The OVC HELP for Victim Service Providers Web Forum was a place where victim service providers and allied professionals can connect to peers, share ideas about best practices, and help change lives from 2004-2016.
Special Notice: As of January 2017 OVC is no longer hosting Guest Host sessions on this platform. We encourage you to visit the OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC) website to learn about Expert Q&A online discussions. Expert Q&A is a national forum designed to help victim service providers communicate with national experts and colleagues about best practices for assisting victims of crime.
Past Sessions in Previous Years
December 2014–Held on 12/18/2014
Incorporating Trauma-Informed Care Principles Into Practice
Join Carole Warshaw, M.D., Director of the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health and Gabriella Grant, M.A., Director of the California Center of Excellence for Trauma Informed Care, for the live discussion.
November 2014–Held on 11/19/2014
Forensic Interviewing in Tribal Communities
Join Roe Bubar, J.D., Associate Professor at Colorado State University and Leila Kawar Goldsmith, J.D., Child Advocacy Coordinator with the Tulalip Tribes of Washington, for the live discussion.
October 2014–Held on 10/15/2014
Responding to and Avoiding Crime Using Technology
Join Steve Seigel, Director of the Special Programs Unit of the Denver DA’s Office, and Cindy Southworth, Vice President of Development and Innovation at the National Network to End Domestic Violence, for the live discussion.
September 2014–Held on 09/17/2014
Integrating Research Results Into Victim Services
Join Mitru Ciarlante, Director of Child & Club Safety for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and Meg Garvin, M.A., J.D., Executive Director of the National Crime Victim Law Institute, for the live discussion.
September 2014–Held on 09/10/2014
Working With Victims in Cold Hit DNA Cases
Join Ilse Knecht, the Deputy Director of Public Policy for the National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC) and Project Manager for NCVC’s multiyear DNA education initiative, and Michele Mallin, rape survivor and public speaker, for the live discussion.
August 2014–Held on 08/27/2014
Victim Legal Assistance Networks: Conducting a Needs Assessment and Planning for Implementation
Join Jessica Alas, attorney with Lone Star Legal Aid and Project Director for the Wraparound Victim Legal Assistance Network, and Raina Bayas, Legal Director of the Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center, for the live discussion.
July 2014–Held on 07/16/2014
Crime Victim Considerations for Parole Professionals
Join Amanda Pyron, Supervisory Victims Coordinator at the United States Parole Commission, and Carl Wicklund, Executive Director of the American Probation and Parole Association, for the live discussion.
June 2014–Held on 06/25/2014
Serving Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Sexual Assault Victims
Join Loree Cook-Daniels, Policy and Program Director for FORGE, and michael munson, cofounder and Executive Director of FORGE, for the live discussion.
May 2014–Held for 05/28/2014
Creating an Effective Identity Theft Coalition
Join Hazel Heckers, Victim Advocate, Colorado Bureau of Investigation, and founder of the Identify Theft Advocacy Network of Colorado (ITAN), and Merry O'Brien, Project Director, National Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network Project, Director of Special Grants, Maryland Crime Victims' Resource Center, Inc., for the live discussion.
April 2014–Held on 04/23/2014
Implications of Adverse Childhood Experiences for Practitioners
Join David Corwin, M.D., Professor in the Pediatrics Department at the University of Utah and President of the Academy on Violence and Abuse, and James Henry, MSW, Ph.D., Cofounder and Project Director for the Western Michigan University (WMU) Children's Trauma Assessment Center, for the live discussion.
April 2014–Held on 04/15/2014
CACs and SARTs Partnering for Sexual Violence Victims
Join Chris Newlin, M.S., L.P.C., Executive Director of the National Children’s Advocacy Center (NCAC), and Sally Laskey, Director of Special Projects for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, for the live discussion.
March 2014–Held on 03/26/2014
Helping Victims of Financial Fraud
Join Joshua Bailes, Esq., Program Manager and Referral Specialist for the National Center for Victims of Crime and the National Crime Victim Bar Association, and Christine Kieffer, Senior Director of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc., (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation, for the live discussion.
March 2014–Held on 03/12/2014
Addressing the Holistic Needs of Crime Victims
Join Dr. Steve Dakai, Director of Maehnowesekiyah Wellness Center for the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, and Program Manager for the Menominee Indian Tribe’s Mental Health Transformation Grant, and Lydia Watts, Esq., Deputy Director of the District of Columbia Access to Justice Commission, for the live discussion.
February 2014–Held on 02/28/2014
Teen Victimization in the Digital Age
Join Parry Aftab, lawyer and child advocate who specializes in cyberlaw, cyberbullying and cyberharassment, cybercrime, and privacy, and Laurel Broten, public policy expert, lawyer, and crime victims advocate, for the live discussion.
February 2014–Held on 2/25/2014
Serving Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse
Join Jennifer Stith, Executive Director of WINGS Foundation, Inc., and Dr. Sheri Vanino, licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in working with victims of trauma and sexual assault, for the live discussion.
January 2014–Held on 01/29/2014
Implications of Human Trafficking Federal Strategic Action Plan
Join Mary Atlas-Terry, Victim Justice Program Specialist (OVC), Katherine Chon, Senior Advisor on Trafficking in Persons (HHS), and Corey Walz, Special Assistant to the Chair of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Blue Campaign, for the live discussion. Download the Strategic Action Plan and review prior to the session.
January 2014–Held on 01/22/2014
Responding to Victims of Stalking on Campus
Join Rebecca Dreke, Deputy Director of the Stalking Resource Center, and Connie Kirkland, MA, NCC, Director of Student Mental Health and Behavior at Northern Virginia Community College, for the live discussion.
