WVWP Spring 2010 Newsletter - Wisconsin Victim Witness

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					                             Wisconsin Victim/Witness Professionals
Spring Edition – June 2010                                             Serving the interests of crime victims in Wisconsin since 1990

                                                                                From the President….

                                                                    Whew! . . .the conference is over…and I
                                                                    think it went well, don’t you? Thanks to all
                                 of you who helped put this together . . . the conference committee, the awards
                                 committee, you were great, and the rest of you that just showed up and joined
                                 us. A special thanks to Sue, without her we wouldn’t get the deals we get. She
                                 knows how to get the best for our buck. And speaking of our buck, we were
In This Issue                    fortunate to receive $1,960.00 in grant funds from VOCA and CJA that helped
                                 us get Craig Hill from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
                                 We were able to offer you some interesting topics this year, so I hope you all
 From the President             enjoyed yourselves. Next year’s planning will start again soon.

 Taking Care of                 What’s on the agenda for the rest of the year? In July, the Board of Directors
  Ourselves                      will be meeting again, the place and time hasn’t been determined yet. If you
                                 have issues you would like the board to address, please contact your
 WVWP Board Minutes             representative before mid July. In September, the Board starts the conference
  from 10/28/2009                process all over again. And, soon the WVWP Board election process begins,
                                 also. Think about becoming a representative for your region. Fresh, new ideas
 Getting to Know Us             are always welcome.

 2010 WVWP Victim               I encourage all of you to take some time to log onto the WVWP Forum to post
  Service Awards                 questions or start a topic of conversation. Another website of interest is the
                                 DOJ website. A news release was posted May 21, 2010 by Attorney General
 At Our Fingertips:             Van Hollen where he mentioned receiving the Victim Service Award and the
  Resources for Victim           WVWP credentialing program (as noted by Kathy Senn on the forum).
  Service Providers
                                 Take care of yourselves over the summer, have fun and be safe.
 Training Opportunity           Gayle M. Patraw
 Calendar of Events
                                 This newsletter is a publication of the Wisconsin Victim/Witness Professionals, providing information and
                                 resources to victim service providers in Wisconsin. This publication will always strive to help maintain our
 Resources & Links              professionalism and the quality of victim services in our state.

                                                       Wisconsin Victim/Witness Professionals
Taking Care of Ourselves

  This will be an on-going column focusing on this topic and how to combat the stresses we
                                encounter in this profession.

                                Recovery From Burnout

The American Psychological Association (1997) describes the process of recovering from
burnout as “the Phoenix Phenomenon:”

      You can arise “Phoenix-like” from the ashes of burnout, but it takes time. First
      of all, you need to rest and relax. Don’t take work home. If you’re like most,
      the work won’t get done and you’ll only feel guilty for being “lazy.”

      In coming back from burnout, be realistic in your job expectations and goals. It
      is good to talk with others, but a word of caution: Your readjusted goals must
      be yours and not someone else’s. Trying to be and do what someone else
      wants you to be or do is guaranteed to cause continued frustration and

      And one final tip – create balance in your life. Invest more of yourself in family
      and other personal relationships, activities and hobbies. Have outside likes and
      interests besides work. Spread yourself out so that your job doesn’t have such
      an overpowering influence on your self-esteem and self-confidence.

   In the next newsletter, this article will focus on techniques to help prevent stress from
   becoming burnout.

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Contact Us                    WVWP Board Meeting Minutes
                              October 28, 2009 at Osthoff Resort, Elkhart Lake
WVWP Board Officers
                              Present: Sue Burr, Nancy Hahn, Llonda Thomas, Karen Rengert,
Officers                      Kathy Senn, Carrie Davis, Amanda Anhalt, LeAnne Raabe, Gayle
Gayle Patraw, President
Phone: (608) 326-0299
gayle.patraw@da.wi.gov        The meeting was called to order by President, Karen Rengert. A motion
                              was made by Llonda and seconded by Gayle to approve minutes from the
Dione Knop, Vice President    last meeting.
Phone: (920) 459-0380
                              A discussion followed regarding counting the ballots. Llonda reported that
                              it takes at least two committee members to count the ballots, and because
Laurie Anderson, Secretary
Phone: (920) 674-7375         she was the only committee member present who was able to count the
laurie.anderson@da.wi.gov     ballots, they would not be counted at this meeting. Results of the election
                              will be announced by e-mail as soon as the ballots are counted.
Sue Burr, Treasurer
Phone: (608) 685-6236         Sue Burr made the Treasurer’s Report. She reports $3,031.47 in the
                              savings account and $7,805.69 in checking. The latest checks written were
                              for flowers for Jen, award for Ann and mileage.
Nancy Hahn, Historian
Phone: (715) 532-2173
nancy.hahn@da.wi.gov          Sue reported briefly on the status of next year’s conference. The Country
                              Spring Hotel in Waukesha has been booked for the 20th annual conference
                              to be held in May 2010. Many things are still being finalized.

