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 Criminal Justice and Allied Professionals Responding to Military Members and Families Project.

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

1. Provide Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) to 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.

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.

6. Reduce barriers to reporting and seeking help, jurisdictional issues and/or concerns

 

About Us


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

 

Claire Ponder Selib, MSW, CA
Interim 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

 

Contact Us

 

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


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:

Please check back regularly for updated event information, including event descriptions and event registration.


Webinar: Identifying and Responding to Stalking in Military Communities

Thursday, January 14th
1:00pm-2:30pm Eastern | 12:00pm-1:30pm Central | 10:00am-11:30am Pacific

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

This training—designed to enhance awareness for military and civilian victim service professionals of the many technologies leveraged by perpetrators in the crime of staking—is presented by Jennifer Landhuis, Director of the Stalking Prevention, Awareness, and Resource Center (SPARC).

Register now!


Webinar: “Brain Under Siege:” The Voice of a Survivor on the Impact of Sexual Assault and the Neurobiology of Trauma

Thursday, February 18th
10:00am-11:30am Eastern | 9:00am-11:30am Central | 7:00am-8:30pm Pacific

Presented by: Jennifer Nadler, International Speaker, Sexual Assault Survivor, and Founder & Director of The Center for Creative Arts & Healing

This training—designed to enhance trauma-informed care provided by professionals serving military-connected victims—is presented by Jennifer Nadler, International Motivational Speaker, Founder & Director of The Center for Creative Arts & Healing, Sexual Assault.  In this training, Jennifer will discuss how our brains respond to trauma and how we can provide trauma-informed services for military-connected survivors experiencing trauma.

Register now!


Military-Connected Victims Virtual Training Course

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

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.

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

Hosted by: NOVA and NCVLI

Registration information is forthcoming.


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

Wednesday, April 7
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

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

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Brown Bag: Removing Retaliation: Creating a Culture of Respect for Military-Connected Victims

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

Presented by: Difference Makers 10 Strong

This training will be a conversation around actual and perceived retaliation. Understanding the difference is critical. There are decisions made by leaders and peers, which can unintentionally leave a victim feeling unsupported. This training will provide recommendations on creating a culture centered around dignity and respect.

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Webinar: Military-Connected Victims with Disabilities

Tuesday, May 19
2:00pm-3:30pm Eastern | 1:00pm-1:20pm Central | 11:00am-12:30pm Pacific

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

Registration information is forthcoming.


Military-Connected Victims Virtual Training Course

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

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.

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

Hosted by: NOVA and NCVLI

Registration information is forthcoming.


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

 

Webinar: Identifying and Responding to Stalking in Military Communities

Tuesday, September 15 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 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 – 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 at 4:00pm – 5:30pm ET
Presented by: National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), Family Advocacy Program (FAP) and NOVA

 

Tracking address: nathan-cbabbh@webc.trynova.org (do not email this address)