Suspect Forensic Examination – Part 1: Forensic Examinations and Evidence Collection

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90 Minutes

Originally Aired
June 6, 2019

Sergeant Joanne Archambault (Ret.)
Founder & Chief Executive Officer, EVAWI
Diana Faugno
Board Treasurer and Founding Director,
EVAWI, Forensic Registered Nurse Consultant

All too often suspect examinations are overlooked in a sexual assault investigation, as well as other crimes. Most law enforcement agencies, as well as forensic nurse examiner programs, have failed to establish appropriate policies and procedures for obtaining comprehensive forensic examinations for suspects.

The purpose of this webinar is to make the case for the importance of suspect examinations, for the collection of evidence from both the suspect’s body and clothing, to explore some of the reasons and barriers as to why they often are not done, and to provide concrete recommendations for overcoming these barriers and using suspect examinations effectively in your jurisdiction.


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

  • Explain the primary goals of a forensic examination conducted of a suspect in a sexual assault investigation.
  • Describe the full scope of evidence that may be identified, documented and collected during a forensic examination of a sexual assault suspect.
  • Articulate the investigative purposes of evidence collected and documented during the forensic examination of a sexual assault suspect.
  • Discuss how different types of evidence can help establish the elements of the crime, corroborate or challenge statements made by a victim, suspect, or witnesses, and address potential defenses.
  • Explain what can and cannot be concluded on the basis of a forensic examination of a sexual assault suspect.

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


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

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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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