Press Release
For Immediate Release: June 26, 2017
Contact: Janice Mackey, (916) 491-3821
janice.mackey@victims.ca.gov
@helpingvictims

CalVCB and the University of Oregon Police Department Host Mass Violence Response Conference

Sacramento, CA — The California Victim Compensation Board (CalVCB) and the University of Oregon Police Department are teaming up to host a mass violence response conference from September 12–14, 2017 in Eugene, Oregon.

“Oregon and California are bringing together experts from the field to educate first responders, law enforcement and victim advocates to be thoroughly prepared for a mass violence incident,” said Julie Nauman, CalVCB Executive Officer. “Preparation for the unthinkable will no doubt save lives.”

Conference topics include lessons learned from prior mass violence events, joint response models and guidance for building partnerships. Brandon Wolf, a survivor of the Orlando Pulse Nightclub massacre will be the opening keynote speaker.

Other speakers include responders to the Boston Marathon bombing, the Sandy Hook school shooting in Connecticut, the AME church shooting in Charleston, the Sikh Temple shooting in Wisconsin and the University of California Santa Barbara shooting incident. Attendees will also participate in a tabletop exercise facilitated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Law enforcement personnel, victim service professionals, first responders, campus officials, emergency management staff and community based advocates are invited to attend. Register for the conference online.

“This conference provides an opportunity to hear from those experts who have already experienced what we always hope will never happen,” said Matthew Carmichael, University of Oregon Police Chief. “The conference takeaways will only help us to strengthen our commitment to better serve our communities and ultimately, when needed, our victims and survivors.”

For additional conference information, please visit the official conference website.

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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 51,000 applications and provided over $52 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.