Victims of crime


Let's Talk About the Science of Victims' Services: Talking Points for Advocates

A summary of empirical research that policymakers may consider about victims' services, such as:

  • Who is at risk for experiencing abuse and what are the consequences?

  • What do victims need in the wake of their victimization?

    • Coming forward​

    • Services

  • What are evidence-based practices for victim service organization?

    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)​

    • Rapid rehousing and flexible funding

    • Co-location service models

    • Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE)

Address Confidentiality

  • Why it's Important

  • Current State of Confidentiality

  • Confidentiality and the Internet​

  • Possible Solutions

  • Key Takeaways

Violence Against Indigenous Women

  • Magnitude of the Issue​​

  • Current/Proposed Legislation

    • Savannah's Act​

    • Tribal Access Program

  • What Can be Done?

    • Established research-based community prevention programs​

    • Collaborate with community members to move towards comprehensive, long-term prevention programs

    • Help to establish more resources for Indigenous women escaping violence

  • Key Takeaways​

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

  • Prevention Programs

    • Quality and focus
    • ​Cultural and regional relevance of preventative programs 
    • Avoiding burdening potential victims

  • Education and Awareness

    • ​Universal education and awareness programs

    • Online-only

    • Workplace violence

  • Tribal Programs​​

  • Outreach and Support

    • ​Males and non-binary individuals can also be victims and female can perpetuate violence

    • Empowering survivors

  • Key Takeaways​



Family Violence


Collaborative Efforts for the Prevention of Family Violence

  • Findings:

    • Data and information sharing

    • Lack of communication

  • Potential Solutions:

    • Centralizing the location of services

      • A centralized lo​cal government building

      • School

  • Individuals who can facilitate successful collaboration​


Two-Generation Approach to Family Violence

  • Challenges

  • Relevant Legislation

    • Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)​

    • Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA)

    • Family Violence Prevention Services Act (FVPSA)

    • Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Visiting Program (MIECHV)

  •  Stumbling Blocks​

  • Opportunities for Improvement



Trauma-Informed Approaches


Quality Implementation of Trauma Informed Care 

  •  Components of trauma-informed response systems

  • Examples of shifting law enforcement responses to trauma​

  • Key Resources 

    • Guidelines and fact sheets

    • Policy recommendations


Child (Trauma)  Informed Care

  •  Strategies & barriers 

  • Key Resources 

    • Briefs & recent legislation

    • Report from GAO


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