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Save The Date NEW Consolidated Standards for Victims Services

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    June 18, 2008 In this Issue...

    ; SAVE THE DATE: NEW Consolidated Standards for Victims Services Trainings

    ; Upcoming Pathways for Victim Services Conference

    ; SAVIN now operating in 29 counties

    ; RASA AND VOJO FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR 2009-2010

    ; New Brochure on Restitution and Compensation

    ; You're Not Alone: The Journey From Abduction to Empowerment

    ; FY 2008 Family Violence Prevention and Services Program

    ; Sex Offender Residency Restrictions, Part 1 of the Series

    ; PANO will offer the following programs this summer:

    ; STOP Teams: A Prize for Collaborating

    ; New OVC Resource Addresses Human Trafficking Victim Assistance

    ; Enroll Now: OVC offers a mix of new and established workshops for Fall 2008

    ; The Survivors Speakers’ Bureau

    ; New Structure of OVS's web site

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    Upcoming Events

    ; Office of Victims' Services

    Training and Networking Project

    2008 Training Schedule

    ; WebEx? Online Trainings Available

    Basic, Advanced-Counseling, Transportation Expenses, Restitution and much more!

    https://pccd.webex.com/mw0304l/mywebex/default.do?siteurl=pccd

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    SAVE THE DATE: NEW Consolidated Standards for Victims Services Trainings

July 17, 2008 July 23, 2008

    9am 4:30pm 9am 4:30pm

    Mountain View Inn UPMC Horizon

    Greensburg, PA (Westmoreland County) Greenville, PA (Mercer County) Register Register

August 22, 2008 August 27 & 28, 2008

    9am 4:30pm 9am 12:30pm each day

    Emergency Management Services Association Philadelphia Office of the District Attorney

    Wilkes-Barre, PA (Luzerne County) Philadelphia, PA (Philadelphia County) Register Register

    ***** Priority for the above dates will be given to those programs that will be monitored in

    2009. A second round of trainings will be offered regionally September November 2008.

    Check back to the PCCD website for dates and locations. *****

Training Hours: 10 (approximately)

     7 hours will be in the classroom at the above listed locations

     3 hours will be available via Webex dates to be announced

    General Training Information: This program will offer approximately 10 total training hours, which may be applied towards continuing training hours required each year as put forth in the PCCD Standards and the Center for Juvenile Justice Training and Research (CJJT&R). Please

    be advised that 7 hours will be in the classroom at the above listed locations and an additional 3 hours will be available via WebEx? dates to be announced.

    The classroom trainings will focus on the changes in the Service Provision Standards. Staff who

    are responsible for updating their agency’s policies & procedures and training direct services staff should plan to attend the one-day classroom training.

    The WebEx? trainings will focus on the Program Administration Standards and the changes that

    will need to be made to your agency’s operations as a result of the new Standards. Staff and/or Administrators responsible for updating their agency’s Program Administration policies and procedures should plan to attend the online Webex trainings, dates and times to be announced. If you are responsible for updating your agency’s policies & procedures to reflect the changes in

    both the Service Provisions and Program Administration Standards, you will need to plan to

    attend the one-day training being held regionally in your area as well as the Webex training (dates and times to be announced).

    Who should attend?: Administrators, Fiscal Management Personnel, Directors and/or Supervisors of an agency who will be affected by the New Consolidated Standards for Victims Services should attend the classroom and/or WebEx? trainings offered. Your agency will be required to come into compliance with the New Consolidated Standards if it meets any of the following conditions:

    1) If you receive RASA and/or VOJO you must comply with the new standards.

    2) If you receive VOCA, but are not governed by PCAR, PCADV, MADD or NCA, programs

    must comply with the new standards.

    3) If you receive VOCA and are providing services to victims of other crimes, you must comply

    with the new standards.

    Registration: No fee for programs required to follow the New Consolidated Standards for Victim Services (as set forth above).