December 2013–Held on 12/18/13
Coordinating SANEs—SARTs in Indian Country
Join Charity White, M.S.W., Kumeyaay Family Services Director, for the live discussion.
December 2013–Held on 12/04/13
Intersections Between Elder Financial Exploitation and Other Types of Elder Abuse
Join Jeannie Beidler, Elder Advocate, and Shelly Jackson, Visiting Fellow at the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime, for the live discussion.
November 2013–Held on 11/20/13
Innovative Practices in Victim Assistance and Compensation
Join Laura Banks Reed, J.D., Director of the D.C. Superior Court’s Crime Victims Compensation Program and Shontel Wright, Program Director for the Victim Assistance Unit of the Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, for the live discussion.
October 2013–Held on 10/30/13
Integrating Crime Victims’ Issues into College and University Curricula
Join Dr. Alison Cares, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Assumption College, Dr. Mario Gaboury, Dean of the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences at the University of New Haven, Connecticut, and Dr. Linda Williams, Professor at the School of Criminology and Justice Studies at the University of Massachusetts–Lowell, for the live discussion.
September 2013–Held on 09/27/13
Responding to Older Crime Victims with Disabilities
Join Nancy Alterio, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Disabled Persons Protection Commission, and Mary Counihan, M.S.W., President of the National Adult Protective Services Association, for the live discussion.
September 2013–Held on 09/04/13
Preparing and Assessing Strategically for Community Crisis
Join Ginger Bankston Bailey, Director of Community Outreach and Training at Methodist Behavioral Hospital/Methodist Family Health in Arkansas, and Lori Gerber, experienced professional in the field of crisis response and victim advocacy, for the live discussion.
July 2013–Held on 07/24/13
Addressing ID Theft Cases With Large Numbers of Victims
Join Debbie Deem, Federal Bureau of Investigation Victim Specialist, and Theresa Ronnebaum, Identity Theft Victim Services Program Specialist for the Florida Office of the Attorney General, for the live discussion.
June 2013–Held on 06/05/13
Incorporating LGBTQ Victims Needs into Mainstream Victim Services
Join Robin Parker, Executive Director of the Beyond Diversity Resource Center, and Sharon Stapel, Executive Director of the New York City Anti-Violence Project, for the live discussion.
May 2013–Held on 05/15/13
Drunk Driving and Child Endangerment
Join John Evans, National Training Manager for Victim Services at Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), and Carl McDonald, MADD’s National Law Enforcement Initiative Manager, for the live discussion.
May 2013–Held on 05/01/13
Replicating Victim Services Programs with Limited Funding
Join Kim Clifton, Executive Director of HALOS (Helping And Lending Outreach Support), for the live discussion.
April 2013Held on 04/19/13
Responding to Sexual Assault Victims through Military/Civilian Partnerships
Join Major Matthew Youngblood, a Victim Assistance Advisor for the U.S. Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, and Hallie Martyniuk, author of Strengthening Military-Civilian Community Partnerships To Respond to Sexual Assault, for the live discussion.
April 2013Held on 04/10/13
Child Welfare Agencies Responding to Child Identity Theft
Join Howard Davidson, Director of the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law, Catherine Heath, Child and Family Program Specialist at the Children’s Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Steven Toporoff, attorney for the Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Federal Trade Commission, for the live discussion.
March 2013Held on 03/06/13
Meeting Legal Needs of Adult and Minor Victims of Human Trafficking
Join Jean Bruggeman, Human Trafficking Fellow with the Office for Victims of Crime, and Robin Hassler Thompson, for the live discussion.
February 2013Held on 02/28/13
Reaching Young Men of Color Exposed to Violence
Join Mitru Ciarlante, Director of Child & Club Safety for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and Dr. John Rich, Professor and Chair of Health Management and Policy at the Drexel University School of Public Health, for the live discussion.
February 2013Held on 02/06/13
Pretrial Process Considerations for Crime Victims
Join Cherise Fanno Burdeen, Chief Operating Officer for the Pretrial Justice Institute, and Jeffrey Dion, Deputy Executive Director for the National Center for Victims of Crime, for the live discussion.
January 2013Held on 1/22/13
Providing Services to Runaway Youth and Victims of Human Trafficking
Join Fiona Mason, Supervising Social Worker for Safe Horizon’s Anti-Trafficking Program, and Danny Stewart, Director of Operations for Safe Horizon’s Streetwork Project, for the live discussion.
December 2012–Held on 12/05/12
Working with Victims of Gang Violence
Join Christopher Grant, nationally recognized gang specialist and former Chief of Detectives for the Rapid City Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division, and Regina Sobieski, licensed social worker and certified trauma specialist, for the live discussion.
November 2012–Hosted on 11/19/12
Tribal Law and Order Act: Crime Victims in Indian Country
Join Leslie A. Hagen, Department of Justice’s first National Indian Country Coordinator, for the live discussion.
October 2012–Held on 10/09/12
Collaborative Educational Models Benefiting Victims and Providers
Join Maureen Lowell, licensed marriage and family therapist with the OVC-funded Institute for Collaborative Response for Victims of Family at San Jose University and Dr. Linda Williams, professor of criminal justice and criminology at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, for the live discussion. Casey Gwinn, J.D., President of the Family Justice Center Alliance, was unable to participate as originally planned.
September 2012–Held on 09/26/12
Responding to Victims of Cyberbullying
Join Jayne A. Hitchcock, President of WHOA and WHOA-KTD, and Hale Guyer, licensed private investigator and retired special investigator, for the live discussion.
