Suspect Forensic Examination – Part 2: Improving Criminal Sexual Assault Investigations with Suspect Forensic Examinations

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90 Minutes

Originally Aired
August 29, 2019

Diana Faugno
Board Treasurer and Founding Director, EVAWI, Forensic Registered Nurse Consultant

The purpose of this webinar is to provide step by step instructions for providing a suspect examination with evidence collected by a forensic nurse. The timing of the suspect examination and maintaining the chain of custody will be discussed. Examples of Evidence collection, using a Suspect Evidence Collection Kit, will illustrate how to collect fingernail cuttings and swabs from the hands/fingers and mouth when appropriate. The presenter will go over the literature and the use of an ALS light for scanning the suspect’s body. The presenter will also highlight the purpose of photographs, and recommendations for best practices regarding medical records, storage and law enforcement access for these forensic exams.

Finally, a case presentation will tie all the elements together for the participants. Resources such as EVAW’s OLTI module on the Forensic Examination of Sexual Assault Victims and Suspects will be available for participants.


As a result of this webinar, participants will be better able to:

  • Give several case examples of when a suspect examination should be considered
  • Describe the importance of the types of evidence that can be collected from suspects, using a case example
  • List the steps the examiner would follow in a suspect examination
  • Identify several procedures that should be considered to ensure the safety of the forensic examiner


EVAWI is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing to provide Continuing Education contact hours for nurses (Provider #15641). 

Registered Nurses may purchase 1.5 contact hours after completing this webinar.

With a paid registration or subscription, you are free to personally listen to this webinar, as many times as you wish. You may also excerpt or cite the material following accepted conventions. However, you may not allow other individuals to listen to this webinar without their own registration or subscription.

This project is supported by Grant No. 2018-TA-AX-K032 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

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