    To register for one of the above trainings, go to the PCCD website and follow the Training Links for Victim Service Providers under the ―Victims of Crime‖ tab at the left side of the homepage.

    For more information about the training please contact Angela Keen, Training Consultant, at c-

    akeen@state.pa.us or 717-399-8269 with any questions.

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    Upcoming Pathways for Victim Services Conference

    It is hard to believe that the Pathways for Victim Services Conference is only five months away! This year, OVS made a number of modifications to the conference to better serve the participants. For the very first time there is a conference web site,

    www.conferences.psu.edu/Pathways that is packed with helpful information and highlights some of the enhancements to Pathways, including a new start time, more national speakers and online

    conference and hotel registration. OVS is very excited about the upcoming Pathways Conference and looks forward to seeing you there.

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    SAVIN now operating in 29 counties

    Twenty-nine counties with jails now offer 24/7 notification to victims and concerned others. In addition to victims, SAVIN permits anyone in the victim's circle of support to register to be notified. Family, friends, co-workers, classmates and neighbors can receive the notice at the same time and immediately reach out to support the victim. In some areas police are registering. This alerts them when someone arrested for DV makes bail or when an offender who threatened an officer is released. Caseworkers at AAA are registering so they can check on elderly victims. Anyone interested in public safety can sign up.

    PA SAVIN was recently featured in Time Magazine. Click the following link to see the article http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1807730,00.html

    To help victims easily find the SAVIN information, please include www.pacrimevictims.state.pa.us in

    your publications and place a link to it on your web page. Even if you don’t have SAVIN in your county, you may have residents who want to know about this service and register for notification on an offender somewhere else.

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    RASA AND VOJO FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR 2009-2010

    The 2009-2010 RASA and VOJO Funding Announcements will be released on Monday, June 30, 2008. VOJO Applications will be due to PCCD by Thursday, August 28, 2008 and RASA Applications will be due to PCCD by Thursday, September 4, 2008.

    The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) is presenting two RASA/VOJO Grant Writing Workshops that will assist project directors in developing and implementing successful RASA and VOJO projects. We would like to extend an invitation to you to attend one of these workshops. The workshops will be held Monday, July 14, 2008 at ITT Technical Institute in Monroeville, PA and also on Wednesday, July 16, 2008 at ITT Technical Institute in Harrisburg, PA. Click here for the registration form.

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    New Brochure on Restitution and Compensation

    The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s Office of Victim’s Services is pleased to provide you with a new brochure from the Victims Compensation Assistance Program (VCAP). This pamphlet was developed to assist crime victims and those who serve them. The What You

    Need to Know About Restitution and Victims Compensation brochure offers a side-by-side

    comparison of the benefits of both restitution and compensation. It provides crime victims a brief overview of the benefits available through VCAP. In addition, the brochure highlights who is eligible for restitution, what it can pay for and how and when a victim will receive restitution. A downloadable form of the brochure is available on PCCD’s website at

    www.pccd.state.pa.us. You can customize the brochure by adding your agency’s contact

    information to the back. To view and/or print a copy of the brochure, please click here.

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    You're Not Alone: The Journey From Abduction to Empowerment

    The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has published You're Not

    Alone: The Journey From Abduction to Empowerment, which presents the stories of child abduction

    survivors and how they have grown and dealt with their traumatic experiences. This guide provides information to help other child abduction survivors cope with their own experiences and begin their journeys towards a better future. Additionally, it contains space where readers can write down their own thoughts and feelings in response to each personal story. It joins two previous OJJDP publications, When Your Child Is Missing: A Family Survival Guide and What About Me? Coping

    with the Abduction of a Brother or Sister, in a series that assists families coping with abduction. To

    view or download the guide, go to http://ojjdp.ncjrs.gov/publications/Index.html.

    Print copies may be ordered at http://www.ncjrs.gov /app/publications/alphaList.aspx.

