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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 training will provide 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 methods for intervention and response for children and adults affected by these experiences.
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 training 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 approaching local crime reduction strategies. 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 successful, real-life 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 training provides guidance for communicating with and responding to homicide survivors and co-victims in a trauma-informed manner.
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. In this training, participants will gain 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.
Multigenerational trauma has severe consequences, including: extreme poverty, trauma, hunger, and decreased access to education. This may result in cycles of school underperformance, poor housing, and poor health conditions. This training will provide 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 training is intended to familiarize 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, there are few resources available that take special consideration on how to assist such individuals. This training will provide best practices for assisting these individuals in accessing resources, understanding their trauma, and providing support throughout the criminal justice process.
Intimate partner violence is a type of domestic violence that affects almost one million victims every year emotionally, physically, psychologically, and mentally. Advances made in victim services and advocacy efforts over the last 25 years have helped to reduce rates of intimate partner violence, but it is important to continue this spread of information. This training will cover topics including the cycle of violence, barriers to leaving abusive relationships, and the role of drugs and alcohol in abusive relationships, among other topics.
Occurrences involving natural disasters, terrorism, war, mass violence (riots), and political strife require effective responses and 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 on 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 goal of this course is to gain a more thorough understanding of these interactions and how they can impact police legitimacy, trust, and transparency.
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 training attempts to cover some of the particularities 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. Participants will leave the training with a better understanding of how to assist 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 training will educate law enforcement, criminal justice actors, and other organizations on the causes and impacts of stalking, as well as effective methodologies for prevention.
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 training is intended to educate 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 police legitimacy, trust, and transparency among underserved and at-risk communities.
Vicarious trauma describes the residual emotions and trauma that individuals who work with individuals who have traumatic stories and/or experiences may face. Within the criminal justice field, it is the result of empathetic engagement with victims of crime, or 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 they are experiencing, and the goal of this training is to assist 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 effect 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 cover interacting with victims and witnesses in terms of preparing them for involvement in a criminal case and other preventative and protective measures that can be taken to ensure their safety.
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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