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The Office for Victims of Crime facilitates training through the OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC), cooperative agreements with partner organizations, and grantees, to assist the field in building its collective capacity to serve crime victims. Select from the following options to learn more about opportunities in your area.

Training & Technical Assistance Center Opportunities

The Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC) provides comprehensive training, technical assistance, and other support to assist the field in building its collective capacity to serve crime victims.

Discretionary Grantee Orientation Series

OVC Grantee Orientation WebinarsThe OVC Discretionary Grantee Orientation Series is geared toward grantees and provides information about OVC, grant management, financial and legal responsibilities, grant requirements, special conditions, program measurement, and more. The material is available in a series of four webinars. After viewing each webinar, please complete the corresponding evaluation.

Getting Started

Joye E. Frost, OVC Director, and Sharron Fletcher, OVC Lead Victim Justice Program Specialist, present on OVC, the Crime Victims Fund, and the Office of Justice Programs’ Grants Management System. Additionally, grantees receive post-award instructions and learn about special conditions of the award.

Watch the Getting Started webinar (wmv 28 mb, 60 minutes, November 2012).

Please complete the Webinar evaluation.

Financial and Legal Responsibilities

The second webinar focuses on the financial management and legal responsibilities of the award and is geared toward all discretionary grantees. Participants hear from the Office of the Chief Financial Officer and learn about allowable costs and withholdings, the top 10 audit findings, financial reports, conference cost approvals and reports, and other related items. Participants also hear from the Office of the General Counsel on their legal grant responsibilities.

Watch the Financial and Legal Responsibilities webinar (wmv 44 mb, 93 minutes, November 2012)

Please complete the webinar evaluation.

Grant Requirements

The third webinar focuses on the programmatic aspects of grant management and is geared toward all discretionary grantees. Participants learn about what a good progress report looks like, details on the special conditions, the Grants Management System, and more critical topics related to managing the award. The webinar also highlights resources available to grantees through the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Training and Technical Assistance Center and the OVC Resource Center.

Watch the Grant Requirements webinar (wmv 34 mb, 65 minutes, December 2012).

Please complete the webinar evaluation.

Measuring Success

The fourth and final webinar in the 2012 OVC Discretionary Grantee Orientation Series discusses the performance measures of the award, evaluating the program, and closeout instructions. This webinar is geared toward all discretionary grantees.

Watch the Measuring Success webinar (wmv 37 mb, 78 minutes, January 2013)

Please complete the webinar evaluation.

Training and Technical Assistance Center

OVC’s Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC) continues to expand OVC’s outreach through in-person and Web-based trainings. This requires ongoing capacity building to better serve victims and addressing the enduring and emerging issues in the field.

  • Training by Request is offered as an option for program leaders who wish to organize a specific training for their own region.

  • The National Victim Assistance Academy (NVAA) uses a blended learning approach to provide an intensive, interactive learning experience for professionals and volunteers who assist victims and survivors of crime. The NVAA includes Victim Assistance Training Online, Advanced Skills Institute, Leadership Institute, and Advanced Trainer Institute.

  • A variety of Webinars and other online trainings are available to complete at your convenience.

  • Instructor materials are available for presenters who are providing training in specialized topic areas.

  • The Professional Development Scholarship Program provides support for victim service professionals to attend trainings and conferences that will enhance their ability to work with victims of crime. The program provides up to $1,000 for individuals and up to $5,000 for multidisciplinary teams of victim service professionals seeking continuing education opportunities.

  • Customized training and technical assistance (TTA) is offered to meet your organization’s needs. All TTA is designed to help you build capacity and improve the quality of services offered to victims of crime in a variety of settings. In addition, TTA is also provided to a variety of stakeholders by supporting the work of OVC human trafficking services grantees, promoting collaboration and communication among human trafficking task forces, and building capacity among general victim service providers, allied professionals, and the general public. Visit the Human Trafficking Web page for more information.

  • Online resources are available for practitioners, program management, and organizations.

  • Attorneys, victim service providers, victims, and the general public can access VictimLaw to search victim rights' statutes, tribal laws, and other legal information.

To learn more about OVC TTAC, visit www.ovcttac.gov and sign up to receive notifications about future training events.

Legal Assistance for Crime Victims. An OVC Capacity Building Initiative.Legal Assistance for Crime Victims: An OVC Capacity Building Initiative

OVC is working to expand the availability of pro bono and no-cost legal assistance for victims of crime nationally. Part of that effort includes support for a series of free webinar trainings on victims’ rights issues developed and delivered by the National Crime Victim Law Institute in collaboration with the OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC).

Visit the OVC TTAC Web site to learn more about the Legal Assistance for Crime Victims Initiative.

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Training by Grantees

SANE/SART Online Learning Program

SANE-SART Online Learning ProgramThrough funding from OVC, the SANE-SART Resource Service’s SANE-SART Online Learning Program has expanded to include special tracks for victim advocates, law enforcement officers, and legal representatives beginning this September.

After completing 32 hours of self-directed online learning about adult and adolescent SANE didactic, students will attend an 8-hour webinar that will augment the information provided online and allow learners to ask questions of a subject matter expert, which will complete the training at a total of 40 hours. The webinars will also be taped and stored online for others to review at a later time.

To learn more about the Online Learning Program and to participate, visit www.sane-sart.com and find your discipline.

Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault Cases Trainings

Research Triangle Institute (RTI) International, with funding from OVC, developed four, free online training modules that cover terminology, drugs, consent, evidence collection, and the laboratory process related to victim-centered care in drug-facilitated sexual assault (DFSA) cases. Each module is designed for individuals experienced in sexual assault investigations, including Sexual Assault Response Teams (SARTs), Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs), and Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners (SAFEs).

  • Modules 1 and 2—An Overview of DFSA SANE/SAFE/SART Protocol I & II—examine best practices in victim-centered care, establish a common language regarding DFSA among SART members, and document proper evidence-collection techniques for DFSA cases.
  • Module 3—Challenges in DFSA Investigations—includes strategies in evidence collection and laboratory testing, and recommendations for medical professionals, investigators, prosecutors, and toxicologists to effectively investigate DFSA cases.
  • Module 4—Drug Facts: a DFSA Perspective—includes terminology, drugs, reporting the crime, evidence collection, laboratory methodologies and recommendations for effective investigations of DFSA cases.

More information about each of the modules, including presenters, course requirements, and accreditation, are available on RTI International’s Forensic Education Web site.

Mortgage Fraud Webinar Series

Through funding from OVC and BJA, the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) is responding to mortgage fraud, a fast-growing financial crime in the United States, by providing—

  • training and technical assistance,
  • downloadable resources for mortgage fraud victims and potential homebuyers,
  • tools to develop recovery plans for mortgage fraud victims, and
  • tips and resources to reduce the risk of becoming the next victim of mortgage fraud.

Visit the NCPC Mortgage Fraud Web page on a regular basis to stay up-to-date on available trainings, such as webinars, and tools and resources to help assist victims of mortgage fraud.

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