IFVCC News & Events

March 13, 2018 | Trauma & Resiliency Summit

Community Awareness000 

Event Date: May 10, 2018 from 8:30 AM-3:30 PM at Olivet Nazarene University in the Weber Leadership Center, Bourbonnais, IL


  • Raise awareness about the prevalence of trauma and impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).
  • Encourage increased trauma sensitivity in agency practices, procedures, and policies.
  • Foster inter-agency collaboration.
  • Expand professional development around trauma-informed services and resiliency building.
  • Launch our local ACES CONNECTION portal, a solution oriented, action-based social network to prevent ACES, heal trauma, and build resilience.

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March 2, 2018 | SAVE THE DATE: Facilitating Experiential Trauma Information: A Real Change in the Conversation May 18, 2018


Join us for a special one-day training for law enforcement personnel, prosecutors, victim advocates, judges, probation, social service staff, public defenders, mediators, public health professionals, and attorneys.

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February 14, 2018 | RESPONDING TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TRAINING WITH Presenter Lt. Mark Wynn (retired)


Event Date: March 23, 2018

Topics Covered: 

  • On scene investigation- Determining primary aggressor
  • Victim Assistance
  • Finding and Helping the hidden victims, children
  • Investigating the strangulation case
  • Investigating stalking
  • Civil Liability
  • Threat Assessment

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February 14, 2018 | Implementing a trauma informed approach to sexual assault for Illinois Law Enforcement


Event Date: March 8, 2018

The Sexual Assault Incident Procedure Act addresses troubling statistics that show only a fraction of sexual assault victims report crimes to law enforcement authorities. The law was passed to encourage more sexual assault victims to come forward and increase the successful prosecution of sexual assault crimes throughout the state. The trauma of sexual assault and sexual abuse often leads to severe mental, physical, and economic consequences for the victim. A victim’s ability to recover from the trauma of sexual assault or sexual abuse has been directly linked to the response of others to their trauma, particularly the response of law enforcement authorities to a victim who comes forward to report the crime. This presentation will explore the neurobiology of trauma and the effect trauma has on the brain and memory. It will help explain why being trauma informed is crucial when interviewing victims of all violent crimes, including sexual assault.

Please register with Carole Franke, FVCC Coordinator, @ cfranke@i-kan.org by March 1

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February 13, 2018 | The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Coping with Stress as a Responder to Victims of Violence and Trauma-Related ExperiencesÂ


Featuring Dr. Olivia Johnson, DM

Event Date: March 7, 2018

This symposium will focus on understanding the causes and effects of good stress (eustress), bad stress (distress), and ugly stress (chronic) often faced by law enforcement, first responders and other professionals who come in contact with and support victims of family violence and/or trauma-related life experiences. Methods and techniques for dealing with stress will be addressed: deep breathing, cognitive/mental reframing, and recognizing early onset of stress and anger before problems arise. This presentation is part of the FVCC’s continuing effort to educate and enhance services provided by our community partners and to provide training that will improve practices and support efforts to increase victim and community safety.

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