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OVS Hosts Professional Development Conference

October 27, 2015 - 1:00pm

The Office of Victim Services convened a three-day professional development conference in Syracuse for victim advocates and service providers.

The Office of Victim Services convened a three-day professional development conference in Syracuse for victim advocates and service providers. More than 400 professionals from across the state are attending the conference, which includes presentations by survivors of crime, workshops and panel discussions with an emphasis on trauma-related services for victims, caregivers and providers.

“Victim providers toil long hours, often for little pay, to be the lifeline, the voice, the rock for people whose lives have been affected, sometimes devastatingly, by crime,” Office of Victim Services Director Elizabeth Cronin said. “The work advocates do is demanding and difficult,” “ We are no good to victims if we are not taking care of ourselves.”

The conference featured 30 different workshops on topics such effective interventions for engaging victims with complex histories of trauma, human trafficking, effectively responding to victims with disabilities, and navigating and advocating in criminal court.

Two crime victims also shared their stories: Jennifer Nadler, a survivor of sexual abuse, and Theresa Sareo, who survived an accident involving an impaired driver that claimed the loss of her right leg.

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