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  Summer 2014 Institute Training Schedule


August 6, 2014   10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

History & Social Policies behind Child Custody Laws

Leslie Malkin, B.A., J.D.

The idea of one parent getting custody over another is a thoroughly modern concept. Throughout history, fathers always had possession of their children and mothers had NO rights. It’s only been in the last 100 years that society even considered a mother having lawful custody of her children and addressed the “best interests of the child.” What are the origins of “fathers’ rights”, why did mothers begin to get custody, and where do custody laws stand today? What do federal laws say regarding custody? How do domestic violence, mental health, disabilities, substance abuse, and other social issues factor into custody decisions? This training will take a whirlwind tour through ancient law on possession and protection of children, delve in the Middles Ages and early colonial history, and end up in current America.

5 DVS Credits: Gender issues and Empowerment   

$15 Program Staff    $50 Non-Program Staff

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August 13, 2014   10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Hidden Hurt: Male Survivors of Domestic Violence & Child Abuse

Robbin Loonan, MA, DVS, LPC

Male survivors face some unique challenges including feeling excluded from valuable support services and the survivor community at large.  The research indicates men are less likely to identify abuse, to report abuse, and to reach out for help than their female counterparts. This workshop will provide a greater understanding of male victims and survivors and the unique challenges they face. We will explore assessment and treatment practices as well as how to provide effective outreach to this community.

5 DVS Credits: Diversity  

$15 Program Staff    $50 Non-Program Staff

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Until further notice, we are unable to process online payments for training registration at this time.  Please use the Click here for registration form links below training descriptions for your registration.  Thank you!



Available Training from Partner Organizations


40 Hour Volunteer Training Schedule


   Rutgers Continuing Education Courses Including the Violence Against Women Certificate Program     



                          Announcing the

                         Bridging the Gap

                       Webinar Series

A Webinar Series on 

Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Against  People with Disabilities and Deaf Individuals

The Center on Victimization and Safety at the Vera Institute of Justice is pleased to announce the Bridging the Gap Webinar Series, a webinar series on sexual assault and domestic violence against people with disabilities and Deaf individuals. 
The Bridging the Gap Webinar Series will explore emerging and enduring issues at the intersection of violence and disability; highlight promising practices for serving survivors with disabilities and Deaf survivors; and foster a network of support to end violence against people with disabilities. 
This webinar series is designed for practitioners and policymakers interested in addressing sexual and domestic violence against people with disabilities and Deaf individuals. This webinar series is open to any recipient of U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women funding, their subcontractors and partners, as well as organizations interested in becoming a recipient. 
Each webinar in this series is FREE, but does require registration for each individual webinar. If you have additional questions, you may email us at cvs@vera.org, or call us at 212.376.3096.
Upcoming Bridging the Gap Webinars


Safety Planning for Survivors with Disabilities

Angie Blumel, Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault

Lisa Fleming, Rose Brooks Center

August 26, 2014

2:00 - 3:30 PM EDT

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 **Registration Closes on Tuesday, August 19, 2014**


Assessing Your Organization for Physical Access and Safety

Center for Victimization and Safety Staff

September 23, 2014

2:00 - 3:30 PM EDT

Register Now **Registration Closed on Tuesday, September 16, 2014** 


   All Webinars in this series are closed captioned. 



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Learning About Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault

The Society of Forensic Toxicology Continuing Education and Drug-Facilitated Crimes Committees and the DC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will co-host a two-day workshop on Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault (DFSA), taking place online and on location in Washington, DC, on August 11-12, 2014.

The workshop will include lectures on the investigation and prosecution of DFSA cases, alcohol and memory, and various drugs used to facilitate sexual assault. Participants who attend on location will also evaluate mock case scenarios in small groups and be offered a tour of the DC Medical Examiner facilities. Accent credit will be available to interested participants.

Register before August 4, 2014, to participate in person.

Virtual attendance is supported by NIJ's Forensic Science Technology Center of Excellence.

Register to participate online right up to the start of the event.


Please join us for this FREE webinar:

What Is Restorative Justice and How Can I Use It?

Date and Time:
Monday, August 11, 2014 2:00 pm, Central Daylight Time (Chicago, GMT-05:00)

You're invited to attend a free webinar presented to you by the National Domestic Violence Hotline. This 1-hour event requires registration.

Topic: What Is Restorative Justice and How Can I Use It?
Host: The Hotline Webinar Services
Date and Time:
Monday, August 11, 2014 2:00 pm, Central Daylight Time (Chicago, GMT-05:00)

To register for the online event
1. Go to https://thehotline.webex.com/thehotline/onstage/g.php?MTID=ea31334b28de661af99166611c952a9d0
2. Click "Register".
3. On the registration form, enter your information and then click "Submit".

Once the host approves your registration, you will receive a confirmation email message with instructions on how to join the event.

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The Experience of Hearing Distressing Voices

Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

Mental Health Association in New Jersey's Union County Office,

2333 Morris Avenue, Building C, Suite 206/208, Union, New Jersey 07083


CRC Credits Pending


Designed for mental health providers and anyone who would like to better understand the experience of hearing distressing voices, the goal of the Hearing Distressing Voices workshop is to enhance participants' empathy and understanding of the day-to-day challenges faced by people with psychiatric disabilities.*


The workshop was developed by Patricia Deegan, PhD, a leading activist in the consumer rights movement, who has experienced voices since she was a child.  Her motivation for developing this workshop stemmed from her experiences within the mental health system.  


