This web site was copied prior to January 20, 2005. It is now a Federal record managed by the National Archives and Records Administration. External links, forms, and search boxes may not function within this collection. Learn more.   [hide]
Top of Fact Sheet Image

Office for Victims of Crime National Scope Training and Technical Assistance Portfolio

Dear Colleague LetterThis Training and Technical Assistance Portfolio presents programs that receive discretionary funding through the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC). These programs are responsive to the field-driven need for training, technical assistance, and information that enhance the capacity of the criminal justice system and allied professions to assist crime victims effectively. The programs also support the broader goal of systemic change. By raising the skill level and knowledge base of key practitioners, these programs will help to foster consistent and high-quality victim assistance services that are available to victims from the reporting of the crime through case resolution and beyond.

OVC's Discretionary Programs

Through the Federal Register and its application kit, OVC annually announces the availability of funding for training, technical assistance, and demonstration programs that are designed to improve the quality and broaden the scope of victims services. Many of the announced programs are designed in direct response to training and technical assistance needs communicated to OVC from the field.

Program applications which best meet specific selection criteria are reviewed by panels of experts, who then make funding recommendations to OVC's director. The director has final authority to make funding awards. Most applicants must agree to make enhancements to their project designs before the funding is actually awarded.

The projects described in this bulletin are categorized as follows:

How the Portfolio Is Organized

Projects in this portfolio are presented in the five aforementioned categories: training and technical assistance; promising practices; reports and instructional materials; demonstration projects; and OVC events. Each project title is followed by a brief description along with contact information.

For Further Information

To receive a copy of OVC's annual discretionary program plan and grant application kit, or for information about OVC programs, publications, or final reports, contact the OVC Resource Center at 1(800) 627-6872.

These and other materials may also be downloaded from OVC's homepage on the World Wide Web at: http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ovc/.

To contact OVC grantees directly, please use the identifying information at the end of each project summary.

Table of Contents1996 Programs:

Training and Technical Assistance

Community Policing and Victim Services

International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA)

IACP and NOVA developed victim-centered protocols, a training curriculum, and a videotape that focus on the integration of victim services into the basics of community policing.

Training and technical assistance will be available to jurisdictions in Fiscal Years 1997 and 1998.

John H. Stein, J.D.
Deputy Director
National Organization for Victim Assistance
1757 Park Road, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20010
(202) 232-6682

Death Notification Training: Breaking the Bad News with Compassion for the Survivor and Concern for the Professional

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)

MADD developed training curricula for victim service providers, law enforcement, medical professionals, and funeral directors on techniques for the sensitive notification of survivors of homicide victims. Training manuals for each of these groups are available, along with a death notification protocol and a one-hour training videotape.

Janice Lord
Director
Victims Services
Mothers Against Drunk Driving
511 East John Carpenter Freeway, Suite 700
Irving, Texas 75062
1(800) 438-6233, ext. 254

Guidelines for Victim-Offender Mediation and Dialogue

University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota is developing a training package on facilitating victim-offender mediation and dialogue. The package includes guidelines for the development of victim-sensitive victim-offender programs, short training videotapes on key elements, and two monographs. The grantee will also conduct a training seminar and provide training and technical assistance for victim-offender mediation programs in two state departments of corrections.

Mark Umbreit, Ph.D.

Project Director

Center for Restitution Justice and Mediation

School of Social Work

University of Minnesota

386 McNeal Hall

1985 Buford Avenue

St. Paul, Minnesota 55108

(612) 624-4923

Training Mental Health Providers to Assist Crime Victims

Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR)

PCAR's curriculum, "Victim Empowerment: Bridging the System­Mental Health and Victim Service Providers," is designed to educate both mental health professionals and victim counselors on the mental health issues that are unique to crime victimization.

B.J. Horn

Director of Administration

Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape

125 North Enola

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17025

(717) 728-9740

AIDS and Victims Services

National Victim Center (NVC)

NVC has designed a comprehensive training package, suitable for victim service providers and allied practitioners, that addresses the medical, legal, and psychological aspects of HIV/AIDS. The training package consists of manuals for both participants and trainers.

Diane Alexander

Project Director

National Victim Center

2111 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 300

Arlington, Virginia 22201

(703) 276-2880

National TRIAD Trainings to Reduce Elder Victimization

International Association of Chiefs of Police

(IACP)

TRIAD is a joint effort of the American Association of Retired Persons, IACP, and the National Sheriffs Association. IACP's training curriculum addresses effective law enforcement responses to the victimization of elderly Americans.

Betsy Cantrell

Project Director

National Sheriffs Association

1450 Duke Street

Alexandria, Virginia 22314

(703) 838-5302

Hate and Bias Crime Regional Training Seminar Series

Education Development Center

This project focused on coordination between law enforcement and victim assistance professionals to maximize support and reduce trauma to victims of hate and bias crimes. Model policies, procedures, and practices are available, along with training manuals for participants and trainers.