                              A tentative agenda was discussed by Karen. Topics and speakers still
                              need to be clarified and finalized. The group event was discussed, as well
                              as the annual meeting and the ethics component. It was discussed that the
                              DA or ADA from the hosting county would be asked to do the ethics
                              component. Carrie volunteered to contact the Waukesha County acting
                              Victim Witness Coordinator for someone who would be interested in the
                              ethics presentation. The board still needs to apply for the OCVS money
                              and DOJ grant. Ideas for the conference gift were discussed. Members of
                              the association have voiced a want for national speakers. This is the 20th
                              annual conference and there was discussion about doing something

                              Llonda talked about the stats project and where it’s going. Llonda
                              mentioned that Stephanie Jens suggested that the committee needs to
                              reevaluate the survey - that members need to see an outcome from the
                              survey which might inspire a greater response.

                              Motion to adjourn was made by Kathy, seconded by Sue. Meeting

                              Acting Secretary, Gayle Patraw

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Getting to Know Us

                            Featured Member:
                                  Kathy Senn,
               Douglas County V/W Coordinator
Years in Victim/Witness Profession: 19
Most fulfilling experience as an advocate: Getting Thank-
You letters from Victims. This is such a contentious business, and
sometimes it’s hard to see the good we do for other people
through the maze of red-tape, and regulations, and the daily
frustrations of an overloaded system… so it’s nice to hear from
someone that they feel what you do is “worth it”. It’s a far better
feeling than just getting a paycheck.

Most challenging experience as an advocate: Taking a boatload of “Blame” for the failures of
the Criminal Justice System without taking it personally. From handling the shock and surprise of
victims when you explain to them that “the right to remain silent” lasts through the entire case and not
just the arrest phase of things, to helping them regain a sense of perspective after they realize that
”Truth in Sentencing” really only means “Truth until the State decides to change the rules”. They are
angry and disappointed, and rightly so. But it’s hard to learn how to channel the focus of their
frustrations into fuel that can fire up your enthusiasm for continued efforts toward changing the Criminal
Justice System to reflect a better balance for victims.

Advice to fellow advocates (wisdom, quote): "Nil bastardum carborundum" . It is a pseudo
latin phrase (but probably more correctly "illegitimi nil carborundum"?) meaning – “don't let the
bastards grind you down”...
Last book you read: “Water Touching Stone” by Eliot Pattison
Last movie you saw: Avatar
(Inspired from James Lipton’s interviews on “Inside the Actor’s Studio”)
What is your favorite word? Floccinaucinihilipilification
What is your least favorite word? Irregardless
What noise or sound do you love? Wind chimes/Leaves rustling/Waves and waterfalls
What noise or sound do you hate? Smoke alarms/Sirens/Honking Horns
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Sustainable
What profession would you not like to do? Meatpacking
If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly
Gates? Tag, You’re “It”.

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2010 WVWP Victim Service Awards

Wisconsin Victim Witness Professionals is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2010 WVWP
Crime Victim Service Awards.
The categories are as follows:

Jerilyn Dietz, Manitowoc County
Assistant District Attorney and
Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen
Law Enforcement:
Deputy Ryan Fradette, Crawford
County Sheriff’s Department
Steve Frozena, Green Bay

Gerry Lisi, RN (SANE Program),
Rice Lake
Victim Service Provider:
Jennifer Dunn, Waukesha County
Victim/Witness Coordinator
Career of Caring:
Karen Rengert
Penny Werner
Honorable Mention:
Detective Dale Anderson, Dane Co. Sheriff’s Department
Sergeant Lance Catalan, Brown Co. Sheriff’s Department/DA’s Office
Detective Mary Dexter, Barron Co. Sheriff’s Department
John Hartman, Dodge County VW Coordinator
Detective Steve Kaufman, Fond du Lac Police Department
Brenda Mayr, Deputy Clerk, Langlade Co. Juvenile Court Office
Lori Prenderville, Iowa Co VW Coordinator
Watertown Police Department
Det. Sgt. Tina Winger, Det. Brian Uhl, Det.Jessamy Flaherty, Whitewater Police Dept.
Chief Joe Zurfluh, Port Edwards Police Department

Award recipients were honored and presented with a Crime Victim Service Award certificate at the
luncheon held on Thursday, May 20th during the 2010 WVWP 20th Annual Conference held in
Waukesha County. The Awards ceremony proved again to be a very touching and memorable event at
our conference.

