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.
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
Location: Augusta, Maine
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.
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.
Investment fraud harms the financial futures of individuals, damages market safety, and traumatizes victims. Recovering from investment fraud can be difficult, both financially and emotionally. This webinar will bring together representatives from the Securities and Exchange Commission, the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority to discuss what reporting and recovery options are available to consumers and victims, as well as providing an understanding of how investment fraud enforcement happens.
Location: Augusta, Maine
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina