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  Addressing the Holistic Needs of Crime Victims
  Advocating for Victims' Rights in Tribal Courts
  CACs and SARTs Partnering for Sexual Violence Victims
  Creating an Effective Identity Theft Coalition
  Crime Victim Considerations for Parole Professionals
  Domestic Violence
  Forensic Interviewing in Tribal Communities
  Forensic Interviewing Tribal Communities
  Helping Victims of Financial Fraud
  Implications of Adverse Childhood Experiences for Practitioners
  Implications of Human Trafficking Federal Strategic Action Plan
  Incorporating LGBTQ Victims’ Needs into Mainstream Victim Services
  Incorporating Trauma-Informed Care Principles Into Practice
  Innovative Practices in Victim Assistance and Compensation
  Integrating Research Results Into Victim Services
  Responding to and Avoiding Crime Using Technology
  Responding to Sexual Assault Victims through Military/Civilian Partnerships
  Responding to Victims of Cyberbullying
  Responding to Victims of Stalking on Campus
  Serving Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse
  Serving Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Sexual Assault Victims
  Teen Victimization in the Digital Age
  Using Social Media to Assist Crime Victims
  Victim Legal Assistance Networks: Needs Assessment/Planning Implementation
  Working With Victims in Cold Hit DNA Cases


The OVC HELP for Victim Service Providers message board is a tool for constructive discussion on issues relating to promising practices, best practices, and victim issues.

A forum moderator screens all posts before they appear in the discussion. OVC reserves the right to remove any message or message segment and to terminate discussion on any topic that appears to be inappropriate and that falls outside the following guidelines:


Treat this forum as a place where you can learn from each other. Offensive, vulgar, threatening, or derogatory language is not allowed. Please avoid undue criticism or labeling of any individual, organization, or agency. All constructive criticism should be supported by appropriate reference citations (e.g., from a Web site, book, magazine, journal). The National Criminal Justice Reference Service database is one place you may want to search for reference materials

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