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This e-bulletin provides brief descriptions of some of the innovative practices used by VOCA victim assistance and compensation programs. It draws on the firsthand experiences of state administrators and program staff in responding to victims’ needs, addressing gaps in services, and promoting awareness of crime victims’ rights. It is designed to spark dialogue among states and localities and encourage them to replicate these innovative practices.

Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence Available Training

New PSA Campaign Featuring More Than 40 Celebrities Calls Attention To Domestic Violence And Sexual Assault And Encourages Bystanders To Help

GAO (Government Accountability Office) recently issued the new Standards for Internal Control in the Federal Government, aka the Green Book. These standards provide the overall framework for establishing and maintaining an effective internal control system.

SAMHSA Releases Paper on Trauma and Using a Trauma-Informed Approach
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released "SAMHSA's Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach." This paper identifies a working concept of trauma relevant to justice systems and other stakeholders, outlines fundamental assumptions and principles for developing a trauma-informed approach, and explores trauma in the context of community

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Conferences/Trainings & Meetings

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Links to Past Conference Materials and Reports


Interventions for Adult Offenders With Serious Mental Illness (2013)

08/14/2014 12:35 PM EDT

This report is a great introduction to strategies for treating offenders with serious mental illness (i.e., schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, or major depression) in jails, prisons, forensic hospitals, or community reentry programs. The researchers “identified some promising treatments for individuals with serious mental illness during incarceration or during transition from incarceration to community settings. Treatment with antipsychotics other than clozapine appears to improve psychiatric symptoms more than clozapine in an incarceration setting. Two interventions, discharge planning with Medicaid-application assistance and integrated dual disorder treatment programs, appear to be effective interventions for seriously mentally ill offenders transitioning back to the community” (p. vii). SOURCE: ECRI Institute Evidence-based Practice Center (Plymouth Meeting, PA). Authored by Fontanarosa, Joann; Uhl, Stacy; Oyesanmi, Olu; Schoelles, Karen M..

Reentry Matters: Strategies and Successes of Second Chance Act Grantees Across the United States (2013)

08/14/2014 12:35 PM EDT

If your agency is looking for ideas on how to provide effective reentry services then this report is a great place to start. “The program snapshots below illustrate the positive impact these reentry initiatives can have by focusing on areas vital to reintegration back into the community … Representing a wide range of populations served, these programs also demonstrate the diversity of approaches that can address recidivism and increase public safety” (p. 1). Programs are described that: support employment and job readiness; build strong foundations through education; foster positive relationships and facilitating services through mentoring; address substance abuse and mental health needs; support youth to avert future involvement in the criminal justice system; address the distinct needs of women; support the strengths and needs of families; and serve tribes and reservations with culturally-relevant programs. SOURCE: Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center (New York, NY).

National Inventory of the Collateral Consequences of Conviction (2014)

08/14/2014 12:35 PM EDT

“Persons convicted of crime are subject to a wide variety of legal and regulatory sanctions and restrictions in addition to the sentence imposed by the court. These so- called “collateral consequences” of conviction have been promulgated with little coordination in disparate sections of state and federal codes, which makes it difficult for anyone to identify all of the penalties and disabilities that are triggered by conviction of a particular offense … Through the National Inventory, each jurisdiction’s collateral consequences will be made accessible to the public through a website that can be searched and sorted by categories and keywords. The website will make it possible for criminal and civil lawyers to determine which collateral consequences are triggered by particular categories of offenses, for affected individuals to understand the limits on their rights and opportunities, and for lawmakers and policy advocates to understand the full measure of a jurisdiction’s sanctions and disqualifications. It will also be possible through the website to perform inter-jurisdictional comparisons and national analyses.” Points of entry include: project description; User Guide Frequently Asked Questions; links to a bibliography and additional resources; and contact information. SOURCE: American Bar Association (ABA). Criminal Justice Section (Washington, DC.

Reentry Conference Materials Online

This past May the Council of State Governments Justice Center convened Second Chance Act and Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program grantees for a conference in Washington, DC that was designed to promote collaboration on combatting issues of mental health and recidivism. Attendees heard from experts and practitioners about a wide range of programs being tested in the field to combat recidivism.  Click link above to access the conference agenda and watch the opening plenary and many of the workshop sessions.

Indefinitely Available Webinars

Coordinated Community Response (CCR) Webinars & Resources

Praxis International (OVW’s TA provider for rural grantees) has recordings of past webinars on CCR in rural communities here:

The Battered Women’s Justice Project has recordings of past webinars on issues of interest to already-existing CCR’s here:

The Stalking Resource Center has recordings of past webinars on the coordinated community response to stalking:

 A webinar on faith leaders’ roles in CCR is maintained here:

 The Sexual Violence Justice Institute maintains several videos on forming a CCR to sexual violence -

National Institute of Justice

In “Taking on the Challenge of Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits” experts from Detroit and Houston discuss the issues they grappled with when processing and testing large numbers of sexual assault kits that have never been sent to the lab. These NIJ-funded projects engaged key stakeholders (including police, prosecutors, victims, and victims support providers) in partnership with researchers to explore the underlying reasons of why so many unsubmitted sexual assault kits accumulated over time and make recommendations about how best to notify victims and change policy and practice to prevent future buildups of kits and enhance justice for victims of sexual assault. 