Karen McLaughlin

Project Director

Education Development Center

55 Chapel Street

Newton, Massachusetts 02158

(617) 969-7100

Multi-Purpose Educational Curriculum for Young Crime Victims

National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) and the Education Development Center (EDC)

NOVA and EDC are collaborating to prepare a 40-hour curriculum for use by school personnel, youth groups, and victim service providers in educating young people. The curriculum addresses the impact of crime on victims, victim assistance resources, and strategies for providing effective peer support to young victims of crime.

Cheryl Tyiska

Project Director

National Organization for Victim Assistance

1757 Park Road, N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20010

(202) 232-6682

Promising Practices

Healing Through Community Action

Victim Services, Inc. (VSNY)

VSNY will document how community involvement by victims can help them to recover from the trauma of crime. Findings will be presented in a catalogue of victim activities, case profiles of victim activists, and a monograph on activism with recommendations for how to get victims and survivors involved.

Susan Tucker

Project Director

Victim Services, Inc.

2 Lafayette Street, 3rd Floor

New York, New York 10007

(212) 577-7705

Promising Practices for Law Enforcement

National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA)

NOVA has identified and documented innovative policies, procedures, practices, and programs used by law enforcement agencies to respond to the needs of crime victims. These findings, with case examples, will be issued in a compendium in Spring 1998.

John H. Stein, J.D.

Deputy Director

National Organization for Victim Assistance

1757 Park Road, N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20010

(202) 232-6682

Promising Practices for Prosecutors

American Prosecutors Research Institute (APRI)

APRI is producing a guidebook that describes promising practices for prosecutors and prosecutor-based victim assistance programs. The guidebook and a summary monograph will be available for dissemination nationwide.

Jennifer Panagopoulas, Ph.D.

Chief Administrator

American Prosecutors Research Institute

99 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 510

Alexandria, Virginia 22314

(703) 549-4253

Promising Practices in Probation and Parole

American Probation and Parole Association

(APPA)

APPA has issued a compendium of promising practices in victim assistance for probation and parole personnel. The compendium identifies promising program elements and highlights innovative policies, procedures, and programs developed by community corrections agencies to respond to the needs of crime victims.

Tracy Godwin

Project Director

American Probation and Parole Association

c/o Council of State Governments

Iron Works Pike, POB 11910

Lexington, Kentucky 40578-1910

(606) 244-8215

Promising Practices in Rural Areas

California State University at Fresno

This project addresses the unique service delivery issues facing victim assistance practitioners­such as distance and scarce resources­in rural areas. Promising practices and model programs in rural areas will be described in a compendium. These materials will be available in Summer 1998.

Harvey Wallace, Ph.D.

Project Director

California State University at Fresno

4910 North Chestnut

Fresno, California 93726

(209) 278-4223

Promising Strategies and Practices in Professional Education

Allegheny-Singer Research Institute (ASRI) and Victims Services, Inc. (VSNY)

ASRI and VSNY are collaborating to produce a multidisciplinary victim assistance core curriculum that can be adapted by graduate and undergraduate schools for existing courses. ASRI will identify promising curricula in schools of law, medicine, nursing, social work, criminal justice, mental health, and divinity. VSNY will survey states for accreditation and licensing requirements in the aforementioned professions and will develop the core curriculum.

Samuel Aymer

Project Director

Victim Services, Inc.

2 Lafayette Street, 3rd Floor

New York, New York 10007

(212) 577-7700

Reports and Instructional Materials

Guidebook on the Development and Operation of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Programs

Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation

Some communities have established SANE programs with specially trained nurses who both conduct forensic examinations and provide emotional support to victims admitted to hospital emergency rooms. The Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation, through the Sexual Assault Resource Service, is developing a guidebook for communities on how to establish SANE programs.

Linda E. Ledray, RN, Ph.D., SANE

Project Director

Sexual Assault Resource Service

525 Portland Ave, 7th Level

Minneapolis, Minnesota 55415

(612) 347-5832

Guidebook on Media Issues Impacting Crime Victims

National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA)

NOVA developed a guidebook for victim service providers and the media on sensitive coverage of crime stories and respectful interaction with survivors and victims. The guidebook includes guidelines for both media and victim service professionals, model press releases, basic information on the trauma of victimization, and examples of sensitive crime news coverage.

John H. Stein, J.D.

Deputy Director

National Organization for Victim Assistance

1757 Park Road, N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20010

(202) 232-6682

Topic Specific Videotapes

Education Development Center (EDC)

EDC has produced three videotapes for use as training aids: "Path Through the Criminal Justice System," "Victim Issues for Parole Boards," and "Multicultural Issues in Victims Services." The 20-minute videotapes come with instructional guides and suggestions for usage.

Debra Whitcomb

Project Director

Education Development Center

55 Chapel Street

Newton, Massachusetts 02158

(617) 969-7100

Demonstration Projects

Victim Services 2000

Victim Assistance in Law Enforcement (VALE)

Board of Denver

The Denver VALE Board is developing a seamless, interdisciplinary system of comprehensive services for the crime victims of Denver, Colorado. As key elements of the demonstration initiative, the project will focus on institutionalizing training within relevant agencies and professional schools on all aspects of delivery of services to crime victims; and exploring the application of technology to the delivery of services to victims. Special emphasis will be placed on outreach to previously underserved or unserved populations and on cross-training for the criminal justice, community non-profit, and allied professional communities.

