Welcome to the National Center for Victims of Crime

We are the nation's leading resource and advocacy organization for crime victims and those who serve them. Please join us as we forge a national commitment to help victims of crime rebuild their lives.

Past Events

  • The CSI Effect: Maximizing the Potential of Forensic DNA

    Location: Atlanta, Georgia
    July 9, 2012 8:00 PM
    Hear from the nation’s leading experts in forensic DNA, including a cold case detective, a retired New York City Homicide investigator, a survivor/advocate, and scientific and public policy experts. We will demystify the function of the CODIS database; review best practices for working cold cases; discuss using DNA in missing persons and trafficking cases; explore crime scene evidence collection and Touch DNA; and discuss innovations in the criminal justice use of DNA such as familial searching and rapid DNA testing.

  • Untested Sexual Assault Kits: Improving the Response to Victims Through Research and Technical Assistant Projects

    June 26, 2012 8:00 PM
    Learn about the DNA Resource Center of the National Center for Victims of Crime and the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice's partnership to ensure the effort to reduce the backlog of untested sexual assault kits includes a victim-centered system response and service provision.  Also hear about the National Institute of Justice's Action Research project to examine the issue of untested sexual assault kits and to develop evidence-based practices that can be shared with jurisdictions also facing this problem.  

  • 2011 Responding to Crime Victims with Disabilities National Training Conference

    Location: Orlando, FL
    December 13, 2011 12:00 AM
    The Responding to Crime Victims with Disabilities National Training Conference was held on December 13-15, 2011, at the JW Marriott Orlando Grand Lakes in Orlando, Florida. The conference served to enhance the knowledge, skills, and abilities of providers to effectively serve people with disabilities who are victims of crime.

  • Arrestee DNA Testing: Preventing Crime and Saving Lives

    November 8, 2011 7:00 PM
    Hear Jayann Sepich speak about the importance of DNA arrestee legislation. Learn how passing state legislation that enables law enforcement to collect DNA from felony arrestees can prevent crime, solve cases, and provide protection to the innocent. This session also addresses privacy and funding issues.

  • Familial DNA Searching

    October 23, 2011 8:00 PM
    Hear Denver, Colorado District Attorney Mitch Morrisey discuss the benefits and challenges of familial DNA searching and how this technology has resulted in successful identifications and convictions. Mr. Morrisey also discusses some of the major misconceptions and limitations regarding this practice.

  • Denver's Burglary DNA Project: Catching Criminals and Serving Victims

    September 11, 2011 8:00 PM
    Hear District Attorney Mitch Morrissey describe the elements of Denver's Burglary DNA Project and elaborate on the program's successes. Learn about the significant drop in the burglary rate after the program's implementation, and the annual savings it brings to the citizens of Denver. Steve Siegel, Director, Special Programs Unit, Denver Colorado, presents information about the impact of burglary on victims and the types of services available.

  • Using DNA in Non-Stranger Sexual Assault Cases

    August 27, 2011 8:00 PM
    Most victim advocates are familiar with the importance of using DNA in stranger rape cases, but many may not understand how DNA can be used effectively in court in non-stranger sexual assault cases. Learn from Patti Powers, Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, Yakima County Prosecutor's Office, the prosecutor's perspective why we should be paying attention to forensic evidence in sexual assault cases when consent is the defense.

  • Local DNA Databases: The Power to Solve and Prevent More Crime

    August 22, 2011 8:00 PM
    Chris Asplen, Vice President, Gordon Thomas Honeywell Governmental Affairs, and Sergeant William McVey, Criminal Investigations Unit, Bensalem Police Department (PA), speak about the power of using local DNA databases to more efficiently investigate and solve crime, in particular property and drug crime. Learn how one police department uses drug forfeiture money to pay for its DNA program, which increases drug convictions while generating even more drug forfeiture funds. Our program will show how local databases can provide DNA match data directly to police officers, making investigations more efficient and ultimately reducing crime.

  • Supporting Survivors After an Exoneration

    July 6, 2011 8:00 PM
    Monica Urbaniak, MS, LMFT-S, Sexual Assault Therapist, Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center, speaks about the profound impact of DNA exonerations and wrongful convictions on survivors of crime. Our presenter will share her experience working with survivors in cases that result in DNA (and other) exonerations and provide tips and tools for providing support throughout the post-conviction and exoneration process.

  • Working Cold Cases 101: Two Case Studies

    November 30, 2010 7:00 PM
    Learn from a 35-year law enforcement veteran and cold case investigator Sergeant Mike Huff, Homicide Unit Supervisor, Tulsa Police Department (co-founder, International Association of Cold Case Investigators), about solving cold cases and homicide investigation. Sgt. Huff will present two cases to explore best practices and ways to prevent cases from going cold. Hear about the formation and mission of the International Association of Cold Case Investigators.