Military & Veterans Victim Advocacy Program

Military & Veterans Victim Advocacy Program

Military & Veterans Victim Advocacy Program

Military & Veterans Victim Advocacy Program

NOVA’s Specialized Training and Technical Assistance Response Program for Criminal Justice and Allied Professionals Responding to Military Members, Veterans and Families


Program Overview

Funded by the DOJ Office on Violence Against Women, The National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) and the National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI) have partnered and been awarded the Specialized Training and Technical Assistance Response Program for Civilian Criminal Justice and Allied Professionals Responding to Military Members and Families Project.


Program Goals

Together, NOVA and NCVLI offer customized TTA with the following goals:

1. Provide Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) to civilian criminal justice professionals serving military members, veterans, and their family members impacted by sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and/or stalking.

2. Offer guidance on maintaining and/or establishing Military-Civilian Coordinated Community Response Teams.

3. Strengthen coordinated community responses to domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking by improving communication and collaboration between the military and civilian criminal justice systems.

4. Coordinate, educate, and support victim centered military-civilian response protocols designed to reduce barriers to reporting and help-seeking.

5. Provide education through specialized training, technical assistance and resources to improve outcomes and fill currents gaps in services for military related IPV and SA victims/survivors, through cross jurisdiction collaboration within and outside of military bases.


Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Support

 

Are you and/or your agency in need of Training & Technical Assistance (TTA)?

 

Complete and email our TTA Request Form to AngelaDuhon@trynova.org

NOVA and NCVLI are available to provide no cost Trainings and Technical Assistance on a wide variety of topics, to include but not limited to:

 – Overview of military culture, dynamics of victimization and barriers to reporting
 – Victims’ rights within civilian and military justice systems
 – Lethality assessment and safety planning with military-connected victims
 – Victims’ services and resources available within military and civilian advocacy
 – Ethics, confidentiality and reporting options
 – Overview of Military Protective Orders (MPOs) and Civilian Protective Orders (CPOs)
 – Financial Remedies for Military-Connected Victims
 – Outreach and advocacy to historically marginalized and underserved military-connected victims
 – Building & Sustaining Military-Civilian Coordinated Community Response (CCR)  – Programs
 – Developing Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with military partners
 – Additional topics provided upon request

 

Our TTA support includes:

Monthly trainings, webinars and brown bag discussions focused on helping civilian communities develop and enhance outreach and advocacy services for military-connected victims. Check out our 2021 Calendar!

Customized trainings tailored to states, U.S. territories, tribal jurisdictions and communities invested in developing civilian-military CCR teams, partnerships and trauma-informed response systems for military-connected victims. 

Individualized TA support including coaching calls; site visits; and one-on-one consultations.  Our NOVA/NCVLI team will respond to all requests for TA support within three (3) business days. 

Contact NOVA to request support and/or a customized training today.  Our experienced NOVA/NCVLI team, along with our Steering Committee of nationally-recognized Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) in civilian and military advocacy, will work to tailor TTA support to your community’s individual needs

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Additional Resources

 

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). Department of Defense (DoD) Safe Helpline provides a way for DoD community members affected by sexual assault to get help. These services are provided by RAINN through a contract with the DoD Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO). Learn more…

Cybercrime Support Network is launching its Military & Veteran Program as part of the Partnership to FightCybercrime. This bold new alliance of military and veteran service organizations, government entities, non-governmental organizations, foundations and corporations is banding together to help educate and mobilize the military & veteran community to recognize, report, and recover from cybercrime.


This project is supported by Grant No. 2019-TA-AX-K019 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

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Upcoming Events:

NOVA and NCVLI invite all civilian victim advocates and criminal justice professionals including OVW grantees, sub-grantees and potential grantees to attend the following upcoming training events.

Please check back regularly for updated event information, including event descriptions and event registration or click the button below to sign up for our mailing list!

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All events are free and open to OVW grantees, sub-grantees and potential partners. For more information on these events or technical assistance with your program, please contact Angela Duhon, NOVA’s Military Services Program Manager, at (703) 270-0619 or via email at: AngelaDuhon@trynova.org

Past Events and Recordings

Brown Bag: Removing Retaliation: Creating a Culture of Respect

Tuesday, July 13, 2021
12:00pm-1:30pm Eastern | 11:00am-12:30pm Central | 9:00am-10:30pm Pacific

Presented by:  Eric Barreras / Difference Makers 10 Strong

Do you work with military-connected victims of sexual assault or domestic violence? If so, this training is for you, as our presenter, Eric Barreras will discuss the impact work retaliation can have on victims/survivors.

You are invited to be a part of a conversation around actual and perceived retaliation. Understanding the difference is critical, as there are decisions made by leaders and peers within the military, which can unintentionally leave a victim feeling unsupported.  Join DM 10 Strong as they intend to create a training that will provide recommendations on creating a culture centered around dignity and respect.

