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Office of Criminal Justice Programs
Bill Scollon, Director

Training Opportunities



Evidence-Based Investigation and Prosecution of Domestic Violence Cases
Monday, October 20, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM PDT

Casey Gwinn, JD, President of the National Family Justice Center Alliance, and Kelsey McKay, JD, Assistant DA, Travis County Texas, will present on the evidence-based investigation and prosecution of domestic violence cases. They will discuss the history of evidenced-based investigation and prosecution, the history around Crawford v. Washington, and the impact of collaborative services (including Family Justice Centers, MDTs, and CCRs) on evidenced-based investigation and prosecution. 

Casey Gwinn was one of the first prosecutors in the country to develop an evidence-based approach to the prosecution of domestic violence cases in the mid-1980's in San Diego and helped lead the national push toward prosecuting cases even if the victim was unable or unwilling to participate in the case. Kelsey McKay is currently prosecuting domestic violence cases in Austin, Texas and serves on the faculty of the Alliance's Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention.


In Danger:  Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Survivors Behind Bars
Wed, Oct 29, 2014 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM CDT

Lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) people are at extreme risk for sexual abuse behind bars. How can you, as an advocate, help LGB survivors?

On October 29, join JDI for a webinar for advocates who want to provide services to LGB people in detention. We???ll discuss the widespread homophobia in prisons and jails nationwide, and how such attitudes allow sexual violence to thrive. Using real stories from inmates, presenters will guide advocates through scenarios and best practices for helping LGB survivors heal and stay safe.

We???ll also review some basic information, including definitions, the prevalence of sexual abuse of LGB inmates, and dynamics of this abuse in both men???s and women???s institutions.

The webinar is geared toward advocates, but anyone who works with current or former detainees is encouraged to attend. This webinar is part of a series that is supported by the Department of Justice???s Office on Violence Against Women.

Jewish Women International:  National Alliance to End Domestic Violence
Homelessness and Domestic Violence
Thursday, October 30, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

Presented by: Kris Billhardt, Director of Volunteers of America Oregon's Home Free program and Linda Olsen, Housing Program Coordinator with the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

This webinar focuses on the intersection of homelessness and domestic violence, exploring how domestic violence can contribute to housing instability and homelessness and providing models and strategies to prevent and address homelessness with victims and survivors. 

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:
1. Understand the connections between domestic violence, housing instability and homelessness
2. Consider program models that address and prevent homelessness
3. Recognize strategies and tools to assist victims in finding and sustaining housing.

Have you signed up as a National Alliance member for 2014-2015? Join now to access monthly webinars through June. CEUs available free to National Alliance members.

Reminder: You will receive a separate confirmation from webinar provider ReadyTalk within 48 hours of registering through the JWI website. Each individual who wishes to access the webinar on his or her computer must register separately on JWI’s website using their login ID.


Expanding the Forensic Narrative: Engaging Surviving Family Members in the Domestic Violence Fatality Review Process
Date: November 18, 2014
Time: 10:00 am - 12:30 pm (PDT)
           2:00 pm – 3:30 pm (EDT)

The main purpose of reviewing domestic violence fatalities is to prevent future domestic violence and deaths. Review teams seek information about a victim’s death from multiple sources such as law enforcement, social service, and health care to identify risks, system breakdowns, and strategies to ensure safety.  However, to understand what life was like for the victim and what it was like engaging with service agencies, review teams across the country and in England are also talking with those who knew the victim best: family, friends and community members.  This webinar will explore the importance of involving family/friends/community with the domestic violence fatality review process and how they have enhanced system changes and fatality prevention.

For questions about this event, please contact

National Fatality Review Conference Call for Proposals
The national NDVFRI conference will take place May 17-19, 2015 in St. Petersburg, FL. Fatality Review: Communities & Social Change will explore the ways communities have changed their responses to domestic violence as a result of their fatality review work. The conference highlights the importance of civic engagement, multiple and varied stakeholder contributions, and deliberative democracy.

We are currently accepting proposals for workshops. For more information about the conference and to download the application, please visit our website at .