September 2012–Held on 09/19/12
Responding to Latina/o Victims of Crime
Join Kimber J. Nicoletti-Martinez, MSW, founder and Director of Multicultural Efforts to end Sexual Assault (MESA), Ana Isabel Vallejo, J.D./LL.M., Co-Director/Attorney, VIDA Legal Assistance, Inc. and Human Trafficking Academy Project Coordinator, and Laura Zárate, Founding Executive Director of Arte Sana and cofounder of ALAS for the live discussion.
August 2012–Held on 08/29/12
Implementing Trauma-Informed Care in Victim Services Settings
Join Dr. Vivian Brown, founder and former CEO of Prototypes, and Amy Fleischauer, LMSW, Director of Victim Services at the International Institute of Buffalo, for the live discussion.
August 2012–Held on 08/22/12
Implementing the Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force Model
Join Ari Redbord, Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, and Lieutenant Derek Marsh, Westminster Police Department in California, for the live discussion.
June 2012Held on 06/20/2012
Enhancing Law Enforcement Responses to Crime Victims
Join John Firman, Director of the Research Division of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), and Raymond Rose, Chief of Police for the Village of Mundelein, Illinois, for the live discussion.
June 2012Held on 06/06/2012
Understanding Violence Against Transgender Individuals
Join Michael Munson, cofounder and Executive Director of FORGE, and Rebecca Waggoner, Director of OutFront Minnesota’s Anti-Violence Program for the live discussion.
May 2012Held on 05/23/2012
Expanding Services for Crime Victims with Disabilities
Join Marcie Davis, Chief Executive Officer of Davis Innovations, a research and organizational development consulting firm, and Shell Schwartz, Training Manager for Disability Services ASAP (A Safety Awareness Program) of SafePlace, for the live discussion.
May 2012Held on 05/09/2012
Addressing the Needs of Victims on Cruise Ships
Join Jamie Barnett, President of International Cruise Victims Association, for the live discussion.
April 2012Held on 04/11/2012
Analyzing the Impact of Sexual Assault Protection Orders
Join Laura Jones, CourtWatch Manager of King County Sexual Assault Resource Center (KCSARC) and DeAnn Yamamoto, Deputy Executive Director of KCSARC, for the live discussion.
April 2012Held on 04/04/2012
Serving Sexual Assault Victims in Rural Communities
Join Robin Clover, Executive Director of the Sublette County Sexual Assault and Family Violence (SAFV) Task Force, and Tiffany Eskelson-Maestas, Resource Development Specialist of the Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, for the live discussion.
March 2012Held on 03/21/2012
Responding to Survivors of Clergy Abuse
Join Reverend Dr. Bernard “Skip” Keels, Director of the University Chapel at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland and Elsie Boudreau, LCSW, Alaska Native Justice Center for the live discussion.
March 2012Held on 03/07/2012
Making the Most of National Crime Victims' Rights Week
Join Anne Seymour, Cofounder and Senior Advisor of Justice Solutions, a nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C. , Mary Gleason Rappaport, Project Manager of 2012 NCVRW Guide, and Steve Derene, Executive Director of the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators (NAVAA) for the live discussion.
February 2012Held on 02/15/2012
Assisting Older Victims of Intimate Partner Sexual Violence
Join Jenifer Markowitz, N.D., Medical Advisor for AEquitas: The Prosecutors’ Resource on Violence Against Women and Jennifer Gentile Long, Director of AEquitas: The Prosecutors’ Resource on Violence Against Women for the live discussion.
January 2012Held on 01/27/2012
Building Resiliency within Victim Service Organizations
Join Karen Kalergis, Associate Director of Education and Communications at the Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault at the University of Texas–Austin, and Janice Harris Lord, consultant on crime victims’ issues for a number of victim service, for the live discussion.
January 2012Held on 01/19/2012
Intersections Between Human Trafficking and Other Vulnerable Populations
Join Cynthia Kennedy, Outreach Coordinator at Project REACH, and Constance Rossiter, Social Responsibility Director for the Trafficked Persons Assistance Program (TPAP) at YMCA International Services, for the live discussion.
December 2011Held on 12/28/2011
Responding to Victims of Property Crimes
Join Deborah Lamm Weisel, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at North Carolina Central University for the live discussion.
October 2011–Held on 10/26/2011
Understanding Firearms Laws to Assist Domestic Violence Victims
Join Rob Valente, General Counsel, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and James P. Vann, Division Counsel, Washington Field Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, for the live discussion.
October 2011–Held on 10/13/2011
Providing Pro Bono Services to Financial Abuse Victims
Join Russell Butler, Executive Director, Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center, and Paula Pierce, J.D., Managing Attorney, Victims Initiative for Counseling, Advocacy, and Restoration of the Southwest (VICARS), for the live discussion.
September 2011–Held on 9/21/2011
Victim Assistance for Undocumented/Temporary Immigrants
Join Rupaleem Bhuyan, Ph.D., currently conducting research on immigrants’ access to public benefits and their response to domestic violence, and L. Patricia Ice, director of the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance Legal Project, for the live discussion.
September 2011–Held on 9/13/2011
Using Online Communications to Assist Crime Victims in the Military
Join Bette Stebbins, MSCP, CA, Senior Victim Care Advisor, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, Department of Defense, and Jennifer Wilson Marsh, Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network program manager, Department of Defense Safe Helpline, for the live discussion.
August 2011–Held on 8/31/2011
Assisting Male Survivors of Sexual Violence
Join Howard Fradkin, Ph.D., LICDC and Ken Followell, board members of Male Survivor, for the live discussion.