Marti Kovener

Project Director

Denver VALE Board

303 W. Colfax, Suite 1300

Denver, Colorado 80204

(303) 640-4933

1997 Programs:

Training and Technical Assistance

Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Program

Community Research Associates (CRA)

CRA links OVC's program information and subject matter specialists to victim service providers, policy makers, practitioners, allied professionals, and the public through a broad spectrum of general services in training and technical assistance. CRA conducts needs assessments, designs and delivers training programs, and provides technical assistance such as resource information, conference planning and management, facilitation, and rapid response to emergency problems.

Doyle A. Wood

Project Director

Community Research Associates

311 Plus Park Blvd., Suite 100

Nashville, Tennessee 37217

(615) 399-9908

Training-of-Trainers on Victim Assistance in Community Corrections

American Probation and Parole Association (APPA)

This project will disseminate information developed under APPA's previous project, "Promising Practices for Victim Services in Probation and Parole," by conducting three training-for-trainers seminars.

Tracy Godwin

Project Director

American Probation and Parole Association

c/o Council of State Governments

Iron Works Pike, POB 11910

Lexington, Kentucky 40578-1910

(606) 244-8215

Training-of-Trainers on Staff Victimization in Correctional Agencies

National Victim Center (NVC)

NVC will adapt its curricula on workplace violence and staff victimization in correctional agencies to fit the training-of-trainer model. Three training seminars will be presented and an OVC bulletin will be produced.

Trudy Gregorie

Project Director

National Victim Center

2111 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 300

Arlington, Virginia 22201

(703) 276-2880

Training-of-Trainers on Death Notification

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)

MADD will adapt its death notification curriculum to a training-of-trainers format by enhancing the adult learning section. MADD will recruit trainees from law enforcement academies, medical and nursing schools, paramedic training programs, graduate programs in psychology and social work, schools of mortuary science, OVC's directory of victim services trainers, and all federal victim-witness coordinators.

Janice Lord

Director

Victims Services

Mothers Against Drunk Driving

511 E. John Carpenter Freeway, Suite 700

Irving, Texas 75062

1(800) 438-6233, ext. 254

Training of Trainer on Assisting Victims of Hate and Bias Crimes

Education Development Center (EDC)

EDC will conduct training seminars for trainers in law enforcement and victim assistance, the professions for whom the curriculum was originally developed. The training utilizes model policies, procedures, practices, and scenarios that illustrate and define hate and bias crimes.

Karen McLaughlin

Project Director

Education Development Center

55 Chapel Street

Newton, Massachusetts 02158

(617) 969-7100

Training of Trainers on Victim Impact Classes/Panels for Offenders

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and the California Youth Authority (CYA)

In 1996, MADD and CYA teamed up to offer training to individuals who work with offenders on implementing Victim Impact Classes/Panels. The curriculum integrates classroom learning about crime and its victims with personal accounts of victimization. In 1997, MADD and CYA is conducting four Training for Trainer seminars and in 1998 one advanced training on enhancing the trainers' abilities to conduct Victim Impact Classes/Panels.

Regina Sobieski

Assistant Director

Victim Assistance and Research

Mothers Against Drunk Driving

511 E. John Carpenter Freeway, Suite 700

Irving, Texas 75062

1(800) 438-6233, ext. 261

National Victim Assistance Academy

Victims' Assistance Legal Organization (VALOR)

VALOR convened the fourth National Victim Assistance Academy, a five-day comprehensive course in victimology for students from the victim assistance field and allied professions. Students were selected based on experience and geographical, cultural, and professional diversity. Several sites around the country were linked up with the national campus through compressed video, enabling students coast to coast to benefit from top experts in the criminal justice and victims fields.

Morna Murray, J.D.

Executive Director

Victims' Assistance Legal Organization

99 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 510

Alexandria, Virginia 22314

(703) 684-8310

Protecting Victims' Rights: A Prosecutor's Priority

American Prosecutor's Research Institute (APRI)

APRI will produce a handbook for prosecutors on how to implement prosecutor-based victim assistance programs. APRI will also develop a directory of model victim service programs and deliver intensive training and technical assistance on program implementation.

Jennifer Panagopoulas, Ph.D.

Chief Administrator

American Prosecutors Research Institute

99 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 510

Alexandria, Virginia 22314

(703) 549-4253

Regional Seminars to Support a National School Crisis Response Capability

National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA)

NOVA will use training materials and a booklet describing the establishment of community and institutional crisis response teams to provide three regional training seminars. It will also develop a training curriculum and manual to aid schools in responding to violent incidents. NOVA will use these materials to host three regional training sessions for school personnel. Finally, NOVA will hold a training of trainers seminar on creating a capacity for crisis response. The U.S. Department of Education, through the Bureau of Justice Assistance, is jointly funding this project.

John H. Stein, J.D.

