Webinar Archive

Webinar Archive


The Future of Victim Services- 2021 and Beyond

The Future of Victim Services- 2021 and Beyond

One in five people have been the victim of crime over the past ten years, but less than one in three report receiving help. Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) report receiving help from police in less than 20% of cases, and primarily turn to loved ones, health care providers and community-based services. Recent research confirms the long lasting emotional, physical, and financial struggles crime victims endure long past the crime event.

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Traditional Law Enforcement Interrogation Methods Versus the Trauma-informed Interview Process

Traditional Law Enforcement Interrogation Methods Versus the Trauma-informed Interview Process

Traditional interview and interrogation methods have been used for years to the detriment of survivors of sexual violence, including the way questions were asked and how a victim’s answers were scrutinized using deception detection techniques. However, over the last several years, progressive law enforcement agencies have come to realize why a trauma-informed response to survivors of sexual assault is a significant improvement. This is especially true in how law enforcement has begun using a trauma-informed interviewing process for survivors. What if we extended these same trauma-informed techniques to victims of other crimes, witnesses, and even suspects?

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Transforming Secondary Trauma: Providing Support When Empathy Runs Out

Transforming Secondary Trauma: Providing Support When Empathy Runs Out

In this digital age, where mobile technology plays an omnipresent role in our lives, it is particularly important for victim service professionals to set appropriate boundaries and exercise self-care. For anyone in a helping profession, working with victims/survivors of violence can take a significant toll on their professional and personal well-being. With the added stress and anxiety of a worldwide pandemic, it’s more important than ever to find ways for service providers to take care of themselves and minimize harm, both to themselves as well as their clients.

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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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“Start by Believing” A Case Study in Transforming Victims to Survivors

“Start by Believing” A Case Study in Transforming Victims to Survivors

Have you ever wondered what the long-term impacts of being believed can do for crime victims? Join survivor advocate Kimberly Corban and Weld County, Colorado District Attorney Michael J. Rourke as they discuss Kimberly’s 2006 assault by a stranger who broke into her college apartment.

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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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In It for the Long-Haul: Concrete Strategies for Building a Trauma-Informed Workplace

In It for the Long-Haul: Concrete Strategies for Building a Trauma-Informed Workplace

In recent years, there has been a push for organizations to become trauma-informed. While this is a necessary endeavor that many technical assistance providers have pivoted many trainings towards, there is a dearth of information about what it means to build vicarious trauma (VT) awareness into an organization. Trainings provide a wonderful resource for staff and supervisors, however, becoming a trauma-informed workplace must do more to ensure systemic and ongoing efforts to reduce VT in the workplace. Government organizations often have additional barriers that limit how funds and resources are used.

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The Sexual Assault Survivors’ Task Force: Transforming Texas’ Response to Sexual Violence

The Sexual Assault Survivors’ Task Force: Transforming Texas’ Response to Sexual Violence

This presentation will highlight the outcomes of a bipartisan legislation designed to improve Texas’ response to sexual assault, culminating in the creation and implementation of a statewide Sexual Assault Survivors’ Task Force (SASTF) in Texas in 2019. This was a pivotal moment for sexual assault survivors in Texas, a state that has witnessed the passage of key legislation prioritizing survivors’ needs. This legislation includes newly mandated requirements for increased system accountability and transparency; the collection of multiple data sets illuminating critical aspects of how the system is functioning; and the creation of a statewide task force that includes survivors along with some of Texas’ foremost experts and practitioners in the field of sexual assault.

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A Racial Justice Adaptation of SAMHSA’s Trauma-Informed Care Principles

A Racial Justice Adaptation of SAMHSA’s Trauma-Informed Care Principles

Racial justice is a public health and safety issue. The history of systemic racism and structural disempowerment in the United States sets the stage for a multitude of problems in vulnerable populations. In communities of color, health disparities related to bias and persistent institutional mistreatment and trauma are pervasive. For victims of color, who have experienced domestic or sexual violence, these harmful structures can be increasingly disenfranchising and act as barriers to engagement in services, participation in the criminal justice system, and can also lead to negative case outcomes.

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The Trauma of Incarceration

The Trauma of Incarceration

When addressing the collateral consequences of incarceration, there is very little attention paid to the traumatic impact of the experience of incarceration, and the effect that it has on successful reconnection with family and the community upon release. This session will explore the prevalence of pre-incarceration trauma; individual and institutional trauma that is experienced while incarcerated; incarceration as trauma; and the impact that these experiences have on currently and formerly incarcerated people.

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