Conferences/Trainings & Meetings

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Basic Training (The Evaluation and Management of the Sexual Assault and Abuse Patient)
October 27 - 30
Jackson Police Dept., Annex Building
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM

This 40-hour didactic course is geared towards the Registered Nurse, but is informative for physicians, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and victim advocates.  It is designed to provide a comprehensive education program in the complete assessment, evaluation, and treatment of the adult sexual assault survivor. 

Upon completion of the 40 hour training, there is a post-training clinical requirement that must be completed according to the nurse’s scope of practice and guidelines of the training course.


Links to Past Conference Materials and Reports


Interventions for Adult Offenders With Serious Mental Illness (2013)

08/14/2014 12:35 PM EDT

This report is a great introduction to strategies for treating offenders with serious mental illness (i.e., schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, or major depression) in jails, prisons, forensic hospitals, or community reentry programs. The researchers “identified some promising treatments for individuals with serious mental illness during incarceration or during transition from incarceration to community settings. Treatment with antipsychotics other than clozapine appears to improve psychiatric symptoms more than clozapine in an incarceration setting. Two interventions, discharge planning with Medicaid-application assistance and integrated dual disorder treatment programs, appear to be effective interventions for seriously mentally ill offenders transitioning back to the community” (p. vii). SOURCE: ECRI Institute Evidence-based Practice Center (Plymouth Meeting, PA). Authored by Fontanarosa, Joann; Uhl, Stacy; Oyesanmi, Olu; Schoelles, Karen M..

Reentry Matters: Strategies and Successes of Second Chance Act Grantees Across the United States (2013)

08/14/2014 12:35 PM EDT

If your agency is looking for ideas on how to provide effective reentry services then this report is a great place to start. “The program snapshots below illustrate the positive impact these reentry initiatives can have by focusing on areas vital to reintegration back into the community … Representing a wide range of populations served, these programs also demonstrate the diversity of approaches that can address recidivism and increase public safety” (p. 1). Programs are described that: support employment and job readiness; build strong foundations through education; foster positive relationships and facilitating services through mentoring; address substance abuse and mental health needs; support youth to avert future involvement in the criminal justice system; address the distinct needs of women; support the strengths and needs of families; and serve tribes and reservations with culturally-relevant programs. SOURCE: Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center (New York, NY).

National Inventory of the Collateral Consequences of Conviction (2014)

08/14/2014 12:35 PM EDT

“Persons convicted of crime are subject to a wide variety of legal and regulatory sanctions and restrictions in addition to the sentence imposed by the court. These so- called “collateral consequences” of conviction have been promulgated with little coordination in disparate sections of state and federal codes, which makes it difficult for anyone to identify all of the penalties and disabilities that are triggered by conviction of a particular offense … Through the National Inventory, each jurisdiction’s collateral consequences will be made accessible to the public through a website that can be searched and sorted by categories and keywords. The website will make it possible for criminal and civil lawyers to determine which collateral consequences are triggered by particular categories of offenses, for affected individuals to understand the limits on their rights and opportunities, and for lawmakers and policy advocates to understand the full measure of a jurisdiction’s sanctions and disqualifications. It will also be possible through the website to perform inter-jurisdictional comparisons and national analyses.” Points of entry include: project description; User Guide Frequently Asked Questions; links to a bibliography and additional resources; and contact information. SOURCE: American Bar Association (ABA). Criminal Justice Section (Washington, DC.

Reentry Conference Materials Online

This past May the Council of State Governments Justice Center convened Second Chance Act and Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program grantees for a conference in Washington, DC that was designed to promote collaboration on combatting issues of mental health and recidivism. Attendees heard from experts and practitioners about a wide range of programs being tested in the field to combat recidivism.  Click link above to access the conference agenda and watch the opening plenary and many of the workshop sessions.


Indefinitely Available Webinars

Victim Assistance Training Online (VAT Online)

is a basic victim advocacy Web-based training program that offers victim service providers and allied professionals the opportunity to acquire the basic skills and knowledge they need to better assist victims of crime.

Redesigned VAT Online now available.

No Cost attached.  VAT Online is free training you can take at your own pace.

Engaged Interactions.  We've developed engaging online interactions to help reinforce the content, including real-life scenarios, videos, and more.

