For victims who report sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, and other traumatic incidents, the purpose of an investigative interview is to help them: (1) retrieve details of the traumatic event from memory, and (2) disclose those details to the investigator. Yet all too often sexual assault victims have faced unjustified suspicion that their report is a false allegation. Building on Part 1 in this 2-part series of workshops offered by veteran law enforcement investigators, Part 2 focuses on examining the concrete strategies and techniques involved in: (a) conducting an initial interview and preliminary investigation, (b) planning, preparing, and conducting an in-depth victim interview, (c) documenting victim statements and other investigative findings, and (d) following up with additional interviews and an evolving investigation.
As a result of this webinar, participants will be better able to:
- Identify key strategies to support the victim’s recall and disclosure of traumatic memories in the context of comprehensive investigative interviewing.
- Explain the need for at least two law enforcement interviews with each sexual assault victim and the difference between a preliminary and detailed interview.
- Apply both scientific and practical knowledge to the tasks of effectively planning, conducting, documenting, and following up on detailed victim interviews.
- Examine how effective victim interviews fit into the larger context of ever-evolving and evidence-based investigations of sexual assault and other crimes.
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