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OVS Combined Training

OVS Combined Training

The Office of Victim Services (OVS) recently held their Annual Statewide Combined training

The Office of Victim Services (OVS) recently held their Annual Statewide Combined training.  The day began with a presentation of the OVS 20th Anniversary Quilt. Each quilt piece was decorated by supporters of the Office of Victim Services from around the state and then carefully hand stitched into a quilt by the offenders from the Ohio Reformatory for Women (ORW). OVS thanks Warden Burkes, Chaplain Burns, Chaplain Rudolph and the women at ORW for providing us with such a beautiful quilt.   Over 200 hours was spent completing the quilt.

OVS’s community partners from national, state and local agencies setup information display tables and shared mini-presentations to the attendees.

The day was a great success with over 150 people in attendance. The day was filled with wonderful presenters which included a Domestic Violence Awareness Play called, The Detrimental Hope by the group A Brand New Attitude, Inc.(ABNA). The Detrimental Hope play is one of the artistic initiatives of ABNA that teaches adult audiences about the social ill of domestic violence. As a part of this presentation, City of Columbus Division of Police Domestic Violence Unit representatives further discussed the dynamics of domestic violence and how to properly respond.

Motivational speaker, humorist, trainer and consultant, Karen Vadino, provided the audience an opportunity to share a few laughs while tackling the tough subject of vicarious trauma and self-care. Karen stressed how important it is to take care of yourself.   

The highlight of the day was the announcement of the 2018 Chaplain John Culp Victim Coordinators of The Year Awards.

The Adult Parole Authority Victim Coordinator of the Year was awarded to Benita Brown:

Benita Brown is a Case Analyst for the Dayton APA Region. In addition to her primary work duties, Benita volunteers as a Victim Coordinator for the region. In this role, she provides exemplary services to staff, victims of crime and offenders. She gets the message out to staff regarding any changes related to victim services, she provides excellent listening skills and support to victims who appear for violation hearings.  Benita attends victim trainings and conferences to enhance her abilities as a coordinator. Staff who work with Benita value her input regarding how victim related situations should be handled. She is a proponent for change and cares about making people better than they were before. Benita collaborates with other victim coordinators, advocates and local advocates to get the services victims need.

The Institution Victim Coordinator of the year was awarded to Joy Conley:

Joy has been the Victim Coordinator, Victim Awareness Facilitator, Victim Support Person and the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Case Manager at Lake Erie Correctional Institution for several years. Joy has an in-depth knowledge of the policies and procedures regarding victim services.  She is often called upon to assist in situations involving potential victims.  She effectively communicates with victims in a way that they trust and respect her.  Joy attends victim support trainings within the community on a regular basis throughout the year.  She has developed a rapport with many victim support agencies throughout Ohio.  She has a true passion for helping victims in need.     

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