Webinar Archive

Webinar Archive


Opioid Addiction and Interpersonal Violence

Opioid Addiction and Interpersonal Violence

We are facing unprecedented challenges as our nation confronts a pandemic, a racial reckoning, and economic and political turmoil simultaneously. Rates of anxiety and depression have tripled; meanwhile, communication skills are dwindling. The way we support each other through this challenging time will have lasting effects. When we respond well to those in trauma, we build strong bonds of trust and enhance communication.

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New Frontiers in Investigating and Prosecuting Sexual Assault by Intoxication – Part 2

New Frontiers in Investigating and Prosecuting Sexual Assault by Intoxication – Part 2

This presentation addresses the issues that investigators, prosecutors, victim advocates, and medical personal often encounter in alcohol facilitated sexual assaults. Investigators and prosecutors face many hurdles, including the consent defense, perceptions about “he said/she said” cases, and victims suffering from memory loss, as well as challenges related to victim shame, embarrassment, and lack of trust in law enforcement.

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The Empathetic Workplace: Five Steps to a Compassionate, Calm, and Confident Response to Trauma on the Job

The Empathetic Workplace: Five Steps to a Compassionate, Calm, and Confident Response to Trauma on the Job

We are facing unprecedented challenges as our nation confronts a pandemic, a racial reckoning, and economic and political turmoil simultaneously. Rates of anxiety and depression have tripled; meanwhile, communication skills are dwindling. The way we support each other through this challenging time will have lasting effects. When we respond well to those in trauma, we build strong bonds of trust and enhance communication.

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Building a Foundation of Police-Community Reconciliation to Address Intimate Partner Violence

Building a Foundation of Police-Community Reconciliation to Address Intimate Partner Violence

This workshop outlines the NNSC’s approach to address the crisis of trust between survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV) and law enforcement. Mistrust jeopardizes safety, with less than half of survivors willing to report victimization to law enforcement, and those who do, often find themselves disillusioned with the criminal justice process. The NNSC’s framework of reconciliation, drawing from several international examples including post-Apartheid South Africa and Northern Ireland, presents a unique opportunity to build police-community trust. Piloted since 2015 in six cities across the country though a USDOJ grant, reconciliation centers on an Acknowledgement of Harm, the elevation of impacted community voices through listening sessions with law enforcement, and the incorporation of those insights into a robust policy review process. In select jurisdictions, this framework has been applied specifically to IPV, resulting in substantive policy changes drawn directly from survivor feedback. This workshop will present the framework itself, examples of its use and impact, and new reconciliation opportunities for interdisciplinary partners addressing IPV in their communities.

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Chelsea’s Story

Chelsea’s Story

EVAWI’s Start by Believing campaign has impacted thousands of professionals in their work to respond effectively to sexual violence. In this session, Chelsea Young, a survivor of sexual assault at a small Virginia college, and Dwight Rudd, a Virginia Attorney, share how this campaign directly altered the criminal justice response to her case for the better. Chelsea will share how originally the system failed to believe her or hold her accuser accountable. This finally changed when her case ended up on a prosecutor’s desk just days after his return from a Virginia training program dedicated to improving the response of prosecutors and law enforcement to non-stranger, adult sexual assault cases. After many professionals had failed her, finally, someone within the system started from a place of belief, walked with Chelsea through the process and successfully prosecuted Chelsea’s rapist. This session is a realistic look at how the criminal justice system’s response can drastically alter the outcome of a sexual assault case, if we will just start by believing.

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When Helping Them is Hurting You

When Helping Them is Hurting You

High levels of stress have become the accepted norm in working with victims of trauma, and the effects of that stress run the risk of being ignored. Identifying physical stress triggers in the workplace is essential to building resilience. The more empathic a service provider is, the greater the risk. Ineffective supervision, large caseloads, lack of recovery time between client contacts, traumatized or complex clients, lack of team approach in the workplace, and a lack of supports to meet client/patient needs are other risk factors. A focus on prevention avoids more serious problems later. Like risk factors, there are protective factors inherent in the person and protective factors inherent in the organization. An individual approach is needed to protect service providers against vicarious trauma. Protective factors, like risk factors, are unique to the individual along with their specific personality, characteristics, and experiential background.

