The V Word

Advocating to end sexual and domestic violence


November 2010

National Forum on Campus Sexual Assault

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 – Friday, April 1, 2011

Sponsored by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services


The Department of Criminal Justice Services, in collaboration with the International Association of College Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) and the Virginia Association of College Law Enforcement Administrators (VACLEA), is hosting a National Forum on Campus Sexual Assault. This forum is designed to bring together experts in the field of campus sexual assault to discuss the latest research, policies, legal challenges, interdisciplinary cooperation, and reporting issues.

This forum has been structured to encourage a cross disciplinary approach to this complex campus and community public health issue. Leading national experts will discuss critical issues that impact the policies and procedures that must be in place for the proper management and investigation of sexual assaults reported to colleges and universities. Facilitated question and answer sessions will allow for participant interaction with panels of subject matter experts.

Attendees will have significant opportunities to share expertise and resources with colleagues from across the country. Suggested participants include: campus police and security personnel, municipal law enforcement with a connection to institutions of higher education, student life professionals, counseling and women’s center professionals, prosecutors, mental health professionals and other interested campus or community personnel.

Scheduled topics include:

Campus Law Enforcement/Public Safety Response and Legal Issues Surrounding Campus Sexual Assault/Clery Act

Sex Crimes Allegations: Management and Best Practices in the University Setting

Policy Implications of Campus Sexual Assault Practices

Sexual Predators on Campus: Research Studies and Statistics

Evolving Challenges for At-Risk Response Teams: Mental Health Issues

Campus Threat Assessment Teams

Other topics and panel discussions: 

  • Communication Issues and Cross Disciplinary Coordination
  • Deviant Criminal Sexuality: Rapist Typologies
  • Resiliency and Recovery from Trauma
  • Networking Between Institutions of Higher Education and Community Agencies
  • Interdisciplinary Cooperation on Campus: What Works?

To register for this event, please click here:

Additional Information

Melissa Leigh – 804-786-8467

Steve Clark – 434-947-2938

Donna Michaelis – 804-371-6506

Lynn McHugh – 804-225-2454

Highlighting Anti-Violence Agencies in Virginia: YWCA in Richmond, VA

ywca of richmond

Services for survivors of sexual and domestic violence in Richmond, VA are available through the YWCA of Richmond.  The YWCA has been serving and supporting women for over 100 years, since 1887. 

They provide services for victims of domestic violence – primary services are crisis intervention, education, advocacy, case management, safety planning, and counseling.  These services are offered to every client–both in residential (safehouse) and community programs.

They provide services for victims of sexual violence – free comprehensive crisis services for victims of sexual assault (over 12 years of age) and their families. The YWCA Sexual Violence Program is the only certified sexual violence program serving the Greater Richmond area.  These services include:  (a) individual and group counseling, (b) access to a 24-hour hotline, (c) 24-hour hospital accompaniment, (d) court accompaniment, (e) emergency shelter, if needed, and (f) referrals to other services, as needed.

The YWCA also has a Child Development Center – The YWCA Child Development Center’s purpose is to provide an environment that encourages social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth and development of the child as a whole.

Highlighting Sister Anti-Violence Agencies: Project Hope at Quin Rivers

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Company Overview:
Project Hope’s goal is to provide a safe and supportive environment for adult and child victims to establish a violence-free life; hold perpetrators accountable for their violence; and create community norms that do not tolerate violence.
Working to eliminate domestic and sexual violence in our homes and communities.
PROJECT HOPE of Quin Rivers Inc. offers the following services to child and adult victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

-INDIVIDUAL & GROUP SUPPORT COUNSELING for victims and survivors of sexual and domestic violence

-CRISIS INTERVENTION (safety planning, assistance with emergency food, clothing, and shelter)

-COURT and HOSPITAL ADVOCACY for victims and survivors of sexual and domestic violence

-ACCOMPANIMENT to court, hospital, magistrate’s office and/or sheriff’s office for victims and survivors of sexual and domestic violence

-SAFETY ENHANCEMENT (free alarms systems for victims and survivors of sexual and domestic violence with active protective orders; emergency 911 cell phones)

-REFERRALS to various community resources (housing, social -services, medical/mental health, legal)

-PUBLIC EDUCATION on the dynamics of domestic and sexual violence for community groups, organizations, and agencies

-TEEN DATING AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE PREVENTION PROGRAM provides education and prevention activities to raise awareness for teens about domestic violence, sexual assault, and sexual harassment through classroom and youth groups

-POWER PALS SUMMER DAY CAMP offers skill-building activities for children between the ages of 6 and 12 who have witnessed or been direct victims of domestic and/or sexual violence

VA Tech International Summit on Violence Prevention


Virginia Tech is playing host to an international summit on violence prevention on November 12th.
The keynote address is by the world’s top authority on bullying issues, Norway’s Dan Olweus.  We hope to fill the room!  It is free and open to the public.
At this point, there are also 25 slots left for the Summit.
Register here:
I have attached the doc for the announcement or it might be easier to direct folks to the web page:



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