The Virginia Victimization Screen (VVS) is a brief screening tool that can be used by a variety of professionals across systems to identify children and youth who have experienced victimization and/or been exposed to violence. In order to evaluate the reliability and validity of the VVS, two communities, Charlottesville City/Albemarle County and Washington County, piloted the VVS and accompanying training manual and module in 2017. Two additional communities, Alexandria and Newport News/Hampton, are currently serving as second wave pilot sites.
Wave 2 Project Pilot Sites
Four agencies in the City of Alexandria and three agencies in the Cities of Hampton and Newport News piloting the VVS:
Alexandria Pilot Agencies/Organizations
- Department of Community and Human Services, Child Protective Services
- Center for Alexandria’s Children
- Teen Wellness Center
Hampton/Newport News Pilot Agencies/Organizations
- Center for Child & Family Services
- Hampton Healthy Families
- Newport News Department of Human Services
Goals of the pilot phase include training front-line service providers to effectively administer the VVS; providing consistent support to all pilot site partners; facilitating additional topic-specific trainings based on pilot partner needs in order to enhance the knowledge and expertise of VVS administrators; evaluating the training and VVS administration process for successes and challenges; and collecting qualitative/quantitative data based on the VVS from pilot partners.