August 2011–Held on 8/10/2011
Responding to Victims of Environmental Crime
Join David Uhlmann, Director, Environmental Law and Policy Program University of Michigan Law School, for the live discussion.
July 2011–Held on 7/20/2011
Integrating Evidence-Based Practices into Victim Services
Join Phelan Wyrick, Senior Advisor to the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs and Dr. Ben Saunders, Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina, for the live discussion.
June 2011–Held on 6/29/2011
Addressing Sexual Violence in Detention
Join Robert Dumond, LCMHC, CCMHC, Diplomate CFC, a board certified clinical mental health counselor and Shannon May, Program Director at Just Detention International, for the live discussion.
June 2011–Held on 6/8/2011
Responding to Native LGBT/Two Spirit Community Crime Victims
Join Harlan Pruden, cofounder of the Northeast Two-Spirit Society, for the live discussion.
May 2011–Held on 5/24/2011
Using Social Media to Assist Crime Victims
Join Cindy Southworth, Vice President of Development and Innovation at the National Network to End Domestic Violence, for the live discussion.
May 2011–Held on 5/10/2011
Responding to Missing Children in Indian Country
Join Nadja Jones, Senior Community Development Specialist for the National Indian Child Welfare Association, for the live discussion.
April 2011Held on 04/27/2011
Using Therapy Dogs to Respond to Child Victims
Join Andrea Cardona, founder of FLA Four Legged Advocates, Inc., and Detective Curtis Allen, manager with Tooele County Children’s Justice Center’s Healing Paws program, for the live discussion.
March 2011Held on 03/29/2011
Transforming Victim Services in the 21st Century
Join the project directors from the OVC Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services initiative, for the live discussion.
March 2011Held on 03/23/2011
Coordinating Public Awareness Events
Join Karen Kalergis, Associate Director of Education and Communications at the Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault at the University of Texas–Austin, for the live discussion.
February 2011Held on 02/10/2011
Applying for Funding and Managing Grants
Join Tamara Fulwyler, Chief Financial Officer for a tribal consortium nonprofit agency that funds health and human services programs, for the live discussion.
January 2011Held on 01/26/2011
Assisting Stalking Victims Using Victim Notification
Join Karin Ho, Office of Victim Services, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction; Travis Fritsch, Mary Byron Project; and Trudy Gregorie, Justice Solutions, for the live discussion.
January 2011Held on 01/19/2011
Serving Child Victims of Sex Trafficking
Join Mollie Ring, Director of Anti-Trafficking Programs at the Standing Against Global Exploitation (SAGE) Project, for the live discussion.
December 2010Held on 12/16/2010
Serving Crime Victims with Mental Illness
Join Carole Warshaw, MD, Director of the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health (the Center) and Jennie Barr, PhD, Director of Sexual Assault Prevention and Crisis Services (SAPCS), for the live discussion.
November 2010–Held on 11/10/2010
Advocating for Victims’ Rights in Tribal Courts
Join Dianne Barker-Harrold, Tribal Victim Assistance Project Director for Unified Solutions Tribal Community Development Group, Inc., for the live discussion.
October 2010–Held on 10/20/2010
Using Crime Mapping Software To Assist Crime Victims
Join Dr. James Meeker, Ph.D., J.D., professor and Associate Dean from University of California, Irvine, for the live discussion.
October 2010–Held on 10/13/2010
Developing Tools for Assessing Domestic Violence Lethality and Danger
Join Lynn Fairweather, M.S.W., from Presage Consulting and Training, for the live discussion.
September 2010–Held on 09/15/2010
Assisting Communities After Incidents of School Violence
Join Scott Newgass, Education Consultant for the Connecticut State Department of Education's School Mental Health Services, School Social Work programs, for the live discussion.
August 2010–Held on 08/18/2010
Serving Survivors of Homicide Victims During Cold Case Investigations
Join Diane Alexander, Senior Advisor of Justice Solutions, Dan Levey, Director of the Office of Victim Services at the Office of Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard, and Tim Woods, Director of the Research, Development, and Grants Division at the National Sheriffs’ Association, for the live discussion.
July 2010–Held on 07/21/2010
Serving Older Victims of Financial Abuse
Join Betty Malks, board member of the National Adult Protective Services Association, and Angela DeLeon, coordinator of the People’s United Bank Masters Program, for the live discussion.
July 2010–Held on 07/07/2010
Addressing Child Identity Theft as Financial Exploitation
Join Howard Davidson, Director of the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law, and Joanne McNabb, Chief of the California Office of Privacy Protection, for the live discussion.
June 2010–Held on 06/16/2010
Preventing Child Victimization Associated with Technology
Join Laurie Nathan Manager of National Outreach and Partnerships NetSmartz Workshop, A Program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, for the live discussion.
May 2010–Held on 05/26/2010
Coordinating and Conducting Victim Impact Panels
Join Suzanne Neuhaus and Jill Weston from the Office of Victim and Survivor Rights and Services, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, for the live discussion.
May 2010–Held on 05/19/2010
Assisting Families of Missing or Unidentified Persons
Join Debra Culberson, advisor to NamUs, and Duane T. Bowers, author of "Guiding Your Family Through Loss and Grief and A Child Is Missing: Providing Support for Families of Missing Children," for the live discussion.
April 2010–Held on 04/07/2010
Raising Awareness for Survivors of Child Abuse and Neglect
Join Anne Ream, founder of The Voices and Faces Project for the live discussion.
