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Are You Prepared? The Role of Victim Assistance Providers in Preparing and Responding to Incidents of Mass Violence
On September 29, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. e.t., the Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center will present an online Expert Q&A discussion with Tara Hughes and Victoria Shelton on "Are You Prepared? The Role of Victim Assistance Providers in Preparing and Responding to Incidents of Mass Violence."

Mass violence incidents require preparation and coordination across a wide range of organizations and stakeholders. As a victim assistance provider, you may be expected to respond and support victims in extraordinary circumstances. Some of these activities may be very similar to the work you do every day, but there will be differences, and your role may expand to providing leadership and support to more nontraditional critical activities. How can you and other victim service providers in your community be best prepared to be part of an effective response? What existing trainings and activities used by other agencies and emergency management planners would be most helpful for your preparation? Please join this session to hear about proactive strategies for connecting with local resources and identifying resources that can help prepare victim assistance practitioners for their role in mass violence incident response and recovery.

Note: This session will be recorded and posted on the Expert Q&A Past Sessions page when available.

Sep 29, 2021 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Tara Hughes
Tara Hughes is the project director for the Improving Community Preparedness To Assist Victims of Mass Violence or Domestic Terrorism: Training and Technical Assistance Program. The program delivers training and technical assistance to local, state, regional, and tribal jurisdictions across the country, including U.S. territories, to augment existing emergency response plans to ensure effective protocols and strategies to address the immediate and long-term needs of victims, families, and first responders after incidents of criminal mass violence and domestic terrorism.
Victoria Shelton
Victoria Shelton, L.S.W., is the training and technical assistance team lead with the Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC). She also provides support to OVC TTAC’s mass violence and terrorism training and technical assistance program, assisting with the deployment of OVC Consultants to respond to communities that have experienced incidents of mass violence and terrorism.