Learn how Houston and Detroit responded to this challenge, watch the webinar now.

Victim Assistance Training Online (VAT Online)

is a basic victim advocacy Web-based training program that offers victim service providers and allied professionals the opportunity to acquire the basic skills and knowledge they need to better assist victims of crime.

Redesigned VAT Online now available.

No Cost attached.  VAT Online is free training you can take at your own pace.

Engaged Interactions.  We've developed engaging online interactions to help reinforce the content, including real-life scenarios, videos, and more.

Information you need to know. 19 modules with up-to-date information will help strengthen your knowledge and skills to assist victims of crime, including:
Crisis intervention
Problem solving
Assessing victims' needs
Criminal justice system

Webinar: A Trauma-Informed Effective Reinforcement System for Girls (2013)

"The TLC TIER (Trauma Informed Effective Reinforcement) System for Girls is a female responsive, research-based model that offers short-term detention and residential programs an effective alternative to compliance-focused behavior management systems. The TIER System for Girls teaches staff skills that are more effective in motivating positive behavior with girls than traditional points and level systems. This Webinar reviews the framework of the TIER System for Girls, and provides examples of processes and techniques that will establish a gender responsive, trauma-informed program culture. Learning Objectives: explore the elements of a trauma-informed, gender responsive system that promotes safe behavior in residential programs and detention facilities; learn about the importance of developing a gender responsive program culture/environment for girls; and discover how to engage girls and staff when improving elements of program culture/environment through real-life examples. This website provides access to a recording of the webinar, presentation slides, speakers' transcript, and a transcript of chat questions and answers. SOURCE: National Girls Institute (NGI); U.S. Dept. of Justice. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC) (Washington, DC). Authored by Selvaggi, Kimberly S.; Wolf, Angie; Long, Callie.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Pretrial System: A "Front Door" to Health and Safety (2014)

"The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides an historic opportunity for millions of low-income individuals to obtain insurance coverage for their physical and behavioral health care needs. For the last several years, diverse behavioral health advocates, health care providers and community-based prevention organizations, have worked to understand the implications of the ACA on the justice-involved population. Much of the conversation has been centered on the disproportionately high rates of physical and behavioral health care needs amongst this previously uninsured population � Access to treatment services through the ACA at pretrial decision points creates a notable opportunity to interrupt the cycle of crime exacerbated by chronic physical and behavioral health issues" (p. 1). This publication provides a general idea of what the ACA entails and explains how it can be used with pretrial detainees. Sections contained in this document include: an overview of the ACA; the major opportunities it can provide for pretrial justice; ACA as the front door to coverage; and a call to action for pretrial services�actively represent pretrial in collaborative planning efforts, develop a plan for screening and enrollment, and begin addressing larger policy questions. SOURCE: National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies (NAPSA) (Washington, DC).

Complicated matters: domestic and sexual violence, problematic substance use and mental ill-health

This course has been developed alongside a toolkit for professionals who work with victims or perpetrators of domestic and sexual violence who are also affected by problematic substance use and/or mental ill-health. You will find links to the toolkit throughout the course.

Working with gang-affected young women experiencing sexual and domestic violence

This e-learning programme will help you understand the experiences of gang-affected young women. You will learn to identify the abuse young women are vulnerable to and learn strategies to engage and support young women at risk or or gang involved.

Pre-Recorded Webinar: – CCR Account Migration and Update/Renew Webinar

 This course is directed toward those who are interested in doing business with the government, and who previously registered in CCR. The course will cover essential activities for getting started and using the System for Award Management (SAM).  Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:  Create a new SAM user account; Migrate permissions from the legacy Central Contractor Registration (CCR) system into SAM; and Update/renew an existing registration.

Addressing the Impact of Trauma on Women Webinar Recording

If you missed the live Webinar, dont miss these four informative presentations on women and trauma. Addressing the Intersection of Trauma, Mental Health Challenges, and Substance Use is the second webinar in the series, The Past, Present, & Future of Federal Governments Commitment to Addressing the Impact of Trauma on Women, hosted by The Women and Trauma Federal Partners Committee .

Webinar presentations include:

  • Women and Violence Study: Trauma Services in Public Mental Health  Susan E. Salasin, International Adviser for Development of Trauma Informed Care Public Health Programs
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences: Impact on Health & Wellbeing across the Life Course Melissa Merrick, PhD, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control
  • Seeking Safety: An evidence-based model for trauma and/or addition Lisa M. Najavits, PhD, Boston University School of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • If it Works I Miamia Model Program for Serving Traumatized Human Beings  Teresa Descilo, MSW, MCT, The Trauma Resolution Center

You can access the PowerPoint slides and the audio recording of the webinar at: