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Fall Training Opportunties for Victim Service Providers
The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) is offering five training workshops this fall to help victim service providers enhance their capacity to serve crime victims and increase their professional skills.

Sept. 16–18: Providing Culturally Competent Services to Victims of Crime (Lincoln, Nebraska)

Oct. 8–9: Identity Theft (San Diego, California)

Oct. 15–16: Sexual Assault Advocate/Counselor Training (Portland, Maine)

NEW! Oct. 29–30: Enforcing Victims’ Rights (Charleston, South Carolina)

NEW! Dec. 10–11: Supporting Children Living With Grief and Trauma: A Multidisciplinary Approach (Los Angeles, California)

Check the OVC TTAC Web site for more information about these workshops and to register.

NCVRW 2009
Each April since 1981, OVC has helped lead communities in their observances of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW). Rallies, candlelight vigils, and a host of commemorative activities are held each year to promote victims’ rights and to honor crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf. Important dates follow:

Online awards nomination deadline is October 10, 2008

National Observance and Candlelight Ceremony is April 23, 2009

National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony is April 24, 2009

2009 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is April 26–May 2, 2009

Visit OVC’s Web site for more information about NCVRW 2009.

Fifth National SART Training Conference logoFifth National SART Training Conference Announced
The fifth national Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Training Conference will be held May 2009, in Seattle, Washington. It will focus on expanding the capacity of SARTs to promote health and healing of sexual assault victims, hold sex offenders accountable, and help prevent further sexual violence. The 2009 conference includes an interactive scenario track that allows a limited number of SARTs to work as teams, collecting evidence at the scene of a crime through to testifying at the trial. Registration opens on November 1, 2008.

Visit the SANE-SART Web site for more information.