June 21, 2017

Register for Our Denver NCCPS Institute

We are pleased to announce registration is now open for the next public offering of our Trauma-Informed Sexual Assault Investigation and Adjudication Institute (NCCPS Institute), which will be held in Denver, Colorado from  September 26-29, 2017 . The purpose of our NCCPS Institute is to provide college and university administrators involved in investigating and adjudicating sexual misconduct cases information and resources necessary to conduct fair and balanced investigations that consider the potential impact of trauma, in line with evolving practices. The NCCPS Institute objectives are to:
  • Train participants how to conduct fair and balanced Title IX investigation and adjudication processes for all parties;
  • Explain the intricacies and crossovers of Title IX, the Clery Act, criminal investigations, and institutional obligations;
  • Identify the effects of trauma and how trauma might impact victims;
  • Consider the effect of culture on all parties; and
  • Identify and apply industry evolving practices to conduct a trauma-informed investigation from disclosure and first response to adjudication.
The NCCPS Institute curriculum includes modules on 15 topics from effects of trauma to interviewing. Learn more about these topics in the  module synopses (PDF).

Our curriculum design allows for individuals and teams to learn and is intended for campus officials involved in the investigation and adjudication processes at institutions of higher education, in addition to campus partners. While not specifically designed to meet the needs of criminal investigators, we encourage colleges and universities to send a representative from their law enforcement or campus safety agency. Registration is on a first come, first served basis. Please  contact us with any questions, including those related to course objectives.
Register now to join us in Denver!

Download CDC's Technical Package.
CDC Publishes Technical Package to Help Prevent Youth Violence
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a new resource, A Comprehensive Technical Package for the Prevention of Youth Violence and Associated Risk Behaviors (PDF), to assist states and communities in preventing youth violence. The technical package uses evidence-based strategies to help prevent or reduce public health problems, particularly youth violence, among 10 to 24-year olds, and supports the CDC's STRYVE (Striving To  Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere) Initiative for preventing youth violence. STRYVE works to increase public health leadership to prevent youth violence, promote the widespread use of youth violence prevention strategies based on the best available evidence, and achieve national reductions in youth violence.
Youth violence, defined as harmful behaviors that can start early and continue into young adulthood, is a leading cause of death and nonfatal injuries in the United States. Each day approximately 12 young people are victims of homicide and an additional 1,374 are treated in emergency departments for nonfatal physical assault-related injuries. Youth violence may include fights, bullying, threats with weapons, and gang-related violence. It typically involves young people hurting other peers who are unrelated to them and who they may or may not know well. Youth violence not only harms the individuals involved, but witnesses, family members, and members of the community. Youth violence can result in physical harm, such as injuries or death, as well as psychological harm, increased medical and justice costs, decreased property values, and disruption of community services. The effects of youth violence are long-lasting. "Youth who experience violence as victims, perpetrators, or witnesses are more likely to have behavioral and mental health difficulties, including future violence perpetration and victimization, smoking, substance use, obesity, high-risk sexual behavior, depression, academic difficulties, school dropout, and suicide."
The CDC's technical package focuses on six identified strategies that can be used as a guide in the decision-making process by states and communities, including colleges and universities. The strategies aim to:
  • Promote family environments that support healthy development
  • Provide quality education early in life
  • Strengthen youth's skills
  • Connect youth to caring adults and activities, such as through mentoring programs
  • Create protective community environments, including using CPTED
  • Intervene to lessen harms and prevent future risk, using therapeutic intervention such as counseling programs
The technical package discusses the rationale behind each strategy as well as different approaches that can be taken to implement the strategy, potential outcomes, and evidence that the strategy has been successful in youth violence prevention. Also included is an analysis of benefits relative to costs, other sectors that play an important role in implementing the highlighted strategies, notably education, the importance of monitoring and evaluation, a conclusion, extensive references, and an appendix with a summary of strategies and approaches.
For more information on youth violence or this technical package, please visit the CDC's youth violence prevention website, VetoViolence, or email the STRYVE Action Council.

Professional Development Opportunities

Title: Stalking: The Hidden Crime
Organizations: Stalking Resource Center and National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence
Date: July 12, 2017 at 12:00PM ET
Location: Online
Fee: Free
Title: Effective Crisis Leadership
Organization: Justice Clearinghouse
Date: July 19, 2017 at 1:00PM ET
Location: Online
Fee: Free

Title: Officer Safety, Wellness & Resiliency: A Toolkit for Police & Public Safety Officers and Their Agencies
Organization: Margolis Healy
Date: August 1, 2017 at 1:00PM ET
Location: Online
Fee: Free

For additional trainings and events, access our searchable online calendar.

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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.