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NVASC Achieving Excellence Podcast Series
Assessing Organizational Readiness for Online Services, presented by Jennifer Marsh
Human Trafficking, presented by Mollie Ring
Identity Theft, presented by Will Marling
Law Enforcement Self-Care, presented by William Petty
Technology in Victim Assistance, presented by Cindy Southworth
Training and Technical Assistance
Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center
The OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC) is a gateway to training and technical assistance for victim service providers and allied professionals who serve crime victims. View an OVC TTAC fact sheet which provides definitions from the Model Standards to help your organization think about how to incorporate robust trauma-informed, survivor-informed, and victim-centered practices within your organization.
Victim Assistance Training Online
Victim Assistance Training (VAT) Online is a free, foundational Web-based victim assistance training program that offers victim service providers and allied professionals the opportunity to acquire the essential skills and knowledge they need to more effectively assist victims of crime. VAT Online is composed of 50 modules, each of which take approximately 30–90 minutes to complete. This 40-hour training is now part of the National Advocate Credentialing Program pre-approved training list.
The SART Toolkit is a resource both for communities that are considering developing a sexual assault response team and those that want to enhance their existing coordinated response.
International Association of Forensic Nurses
The International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) is a membership organization that offers certifications, training, and networking opportunities for forensic nurses. IAFN seeks to provide leadership in forensic nursing practice by developing, promoting, and disseminating information internationally about forensic nursing science.
Victims’ Rights and Legislation
VictimLaw is a searchable database of victims’ rights legal provisions, including federal, state, and territorial statutes; tribal laws; state constitutional amendments; court rules; administrative code provisions; and summaries of related court decisions and attorney general opinions. The database is intended to be used in order to facilitate the exercise, implementation, and enforcement of crime victims’ rights.
Office of the Victims’ Rights Ombudsman
Created by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the Office of the Victims’ Rights Ombudsman receives and investigates complaints of victims’ rights violations against DOJ employees. The investigation process is not designed for the correction of specific victims’ rights violations, but is instead used to request corrective or disciplinary action against DOJ employees who may have failed to provide rights to crime victims.
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) provides resources and information on care, treatment, and services for traumatized children and adolescents exposed to traumatic events. NCTSN is funded by the Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health
The National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health's Online Training and Resource Center offers resources, training, and technical assistance for victim advocates, mental health and substance abuse providers, legal professionals, and policymakers who respond to the needs of survivors of domestic violence and their children. It offers online resources and webinars about organizational approaches to support staff and self-care.
Standards From Other Disciplines
2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design
The 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design sets minimum requirements for newly designed and constructed or altered state and local government facilities, public accommodations, and commercial facilities to be readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities. The standards also include a reference point for entities interested in making structural changes to existing facilities to meet their program accessibility requirements.
Adult Protection Services Recommended Minimum Program Standards
The National Adult Protective Services Association’s Adult Protective Services Recommended Minimum Program Standards provides universal criterions for Adult Protective Services programs throughout the country that provide resources to state and local governments that offer social services to older persons and adults with disabilities.
NASW Standards for Social Work Practice in Child Welfare
The National Association of Social Worker’s NASW Standards for Social Work Practice in Child Welfare serves as a straightforward tool for child welfare social work practice. The standards address prevention, family-based services, parenting programs, family foster care, adoption, residential group homes, kinship care, and independent living.
National Children’s Alliance Standards for Accredited Members
The National Children’s Alliance Standards for Accredited Members helps ensure that all children served by Children’s Advocacy Centers (CAC) receive consistent, evidence-based interventions. The standards guide CACs during leadership transition, provide a blueprint for developing new CACs, and exhibit accredited CACs’ high-quality healing interventions to policymakers, funders, and supporters.
Program Evaluation and Logic Models
University of South Carolina Logic Model Webinar Series
The University of South Carolina College of Social Work offers a 3-part webinar series that describes the basics of logic models, how to create them, and how to use them in grant development.
Justice Research and Statistics Association
The Justice Research and Statistics Association (JSRA), along with the National Center for Victims of Crime and Urban Institute, works to identify and close the gap between victim-related research and practice. JSRA conducts and publishes policy-relevant research on justice issues, provides training and technical assistance to build research and evaluation capacity at the state and local levels, and maintains information on state criminal and juvenile justice research and programs.
Child Welfare Information Gateway
The Child Welfare Information Gateway provides useful information about mandated reporting and a list of designated mandated reporting agencies within each state. It also includes information on how to report child abuse or neglect.
National Adult Protective Services Association
The National Adult Protective Services Association (MAPSA) is a national non-profit organization that provides information about mandatory reporter statutes that apply to persons providing services to older individuals or adults with disabilities, and that helps service providers appropriately serve victims of abuse, neglect, or exploitation. MAPSA also hosts an annual conference and a national summit on financial exploitation, where experts share knowledge on the topic.
National Center for Victims of Crime Stalking Resource Center
The Stalking Resource Center is committed to promoting awareness, action, and advocacy to enhance victim safety and hold stalking offenders accountable. It provides training and technical assistance to individuals and communities seeking to enhance their response to stalking, as well as tips on developing safety plans for victims of stalking.
Domestic Violence Resource Center
The Domestic Violence Resource Center provides basic guidelines and resources for safety planning in a domestic violence situation, as well as a downloadable personalized safety planning packet, available in both English and Spanish. It also offers free services to adult and child domestic violence survivors, including protective order advocacy, professional counseling, safety planning, community training, 24-hour crisis line response, and resource referrals.
Crimesolutions.gov provides assistance with practical decisionmaking and program implementation by gathering information on specific justice-related programs and practices and reviewing the existing evaluation and meta-analysis research against standardized criteria. The website offers easily understandable ratings of programs and practices based on research-based evidence.
National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices
Maintained by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices is an online, searchable registry of more than 350 substance abuse and mental health interventions.
Screenings and Background Checks
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission enforces federal laws that outlaw job applicant discrimination on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information. It also provides information about what employers need to know about background checks.
National Survey of Nonprofit Volunteer Screening Practices
The National Survey of Nonprofit Volunteer Screening Practices details the findings of a National Center for Victims of Crime-supported telephone survey of 517 nonprofit human service organizations to understand their volunteer screening practices, and points to several steps organizations should take to improve their screening practices.