Webinar Archive

Webinar Archive


Bridging the Gap: Providing Victim Outreach Services Through the Pretrial Phase

Bridging the Gap: Providing Victim Outreach Services Through the Pretrial Phase

The presentation will provide an overview of the previously Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funded grant project that is now permanently funded by the Denver Police Department. The project, now called the Pretrial Victim Services Unit, is a collaboration of the Victim Assistance Unit within the Denver Police Department and Denver Pretrial Services and is the first of its kind in the country.

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Procedural Justice: Leveling the Playing Field for Victims of Crime

Procedural Justice: Leveling the Playing Field for Victims of Crime

The court system contains challenges that victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, elder or child abuse experience when navigating the court process. Due process requires that those coming before the court system have notice and an opportunity to be heard. However, certain victims may experience barriers to accessing justice.

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Sexual Assault Response Innovation: A Regionalized Task Force

Sexual Assault Response Innovation: A Regionalized Task Force

Nearly all major municipal US policing agencies have dedicated sex crimes units, offering expert investigative assistance to victims of sexual violence. Many municipal policing agencies/county sheriff offices have fewer than 100 sworn officers, settling for general assignment detectives. Due to intense workloads and limited training resources, it’s unrealistic to expect detectives to become experts in sexual violence. The predictable result is less than optimal investigations, poor reporting experiences, and worse outcomes for victims. In 2016, the Commerce City, CO (CCPD), and Brighton, CO (BPD) police departments identified an innovative practice for sexual assault investigations: a joint sexual assault taskforce (SATF) working across jurisdictions to investigate sex crimes in a victim-centered manner.

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Don’t Stop Believing: Promoting A Survivor-Centered Approach and the Power of Collaboration

Don’t Stop Believing: Promoting A Survivor-Centered Approach and the Power of Collaboration

Thanks to the brave work of one student survivor, Brie Sivy, the Start by Believing movement – first brought to campus by the Ohio University Police Department (OUPD) and the Survivor Advocacy Program (SAP) – is going strong at Ohio University. Brie has been publicly speaking and sharing her story alongside Detective Mathew Austin of OUPD and Kim Rouse of SAP since 2018.

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Addressing Sexual Victimization Within Domestic Violence

Addressing Sexual Victimization Within Domestic Violence

This webinar will shed light on the prevalence of sexual violence within intimate partner relationships, acknowledge the importance of developing collaborative strategies between domestic violence and sexual assault agencies, and advocate for a broader inclusion of addressing sexual violence within all systems working to address Intimate Personal Violence.

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“I Wish I Knew This Earlier” – Implementing Mandated Sexual Assault Training for Law Enforcement

“I Wish I Knew This Earlier” – Implementing Mandated Sexual Assault Training for Law Enforcement

This workshop, presented by a training program manager, police sergeant, and EVAWI President, explains the early development, implementation, and formative evaluation of Washington’s legislation in support of sexual assault victims. It provides an overview on the development of an innovative training model for all officers that investigate adult sexual assault.

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International Safety Planning: Supporting Survivors of Forced Marriage and Domestic Violence

International Safety Planning: Supporting Survivors of Forced Marriage and Domestic Violence

Forced marriage is a serious problem impacting women and girls (and some men and boys) from across communities in the United States. Forced marriage often results in physical, psychological and sexual abuse, and can intersect with other forms of harm including domestic violence and human trafficking. Survivors face significant safety risks including the threat of being taken, and in some cases abandoned, overseas. Serving these survivors requires advanced and creative safety planning, risk assessment, long term emotional support and coordination with agencies not often involved in domestic violence intervention work. In this session, common case scenarios and best practice guidance for identifying and screening cases with an international component will be shared, including how to support survivors seeking to avoid travel and coordinate a repatriation for those already overseas. An overview of the available forms of legal remedies and other expert support resources will also be provided.

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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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“Reading” Victims and Judging Credibility – Best Practices in Promoting Victim Centered Investigations and Prosecutions

“Reading” Victims and Judging Credibility – Best Practices in Promoting Victim Centered Investigations and Prosecutions

Victim centered investigations and prosecutions requires effective perception skills. Building rapport by perceiving emotional needs promotes effective advocacy, investigations, and prosecutions through building a collaborative relationship of trust. This program will demonstrate how to effectively read victims, perceive victim needs, and judge credibility, in order to develop areas of common ground necessary to build solid relationships and enhance successful investigations and prosecutions, from the crime scene to the courtroom.

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Immigration Financial Support – Using the I-864 to Transition to Self-Sufficiency

Immigration Financial Support – Using the I-864 to Transition to Self-Sufficiency

This training will help advocates, law enforcement and other professionals identify clients/survivors who might be able to benefit from the Form I-864. Learn easy questions that can be added to your intake procedure to screen for potential eligibility. Learn to assess the scope of support to which an individual might be eligible, and what steps may be taken to enforce the support obligation.

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