Webinar Archive

Webinar Archive


Part 1: Effective Victim Interviewing: Helping Victims Retrieve and Disclose Memories

Part 1: Effective Victim Interviewing: Helping Victims Retrieve and Disclose Memories

Part 1 includes clips from videotaped interviews with sexual assault victims, conducted by an investigator following best practices, including accompaniment by a victim advocate. With dramatic twists and turns, these interviews demonstrate the transformative effect of a good interview conducted by a skilled and compassionate investigator, with discussion centering on recommended practices.

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DNA and Sexual Assault Kits: A Great Forensic Tool

DNA and Sexual Assault Kits: A Great Forensic Tool

When sexual assault victims/survivors consent to a forensic sexual assault examination, they fully expect that the completed Sexual Assault Kit (SAK) will be submitted by law enforcement to a crime lab to be tested. Sadly, that is not always the case.

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Forensic Nurse Case Review

Forensic Nurse Case Review

Unfortunately, forensic nurses have historically practiced in “silos” and not participated in peer review as part of their practice within their programs and communities. Case, or Peer review, has considerable potential and is a key component of modern quality assurance and patient satisfaction. In the forensic world, case review ensures that the evidence collected, and injuries identified are accurate before going to court for a criminal or civil trial.

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Part 2: Effective Victim Interviewing: Helping Victims Retrieve and Disclose Memories

Part 2: Effective Victim Interviewing: Helping Victims Retrieve and Disclose Memories

For victims who report sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, and other traumatic incidents, the purpose of an investigative interview is to help them: (1) retrieve details of the traumatic event from memory, and (2) disclose those details to the investigator. Yet all too often sexual assault victims have faced unjustified suspicion that their report is a false allegation. Building on Part 1 in this 2-part series of workshops offered by veteran law enforcement investigators, Part 2 focuses on examining the concrete strategies and techniques involved in: (a) conducting an initial interview and preliminary investigation, (b) planning, preparing, and conducting an in-depth victim interview, (c) documenting victim statements and other investigative findings, and (d) following up with additional interviews and an evolving investigation. 

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The Role of Institutions in Non-Stranger Sexual Violence

The Role of Institutions in Non-Stranger Sexual Violence

Institutions of all kinds, both formal and informal, shape our lives. They also reflect as well as influence our culture. Regardless of how honorable their intent, educational, military, corporate and religious institutions often unwittingly attract, conceal and protect rapists and sexual predators. Responding professionals can benefit by understanding how these cultural bulwarks can become havens for sexual predators, and how to work with institutions to best protect their members and prevent infiltration.

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Strategies for Enhancing Victim-Witness Testimony in Sexual Assault Cold Case Investigations

Strategies for Enhancing Victim-Witness Testimony in Sexual Assault Cold Case Investigations

Cold case investigations pose unique challenges for investigators who question victims and witnesses many years after a crime was committed. Challenges to eliciting victim-witness testimony include identifying and overcoming motivational barriers (e.g., reluctance), as well as factors related to the fallibility of human memory (e.g., source misattribution). Investigators have traditionally received little training in how to elicit cold case testimony. Drawing on examples from actual cases, this presentation will identify unique investigative challenges inherent to eliciting cold case testimony and review evidence-based strategies for enhancing victim-witness reports.

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Seek Then Speak: Technology Designed to Increase Reporting and Access to Services

Seek Then Speak: Technology Designed to Increase Reporting and Access to Services

Research indicates that only 1 in 5 victims of forcible rape will report the crime, precluding law enforcement from holding offenders accountable and decreasing the likelihood that survivors will connect with supportive services. To increase access to reporting, EVAWI partnered with VictimsVoice to create a new self-guided, online interviewing tool for sexual assault victims. First, survivors and their support people are offered information about sexual assault victimization and various options for reporting to police and accessing services (SEEK). If they choose, survivors can then begin the process of reporting to police by providing information in response to trauma-informed interview prompts (SPEAK).

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Law Enforcement: What Can the SANE Tell You at the End of the Medical Forensic Examination?

Law Enforcement: What Can the SANE Tell You at the End of the Medical Forensic Examination?

The medical forensic examination is arguably one of the most critical components of a victim-centered response to sexual assault. The exam has two main goals: to treat the survivor of the assault for any medical injuries that may have resulted from the assault and to collect precious evidence that may eventually lead to the arrest, prosecution, and conviction of the offender. At the completion of the examination, the medical forensic report is generated.

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What You Focus On Grows: Stop Justifying Victims’ Behavior and Focus on Offenders’ Predatory Conduct

What You Focus On Grows: Stop Justifying Victims’ Behavior and Focus on Offenders’ Predatory Conduct

All too often investigators and prosecutors seek to justify a victim’s behavior, instead of focusing on the offender’s conduct. This session re-imagines offender focused investigations in a meaningful way and gives participants concrete ideas to create system changes within their own community. In this session, Dr. David Lisak, who has spent his career interviewing ‘undetected rapists’ will highlight some of his findings and help participants better understand the predatory nature of sexual violence.

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Investigating and Prosecuting Sexual Assault by Intoxication

Investigating and Prosecuting Sexual Assault by Intoxication

This presentation will address the issues investigators, prosecutors, victim advocates, and medical personal often encounter in alcohol-facilitated sexual assaults. Hurdles in these cases typically include 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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