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END GUEST HOST SESSION - Thank you for participating in OVC’s Web Forum Guest Host Series. We hope this discussion will help you better serve crime victims. Please continue to discuss this and other ...
OVCRC
02/13/2008
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My church has a prison ministry that assists inmates and their families.I have approached them about a victim ministry to help victims of crime, especially with travel expenses for court, etc. Would it be...
vaughan
02/13/2008
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Kerry Cosgrove
02/13/2008
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How do you get law enforcement to utilize a Victim Assistance program more, especially one that is based in a law enforcement department?
Dawn M
02/13/2008
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Jeff Bell
02/27/2008
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Kerry Cosgrove
02/13/2008
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Are there specific considerations that should be made to accommodate victims in urban areas that may be easily overlooked or forgotten?
Charles Murphy
02/13/2008
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doris spears
02/13/2008
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Kerry Cosgrove
02/13/2008
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Aside from neighborhood meetings, do you have other suggestions for outreach efforts that can be implemented as a preventative campaign against violent crime?
Sarah B.
02/13/2008
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Kerry Cosgrove
02/13/2008
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Are there factors that effect the predominance of particular crimes occuring in urban high crime areas?
Rachel Stevens
02/13/2008
arrow icon Poverty is the number one factor.
Kerry Cosgrove
02/13/2008
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Do you have any suggestions for approaching the faith community about collaboration to educate our citizens on the impact crime and victimization have on our communities?
R. Lewis
02/13/2008
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Kerry Cosgrove
02/13/2008
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Do you have any insight to the effectiveness (or the application) of crime mapping tools by victim service providers and/or law enforcement in dense urban areas?
Kristen Bailey
02/13/2008
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Linda Miller
02/13/2008
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I work with teen victims of gun violence. How do I give them a real "voice" to advocate for the right to be safe - in school, in their communities, etc.
Doris spears
02/13/2008
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Jasmine
02/13/2008
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Kerry Cosgrove
02/13/2008
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doris spears
02/13/2008
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Kerry Cosgrove
02/13/2008
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I am interested in best practice standards for victim witness advocates. What resources/websites or books would you most recommend?
Nicole Lesser
02/13/2008
arrow icon Try these two documents---I think they are very specific. 1....
Mary Atlas
02/13/2008
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Mary P
02/13/2008
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I'd like to develop a public awareness campaign. Do you have any suggestions for creating the most effective campaign for an urban demographic?
Rich L.
02/13/2008
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Laura Zarate
02/15/2008
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Kerry Cosgrove
02/13/2008
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What steps are victim service providers taking to reach out to growing immigrant populations in dense urban areas?
MichelleM
02/13/2008
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Laura Zarate
02/15/2008
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Kerry Cosgrove
02/13/2008
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Is it necessary to have your staff meet the demographics of the area served?
Marsha
02/13/2008
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Laura Zarate
02/15/2008
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Kerry Cosgrove
02/13/2008
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I'd like tips on how to get community members to attend community anti violence events.
doris spears
02/13/2008
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Arely Sulvarn
02/18/2008
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Kerry Cosgrove
02/13/2008
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We are a refugee resettlement and victims of human trafficking (VOT) program, and we are troubled because housing is more affordable in higher crime areas--so our clients end up living in apartment complex...
Hilary Chester
02/13/2008
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Hilary Chester
02/14/2008
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Mary Atlas
02/13/2008
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Linda Miller
02/13/2008
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Can you share a few of the collaborative models created for victim assistance organizations? In particular, how can we, as victim advocates, enhance services (collaboratively) for the communities we work a...
Adriana VanBusk
02/13/2008
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Kerry Cosgrove
02/13/2008
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I work closely with the local police and probation departments in order to contact victims of crime and offer assistance. I hope to meet with various agencies/resources within the community to learn more...
Deb C
02/13/2008
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Linda Miller
02/13/2008
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Kerry Cosgrove
02/13/2008
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Kerry & Linda, What do you find to be the biggest stumbling block or problem in reaching out to victims, and how do you get around it? Kevin
Kevin W.
02/13/2008
arrow icon The biggest problem is trust. You can't get the whole story...
Linda Miller
02/14/2008
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Kerry Cosgrove
02/13/2008
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I am interested in improving services to family members of homicide victims in urban high crime communities. Please describe what you feel are the needs of family members that often go unadressed by most ...
mary
02/13/2008
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Linda Miller
02/13/2008
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Kerry Cosgrove
02/13/2008
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As a victim advocate who's often attended various meetings in a high crime area, what are the best ways for me to respectfully build comfort with the community so that when an incident occurs (missing or e...
NancySabin
02/13/2008
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Linda Miller
02/13/2008
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Kerry Cosgrove
02/13/2008
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Is it possible to set up comprehensive assistance programs in urban areas that coordinate all the social service agencies efficiently? The current system is so fragmented that social service system rarely ...
Capt Gropman
02/13/2008
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Linda Miller
02/13/2008
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Kerry Cosgrove
02/13/2008
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