|Watch Now||Guiding Families Toward Healing and Justice: Aligning Victim Advocacy Services with Standards of Practice||Janet Fine, MS||90 minutes|
Brief Overview: The role of Victim Advocates in general and within CACs has evolved in scope and complexity over time, striving to be understood and valued as its own unique discipline. The NCA Accreditation Standards (2017) underscore Advocates' critical role in helping children and families pursue safety, healing and justice. Guidance offered through OVC's Model Standards has also helped contribute to promoting and sustaining practice excellence and professional integrity for victim service providers. This presentation explores the strengths and challenges in the Victim Advocate role on MDTs in CACs, and discusses strategies for aligning their role and practice with both sets of national standards.
Expert Presenter: Janet Fine, MS, has held various direct service and leadership positions in victim services and children’s advocacy centers (CAC) at the local, state and national levels for over 35 years, including as Executive Director of the MA Office for Victim Assistance, director of DA Victim Assistance Programs, as a founding director of two prosecutor-based CACs, a member of the NCA Board of Directors, and a founding Board Chair of the MA Children’s Alliance. Janet is currently an independent consultant and trainer for victim advocacy services, multidisciplinary teams, CACs, and vicarious trauma throughout the U.S. and abroad. She also serves as a Senior Consultant for the State Victim Assistance Academy (SVAA) Resource Center at the National Center for Victims of Crime. In addition, Janet was Project Director for the OVC-funded Vicarious Trauma Toolkit Project at Northeastern University, where she is also part-time faculty in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. She serves on the World Society of Victimology’s UN Liaison Committee, including as a representative and presenter at the UN Commission on the Status of Women. Janet holds a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from Cornell University and a M.S. in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University.
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