Transformations:  Building Community Networks

2014 Crime Victim Services Conference

Office of the Attorney General

The Texas Crime Victim Services Conference sponsored by the Office of the Attorney General is a multidisciplinary conference offering information, instruction and interaction on victim services and personal resiliency.  This conference is specifically designed for victim service and criminal justice professionals such as law enforcement, prosecution and probation officers, as well as nonprofit victim advocates, medical and mental health providers, and others working directly with victims of crime.   

The conference will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, and conclude at 12 noon on Friday, May 30.   

Conference Topics


Address Confidentiality Program

This training will consist of an overview of how the Address Confidentiality Program  (ACP) works and teach victim advocates how to properly fill out the ACP application. All victim advocates must be trained on ACP before they can utilize the program.

Best Practices for Programs and Communities

This session will discuss best practices for programs and bringing communities together to help victims.  Tips on how to bring law enforcement, prosecution, advocates and forensic health professionals together to help victims of crime will also be addressed, as well as strategies for funding sources and sustainability for agencies.

Crime Prevention Techniques

This session will highlight some crime prevention techniques and outreach to all cultural, racial and socio-economic community members.

Crime Victims' Compensation Overview

This workshop will explain the basics of the Crime Victims' Compensation Program and how it can assist crime victims.

Criminal Justice 101 (Part 1 of 4): Investigation and Pre-Trial Issues

This workshop will focus on the sequence of events experienced by victims in criminal cases from the offense to the prosecution.  Included will be a hypothetical case detailing what happens beginning with the 911 call.

1.5 Hours MCLE Credit

Criminal Justice 101 (Part 2 of 4): Grand Jury, Trial and Sentencing

Knowledge is power for victims, and the correct information is often invaluable.  This interactive workshop offers a roadmap to criminal justice from the perspective of a veteran prosecutor and victim advocate. 

Criminal Justice 101 (Part 3 of 4): Appeals

This workshop will discuss the appeals process in criminal cases.

Criminal Justice 101 (Part 4 of 4): Post-Conviction

Providing victim services is not just about handing someone a piece of paper with their rights listed on it.  This workshop will assist you in “doing the right thing” by providing helpful tools to guide the victim through the criminal justice system so that they can exercise their rights.

Dynamics of Sexual Violence

This workshop will examine the dynamics of sexual violence including prevalence, risk factors for both victimization and perpetration, effects of sexual violence and working with survivors.  These topics will be discussed using a social justice perspective to explain the norms, climate and culture of our communities and our state that allow sexual violence to occur in the first place.

Engaging Youth in Primary Prevention Efforts

Engaging youth in primary prevention efforts, such as challenging gender stereotypes, can help shift the social climate to one where all people are seen as fully human with dignity and respect as the norm.  Long-term results are likely to create an environment where sexual violence is much less likely to occur and lessens the likelihood of harmful norms and stereotypes being passed on to the next generation.

Forensic Interviewing Techniques for Child Victims

This workshop will review the forensic interview process and its role in an investigation.  Participants will discover what a forensic interview entails and its benefits; learn effective forensic interview approaches with child victims; and gain awareness of child development and its impact on the interview.

Gang Violence: Victims, Witnesses and the Community

Gang violence and victimization present unique challenges for the criminal justice system and victim assistance programs.  This training explores these challenges and reviews successful strategies for serving victims of gang violence.

Grants SAPCS: Federal Performance Reporting

This workshop will provide grantees with a detailed overview of the new quarterly reporting requirements, as well as Information Technology Services (ITS) and Sexual Assault Prevention and Crisis Services (SAPCS) definitions.  Grantees will learn the ins and outs of performance reporting directly from their OAG grant manager and program staff.

Grants: Financial Reporting and Monitoring

This workshop will provide grantees with detailed information regarding how to complete invoices, financial status reports, salary/match reports and other financial forms.  Grantees will also be provided with an overview of what is involved in a monitoring visit, desk review and other types of monitoring.

Grants: Financial Reporting and Monitoring

This workshop will provide grantees with detailed information regarding how to complete invoices, financial status reports, salary/match reports and other financial forms.  Grantees will also be provided with an overview of what is involved in a monitoring visit, desk review and other types of monitoring.

