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Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) refers to a range of events that a child can experience, which can result in trauma and chronic stress responses that severely impact a child’s developing brain. This topic provides an understanding of the wide array of ACEs and the lifelong consequences they can have on victims, their families, and their communities. It will also provide best practices for intervention and response for children and adults affected by these experiences.
It is vital that law enforcement, victim advocates, and victim service providers maintain positive, collaborative relationships to ensure comprehensive, trauma-informed responses to victims of violent crime and build trust between communities and law enforcement, victim advocates, and victim service providers. This topic provides an understanding of the roles of each of these entities and innovative practices for better communication and collaboration.
Victims of bullying experience many of the same impacts of trauma as victims of crimes that are codified criminal offenses, yet bullying is not classified as a crime in most situations. This topic delves into the intersection between bullying and various criminal offenses and how law enforcement and victim services can, and should, assist victims of bullying and enact preventative efforts.
Community coordinated responses (CCRs) are a relatively new concept for advancing local crime reduction strategies and improving services. They involve coordination and partnership between local law enforcement, hospitals, legal authorities, victim services, faith-based organizations, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and more to create a comprehensive approach to reducing crime and assisting victims. This training will provide practical examples of successful CCRs and methods for building such responses in your local community.
Homicide survivors and co-victims are an underserved and sparsely researched population of crime victims with unique and distinct problems that necessitate specialized resources in the aftermath of homicide to lessen long term psychological impacts. This topic provides guidance for communicating with and responding to homicide survivors and co-victims in a trauma-informed manner, with a special focus on victims of homicide with an intrafamilial, gang-related, or child witness component.
Domestic violence includes violence between romantic partners, familial members, roommates, and other individuals with interpersonal relationships. The personal nature of domestic violence often makes it a more difficult and sensitive for law enforcement and victim services to approach. This topic provides a better understanding of the traumatic impact of domestic violence and how to respond to it, special considerations for victim safety and protection, and various types of community coordinated responses to domestic violence.
Between 2007 and 2017, only nine percent of serious violent crime victims - including sexual assault, robbery - and aggravated assault, received assistance from a victim services agency. Even with recent advances in our understanding of the importance of victim services, these resources are sometimes still scarcely available. This training will cover the basics on how to build a crime victim assistance program and/or victim services unit, including trauma-informed and rehabilitative programming, building community partnerships, and advancing victims’ rights.
This training aims to educate law enforcement, other criminal justice actors, and community partners on the traumatic impacts of child arrests, as well as effective methodologies for prevention. This training incorporates strategies proposed by the New York Police Department Safe Horizon Model and provides evidence-backed tools and strategies that are proven to reduce trauma associated with child arrests and build trust between law enforcement and their local communities.
Multi-generational trauma has severe consequences including, but not limited to, poverty, trauma, decreased access to community resources and services, and less trust in local organizations. This may result in cycles of school under-performance, poor housing, and poor health conditions. This topic provides an understanding of how these cycles are perpetuated and best practices for implementing trauma-informed interactions and services in your community to prevent them from reoccurring.
This topic familiarizes law enforcement, criminal justice actors, and other organizations with local laws and regulations regarding human trafficking, cultivate an increased awareness on how to identify human trafficking cases, foster a basic understanding of how trauma impacts victims of human trafficking, and provide law enforcement with basic resources for handling trafficking cases.
Several research studies conducted over the past few years have shown that individuals with mental illnesses and/or developmental disabilities are 11.8 times more likely to be victimized than the general population. Even so, few resources exist that take special consideration on how to assist such individuals. This training will provide best practices for assisting these individuals in accessing resources, understanding associated trauma, and providing support throughout the criminal justice process.
Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a type of domestic violence that affects almost one million victims every year emotionally, physically, and mentally. Advances in victim services and advocacy efforts over the last 25 years have helped reduce rates of IPV, but it is important to continue this trend. This topic covers cycles of violence, barriers to leaving abusive relationships, and the role of drugs and alcohol in abusive relationships, among other topics.
Individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) experience violence at rates equal to or higher than heterosexuals, but they are much less likely to receive professional support in the aftermath of these traumatic and potentially life-threatening events. This topic discusses common terms used when serving LGBTQ+ victims of crime, barriers that LGBTQ+ victims of crime face while accessing services, better ways for your agency or organization to serve LGBTQ+ victims of crime, and other key considerations for law enforcement to keep in mind when interacting with LGBTQ+ victims of crime. This topic aims to increase positive interactions between law enforcement officers and the LGBTQ+ community.
