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Please scroll down to find webinars from our Complex Homicide program.


If your team is interested in a webinar on any of the topics below, please

contact us here.  Please click each presenter's name for their full bio.


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"Civil Justice for Victims of Homicide"

Civil Justice for Victims of Homicide provides an overview of civil remedies available to victims, and the advocate’s role in directing victims to appropriate resources. The training will explore how victims of homicide and other crimes can use civil lawsuits to obtain justice, hold responsible parties accountable, prevent future crimes, and obtain the financial resources victims need to rebuild their lives.

Watch a recording of this webinar here.

"Trauma-Informed Witness Response in Homicide Cases  and Webinar: Community Healing Trauma-Informed Witness Response in Homicide Cases"

This training will teach participants on how to be trauma-informed when preparing a witness in the criminal justice process and how to work with multidisciplinary partners during this time. It will also assist participants on how to develop strategies to limit, identify and respond to witness intimidation. 

Watch a recording of this webinar here.

"Having Critical Conversations Through a Diverse Lens"

Marginalized populations experience many types of victimization within the United States and are often among the most victimized groups in the nation. Victims of crime are at risk for experiencing a range of mental health difficulties including posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, and substance abuse, which can be exacerbated when victim service providers lack diverse and inclusive awareness in the delivery of services. These workshops will provide the basic framework for having a conversation about diversity and inclusion and provide professionals with an overview of the challenges that various groups face in the aftermath of a crime, in addition to insight into working with these populations in a victim service capacity.

Watch a recording of this webinar here.

"Restitution in Homicide: A Crime Victim’s Right to 'Prompt Restitution'"

This workshop will examine ways to help victims receive prompt restitution by using existing statutes that help in the collection of court-ordered restitution and establish what kind of losses are eligible in homicide cases.

Watch a recording of this webinar here.

"Restorative Retelling: Overview and Practical Application with Co-Victims of Homicide Webinar"

This training is about the Restorative Retelling Model which is a technique that can be used when creating group therapy with people grieving victims of homicide. Participants will learn about the unique  features of this model and how it can be helpful to co-victims.

Watch a recording of this webinar here.

"Spiritual Sensitivity in Homicide Cases"

This training will explore religious death practices and rituals as they relate to the criminal justice system. It will also help participants become knowledgeable about spirituality in homicide cases and how their agency policies, constitutional guidelines, and response to victims can include considerations for victims' beliefs.

Watch a recording of this webinar here.


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"Strange Fruit: The Sociocultural Embodiment of Homicide Violence"

From calls for police accountability in the deaths of unarmed Black men and women, to the continued rise of gun violence in our city streets, homicide violence and its disproportionate impact on Black surviving family members and friends throughout our global community needs to be addressed. Research on homicide violence has typically been studied from two perspectives: the individual victim and the perpetrator. Though both perspectives are important, structural violence and the traumatic impact it has on individuals and communities must be understood in order to respond to the needs of survivors in a culturally responsive manner. This webinar will focus on how to conceptualize and address homicide violence and its impact on Black communities.

Watch a recording of this webinar here.

"Tell it Your Way: How to Prepare and Empower Survivors to Talk (or Not Talk) to the Media"

This training will teach participants best practices for families of homicide when speaking to the media. It will discuss do’s and don'ts, and will provide an overview of the rights of families and other survivors when speaking to media representatives.

Watch a recording of this webinar here.

"Trauma Informed Victim/Witness Interviewing for the Justice System"

This webinar will present an interviewing strategy that incorporates the principles of the neurobiology of trauma. The presentation will focus on teaching the participant's practical skills and techniques they can use to facilitate a trauma-informed interview. Using these skills, law enforcement officers, attorneys, and other criminal justice professionals can ensure their interviews provide a clear road map for their investigations.

Watch a recording of this webinar here.

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Michelle Palmer

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"Traumatic Grief Responses through the Lens of Death Notification"

This training will teach participants best practices for families of homicide when speaking to the media. It will discuss do’s and don'ts, and will provide an overview of the rights of families and other survivors when speaking to media representatives.

Watch a recording of this webinar here.

"Under Pressure and Finding the Release Valve"

This webinar is specifically designed for law enforcement and other professionals working in the field of victim services.  It will explore the impact of vicarious trauma and the importance of building strategies that help combat vicarious trauma.

Watch a recording of this webinar here.

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Laura Cook

Josue Melendez

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"Multidisciplinary Responses to

Complex Homicide Cases"

Over the past few years, the National Center has been working as a training and technical assistance provider for the 

Multidisciplinary Responses to Families and Communities in Complex Homicide Cases (Complex Homicide) project. This webinar will walk you through the resources available on the National Center’s new TTA portal, many of which were created by the seven demonstration sites working on this project. The resources can be used by service providers who respond to homicide cases, as well as those looking to build or improve their multidisciplinary responses.

Watch a recording of this webinar here.

Webinar from the Center for Victim Research

"Losing a Loved One to Homicide"

This webinar reviews research and practices; the harms and consequences of co-victimization; interventions and services; and recommendations for the field.

Access the research syntheses here, and watch a recording of this webinar here.


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