Grants: OVAG/VCLG Performance Reporting

This detailed workshop will assist grantees in completing required quarterly performance reports for OVAG (Other Victim Assistance Grants) and VCLG (Victim Coordinator and Liaison Grants).  Grantees will learn the ins and outs of performance reporting directly from their OAG grant manager.

Grants: SAPCS-State Performance Reporting

This detailed workshop will provide grantees an overview of quarterly performance reporting requirements as well as Information Technology Services (ITS) and Sexual Assault Prevention & Crisis Services (SAPCS) definitions.  Grantees will have an opportunity to learn the ins and outs of performance reporting directly from their grant manager and program staff.

Grants: OVAG/VCLG Performance Reporting

This detailed workshop will assist grantees in completing required quarterly performance reports for OVAG (Other Victim Assistance Grants) and VCLG (Victim Coordinator and Liaison Grants).  Grantees will learn the ins and outs of performance reporting directly from their OAG grant manager.

How Can I Do This Job Without Losing My Mind?

Working with victims of crime and trauma can have a profound impact on professionals and volunteers.  Using humor and personal insight gleaned from a decade of working with Children's Advocacy Centers, Karen Hangartner will help us explore this topic.  We will discuss ways we can continue to provide support and services to the children and families we serve while maintaining our own sanity and well-being.

How to Shift to a Trauma-Informed Approach

This workshop will present information related to domestic violence, the Adverse Childhood Experiences study and how trauma impacts development across the lifespan.  It will provide participants with resources to assess their current practices and offer opportunities to have discussion about the challenges we all face in delivering services to survivors.

Human Trafficking

This workshop will provide definitions and examples of human trafficking.  What happens to these victims and the options and challenges to assist them will also be addressed.  (Note: There may be some graphic and disturbing details.)

1.5 Hours-MCLE Credit

Human Trafficking

This workshop will provide definitions and examples of human trafficking.  What happens to these victims and the options and challenges to assist them will also be addressed.  (Note: There may be some graphic and disturbing details.)

1.5 Hours MCLE Credit

Internet Safety: Protecting Children Online

The goal of the Office of the Attorney General's Cyber Safety 101 is to educate attendees of the dangers of the Internet and the importance of monitoring children’s Internet activity.  Topics will include Texas laws regarding offenses frequently committed online and what the Texas Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes, Fugitive and Human Trafficking Units are doing to protect Texas children.  This session will also include tips for communicating with children in order to reduce the chances of victimization, what clues to look for and where to report online victimization.

Law Enforcement Victim Assistance Liaisons

This session will review the statutory mandates for crime victim liaisons.  Liaisons will discuss prevailing procedures and techniques for maximizing law enforcement officer participation while ensuring victims' rights are protected.  They will also address both the rural and urban perspectives on how to be effective in following the mandate as well as being compassionate to victims.

Legal Ethics in Serving Victims of Crime

This workshop centers on preparing attorneys and those who work with them on dealing with crisis, crime and victims in the most ethical way possible.

1.5 Hours of MCLE Credit (Ethics)

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC)

This workshop will highlight NCMEC’s organization and work with victims and families of missing and/or sexually exploited children.

Processing Grief and Loss Issues in Young Children

This workshop will help advocates understand how a child reacts to grief, and learn techniques and identify tools to help children process grief related issues. This training will give advocates a broader range of resources to help their adult clients help their children.

Prosecutor Victim Assistance Coordinators

This course for prosecutor victim assistance coordinators will review the statutory mandates for victim assistance.  Coordinators will discuss specific examples of mandated materials to be given to victims of crime, as well as suggestions for services that ensure all victims and family members are able to participate in the criminal justice process.  Attendees will learn how to implement victim assistance coordinator responsibilities and take home ideas on implementing seamless service delivery.

Protective Order Basics

This workshop will introduce participants to the legal and practical basics of protective orders including Magistrate's Orders or Emergency Protective Orders; Temporary Ex Parte Protective Orders; and two-year Protective Orders for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.

