Safety and Access for Immigrant Victims

  • August 14, 2019

In June 2018, the Washington state legislature passed into effect the Safety and Access for Immigrant Victims Act (RCW 7.98), regarding U visa certifications and T visa declarations.  Through this legislation, certifying agencies (identified as law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, administrative judges, hearing offices, or other authorities that have responsibility for the investigation and prosecution of criminal activity) to: Designate a certifying official within their respective agency; Respond to U and

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InfoNet Survey

  • July 2, 2019

First thing is to extend a huge thank you to everyone that participated in the InfoNet Survey. Within the first 24 hours, there were a lot of responses. Over the next couple of weeks, there were responses from 64% of the agencies using InfoNet. 61 % of the agencies responding to the survey report they are using data collection systems required by other funders in addition to InfoNet.

Child Abuse Awareness and Sexual Assault Awareness – April 2019

  • May 30, 2019

Sexual Assault Awareness & Child Abuse Awareness Month in Review Connections, a Center for Healthy FamiliesClick on the link to see all the activities at Connections, or scroll down to browse through the pictures and activities of 9 agencies.ClickPartners with Families and Children Children’s Advocacy CenterClick on the link to see all the activities at Partners with Families and Children’s Advocacy Center, or scroll down to browse through the pictures

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Meet OCVA’s new(er) staff

Meet OCVA’s new(er) staff

  • May 8, 2019

OCVA is excited about the folks that have recently joined our team, and we wanted to take this opportunity to share a bit about them with you. We asked each of our new(er) staff members a few random questions, and the results are pretty great. Please join us in welcoming each of them! Alissa Greenwald Victims of Crime Team Program Coordinator What I do: Manage grants and provide technical assistance

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WCSAP Annual Conference

WCSAP Annual Conference

  • April 17, 2019

Spring is here and it is time for the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs’ Annual Conference! WCSAP always hosts an excellent array of workshops and guest speakers and this year is no exception. WCSAP staff have been hard at work bringing in folks from around the country to talk about prevention, advocacy, management, child sexual abuse, therapy and people of color leadership. The featured plenary speaker is Mira Yusef

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Washington State VOCA Plan Extended

Washington State VOCA Plan Extended

  • February 7, 2019

OCVA serves as the administrator of federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Assistance funds. These funds support direct victim services all across our state. Early in 2015, a congressional change resulted in a significant increase in Washington state’s award, meaning more funding for services in our local communities. In 2015, a statewide planning process was used to guide the development of the 2015-2019 VOCA State Plan (PDF)  and formulate recommendations

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Report on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls by Urban Indian Health Institute

Report on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls by Urban Indian Health Institute

  • December 14, 2018

The report Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls: A snapshot of data from 71 urban cities in the United States highlights “the maze of injustice that impacts Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) cases and demonstrates how they are made to disappear in life, the media and in data.”. Published by the Urban Indian Health Institute, the report identifies Seattle as having the highest number of MMIWG

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Forensic Nurse Week

Forensic Nurse Week

  • November 6, 2018

Have you hugged a nurse today? Well, you should because this week is Forensic Nurses Week! Nov. 5 – 9 has been designated by the International Association of Forensic Nurses to honor the extraordinary work of nurses who practice in this unique nursing specialty. Let your gratitude show with a certificate of appreciation! Forensic nurses have the knowledge and expertise to decrease the healthcare consequences of violence, improve patient recovery

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Domestic Violence Awareness Beyond October

Domestic Violence Awareness Beyond October

  • October 31, 2018

October was Domestic Violence Awareness and Action Month, a perfect time to talk with the people in your life about what a healthy relationship looks like. Because Awareness + Action = Social Change. This work doesn’t have to stop in October. Domestic violence impacts people across our state. On Sept. 13, 2017, 41 programs in Washington state participated in the National Census of Domestic Violence Services. In one day, these

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Indigenous People’s Day was Monday, Oct. 8, 2018

Indigenous People’s Day was Monday, Oct. 8, 2018

  • October 15, 2018

In 2014, Seattle voted to declare the second Monday of October as Indigenous People’s Day. Olympia followed in 2015, and Spokane and Bainbridge Island joined in 2016. In the last week, Port Angeles[1] and Tacoma[2] were added to the list. Over 55 cities and four states across the country celebrate Indigenous People’s Day on the second Monday of October.[3] Indigenous People’s Day is a day to celebrate the heritage and

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