March 2010–Held on 03/11/2010
Ensuring Rights for Crime Victims with Disabilities
Join Leslie Myers, M.S., C.R.C., C.D.V.C., Disability Abuse Response Team Program Manager at IndependenceFirst, and Dan Petersen, Associate Dean and Professor at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, for the live discussion.
February 2010–Held on 02/24/2010
Strategic Planning for Victim Service Leaders
Join Anne Seymour, coauthor of the Strategic Planning Toolkit, and Viki Sharp, educator and trainer, for the live discussion.
January 2010–Held on 01/27/2010
Serving American Indian Victims of Sex Trafficking
Join Suzanne Koepplinger, Executive Director, Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center, and Alexandra (Sandi) Pierce, Ph.D., principal investigator and author of "Shattered Hearts: The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of American Indian Women and Girls in Minnesota", for the live discussion.
January 2010–Held on 01/19/2010
Stalking in the Workplace
Join Michael Proctor, law enforcement veteran and a former detective with the Westminster Police Department’s Family Protection Unit, and Rebecca Dreke, Senior Program Associate with the Stalking Resource Center at the National Center for Victims of Crime, for the live discussion.
December 2009–Held on 12/08/2009
Examining Correlations Between Substance Abuse and Victimization
Join Steven D. Walker, Ph.D., Associate Dean of the College of Social Sciences at California State University (CSU), Fresno and licensed clinical psychologist, for the live discussion.
November 2009–Held on 11/18/2009
Working with Victims of Gang Violence
Join Jeffrey Bergman, a detective in Fairfax County Police Department’s Youth Services Division Gang Unit, and Pamela Kelly, a victim advocate in Fairfax County Police Department’s Victim Service Section, for the live discussion.
November 2009–Scheduled on 11/04/2009
Serving Elder Abuse Victims in Indian Country
Join Melissa Riley, manager of Unified Solutions’ Counseling and Faith-Based Services for Crime Victims in Indian Country Training and Technical Assistance Project, for the live discussion.
October 2009–Held on 10/26/2009
Helping Children Exposed to Domestic Violence
Join Sherry Hamby, Ph.D., coauthor of the Juvenile Victimization Questionnaire, and Miriam Berkman, J.D., M.S.W., coordinator of the Child Development-Community Policing Program’s Domestic Violence Intervention Project, for the live discussion.
September 2009–Held on 09/30/2009
Sustainability of Victim Assistance Programs
Join Jenifer Markowitz, ND, RN, WHNP-BC, project manager for the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Sustainability Technical Assistance Project for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, for the live discussion.
September 2009–Held on 09/09/2009
Providing Campus Crime Awareness
Join Alison Kiss, M.S., Director of Programs at Security On Campus, Inc. and faculty member with the Jeanne Clery Act Compliance Training Program, for the discussion.
August 2009–Held on 08/26/2009
Responding to Homeless Victims of Sexual Assault
Join Jessy Haywood, community educator and trainer at the Center for Women and Families, and Katya Fels Smyth, founder of the Full Frame Initiative and On the Rise, Inc., for the discussion.
July 2009–Held on 07/22/2009
Addressing Sexual Violence Against Individuals with Disabilities
Join Heather Kamper, LMSW, Training Specialist for Disability Services ASAP (A Safety Awareness Program) of SafePlace, for the live discussion.
July 2009–Held on 07/08/2009
Providing Services for Child Identity Theft Victims
Join Linda Foley, Identity Theft Resource Center cofounder, and Paula Pierce, J.D., Managing Attorney for the Victims Initiative for Counseling, Advocacy, and Restoration of the Southwest, for the discussion.
June 2009–Held on for 06/24/2009
Working with LGBTIQ Survivors of Violence
Join Avy Skolnik, Coordinator for Statewide and National Programs at the New York City Anti-Violence Project, for the discussion.
May 2009–Held on 05/13/2009
Responding to People Victimized by Individuals with Mental Illnesses
Join Carol Dorris, J.D., advisor on Responding to People Who Have Been Victimized by Individuals With Mental Illnesses, and Dr. James Reinhard, Virginia Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation, and Substance Abuse Services Commissioner, for the discussion.
April 2009–Held on 04/29/2009
Forensic Interviewing in Tribal Communities
Join Hollie Strand, MFS, a forensic interviewer for the Child Advocacy Center of the Black Hills, for the live discussion.
April 2009–Held on 04/15/2009
Strengthening Sexual Assault Victims' Right to Privacy
Join Jessica Mindlin, Esq., National Director of Training and Technical Assistance for the Victim Rights Law Center, and Joanne Zannoni, MSW, LICSW, Associate Director of Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services, for the live discussion.
March 2009–Held on 03/18/2009
Providing Services to Victims of Bullying
Join Dr. Susan Limber, a faculty member within the Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life, and Dr. Patricia Agatston, a Licensed Professional Counselor with the Cobb County School District’s Prevention/Intervention Center, for the live discussion.
February 2009–Held on 02/18/2009
Safety Planning for Teen Victims of Dating Violence
Join Mitru Ciarlante, Director of the National Center for Victims of Crime's Teen Victim Initiative, and Candice Hopkins, Director of loveisrespect, National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline, for a discussion on best practices for safety planning for teen victims of dating violence.
January 2009–Held on 01/28/2009
Assisting Victims of Labor Trafficking
Join Katherine Kaufka, Executive Director of the International Organization for Adolescents, and Florrie Burke, consultant on modern-day slavery to government and nongovernment agencies, for a discussion on best practices for assisting victims of labor trafficking.
January 2009–Held on 01/21/2009
Addressing Technology and Stalking
Join Michelle Garcia, Director of the National Center for Victims of Crime Stalking Resource Center, and Cindy Southworth, Founder and Director of Safety Net: The National Safe & Strategic Technology Project, for a discussion on best practices for addressing technology and stalking.
