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 2022 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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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 Training & 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/Civilian Victim Services Director, at (703) 270-0619 or via email at: AngelaDuhon@trynova.org


2-day Training: Outreach & Advocacy When Working with Military Veterans 

Wednesday and Thursday, June 22 & 23, 2022
1:00pm-4:00pm Eastern | 12:00pm-3:00pm Central | 10:00am-1:00pm Pacific

Do you provide services to Veterans and their families? If so, you won’t want to miss this 2 day advanced training?

The National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) and the National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI) would like to invite you to join us for an interactive discussion on the many unique needs and barriers encountered by Veterans and their families.

Attendees will be able to:

 – Define what it means to be a Veteran, and the unique challenges and risks associated with Veteran survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking.

– Identify underserved veteran-survivors and resources available to these populations.

– Define Military Sexual Trauma (MST), PTSD , Traumatic Brain Injury and other veteran-specific mental health concerns

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Brown Bag: Introduction to the Interactive Toolkit for Military-Connected Victims of Abuse

Wednesday, May 4, 2022
3:00pm-4:00pm Eastern | 2:00pm-3:00pm Central | 12:00pm-1:00pm Pacific
Presenters:  National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA), and National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI) 

Description: Have you ever wondered: How can I advocate for military-connected survivors, and who can I partner with to provide support? Could I ever learn military jargon, or how the military criminal justice system works? Yes, you can! Join us for a hands-on walkthrough of the Toolkit for Advocating for Military-Connected Survivors!

The Toolkit contains a variety of eLearning tools and resources to help you provide survivor-centered, trauma informed and collaborative advocacy for military-connected survivors—from acronym flash cards and quizzes to interactive videos with multiple choice, true/false and victims’ rights tip pop ups! Learn how to access these tools, ranging in topics from victims’ rights to coordinated community response (CCR) to enhancing survivor safety!

This Brown Bag will be an interactive, small group navigation of the Toolkit so you walk away ready to use the Toolkit. As registration is limited, please register if you can both attend and actively participate in small group exercises. Registration closes April 19, 2022.

Registration Closed


Military-Connected Victims Virtual Training Course

Tuesday, September 13; Thursday, September 15; Tuesday, September 20;  and Thursday, September 22, 2022
12:30pm-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), are looking for civilian victim advocates, medical staff, and criminal justice professionals to join us in our upcoming 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.

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

This training is pre-approved by the National Advocate Credentialing Program (NACP)® for 14 CEU hours. All participants who fulfill all course requirements will receive a Certificate of Completion at the conclusion of the training.  Questions? 

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Past Events and Recordings

Enjoy! PLEASE NOTE: Certificates are NOT provided for viewing recordings. 

 


Webinar: Military Sexual Trauma: Unpacking the Culture of Sexual Assault in the Military

Wednesday, April 20, 2022
1:00pm-2:30pm Eastern | 12:00pm-1:30pm Central | 10:00am-11:30am Pacific
Presenter: Captain Latetia Bland, USAF Deputy, Integrated Resilience

Description: Military Sexual Trauma: Unpacking the Culture of Sexual Assault in the Military is a communal opportunity to learn about sexual assault and sexual harassment, as well as the culture that allows it to exist within the military subculture.  According to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Military Sexual Trauma (MST) refers to sexual assault or sexual harassment experienced during military service.

Attendees will be able to:

 – Define Military Sexual Trauma (MST) and understand its background
 – Understand the subcultures that exist in the Military
 – Add supportive data to their advocacy toolkits
 – Understand the impacts of MST
 – Understand their role in prevention, intervention and culture change
 – Further the dialogue around MST

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Military-Connected Victims Virtual Training Course

Tuesday, March 22; Thursday, March 24; Tuesday, March 29; and Thursday, March 31, 2022 
12:30pm-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, criminal justice professionals, and professionals working with military-connected victims 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. Offered in Partnership with: Colorado Sexual Assault Coalition (CCASA) and Kansas Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence (KCSDV)

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

 Questions? 


Webinar: Connecting: Suicide, Interpersonal Violence, and the Military Community

Thursday, February 17, 2022
11:00am-12:30pm Eastern | 10:00am-11:30am Central | 8:00am-9:30am Pacific

Presenter: Dr. Elizabeth Gray, LCSW, CADCI, CA

Join the NOVA/NCVLI team as we welcome Dr. Elizabeth Gray for an interactive discussion on the various connections between suicide and violence, and how this relates to the military community

Suicide. Violence. Both are complicated public health crises on their own. But, when combined, what changes in the way advocates or agencies respond? Join us as we explore the connections between suicide and violence within the military community, to address biases, discover resources, and build confidence.

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Webinar: Addressing Domestic Violence in the Digital Age with Military-Connected Victims

Thursday, January 20, 2022
1:30pm-3:00pm Eastern | 12:30pm-2:00pm Central | 10:30am-12:00pm Pacific

Presenter: Adam Dodge, Founder, Ending Technology-Enabled Abuse (EndTab)

Abuse has gone digital. Today, we are spending more time on our devices than ever before. This has pushed victims, and those seeking to harm them, online in record numbers and created new safety risks for victims of gender-based and family violence. As such, it has become increasingly important to develop skills that prioritize digital safety in the communities we serve. In this session, we will demystify the tech-enabled abuse landscape and illustrate how anyone can prevent and address the ways in which victims are harmed online and via their devices.


