The National Center for Victims of Crime 2009 National Conference, held on June 22-24, 2009 in Washington, DC, brought together victim service providers and advocates, law enforcement officials, researchers, educators, allied professionals, from around the country to share best practices, forge new collaborations and enhance resources, policies and services for crime victims.
- Judge Reggie B. Walton, United State District Court Judge for the District of Columbia, with more than 25 years of experience on the bench, shared his perspective on coordinating the delivery of services to both offenders and victims.
- William C. Kellibrew, IV of the National Coalition on Black Civil Participation's Black Youth Vote!; Dale Ellen Standifer, LCSW, ACSW; and of the Metropolitan Center for Women and Children; and Debra Patterson, PhD, LMSW, a professor at Wayne State University shared insights and concerns about how to promote individual and systemic change in victim services from the perspective of a crime victim, a practitioner, and a researcher.
- Victor Vieth, JD of the National Child Protection Training Center and Mitru Ciarlante, Director of the National Center for Victims of Crime's Youth Initiative highlighted effective programs, services, tools, and techniques for reaching and serving teen and child victims in a variety of settings.
- Dorothy J. Edwards, PhD of the University of Kentucky Violence Intervention and Prevention Center spoke about how successful, targeted efforts to prevent power-based personal violence must be based on close examination of our past efforts, course correction where indicated, a review of relevant science and theory from across disciplines, and practical application that can translate to the front lines. By informing prevention efforts with the latest research and addressing obstacles within the current movement, within ourselves, and within the literature, she described how we can create strategies to ensure that fewer women, men, and children become victims of power-based personal violence.