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Training

OVWA has a long standing history of providing quality continuing education to Ohio's crime victim advocates and allied professionals. In-person trainings and webinars are provided to OVWA members on a regular basis. OVWA also provides non-members with training opportunities. Click here for training schedule. OVWA provides customized trainings in Ohio, nationally, and internationally. See the list below for a list of our customized training topics. Don't see what you're looking for? Email us at info@ovwa.org 

OVWA 101
Trauma-Responsive Care
Trauma-Informed Care
Collaborative Care in Your Community
Serving Survivors with Varying Abilities
Crisis Intervention & Crisis Response
The Role of the Advocate
Victims' Rights and Implementing Marsy's Law
Victims' Rights for Survivors with Varying Abilities
Large Scale Disaster & Response
Prosecutor-Based Advocacy
Navigation of the Criminal Justice System
Advocate Code of Ethics
Ohio Advocate Network Registration & Credentialing
Advocacy Best Practices
Vicarious & Secondary Trauma
Cultural Humility in Agency Programming
Self-Care for Advocates
Inclusive Policies & Procedures

Technical Assistance

OVWA members have extensive knowledge and experience in the field of victim advocacy and they are ready to share it!. Our staff and members provide technical assistance to victims, witnesses, crime victim advocates and allied professionals across Ohio. This assistance includes referrals to local, state, and federal resources, mediation for crime victim advocates, and guidance for budding and enduring crime victim programs in Ohio. Click here to see how OVWA can help you!

Best Practices

OVWA works in collaboration with other local, state and national organizations to develop best practices so that advocates and allied professionals can best serve victims of crime. Click here to see best practices from OVWA and other state and national organizations.

Public Policy

OVWA has a history of successful public policy initiatives. OVWA endorses public policy that enhances and promotes the rights of crime victims and advocate services. Our goal is to discover and address current issues that are relevant to victims and witnesses of all crimes. OVWA is always seeking input from its members and the community on how potential legislation will affect victims of crime and their advocates. Click here for legislation that OVWA is following and email us at info@ovwa.org to give your input!


Marlene Young Outstanding Leadership Award
Since 1999, OVWA has recognized an individual who demonstrates exceptional leadership qualities in victim assistance by awarding the Marlene Young Outstanding Leadership Award. The Marlene Young Award recipients are:

2017 - Attorney General Mike DeWine
2016 - Gary Heath, ODPS, OCJS - Family Violence Prevention Center
2015 - Phyllis Carlson-Riehm, ACTION Ohio Coalition for Battered Women 
2014 - Teri LaJeunesse, Greene County Prosecutor's Office Victim/Witness Division
2013 - Venica Miller, Ohio Attorney General's Office, Crime Victim Section
2012 - Bruce Adams, Ohio Dept. of Youth Services, Office of Victim Services
2011 - Mark Weiner, Licking County Prosecutor's Office Victim/Witness Division
2010 - Jane McKenzie, Franklin County Prosecutor's Office Victim/Witness Division
2009 - Ernest Hutchins, Ohio Attorney General's Office, Crime Victim Section 
2008 - Cindy Kuhr, Ohio Attorney General's Office, BCI Consultant
2007 - Nancy Neylon, Ohio Domestic Violence Network
2006 - Karin Ho, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction, Office of Victim Services
2005 - Lori King, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction, Office of Victim Services
2004 - Andrea Rehkamp, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
2003 - Mary Jane Latta - Licking County Prosecutor's Office Victim/Witness Division
2002 - David Voth, Crime Victim Services of Allen and Putnam Counties
2001 - Jeannette Adkins, Greene County Prosecutor's Office Victim/Witness Division
2000 - Dorothy Taylor, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
1999 - Rhonda Barner, Montgomery County Prosecutor's Office Victim/Witness Division


William F. Schenk Victim Justice Award of Distinction


In 2016, OVWA began to recognize the exemplary work done by Ohio prosecutors. Every year, OVWA recognizes a prosecutor's outstanding dedication to victims of crime by awarding the William F. Schenk Victim Justice Award of Distinction. The recipients of this award are:

2017 - Scott O'Reilly, Clermont County Assistant Prosecutor
2016 - Todd Schroeder, Putnam County Assistant Prosecutor

Visionaries in Victim Advocacy Awards (VIVA)

 

In 2018, OVWA saw the need to recognize victim advocates and the critical work they do every day ensuring recovery for victims and witnesses across the state of Ohio. Through this acknowledgement, the Visionaries in Victim Advocacy (VIVA) Awards was born! This annual event seeks to celebrate advocates and recognize the tremendous invaluable role they have in our communities. Learn more about the VIVA Awards and how you can help celebrate excellence in advocacy here! The 2018 VIVA Awards recipients are:

 
2018

Future Leader - Ryn Farmer, Crime Victim Services of Allen and Putnam Counties
Advocate of the Year - Trish Wright, Delaware County Prosecutor's Office Victim/Witness Division
Program of the Year - Crime Victim Services of Allen and Putnam Counties
Community Collaboration - Greene County Prosecutor's Office Victim/Witness Division
Equality in Advocacy - Katherine Yoder, Disability Rights Ohio
Lifetime Achievement - Rhonda Barner, Montgomery County Prosecutor's Office Victim/Witness Division (Ret.)