The National Center values education and training as a mechanism to improve the way crime victims are treated and understood. The following are some of our training activities and programs that we have developed and executed at the National Center. These programs serve as a resource for those who work with victims, represent victims’ perspectives, raise awareness, develop services, and foster systemic change.
The center is a one-stop-shop where victim service providers, culturally specific organizations, criminal justice professionals, and policymakers may get information and expert guidance to enhance their capacity to identify, reach, and serve all victims, especially those from communities that too often have less access.
The National Training Institute is an annual conference that emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach to sharing promising practices, current research, and effective programs and policies that are victim-centered, practice-based, and research-informed. NTI is a forum for law enforcement, victim service professionals, allied practitioners, policymakers, and researchers to share current developments and build new collaborations. Conference sessions highlight practical information to better support services for the wide range of persons victimized by crimes of all types.
The National Crime Victim Bar Association (NCVBA), an affiliate of the National Center, was founded in April 1999 as the nation’s first professional association of attorneys and expert witnesses dedicated to helping victims seek justice through the civil system. The NCVBA provides technical support to attorneys representing crime victims in civil actions, refers crime victims to lawyers in their local area, and works to increase general awareness about the availability of civil remedies for victims of crime.
VictimConnect is a national helpline dedicated to serving all victims. Get help by calling 855-4-VICTIM (855-484-2846) or through online chat here.
The DC Victim Hotline, a program of the National Center, provides free, confidential, around-the-clock information and referrals for victims of all crime in the District of Columbia.
The SVAA Resource Center supports and furthers the vital work of state victim assistance academies (SVAAs) across the country. The resource center also builds on past experiences of SVAAs to provide a system of foundational and continuing training for victim advocates, strengthening the network of victim service providers.
To respond effectively to victims of crime, practitioners must have access to the highest quality and most relevant research to inform their work. Yet, in the victim services field, there remains a sizable gap in communication, information sharing, and application between research and practice. Resource centers and clearinghouses are increasingly needed to fill that gap and connect research to practice.
The Financial Crime Resource Center’s mission is to help victims of financial crime recover their assets and retake control of their lives. This resource center also provides access to healing services and avenues to justice.
In January 2013, and with the support of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the National Center convened a national roundtable discussion in Washington, D.C. The purpose of this gathering was to create entry points for victims, survivors, and crime victim advocates to engage in the emerging juvenile justice policy reform agenda and improve the public dialogue on effective public safety and youth development policies.
The Office for Victims of Crime of the U.S. Department of Justice has funded the National Center, National Congress of American Indians, and Tribal Law and Policy Institute to create a web-based resource mapping tool that:
- Links AI/AN survivors of crime and abuse to services anywhere in the country
- Helps identify gaps in the network of existing services
The Safety and Justice Challenge, supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, seeks to reduce over-incarceration by changing the way America thinks about and uses jails.
The National Compassion Fund provides a single, trusted way for the public to donate directly to victims of a mass crime, such as a shooting or a terrorist attack. The National Center developed this fund in partnership with victims and family members from past mass casualty crimes, including those from Sandy Hook, Aurora, Virginia Tech, Oak Creek Temple, NIU, Columbine, and September 11.
The Multidisciplinary Responses to Families and Communities in Complex Homicide Cases Program (Complex Homicide) is an Office for Victims of Crime Vision 21-funded grant that provides training and technical assistance to seven demonstration sites around the United States. The goal is to enhance multidisciplinary interventions within 24 to 48 hours of a complex death. Cases may include gang-related homicides, intrafamilial homicides, homicides involving child witnesses, and homicides resulting from impaired driving and driving under the influence.