Elder Abuse Awareness Day: June 15
June 2023
Unfortunately, elder abuse is an all-too-common experience for many. Age can be a great equalizer. It comes to most of us in time, so it’s time to learn more in order to address and prevent this crime.
Upcoming Virtual Workshops
MiVAN's "Advocacy Tools for Healing Trauma" workshops are back! Learn more and register for an upcoming date.
Recognizing Missing & Murdered Indigenous People
Division of Victim Services (DVS)
May 2023
Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Awareness Day is on May 5 and provides just one opportunity to honor the countless lives that have been lost while elevating the need for greater awareness to address violence against Indigenous communities – particularly women and girls.
For Victims of Crime
Are you a victim or survivor looking for help? Check out these national, state, and local resources.
Updated Confidentiality Course (2023) available now
This updated course will help advocates learn how to handle survivor/client information. It covers topics such as: personal and identifying information, releases of information, mandated disclosures, and specific details covering the scope of the regulations. Plus, learn a helpful mnemonic and plenty of interactive learning opportunities.
Mental Health Always Matters
May 2023
We hear and bear witness to our clients' experiences of being victims of crime, violence, and trauma. We offer support where and when we can, including mental health support because we know these experiences can exacerbate existing mental health concerns or start them. We also have to be cognizant of and care for our own mental health.
Resources for Communities Impacted by the MSU Shooting
These resources include trainings, infosheets, and handouts to share with clients on trauma-informed tools that can promote recovery and healing in both the community and in advocates themselves.
SAAM Resource Round-up
April 2023
Resource round-up for Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2023.
Talking with Teens about Dating Violence
February 2023
Teen dating violence can be a challenging area for advocates to work in because it combines different field areas with a unique population and can add complications such as complex family dynamics, neurobiology and brain development, confidentiality, the legal and education systems, and more. Thankfully, this compilation of trainings and resources can help provide insight into this complex topic.
"Oh, yeah...and stalking." It's time we paid more attention.
January 2023
Stalking is one of the four crimes acknowledged in the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). It's often the one tacked on at the end, the one with fewest stand-alone resources for survivors, and the one providers and advocates are least trained in responding to. It's time to change that.
How We Can Support Survivors Of Human Trafficking
December 2022
7 of the best and newest resources that offer practical advice for advocates working with survivors of human trafficking.
Identifying and Preventing Gender and Intersectional Bias in Law Enforcement Responses to Domestic and Sexual Violence
National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV)
January 2022
"The purpose of this special collection is to compile resources focused on improving the law enforcement responses to domestic violence and sexual assault."
National Center for Victims of Crime
National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC)
An organization committed to — and working on behalf of — crime victims and their families.
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Elder Fraud Hotline
Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)
This hotline is a free resource created by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office for Victims of Crime for people to report fraud against anyone age 60 or older.
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National Center on Elder Abuse
National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA)
The NCEA provides the latest information regarding research, training, best practices, news and resources on elder abuse, neglect and exploitation to professionals and the public.
The National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life
National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL)
NCALL creates resources related to abuse in later life and unique issues facing older adults and survivors of abuse.
National Criminal Justice Reference Service
Department of Justice (DOJ)
May 2022
Training resources and tools assembled by the BJV, OVC, and others.
The Office for Victims of Crime
Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)
OVC is dedicated to a constant improvement in the national response to crime victims.
Defending Criminalized Survivors Workshop
Asian Pacific Institute on Gender Based Violence (API-GBV)
August 2022
"In this workshop, API-GBV was joined by Hyejin Shim and Neda Said of Survived & Punished, who guided participants through a discussion of the criminalization of survivors, and how advocates can support criminalized survivors."
Stalking Prevention, Awareness, and Research Center
Stalking Prevention, Awareness, and Research Center (SPARC)
SPARC ensures that allied professionals have the specialized knowledge to identify and respond to the crime of stalking.
National Domestic Violence Hotline
National Domestic Violence Hotline
The National Domestic Violence Hotline provides essential tools and support to help survivors of domestic violence so they can live their lives free of abuse.
National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV)
"NRCDV’s mission is to strengthen and transform efforts to end domestic violence."
