On February 11, 2015, at 2 p.m. (eastern time), the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) will present a Web Forum discussion with Shamele Hill and Karen Kalergis on best practices for building resiliency in child abuse organizations.
Ms. Hill is the Director of Training and Community Engagement at the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition in St. Louis, MO, where she helps develop and facilitate trainings and support groups and coordinates the “A Place to Call Home” news feature. She has been involved in the field of social work for 15 years, and has extensive experience in working with victims. Previously, Ms. Hill served as one of the original Resiliency Coaches for the OVC-funded Resiliency Project, which developed and pilot-tested a program model that child abuse organizations can use to build resiliency in their employees and volunteers.
Ms. Kalergis has 22 years’ experience in victim services in government, nonprofit, and university settings. She is the President of Mani Partners Strategic Communications, a consulting practice that serves child welfare, victim services, and social justice agencies; and the Product Coordinator for the Vicarious Trauma Toolkit being developed and piloted by Northeastern University to address vicarious trauma in victim assistance providers and first responders. Ms. Kalergis also is a consultant for OVC's Training and Technical Assistance Center, focusing on vicarious trauma and resiliency, crime victims’ rights, strategic planning, and state victim assistance academies.
Visit the OVC Web Forum to submit questions for Ms. Hill and Ms. Kalergis and return on February 11 at 2 p.m. (eastern time) for the live discussion. See instructions on how to participate.
The Resource Sharing Project is providing this exciting 2.5-day training on enhancing sexual assault services exclusively to OVW Rural Grantees that are dual/multi-service agencies. This national conference will bring you together with your rural peers from dual/multi-service advocacy agencies all around the country to discuss concrete strategies for providing innovative services to rural sexual assault survivors. Participants will learn how to use their strengths to craft individualized plans to confront sexual violence in their rural communities through a trauma informed lens. Together, we will identify the barriers in rural communities and build on our strengths to create meaningful solutions for dual/multi-service advocacy agencies. There are only 100 seats available for this conference.
U. S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, in partnership with Futures Without Violence
The Futures Without Violence SOS Institute is an interactive 2.5 - day training and six-month follow up support on action plans to enhance organizational infrastructure and provide institutional sustainability support for community based organizations working with underrepresented and underserved populations.Space is limited. Organizations interested in participating will need to submit an application for this training. The application deadline is February 18, 2015.
Massachusetts Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (MATSA) & MASOC) and
This joint conference will offer three professional tracks including workshops that focus on adolescents or children who have sexually abused; adults who perpetrate violence; and victim-centered approach to this work. Register now.
Each April, OVC helps lead communities throughout the country in their annual observances of National Crime Victim' Rights Week (NCVRW) which will be observed April 19–25, 2015. This year's theme—Engaging Communities. Empowering Victims.—emphasizes the role of the entire community, individually and collectively, as we support victims of crime and empower them to direct their own recovery.
Download the 2015 NCVRW Resource Guide now to access everything you need to host and promote NCVRW in your community.
Join us on the first Tuesday in April for the Day of Action. SAAM activists chose this day to collectively engage communities to end sexual violence. Plan, attend or post about your community SAAM event.
In this month’s webinar, we’ll discuss best practices for small and/or multi-service agencies on providing rape crisis services to survivors in facilities that are located far from large cities and towns. We’ll review some of the unique challenges of working in rural detention facilities, and discuss ways to work around barriers such as distance and a lack of community response teams. Becca Korby, Executive Director of Healthy Families, a multi-service agency in rural Washington state, will join us to share her strategies for working in a community with multiple needs and limited resources. We’ll end with ample time for questions and answers. The webinar is geared toward rape crisis advocates and other community-based service providers, but anyone who works with current or former detainees is encouraged to attend. This series of webinars is being supported by the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women.
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