December 2008–Held on 12/10/2008
Enforcing Victims' Rights in Court
Join Carol Dorris, J.D., Project Director of the VictimLaw project, and Meg Garvin, J.D., Executive Director of the National Crime Victim Law Institute, for the session.
November 2008–Held on 11/19/2008
Serving Sexual Violence Victims in Native American Communities
Join Roe Bubar, J.D., Associate Professor at Colorado State University and trainer in interviewing Native children in child sexual abuse cases, and Sarah Deer, J.D., Visiting Professor at William Mitchell College of Law and co-editor of Sharing our Stories of Survival: Native Women Surviving Violence, for the session.
November 2008–Held on 11/05/2008
Empowering Victims to Triumph over Tragedy
Join Dan Levey, President of the National Organization of Parents of Murdered Children, Inc, and Debra Puglisi Sharp, member of the Board of Directors of the National Coalition of Victims in Action, for the session.
October 2008–Held on 10/22/2008
Implementing and Operating Address Confidentiality Programs
Join Melissa Deinlein, Manager of the Washington Address Confidentiality Program, and Victoria Sostack, Director of Victim Services at the Pennsylvania Office of the Victim Advocate, for the session.
September 2008–Held on 09/24/2008
Responding to Sexual Violence on Campus
Join S. Daniel Carter, Senior Vice President of Securities on Campus, Inc., and Margaret Mikkelsen, Executive Director of Students Active for Preventing Rape, for a discussion on best practices for responding to sexual violence campus.
September 2008–Held on 09/10/2008
Assisting Child Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation
Join Rachel Lloyd, Executive Director of Girls Educational and Mentoring Services, and Jay Albanese, Ph.D., author of “Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: What Do We Know and What Do We Do About It?” for a discussion on assisting child victims of commercial sexual exploitation.
August 2008–Held on 08/28/2008
Delivering Victim Sensitive Death Notifications
Join Janice Harris Lord, author of "I'll Never Forget Those Words: A Practical Guide to Death Notification," and Bill Jenkins, author of "What To Do When the Police Leave: A Guide to the First Days of Traumatic Loss," for a discussion on best practices for delivering victim-sensitive death notifications.
August 2008–Held on 08/13/2008
Learn About the National Victim Assistance Academy
Join National Victim Assistance Academy (NVAA) senior faculty member, Mario Gaboury, J.D., Ph.D., and Christine Edmunds, co-founder of the National Victim Assistance Academy (NVAA), for a discussion on best practices for implementing the knowledge and skills obtained by attending the NVAA.
June 2008–Held on 06/18/2008
Assisting Victims of Domestic Abuse in Later Life
Join Bonnie Brandl, M.S.W., Director of the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life, and Jane Raymond, M.S., Advocacy and Protection Systems Developer, Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services, for a discussion on best practices for assisting victims of domestic abuse in later life.
May 2008–Held on 05/27/2008
Assisting Family Members of Missing Children
Join Duane Bowers, LPC, author of A Child is Missing: Providing Support for Families of Missing Children, and Abby Potash, Program Manager of Team HOPE (Help Offering Parents Empowerment), for a discussion on best practices for assisting family members of missing children.
May 2008–Held on 05/14/2008
Responding to Victims of Crime
Join Timothy Woods, Director of the Research, Development, and Grants Division at the National Sheriffs' Association and author of First Response to Victims of Crime, for a discussion with first responders and allied professionals on best practices for meeting the needs of crime victims.
April 2008–Held on 04/23/2008
Implementing Pediatric Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Programs
Join Lucia Zuniga, Director of the Massachusetts SANE Program, and Joan Meunier-Sham, Associate Director of the Massachusetts Pediatric SANE Program for a discussion on best practices for implementing a Pediatric Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program.
April 2008–Held on 04/16/2008
Using Online Communications to Assist Crime Victims
Join Penelope Hughes, Vice President of Online Services at the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN), for a discussion on best practices for providing online hotline services to crime victims.
March 2008–Held on 03/26/2008
Preparing Victim Service Providers and Children for Court
Join Victor Vieth, Director of the National Child Protection Training Center and designer of the "Finding Words: Interviewing Children and Preparing for Court" course, for a discussion on best practices for readying victim service providers, and preparing child victims/witnesses, for court.
March 2008–Held on 03/12/2008
Discussing Ethical Practices in Victim Services
Join Melissa Hook, Executive Director of the District of Columbia Office of Victim Services and author of Ethics in Victim Services, for a discussion on ethical practices in victim services.
February 2008–Held on 02/27/2008
Responding to Teen Victims of Dating Violence
Join Mitru Ciarlante, Director of the National Center for Victims of Crime's Teen Victim Initiative, and Barri Rosenbluth, Director of SafePlace's Expect Respect Program, for a discussion on assisting teen victims of dating violence.
February 2008–Held on 02/13/2008
Discussing Victim Services in Urban High Crime Neighborhoods
Join Kerry Cosgrove and Linda Miller, grantees of OVC's Urban High Crime Neighborhood Initiative, for a discussion on best practices for assisting victims of crime in urban high-crime neighborhoods.
January 2008–Held on 01/30/2008
Cultivating Relationships Between Victim Service Providers and the Media
Join Greg Luft and Anne Seymour, contributors to OVC's video, The News Media's Coverage of Crime and Victimization, for a discussion on best practices for developing relationships between victim service providers and the media.
