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21st Annual Crime Victims' Rights Conference



Featuring national and local presenters who will share methods and strategies to improve safety as well as promote justice for all crime victims.  The conference is open to all persons who honor and assist crime victims in achieving safety, justice, and healing, including criminal justice and victim services professionals and allied partners.

Tentative Agenda

The 21st Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Conference will be held at the Capitol Plaza Hotel and Convention Center, 1717 SW Topeka Boulevard, Topeka, Kansas 66612  Map and Directions to event

Hidden Danger: Addressing Non-fatal Strangulation"
Hosted by the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence
TUESDAY, April 10TH, 2018
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"Sex Offenders: The MDT Response to Crime Against Children"

Hosted by the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Kansas
TUESDAY, April 10TH, 2018
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Hosted by Governor Jeff Coyler, M.D. and Attorney General Derek Schmidt

WEDNESDAY, April 11TH, 2018

Conference Check-In 7:15-8:15 a.m.
Governor's Welcome 8:15-8:30 a.m.
General Session "
Forgotten victims no more: Bringing Elder Abuse Out of the Shadows." 8:30-10:00 a.m.
Workshop Session I 10:20 a.m.-11:50 a.m.
Networking Lunch and General Session “Hope Changes Everything” 12:05 p.m.-1:05 p.m.
Workshop Session II 1:25-2:55 p.m.
Workshop Session III 3:15-4:45 p.m.
KOVA and KNVP Annual Meetings 5:00 pm.
Practices for Peace Yoga 5:15-6:15 - Sign up at conference check-in. - For the people who care and advocate for victims, this special class is a time for healing, relaxation and stress management. Based on the workshop Melissa Michell designed it to help you radiate the peace you want to see in the world. All levels, restorative, gentle flow, mindfulness and breath work. Leave with an open heart, relaxed muscles, quiet mind, balanced feeling.Wear comfortable clothes. Bring a mat or a blanket.

THURSDAY, April 12TH, 2018
General Session "Wica Agli (to return men home)" 8:30-10:00 a.m.
Workshop Session IV 10:20 -11:50 a.m.
Attorney General Awards Luncheon 12:05-1:05 p.m.
Workshop Session V 1:25-2:55 p.m.
General Session 
Decoding Demand: STOP-DETER-EVOLVE 3:15-4:45 p.m.

General Sessions

Workshop Sessions

Download a copy of 2018 CVRC Workshop Descriptions.

This year follow workshops for specific tracks: Prevention/Reduction Track, Administration Track, Children/Juvenile Track, Systems Based Victim Advocates Track, General Advocacy Track, Law Enforcement Track, Prosecutors Track, Mental Health Track, Sexual Assault Track, and Domestic Violence Track.
Follow a track for all five breakouts or sample them all. Download a Workshop Track Map here.


     Session I  10:20 a.m.-11:50 a.m.  Session II  1:25-2:55 p.m.

    #1 - Trafficking Prevention Education- Empowering Youth to be Part of the Solution
    #2 - Developing Survivor Leadership in programs
    #3 - Child Protector- Introduction to a smartphone app that enhances real time investigation of injury
    #4 - Prosecution Based Victim Assistance: Exploring Best Practices in Domestic Violence Cases
    #5 - Kansas Crime Victims Compensation Program: Serving Victims with Empathy during their time of need.
    # 6- Financial elder abuse: not just a civil matter!
    #7 - Crisis Intervention Teams/Housing First Program
    #8 - Surviving as a Survivor in Today's World
    # 9 - Dynamics of Domestic Violence 


    #10 - Change your environment,
    change your community
    #11 - Asking Kansas Citians about Violence:
    Results of a Community Needs Assessment
    #12 - What happens in this house, stays
    in this house~A culture of silence
    #13 - Law Enforcement Based
    Victim Advocates
    #14 - PUTTING ON NEW GLASSES: Changing
    our response to crime victims with disabilities.
    #15 - Understanding the Motives of Those Who Batter: A Multi-Case Analysis.
    #16 - Horsing Around- not just a way to pass time.
    #17 -Exploring Your Inner Capacity to Survive and 
    Thrive Through Trauma- Sensitive Mindfulness and Self-Compassion
    #18 -From Trauma to Drama to Calm

     Session III 3:15-4:45 p.m.  