The workshop consists of a simulated experience of what it may be like for individuals who hear voices.  Participants listen to a CD using headphones while engaging in different activities, followed by a discussion of the experience.  In addition, members of the community who have been, or still are, currently hearing voices will share their experiences.


Learning Objectives:

  • Experience what it is like to hear distressing voices
  • Enhance empathy and understanding of the challenges facing consumers
  • Implications of vocational planning with consumers

This training will be provided by the Mental Health Association in New Jersey's CCERI staff.   

* This workshop is not recommended for people who experience auditory 


Click here to register by August 10, 2014.

The Mental Health Association in New Jersey's Career Connection Employment Resource Institute expands employment opportunities for persons with mental illness by creating system change through the promotion of best practices. We offer training for providers, consumers, family members and employers as well as technical assistance for mental health providers. We also collaborate with other community organizations.


This program is funded by the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services.


If you have any questions please contact

Ruth Kaluski at 973-571-4100, ext. 136 or rkaluski@mhanj.org






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Legal Assistance for Crime Victims
 An OVC Training and Technical Assistance Initiative
Webinar Series



Through the "Legal Assistance for Crime Victims: An OVC Training and Technical Assistance Initiative," OVC is working to expand the availability of pro bono and no-cost legal assistance for victims of crime nationally. Part of that effort includes support for a series of free Webinar trainings on victims' rights issues developed and delivered by the National Crime Victim Law Institute in collaboration with the OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC).

To register for an upcoming Webinar or to learn more, check the following list for the topics that interest you. 





Title: Lessons From the Field: Pro Bono Spotlights
Date: Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM  1:15 PM PT (3:00 PM  4:15 PM ET)
Speaker: Sarah LeClair, J.D.

Victims' rights is an emerging field of law. Few lawyers are full-time victims' rights lawyers; often victims must rely on pro bono or no cost attorneys to advance their rights. Wonderfully, when NCVLI reaches out, attorneys rise to the challenge. This session will highlight two attorneys who have taken a pro bono or low cost case for a victim. The attorneys will teach others what they did, how they did it, and what they would do differently! This turns the network of attorneys into colleagues and co-trainers.

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Title: Analyzing the Latest Interventions in the Response to Military Sexual Assault 
Date: Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Time: 12:00 PM  1:15 PM PT (3:00 PM  4:15 PM ET)
Speaker: Rebecca Khalil, J.D.

Sexual assault in the military is an issue that has drawn national attention. Many interventions to prevent and respond to this epidemic have taken place. This training will look at the evolution of victim services and rights in the military, focusing in large part on the emerging role of Special Victim Counsel. The trainer will discuss the legal landscape following the landmark decision of LRM v. Kastenberg and implementation of the latest NDAA.

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Title: Incapacitated and Deceased Victims Have Rights, Too; But What are They?
Date: Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM  1:15 PM PT (3:00 PM  4:15 PM ET)
Speaker: Amy Liu, J.D.

This training will discuss the unique challenges that arise in the context of incapacitated or deceased victims (whether they are deceased from the crime itself or otherwise). Among the topics to be covered: the use of in-life photos during trial and victim impact; model rights directives which are critical for loved ones to be able to exercise the victims' rights; survival of privileges; restitution; and more.

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Title: Representing Victims Who Don't Fit Society's "Mold" 
Date: Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM  1:15 PM PT (3:00 PM  4:15 PM ET)
Speaker: Sarah LeClair, J.D.

The justice systems are predominately designed for able-bodied victims who speak English. Securing access to justice for victims with disabilities whether they have impaired vision or hearing, high anxiety, use a wheelchair, or for persons who have English as a second language can be challenging. This session will include a panel of lawyers who can provide practice tips for securing access to justice.

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Title: Year in Review: Top Victims' Rights Cases from the Past 12 Months
Date: Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM  1:15 PM PT (3:00 PM  4:15 PM ET)
Speaker: Meg Garvin, M.A., J.D.

This training will identify notable victims' rights cases from 2014. The speaker will provide an overview of the facts, holdings, and implications of these cases and identify strategies for responding to the new legal landscape created by the cases. Reflecting on these cases, Ms. Garvin will identify and discuss emerging legal issues that attorneys and advocates need to be aware of in order to be the best advocates they can be for victims.

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OVC shares your mission and has a wide range of resources to help you accomplish it. Visit the National Criminal Justice Reference Service online at www.ncjrs.gov to register for services or to find out more.









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Missing & Exploited: Child Sex Trafficking Reporting and Recovery Planning

Join the National Center for Victims of Crime and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children on August 19 for a free webinar on establishing a coordinated reporting system that increases the visibility of child sex trafficking victims and improves the possibility of identification. 


When: August 19, 2014

Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (ET)

Where: Your computer 


 Register Now!

Additional Information:


Contact: Samuel Webster
Phone: 202-467-8751


Webinar Summary:


This webinar is hosted in conjunction with the The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, which operates as the national clearing house for missing children in the United States. Child sex trafficking victims are currently missing and actively being exploited. 


The first step toward victim recovery is establishing a coordinated reporting system that increases the visibility of child sex trafficking victims and the possibility of identification. Additionally, successful response systems require collaborative, multi-disciplinary coordination that includes child welfare, law enforcement, children's advocacy centers and specialized services and shelter placements. 


This presentation will provide the audience with the following:

  • Child sex trafficking risk factors and exploitation dynamics
  • Overview of NCMEC resources available to missing kids identified as victims of child sex trafficking
  • Importance and guidance on reporting children missing from child welfare to NCMEC
  • Guidance on establishing a successful recovery plan including trauma-informed approaches
  • Support available through NCMEC on proactive and reactive victim advocacy and services

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