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We are the nation's leading resource and advocacy organization for crime victims and those who serve them. Please join us as we forge a national commitment to help victims of crime rebuild their lives.

Past Events

  • The Untested Rape Kit Crisis and Cold Case Sexual Assault Prosecutions

    March 14, 2014 2:00 PM
    In 2009, over 11,300 untested rape kits were discovered in a Detroit Police Department property storage facility. With funding from the National Institute of Justice, a two and one-half year project was begun to determine why the kits went untested and to develop strategies for preventing this type of crisis from reoccurring.



  • Promoting Crime Victims' Rights with Social Media

    March 11, 2014 5:00 PM
    This webinar on social media strategies produced by the National Center for Victims of Crime in partnership with Indigo Strategies focuses on ways to utilize social media to support crime victims' rights.




  • Civil Justice for Victims of Crime in Florida

    Location: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    March 6, 2014 9:00 AM




  • Civil Justice for Victims of Crime in Florida

    Location: Tampa, FL
    March 3, 2014 9:00 AM




  • Serial Offending and the Testing of Rape Kits

    January 14, 2014 11:00 AM

    Research on so-called “undetected” rapists – men who commit rapes but who are either not reported or not prosecuted for their crimes – has clearly demonstrated that the old stereotypes about rapists are false. This webinar, presented by Dr. David Lisak, covers how undetected rapists, who represent the vast majority of rapists, and account for the vast majority of rapes, use extensive planning, often use of alcohol and other drugs to render their victims vulnerable, and rely on minimal force to threaten and intimidate their victims into submission. A majority of these rapists are serial offenders, and the evidence suggests that they typically begin their offending careers during adolescence. Evidence also indicates that serial offenders account for more than 90% of all rapes. These data underscore the potential importance of testing non -stranger sexual assault kits and maintaining DNA databases derived from the processing of rape kits.




  • Taking Action for Identity Theft Victims

    December 12, 2013 2:00 PM
    The webinar features two experts in the identity theft field. Merry O’Brien, Project Director, National Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network Project, and Hazel Heckers, Victim Advocate, State of Colorado, will outline what identity theft is and provide steps to recovery from identity theft that focus on both the short and long-term approach, including case examples from the many years of experience of the presenters.



  • The Long Road to Justice: Victims' Rights and Untested Sexual Assault Kits

    December 11, 2013 2:00 PM
    Several communities have started large scale testing of previously untested (backlogged) sexual assault kits. Most of the victims, whose kits have sat untested for 10, 15 and even 20 years, never thought they would be contacted by law enforcement after so many years. Yet many victims are being contacted and their statutory crime victims’ rights are in place to help them. This webinar looks at the rights of crime victims within the context of processing sexual assault kits. We’ll look at how existing victims’ rights can apply, as well as new developments in victims’ rights specifically crafted with cold cases and sexual assault kits in mind.



  • An Introduction to "Taking Action: An Advocates Guide to Assisting Victims of Financial Fraud"

    November 14, 2013 2:00 PM
    More than 30 million Americans are victims of financial fraud every year. Now there is a groundbreaking tool to help victim advocates navigate the many resources available to aid victim recovery. This hour-long webinar will walk you through the accessible, victim-centered approaches at the heart of Taking Action: An Advocate’s Guide to Assisting Victims of Financial Fraud.



  • Civil Justice for Victims of Crime in Illinois

    Location: Edelstein, IL
    November 13, 2013 9:00 AM




  • No More Harm: Untested Sexual Assault Kits and Communities of Color

    October 29, 2013 2:00 PM
    This webinar consists of an analytical and philosophical conversation addressing the needs of sexual assault survivors within communities of color. The webinar places this conversation in the context of the recent large scale testing in several communities of untested (backlogged) rape kits that have revealed a disproportionately high number of untested kits where the victim was a person of color. Based on their experiences nationally and in the Michigan 400 Project, Condencia Brade from Sisters of Color Ending Sexual Assault and Debi Cain from the Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board discuss key issues that are intended to broaden the perspective of those who work with sexual assault survivors in communities of color. They address the unique challenges and provide strategies for working with survivors of color when reopening years or decades old sexual assault cases when evidence was only recently tested.