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    FY 2008 Family Violence Prevention and Services Program

    The Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services is soliciting applications for the development of family violence intervention services and prevention efforts. The goal of the programs and activities supported by these funds is to improve the capacity of domestic violence programs to offer services that are culturally relevant and accessible to victims with complex needs. Some examples of projects and activities that may be funded include, but are not limited to, training on culturally sensitive practices to prevent and respond to domestic violence in culturally specific communities, program self-assessment to identify and develop plans to address service barriers, and training and technical assistance to develop domestic violence program capacity to serve victims of domestic violence with multiple challenges. This funding opportunity will support institutes that convene researchers, activists, domestic violence survivors and practitioners to support coordinated outreach efforts to underserved and diverse communities. Deadline: July 14, 2008.

    Funds: Up to 4 awards, $425,000 per budget period. Project period: 3 years.

    Eligibility: States, institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations.

    For more information: For the full announcement, go to http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/open/HHS-

    2008-ACF-ACYF-EV-0066.html

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    Sex Offender Residency Restrictions, Part 1 of the Series

    Series on Sexual Violence

    National Institute on Justice (NIJ) and the Government Innovators Network are hosting a Series on Sexual Violence. The first is featured below. Additional topics include sexual assault on college campuses, sexual violence and evidence collection and a discussion about international issues. Sex Offender Residency Restrictions: Implementation and Impact

    June 19, 2008: 1 pm3 pm (Eastern Time)

    ~Online event. Registration required, and free of charge.

    Numerous states and hundreds of municipalities have laws restricting the location of a convicted sex offender's residence. Little is known about the effectiveness of these restrictions. Do they keep children safer or give a false sense of safety?

    This event will examine facts of residency restrictions, research about the types of offenders, lack of research about effectiveness, the use of crime mapping and the practical considerations required when implementing these restrictions. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Jill Levenson,

    Associate Professor and Human Services Department Chair at Lynn University. The panel includes:

    ; Julie WartellCrime Analysis Administrator, Office of the District Attorney, San Diego

    County

    ; Timothy HartDirector, Nevada's Center for the Analysis of Crime Statistics (CACS),

    University of Nevada, Las Vegas

    ; Kristen ZgobaSupervisor of Research & Evaluation, New Jersey Department of

    Corrections in collaboration with Rutgers University

    Register now

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    PANO will offer the following programs this summer:

Executive Director Bootcamp with Joe Geiger, Wednesday, June 25, in Phoenixville. This

    program will inspire and encourage you to be the best Executive Director possible! Registration: Members: $59; Non-members: $79.

    403(b) Pension Regulations & Changes OH MY! with Jim Rowley. This program will be held 9

    am-noon Monday, June 30, in Harrisburg; 1:30-4:30 pm Monday, June 30, in Camp Hill, and 9 am-noon Tuesday, July 1, in York. Learn about important changes in federal regulations regarding your retirement! Learn how the changes will affect you and your employees! Registration: Members: $59, Non-members: $79

    2008 IRS Form 990 Training: The New Form 990 Public Relations Opportunity or Trap for

    the Unwary? will be offered June 12 in State College, and June 26 in Norristown and in Lawrence County.

    For more information on all PANO training programs please visit http://www.pano.org/events.php. *

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    STOP Teams: A Prize for Collaborating

    Why should nonprofits compete when they can achieve more through collaboration? The Lodestar Foundation is offering The Collaboration Prize, a $250,000 prize that recognizes collaborations among two or more nonprofit organizations that each would otherwise provide the same or similar programs or services and compete for clients, financial resources and staff. If you know about a prize-worthy collaboration, forward this message to the nonprofits involved. Nominations are accepted starting June 1. Visit www.thecollaborationprize.org for details.

