Upcoming Events (2021)
Tuesday, September 28, 2021 – Trauma, Intimate Partner Violence, and Mental Health Advocacy: How Victim Advocates & Mental Health Professionals Can Work Together to Enhance Safety, Empower Clients, and Normalize Help Seeking Behaviors (Brown Bag)
You are invited to be a part of a Brown Bag that will include interactive questions, videos, games and material that can be used when assisting clients with their mental health needs.
Training Objectives: Attendees will be able to better:
- Understand intimate partner violence trauma triggers, how to respond and support clients.
- Develop trauma-informed safety plans, especially related to the immediate needs of military members and military-affiliated families.
- Enhance coordination with mental health professionals and encourage clients to seek mental health support when needed.
Presented by: Deidra Saina, LCSW. Ms. Saina has over 19 years of experience working in the family violence field where she has provided trauma-informed advocacy services, clinical treatment, and program management support to military and civilian domestic violence, sexual assault and child welfare agencies. For this event, Ms. Saina will not be representing the U.S. Air Force in any capacity and will be presenting as an independent clinical social worker and victim advocate.
Thursdays: October 7, October 14, October 21, and October 28 – Military Members and Families Virtual Training Course for Civilians (2:30pm - 6:30pm ET / 1:30pm - 5:30pm CT / 11:30am - 3:30pm PT / 8:30am - 12:30pm HT)
The National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA), in partnership with the National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI), is excited to invite civilian victim advocates, criminal justice professionals, and allied professionals working with military-connected victims in California, Hawaii, and Washington state to attend a FREE Virtual Training Course on Building Military-Civilian Collaborative Community Responses (CCR) to expand and enhance support for military-connected victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.
Who: The following civilian victim advocates, criminal justice professionals, and professionals working with military-connected victims in in California, Hawaii, and Washington are invited to register:
• Community-based victim advocates
• System-based victim advocates
• Civilian law enforcement
• District Attorney’s offices
• Victims’ rights attorneys
• Civilian judges and courts
• Medical responders including SANE teams
• Pre-trial services
• Probation and parole officers
• Other civilian first responders serving on multidisciplinary CCR teams
Offered in Partnership with: California Partnership to End Domestic Violence, Hawaii State Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Washington YWCA Kitsap County.
Topics to be discussed include: Military Culture, Victims’ Rights, Military Investigative Process & Justice System, Military Protective Orders, Compensation Programs, Risk Assessment and Safety Planning.
Tuesday, October 26 – A Panel Discussion: Military and Civilian Victims’ Rights Attorneys & their Respective Roles (Training)
Training information is forthcoming.
Please check back regularly for updated event information, including event descriptions and event registration.
Recent Past Events (2021)
Thursday, July 1 – Military & Civilian Victims’ Rights 101 (Training)
Military-connected victims face unique challenges—from navigating the complexity of military and civilian criminal justice to knowing which rights can be asserted in each justice system. This training provided foundational knowledge on victims’ rights in military and civilian criminal justice, including discussion on jurisdictional issues that military-connected crime victims often encounter and an overview of which victims’ rights can be asserted in each justice system. Watch the Recording.
Presented by: Captain Phillip N. Walters, former Victims’ Legal Counsel; and Meg Garvin, Executive Director of NCVLI and Clinical Professor of Law.
Facilitated by: Desiree Staeffler, Victims’ Rights Fellow with NCVLI.
Tuesdays: June 1, June 8, June 15, and June 22 – Military-Connected Victims Virtual Training Course for Civilians
This four week training course was an interactive, multidisciplinary course focused on cross-collaboration and coordinated community response (CCR) to address the unique needs and barriers encountered by military-connected victims.
In Partnership with: National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA), National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI), Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ACADV), Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (MCADSV), Coordinadora Paz para las Mujeres (Puerto Rico), and Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA.
Thursday, June 17 – Supporting Military-Connected Survivors with Disabilities and Deaf Survivors (Training)
Victims with disabilities often experience unique barriers to healing and justice, from learning about available support services, being able to access services, and being believed. This training helped professionals understand the unique dynamics of sexual and domestic violence in the lives of people with disabilities and deaf people, and the barriers they face when seeking civilian and military advocacy services. Attendees received information on supportive agencies and resources as well as practical recommendations for making services safer and more accessible for all.
Presented by: Anneliese Brown, Director for the Vera Institute of Justice’s Center on Victimization and Safety (CVS).
Thursday, May 6 – Outreach and Advocacy for LGBTQ+ Military-Connected Victims (Brown Bag/Lunch & Learn)
This Brown Bag held an interactive discussion on outreach and advocacy for LGBTQ+ military-connected victims of interpersonal violence and sexual assault.
Presented by: Angela Duhon, NOVA’s Military/Civilian Victim Services Program Manager; and Dr. Tony Korol-Evans, Statewide Trainer for the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence.
Tuesday, April 20 – Understanding Male Victimization: The Overlooked Survivors (Brown Bag/Lunch & Learn)
This Brown Bag held a discussion on male victimization, including how to effectively respond and prevent domestic and sexual violence in military and civilian communities; and how to better serve the male population and provide equally robust services.
Presented by: DM 10 Strong’s CEO Eric Barreras & Edward Wilson.
Tuesdays: March 4, March 11, and March 18 – Military-Connected Victims Virtual Training Course
This three week training course was an interactive, multidisciplinary course focused on cross-collaboration and coordinated community response (CCR) to address the unique needs and barriers encountered by military-connected victims.
In Partnership with: NOVA, NCVLI, Arizona Coalition to End Sexual & Domestic Violence (ACESDV), Florida Council Against Sexual Violence (FCASV), Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence (MNADV), and Ohio Domestic Violence Network.
Thursday, January 14 – Technology-Facilitated Stalking in Military and Civilian Communities (Training)
This training enhanced awareness for victim service professionals on how technology is leveraged by perpetrators in the crime of stalking.
Presented by: Jennifer Landhuis, Director of the Stalking Prevention, Awareness, and Resource Center (SPARC), Aequitas.
This work is funded in part by an award to NCVLI under a subgrant from the National Organization of Victim Assistance (NOVA) pursuant to Grant No. 2019-TA-AX-K019 awarded to NOVA by the Office on Violence Against Women. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the contributors and do not necessarily represent the official position of the U.S. Department of Justice or NOVA.