Strategies for Enhancing Victim-Witness Testimony in Sexual Assault Cold Case Investigations

Get full access to our extensive webinar library at a reduced rate! Sign up now for an individual subscription or invest in your team with agency subscriptions.
Current Status
Not Enrolled
Get Started

90 Minutes

Originally Aired
April 21, 2022

Jason Dickinson
Jason J. Dickinson, PhD
Professor of Psychology
Montclair State University
Annie Harrison
Annie M Harrison, Detective 
Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Investigator
Ingham County Sheriff’s Office
Nicole Lytle
Nicole E. Lytle, PhD
Associate Professor
Montclair State University

Cold case investigations pose unique challenges for investigators who question victims and witnesses many years after a crime was committed. Challenges to eliciting victim-witness testimony include identifying and overcoming motivational barriers (e.g., reluctance), as well as factors related to the fallibility of human memory (e.g., source misattribution). Investigators have traditionally received little training in how to elicit cold case testimony. Drawing on examples from actual cases, this presentation will identify unique investigative challenges inherent to eliciting cold case testimony and review evidence-based strategies for enhancing victim-witness reports.


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

  • Identify and overcome motivational and memory related barriers to victim-witness testimony. 
  • Develop strategies to manage communication and conversational dynamics within the interview.
  • Identify ways to overcome victim-witness stress, anxiety, and trauma related factors that may impede victim-witness memory. 
  • Examine principles of human memory and cognition to enhance memory for remote events.

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 content is for Individual – Monthly, Individual – Annual, Individual – Lifetime, Agency – Bronze (1-10 Users), Agency – Silver (11-25 Users), Agency – Gold (26-50 Users), Agency – Platinum (51-500 Users), and lifetime Access – Strategies for Enhancing Victim-Witness Testimony in Sexual Assault Cold Case Investigations members only.
Login Join Now