Training and Resources for working with Underserved Victim Populations

The Underserved Populations Training Project focuses on four distinct populations: victims with disabilities, male victims, LQBTQ victims and foster youth victims. Misconceptions and expectations surrounding each victim group can impact how professionals treat them. The UP Project offers trainings and resources to dispel those assumptions.

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 in-person trainings as well as live-streamed 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.

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. 

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    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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