     #19 - "What Were You Wearing?" Survivor Art Installation
    #20 - Why should we be friends? A focus on multidisciplinary team collaboration.
    #21 - Kansas VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday) Expanding the Reach of Technology Resources to All Victims
    #22-Considerations for Marginalized Populations (Sexual Violence)
    #23 - Half the time, it doesn't leave a mark…how to maximize prosecution of non-fatal strangulation
    #24 - Beyond Definitions: Using Stages of Change and Motivational Interviewing with victims/survivors
    #25 - Professionals Playing! Healing and Wholeness in the Midst of Vicarious Trauma
    #26 - Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: Recognizing Economic Abuse and Trauma and Understanding Housing Rights and Protections for Victims of SA and DV


    THURSDAY APRIL 12, 2018

    Session IV 10:20 -11:50 a.m. Session V  1:25-2:55 p.m.

    #27 - In Our Hallways - Teen Gender Violence Prevention
    #28 - Grant Writing: From grant application to delivery of service
    #29 - Fostering Resilience in Children Exposed to Domestic Violence
    #30 - Working to Mitigate Juvenile Trauma
    #31 - Overview and Application of the Model Standards for Serving Victims and Survivors of Crime
    #32 - The Investigation
    #33 - Enhancing Victim Safety and Offender Accountability through Compliance Monitoring in Domestic Violence Cases
    #34 | Department for Children and Family (DCF) Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (FBCI) and Prevention and Protection Service (PPS) Workshop
    #35 - Sex Offenders and the Propensity to Re-offend: What We Know from the Kansas SAKI Project 
    #36 - Beyond the Review; Putting Recommendation in to Practice in Your Community.

     #37 - The Peaceful Family Program A Trauma-informed Program at the Topeka Correctional Facility
    #38 - Systems Synergy: Developing a Coordinated Community Response to Sexual and Domestic Violence
    #39 - The Effect of Pornography Exposure on Children
    #40 - Dismantling the Roots of Sexual Violence
    #41 - Speaking from the Silence
    #42 - Critical Data Collection
    #43 - Sexual Assault Protection Order: New Legal Remedy
    #44 - Human Trafficking Education for the Healthcare Professional
    #45 - Dynamics of Sexual Violence
    #46 - Manipulation, Power, & Control.  How does that happen from inside a Correctional Facility? 

    "I really enjoyed the (2017) Conference. This is the second one I've gone to and can't wait until the next one" 

     "Had a great experience. Good food, well organized, enjoyed the various trainings and the time with colleagues. I learned at lot"


    Conference registration is now open.

    Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence Preconference Institute Only
    Tuesday, April 10th

    Children’s Advocacy Centers of Kansas Preconference Institute Only
    Tuesday, April 10th

    Crime Victims' Rights Conference Only
    Wednesday, April 11th and Thursday, April 12th

    Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence Preconference Institute and Crime Victims' Rights Conference
    Tuesday, April 10th-Thursday, April 12th

    Children’s Advocacy Centers of Kansas Preconference Institute and Crime Victims' Rights Conference
    Tuesday, April 10th-Thursday, April 12th

    EARLY BIRD PRICING Register by March 23, 2018 to receive the Early Bird Pricing. After March 23rd, Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence Preconference Institute increases from $100 to $125, and the Crime Victims' Rights Conference increases from $100 to $125. 

    CONFIRMATION Registrations are confirmed via email. 

    PAYMENTS All payments must be received by the Governor's Grants Program, or postmarked by, March 23rd to receive Early Bird rates. 

    CANCELLATION If you are unable to attend please contact us to arrange for a substitute in your place.  If a substitute is not possible, you may obtain a refund by providing notice on or before March 28th, 2018. To cancel or arrange for a substitute please call 785-291-3205.

    PHOTOGRAPHY By registering for the conference you agree to be photographed for conference promotional purposes.Please contact us to opt-out.

    ow us on Facebook  for updates and more information. Use #KSCVRC2018 to follow along with other participants on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.

    Continuing Education and Other Conference Information

    CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT Conference attendees are responsible for applying for any continuing education credit that might be available for attending the Annual Crime Victims' Rights Conference and the Preconference Institute.  Participants will receive signed certificates of attendance, which state the name of the presentation, the presenter(s), date and time of each presentation. 

    CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION Please contact the KGGP Office for details on how to apply for  CLE hours by the Kansas Continuing Legal Education Commission.

    SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS All conference facilities comply with the applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  If you require special accommodations, including sign language interpretation, please indicate this on your conference registration form.

    CONFERENCE DRESS Conference attire is business casual. We recommend dressing in layers as meeting room temperatures vary.


    Capitol Plaza Hotel and Convention Center

    1717 SW Topeka Boulevard
    Topeka, Kansas 66612
    Map and Directions to event

    To reserve your room online:  Click Here

    To make your reservation over the phone: (800) 579-7937 (Identify that you are part of KS Annual Crime Victims Rights Conference or group code KACV18).

    Conference room rate: $89.00 for all occupancy levels plus taxes and fees per room/per night.

    Limited Overflow Rooms: TBA


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