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November 2021

VINE Training Webinar

November 4, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm EDT

The Victim Information & Notification Everyday (VINE) service has gone through exciting enhancements! These enhancements include changes to VINELink, the public web service for VINE. Appriss Insights is pleased to bring you this webinar covering the updates to VINE. During this session, we will take a tour of VINELink, and review features and important workflows. VINELink is a valuable tool used to register victims/survivors for notification of changes in offender custody status, as well as, search for important Service Provider…

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January 2022

Virtual Conference: Comprehensive Victim Interviews (CVI): Helping Victims Retrieve and Disclose Traumatic Memories

January 26 @ 7:30 am - January 27 @ 3:30 pm PST

Join us for this 2-day training on Comprehensive Victim Interviews (CVI), offered by veteran law enforcement investigators and other leading national experts. After opening with an interactive exercise based on a 911 call, presenters will briefly review the scientific research on stress, trauma, and memory, as well as research on what works – and doesn’t – when it comes to effective interviews.

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February 2022

Webinar: Why Should We Care About the Science? Understanding the Impact of Sexual Assault on Victim Responses, Behaviors, and Memories

February 9 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am PST

By applying a scientific understanding of trauma and trauma-informed interviewing principles, investigators can help victims to recall and share details about their sexual assault. These details will then guide the resulting investigation, including interviews with respondents and witnesses, other types of evidence, and corroborative information. Decision makers can piece these details together to compile a more comprehensive and evidence-based account of the sexual assault, and enhance case determinations.

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Webinar: The Mask of Bondage: Post-Pandemic Challenges Prosecuting Human Trafficking: Tips and Trends

February 24 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm PST

This program will cover post-pandemic trends and developments regarding detection, documentation, and relational dynamics involved in human trafficking cases. The presenter will cover the unique and sensitive issues involved in working with human trafficking survivors who faced a host of challenges during the pandemic, and often do not identify as “victims.” This program will include a discussion of modern-day victim-law enforcement interaction, pandemic trauma-bonding, and other challenges faced by prosecutors currently handling such cases.

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March 2022

“How do we do this better?” Caring for Incarcerated Survivors

March 24 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm PDT

This new, free Community Conversation Series, delves into important topics in the Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Exam (SAMFE) Virtual Practicum. Guests Linda McFarlane of Just Detention International, Kenneth James of the South Carolina Department of Corrections, and Nadine Ebanks, Lead Nurse Practitioner at the Nancy J. Cotterman Center in Florida, will discuss how we can better advocate and care for incarcerated patients. Community Conversations offer different perspectives, share ideas, and provide examples of successful practices. Join us and bring your…

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April 2022

Elevating Survivor Voices: The Impact of Start by Believing

April 5 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm PDT

All too often, when sexual assault victims find the courage to come forward, their disclosures are met with doubt or blame, rather than empathy and support. End Violence Against Women International set out to better understand the impact of responses to victim disclosures, both from professionals as well as loved ones. Come join this session to learn the steps we have taken to integrate survivor and professional perspectives into our mission, and hear firsthand – from survivors as well as…

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International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Reimagining Justice

April 19 - April 21

International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Reimagining Justice The in-person conference will take place April 19th-21st at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square, or you can attend virtually to catch all the action online.

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May 2022

Webinar: You Might “Know It When You See It”, But Do You Know How to Use It to Prevent Crime? How Pornography Impacts Behavior: Recognition and Intervention

May 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm PDT

This program will explore the relevance, predictive value, and admissibility of this type of evidence in preventing crime through early intervention. It will discuss how detecting evidence of pornography use can inform victim witness advocates, service providers, as well as law enforcement professionals about its potential impact on other behavior. Because prediction is prevention, this program will discuss how detecting the use of pornography can impact case investigation, victim care, and even restorative justice.

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Webinar: Cultural and Systemic Effects on Sexual Assault Reporting and Investigations: Exploring High Profile Cases

May 25 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am PDT

Sexual assaults are among the most underreported crimes, for a variety of reasons. This includes internal factors, such as personal shame and embarrassment, as well as external peer pressure exerted by others. We typically think of peer pressure as coming from friends and family members, but it can also come from organizations and institutions. It can even be enshrined in the confines or “rules” (whether written or unwritten) for such organizations or institutions. So, what happens when the peer pressure…

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June 2022

Webinar: How Media Portrayal of Interpersonal Violence Impacts Case Investigation, Prosecution, and Survivor Care

June 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm PDT

This session will explore how media portrayals of domestic and sexual violence impact case investigation and prosecution, trauma-informed victim care, and decision making by judges and juries.

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