Webinars

  • Sep 3001:15:25

    What We Know About Polyvictimization of Youth

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    This webinar focused on poly-victims, the subgroup of youth that endure the highest burden of victimization. It covered how it has been studied, how often it occurs, what we know about its adverse effects and what we can do to respond to the needs of this highly victimized group of children.

  • Aug 221:00:58

    A Trauma-Informed Care Approach to Healthcare Providers’ Interactions with Families and Friends of Homicide Victims

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    The presenters discuss findings from their research with families and friends of homicide victims (FFHV) which focused on interactions with the healthcare system and healthcare providers in the aftermath of a loved one’s homicide. The research team held focus groups with FFHV and coded the qualitative data using the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s “Guiding Principles of Trauma-Informed Care” framework (2014). They discuss the findings, suggestions for healthcare providers’ interactions with patients who are FFHV, and the next steps for this project.

  • Jul 2501:04:51

    Housing Child Trafficking Victims: A Look at the National Landscape

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    As our national understanding of child and youth trafficking has grown, so has the need for information regarding effective response. The issue of specialized residential placement is of particular interest to advocates and other service providers. Presenters joined in a researcher-practitioner partnership to examine policies, practices, and programming being implemented across the country to provide specialized services to trafficked youth within residential placement settings. They share the key components of a specialized child trafficking response that were identified in the course of this project, as well as recommendations for practice and research.

  • Jun 1800:54:18

    Preventing Elder Abuse Through Research-And-Practice Collaborations

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    The EMPOWER© Program is one of two rigorous, multiyear demonstration projects funded by the National Institute of Justice to prevent the abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation of older adults in the community who are at risk for mistreatment. During the project’s recently completed Planning Phase, researchers at the Urban Institute worked closely with practitioners at the Area Agency on Aging, Region One, to develop and pretest an evidence-informed program to improve older adults’ physical, mental, social, and financial resilience.

  • May 221:06:45

    Victim Informed Strategies for Responding to Young Victims and Families

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    Illinois HEALS is one of four state demonstration projects funded by the Office for Victims of Crime to link systems of care for children, youth, and families experiencing violence and victimization in their homes, schools, and communities. Researchers and policy advisors with Illinois HEALS (Illinois Helping Everyone Access Linked Systems) have worked collaboratively to identify strengths, opportunities, and challenges facing providers serving young victims and families. Presenters provide an overview of critical activities during the planning phase, interview findings, and the action plan, all of which can inform researchers and practitioners seeking to develop similar partnerships and those working to strengthen their response to young victims and their families.

  • Apr 301:21:00

    Intimate Partner Violence Experienced by Lesbian, Gay, & Bisexual Individuals

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    Dr. Lynn Addington (American University) and Ericka Dixon (National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs) discuss the findings of Dr. Addington’s study, which examined reports of IPV experienced by LGB individuals with a particular emphasis on responses to these incidents including victim disclosure/help-seeking, need for services, and police response/arrest. This study relied on data captured by the Uniform Crime Reporting Program’s National Incident-Based Reporting System (2016) and the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (2010, General Population).

  • Mar 2601:11:53

    Human Trafficking and the Child Welfare Population in Florida

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    Florida’s Department of Children and Families (DCF) has been recording allegations of human trafficking in its data tracking system, SACWIS, since 2009, well ahead of many states. RTI International, an independent research institute, partnered with DCF in the largest study to date of human trafficking within a child welfare population. The study uses DCF data for all children with allegations of child abuse and neglect maltreatments between 2011 and 2017 — more than 1 million children. DCF’s Human Trafficking Regional Coordinator, Sue Aboul-hosn, and RTI’s Senior Health and Social Research Analyst, Deborah Gibbs, share what the data from 8,044 allegations of human trafficking, of which 90% relate to sexual exploitation, reveal about the characteristics of children with human trafficking allegations.

  • Feb 2801:27:29

    Research-Practice Partnership in Law Enforcement

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    Law enforcement agencies around the country are looking to improve their victim response and community connections. Participants from the Chattanooga Police Department share their experience incorporating research and evaluation into their efforts to implement the Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Victims (ELERV) strategy to inform their work and better meet their goals. ELERV is supported by a partnership between the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Office for Victims of Crime.

  • Jan 1701:05:30

    Identity Theft and Fraud: What Do We Know from Research and Practice

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    The experiences of victims of identity theft and fraud are under-researched, while the responses to their needs remain underdeveloped and have typically not yet been evaluated. CVR researchers Dr. Yasemin Irvin-Erickson and Ms. Alexandra Ricks present key findings from the first comprehensive review of national research and practice evidence on this topic.

  • Jan 0400:53:20

    Cybervictimization Experiences of Sexual and Interpersonal Violence Survivors

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    Cybervictimization is a common but less frequently identified element of sexual and interpersonal violence. Dr. Shelly Clevenger will share her research interviewing survivors and their supporting family members to learn more about experiences of cyberfraud, cybersexual abuse, and cyberstalking. She will also share the action steps taken with victim service providers and other responders in response to this research. Dr. Clevenger will be joined by Kelsie Langheim-Frooman, Director of Client Services at Stepping Stones Rape Crisis Center in Bloomington, IL, who assisted with this research.

  • Nov 2701:03:38

    CVR Showcase: A Tour of Our Offerings

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    The presenters lead you through an exploration of the CVR’s features, including: engaging podcasts with experts in the field, comprehensive syntheses of research and practice evidence, the first-of-its-kind directory of victim researchers, an easily searchable library of the latest research materials, and technical assistance with literature searches and research design

  • Oct 2300:59:39

    Tribal Research Initiatives in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities

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    Ada Pecos Melton, MPA; Rita Y. Martinez, BA; and DeeJay Chino, MPA present strategies for initiating active and meaningful involvement and input by tribal leaders, communities, and citizens.

