October 11, 2017

Free Educational Crisis Webinars for Those Impacted by Las Vegas Shooting
Over the next two weeks, the  National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) Community  Crisis Response Team (CRT) Program is offering free educational crisis webinars for survivors, loved ones, and all community members affected by the recent Las Vegas shooting. 
Since the late 1980s, NOVA has trained over 12,000 crisis responders and deployed NOVA-trained crisis responders to both localized community tragedies and large scale mass casualties around the world, including the Oklahoma City bombing, 9-11 terrorist attack, Kobe, Japan earthquakes, and most recently the Pulse Nightclub massacre in Orlando.
In preparing to respond to the Las Vegas shooting, NOVA recognized that many victims, survivors, and family members are not residents of this tourist city and may not be receiving the support they need. Those affected include campus community members from across the nation. With this in mind, NOVA is offering free webinars for anyone impacted by this act of mass violence. Led by seasoned NOVA-trained crisis responders, these webinars will cover crisis reaction, long-term stress, and recovery issues in an effort to normalize the emotional and physical reactions many may experience in the aftermath of such a tragedy. In addition, NOVA will help direct webinar participants to their local victim assistance programs for ongoing support, provide counseling referrals if needed, and offer victim's compensation information. During  the webinars, NOVA will have a team of crisis responders online and available to provide private, one-on-one support.
For more information, access NOVA's message to survivors and others who were impacted by the Las Vegas shooting incident.

Bullying and Cyberbullying
October is National Bullying Prevention Month, a nationwide campaign founded in 2006 by PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center. Stopbullying.gov defines bullying as "unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time." Bullying can affect those who bully, are bullied, and witness bullying and is linked to negative outcomes including stress, anxiety, depression, poor school performance, substance use, suicide, adverse physical effects , and future delinquent behavior. Cyberbullying, a form of bullying that takes place using electronic technology, is also an emerging public health concern. Bullying and cyberbullying are not problems confined to K-12 schools; they exist on college and university campuses and in the workplace as well.
  • Data from a 2015 survey on bullying indicates that nationwide, 20.2% of students in grades 9-12 reported being bullied on school property in the 12 months preceding the survey and that 15.5% of students had been electronically bullied through e-mail, chat rooms, instant messaging, websites, or texting.
  • Research from the University of Washington on cyberbullying, depression, and problem alcohol use found that college-age females are just as likely to suffer the negative effects of cyberbullying as younger adolescents. Results indicated that 27% of participants had experienced cyberbullying as a bully, victim, or bully/victim in college.
  • A 2014 national survey examining the prevalence of workplace bullying found that over one-quarter of adult Americans (27%) said they had directly experienced abusive conduct at work. 
The National Bullying Prevention Month campaign encourages communities to work together to stop bullying and cyberbullying by increasing awareness of the prevalence and impact of bullying on people of all ages. Many carry the effects of bullying with them for years and the Health Resources & Services Administration sponsored a working session to explore the connections between bullying and family violence, sexual harassment, and dating violence. PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center provides resources that individuals, schools, and communities can use to support bullying prevention this month and throughout the year. You may also sign-up for the StopBullying.gov   listserv to learn of new resources that may be helpful in your bullying prevention efforts.


The Tyler Clementi Foundation's mission is to end online and offline bullying in schools, workplaces, and faith communities. The foundation offers several programs that promote proactive and positive actions through prevention, remediation and larger systemic change, and encouraging individuals and communities to take a stand against bullying from #Day1. #Day1 toolkits are available for specific communities including higher education and university Greek systems. The  Upstander Pledge empowers individuals to take the first step toward ending bullying by making a personal commitment to stop it, report it, or reach out to the victim with support. You can encourage others on your campus and in your community to take responsibility for their actions.
If you'd like to read more about bullying and cyberbullying and how you can prevent and handle these incidents, the following resources are available:

Professional Development Opportunities

Title: 4-1-1 for 9-1-1: Drone Information for Public Safety Personnel
Organization: Federal Aviation Administration
Dates and times:
  • October 18, 2017 at 2:00 PM ET
  • November 15, 2017 at 2:00 PM ET
  • December 20, 2017 at 2:00 PM ET
Location: Online
Fee: Free
Title:   What Law Enforcement and Justice Professionals Need to Know about White Nationalist Groups
Organization: Justice Clearinghouse
Date:  October 19, 2017 at 1:00 PM EST
Location: Online
Fee: Free
Title: Winter Weather Hazards: Science and Preparedness (AWR-331)
Organization: National Disaster Preparedness Training Center
Date: October 31, 2017
Location:  Albuquerque, New Mexico
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.