Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Prevention - Long Beach, CA

End Abuse Long Beach
Since 1975

CAMFT Approved Continuing Education Provider

January 8 Program Agenda

"Helping Victims Become Survivors and Survivors Become Thrivers!"

Shari Farmer, District Attorney Field Deputy,
LA County District Attorney's Victim-Witness Assistance Program


Thursday, January 8, 2015


8:00 - 8:20 a.m. Networking & Introductions
8:20 - 9:30 a.m. - Program


Alpert Jewish Community Center, Senior Room
3801 E. Willow St, Long Beach, CA 90815

EALB will provide 1 CEU to MFTs/LCSWs in attendance (free to EALB members, $10 for non-members).
Approval No. PCE 4131

Contact info: 213-700-2276,

Shari FarmerShari Farmer has been working for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office for 11 years. She started in Business Administrative Services and was shortly promoted to a Field Deputy working in Community Relations (which is now Public Affairs).
She worked very closely with the DA on such programs as Courageous Citizen, Environmental Scholarship Award and the Rescue Program, where she matched middle school students with firefighters in an effort to improve their leadership, teamwork, discipline and behavioral skills.
In addition to these responsibilities, Shari also coordinated the DA's Project LEAD Program, where 5th grade classrooms are taught a 20-week criminal law-based curriculum by eligible DA representatives in the hopes that they are never seen in court on the wrong side of the law.
She is currently the Field Deputy, Community Outreach Coordinator for the DA's Victim-Witness Assistance Program where some of her responsibilities are working with MOU providers, recruiting and obtaining MOU's with colleges for the programs volunteer/internship program, conducting briefings with law enforcement agencies and presenting the program to community, faith based and task force organizations throughout the county.
She also continues to teach Project LEAD at Loren Miller Elementary School in South Central Los Angeles.

The Victim-Witness Assistance Program (VWAP) is part of a statewide network that aids victims and their families. In 1977, the program was created to provide essential services to victims and witnesses of crime in Los Angeles County. In 1983, the State Legislature passed Penal Code 13835 establishing VWAP Program in every county in the State. The State Restitution Fund was also established to fund VWAP Programs throughout the State without using taxpayer dollars.
The main objective of VWAP is to alleviate the trauma and the frequently devastating effects of crime on the lives of victims and their families by providing assistance and services. Victims and witnesses are encourtaged to access VWAP services to help mitigate the trauma associated with testifying and participating in a criminal proceeding.

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