OVC Provider Forum Transcript

Challenges and Opportunities for Supporting Nontraditional Victims
Bernard Keels, Barry McCrary  -  2016/1/28
https://ovc.ncjrs.gov/ovcproviderforum
 
 
There are a lot of non-traditional victims of impaired driving crashes that we reach out to but have a hard time getting them to come to us for services. I know some cultures tend to look inside their circles for help and don't trust outside sources. How can we overcome this barrier?
 
1.  Dawn Bevan
 Thank you, Barry. I work for MADD.
 
2.  Bernard
 There are several reasons why victims of impaired driving. There are numerous factors involved. For instance, I have encountered victims who are family members of the driver and avoid compounding the issue because of the fear that the family may be thrown into further crisis. The cultural factor also influences the victims reluctance, particularly when religion, social status are taken into account.
 
3.  Barry McCrary
 As I was think about providing services for this population I would suggest looking at and reaching out to MADD, http://www.madd.org, I believe there model can give ideas on ways to provide services for that population.
 
 
Victims with developmental disabilities might be considered "nontraditional." Might you provide information on new ways of thinking about how programs can meet the challenges of supporting victims with developmental disabilities and offer any concrete examples of previously unfunded programs nationwide that work with these underserved victims in nontraditional victim services settings.
 
1.  Bernard
 victims with developmental disabilities often have a supportive community or care advocate. At the University through our behavioral assessment responce team we involve the advocate from the outset. Many communities have advocacy organizations that assist both victims with developmental disabilities and their advocates in identifying funding sources. When neighborhood associations, institutions and others form a partnership there is a greater likelihood of success. Ongoing education and workshops for those with developmental disabilities creates trust in victims identifying and reporting their victimization.
 
2.  Barry McCrary
 Good question and I think a way to address this concern would start with special training for victim advocates working with disabiled victims. When I worked for juvenile court we implemented the restorative justice model and hire victim advocates to address victim needs, see link also http://cjb.sagepub.com/content/28/6/655.short
 
 
This question is for Reverend Keels: What efforts have you and your colleagues in the faith community undertaken that have proven to be successful in serving victims?
 
1.  Barry McCrary
 I know this question is for Pastor Keels, however I have some suggestions and information, currently I have been visiting church's and community groups to discuss men's ministries, see links, https://books.google.com/books?id=9-CwCgAAQBAJ&pg=PA40&lpg=PA40&dq=the+father's+touch+ministries+george+fleming&source=bl&ots=gef6mjNlKa&sig=-UQ4TVxrHe5B9t6M78JtRKv35d0&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjcgdj2pM3KAhWMNj4KHcZcDBMQ6AEIGjAA#v=onepage&q=theຈfather'sຈtouchຈministriesຈgeorgeຈfleming&f=false
 
2.  Bernard
 We work on establishing Inter-Faith dialogue. I can't stress enough the need for the faith community to address and advocate regardless of denomination, ethnicity. For instance the rising hatred and bigotry against Muslims was addressed on both educational, preventive and intervention. A recent workshop entitled, Monotheism and the Abrahamic Tradition. From this monthly forums, dinners on diversity are held in diverse locations within the faith community. In a world of difference we are discovering the wondrous bonds of kinship.
 
 
I would like to know of any curriculums to engage Young Men of Color.
 
1.  Bernard
 One of the missing links in establishing a clear understanding of the plight of young men of color. I have found that who sits at the table of writing curriculum often has one critical absentee...young men of color. They must be invited to join the discussion. Their frame of reference and view point is so unique because of the mislabeling and stereotyping through the lens of others. Any credible curricula must began with listening to their stories. Not just what we see on the endless tragedies on television. Black live Matter does not exclude that "All Lives Matter", but rather as a message to our communities of the disproportionate attention to so many young men of color dying at the hands of those who entrusted to protect them.
 
2.  Barry McCrary
 Interesting question, when I supervised a juvenile offender program we used various programs to engage young men of color, one of the curriculums I developed is called Maleness to Manhood, https://www.lulu.com/shop/search.ep?keyWords=Barry+mccrary&type= I also used a victim awareness curriculum using the restorative justice model.
 
 
Do you have any successful program models for use on campuses that you can share?
 
1.  Barry McCrary
 Yes currently we are using a model out of Ohio by Dr. Scruggs, we are meeting with students each week at the University called the Sacred Circle, see link http://alchemyinc.net
 
2.  Bernard
 At Morgan State University we have established a Behavioral Emergency Assessment Response Team (The B.E.A.R Team). Among our student, faculty and staff are folk who are Nontraditional victims. The team is comprised of members of the Office of Student Affairs and include, but are not limited to, counseling department, University Chapel, Office of Public Safety and Residence Life. Identification, Investigation and referrals are essential in this process. Additionally,our Case Manager assures follow-up and communication with other divisions within the university. The team is always on call.
 
 
How do you engage young women of color who are victims of sexual assault?
 
1.  Bernard
 victims of sexual assault, particularly young women of color, are seeking to be empowered that the scales of justice are balanced. By this I mean establishing a supportive community. Black Greek Letter Sororities are doing a great job of reaching out with mentoring and support groups led by successful women who have overcome the assault(s)and work tirelessly to assure that the next generation knows that the groups are there for them. Check out Delta Sigma Theta Inc. who are doing great work in the area.
 
2.  Barry McCrary
 This is a topic that needs to be handled with people with special training and a passion for providing care. I would suggest the Sacred Circle Model, this model uses personal stories within the sacred Cirle for healing, see link for model, http://alchemyinc.net
 
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