Responding to Victims of Stalking on Campus
On January 22, 2014, at 2 p.m. (eastern time), in commemoration of National Stalking Awareness Month, the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) will present a Web Forum discussion with Rebecca Dreke and Connie Kirkland, MA, NCC, on best practices for responding to victims of stalking on campus. Ms. Dreke is Deputy Director of the Stalking Resource Center at the National Center for Victims of Crime. She is responsible for training law enforcement officers, prosecutors, victim service providers, and other professionals on all aspects of stalking, including the use of technology to stalk, campus stalking, and stalking and sexual assault. Ms. Dreke has trained thousands of practitioners nationally on various topics, including stalking, sexual assault, domestic violence, and hate- and bias-motivated violence. She also coauthors publications regarding stalking support groups, campus policies for addressing stalking, and guides for advocates.Ms. Kirkland is the Director of Student Mental Health and Behavior at Northern Virginia Community College, where she chairs the Threat Assessment Team and manages the College Sexual Assault Services program. Previously, she served as the director of Sexual Assault Services at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, where she provided university-wide education and training, and intervention services for victims of campus sexual assault, stalking, and dating and domestic violence. Ms. Kirkland is the author of an Office on Violence Against Women bulletin Campus Stalking and the coauthor of “Responding to Sexually Victimized College Students,” a chapter in Understanding and Preventing Campus Violence. She also is a member of the faculty and the curriculum committee of the Clery Center for Security on Campus.Visit the OVC Web Forum now at http://ovc.ncjrs.gov/ovcproviderforum to submit questions for Ms. Dreke and Ms. Kirkland and return on January 22 at 2 p.m. (eastern time) for the live discussion. Go to http://ovc.ncjrs.gov/ovcproviderforum/asp/participate.asp for instructions on how to participate.