Opportunities to connect crime victims to specialized personnel and services are being missed. Join Office for Victims of Crime Fellow Amy Durall and Meg Garvin, Executive Director of the National Crime Victim Law Institute for this discussion on law enforcement-based victim services.
Effective incorporation of law enforcement-based victim services depends upon a clear understanding of jurisdiction-specific statutes related to the role of victim services personnel. Documentation of interactions with victims and co-victims is a professional responsibility that can lead to comprehensive services and resource connections. Shared access to this documentation can also support compliance with victims’ rights, ongoing engagement, and enhanced investigations.
Information from this webinar can help participants understand the following—
- Brady disclosure obligations,
- spontaneous disclosures by victims and co-victims, and
- victim services personnel documentation practices.
This event is produced by the OVC ELERV Fellow under 15POVC-22-GK-01519-NONF, awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed during this event are those of the contributors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.
Amy Durall, Office for Victims of Crime Fellow
Amy is an accomplished professional with a master’s degree in psychology and over 35 years of social service experience. This includes field practice as a victim services director for law enforcement agencies, a key member of assessment teams that review law enforcement response to violent crimes, and as a training and technical assistance provider for national projects that include policy and practice review, training development and delivery, and direct assistance with strategic approaches to enhance victim response efforts.
Amy has documented experience collaborating with local, state, university, and Tribal law enforcement agencies, allied partners of various disciplines, and multiple federal funding agencies.
Meg Garvin, Executive Director of the National Crime Victim Law Institute
Meg Garvin, MA, JD, MsT, is the Executive Director of the National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI) and a Clinical Professor of Law at Lewis & Clark Law School. Professor Garvin is recognized as a leading expert on victims’ rights. She has testified before Congress, state legislatures and the Judicial Proceedings Panel on Sexual Assault in the Military.
In her expert capacity she serves on the Defense Advisory Committee on Investigation, Prosecution and Defense of Sexual Assault in the Armed Forces, the Victims Advisory Group of the United States Sentencing Commission, and is a Member of the Council on Criminal Justice.
She previously served on the Victim Services Subcommittee, of the Response Systems to Adult Sexual Assault Crime Panel of the United States Department of Defense, as co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section Victims Committee, co-chair of the Oregon Attorney General’s Crime Victims’ Rights Task Force and as a member of the Legislative & Public Policy Committee of the Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force.