We truly value those who make a special effort to treat victims with fairness, dignity and respect and
demonstrate outstanding victim services.

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At Our Fingertips:
911 Cell Phone Database

Website: http://www.911cellphonebank.org/get-involved.asp

Who qualifies to participate?

The 911 Cell Phone Bank program is open to any Law Enforcement agency, Government
Emergency Management agency, or Victim Services agency.

Many of you, as victim/witness coordinators, have probably already been contacted about
this program to see if you would like to participate.

Why should I participate?

Both the community service professionals and the community itself benefit from
participating in at least two ways:
   1. A law enforcement or victim service agency’s time is best spent helping the community, not
      testing or inventorying cell phones. When your community participates in the 911 Cell
      Phone Bank we take on all the operational responsibilities involved in running a 911
      emergency cell phone program. When your community participates in the 911 Cell Phone
      Bank we take on all the operational responsibilities involved in running a 911 emergency
      cell phone program. This leaves your community service professionals to focus on the
      people in your community.
   2. Your community maximizes your donation. Getting both cash value AND usable 911
      emergency cell phones.

Is there any cost?
No. We will pay for all shipping and handling, inventory management and testing of each donated
cell phone. However, unless special circumstances exist, any agency requesting cell phones will be
required to support the promotion and collection activities of the program.

How will my donation benefit my county?
All monies generated by the sale of re-marketable cell phones donated to a specific agency will be
paid directly back to that agency. However, only the donated cell phones which are designated for
911 emergency use will be added to an inventory "Bank" available to all participants. Qualified
participating agencies can request any number of 911 emergency cell phones regardless of past
                                                   (Above information taken from “Get Involved” section of website)

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                                                                           Wisconsin Victim/Witness Professionals
Training Opportunity

Enforcing Victims’ Rights
Date:              June 16-17, 2010

Cost:              $200.00

Location:          Hyatt Regency Milwaukee
                   333 West Kilbourn Avenue
                   Milwaukee, WI 53203

Instructors: Meg Garvin and Keli Luther

Workshop Description: Enforcing Victims' Rights is designed for victim advocates with at least 2 years of experience
working in the victim assistance field. This training will expand the depth and breadth of your knowledge and skills to help
victims assert and seek enforcement of their rights in state and federal criminal courts. This training provides theoretical
concepts, historical and legal perspectives, practical guidelines, and a breakdown of the laws to help support the consistent
enforcement of crime victims' rights.

Module 1: Welcome and Introductions

Module 2: Highlights from the History of Victims’ Rights Enforcement in the United States

By the end of this module, participants will be able to:
      Identify critical moments in the emergence of the crime victims’ rights enforcement movement.
      Describe the national efforts toward enforcement, including the work of the 10 pro bono legal clinics.
      Explain two critical legal cases on enforcement: Linda R.S. v. Richard D. and United States v. McVeigh.

Module 3: Analyze and Apply the Definition of “Victim”

By the end of this module, participants will be able to:
      Explain differences in legal definitions of “victim,” using constitutional and statutory examples.
      Explain how rights attach to “victim” as a status term.
      Discuss the importance of victims fitting within the scope of the legal definition of “victim” to enforce their rights.

Module 4: Twelve Common Rights for Victims

By the end of this module, participants will be able to:
      Describe 12 common victims’ rights.

Module 5: Legal Sources of Victims’ Rights

By the end of this module, participants will be able to:
      Identify common legal sources of victims’ rights.
      Explain the common hierarchical relationship among these legal sources (constitutional provisions, statutes, and
      Identify the pyramids of courts authority.
      Explain the implications of the hierarchy and pyramid for victims’ rights.

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                                        Module 6: Key Points in Evaluating a Jurisdiction’s Laws

Contact Us                              By the end of this module, participants will be able to:
                                              Identify key elements of laws that effect enforceability.
                                              Analyze an individual jurisdiction’s laws to identify critical language
WVWP Board Members                               differentiation.