1.5 Hours MCLE Credit

Representing Crime Victims through the CVC Process

This workshop will discuss the procedural and substantive due process afforded to victims, common questions for the hearing officer, and how to best advocate or represent someone on appeal.

1.5 Hours of MCLE Credit (No Ethics)

Responding to Crime Victims Who Have Mental Illnesses

This session provides an overview of crisis intervention teams and first responders on the frontline of the mental health crisis in America. 

SAPCS-State Performance Reporting

This detailed workshop will provide grantees with an overview of quarterly performance reporting requirements, as well as Information Technology Services (ITS) and Sexual Assault Prevention and Crisis Services (SAPCS) definitions.  Grantees will learn the ins and outs of performance reporting directly from their OAG grant manager and program staff.

Secondary Traumatic Stress and Multidisciplinary Team Functioning

This workshop will define vicarious trauma, secondary trauma stress, compassion fatigue and compassion satisfaction as well as other terms that affect victim service providers and some remedies for them.

Sexual Assault Response Teams (SARTs): Strategies for Success

A coordinated community response to sexual assault is imperative to successful investigations and prosecutions.  This workshop will review the process of creating and maintaining a local SART/Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program and the role the Office of the Attorney General can play in supporting this process.

Texas Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)

This workshop will highlight the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program, and demonstrate how they can assist children who are victims of violent crime.  They will also address community awareness and their volunteer program.

Texas VINE: Victim Information and Notification Everyday

This session will address the implementation of the automated statewide Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) system.  Advocates will learn how notification impacts safety levels for victims and their families, how it operates and how to assist victims in accessing the system.

Texas' Legislative Process: How a Bill Becomes a Law

This interactive workshop will address bills from the Texas Council on Family Violence's legislative agenda during the recent session.  This discussion will also cover other family violence-related legislation.  Questions will be encouraged regarding the implementation of these various measures in communities across Texas.

Understanding Domestic Violence

The executive director of “Putting an End to Abuse through Community Efforts" (P.E.A.C.E.) Initiative will teach this workshop focusing on basic domestic violence principles and safety planning. 

Victim Disparities

This workshop will educate advocates on the importance of learning cultural practices and traditions to better assist victims of crime.

Victim Impact Statements

What is the purpose of the impact statement and how is it utilized by prosecutors, judges, the defense, and probation and parole officers?  Do you know the process in your jurisdiction?  Learn the questions you need to ask and the options you have to assist victims to be heard.

Victim Rights

The detailed history of victim rights and Texas state victim rights statutes will be discussed.  Advocates will learn which rights are applicable at each stage of the criminal justice system.

Volunteerism and 2-1-1

Where have all of the volunteers gone?  Many agencies are feeling the pinch of federal, state and local funding challenges when it comes to filling staff positions they have relied on for decades.  This workshop will review the current trends in volunteering and how those trends can help agencies and organizations continue to provide essential community services through the recruitment and retention of volunteers. This session will also explain how Texas’ 25 Regional Area Information Centers continue to work collaboratively, with coordination from HHSC, to deliver state-of-the-art information and referral services to the people of Texas.  

Working with Families of Homicide Victims

This workshop will review strategies for those working with the families of homicide victims. Through discussion, participants will understand the issues facing the victims; compare scenarios; and learn to assist families in dealing with the media, the criminal justice system and the grief process.

Working with Victims in the Military

Victims in the military present a unique challenge for investigators and advocates because of factors that many non-military victims do not experience.  In addition to traditional investigative resources, (i.e., SAFE exams and counseling), unit victim advocates and unit SHARPs (Sexual Harassment/Assault Response & Prevention) are trained in both restricted and unrestricted reporting and support available to victims.  Students will learn about resources available for military victims and discover a new method of interviewing victims known as the Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview.

Working with Victims of Mass Casualty Incidents

This workshop will explore the lessons learned from recent mass violence and terrorism events around the country.  Tools for victim assistance professionals to understand their roles and responsibilities when assisting victims and family members of mass casualty incidents will also be provided.

*Topics Subject to Change without Notice