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
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
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
OCVA has been thinking about the ways in which the resources that we distribute and manage can be used to help address racism and the ongoing violence against Black people.
As programs move towards alternate forms of service, the following resources may be helpful in addressing concerns related to providing victim services during this time.
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Best Practices Recently, the Office of Crime Victims Advocacy (OCVA) collaborated with researcher and writer Austin Scharff to produce a report to the legislator entitled Sexual Assault Response: Increasing Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Availability and Access Statewide (2018). The report includes statewide-standardized terminology, hospital response models and maps of hospitals offering sexual assault forensic exams. Importantly, the report contains policy recommendations for the state legislature (p.
Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention – October 2019l SafePlaceFor the month of October, SafePlace collaborated with Equal Latin. Click on this slide to read more.Click HereEmergency Support Shelter – CowlitzAnnual Candlelight Vigil – Click on this slide to read more.Click HereYWCA of Clark CountyDomestic Violence 101 – Click this slide to read moreClick HereWashingtonton State Coalition Against Domestic ViolenceClick this slide to read about WSCADV activitiesClick HerePrograms for Peaceful LivingPurple
Privacy and confidentiality are core to the provision of victim services, and it is important that service providers are maintaining an infrastructure that supports this confidentiality. In alignment with this value, the Federal funding that OCVA administers through the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) and the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) has a new funding requirement that all grantees must have a procedure in place in the event