Successfully prosecuting crimes of sexual violence requires specialized knowledge and the ability to analyze and explain complex legal, medical, and scientific issues while overcoming myths about sexual assault and sexual assault victims. The National Institute on the Prosecution of Sexual Violence II (NIPSVII) is a three and one-half day advanced training course designed to provide prosecutors who have previously attended the original NIPSV or NIPSVI with the training, resources, and skills necessary to overcome emerging legal issues and challenges to successfully prosecute these difficult cases. NIPSVII delves more deeply into the concepts addressed during NIPSVI and integrates such complicated dynamics as campus sexual assault, sexually exploited victims, and victims with disabilities.
NIPSVII utilizes a highly interactive team format to engage and challenge prosecutors while providing them the opportunity to collaborate with their peers to develop more effective prosecution strategies. Attendees will also work closely with expert faculty including prosecutors, advocates, and other national experts to examine and promote the application of promising practices being implemented by other jurisdictions across the country. In addition to victim-centered, offender-focused prosecution practices, participants will enhance their understanding of criminalistics, DNA, and computer forensics as they work through complex case files based on actual cases. Attendees will also be encouraged to develop unique strategies and policies to increase victim participation and overcome defense tactics devised to bias juries and judges. Participants will leave NIPSVII prepared to engage in local multidisciplinary training and encourage innovative system-wide approaches while implementing more effective case evaluation, investigation, and preparation techniques to achieve justice in sexual violence cases.
This course is open to all prosecutors and attendance is free of charge; however, priority will be given to OVW grantees and NIPSV I attendees. There is no limit to the number of attendees from any jurisdiction. Seating is limited and applicants are encouraged to apply early. Applicants will be informed of acceptance by email. NOTE: Prior attendance at NIPSV I is strongly encouraged.
Sustainability is a core issue for all victim service organizations, and federal grants and other funding resources can provide support as well as opportunities for innovation in service provision. Here is a training designed for professionals working in victim service organizations that rely at least in part on grant funding. The goal of this 2-day training is to provide the information and skills you need to identify grant opportunities, write successful proposals, and navigate the federal funding process and basics of grant management. A walk-through of federal funding Web sites and practice working with scenarios and a sample case study will keep you fully engaged and motivated.
This annual conference is being offered as part of the National Institute of Justice’s efforts to present crosscutting issues and provide training to those interested in criminal justice. The conference will include keynote addresses, plenary and concurrent panels, and workshops, as well as a poster session on the most recent technology, DNA, and research findings.
The Department of Criminal Justice Services, in collaboration with the International Association of College Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) and the Virginia Association of College Law Enforcement Administrators (VACLEA), is hosting a National Forum on Campus Sexual Assault. This Forum is designed to bring together experts in the field of campus sexual assault to discuss the latest research, policies, legal challenges, interdisciplinary cooperation, and reporting issues.
This forum has been structured to encourage a cross disciplinary approach to this complex campus and community public health issue. Leading national experts will discuss critical issues that impact the policies and procedures that must be in place for the proper management and investigation of sexual assaults reported to colleges and universities. Facilitated question and answer sessions will allow for participant interaction with panels of subject matter experts.
Attendees will have significant opportunities to share expertise and resources with colleagues from across the country. Suggested participants include: campus police and security personnel, municipal law enforcement with a connection to institutions of higher education, student life professionals, counseling and women’s center professionals, prosecutors, mental health professionals and other interested campus or community personnel.
A Day of Exploration & Celebration for Survivors of Sexual Assault Join us for a day-long retreat focusing on re-connecting with your inner Self through meditation, movement, art, and laughter! MORE DETAILS: COST: $75 (includes lunch and snacks), $50 early bird registration (by Sept. 3, 2010), Scholarships available (based on need) DATE: October 9, 2010 TIME: 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. LOCATION: Alexandria, VA WHO CAN ATTEND? Survivors of sexual violence and their families and friends.
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Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance (VSDVAA)
In 2009 a dedicated team of survivors of sexual assault, sexual assault victim advocates, healthcare providers, and criminal justice professionals developed the Healthcare Guidelines to promote a consistent healthcare response to victims of sexual assault. This one-day training will provide an opportunity for participants to engage in learning about these guidelines and the model healthcare response to sexual assault. Participants will become better equipped to understand the roles, interactions and expectations of victim advocates, medical personnel and law enforcement within the guidelines.
Registration Fee: $25 members; $55 non-members
Intended Audience: Victim advocates and allied professionals
Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance (VSDVAA)
This Immigration Issue for Advocacy Training is one activity of the Action Alliance's on-going Immigration Advocacy Technical Assistant Project. The Project seeks to expand the support and resources available to SDVAs and communities in order to better serve immigrant and refugee victims of sexual/domestic violence and human traffiking. By attending this one-day training participants will gain knowledge on the services and resouces available for victims. Participants will explore many of the complex issues involved by assessing the strengths, challenges and barriers to services in communities for immigrant and refugee victims.
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