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 these opportunities.
Training & Technical Assistance Center Opportunities
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
The 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.
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).
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)
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).
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)
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.
- 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
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 website to learn more about the Legal Assistance for Crime Victims Initiative.
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