma are often misinterpreted by the police, prosecutors, judges and juries. We will examine successful interview strategies to help capture the psychological evidence of trauma as well as corroborating the sensory and peripheral details from the victim to strengthen the case. By understanding trauma, officers can contribute to the immediate and long term recovery of the victim and lay the foundation for mutual cooperation and respect on which a successful interview and investigation is built.(90 Minutes)
Social Solutions

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Statewide Response to Anonymous Reports

This workshop will include how the State of Wisconsin addressed the access to collection of and analysis of medical forensic evidence in cases of navigated the anonymous report, VAWA compliance and the new WI statue to ensure that all victims in the state have access to a forensic exam even when they choose not to report immediately. The Attorney General's office developed a Statewide Task force to address this issue. The panel that will include ADA, Norm Gahn, Medical/Forensic Jacqueline Callari Robinson, Crime Lab Director Kevin Jones and Advocate Ann Ranfraz will describe how this task force was created, who it included and how Wisconsin leaders collaborated to address care to victims of violence.
Surviving an Active Shooter

The Surviving an Active Shooter Training focuses on the various issues observed prior to, during and after an active shooter event occurs. This workshop includes pre-indicators of workplace violence, what to do during an event, and how to begin the healing process post-event. The current program is being redesigned to incorporate medical response by individuals within businesses and the community to assist in saving lives while first responders are en-route. The Surviving an Active Shooter program has been developed to increase business and community resilience during these traumatic times, which unfortunately continue to occur throughout the nation.
Tax ID Theft Victimization – Awareness and Remedies for Victims

Tax ID Theft Victimization – Awareness and Remedies for Victims (Panel – Laura Ivkovich, Policy Analyst, Office for Victims of Crime, DOJ; Cindy Liebes, Regional Director for the Southeast Region, Federal Trade Commission; Merry O'Brien, National ID Theft Victims Assistance Network) Identity theft is a serious crime. People whose identities have been stolen can spend months or years (as well as their hard earned money) repairing the mess thieves have made of their good name and credit record. Meanwhile, as a result of this financial fallout victims may lose job opportunities, be refused loans, housing and education, and may be arrested for crimes they didn't commit. This workshop will discuss the victimization of U.S. citizens by identity theft -- its consequences and ways to help remedy the problems (according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics) that affects over 16 million victims nationwide. Specifically, the workshop will focus on a growing type of identity theft affecting tax payers titled tax id theft. Identity thieves use legitimate taxpayers' identities to fraudulently file tax returns and claim refunds – using a stolen SSN to file a forged tax return. Victims' tax refunds are taken by identity thieves before victims are even aware this has happened. The U.S. Department of Justice is helping the Federal Trade Commission on a national campaign to shed light on this growing problem, help victims deal with the consequences, and offer remedies so victims can regain control.
Technology and Stalking

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The Active Shooter & Impact of Workplace Violence

An Active Shooter incident is happening all too frequently in our nation. They can occur everywhere and anywhere. It's time to educate and empower professionals working in high risk environments to protect themselves and understand what happens in the aftermath of a workplace violence/mass casualty incident. Orange County Sheriff's Department SWAT Team Leader-Shane Millhollon and Heather Williams- CSP Crisis Response Team Coordinator have presented this topic as a team bringing first hand knowledge and experience responding to various types of workplace violence incidents. This presentation is interactive with the goal of empowering people to have a plan and reduce the possibility of being a victim of a violent crime in the workplace or community. Additionally, Heather was a first responder to the Salon Meritage Shooting in Seal Beach CA in 2011. Heather provides insight into how to manage the crisis and coordinate assistance to victims of a mass casualty.
The Impact of the Increased Populations in the Balkan Oil Fields

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The Legislative History of Addressing Violence Against Women: Four Decades of Reform

For four decades, a national reform movement fighting violence against women has made its presence known in state houses and court houses across America. The national crises of rape, domestic violence, and stalking have resulted in both legislative reforms and a substantial body of case law. This session will detail the history of the national legislative movement that changed the landscape for survivors of rape, intimate partner violence, and stalking. The session will share the history of legislative reforms made in one state by highlighting actual case stories of survivors, advocates, and legislators who made reforms possible. Guidance for how to accomplish legislative reforms will also be shared.
The Lost Victims--Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children a Trauma Informed approach to Juvenile Justice

This workshop presents research and promising practices for victims (Commercially Sexually Exploited Youth) in the juvenile justice system. The workshop will focus on defining Commercial Sexual Exploitation, describing risks, signs, and vulnerabilities for youth; and using a trauma informed approach to case management and the delivery of services. Participants will gain a greater understanding of the complex needs of youthful offenders who have been identified as victims of sexual exploitation, along with utilizing a multi-disciplinary approach.
The Voice of Victims at Parole