Deputy Director

National Organization for Victim Assistance

1757 Park Road, N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20010

(202) 232-6682

Working With Grieving Children

National Organization for Victim Assistance

NOVA has developed a training curriculum and video for teachers, parents, and counselors on children and adolescents who are grieving their own victimization or that of a loved one. The training will be presented at three regional conferences using "Athletes Helping Kids Make a Difference," a group of professional athletes who volunteer to help troubled youth.

John H. Stein, J.D.

Deputy Director

National Organization for Victim Assistance

1757 Park Road, N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20010

(202) 232-6682

Building Skills for Sexual Assault Responders

Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation

The Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation, through the Sexual Assault Resource Service (SARS), will develop a comprehensive, user-friendly training and technical assistance program for sexual assault crisis counselors and advocates. SARS will base its curriculum on a comprehensive but succinct review of research findings, information available through OVC, and training materials and training requirements/guidelines currently used by state coalitions.

Linda E. Ledray, RN, Ph.D., SANE

Project Director

Sexual Assault Resource Service

525 Portland Ave, 7th Level

Minneapolis, Minnesota 55415

(612) 347-5832

Domestic Violence: A Training for Dental Professionals

School of Dentistry, Program Against Sexual Violence, University of Minnesota

This project will develop a comprehensive education model for dentists and dental auxiliaries on family violence. The School of Dentistry and the Program Against Sexual Violence will produce and pilot test a training videotape and curriculum on how to detect signs of family violence. They will also design a comprehensive training packet that will enable dental teams to easily apply the intervention model to their own office settings.

Jamie Tiedemann

Project Director

Program Against Sexual Violence

Boynton Health Services

University of Minnesota

410 Church Street, Room 407

Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455

(612) 626-2929

Immigration Considerations in Assisting Victims of Sexual and Physical Violence

The American Bar Association (ABA)

The ABA's Commission on Domestic Violence, in cooperation with AYUDA, a grassroots agency for Latina victims of domestic violence, will convene three training seminars on assisting battered immigrant women who are eligible for relief under the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (VAWA). The curriculum will include the most up-to-date information about VAWA's recently issued regulations and about cultural issues, immigration law, and ways to assist victims who want to petition for residency.

Roberta L. Valente

Staff Director

ABA Commission on Domestic Violence

740 15th Street, N.W., 9th Floor

Washington, D.C. 20005-1009

(202) 662-1737

Full Faith and Credit Training and Technical Assistance Project

Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV)

The PCADV's Battered Women's Justice Project will identify effective practices for law enforcement, prosecution, court, and advocacy practices to promote accessible, consistent enforcement of civil and criminal protection orders in appropriate state and tribal courts throughout the country, pursuant to the Full Faith and Credit provisions of the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (VAWA).

Barbara Hart, J.D.

Attorney at Law

Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence

6400 Flank Drive, Suite 1300

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17112

(610) 373-5697

Traumatic Grief: The Synergism of Trauma and Grief

Anti-Violence Partnership of Philadelphia (AVP)

The purpose of this program is to develop an empirically tested paradigm of traumatic grief that captures the unique experience of victims of violent crime, and more specifically, of homicide survivors. AVP will develop a multidisciplinary training curriculum designed to foster more consistency in services for victims of violent crime and to give practitioners specific skills that enable them to provide more effective assistance.

Deborah Spungen

Project Director

Anti-Violence Partnership of Philadelphia

633 West Rittenhouse Street
C-14
Philadelphia, PA 19144
215/438-9070

Victims of Gang Violence

Victim Services, Inc. (VSNY)

VSNY, in collaboration with the Orange County Community Service Program, Gang Victim Services, will survey the nation for promising practices in responding to victims of gang violence and develop a comprehensive, multidisciplinary training and technical assistance package for criminal justice and victim service practitioners. A train-the-trainer curriculum will also be developed.

Lucy N. Friedman, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Victim Services, Inc.

2 Lafayette Street, 3rd Floor

New York, New York 10007

(212) 577-7705

Cultural Considerations in Assisting Crime Victims

National MultiCultural Institute (NMCI)

The NMCI will develop training for attorneys, law enforcement officers, and victim advocates about the cultural factors that should be considered when working with crime victims of diverse backgrounds. Diversity will be broadly defined to include race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, and physical and mental abilities. The training package will address all crimes but will provide focused guidance on sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse, and homicide.

Rohini Anand, Ph.D.

Project Director

National MultiCultural Institute

3000 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 438

Washington, D.C. 20008

(202) 483-0700

Promising Practices

Promising Practices and Strategies in Corrections

National Victim Center (NVC)

Using a curriculum which integrates promising victim assistance practices that the grantee identified in an earlier phase of the project, NVC will provide intensive training and technical assistance to eight state corrections systems and one jail jurisdiction. NVC's partners in the project are the American Correctional Association, the Association of Paroling Authorities, International, the American Probation and Parole Association, and the Restorative Justice Association.

