The National Center served as the training and technical assistance (TTA) provider on a project entitled Multidisciplinary Responses to Families and Communities in Complex Homicide Cases. The Complex Homicide project was funded by the Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime. During this project, we provided TTA to seven demonstration sites that enhanced their multidisciplinary interventions in complex homicide cases within 24 to 48 hours of the death. For the purposes of this project, complex cases included gang-related homicides, intrafamilial homicides, homicides involving child witnesses, and deaths involving impaired driving and driving under the influence. The National Center provided TTA to more than 1,500 professionals in the field, including law enforcement, therapists, advocates, attorneys, and more. Throughout this project, we worked with more than 50 subject matter experts and provided about 60 trainings. The National Center partnered with the National Sheriffs’ Association to provide TTA specifically for law enforcement.
The seven demonstration sites that were part of the program were:
- Anti-Violence Partnership of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Baltimore Child Abuse Center, Maryland
- Bronx County District Attorney’s Office, New York
- County of Palm Beach Division of Victim Services, Florida
- Medical University of South Carolina
- Mental Health Services for Homeless Persons/FrontLine Service, Ohio
- Thresholds/Chicago Survivors, Illinois
The National Center recently launched a new training and technical assistance website, which is an invaluable resource for victim advocates, law enforcement, and other providers who serve victims of crime, available at www.ncvctta.org. Many resources contained in the TTA portal were produced during the Complex Homicide project. On the Resources page, you will find articles, information on evidence-based practices, sample outreach materials, toolkits, and more that can be used by organizations responding to homicide cases. We also have links to webinars that were previously conducted and materials from past training seminars.
Resources that were developed by the National Center during the Complex Homicide Project include:
- Privacy & Dignity A Guide to Interacting with the Media
- The National Center developed the Privacy & Dignity report because we often receive questions from victims, advocates, and journalists about the media portrayal of crime victims and their families. Victims speaking with the media and the media reporting on crime are controversial topics and can be difficult to navigate. Media coverage can sometimes produce unintended consequences during the investigation or trial. Although each crime victim and victimization experience is unique, it is important to share information that will lessen victimization for all involved. Information is focused on the concepts of privacy and dignity, which are of vital importance to victims of crime
- Promising Practices: Multidisciplinary Responses to Complex Homicide Cases
- The Promising Practices report was created to include information provided by the demonstration sites and subject matter experts on how to improve responses to homicide cases. It also includes information on building a multidisciplinary team, common obstacles that sites encountered, and how to address those challenges. This report intended to serve as a resource for organizations that participate in existing multidisciplinary teams (MDT) that respond to homicides, or those that are planning to create such an MDT.