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An Electronic Life – How to Destroy a Life through Sextortion

An Electronic Life – How to Destroy a Life through Sextortion

This workshop will address the case of State of Connecticut v. Christopher Lamb, and how a single person can devastate numerous lives through a few keystrokes. In this case, the defendant hacked into and took over the cloud storage and social media accounts of over 20 teenage victims, through exploiting his friendship with the victims and simple social engineering. After taking over their accounts, the defendant downloaded all their personal information, including naked pictures and contacts, and subsequently engaged in “sextortion” by threatening to release these intimate pictures of them to all their contacts if they did not provide him with additional naked pictures. Ultimately, the defendant sent these pictures to all their contacts (including schools and employers), as well as posted them on various “slut-shaming” websites. Recorded post-conviction interviews give a unique insight into the thought process and methodical social engineering process utilized by the offender, as well as the motive behind his actions. Information and studies related to the growing criminal threat of “sextortion,” as well as recommendations regarding law enforcement investigations, charging and plea-negotiation considerations and addressing multiple victims’ needs will be presented.

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Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Exam – A Case Study Highlighting The Need for Better Collaboration

Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Exam – A Case Study Highlighting The Need for Better Collaboration

In June 2011, the Platte County, Missouri Sheriff’s Office responded to the report of a body located in a conservation area. When they arrived, deputies found a semi-nude white female with severe injuries to her head, wearing only a bikini top. The deceased was identified as Alyssa Shippert. The cause of death was multiple blunt force injuries to the head. The Sheriff’s office worked numerous leads but was unable to establish a suspect in the case.

Fast forward to December 2011, when deputies found Brittany Costello in the hallway of her apartment complex. She had life-threatening cuts to her chest, and it appeared as though she had been sexually assaulted. She was transported to the nearest hospital, where the primary focus was to save her life. The secondary goal was to preserve any forensic evidence relating to her possible sexual assault. Search warrants were obtained to complete the forensic sexual assault nursing examination because she was in a medically induced coma. Hospital administrators refused to allow detectives and the SANE to complete the exam, despite the search warrant. Eventually, the exam was completed and revealed physical findings of sexual assault. Detectives interviewed Quintin O’Dell, one of the last people to be with Brittany on Christmas night. O’Dell also happened to be a co-worker of Alyssa Shippert. O’Dell confessed to cutting open Brittany’s abdomen and sexually assaulting her. He also confessed to killing Alyssa on June 1, 2011.

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How Can We Improve the Criminal Justice System Response for Transgender Victims?

How Can We Improve the Criminal Justice System Response for Transgender Victims?

This interactive workshop will analyze intrinsic and extrinsic barriers within the criminal justice system which hinder the reporting of sexual and domestic abuse by transgender victims. The presenters will share their insight on identifying these barriers as they exist in everyday processes and providing practical solutions for the removal of obstacles while providing ideas and suggestions for advocating and supporting transgender victims. Some topics to be covered include which line does the transgender victim enter at the courthouse, male or female; the use of pronouns, and housing safety issues.

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Ethics, Equity and the Principles of Justice (You Said What Now?)

Ethics, Equity and the Principles of Justice (You Said What Now?)

The ways in which forensic nurses and other medical providers working with victims of violent crime conduct themselves, both with patients and in the courtroom, can have lasting effects on individual and community practice. Using examples from the media, trial transcripts and case law, this session will look at ethical challenges that arise in forensic nursing practice and how those challenges impact both patient care and testimony at trial. Participants should expect a lively, interactive discussion with an emphasis placed on practical, rather than theoretical, application.

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