Information you need to know. 19 modules with up-to-date information will help strengthen your knowledge and skills to assist victims of crime, including:
Crisis intervention
Problem solving
Assessing victims' needs
Criminal justice system

Webinar: A Trauma-Informed Effective Reinforcement System for Girls (2013)

"The TLC TIER (Trauma Informed Effective Reinforcement) System for Girls is a female responsive, research-based model that offers short-term detention and residential programs an effective alternative to compliance-focused behavior management systems. The TIER System for Girls teaches staff skills that are more effective in motivating positive behavior with girls than traditional points and level systems. This Webinar reviews the framework of the TIER System for Girls, and provides examples of processes and techniques that will establish a gender responsive, trauma-informed program culture. Learning Objectives: explore the elements of a trauma-informed, gender responsive system that promotes safe behavior in residential programs and detention facilities; learn about the importance of developing a gender responsive program culture/environment for girls; and discover how to engage girls and staff when improving elements of program culture/environment through real-life examples. This website provides access to a recording of the webinar, presentation slides, speakers' transcript, and a transcript of chat questions and answers. SOURCE: National Girls Institute (NGI); U.S. Dept. of Justice. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC) (Washington, DC). Authored by Selvaggi, Kimberly S.; Wolf, Angie; Long, Callie.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Pretrial System: A "Front Door" to Health and Safety (2014)

"The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides an historic opportunity for millions of low-income individuals to obtain insurance coverage for their physical and behavioral health care needs. For the last several years, diverse behavioral health advocates, health care providers and community-based prevention organizations, have worked to understand the implications of the ACA on the justice-involved population. Much of the conversation has been centered on the disproportionately high rates of physical and behavioral health care needs amongst this previously uninsured population � Access to treatment services through the ACA at pretrial decision points creates a notable opportunity to interrupt the cycle of crime exacerbated by chronic physical and behavioral health issues" (p. 1). This publication provides a general idea of what the ACA entails and explains how it can be used with pretrial detainees. Sections contained in this document include: an overview of the ACA; the major opportunities it can provide for pretrial justice; ACA as the front door to coverage; and a call to action for pretrial services�actively represent pretrial in collaborative planning efforts, develop a plan for screening and enrollment, and begin addressing larger policy questions. SOURCE: National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies (NAPSA) (Washington, DC).

Complicated matters: domestic and sexual violence, problematic substance use and mental ill-health

This course has been developed alongside a toolkit for professionals who work with victims or perpetrators of domestic and sexual violence who are also affected by problematic substance use and/or mental ill-health. You will find links to the toolkit throughout the course.

Working with gang-affected young women experiencing sexual and domestic violence

This e-learning programme will help you understand the experiences of gang-affected young women. You will learn to identify the abuse young women are vulnerable to and learn strategies to engage and support young women at risk or or gang involved.

Pre-Recorded Webinar: – CCR Account Migration and Update/Renew Webinar

 This course is directed toward those who are interested in doing business with the government, and who previously registered in CCR. The course will cover essential activities for getting started and using the System for Award Management (SAM).  Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:  Create a new SAM user account; Migrate permissions from the legacy Central Contractor Registration (CCR) system into SAM; and Update/renew an existing registration.

Addressing the Impact of Trauma on Women Webinar Recording

If you missed the live Webinar, dont miss these four informative presentations on women and trauma. Addressing the Intersection of Trauma, Mental Health Challenges, and Substance Use is the second webinar in the series, The Past, Present, & Future of Federal Governments Commitment to Addressing the Impact of Trauma on Women, hosted by The Women and Trauma Federal Partners Committee .

Webinar presentations include:

  • Women and Violence Study: Trauma Services in Public Mental Health  Susan E. Salasin, International Adviser for Development of Trauma Informed Care Public Health Programs
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences: Impact on Health & Wellbeing across the Life Course Melissa Merrick, PhD, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control
  • Seeking Safety: An evidence-based model for trauma and/or addition Lisa M. Najavits, PhD, Boston University School of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • If it Works I Miamia Model Program for Serving Traumatized Human Beings  Teresa Descilo, MSW, MCT, The Trauma Resolution Center

You can access the PowerPoint slides and the audio recording of the webinar at: