Washington Coalition of Crime Victim Advocates

Strengthening crime victim rights and improving victim services

National Crime Victims' Rights Week
April 8-14, 2018

NCVRW is being observed April 8–14, 2018. 

The 2018 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Guide offers a selection of professionally developed, original illustrations and other artwork to promote this year’s theme—Expand the Circle: Reach All Victims—and draw attention to your community’s NCVRW observance.

By using the 2018 Resource Guide artwork, which provides space for you to add your local contact information, you become part of the nationwide effort to raise awareness about crime victims’ rights and services during NCVRW. Artwork is available in English and Spanish.

Learn about the theme colors and fonts, tips for using the artwork files, technical specifications for the artwork, and more:

For more information about NCVRW, visit www.ovc.gov/ncvrw.

NCVRW Resources 

Pursuing Justice

In honor of NCVRW, WCCVA is excited to offer each CVSC Program a complimentary copy of "Pursuing Justice."  This innovative community learning tool was developed by WCCVA's own profesional staff and sells nationaly for $120. Request a FREE COPY for

                                                                                                                  your CVSC Program. You pay

                                                                                                                  the cost for shipping, and

                                                                                                                  WCCVA will cover the rest!

                                                                                                                  Host your own "Game Night"

                                                                                                                  event during NCVRW!   


NCVRW FREE WCCVA WEBINAR - Staying Strong and Resilient in Victim Advocacy 

Date: April 13, 2018

Time: 1:30PM-3:30PM PDT

Location: Online


ABOUT THIS WEBINAR: In honor of National Crime Victims Rights Week, join the Washington Coalition of Crime Victim Advocates in a special webinar that celebrates the unique traits that bring passionate advocates to the victim services field. For crime victim advocates to continue to stay engaged, rejuvenated and adept professionals, programs and individuals have to be prepared to address the well-being of staff, volunteers and the program. Join Rose Torgerson, WCCVA's Director of Training, as she teaches techniques to increase resiliency, reduce burn-out and how to stay strong and resilient! 

ABOUT YOUR PRESENTER: Rose Torgerson has been advocating for victims of crime in various capacities since 2002 and training within non-profits since 1998 in the Midwest. In 2011, Rose relocated to the Pacific Northwest and fulfilled her career-long dream of working for a statewide victim services organization when she was hired by the Washington Coalition of Crime Victim Advocates (WCCVA). She currently leads the WCCVA Training Program, and was elected to the National Organization for Victim Assistance's Board of Directors in 2012, currently serving on the Executive Committee and as Chair of the Membership Development Committee. She is passionate about creating collaborative relationships, and developing future generations of victim advocates in the hopes of making lasting changes for victims of crime. 

Rose is frequently sought out to be a featured speaker for conferences, public awareness events, and elected officials. A proud life-time member of Girl Scouts, she tries to volunteer frequently at Girl Scout events and as a communications and event volunteer with the United Way. Rose and her husband, Jon, live in Olympia, Washington, where they embrace their respective Midwest and Southern roots through cooking, and sharing meals with their neighbors.

WCCVA Advocate Training Center Open House

Date: April 10, 2018
Time: 5:30PM-7:00PM
Location: WCCVA Office
                 605 11th Ave. SE, STE 102
                 Olympia, WA. 98501

In Honor of National Crime Victims' Rights week, please join WCCVA staff members, volunteers, and allied professions for the Washington State Advocate Training Center & Meeting Space open house! Please join us for root beer floats and old fashioned Sundaes during our Open House on April 14, from 5:30-7:00 PM to celebrate!

Thanks to a combination of grant support, dedicated WCCVA supporters, and a very committed victims' rights advocate: WCCVA has class room style seating, tables, whiteboard, television, and enough chairs to seat a large group! We also have a projector, projector screen, and computer for Power Points. The training facility and amenities are offered to All CVSC Programs, Victim/Witness Programs, & our sister coalitions FREE OF CHARGE! Just give us a call and make a reservation! 

Need a place to do some work while you are in Olympia? The WCCVA Advocate & Volunteer Office Space, with desk, computer, and internet is available and waiting for you, so stop in and use YOUR office! Thanks to the Washington Fire Chiefs Association, we are also offering full use of a "board room style" meeting room, with seating for fifteen, plus full use of a kitchen, dishwasher, refrigerator, cold & hot water cooler, dishes, and other amenities. 

Plan a training with your own trainers or ask WCCVA staff to facilitate for you! Hold a district or regional meeting, or gather for an advocacy day at the Capitol, FREE OF CHARGE!

Whatever your training or meeting needs, we will do our best to meet them! Contact Cody@wccva.org for more information.

WCCVA Wall of Memories

Date: April 22, 2013
Time: 5:30PM-7:00PM
Location: WCCVA Office
                 605 11th Ave. SE, STE 102
                 Olympia, WA. 98501

In 2010, the Washington Coalition of Crime Victim Advocates first unveiled the WCCVA Virtual "Wall of Memories," to honor the lives of homicide victims and the ongoing recovery of those who loved and survived them. The Virtual Wall of Memories is a powerful public awareness tool that continues to receive praise today. For National Crime Victims' Rights Week, the Washington Coalition of Crime Victim Advocates would like to ask for your support in continuing to honor the lives, trauma, and recovery of homicide victims and survivors.
How can you help continue to honor our communities’ homicide victims? Please help us update and expand the WCCVA Virtual Wall of Memories. Please submit a photo, date and manner of death, and a brief description of the person you would like to honor.
The Washington Coalition of Crime Victim Advocates is also announcing that an anonymous donation has allowed us to designate an area of our WCCVA training facility in Olympia as our permanent Wall of Memories. Photos will be printed, mounted, framed and prominently displayed. The permanent Wall of Memories will act as a physical reminder each and every day for Washington State, and to all who visit the WCCVA offices, that healing is an ongoing process, and our support for victims and survivors is unending. 
Please send a jpeg of the photo and description to WCCVA Board President, zshileika@gmail.com, and please include your own contact name and phone number. You can view the Virtual Wall of Memories and watch a King 5 News clip at http://www.wccva.org

WCCVA Webinar- Hate Crimes: Ramifications for LGBT Communities

Date:  April 13, 2018

Time: 10:00AM-11:30AM

Location: Online

In this webinar, we will look at how the modern gay rights movement has shaped current hate crime legislation. Participants will walk away with practical ways to support LGBT folks experiencing harassment and violence and learn more about how crime victim service centers can best support all LGBTQ crime victims.

Shannon Perez-Darby is the Youth Services Program Manager at The Northwest Network of Bi, Trans, Lesbian & Gay Survivors of Abuse. Under her guidance, the NW Network has developed a regional LGBT youth crime victims program. The program serves LGBT youth who experience dating and family violence, sexual assault, trafficking, robbery, harassment, and a host of other victimizations. Bridging her work with youth and youth workers, Shannon has developed an extensive LGBT youth technical assistance project focusing specifically on mandatory reporting issues, support for LGBT youth in the sex trades and LGBT youth dating violence issues. Shannon has a deep commitment to serving LGBT youth by supporting youth leadership and self-determination.

Never Forgotten

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