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Office for Victims of Crime Releases Toolkit for Helping Victims of Mass Violence and Terrorism 

The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), in coordination with the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Office for Victim Assistance and Department of Justice's Office of Justice for Victims of Overseas Terrorism, recently released an online toolkit, Helping Victims of Mass Violence and Terrorism: Planning, Response, Recovery, and Resources. This toolkit is meant to "provide victim service providers with the framework, strategies, and resources to conduct planning and preparation ahead of an incident and to mitigate the impact of future acts on victims," states Joye E. Frost, OVC Director. Victim assistance plans support and enhance response and recovery efforts to incidents of mass violence, terrorism, natural disasters, and high-profile criminal incidents.
 
The toolkit can be used by any individual responsible for planning and responding to incidents of mass violence and terrorism, though was developed primarily for: State Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) administrators, emergency planning managers, law enforcement officials, prosecutors' offices, victim service providers, and health and mental health care providers. Through advanced planning, including the establishment of victim assistance protocols, and the establishment of multidisciplinary partnerships, communities are better prepared to employ a holistic approach to victim assistance to ensure individual victim's needs are met. This toolkit also contains resources that will aid communities' response and short- and long-term recovery efforts even if they have not planned for an incident. 
 
Toolkit resources are grouped into the following sections:
  • About the Toolkit - Learn about the toolkit's purpose, audience, and uses.
  • Partnerships & Planning - Access information to aid in creating and maintaining partnerships, addressing resource gaps, and developing victim assistance protocols.
  • Response & Recovery - Review how first responders and victim service providers can use the victim assistance protocols in the aftermath of an incident of mass violence or terrorism.
  • Tools - Access detailed checklists that lay out the steps involved in the partnerships and planning and the response and recovery stages. This section also includes sample templates, a glossary, and a compendium of victim assistance resources.
For related resources, university officials and other community leaders who have the authority to initiate efforts to include long-term recovery into emergency response plans may view Preparing for After: How to help victims of mass violence (PDF), a resource kit that documents best practices in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from acts of mass violence. 
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Campus Safety Resources from the Clery Center for Security On Campus

All year long, you work to build safe and healthy campus communities. This September, join the Clery Center for Security On Campus for National Campus Safety Awareness Month (NCSAM) and access free professional development opportunities on key areas that impact your campus, such as the intersection of the Clery Act and Title IX, timely warnings, hazing, and other common compliance challenges. By joining them in September, you will receive weekly e-mails to connect you with free virtual learning opportunities and resources, a social media guide you can use to engage your campus throughout September, and access to free documentaries. Click  here to sign up.

Can't wait for September?  Sign up for NCSAM webinars and watch the trailer for a new, free hazing documentary,
Campus Fire Safety Month
 
Campus Fire Safety Month is a nationwide effort that began in 2005 to raise awareness and educate students about campus-related housing fires. August and September are typically the most dangerous times for campus fires, and unfortunately, most students do not realize how quickly a fire can occur and spread. Many students have not received any fire safety education since elementary school.
 
Since 2000, 170 people have died in campus-related fires with 80% of these deaths occurring in off-campus housing. Given this, and other compelling statistics, a greater emphasis is being placed on reaching out to students who reside off-campus. These students are more difficult to reach but educating them about common factors in off-campus fires is key to reducing deaths. Critical educational factors include:
  • lack of automatic sprinklers
  • missing or disabled smoke alarms
  • careless disposal of smoking materials (cigarettes are the leading cause of fatal fires)
  • impaired judgment from alcohol consumption
  • fires originating on upholstered furniture, decks, or porches
Several new resources have recently become available from the leaders in campus fire safety:
Many governors are signing annual proclamations in support of Campus Fire Safety Month. To find out if your governor has signed a 2015 Campus Fire Safety Month proclamation, or if you'd like to ask your governor to sign a proclamation and you need the appropriate wording, please visit Campus Firewatch's Fire Safety Month Proclamation webpage .
Save the Date for Our Next Campus Public Safety Online Webinar!
 
We invite you to join us on Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015, at 2pm ET, as we present the fourth webinar in our FREE webinar series, Campus Public Safety Online. In  The Implications of Social Media on Campus Safety and Security: The Role of Social Media Threat AlertsDr. Gary J. Margolis, Co-Founder of Margolis Healy and President & CEO of Social Sentinel, Inc., will discuss the implications of social media use on college campus safety.
 
Webinar attendance is free, but registration is required and space is limited. For more information, and to register, please visit our webinar web page
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Professional Development Opportunities

Title: Zero Suicide and Trauma-Informed Care
Host: Zero Suicide
Date: September 3, 2015 at 2:00pm Eastern
Location: Online
Fee: Free
 
Title: Clery Compliance Challenge: Collecting Statistics
Host: Clery Center for Security On Campus
Date: September 15, 2015 at 1:00pm Eastern
Location: Online
Fee: Free
 
Host: Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC) offers live interactive, facilitated training sessions and conferences
Dates: Archived and available
Location: Online
Fee: Free
This project was supported by Grant No. 2013-MU-BX-K011 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the US Department of Justice.
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