The North Carolina Victim Assistance Network will host its 21st annual training conference in Asheville from Aug. 28 to 30. Attendees will include local, state and federal criminal-justice and law-enforcement professionals, victim -elated service providers, surviving victims of rape, elder abuse, domestic violence, and child sexual abuse, and family members of homicide and DWI crash victims.
NCVAN is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help crime victims and advocate for their fair treatment throughout the criminal-justice process. The group links victims of crime with direct assistance and provides information on laws and legislation pertaining to victim’s rights. In addition, it sponsors training seminars and public-awareness events geared to educate the citizens of North Carolina on crime prevention and intervention efforts – as well as promoting the need for meaningful change within the criminal-justice system to benefit crime victims.
Featured speakers include Mark Lunsford, father of 9-year-old murder victim, Jessica Lunsford; Bobby Smith, a former Louisiana State Trooper shot in the line of duty; and U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina Gretchen Shappert. The conference will cover topics such as sex -ffender legislation and tracking, child pornography, how to set up homicide-support groups, fraudulent schemes targeted at the elderly, DWI legislation, campus crime and domestic violence.
NCVAN is still accepting registrations. The cost for the entire conference is $190 or $75 per day. For more information, visit www.nc-van.org or call (919) 831-2857.
— Cecil Bothwell, staff writer