Trudy Gregorie

Project Director

National Victim Center

2111 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 300

Arlington, Virginia 22201

(703) 276-2880

Promising Practices in Restitution

American Probation and Parole Association

(APPA)

APPA will examine obstacles to the effective management of restitution and will identify and describe a variety of approaches used in the criminal and juvenile justice systems to establish orders of restitution and to ensure that victims receive payment. The findings will be issued in a final compendium.

Ann H. Crowe

Project Director

American Probation and Parole Association

c/o Council of State Governments

P.O. Box 11910

Lexington, Kentucky 40578-1910

(606) 244-8198

Promising Strategies and Practices to Improve Services for Victims of White Collar Crime

Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)

The goal of PERF's project is to improve the response of federal criminal justice personnel to victims of white collar crime and fraud. PERF will develop a resource package for victims with information about their rights and available services and a description of the criminal justice process. It will also produce a brief videotape about the impact of these crimes.

Clifford L. Karchmer

Director

Police Executive Research Forum

1120 Connecticut Ave, N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20036

(202) 466-7820

Victims, Judges, and Partnerships for Juvenile Reforms

Florida Atlantic University (FAU), School of Public Administration

The FAU will convene a series of focus groups with juvenile court judges and victims to obtain data on opportunities for victim involvement in juvenile court. Judges will also be educated on victims' issues and learn methods to improve the judicial response to victims of juvenile crimes.

Gordon Bazemore, Ph.D.

School of Public Administration

Florida Atlantic University

University Tower

220 S.E. 2nd Avenue

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33301

(954) 760-5663

Juvenile Court Response to Victims of Juvenile Offenders

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ)

The NCJFCJ will conduct a nationwide assessment of victims' rights and services in the juvenile justice system. It will also identify promising victim assistance practices and will update its analysis of victims' rights in juvenile justice codes. Finally, the NCJFCJ will develop a training curriculum and technical assistance packets on working with victims of juvenile offenders. The project findings will be issued in a final report.

Mr. James Toner

Project Director

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

University of Nevada

1041 N. Virginia, 3rd Floor

Reno, Nevada 89557

(702) 784-6012

Symposium on the Sexual Victimization of Youth

National Children's Advocacy Center (NCAC)

The NCAC will identify challenges and gaps in outreach and response to youth victims of sexual violence. Based on its invitation-only symposium held in March 1997, the NCAC has drafted a report on promising practices and strategies for further action. The report will be available in Spring 1998.

Charles Wilson

Executive Director

National Children's Advocacy Center

200 Westwide Square, Suite 700

Huntsville, Alabama 35801

(205) 533-0531

Young Teen Girls Sexually Victimized by Older Men: Improving the Criminal Justice Response

American Bar Association (ABA) Fund for Justice and Education

The ABA will develop a compendium of promising practices with specific guidance

for prosecutors, victim advocates, law enforcement officers, and judges to help young teen girls in statutory rape cases. As part of its research, the ABA will identify ten jurisdictions with promising practices around the country and will conduct on-site interviews to gain in-depth information about actual case handling.

Sharon Elstein

Project Director

ABA Fund for Justice and Education

740 15th Street, N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20005

(202) 662-1752

Promising Strategies and Practices to Enhance Workplace Responses to Victims of Domestic Violence

The Family Violence Prevention Fund (FVP Fund)

The FVP Fund will assess the needs of victims of domestic violence in the workplace and will draft a white paper on the rationale for employer involvement. Model policies and procedures will then be gathered and a "blueprint" issued for adaptation by employers so that they may better protect and assist domestic violence victims in the workplace. A network of employers, advocates, and labor organizations will help to raise awareness of the issue and to disseminate the final product.

Donna Norton

Manager

National Workplace Resource Center on Domestic Violence

Family Violence Prevention Fund

383 Rhode Island Street, Suite 304

San Francisco, California 94103-5133

(415) 252-8900

Promising Strategies and Practices in Using Technology to Benefit Crime Victims

National Victim Center (NVC)

NVC will survey the field for promising uses of technology in assisting victims and will convene a two-day, invitation-only transfer of knowledge symposium. A monograph highlighting the symposium findings and recommendations will be made available for the public.

David Beatty, J.D.

Director, Public Policy

National Victim Center

2111 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 300

Arlington, Virginia 22201

(703) 276-2880

Reports and Instructional Materials

Guaranteeing Victims' Rights: Experiences in Three States

National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA)

The NCJA authored a report that contained an in-depth analysis of victims' rights legislation in three states, compared and contrasted procedures to ensure that legislated protections are carried out, and issued recommendations for program replication in other states. During a second phase of the project, the NCJA will, with the assistance of an advisory group, develop a resource guide for states on implementing victims' rights compliance programs.

Cabell Cropper

Executive Vice President

National Criminal Justice Association

444 North Capitol Street, N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20001

(202) 347-4900

Victim Assistance Handbook

National Sheriffs Association (NSA)

With the emphasis on community policing,

the beat officer is likely to encounter crime victims immediately after a crime­when victims are most vulnerable. The NSA will create a handbook for officers on how to provide assistance during the initial contact with victims and to refer them to the appropriate victim services agency.