    The webinar focuses on a researcher’s role in:
    1) Identifying tribal stakeholders and
    2) Gaining perspective and input at varying levels, including government, community and citizens.

    It will also present the possible roles and responsibilities of stakeholders to:

    1) Review research proposals, designs, methods, and approaches;

    2) Anticipate and resolve possible challenges;
    3) Participate in analysis of findings and publications;
    4) Assist with dissemination strategies; and
    5) Utilization of research findings to inform tribal public policy, programs, and services

  • Sep 1900:57:14

    Pathways to Success: Career Strategies for Victim Researchers

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    This webinar addresses the importance of clarifying your professional identity, creating a good fit for your professional home, valuing a teamwork mentality, and navigating promotion and tenure requirements as an interdisciplinary, community-engaged researcher. Participants also learn about resources and tools from the Center for Victim Research that can support them in their work.

  • Aug 1401:01:10

    Using VOCA Funds to Help DV Survivors Obtain Safe and Stable Housing

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    Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funding can now be used to assist crime victims in securing safe and stable housing. This change is an important opportunity for crime victims, but has left VOCA administrators and victim service programs with questions about what can and should be funded. Dr. Cris M. Sullivan and Elizabeth Eastlund, LCSW share what they learned from a process evaluation of the experiences of California programs that used VOCA funds for the Domestic Violence Housing First model, which places victims of domestic violence into housing as quickly as possible after victimization.

  • Jul 191:10:24

    Losing a Loved One to Homicide: What Do We Know From Research and Practice?

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    Homicide co-victims are under-researched and, in many communities, inadequately served. CVR researchers Dr. Sara Bastomski and Ms. Marina Duane will present key findings from the first comprehensive review of national research and practice evidence on homicide co-victimization.

  • Jun 0200:54:42

    Elder Abuse and Social Connections: National Elder Mistreatment Study 8 Year Follow-Up

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    Dr. Ron Acierno and Dr. Melba Hernandez-Tejada discuss key findings from the National Elder Mistreatment Study, the first nationally representative study focused on elder abuse, and their recently released 8-year follow-up results. The webinar focuses on social support as key to protecting older adults and building resiliency after experiences of elder abuse.

  • May 3000:57:07

    Insights from NCVS Data for the Victim Assistance Field: Who Might We Be Missing?

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    A major goal of the Center for Victim Research is to develop a community of victim service providers and researchers to improve practice through the effective use of research and data. This webinar will focus on how data from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) can help inform the victim service community about victimization patterns and service needs among different groups in the population. The NCVS is the nation’s primary source of information on criminal victimization, representing the self-reported victimization experiences of survivors 12 and older across the United States. Though the NCVS data is publicly available, it is difficult for those without training to do their own analysis, including in pursuit of information not easily answered through annual NCVS reports (e.g., looking at victims and related needs intersectionally, considering multiple characteristics at once).

    Presenters will share findings from the NCVS about who is at greatest risk for violence and the use of victim services. Special emphasis will be placed on issues of race, ethnicity, gender, age, poverty, access to services, and the impact of victimization, especially at a time when historic funding levels and increased flexibility make data-driven strategies for return on investment in victim assistance as critical as ever.

    Webinar participants will have the opportunity to ask questions about the data and how they might be used to inform their research and practice.

  • Apr 2500:56:47

    Promoting Adolescent Sexual Health and Safety

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    This webinar describes how researchers identified the concept of Coercive Sexual Environments and have built relationships with community partners to create a program focused on the sexual health and safety of young people. In neighborhoods where disadvantage and violence are great and collective efficacy and social control are low, a gender-specific neighborhood mechanism can emerge in which harassment, domestic violence, and sexual exploitation of women and girls become part of everyday life. The Urban Institute has worked with the Benning Terrace neighborhood of the DC Housing Authority to develop Promoting Adolescent Sexual Health and Safety, a 10-week program for youth living in public housing. The curriculum focuses on breaking down harmful gender norms, supporting racial and ethnic pride, and educating youth about safe sex practices and healthy relationships. The program also helps youth build positive connections. Through this multifaceted approach, the program aims to improve youths’ knowledge and attitudes about sexual violence and teen dating violence, while reducing perpetration and victimization.

  • Mar 2901:11:52

    Is This a Good Quality Evaluation Report?

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    In seeking information about evidence-based victim programs, you may find reports of outcome evaluations. Rather than simply checking “Program Evaluated” off the list, develop your own ability to critically review those reports!

    Stan Orchowsky, Senior Research Fellow at the Justice Research and Statistics Association, will lead practitioners through an interactive webinar that will give them confidence in reviewing outcome evaluations. Participants will:

    Learn key issues that can distinguish good from poor quality evaluations
    Understand common evaluation terms
    Test drive a checklist for critical review of an evaluation

  • Feb 280:56:11

    Building Partnerships: Growing Successful Victim Researcher-Practitioner Collaborations

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    Are you a researcher looking to do “real world” research that impacts crime victim response? Are you a victim service provider looking to partner with a researcher to inform your work? Do you want to learn more about partnerships while engaging with colleagues like yourself? Then this webinar is for you! Dr. Christine Murray will lead you through the benefits – and challenges – of researcher-practitioner partnerships to set you on the road toward more successful collaboration. During the hour-long webinar, there will be opportunities to share your voice and questions with colleagues and other Center for Victim Research staff.