The National Center values education and training as a mechanism to improve the way crime victims are treated and understood. The following training activities and programs developed and executed by the National Center serve as a resource for those who work with victims, represent victims' perspectives, raise awareness, develop services, and foster systemic change:
- National Training Institute: Our annual National Conference emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach to sharing promising practices, current research, and effective programs and policies that are victim-centered, evidence-based, and research-informed. Our National Conferences are forums for victim service and criminal justice professionals, allied practitioners, policymakers, and researchers to share current developments and build new collaborations.
- Stalking Resource Center Training: This program provides training for professionals responding to stalking victims and offenders. Stalking Resource Center staff are also available to participate in training events sponsored by practitioners on the local, state, and national level.
- DNA Resource Center Training: This program provides training so communities are able to provide informed and sensitive guidance to victims whose cases involve DNA evidence.
- National Crime Victim Bar Association: An affiliate of the National Center for Victims of Crime, the National Crime Victim Bar Association conducts regular training seminars on civil remedies for crime victims.
Civil Justice Seminars
The seminar, Civil Justice for Victims of Crime
, explores how victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, child sex abuse, drunk driving, homicide, workplace violence, terrorism, elder abuse, identity theft and financial and property crimes can use civil lawsuits to obtain justice, hold responsible parties accountable, prevent future crimes, and obtain the financial resources victims need to rebuild their lives. Each seminar is tailored to the laws of the state in which the seminar is offered. The program covers resources and strategies for victims considering civil lawsuits, and includes a panel of attorneys to answer specific questions of law.
Taking Action: Assisting Victims of Financial Fraud
Taking Action: Assisting Victims of Financial Fraud will explore accessible, vital step-by-step strategies for addressing the major types of financial crime, including identity theft, investment fraud, mortgage and lending fraud, and mass marketing scams. Recently, The National Center for Victims of Crime and the FINRA Investor Education Foundation released Taking Action: An Advocate’s Guide to Assisting Victims of Financial Fraud to provide those who serve the more than 30 million Americans who are victims of financial fraud every year with an important new tool to aid their clients. The training seminar offers a more comprehensive program of tools and resources for advocates to assist victims in regaining their financial footing and address the emotional trauma experienced by victims of financial fraud.
Focusing on the important role of bystanders (friends and family) in recognizing and assisting in the recovery from elder financial exploitation, this webinar will provide friends and family with an understanding of how victimization of the elderly occurs, how they can recognize the exploitation, and what a family member needs to do in order to assist in reporting and recovery. Additionally, there would be information in this webinar on how to manage the money of an elderly person who has entrusted their finances to a friend or family member. The speakers for this webinar would include experts from the National Center and the CFPB.
November 21, 2014 1:00 PM
Focusing on the important role victim service providers in law enforcement and prosecutor’s offices have in recovery from elder financial exploitation, this webinar would provide victims service providers with clear directions and action steps for VSPs to recognize, report, and assist in the recovery of elder financial exploitation. Speakers from a prosecutor’s office, a law enforcement office, and the National Center would focus on victim-centered practices and provide concrete resources for victim service providers to utilize to assist with recovery.
November 14, 2014 1:00 PM
Focusing on the important role of APS in recovery from elder financial exploitation, this webinar would draw on speakers from one local APS in a state, and a national expert from the National Adult Protective Services Association to provide clear directions and action steps for APS workers to recognize, report, and assist in the recovery of elder financial exploitation. This would pay particular attention to proper reporting and victim-centered practices and mandatory reporting.
Focusing on the important role of financial institutions in elder financial abuse recovery, this webinar would draw on speakers from Wells Fargo, the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, and the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau to provide clear directions and action steps for financial institution employees to recognize, report, and assist in the recovery of elder financial exploitation. This would pay particular attention to proper reporting and victim-centered practices and mandatory reporting.
Clayton Gerber, Postal Inspector, and Kate Lawrence will share prevention and outreach resources, enforcement options, and provide important information on how consumers can respond to fraud in the mail, with a particular emphasis on lottery fraud.
Location: Augusta, Maine