January 2008–Held on 01/09/2008
Assisting Victims of Intimate Partner Stalking
Join Michelle Garcia, Director of the National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC) Stalking Resource Center, for a discussion on bestpractices for serving intimate partner stalking victims.
November 2007–Held on 11/28/2007
Working With Drug Endangered Children
Join Lori Moriarty, Director of the National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children Resource Center and President of the Colorado Alliance for Drug Endangered Children, for a discussion on working with drug endangered children.
November 2007–Held on 11/08/2007
Working with Survivors of Traumatic Events
Join Carroll Ann Ellis, Director of the Fairfax County Police Department's Victim Services Division and member of Governor Tim Kaine's Virginia Tech Independent Review Panel, for a discussion on working with survivors of homicide and other traumatic events.
October 2007–Held on 10/17/2007
Serving Sexual Assault Victims in the Military
Join Delilah Rumburg, member of the Defense Task Force on Sexual Assault in the Military Services, for a discussion on assisting sexual assault victims in the military.
October 2007–Held on 10/10/2007
Crime Victims' Rights Act
Join Steve Twist,
Counsel to the National Victims Constitutional Amendment Project, for a discussion on the Crime Victims' Rights Act and its enforcement.
September 2007–Held on 09/26/2007
Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers
Join Daniel Gregory, Community Relations Coordinator at Casa de los Niños in Tucson, Arizona, for a discussion on recruiting and retaining volunteers.
September 2007–Held on 09/12/2007
Public Policy in Victim Services
Join Susan Smith Howley, Director of Public Policy at the National Center for Victims of Crime, to discuss public policy in victim services.
August 2007–Held on 08/01/2007
Community Partnerships for Victim Assistance
In preparation for the 24th Annual National Night Out, OVC, in participation with the Community Capacity Development Office (CCDO) and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), will present a Web Forum Guest Host session on best practices for community- and criminal justice-based partnerships in victim services with Lieutenant Donald Priddy.
July 2007–Held on 07/12/2007
Aiding Identity Theft Victims in Indian Country
In recognition of National Fraud Awareness Week, join Dan Hally, Chief Criminal Deputy for the Asotin County Sheriff's Office in Washington State, and Dianne Barker-Harrold, Program Manager for Unified Solutions Tribal Community Development Group, Inc., for a discussion on best practices in serving victims of identity theft in Indian Country.
June 2007–Held on 06/27/2007
Collaborations on Faith-Based Initiatives
Join Rev. Theresa Mercer of the Maryland Crime Victims' Resource Center, Inc., and Elaine Witman of the Sidran Traumatic Stress Institute to discuss best practices for collaborating on faith-based initiatives.
May 2007–Held on 05/29/2007
Peer Support for Disaster Survivors
Stephanie Frogge and Helga West will discuss best practices for providing peer support to disaster survivors.
May 2007–Held on 05/23/2007
Addressing Cases With Missing or Unidentified Victims
In recognition of National Missing Children's Day, co-hosts Laurie Caldwell and Bob Lowery will address issues faced in cases where the victim is missing or unidentified.
April 2007–Held on 04/26/2007
Sexual Assault Response Teams
In observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, join Dr. Linda Ledray and Elise Turner for a discussion on the challenges faced by sexual assault response teams and allied professionals.
March 2007–Held on 03/28/2007
Victim Service Provider Standards and Certification Issues
Dr. Dana DeHart and Dr. Mario Gaboury will co-host a Web Forum discussion on standards and certification for victim service providers.
March 2007–Held on 03/14/2007
Best Practices for Coping With Vicarious Trauma
Join Guest Host Barbara Rubel, Director of Griefwork Center, Inc., for a discussion on vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue and their effects in the workplace.
February 2007–Held on 02/21/07
Serving Crime Victims With Disabilities
On February 21, Olegario Cantos VII and Sharon D'Eusanio will host an online discussion on serving crime victims with disabilities. Mr. Cantos serves as Associate Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council in the Executive Office of the President. Ms. D'Eusanio is the Assistant Director for the Division of Victim Services and Criminal Justice Programs for the Office of the Florida Attorney General.
February 2007–Held on 02/07/07
Identity Theft Prevention and Best Practices
To coincide with Consumer Protection Week (February 4–10), OVC will present a Guest Host session with Jim Wright, Managing Director of Programs at the National Crime Prevention Council, to discuss best practices for protecting sensitive information and preventing identity theft.
January 2007–Held on 01/24/07
Serving Victims of Stalking
In recognition of National Stalking Awareness Month, OVC will present a Guest Host session with Michelle Garcia, Director of the National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC) Stalking Resource Center, on serving victims of stalking and promoting awareness.
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December 2006–Held on 12/15/06
Serving Victims of Impaired Driving
In recognition of National Drunk and Drugged Driving Awareness Month, OVC will present a Web Forum discussion on serving victims and survivors of impaired driving with co-hosts Debbie Weir and John M. Evans. Ms. Weir is the National Director of Victim Services for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), and Mr. Evans is the MADD National Assistant Director for Advocacy Training and Services.
November 2006–Held on 11/14/06
Crime Victim Compensation and Best Practices
Dan Eddy is the Executive Director of the National Association of Crime Victim Compensation Boards. He implements national training and technical assistance for all state victim compensation programs and operates an information and resource center on compensation issues.
October 2006–Held on 10/25/06
Children Exposed to Domestic Violence
In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, OVC is partnering with the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) to present a Guest Host session on children exposed to domestic violence with co-hosts Dr. David Finkelhor and Betsy McAlister Groves.