Goals of the training:

  • Peers showing support (reserving judgement and interacting with someone whose been traumatized)
  • Leaders embracing the opinions of survivors (before making final decisions)
  • Advocates managing expectations of survivors (when responding to leadership and peer responses)

Watch the Recording


Webinar: Military & Civilian Victims’ Rights 101

Thursday, July 1, 2021
3:00pm-4:00pm Eastern | 2:00pm-3:00pm Central | 12:00pm-1:00pm Pacific

Presented by: Meg Garvin, MA, JD, Executive Director of the National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI)

Military-connected victims face unique challenges—from navigating the complexity of military and civilian criminal justice to knowing which rights can be asserted in each justice system. This training will provide foundational knowledge on victims’ rights in military and civilian criminal justice.

The presenters will discuss jurisdictional issues that military-connected crime victims often encounter and provide an overview of which victims’ rights can be asserted in each justice system. Join presenters Captain Phillip N. Walters, Victims’ Legal Counsel, and Meg Garvin, Executive Director of the National Crime Victim Law Institute and Clinical Professor of Law at Lewis & Clark Law School; and facilitator Desiree Staeffler, Victims’ Rights Fellow with the National Crime Victim Law Institute, as they walk through a series of short, comparative victims’ rights case scenarios.

Watch the Recording


Webinar: Supporting Military-Connected Survivors with Disabilities and Deaf Survivors

Thursday, June 17, 2021
2:00pm-3:30pm Eastern | 1:00pm-2:30pm Central | 11:00am-12:30pm Pacific

Presented by: Anneliese Brown, Director for the Vera Institute of Justice’s Center on Victimization and Safety (CVS)

The NOVA/NCVLI team would like you to join us for a webinar on how to strengthen the services that is provided to military-connected domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking survivors with disabilities and deaf survivors.

Victims with disabilities often experience unique barriers to healing and justice, everything from learning about available support services, being able to access services, and being believed. 

This webinar will help professionals understand the unique dynamics of sexual and domestic violence in the lives of people with disabilities and deaf people, and the barriers they face when seeking civilian and military advocacy services. Attendees will also receive information on supportive agencies and resources, to include the Military’s Exceptional Family Member Program and DoD Safe Helpline, as well as how to best access them if/when needed.

Anneliese will provide information on practical recommendations for making your services safer and more accessible for all.

Recording Coming Soon


Military-Connected Victims Virtual Training Course (Alabama, Missouri, Puerto Rico and Texas)

Tuesday, June 1; Tuesday, June 8, Tuesday, June 15; and Tuesday, June 22
12:30-4:30pm Eastern | 11:30am-3:30pm Central | 9:30am-1:30pm Pacific

Hosted by: NOVA and NCVLI

This will be an interactive, multidisciplinary course with a focus on cross-collaboration and coordinated community response (CCR) to address the many unique needs and barriers encountered by military-connected victims. The following civilian criminal justice professionals in Alabama, Missouri, Puerto Rico and Texas are invited to register:
 – Community-based victim advocates
 – System-based victim advocates
 – Civilian law enforcement
 – District Attorney’s offices
 – Victims’ rights attorneys
 – Civilian judges and courts
 – Medical responders including SANE teams
 – Pre-trial services
 – Probation and parole officers
 – Other civilian first responders serving on multidisciplinary CCR teams

Topics to be discussed include, Military Culture, Victims’ Rights, Military & Civilian Protective Orders, Compensation Programs, Risk Assessment, and Safety Planning.

Orientation will be May 25, 2021 at 11:00am & 4:00pm (ET)
11:00am ET Orientation Link Here
4:00pm ET Orientation Link Here


Brown Bag: Outreach and Advocacy for LGBTQ+ Military-Connected Victims

Thursday, May 6
1:00pm-2:00pm Eastern | 12:00pm-1:00pm Central |10:00am-11:00am Pacific

Presented by: Angela Duhon, NOVA’s Military/Civilian Victim Services Program Manager and Dr. Tony Korol-Evans, Statewide Trainer for the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence.

Join NOVA’s Military/Civilian Victim Services Program Manager for an Interactive Brown Bag Discussion on outreach and advocacy for LGBTQ+ Military-Connected victims of interpersonal violence and sexual assault.


Brown Bag: Understanding Male Victimization: The Overlooked Survivors

Tuesday, April 20
2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern | 1:00pm-2:00pm Central |11:00am-12:00pm Pacific

Presented by: Difference Makers 10 Strong

Join DM 10 Strong’s CEO Eric Barreras & Edward Wilson for a discussion on male victimization.

To effectively respond and prevent domestic and sexual violence in our  military and civilian communities, we must better understand how to serve the male population, and it must be just as robust as our support for women survivors. As a society we have often labeled what victims look like. Anyone can be a victim of domestic and sexual violence — no one is immune..