National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health
National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health (NCDVTMH)
NCDVTMH provides training, support, and consultation to advocates and policymakers as they work to improve agency and systems-level responses to survivors and their children.
Futures Without Violence
Futures Without Violence
Futures provides programs and campaigns that empower individuals and organizations working to end violence against women and children.
Reporting Domestic Offenses To Background Check Systems
Battered Women’s Justice Project (BWJP)
June 2022
"Background check systems, such as the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, were created to work like a net; they are designed to catch and deter anyone not allowed to possess a gun before a purchase is completed. Too much slips through, including dangerous domestic abusers seeking to purchase firearms."
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The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) is a resource for the public, professionals, and others who care about children and are concerned about child traumatic stress.
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can have a tremendous impact on future violence victimization and perpetration, and lifelong health and opportunity. CDC works to understand ACEs and prevent them.
Polaris Project
Polaris Project
The Polaris Project is turning knowledge into targeted systems-level strategies to disrupt and prevent human trafficking.
National Human Trafficking Hotline
Polaris Project
Find social and legal services for victims and survivors of human trafficking.
National Sexual Violence Resource Center
National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC)
Tools to advocates working on the frontlines to end sexual harassment, assault, and abuse.
Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)
Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN)
RAINN is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization.
1in6: Male survivors of sexual abuse and assault
A wide range of information and services for men with histories of unwanted or abusive sexual experiences, and anyone who cares about them.
StrongHearts Native Helpline
A 24/7 safe, confidential and anonymous domestic and sexual violence helpline for Native Americans and Alaska Natives, offering culturally-appropriate support and advocacy.
Praxis International
Praxis International, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation, working toward the elimination of violence in the lives of women and their children.
Battered Women's Justice Project
Battered Women's Justice Project (BWJP)
A collective of national policy and practice centers at the intersection of gender-based violence and legal systems.
End Violence Against Women International
End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI)
EVAWI is a catalyst for justice and healing, so every survivor of sexual assault and domestic violence gets the right response, every time.
Violence Against Women Network
National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV)
VAWnet supports local, state, and national prevention and intervention strategies that enhance safety and well-being and address the self-identified needs and concerns of victims and survivors.
Voices 4
Voices 4
A Michigan-based support system with additional resources about identifying the warning signs of sexual assault.
A Guide for Sexual Assault Service Programs
National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC)
October 2017
An overview of the core principles of trauma-informed care and guiding points to help organizations build cultures grounded in the philosophy of trauma-informed service delivery.
Re-Traumatization Chart
Institute on Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care (ITTIC)
November 2021
Infographic illustrating system and relationship dynamics that are often experienced as being re-traumatizing.
Trauma-informed Domestic Violence Advocacy
National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health (NCDVTMH)
November 2021
Webinars and tipsheets for adopting a trauma-informed approach to domestic violence advocacy.
SAMHSA's Concept of Trauma
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
October 2014
A definition of trauma and a trauma-informed approach, along with 6 key principles and 10 implementation domains.
A guide for sexual assault programs and their system partners
Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs (WCSAP)
October 2014
A brief guide for how to work with service providers from all disciplines on working with survivors to overcome barriers by creating trauma-informed services.
A Guide for Advocates Working with Children Exposed to IPV
Promising Futures
May 2014
This guide recommends approaches to build resilience and competence in children and parents.
Ten Essential Strengths of Sexual Violence Victim Advocates
Resource Sharing Project
October 2018
An outline of essential advocacy skills in dual/multi-service advocacy agencies.
Build Resilience to Childhood Trauma
Child Trends
May 2019
"Children are far more likely to exhibit resilience to childhood trauma when child-serving programs, institutions, and service systems understand the impact of childhood trauma..."
Stories from Male Sexual Abuse Survivors
Real Life Resilience
August 2019
Podcast interview with Cec Murphey who explains how writing helped him come to terms with his own past sexual abuse.
Runaway/Homeless Youth and Relationship Violence
National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV)
A toolkit to help programs better address relationship violence with runaway and homeless youth.
Working with Youth who Experience Homelessness and Sexual Violence
National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC)
February 2016
Adapting advocacy skills to help young people who experience homelessness and sexual violence build resiliency and lessen their traumas.