Training and Resources for working with Underserved Victim Populations

The Center for Innovation and Resources, Inc. (CIR), has received funding through the Victims of Crime Act Training Program of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) for The Underserved Populations (UP) Project which focuses on four distinct populations:

  • Victims with disabilities
  • Male victims
  • LGBTQ victims
  • Foster youth victims

The UP Project provides training and technical assistance to victim service providers throughout California in order to increase their ability to effectively serve underserved victims in the four identified population groups.


Trainings cover both basic and advanced topics and includes sixteen in-person trainings per year as well as four live-streamed events. Travel scholarships will be available for all in-person training events. The UP Project will also conduct a live webinar for each of the four topic areas. Webinars will be 60 minutes in length, consisting of lecture, live polling, quizzes, interactive discussions, video clips and question and answer time. Additionally, each of the four topic areas will also have an “Ask the Expert” session each year. These sessions will consist of a 20-minute video-recorded training, followed by two opportunities to “ask the expert” questions about the topic. Each “Ask the Expert” session will be 30 minutes long and will be in a live, virtual format. All web-based trainings will be recorded and archived online for future viewing opportunities.


Resources available by the UP Project include:

Effective Service Delivery to Underserved Populations - a series of handouts offering strategies for working with each specific victim group. The intent of this resource is provide a tool that will encourage providers to change the way they deliver services to these target groups on each specific topic.

Practitioners Exchange - A group space online for victim service providers to network, share resources and ideas, and find out the latest training and resource opportunities from the project. The Practitioners Exchange is hosted using a Facebook group.

Office Hours - are be offered by Subject Matter Experts for victim service providers to have one-on-one question and answer time regarding specific practices, strategies and/or unique issues in service delivery.

Technical Assistance - Our staff are happy to assist you with connecting you to the training, resources, or professional network that you need in order to do your best work. Please complete this form to request technical assistance. 

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    Cal OES

    Produced by the Center for Innovation and Resources, Inc. (CIR) with funding from the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES), Victim Services Branch with funding made possible through the United States Department of Justice, Victims of Crime Act, 2015-VA-GX-0058.

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