Dean Moser

Executive Director

National Sheriffs Association

1450 Duke Street

Alexandria, Virginia 22314

(703) 836-7827

Victims' Rights Sourcebook

National Victim Center (NVC)

NVC's sourcebook is a comprehensive comparison of victims' rights statutes across the country. It is an invaluable tool for victim advocates, policy makers, and others who work to protect individual victims' rights and to promote victim-sensitive laws and public policy.

David Beatty, J.D.

Director of Public Policy

National Victim Center

2111 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 300

Arlington, Virginia 22201

(703) 276-2880

OVC "Help" Series

National Victim Center (NVC)

NVC will make basic crime victimization information available to victims, service providers, and the general public through the production of ten brochures on eight specific categories of victimization. The brochures will be available in Spanish, Vietnamese, and Chinese. NVC will also produce two brochures especially designed for children.

Trudy Gregorie

Project Director

National Victim Center

2111 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 300

Arlington, Virginia 22201

(703) 276-2880

Resource Materials for Victims Organizations

National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA)

NOVA will produce a resource kit for use in providing training and technical assistance that strengthen community-based, statewide, and national victim assistance organizations, coalitions, and support groups. The kit will be distributed to 1,500 individuals and agencies.

John H. Stein, J.D.

Deputy Director

National Organization for Victim Assistance

1757 Park Road, N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20010

(202) 232-6682

Care Manual for Funeral Service Professionals

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)

MADD will produce a 64-page "Care Manual for Funeral Service Professionals" on how to assist families following sudden death. The manual will be co-produced by Alliance magazine, a professional journal for funeral and cemetery professionals, and will fill an information gap for practitioners in this field.

Stephanie Frogge

National Director

Victim Services

Mothers Against Drunk Driving

511 E. John Carpenter Freeway, Suite 700

Irving, Texas 75062

1(800) 438-6233

Assisting Disabled Victims of Crime

National Organization for Victims Assistance (NOVA)

The National Organization for Victims Assistance (NOVA) will convene a two-day transfer of knowledge symposium on the topic of assisting crime victims with physical and developmental disabilities. Participants will represent the fields of disability advocacy, disability rights, victim assistance, and law. Symposium findings and recommendations will be issued in a published monograph.

John H. Stein, J.D.

Deputy Director

National Organization for Victims Assistance

1757 Park Road, N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20010

(202) 232-6682

Demonstration Projects

Victims Services 2000

The Travis County Community Justice Council

Travis County, Texas is participating as a composite urban/rural Victim Services 2000 site. Travis County's Community Justice Council, in collaboration with victim service providers, will plan and build a network of comprehensive, integrated services that can flexibly respond to the interrelated needs of its crime victims and can be used as a training and mentoring site for other communities.

Herb Schreib

Project Director

Travis County Community Justice Council

P.O. Box 1748

Austin, Texas 78767

(512) 708-4758

School Demonstration Project

Tariq Khamisa Foundation

The Khamisa Foundation will develop an interactive victim assistance program for faculty, parents, and elementary and middle school students who have been victims of gang violence. The program will focus on providing education, awareness, and assistance services in a safe and non-threatening environment. After a pilot test in ten San Diego schools, the program materials will be refined for dissemination.

Brian Horsley

Project Director

Tariq Khamisa Foundation

550 West C Street, Suite 1700

San Diego, California 92101

(619) 277-5700

School Demonstration Projects to Assist Victims and Witnesses: Safe Harbors

Victim Services, Inc.

Victim Services, Inc. will, through an advisory board of professionals in the fields of education, victim assistance, and juvenile justice, identify schools where the Safe Harbors model can be replicated. Victim Services will incorporate issues of gang violence into its victim assistance curriculum and develop both a teacher's and trainer-the-trainer's manual for the curriculum. Project staff will pilot test the manuals and curriculum in at least one school and will provide information sessions for schools that wish to replicate the Safe Harbors model.

Monique Jethwani

Project Director

Victim Services, Inc.

2 Lafayette Street, 3rd Floor

New York, New York 10007

(212) 511-7719

Violence Intervention Program of the LAC/USC Medical Center

Los Angeles County/University of Southern California (LAC/USC) Medical Center

The LAC/USC Medical Center will establish a hospital-based emergency shelter for victims of spouse abuse and their children. The project will serve as a laboratory and training site.

Astrid Heger, M.D.

Executive Director

Los Angeles County/University of Southern California Medical Center

Violence Intervention Program

1240 North Mission Road T-11

Los Angeles, California 90033

(213) 226-3961

Michigan Crime Victims' Website Demonstration Project

The Michigan Victim Alliance

The Michigan Victim Alliance will design a state-wide website for victims in Michigan and develop a Website Development Manual for other states wishing to replicate this service for crime victims. The website will provide information about the criminal justice system and available services, create a forum for communication among victims, and serve as a state clearinghouse for victim information. The manual will include guidance on establishing list serves and ensuring security on-line. Project staff will also assist victim groups from throughout the state in linking with the state website.

