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Training and Technical Assistance

Beyond the Basics: Collecting and Utilizing Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Data Webinar Recording  - This webinar will provide guidance on best practices for collecting sexual orientation and gender identity information from clients. This webinar was recorded using Adobe Connect; you will be prompted to download Adobe Connect to view the webinar. 

DC Victim Academy: Elder Abuse Training Resources -  This training will enhance victim service providers' abilities to respond to survivors of abuse in later life. The presentation will cover all types of elder abuse, including physical abuse, sexual abuse, criminal neglect, and financial exploitation. 

DC Victim Academy: Mass Disaster Training Resources -  This Academy is designed to prepare victim service providers – legal, mental health, advocacy, outreach, prevention, education…anyone – to serve in a victim services role in the event of a criminally-related mass disaster in the District.  

Language Access Act  Compliance Training  - This webinar will provide participants with an overview of the District's Language Access Act and guidance for grantees on how to be in compliance.  This webinar was recorded using Adobe Connect; you will be prompted to download Adobe Connect to view the webinar. (slide deck.)

Privacy and Confidentiality Webinar - This webinar will provide information on best practices for maintaining victim privacy and confidentiality, work with releases of information to benefit victims and navigate crime victim privacy in an interdisciplinary setting. 

Grantees who recieve federal funding administered by OVSJG (i.e., Byrne, Title II, VOCA, VAWA, SASP, Coverdell, RSAT) are required to abide by certain federal civil rights laws as a condition of receiving the grant award. The underlying principle is that that the revenue that people contribute to the federal government cannot be used in a discriminatory manner in federally assisted programs. The following resources will assist federal subgrantees in understanding and complying with the federal civil rights laws. 

U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Civil Rights - Training for Grantees   

Federal Civil Rights Compliance Training PPT   

Federal Civil Rights Compliance Training PDF