Watch the Recording


Military Members & Families Virtual Training Course for Civilians

Thursday, March 4; Thursday, March 11; and Thursday March 18
12:30-4:30pm Eastern |
11:30am-3:30pm Central | 9:30am-1:30pm Pacific

The National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA), in partnership with the National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI), is excited to invite civilian victim advocates and criminal justice professionals in Arizona, California, Florida, Maryland and Puerto Rico to attend a FREE Virtual Training Course on Building Military-Civilian Collaborative Community Responses to expand and enhance support for military-connected victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.

The following civilian criminal justice professionals in Arizona, California, Florida, Maryland and Puerto Rico are invited to register:
– Community-based victim advocates
– System-based victim advocates
– Civilian law enforcement
– District Attorney’s offices
– Victims’ rights attorneys
– Civilian judges and courts
– Medical responders including SANE teams
– Pre-trial services
– Probation and parole officers
– Other civilian first responders serving on multidisciplinary CCR teams

Offered in Partnership with: Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence (MNADV), Arizona Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence (ACEDSV), California Partnership to End Domestic Violence (CPEDV), Coordinator Paz para la Mujer, Inc., and Florida Council Against Sexual Violence (FCASV).

Topics to be discussed include: Military Culture, Victims’ Rights, Military Investigative Process & Justice System, Military Protective Orders, Compensation Programs, Risk Assessment and Safety Planning.

Hosted by: NOVA and NCVLI


Webinar: Identifying and Responding to Stalking in Military Communities

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET
Presenter: Jennifer Landhuis, Director of the Stalking Prevention, Awareness, and Resource Center (SPARC), an AEquitas initiative

Watch the Recording


Brown Bag Discussion: Best Practices for increasing access to protective orders for military-connected victims: Introducing the North Carolina state-wide model

Thursday, September 24,2020 at 2:00pm – 3:15pm ET
Presenter: Stephanie Satkowiak, Domestic Violence Specialist in North Carolina’s Judicial Branch

Watch the Recording


Regional Training (Virtual): Three-day training open to all civilian-military criminal justice professionals in the Hampton Bays, Virginia area.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 – Thursday, October 8, 12:30pm – 4:30pm ET daily
Learn more about the regional training here.

Watch Recordings:  Watch Day 1  |  Watch Day 2 Watch Day 3

Webinar: Responding to Domestic Violence in the Military: What Civilian Victim Advocates Need to Know- a webinar for State and Territorial Domestic Violence Coalitions (Part 1 of 3)

Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 4:00pm – 5:30pm ET
Presented by: National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), Family Advocacy Program (FAP) and NOVA


Webinar: Identifying and Responding to Stalking in Military Communities

Thursday, January 14th
Presented by: Jennifer Landhuis, Director of the Stalking Prevention, Awareness, and Resource Center (SPARC), an AEquitas initiative


This project was supported by Award No. 2019-TA-AX-K019 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women. The opinion, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication, conference agenda, or product, are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the Department of Justice.

About Us


Our team includes national experts in victim assistance and legal advocacy:

 

Claire Ponder Selib, MSW, CA
Executive Director, NOVA
ClairePonderSelib@trynova.org

Angela Duhon, MSCJ/FP, CA
Military Victim Services Program Manager, NOVA
AngelaDuhon@trynova.org

Meg Garvin, MA, JD
Executive Director & Clinical Professor of Law, NCVLI
garvin@lclark.edu

Desiree Staeffler, JD
Fellow, NCVLI
desireestaeffler@lclark.edu

 

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Steering Committee Members


This project is supported by a Steering Committee of nationally-recognized Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) in civilian and military victim advocacy.  Committee members include: 

Anneliese Brown

Project Director, Center on Victimization and Safety – Bio | Vera Institute Website

Dr. Jacqueline Campbell, PhD, RN, FAAN

Anna D. Wolf Chair and Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing – Bio | Danger Assessment Program Website

Ryan Guilds

Counsel, Arnold & Porter, LLP – BioPro-Bono Profile | Arnold & Porter Website

U.S. Air Force (retired) Lt. Gen. Richard C. Harding

Former Judge Advocate General of the USAF – Bio | SAPR Website

Vivian Huelgo

Commission’s Chief Counsel, ABA Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence (CDSV) – Bio | ABA CDSV Website

Bette Inch

Victim Services Consultant

Jennifer Landhuis

Director, AEquitas’ SPARC – Bio | SPARC Website

Danielle Moise

National TTA Attorney, ABA Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence (CDSV) – Bio | ABA CDSV Website

David Ring

Director of SAFE Helpline, RAINN –  Bio | RAINN Website

Russell Strand

Co-Founder, Strand2 Squared – Bio | Strand2 Squared Website

Dr. Christopher Wilson 

Director, Being Trauma-Informed – Bio | Being Trauma-Informed Website

Tracking address: marie-cbahch@webc.trynova.org (do not email this address)