Military-Connected Victims Virtual Training Course (Alaska, California, Hawaii, and Washington)

Tuesday, November 30, Wednesday, December 1, & Thursday, December 2, 2021 

The National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA), in partnership with the National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI), invited civilian victim advocates, medical staff, and criminal justice professionals in Alaska, California, Hawaii, & Washington.
Topics discussed included: Military Culture, Victims’ Rights, Military & Civilian Protective Orders, Compensation Programs, Risk Assessment, Military Investigative Process & Justice System, and Safety Planning.

Offered in Partnership with: California Partnership to End Domestic Violence (CPEDV), Hawaii State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (HSCDV), and End the Violence Spokane.


Webinar: Victims’ Rights Attorneys and their Respective Roles Panel

Tuesday, October 26, 2021
2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern | 1:00pm-2:00pm Central | 11:00am-12:00pm Pacific

Facilitators: Meg Garvin, MA, JD, Executive Director and Desiree Staffler-Marchbanks, JD, Victims’ Rights Fellow with the National Crime Victim Law Institute

Join the NOVA/NCVLI team as we welcome panelist: Lieutenant Colonel Lauren A. Shure, Deputy Division Chief of the Special Victims’ Counsel Division; Major Joshua Mikkelsen, Associate Professor, The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School; Lieutenant Commander Alexandra Nica, Victim Legal Counsel; and Russell P. Butler, Adjunct Professor, University of Baltimore Law School as they discuss what a victims’ rights attorney is, their respective roles, how and where they have protected military-connected victims’ rights, and the value of cross-collaboration in providing effective services for military-connected victims.

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Brown Bag: Trauma, Intimate Partner Violence, and Mental Health Advocacy: How Victim Advocates & Mental Health Professionals Can Work Together to Enhance Safety, Empower Clients, and Normalize Help Seeking Behaviors.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Presenter: Deidra Saina, LCSW

Ms. Deidra Saina, LCSW provided the audience with an interactive discussion on Trauma, Intimate Partner Violence, and Mental Health Advocacy: How Victim Advocates & Mental Health Professionals Can Work Together to Enhance Safety, Empower Clients, and Normalize Help Seeking Behaviors.

PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THAT MS. SAINA WILL NOT BE REPRESENTING THE U.S AIR FORCE IN ANY CAPACITY, AND IS JOINING US AS AN INDEPENDENT CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER AND VICTIM ADVOCATE.

Tip Sheets  – Emotional Safety & Mental Health Referral

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Brown Bag: Removing Retaliation: Creating a Culture of Respect

Tuesday, July 13, 2021
Presenter: Eric Barreras /Difference Makers 10 Strong

Do you work with military-connected victims of sexual assault or domestic violence? Mr. Barreras provides 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.  

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Webinar: Military & Civilian Victims’ Rights 101

Thursday, July 1, 2021
Presenter 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.

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Military-Connected Victims Virtual Training Course 

Tuesday, June 1; Tuesday, June 8, Tuesday, June 15; and Tuesday, June 22, 2021

The National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA), in partnership with the National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI), invited civilian victim advocates and criminal justice professionals in Alabama, Missouri, Puerto Rico and Texas to a 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. 

Offered in Partnership with: Alabama Coalition Against DV (ACADV), Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, Coordinadora Paz para la Mujer ( Puerto Rico), and Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA).


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

Thursday, May 6, 2021
Presenter 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.

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

This discussion was not recorded


Brown Bag: Understanding Male Victimization: The Overlooked Survivors

Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Presenter: Difference Makers 10 Strong Eric Barreras & Edward Wilson 

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. 

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Military Members & Families Virtual Training Course

Thursday, March 4; Thursday, March 11; and Thursday March 18, 2021

The National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA), in partnership with the National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI), invited civilian victim advocates and criminal justice professionals in Arizona, Florida, Maryland and Ohio to a 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.

Offered in Partnership with: Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence (MNADV), Arizona Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence (ACEDSV), Florida Council Against Sexual Violence (FCASV), and Ohio Domestic Violence Network (ODVN).


Webinar: Identifying and Responding to Stalking in Military Communities

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 
Presenter: Jennifer Landhuis, Director of the Stalking Prevention, Awareness, and Resource Center (SPARC), an AEquitas initiative

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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
Presenter: Stephanie Satkowiak, Domestic Violence Specialist in North Carolina’s Judicial Branch

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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
Director, NOVA Military/Civilian Victim Services
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: 

Eric Barreras

Founder & CEO, Difference Makers (10 Strong) – Bio | DM 10 Strong Website

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

Deborah DeBare

Senior Deputy Director, National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) – Bio | NNEDV Website

Jennifer Gibbs

Founder & CEO, Operation Foxhole – Bio | Operation Foxhole 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

Jennifer Landhuis

Director, AEquitas’ SPARC – Bio | SPARC Website

Danielle Moise

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

U.S. Army (retired) Major Hali Picciano

Collaborative Partner, Difference Makers (10 Strong) – Bio | DM 10 Strong Website

RAINN

Director of SAFE Helpline, RAINN –  Bio | RAINN Website

 

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