September 2006–Held on 9/20/06
Alan Lai is the Crime Victim Service Director for the Chinese Information and Service Center in Seattle, Washington, where he implements crime victim service projects with an emphasis on the underserved international population and provides training in several areas of victim services, including victims' rights, cultural sensitivity, and social service.
August 2006–Held on 8/31/06
Rural Victimization Assistance
Jeannette Adkins is the Executive Director for the National Organization for Victim Assistance. She has provided extensive training to professionals in the area of crime victim issues as an adjunct professor and as both a state and national trainer.
July 2006–Held on 7/27/06
Campus Victimization and Assistance Services
S. Daniel Carter is the Senior Vice President of Security On Campus, Inc., the only national nonprofit organization devoted exclusively to assisting the victims of violence on college campuses and to improving campus security.
June 2006Held on 6/22/06
Internet Safety and Identity Theft
Joselle Shea is manager of children and youth initiatives at the National Crime Prevention Council and specializes in youth issues, including Internet safety and teen victimization.
May 2006Held on 5/24/06
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Lucy Berliner is the Director of the Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress, an organization that helps people affected by sexual assault and other traumatic events.
Dr. Dean Kilpatrick is a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Director of the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center at the Medical University of South Carolina.
May 2006-Scheduled for 5/03/06 (Session Canceled)
We hope to have a Web Forum on this topic in the near future – Check back for updates.
Missing and Exploited Children's Issues
Marc Klaas is the founder of KlaasKids and cofounder of BeyondMissing, Inc. After the death of his daughter in 1993, Mr. Klaas became dedicated to promoting programs that have a positive impact on crime, abuse, and neglect.
April 2006-Held on 4/07/06
Assisting Victims of Sexual Assault Through a Multidisciplinary Response
Dr. Patricia Speck has practiced as a forensic nurse and family nurse practitioner for more than 20 years and has served as a consultant for victim service organizations on how to prevent, identify, and treat sexual and domestic violence between individuals, in families, and in communities.
Sally Laskey is the Associate Director of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center and manages several national technical assistance projects that focus on developing and enhancing victim-centered multidisciplinary responses to sexual violence.
March 2006-Held on 3/29/06
Youth Violence Prevention
Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith is a nationally recognized public health leader who works with community-based programs locally, nationally, and internationally, including the critically acclaimed Partnerships for Preventing Violence satellite broadcast training series.
March 2006–Held on 3/22/06
Lisa Nerenberg has been involved in elder abuse prevention for more than 20 years and is a consultant for organizations nationwide.
February 2006–Held on 2/08/06
NCVRW Awareness Campaign
Anne Seymour is the cofounder and senior advisor of Justice Solutions, a nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C., that specializes in criminal and juvenile justice, crime victims' rights and services, and community safety.
January 2006–Held on 1/27/06
Sexual Assault and Stalking
Dr. David Lisak is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, where he conducts and supervises research on the causes and consequences of interpersonal violence.
Tracy Bahm is the Director of the Stalking Resource Center for NCVC where she helps raise national awareness about stalking and encourages the development and implementation of multidisciplinary responses to stalking in local communities across the country.
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December 2005–Held on 12/22/05
John Evans is the National Assistant Director for Advocacy Training and Services of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
November 2005–Held on 11/30/05
Angela McCown is the founding Victim Services Director for the Texas Department of Public Safety.
November 2005Held on 11/16/05
Jo Hally (Choctaw/Cherokee) is the Executive Director of Native American Circle and is a consultant for the Victim Advocacy Training Online Project of the National Center for Victims of Crime.
October 2005Held on 10/18/05
Anne Munch is currently the supervisor of the "Fast Track" domestic violence unit in the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office in Golden, Colorado.
September 2005Held on 9/07/05
Assisting Parents of Murdered Children
Nancy Ruhe is the Executive Director of the National Organization of Parents Of Murdered Children, Inc. (POMC).
August 2005Held on 8/31/05
Steve Twist is the Assistant General Counsel for Viad Corp in Phoenix, Arizona.
July 2005-Held on 7/06/05
Viki Sharp is the Assistance Program Administrator for the Arizona Department of Corrections.
June 2005-Held on 6/08/05
Serving Victims of Crime in Indian Country
Jerry Gardner (Cherokee) is the Executive Director of the Tribal Law and Policy Institute.
May 2005-Held on 5/25/05
Nancy Chandler has served as the Executive Director of the National Children's Alliance (NCA)-a nonprofit membership organization that represents more than 500 Children's Advocacy Centers throughout the United States.
April 2005Held on 4/27/05
Rights of Sexual Assault Victims
Professor Doug Beloof is a prolific author, an active litigator, a learned scholar, a keen public policy consultant, and a social visionary.
March 2005Held on 3/16/05
Florrie Burke (FBurke@safehorizon.org) is the Senior Director of International Programs at Safe Horizon in New York City, where she oversees the antitrafficking program and the Solace Program for Survivors of Torture and Refugee Trauma.
February 2005Held on 2/23/05
Linda and Jay Foley are co-founders of the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC).
January 2005Held on 1/26/05
Cultural Sensitivity in Victim Services
Brian Ogawa is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Services at Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas.
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December 2004Held on 12/15/04
Serving Victims of Drunk and Drugged Driving
December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month.
Debbie Weir is the National Director of Victim Services for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).
November 2004Held on 11/30/04
Steve Siegel supervises the Denver Victim Services 2000 Project, which has been designated by the U.S. Department of Justice as the single urban site for a demonstration model of victim service networks.
October 2004Held on 10/27/04
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Sarah Buel is currently a Clinical Professor at the University
of Texas School of Law as well as co-director of their domestic violence clinic.
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