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Crime Victim's Compensation Comprehensive Victim Training
Thursday, February 8, 2018

Training will be held at this address:
Twin Towers
1106 Clayton Lane, East Tower

2nd Floor, Suite 203E
Austin, Texas  78723

REGISTRATION IS OPEN

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

Registration is open now. There is no charge to attend the conference. Please fill out and submit the online registration form to reserve your seat. Space is limited. Those that do not pre-register for this event will not be able to attend. Walk-ups will not be admitted.

Topics

Address Confidentiality Program
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 (ACP) 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 ACP works and teaches victim advocates how to properly fill out the application.  All victim advocates must be trained on the 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 a “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.