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    New OVC Resource Addresses Human Trafficking Victim Assistance

    OVC has released Responding to Victims of Human Trafficking: A Training Video for Victim Service Providers. This 20-minute DVD (NCJ 219179) discusses the collaborative efforts that are needed between the victim services field and various communities and organizations that serve trafficking victims. Each year, thousands of peoplemostly women and childrenare trafficked into the

    United States to be sexually exploited and abused. Assisting these victims, who often do not speak English, poses a range of challenges for victim service providers. This training tool will help organizations enhance victim assistance by expanding their skills and resources. This DVD is accessible to blind or low vision and deaf or hard-of-hearing audiences.

To request a copy, visit the NCJRS Web site.

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    Enroll Now: OVC offers a mix of new and established workshops for Fall 2008 It is not too early to begin planning for your training needs for Fall 2008. The Office for Victims of

    Crime (OVC) is pleased to offer six specialized training workshops, both new and established, that are sure to enhance your capacity to better serve crime victims.

    Workshops begin in August 2008. To ensure an interactive learning environment class size is limited and workshops are expected to fill quickly. Don’t miss this excellent opportunity to build your practical technical skills and knowledge of victim service issues!

    OVC Professional Development Scholarships Are Available

    A limited number of OVC Professional Development Scholarships are available for eligible applicants!

    Scholarships provide up to $1,000 for individuals and up to $5,000 for multidisciplinary teams (up to 5 people at $1,000 each) of victim service professionals seeking continuing education opportunities. Determine whether you or your team is eligible for a scholarship.

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    The Survivors Speakers Bureau

    The Survivors Speakers Bureau’s fifth basic training was held on May 30 through June 1, 2008 in Gettysburg. Eight survivors of crime attended the training making a total of 28 members in the SSB. The next basic training is scheduled for September 2008.

    The training covers the following topics and attendees learn:

     Speech Writing: How to effectively craft stories of survival to educate, empower, and motivate

    an audience.

     Audience Alienation: How to ensure an audience is never alienated from the speaker.

     Handling Questions: How to encourage audiences to ask questions, manage difficult

    audience members and to successfully control difficult and embarrassing questions with poise.

     Public Speaking: Tips on how to speak with poise by utilizing your voice’s optimum pitch and

    employ speaking skills to capture and sustain the audience’s attention.

     Working With the Radio: How to speak impressively during an on-air radio interview including

    practical tips on outreach to radio stations.

     Working with the Media: How to positively interact with the media and ensure that your story

    is handled with skill and awareness.

     Communication Anxiety: Learn effective exercises on how to relax both before and after a

    speaking event.

    Members of the SSB are trained to craft speeches to meet the needs of various audiences with specific time constraints. The speakers have been engaged in speaking events for the Impact of Crime Classes at state prisons, Day of Responsibility at SCI Huntington, victims’ rights rallies,

    county vigils, fundraising events, state conferences, law enforcement trainings, high schools, impact panels, Take Back The Nights, youth detention centers, networking meetings, and in-service trainings for advocates. They continue to enhance their skills in public speaking and speech writing through advanced trainings provided by the SSB. If you are interested in scheduling a speaker for an event please contact Mary Walsh at 717-571-5292 or maryw@copcvo.org.

    Please allow me to introduce you to the speakers of the Survivors Speakers’ Bureau…

    Survivors of Home Invasion, Assault, Identity Theft

    Cheryl - Harrisburg: "I speak in hopes of encouraging would-be offenders to think again, and

    to encourage communities to be cautious."

    Cheryl and her husband were the victims of a home invasion which resulted in her husband being stabbed in the head, and her purse and identity stolen.

    Survivors of Assault

    Norina York: “I was given the gift of survival on February 2, 2001. So I speak to organizations and

    audiences to help them have a better understanding of severe trauma, crisis, and the life long journey to healing.”

    When a man came into her elementary school and attacked a class of kindergarteners she put her self between her staff and the children and fought single-handedly against the attacker. She was severely injured but thankfully no lives were lost. She is very interested in offender mediation, and prison impact trainings.