Northwest Region                        Module 7: Standing and Enforcement

Mary Hogan, Barron County               By the end of this module, participants will be able to:
mary.hogan@da.wi.gov                          Explain key concepts pertaining to standing and enforcement.
                                              Discuss common hurdles as they relate to standing and enforcement.
Karn Winberg, St. Croix County                Identify how to overcome the common hurdles as they relate to standing and
karn.winberg@da.wi.gov                           enforcement.

                                        Module 8: Wrap-Up of Day 1
Northeast Region
                                        By the end of this module, participants will be able to:
Glenna Davis, Vilas County                    Demonstrate knowledge and skills acquired from Day 1 of the training.
                                        Module 9: Introduction to Day 2
Kristen Spiegel Berg, Marathon County
                                        By the end of this module, participants will be able to:
                                              Explain the knowledge and skills that were built during Day 1 of Enforcing
                                                 Victims’ Rights.
Southwest Region                              Identify the knowledge and skills that participants will build during Day 2 of
                                                 Enforcing Victims’ Rights.
Suzanne Beaudoin, Dane County
                                        Module 10: Victim Advocate’s Role and Core Rights during Pretrial, Trial, and Post
Laura Moffit, Sauk County
                                        By the end of this module, participants will be able to:
                                              Explain how victims’ rights can be exercised during pretrial proceedings.
Southeast Region                              Explain how victims’ rights can be exercised during trial.
                                              Explain how victims’ rights can be exercised as they relate to sentencing, parole,
                                                 and other post trial proceedings.
Amanda Anhalt, Dodge County
amanda.anhalt@da.wi.gov                       Demonstrate practical skills for working with a crime victim during pretrial, trial,
                                                 and post trial proceedings.
Llonda Thomas, Calumet County
llonda.thomas@da.wi.gov                 Module 11: Ethical Considerations When Working With a Victim

                                        By the end of this module, participants will be able to:
At Large                                      Recognize the underlying values of the victim assistance code of ethics.
                                              Use a standard decision-making process when faced with an ethical dilemma.
LeeAnn Raab, Taylor County                    Apply acquired knowledge and skills to analyzing a hypothetical case scenario.
                                        Module 12: Training Closing
Roxie Scheel, Vernon County
                                        By the end of this module, participants will be able to:
Kathy Senn, Douglas County                    Demonstrate knowledge and skills acquired from the training.
kathryn.senn@da.wi.gov                        Develop individual action plans for applying new information and skills to their
                                                 own organizations.
Jamie Yunk, Kewaunee County
                                        For further information, go to:

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                     Calendar                WVWP’S 20TH ANNUAL SPRING CONFERENCE
                     of Events
                                            Thanks to all who attended our spring conference and made it such
                                            as a success. The WVWP Board hopes you all enjoyed your time
June                                        at the conference, with colleagues and in Waukesha.
    16-17th Enforcing Victim’s Rights,
            Training provided by OVC
                Milwaukee Wisconsin

                 Internet Safety Month

                                            Upcoming Calendar of Event Resources:
   21-22nd Drug Endangered Children         Internet Safety Month
              Conference at Wausau          June is Internet Safety Month and a great opportunity to make
 http://www.wisconsindec.org/docs/2010_     sure children are safe online. Predators, identity thieves, and a
                                   s.pdf    wide array of scam artists use the Internet to commit crimes.
                                            Parents should carefully monitor their children’s use of computers
                                            and decide if unique accounts or parental controls are needed.
                                            Some helpful tips are available from the United States Computer
August                                      Emergency Awareness Team, part of the Department of Homeland
             3rd – National Night Out       Security.
        (Nat’l Assoc. of Town Watch)

   3-5th Wisconsin Serving Victims of       2010 National Night Out
          Crime Conference, Appleton        Tuesday, August 3, 2010 is the National Night Out 2010.
http://www.fvtc.edu/public/content.aspx?I   Communities across the nation will be teaming up with local law
                                            enforcement in order to heighten crime and drug prevention
                                            awareness; to generate support for and participation in local
     22-25th National Organization for      anticrime programs; and to strengthen neighborhood police-
       Victim Assistance Conference,        community partnerships.
                  Salt Lake City, Utah
                 http://www.trynova.org/    http://www.nationalnightout.org/nno/about.html

14-16th National Center for Victims of
                   Crime Conference,
                         New Orleans
                                                                                                     Thought for the Day:

  25th National Day of Remembrance                                                              “Behold the turtle.
         for Murder Victims - POMC
                                                 He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.”
  National Campus Safety Awareness
                            Month                                                                  --James B. Conant

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