Black History Month Blog Post

  • February 26, 2021

Black women are disproportionately impacted by all forms of violence. In a study conducted by the Black Women’s Blueprint, 40-60% of Black women report being subjected to coercive sexual contact by age 18. 40% of confirmed sex trafficking survivors in the United States are Black. Domestic violence is related to an estimated 51.3% of Black adult female homicides. Black women, particularly Black women survivors of violence, have been at the

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Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Funding Reductions

  • January 22, 2021

OCVA is providing an update on federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funding, as we know many of you may be hearing about reductions in federal VOCA funds through the media and through victim service coalitions. Please keep in mind that there are still many unknowns, but we can share the information we have that may be helpful in your planning. Washington state has experienced three years of significant decreases

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Stop Violence

  • December 16, 2020

Stop Violence sign and purple ribbon By the OFFICE OF CRIME VICTIMS ADVOCACY U.S. victims of intimate partner domestic violence collectively lose 8 million days of paid work each year — the equivalent of more than 32,000 jobs, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. What exactly is domestic violence? Domestic violence isn’t just physical abuse. It also includes emotional abuse, economic abuse, psychological abuse, digital abuse

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Human Trafficking – October 2020

  • November 2, 2020

What is Human Trafficking? Human trafficking includes labor and sex trafficking. While many would like to believe this crime does not occur in our communities, it does. Human trafficking is occurring in Washington State and impacts children, youth, adults and families. Human Trafficking is the use of force, fraud or coercion to compel a person into any (legal or illegal) form of work or service against their will. Human Trafficking

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Online Training Resources

  • September 29, 2020

COVID-19 has impacted many program’s ability to attend in-person trainings and conferences. However, many victim services organizations and coalitions have successfully transitioned to providing training online. Several of these opportunities are being offered at a lower-cost than typical registration expenses. Additionally, many of these trainings are offering the additional benefit of being recorded so that they can be conveniently accessed. OCVA has compiled a list of training resources that providers may be interested in. This list

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Erin’s law – House Bill 1539

  • September 28, 2020

While the 2020-2021 school year looks really different, sexual violence primary prevention in K-12 schools must remain a priority for school staff, advocates, parents, caregivers, and all community members. Over the past couple of years, the Office of Crime Victims Advocacy has supported the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) as they implement Erin’s Law (House Bill 1539). Erin’s Law was passed unanimously in both the House and

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Courthouse Dogs

  • January 22, 2020

These working dogs provide support by sitting or lying next to victims and witnesses. They are socialized to be able to provide calm companionship in legal settings.