Comprehensive Victim Training-August 2014

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

The Office of the Attorney General provides bimonthly victim services training in Austin for professionals who work with victims of crime.  The comprehensive training module is free of charge and provides information on how to ensure that victims receive effective assistance in accessing the Crime Victims’ Compensation program, promotes and recognizes victims’ rights and provides instruction and certification to the Address Confidentiality Program.

The conference will be held on Thursday, August 7th, 2014, at the CVSD/CVC Offices.


Conference Topics

Address Confidentiality Program (ACP)

With increased public access to personal information, there is a rising need for address confidentiality for victims of family violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Fearing for their safety, many victims do not obtain a driver's license or register to vote. The Office of the Attorney General administers the Address Confidentiality Program by providing a substitute post office box address and free mail forwarding service for participants. 

This training will consist of an overview of how the Program works and teaches victim advocates how to properly fill out the ACP application. All victim advocates must be trained on ACP before they can utilize the program. It is a safety tool and one step to an overall plan. It is neither a witness protection program nor a guarantee to safety.

Presumptive Eligibility

The Crime Victims' Compensation Program uses the Presumptive Eligibility (PE) process to better serve crime victims and their families. Completion of this workshop allows advocates, trained by the OAG, to work directly with victims to gather the necessary documentation in order to submit a complete application. Having a complete application streamlines the eligibility process and speeds our response to victims. This training focuses on eligibility requirements and is best suited for advocates working directly with victims.

Victim Rights

The purpose of this training is to provide a comprehensive overview of crime victims’ rights in Texas and to promote the advocate’s role in enforcing those rights. This training will review highlights from the history of Constitutional Rights for crime victims as well as examine the legal definitions of “victim” entitled to rights. Participants will learn how victims’ rights can be exercised during the prosecution process to include pretrial process, sentencing, parole and other post trial proceedings.