Bonnie Bucqueroux

Executive Director

The Michigan Victim Alliance

1500 Sandhill Road

Mason, Michigan 48854

517/349-4752

OVC Events

Restorative Justice Regional Symposia Series

OVC, National Institute of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, National Institute of Corrections

OVC is collaborating with other agencies to conduct a series of five regional symposia on the topic of restorative justice. The goals for the symposia are to advance the understanding of restorative justice principles, to identify tools and resources available at the regional level, to implement these principles, to provide a forum for networking and the exchange of ideas, and to facilitate collaboration among practitioners.

Susan Laurence

Program Specialist

Special Projects Division

Office for Victims of Crime

810 Seventh Ave, N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20531

(202) 616-3573

Videoconference on Staff Victimization in Correctional Facilities

Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), National Institute of Corrections, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

In cooperation with the above agencies, OVC will sponsor a two-hour videoconference on staff victimization in adult and juvenile correctional facilities. Host sites can apply to join the conferences through 'uplinks' that will enable participants to view the event and to ask questions of the expert panel.

Timothy Johnson

Program Specialist

Special Projects Division

Office for Victims of Crime

810 Seventh Ave, N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20531

(202) 616-3573

1998 Programs:

Training and Technical Assistance

A Multimedia Approach to Reduce Distress and Court Attrition Among Physically Injured Crime Victims

National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center, Medical University of South Carolina

The National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center will develop a brief intervention program for hospitalized crime victims. Hospital staff are trained to meet the needs of victims through a two-part video and brochure that are easily adaptable to different hospital settings.

Connie L. Best, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator

National Crime Victims and Treatment

Center

Medical University of South Carolina

171 Ashley Avenue

Charleston, South Carolina 29425-0742

(803) 792-2945

Implementing Customized Victim Notification Technologies

National Victim Center (NVC)

NVC will develop a training and technical assistance package that helps states design and implement victim notification systems that are responsive to victims' needs and state laws and administrative requirements. The package will consist of informational materials, a tool for assessing issues related to case information management, and procedures or plans for providing consultation and training to participating sites.

David Beatty

Director of Public Policy

National Victim Center

2111 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 300

Arlington, Virginia 22201

(703) 276-2880

Training Lawyers to Respond to Domestic Violence and Elder Abuse: An Action Partnership Between the ABA Commissions on Domestic Violence and Legal Problems of the Elderly

American Bar Association Fund for Justice and Education

The goal of this project is to enhance the legal representation of victims through the development of a model national training curriculum to improve the responses of general practice and family lawyers to victims of elder and domestic abuse. The curriculum, which will address the relationship between domestic violence and elder abuse, will focus on training lawyers to identify family violence issues, to utilize appropriate legal remedies, and to represent victims in a manner that maximizes their safety. The project staff will pilot test the curriculum during 1998 at three national conferences. Based on feedback from the pilot testing, the project staff will revise the model curriculum and disseminate it to state and local bar associations and other interested organizations.

Roberta Valente and Lori Stiegel

Project Co-Directors

American Bar Association Fund for Justice and Education

740 15th Street, N.W.

9th Floor

Washington, D.C. 20005

(202) 662-1737 (Ms. Valente)

(202) 662-8692 (Ms. Stiegel)

National Teleconference on Staff Victimization in Law Enforcement

Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC)

OVC and FLETC have entered into an agreement to organize and hold a six-hour national teleconference for law enforcement officials that will increase awareness of staff victimization among law enforcement agencies; provide information on policies and procedures to address staff victimization; and address ways to prevent and respond to problems resulting from on-the-job victimization. Project staff will make follow-up materials available to viewing audiences.

Gail London

Program Specialist

Behavioral Science Division

Federal Law Enforcement Training Center

Glynco, Georgia 31525

Promising Practices

Assisting Victims of Campus Crime

National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA)

The NCJA will conduct a national-scope search to identify promising practices, policies, and procedures for assisting campus crime victims; describe the major issues involved in effectively serving these victims; and identify service gaps. The grantee will then analyze the data and draft an assessment report; conduct a focus group; synthesize resulting material and recommendations into an in-depth report that will be published as an OVC bulletin and serve as an action plan for the field; and disseminate the information to appropriate advocacy, academic, criminal justice, and professional associations nationwide.

Cabell C. Cropper

Project Director

National Criminal Justice Association

444 North Capitol Street, N.W.

Suite 618

Washington, D.C. 20001

(202) 347-4900

Victims of Mentally Ill Offenders

New York University, Ehrenkranz School of Social Work

The objective of this grant is to determine the specific rights and range of services afforded to victims of mentally ill offenders; to identify problems and barriers; to recommend needed changes; and to develop guidelines for more equitable and consistent treatment in these areas. Project staff will conduct a national-scope search for promising practices, analyze the collected material and develop an interim assessment report to distribute to participants in three focus groups to be convened in New York, Washington, D.C., and Chicago. The project staff will synthesize the resulting material from these activities into a final report on major issues, barriers to service, promising practices, and recommended guidelines. This report will serve as an action plan for OVC and the field, and will be published as an OVC bulletin.

Gerald Landsberg, Ph.D.