    Survivors of Sexual Assault

    Patti Erie: “The reason I speak is because survivors need to know that offenders need to carry the

    burden of guilt not the victims.”

    Pattie was raped by her stepfather as a child. She began a non-profit organization to assist childhood victims of sexual assault. She has been speaking at prisons for 15 years to raise awareness to the trauma of sexual assault on children.

    Jayme Pittsburgh: "Tough times don't last but tough people do" and "Every negative can become a positive thing" are two quotes that have helped get me through. I feel that every time I speak I am turning an awful situation into a great one. I enjoy speaking more than anything! If I change one person's outlook that is a huge deal... one by one we are helping increase awareness of sexual assault!! I would love to speak to teenagers and adults. Also the police force... I love it all!!”

    Jayme was raped by three juveniles when she was 14. She is now 17 and planning on attending college in the Fall. She speaks on stereotypes of rape victims, re-victimization, the response of law enforcement in rape cases, and how to support a loved one who has been raped.

    Beth Pittsburgh: Based on my personal experiences, I have a unique insight to childhood sexual abuse and rape. I want to help put an end to this horrible crime and provide hope and healing to those who have experienced it.”

    Beth is a chemist, a musician and a survivor of rape and childhood sexual abuse. At the age of 15 she was repeatedly raped and abused by her band director over the course of a year. She eventually reported the crime and testified against her teacher in a criminal trial. Beth speaks about the difficulty in coming forward, adult responsibility, and family and community response. She is interested in increasing awareness about childhood sexual abuse and rape. Some of the topics she speaks about are the lasting effects of abuse on survivors and their families and survivor’s unique needs from healthcare professionals. She is interested in speaking to community groups, healthcare professionals, media and law enforcement personnel and other survivors.

Stephanie Washington D.C.: Stephanie was kidnapped, raped, shot, and thrown into a river to

    drown. She managed to survive by swimming to shore and crawling for help. She is now a lawyer in D.C. and specializes in civil suites for survivors of crime.

Iya Harrisburg: “Language is a code, use it, or be used by it.”

    Iya is a poet laureate who as a teenager was kidnapped and raped. She speaks about the trauma, shame, and silence that surrounded her victimization. She also talks about the African American culture and how it stresses silence and not airing secrets. She tells how this hurt her as a survivor and how important speaking out against rape is and on being open and receptive to children so they know it is safe to seek help if they have been victimized.

    Brenda Washington: Brenda was sexually molested as a young child by a neighbor boy and then in a sexual relationship with a teacher during high school. She talks about the love, confusion and guilt that she experienced and how she did not realize until years later that it was sexual assault.

    Maggie Pittsburgh: “In all of living, let there be much fun and laughter. Life is meant to be enjoyed, not just endured.--Gordon B. Hinckley”

     Maggie is a published author and photojournalist. She was raised in New Castle, Pennsylvania where she married, Will, her high school sweet heart. They have 4 children. In August of 2005 her then 6-year-old son witnessed a sexual assault that his uncle, by marriage, committed. His sharing this account stopped more than 2 years of assaults that were focused within Maggie’s family. This experience also unearthed decades of assaults implemented by this uncle that took place within his family and community. Maggie presents her family story with her daughter Autumn’s art which describes the

    assault, her emotions, and healing. Their goal is too educate participants on the signs of sexual assault, how to prevent it and where to turn to obtain help if you or someone you love has been assaulted.

    Survivor of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

    Angela Harrisburg: “My reason for public speaking is to let people know they are not alone and to educate them on these matters. If I can make a difference with even just one person then that is what really matters.”

    Angela was married to an abuser for years and one of the final beatings resulted in a traumatic brain injury. She has overcome her disability and now works as an advocate. She has experience talking to abuser groups about how DV affects everyone in the family and in society. The second topic Angela speaks on is sexual assault of children. Her daughter was sexually assaulted by a family friend they were staying with. Hearing Angela speak as a parent of a child who was assaulted gives new insight into the far reaching trauma and repercussions of this crime.

