“Breaking Silence: Interpreting for Victim Services” Training Materials Now Available!

Ayuda of Washington, D.C.: Victim Services Interpreter Bank, in partnership with the DC Office of Victim Services & Justice Grants (OVSJG), have released a groundbreaking new curriculum for interpreters, which is valuable to both spoken language and sign language interpreters. The set of training materials, titled “Breaking Silence: Interpreting for Victim Services,” is now available to the public, for interpreter training sessions and self-study, and can be downloaded at http://ayuda.com/wp/get-help/language-services/resources/.

The training provided in “Breaking Silence” prepares interpreters to work in a specialized field: victim-centered, trauma-informed interpreting, such as interpreting for victims of violent crime, domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. The training manual, workbook of role plays and exercise, and glossary of victim service terminology released today are the. culmination of more than two years of work, which included two pilot interpreter training sessions that trained over 50 local interpreters. The authors of the curriculum are nationally recognized experts in interpreter training, including Marjory Bancroft of Cross-Cultural Communications.