State of California Co-Hosts Mass Violence Response Conference in Pacific Northwest
One of a Kind Forum Covers Training, Collaboration and Best Practices
Sacramento, CA — The California Victim Compensation Board (CalVCB), the University of Oregon Police Department and the Oregon Department of Justice are hosting a conference to share best practices on mass violence response from September 5–7, 2018 in Eugene, Oregon.
This year’s Leave No Victim Behind conference is the third in a series begun in April 2016, which focuses on bringing community, government and law enforcement entities together to better serve crime victims through education and training.
The 2018 event includes presentations on the Route 91 Harvest Festival concert shooting in Las Vegas, the First Baptist Church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas and the shooting at the Pathway Home in Yountville, California, among others. The opening keynote speaker is Samantha Fuentes, a survivor of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Florida.
“Since the September 2017 mass violence response conference, there have been numerous tragedies, which makes this a topic of the utmost importance,” said Julie Nauman, CalVCB Executive Officer. “I commend the sharing of information and best practices from those who have dealt with these tragedies first hand in an effort to better serve victims of mass violence.”
The diverse group of subject matter experts will also include speakers from tribal communities who will address recent mass violence tragedies and the impact on tribal victims.
In addition, the conference will provide technical training sessions on the federal Office for Victims of Crime mass violence response toolkit and best practices for creating local integrated crisis response plans.
Conference attendees include law enforcement, victim service providers, first responders, community-based organizations, educational organizations, crisis response teams and emergency management professionals.
Please register early for updated information. The early bird registration deadline is August 3, 2018. The conference website link is https://center.uoregon.edu/uosafety/2018/registration/.
The federal Office for Victims of Crime is once again providing a limited number of scholarships for participants needing financial assistance. Scholarships are provided to eligible participants on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you are interested in applying, please complete the application on the registration page by July 27, 2018.
The California Victim Compensation Board (CalVCB) provides compensation for victims of violent crime who are injured or threatened with injury. Among the crimes covered are domestic violence, child abuse, sexual and physical assault, homicide, robbery, and vehicular manslaughter. Last fiscal year, the program received nearly 59,000 applications and provided over $57 million in compensation to crime victims.
If a person meets eligibility criteria, CalVCB will compensate many types of services when the costs are not covered by other sources. Eligible expenses include medical and dental care, mental health services, income loss, funeral expenses, rehabilitation and relocation. Funding for CalVCB comes from restitution fines and orders, penalty assessments levied on persons convicted of crimes, traffic offenses and federal funds.