    Survivor of Domestic Violence

    Bertha Norristown: “My reason for public speaking is to encourage everyone to get involved, look out for one another. „Love thy neighbor as we love ourselves.‟ Domestic violence affects us all.”

    Bertha was involved with an abuser 14 years ago who tried to tear down her spirit because he was unhappy with himself. A daughter came out of the relationship so Bertha has learned to forgive but she will never forget. She is a survivor of domestic violence and she wants to encourage others to notice the signs of abuse, encourage families and friends to stay supportive, and to encourage victims that there is life after abuse.

Vanessa Beaver Falls: “This is who I am. This is what I do. I‟m a survivor of Domestic Violence. I

    love sharing my story. I hope it will bring a way of healing and to educate on the different signs to be aware of in Domestic Violence.”

    Vanessa first became a victim of domestic abuse at the age of 12. At the age of 16 she met a man who employed a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde technique to keep her guessing, make her feel off balanced, and create frustration. At the age of 25 she told him to leave but he believed he owned her and he returned in the middle of the night and severely beat her with a baseball bat. Vanessa survived the attack but was told she may never walk again. Vanessa refused to give up and persevered through her physical therapy. Vanessa did walk again and now she speaks publicly about domestic violence, both physical and mental abuse.

    Survivor of Domestic Violence Attempted Homicide

    Erica Philadelphia: “When speaking, my goal is to educate and reinforce the assistance that is available to victims while in the process leaving or after leaving the abuse. Every time I speak I heal more knowing that I have helped victims towards regaining their faith and strength to leave the abuse or considering leaving. I am a survivor of Domestic Violence and I am here to tell my story.”

    Erica’s ex-boyfriend shot her twice with a shotgun while she was holding their two year old daughter. He had become abusive so she had left him. He was determined to kill her, their daughter and himself in an attempt to control her and continue the abuse. Erica and her daughter survived.

Jeanne Moosic:

    Jeanne’s ex-husband was physically and emotionally abusive. Initially the relationship appeared healthy and the abuser at first presented himself as a knight in shinning armor. Jeanne speaks of leaving an abuser and how each time a victim returns to the relationship it is with new armor that will eventually provide the strength and security to leave for good. After Jeanne left her husband for good she bought a new house and started a new life. Her husband continually stalked and harassed Jeanne and finally broke into her home and attacked her and their son with a crowbar. Through hand-to-hand fighting and quick thinking Jeanne was able to protect her young son and get her husband out of the room and behind a locked door. Jeanne talks about survival, signs of an abuser, how family members can best support and reach out to a victim, law enforcement response to domestic violence, and the criminal justice system and domestic violence.

    Survivors of Domestic Violence Homicide

    Shelly Carlisle: “Each time I speak to other survivors, I get a little stronger. Each time I tell Toni's (my sister's) story, I get a little stronger. Each time I speak out against domestic and gun violence I find my strength.”

    Shelly’s sister Toni was shot by her ex-boyfriend after she broke up with him for becoming too controlling and possessive.

    Tim Pittsburgh: “Gandhi said „You have to be the change you want to see in the world.‟ I hope that my actions model this for survivors.”

    Tim’s mother was murdered by her ex-husband when he was seventeen. Tim speaks on the effect of domestic violence and domestic violence homicide as seen through the eyes of a son who has lost his mother. His mother had been stalked across state lines by the murderer. In response to her murder an anti-stalking law was passed to create safer solutions for other victims of stalking.

Barbra Alum Bank: Barbra’s daughter was shot by her ex-boyfriend after she broke up with him for

    becoming too controlling and possessive. Barbra is an advocate and is very informed and up to date with statistics and issues surrounding domestic violence in PA.