Over the last forty years, victims have gained access to every stage of the criminal justice process including parole decision-making. Most states are statutorily required to notify victims when their offenders receive parole consideration. Victims may provide, and in some states are solicited to provide, input requesting that parole be granted or denied. Critics question whether these victims' rights are real or symbolic. This workshop will present the findings and implications of research which expands on existing work about the impact of victim input by exploring its contents and utility. Findings reveal that most input focuses on twelve themes which parole board members struggle to reconcile with other information in offenders' case files as they fulfill their mandate to make release decisions based on offenders' risk to public safety. This suggests ways that victims and parole boards should work together to clarify purposes, processes, and expectations surrounding victim input schemes.
Transforming Victim Services Using Research, Data, and Evaluations

This workshop will begin with a broad discussion of the findings and recommendations of Vision 21, OVC's strategic roadmap for transforming victim services. The panel will then focus on the recommendations related to building and expanding the body of knowledge on victimization through research, evaluation, and statistical studies that present a more accurate and comprehensive understanding of victim services in the United States -- and specifically OVC's efforts in this area. These efforts include support for the Bureau of Justice Statistics to expand the use of the National Incident Based Reporting System and to conduct a National Survey of Victim Service Providers. In addition, OVC is currently funding a national project to bridge the research to practice gap in the victim services field in hopes of creating more meaningful ways of infusing evidence-based practices into programming efforts.
Trauma And Delinquency: A Qualitative Study Of The Relationship and Pathway Between Sexual Trauma And Juvenile Delinquency For African American And Latina Girls

This workshop will discuss research findings from study on the relationship and pathways between sexual trauma and delinquency for girls. Presentation will include recommendations for advocacy, intervention and treatment strategies.
Two Agencies, Two Responses for Rebuilding the Lives of Murder Victim Families

Two agencies, Two responses for rebuilding the lives of murder victim families. 1. Group intervention is a promising practice for survivors after the murder of a loved one and many communities have a once a month drop in group. The first presenter will provide an overview of how her agency has successfully provided and researched a ten week "restorative retelling" group model specifically designed for the aftermath of violent death. The focus of this workshop will be to introduce an expansion of this work. An adapted model has been developed and can be used as a self help tool, or by peer or paraprofessional facilitators to expand the group model to many more survivors of homicide than is now available. 2 The second presenter will provide an overview of how her agency's collaborative response model. This model includes community stake holders: law enforcement/prosecutor, civil lawyers, government crisis/court advocates, funeral service providers and other community resources. Collaboration has been successful in reducing the anxiety , isolation and confusion by providing timely support for family and friends of murder victims and survivors. Informative review of how this agency functions can facilitate improved responses by participants and the crime victims they represent.
Vacation Gone Bad: What Happens When Violent Crime Occurs Overseas

Over 60 million U. S. citizens travel abroad each year and some, unfortunately, will become a victim of violent crime. Where do you go for help? The U.S. Department of State, with consular officers in more than 240 countries, is the best resource to provide support and assistance in navigating the medical, judicial and legal systems in the country where the crime occurred. Each crime victim situation has its own unique challenges that can be further complicated given the language barriers, financial/medical expenses, and the country's local laws, culture and attitudes towards specific crimes. During this session, we will also discuss incidence of fraud and the overseas challenge of working with U.S. citizens with mental health issues. In this session, participants will learn about challenges violent crime victims face overseas, the type of support provided to victims and their families, and have an opportunity to discuss real life case examples.
Victim Centered Parole Practices

This workshop will describe the parole process and provide information on ways to ensure victims' rights are being met. Victim considerations for parole boards will be discussed as well as some promising victim centered parole practices. Participants will learn about available resources to assit them in developing victim centered programs within parole.
Victim Support in Europe-Global Challenges

Providng insight in to the work of victim support organsiations in 29 countries in Europe. Highlighting common global themes, public policy challenges, leadership needs and the postion of victims in the crmina justice system. Comparing countries with more successful outcomes for victms than others. Presenting the reality of the global victm and the case for better and more international co-operation and co-ordination both at policy and service delivery levels.
Witness Protection: Victims' Rights and Best Practices
Working with, and Enhancing the Safety of those Victimized by Violence, through Victim-Centered Interviewing

This workshop will discuss the many factors involved in holding the domestic violence offender accountable for their behavior and to enhance victim satisfaction with the criminal justice system. Among the topics that will be discussed are: working with and interviewing victims of violence; identifying how the system enhances or impedes ones ability to manage trauma; utilizing methods of communicating with those victimized by violence that are safe and productive; trauma informed and empowerment based questions; incorporating community partners in the autonomy of victims and identifying ways to safely and legally releasing information that enhance safety and accountability.
Workplace Violence

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