POMEROY — Meigs County Crime Victim’s Services Director Theda Petrasko recently took part in the NOVA (National Organization of Victim Assistance) Conference.
The Meigs County Prosecutor’s Office was awarded a grant for the second consecutive year to attend the national conference.
This year’s conference was held in Columbus. Petrasko is also a National Crisis Responder for NOVA.
The theme of this year’s conference is “Implementing the Tools of Our Trade to Build a Comforting Justice.” Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine spoke during the conference about his focus on protecting Ohio’s families and ensuring that crime victims are not forgotten by the criminal justice system.
Workshops attended by Petrasko at the conference were providing assistance to victims with developmental disabilities; compensation and beyond; an intensive look at rape crisis; best practices for a Victim Assistance Program; kids and teens in court: a comprehensive child-witness court preparation program; victim advocate and crisis responders; offenders and victims: deception, trauma and impact; State of Ohio vs Matthew Hoffman: triple homicide and child abduction; What’s up with VOCA: How the crime victim fund works and ideas for change; tragedy at school: what happens when the crisis team responds; emotional impact of child abuse on adult behavior; trumping trauma: pulling out all the cards; and Muskingum County exotic animal incident.
The NOVA conference is nationally and internationally recognized for providing quality training in victim assistance and crisis response since 1975. This annual training resource involves four days of over 100 skill-based workshops, plenary events, and networking opportunities.