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When Children and Teens Experience Multiple Forms of Victimization: Polyvictimization Resources and Upcoming Webinars

In a recent research report, Turner, Hanby, and Banyard (2013, p. 2) stated that the National Survey of Children's Exposure to Violence (NatSCEV) found:

Eight percent of all youth in the NatSCEV sample and 11 percent of those who reported being exposed to any violence had experienced seven or more different kinds of victimization in the past year. These were the poly-victimized children.

The term "polyvictimization" (sometimes spelled "poly-victimization") describes experiences of being victimized a number of times in different ways. We are just beginning to understand the cumulative effect of these experiences on children and teens. Some excellent resources on this topic have come to my attention.

On Thursday, September 12, 2013, at noon Pacific Time, the National Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) will offer a free webinar on Polyvictimization and Sexual Exploitation of Young Girls and Women. They describe this webinar, presented by Lisa Goldblatt-Grace, MA, LICSW, of the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute, My Life My Choice Program, in this way: "The presenter will examine the nuances of polyvictimization as it relates to the commercial sexual exploitation of both girls and women."

There will be another webinar on Thursday, September 26 on Polyvictimization and Sexual Exploitation of Young Boys and Men. Both webinars are available at this site. If you are unable to participate at the "live" webinar time, you can access the archived webinars after the air date. These webinars are part of a series on the topic of polyvictimization that are offered by the NCTSN's Learning Center for Child and Adolescent Trauma at learn.nctsn.org. You do have to create an account, but courses are free and you can earn continuing education credits.

In addition, the National Children's Advocacy Center (NCAC) has the CALiO Library with resources on "Poly-Victimization." This site provides links to readings, webinars, community resources, technical assistance, podcasts, and White Papers describing research on the topic.

The NCTSN and NCAC resources may be helpful to advocates as well as therapists.

Reviewed: October 17th, 2016