Webinar Archive

Webinar Archive

Investigating Stalking Crimes Within Sexual Assault Cases

Investigating Stalking Crimes Within Sexual Assault Cases

In this session, two veteran law enforcement investigators, Cathy Garcia and Carlton Hershman, will cover the recognition and elements of stalking, focusing on ways to obtain evidence (some non-traditional) while investigating these crimes. They will discuss how to use an array of family and civil court documents and proceedings to enhance investigations.

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Sex Crimes Cold Case: Learning from the Ghosts of Investigations Past

Sex Crimes Cold Case: Learning from the Ghosts of Investigations Past

Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO) was one of the early grantees of the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI), a program designed to address the nationwide plague of unsubmitted, untested sexual assault kits. JSO used SAKI funds to submit kits for analysis and also to assign advocates, investigators, and prosecutors to pursue investigative leads for previously overlooked cases. One of the outcomes of this initiative was a better understanding of sex crimes investigations – the challenges, shortcomings, and successes. Sergeant DeVevo will discuss the lessons learned, as well as the mistakes, and explore promising practices in cold case investigations.

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How Law Enforcement Leaders Can Build a Trauma Informed Response Culture at Their Agency

How Law Enforcement Leaders Can Build a Trauma Informed Response Culture at Their Agency

Progressive law enforcement agencies are changing the way they investigate sexual assault. Based on neuroscience research into trauma’s effect on the brain, police organizations have begun to adapt their perspectives on rape victims’ behavior and memory following an attack. Are these same agencies ensuring their policies and procedures maintain these changes? Are police executives committed to transforming the culture of their agency? Has the overall culture changed, or will gender biases creep back in, negating the progress they have made? Are the positive changes sustainable?

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Using Virtual Meeting Software for  Interviews with Victims

Using Virtual Meeting Software for Interviews with Victims

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, law enforcement officers are using innovative tactics to connect with victims for investigations and to ensure they receive the support they need. One tool some agencies are using is virtual meeting software; they’re interviewing victims and including victim advocates in that process just like they would with a traditional interview. In this panel presentation and discussion, investigators and a forensic nurse utilizing virtual software to interview victims, witnesses, and suspects will discuss the advantages and challenges. They will provide tips and talk about pitfalls to avoid.

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Building Your Trainer Toolbox – Part 2: Training Materials and Professional Tools

Building Your Trainer Toolbox – Part 2: Training Materials and Professional Tools

In Part 2 of our series on Building your Trainer Toolbox, we will offer concrete guidance on how to improve your own training materials (including abstracts, learning objectives, and PowerPoint slides) and professional tools (such as a biographical sketch, resumé, and CV). This information is designed to be helpful for anyone who interested in providing training on the topic of criminal justice and community responses to sexual assault and other forms of gender-based violence.

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Building Your Trainer Toolbox – Part 1: Using and Citing Research

Building Your Trainer Toolbox – Part 1: Using and Citing Research

This is the first in a 2-part series of webinars on how to build your toolbox as a trainer. In Part 1, we will focus on how to use and cite research properly, both to increase your own credibility as an expert and to avoid any potential fear of plagiarism. Guidance will also be given for identifying research sources from among EVAWI’s portfolio of training materials. This information is designed to be helpful for anyone who interested in providing training on the topic of criminal justice and community responses to sexual assault and other forms of gender-based violence.

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Reducing Gender Bias in Sexual Assault Response and Investigation – Part 2

Reducing Gender Bias in Sexual Assault Response and Investigation – Part 2

In Part 2, we resume this discussion with an exploration of how gender bias affects victim blaming after the sexual assault. We will also evaluate how gender bias plays a critical role in the designation of false reports in cases of sexual assault, and consider the intersection of gender bias and victim recantations. The presentation concludes with recommendations for reducing the effect of gender bias in these cases.

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Reducing Gender Bias in Sexual Assault Response and Investigation – Part 1

Reducing Gender Bias in Sexual Assault Response and Investigation – Part 1

In this 2-part webinar series, we will explore the phenomenon of gender bias, both explicit (conscious) and implicit (unconscious), and the resulting stereotypes and attitudes that can influence the professional response to, and investigation of, sexual assault. Many of the same principles apply to cases of intimate partner violence and other gender-based violence.

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Question about Forensic Compliance?  EVAWI Probably Has a Resource for That!

Question about Forensic Compliance? EVAWI Probably Has a Resource for That!

EVAWI aims to highlight communities that are striving to achieve a higher standard of the “spirit of the law,” rather than simply meeting the “letter of the law” with the forensic compliance provisions of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Join us for a quick, 30-minute webinar to learn about the wealth of information we provide on this topic, and identify resources such as background articles, sample laws, policies, protocols and other documents that can be adapted for use in your own community.

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Tools for Addressing Gender Bias in Sexual Assault Response

Tools for Addressing Gender Bias in Sexual Assault Response

EVAWI offers a number of resources designed to explore the phenomenon of gender bias, both explicit (conscious) and implicit (unconscious), and the resulting stereotypes and attitudes that can influence the professional response to, and investigation of, sexual assault. In this brief 30-minute webinar, we will offer a tour of these resources to help identify the presence of gender bias, mitigate its influence, and address key questions about how bias can disadvantage (or advantage) the victim and/or suspect.

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