South Carolina Governor's Office

SOVA Training 2013

Want your agency or group to be added to this list? Then, please call our Senior Manager for Community Victim Services, Ethel Douglas Ford, at (803) 734-1704.

September 24th, 2013 Solicitor’s Victim Advocate Training
Location: Solicitor’s Victim Advocate training in Myrtle Beach, SC
For further information, contact Ethel Ford at 803-734-1704

October 22, 2013 2nd Annual SC Advanced Victim Assistance Academy
Location: Rock Hill, SC
For further information, contact Ethel Ford at 803-734-1704

December 9th - 11th, 2013 Basic Core Training – Columbia
(SOVA Presentation on the 11th)
For additional information please contact Donna Thompson at SCADVASA at 803-256-2900

For additional information, please contact Ethel Douglas Ford at 803-734-1704


October 25-26, 2013 Child Abuse Training
Cayce, SC 29033
For further information call 803.791.1572
or email



1. SELECT THE OVC TRAINING THAT FITS YOUR NEEDS (click on a training title for further details):

Visit the OVC TTAC website to view the full schedule and descriptions of upcoming trainings.


Click here for the OVC Training Schedule and pay online or download the OVC Training Schedule Registration Form. For additional information or assistance, call OVC TTAC at 1-866-OVC-TTAC (1-866-682-8822) (TTY 1-866-682-8880).

OVC Professional Development Scholarships Are Available
A limited number of OVC Professional Development Scholarships are available for eligible applicants!

Professional Development ScholarshipsScholarships provide up to $1,000 for individuals and up to $5,000 for multidisciplinary teams of victim service professionals seeking continuing education opportunities. Determine whether you or your team is eligible for a scholarship by clicking here.


OVC shares your mission and has a wide range of resources to help you accomplish it. Visit the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) online to register for services or to find out more.



The FBI has released “Crime in the United States, 2012,” which shows the 10th straight year of decline of crime in our nation. You can access complete data at, and you can get a nice summary of statistics by clicking “a summary of crime in the nation in 2012” on the right side of this web page.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has just released six excellent online briefs that address a trauma-informed juvenile justice system. You can access the briefs at
October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, and SAMHSA has published some great resources for professionals, coalitions and individuals, which are available at
The Office for Victims of Crime has just released "Using Federal Law to Prosecute Domestic Violence Crimes in Indian Country," which provides guidance on how to successfullly prosecute in federal court domestic violence offenders who commit crimes in Indian Country. The video incorporates case studies of actual prosecutions, while the guide provides an overview of relevant legal principles and key points for discussion. You can access these resources at
New Resource for Responding to Identity Theft
"Expanding Services To Reach Victims of Identity Theft and Financial Fraud" (NCJ 230590) offers practical tools to prepare victim service providers to help victims of identity theft and financial fraud. Launched during National Cyber Security Month, this e-publication includes information about developing case protocols, training staff, and staging campaigns; it also provides self-help materials to enable victims to become better self-advocates. (OVC)
The Council of State Governments Justice Center and the Police Executive Research Forum have just released "Improving Responses to People with Mental Illnesses: Tailoring Law Enforcement Initiatives to Individual Jurisdictions." This thorough report offers great strategies for law enforcement's handling of cases involving mentally ill defendants.
Court Watch have just published a Guidebook entitled "Gaining Access to your Courts and Court Records."
Serving Survivors of Homicide Victims During Cold Case Investigations. The National Sheriffs' Association, Justice Solutions, and the National Organization of Parents Of Murdered Children have partnered to develop a protocol on how law enforcement agencies can best serve survivors of homicide victims during cold case investigations. This Project is funded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. To help inform development of the protocol, the Project is surveying law enforcement agencies to collect information on how they handle cold case investigations. The 15 minute survey can be accessed by clicking here. If you are not with a law enforcement agency but know of an agency that handles co l d case investigations, please forward this announcement to the appropriate person at that agency and encourage them to complete the survey.
Quality Victim Advocacy: A Field Guide explores the needs of crime victims and how to create victim-centered services.  The author, my good friend and outstanding victim advocate David L. Voth, has been a victim service provider for 25 years at a program serving victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, violence, homicide, and property crimes.  The book focuses on output and outcome measures, logic models, and how to integrate them to improve services.  It is available at and and other booksellers.  You will value and appreciate this wonderful book! The U.S. Senate passed Resolution S. 391, commemorating the 25th anniversary.
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