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17th Annual West Virginia Sexual Assault and Stalking Symposium

March 29, 2017


Download the 2017 Symposium Brochure PDF | Register Online

(Registration Deadline 03/17/2017)


About the Symposium:

The 17th Annual Statewide WV Sexual Assault and Stalking Symposium is scheduled for Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at the Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, WV. This one day symposium provides a multidisciplinary training opportunity to learn about emerging practices in sexual assault cases.


Victims of sexual assault may never forget their victimization, but they can heal with support and appropriate intervention, information and resources. A community’s awareness and ability to response appropriately to sexual assault and stalking comes from the kind of training provided annually at the Symposium.


Who Should Attend:

The symposium is essential for law enforcement, campus security, victim advocates, SANEs, medical personnel, prosecutors, SART members, college campus staff, social workers, counselors, disability service providers and correction staff.



Limited scholarships are available to rape crisis center advocates and law enforcement officers. Scholarship applications must be received by March 7, 2017. You will receive a decision one week following the deadline. To apply for lodging and/or travel scholarships, please click here.

Note: Agencies that currently receive VAWA sexual assault training funding will be required to use those in lieu of scholarship funding per DJCS requirements.



Keynote Speaker:

  • Wendy Patrick is a career trial attorney, recognized by her peers as one of the 2015 Top Ten criminal attorneys in San Diego by the San Diego Daily Transcript, and named the 2014 Public Lawyer of the Year by the California State Bar Public Law Section. Dr. Patrick has completed over 160 trials ranging from hate crimes, to domestic violence, to first-degree murder. In her current assignment in the Special Operations Division she handles cases involving sensitive issues including threat assessment. She is President of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP) San Diego Chapter, and an ATAP Certified Threat Manager. In her previous assignment in the Sex Crimes and Human Trafficking Division, Dr. Patrick prosecuted sexually violent predators, human traffickers, stalkers, rapists, and child molesters. Dr. Patrick has lectured nationally and internationally on the topics of sexual assault, domestic violence and human trafficking. She has taught human trafficking within the United States, as well as in Hong Kong, South Korea, and South Africa. She frequently teaches sexual assault prevention for the Army, having presented programs domestically as well as in Wiesbaden, Germany.


Continuing Education

The Sexual Assault and Stalking Symposium meets continuing education requirements for the following:

DV Advocate Certification 8 DVCA Hours
Law Enforcement Training-Annual Level In-Service 8 LETs
WV Board of Examiners for Counseling
Provider #WVBEC-518
7 Contact Hours
WV Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses
WVBRN Provider #WV2000-0309RN
8 Contact Hours
WV Board of Examiners for Social Work
WV Provider #490094
8 Contact Hours
WV State Bar Association 7.8 CLEs


DJCS approves this training as credit toward the required 8 hour minimum training under VOCA/VAWA. A Certificate of Attendance must be submitted to DJCS to receive credit for the training. Programs that will be requesting reimbursement for this training must submit a request for approval and breakdown of allowable cost to DJCS prior to attending the training. Failure to obtain preapproval may result in the cost not being reimbursed by DJCS. VOCA/VAWA grantees should contact the program manager for approval.



Registration Information


This training is supported by Grants #13-VAW-002, #14-VAW-002 and #15-VAW-002 awarded by the West Virginia Division of Justice and Community Services. Points of view or opinions are those of the trainers and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the State of West Virginia or DJCS.



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