Kimberly West Chester: Kim’s husband was having an affair with a married woman. When the

    husband of the married woman found out he killed Kim’s husband and then himself.

Katlynn West Chester: Katlynn’s father was having an affair with a married woman. When the

    husband of the married woman found out he killed Katlynn’s father and then himself.

    Survivors of Homicide

    Pat Chalfont: “Happiness is a journey not a destination and as John Lennon said "Life happens to you while you are making other plans."

    Pat’s brother Gary was on the police force only five days when he and another detective were beaten, forced to strip, and shot to death in front of a bar full of people. Her family was destroyed and at the age of eleven she was left to raise herself emotionally. She wants to help families of violent crime understand the importance of creating a sense of normalcy for their children and to learn there is life after crime. She states it is important to not allow the murderer to murder the rest of your life.

    Cheryll Norristown: “I have a need to speak about how I survived the most devastating time in my life the murder of my son, and how others who survive homicide can find support.”

    Cheryll’s son Phillip was beaten and murdered in his apartment during a robbery on June 24, 2005. The people who committed the crime were acquaintances of her son. Cheryll speaks of the investigative process, her experience through the criminal justice system, and that there is support for survivors of homicide.

Ron Lewistown:

    Ron’s son Micah was shot by a fellow classmate who was jealous over a girl from their school. Ron’s son was missing for 7 days before the body was discovered. Ron speaks about crime and how it can happen anywhere, his experience going through the criminal justice system both initially and then in a retrial. He also speaks on the importance of communities to be sensitive to families who have survived homicide.

Nancy Camp Hill: “Being a member of the Survivor Speakers Bureau helps build my strength,

    through sharing my story, and it gives me hope of returning to the person I once was. It is my hope to reach out to parents that have lost their children through violent acts of domestic violence."

    Nancy’s daughter Randi was murdered by Randi’s husband and his best friend for life insurance money.

    Bill York: Bill is a former chief of police and police officer. His brother and sister-in-law were murdered by an employee they had hired so that he could earn money to buy his children Christmas presents. Bill speaks to law enforcement and is also excellent at crime watch meetings where he raises awareness of the importance of looking out for each other in communities and making that call to law enforcement when there is something suspicious. If a neighbor of his family had called when she saw something she felt was suspicious his brother might be alive today.

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    New Structure of OVS's web site

    As some of you are aware, the look of PCCD’s web site has been restructured, improving its overall

    appearance and functionality. In an effort to make it easier for users, OVS decided to modify the

    way the information was placed on the web site. OVS has divided its information into two sections.

    The first section entitled ―I am a Victim of Crime‖ contains important information that pertains to

    victims.

    I am a Victim of Crime

    ; Find Help in Your County

    o OVA’s clickable map

    ; PA-SAVIN Inmate Release Notification

    o Register for PA SAVIN

    o See what counties are online with SAVIN

    ; Financial Help

    o Learn what costs are covered by compensation

    o How to file a claim

    ; Your Rights

    o Summary version of the Victims Bill of Rights

    ; Survivors Speakers Bureau (SSB)

    o Victims can learn how they can get involved in the SSB

    ; Other Helpful Information

    o Websites for domestic violence, sexual assault, DUI and much more

    The second section entitled ―I am a Victim Service Provider‖ contains important information and

    announcements for victim service providers.

    I am a Victim Service Provider

    ; Training/Networking Opportunities

    o PCCD sponsored trainings and networking meetings

    o Approved JCJC trainings

    o You can view information about other local trainings and post information about

    any of your upcoming trainings here.

    ; Standards

    o Current standards

    o New standards effective January 1, 2009

    ; Information on Grants

    o Summaries of the different funding streams

    o Local Policy Board

    ; Resources for Victim Service Providers

    o Archived additions of the OVS newsletter

    o Publications

    o Crime Victims Act

    o Juvenile Act

    ; What’s New in Victim Services

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