Natural disasters, terrorism, war, mass violence, and political strife require effective responses and trauma-informed recovery efforts, which are significantly enhanced by the incorporation of victim assistance protocols. A post-disaster ‘Victim Assistance Plan’ or ‘Victim Services Protocol Training” can be a highly-effective tool to inform community leaders how to provide immediate responses and recovery efforts post-disaster in a trauma context.
Procedural justice focuses on the way law enforcement engages with the public and how those interactions affect the public’s view of law enforcement officials. Positive community engagements can help in improving relationships between legal authorities and the community. The topic provides a thorough understanding of these interactions, how they can impact law enforcement trust and transparency, and best practices for improving law enforcement-community relations.
Sexual violence and harassment is an incredibly pervasive epidemic in our society, and there are many misconceptions and blind spots when it comes to assisting victims of these horrific crimes. This topic covers the nuances of sexual violence victimization, including the variations in victims’ responses to sexual assault, reporting challenges, and the role of drugs and alcohol in sexual assault, among others. It also provides best practices for assisting victims of sexual violence.
Research shows that victims of stalking suffer a wide range of long term psychological, physical, occupational, social, and general lifestyle effects. This topic educates law enforcement, criminal justice actors, and other organizations on the causes and impacts of stalking, as well as effective methodologies for prevention.
This topic covers many aspects of the relationship between victimization and substance use disorders, including the intersection of substance use and mental illness and substance use disorders among various populations of victims, including female and child victims. Specifically, this topic analyzes substance use disorders (SUD) as a medical diagnosis and the basics of the science and bodily functioning surrounding addiction; identifies components of the relationship between substance use disorders and mental illnesses, including comorbidity and using substances to self-medicate; covers the indicators of substance use disorders, as well as screening tools available to assist in identifying substance use and alcohol use disorders; distinguishes the various directions of the relationship between substance use and crime victimization, as well as how these relationships manifest differently with different kinds of victimization; recognizes the effects of substance use disorder on children and families; and provides examples of successful community coordinated responses (CCRs) that can assist victims of crime with substance use disorders.
Research shows that victims of teen dating violence (TDV) suffer a wide range of psychological, physical, occupational, social, and general lifestyle effects in adulthood. This topic educates law enforcement, victim advocates, law students, criminal justice actors, and other community organizations on the causes and impacts of TDV and successful follow-up, rehabilitative services.
Underserved and at-risk communities are disproportionately affected by crime, and many are often unaware of the community services or legal options available to them after experiencing victimization and trauma. As a result of these obstacles, many victims and families in these communities do not receive the services they need to recover from their victimization and improve their safety, security, and health. Further, many such communities and neighborhoods have unique needs that can be served by culturally-competent criminal justice professionals. This training will provide an understanding of these needs and best practices for building law enforcement trust and transparency among underserved and at-risk communities.
Vicarious trauma describes the residual emotions and trauma that individuals who are themselves exposed to another's trauma may experience. Within the criminal justice field, it is the result of empathetic engagement with crime survivors and other individuals with traumatic experiences found among law enforcement officials, victim services, and many other professionals. It is important for these individuals to identify and address this trauma, and this topic assists participants in recognizing signs of vicarious trauma and providing ways of understanding and responding to it.
Whether one is a survivor of crime or someone who has experienced trauma in another context, it is crucial for law enforcement and other criminal justice actors to truly understand what victimization and trauma are. This includes an understanding of the science and lifelong effects victimization and trauma can have on individuals in all stages of life. A trauma-informed criminal justice system will understand the behaviors and needs of those who have experienced trauma and will provide appropriate services and interact with them in a respectful, empowering manner. This training will provide this understanding of victimization and trauma and best practices for implementing trauma-informed interactions and services in your community.
Sometimes offenders attempt to intimidate or retaliate against victims or witnesses from being involved in any stage of their criminal case. This often means that even after a crime occurs, the victim and/or witness is still in danger and is still experiencing trauma from the primary event. This training will covers best practices for interacting with victims and witnesses to prepare them for involvement in a criminal case and other preventative and protective measures that can be taken to ensure their safety throughout the criminal justice process.
Unsure which topic your PSN district should focus on? Our victim services assessment (VSA) is a great place to start! The VSA will: 1) Assess districts' existing programming, services, and partnerships with community organizations as related to victims; 2) Highlight strengths and weaknesses and provide recommendations for districts to increase and enhance these programming, services, and partnerships; and 3) Connect districts with local victim services organizations, partners, and funding sources.

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