Marjorie Rock, Dr.PH

Co-Project Directors

Ehrenkranz School of Social Work

New York University

One Washington Square North

New York, New York 10003-6654

(212) 998-5965 (Dr. Landsberg)

(212) 998-5948 (Dr. Rock)

Demonstration Projects

Rural Victim Services 2000

Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services

This grant to the State of Vermont, through the Center for Crime Victim Services, will support a demonstration and training and technical assistance program, the goal of which is to improve and integrate services for victimized residents. First year activities will involve assessing current services and investigating ways to strengthen and expand them. The product of this assessment and investigation will be a comprehensive victim services plan to improve the range, quality, and accessibility of services to crime victims that can serve as a model to other rural communities.

Justice for Deaf Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Abused Deaf Women's Advocacy Services (ADWAS)

This project will catalyze the development of services for deaf and deaf-blind victims of sexual assault and domestic violence in Austin, Boston, Minneapolis, Rochester, and San Francisco. The objective is to ensure that these victims have access to services needed to recover from the crime, just and equitable treatment from the criminal justice system, and support from the community. During the first phase of the project, ADWAS staff will train five key deaf leaders from each of the communities, followed with on-site technical assistance to assist community leaders in replicating the ADWAS model of services.

Marilyn J. Smith

Executive Director

Abused Deaf Women's Advocacy Services

2627 Eastlake Avenue East

Seattle, Washington 98102-3213

(206) 726-0093 (TTY only)

e-mail: hilsmjs@aol.com

Index of Projects

AIDS and Victims Services 4

Assisting Disabled Victims of Crime 14

Assisting Victims of Campus Crime 17

Building Skills for Sexual Assault Responders 9

Care Manual for Funeral Service Professionals 14

Community Policing and Victim Services 3

Cultural Considerations in Assisting Crime Victims 11

Death Notification Training: Breaking the Bad News 3

Domestic Violence: A Training for Dental Professionals 9

Full Faith and Credit Training and Technical Assistance Project 10

Guaranteeing Victims' Rights: Experiences in Three States 13

Guidebook on the Development of SANE Programs 6

Guidebook on Media Issues Impacting Crime Victims 6

Guidelines for Victim-Offender Mediation 3

Hate and Bias Crime Regional Training Seminars 4

Healing Through Community Action 5

Immigration and Considerations in Assisting Victims of Sexual and Physical Violence 10

Implementing Customized Victim Notification Technologies 16

Justice for Deaf Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault 18

Juvenile Court Response to Victims of Juvenile Offenders 12

Michigan Crime Victims' Website Demonstration Project 15

A Multimedia Approach to Reduce Distress and Court Attrition Among the Physically Injured 16

Multi-Purpose Educational Curriculum for Young Crime Victims 4

National Teleconference on Staff Victimization in Law Enforcement 17

National TRIAD Trainings 4

National Victim Assistance Academy 8

OVC "Help" Series 14

OVC Training and Technical Assistance Program 7

Promising Practices and Strategies in Corrections 11

Promising Practices for Law Enforcement 5

Promising Practices for Prosecutors 5

Promising Practices in Probation and Parole 5

Promising Practices in Professional Education 6

Promising Practices in Restitution 11

Promising Practices in Rural Areas 5

Promising Strategies and Practices in Using Technology to Benefit Crime Victims 13

Promising Strategies and Practices to Enhance Workplace Responses to Domestic Violence 12

Promising Strategies and Practices to Improve Services for White Collar Victims 11

Protecting Victims' Rights: A Prosecutor's Priority 8

Regional Seminars to Support a National School Crisis Response Capability 9

Resource Materials for Victims Organizations 14

Restorative Justice Regional Symposia Series 16

Rural Victim Services 2000 (Vermont) 18

School Demonstration Project 15

School Demonstration Projects to Assist Victims and Witnesses: Safe Harbors 15

Symposium on the Sexual Victimization of Youth 12

Topic Specific Videotapes 6

Training Lawyers to Respond to Domestic Violence and Elder Abuse 16

Training Mental Health Providers to Assist Crime Victims 4

Training of Trainers on Assisting Victims of Hate and Bias Crimes 8

Training of Trainers on Death Notification 7

Training of Trainers on Staff Victimization in Correctional Agencies 7

Training of Trainers on Victim Assistance in Community Corrections 7

Training of Trainers on Victim Impact Classes/Panels 8

Traumatic Grief: The Synergism of Trauma and Grief 10

Victim Assistance Handbook 13

Victim Services 2000 (Denver, Colorado) 6

Victim Services 2000 (Travis County, Texas) 14

Victims, Judges, and Partnerships for Juvenile Reforms 12

Victims of Gang Violence 10

Victims of Mentally Ill Offenders 17

Victims' Rights Sourcebook 13

Videoconference on Staff Victimization in Correctional Facilities 16

Violence Intervention Program of the LAC/USC Medical Center 15

Working With Grieving Children 9

Young Teen Girls Sexually Victimized by Older Men 12

February 12, 1998

This document was last updated on April 19, 2001