Webinar Archive

Webinar Archive


Tell Your Truth: The Crossroads of Trauma Informed Education and the Criminal Justice System

Tell Your Truth: The Crossroads of Trauma Informed Education and the Criminal Justice System

Girls in the Juvenile Justice system are disproportionately victims of sexual violence. Girl’s common, age-appropriate reactions to trauma are criminalized and exacerbated by the involvement in the juvenile justice system. In addition, the mental health diagnoses for our justice engaged girls is at 80% while boys are at 67%.

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Stalking in the Digital Age: How to Prevent Victimization

Stalking in the Digital Age: How to Prevent Victimization

Abuse doesn’t always come in the form of physical threats or violence. Online behavior is also abusive if it makes you feel scared or threatens your safety. In a world where we’re always connected, the potential for cyberbullying and digital stalking is more prevalent than ever. Over 200 apps and services exist that offer would-be stalkers a variety of capabilities, from location tracking, to harvesting text messages– and even secretly recording video. Education surrounding these evolving technologies is greatly needed to prevent victimization in the Digital Age.

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Bringing Cosby to Justice: Part 2 – An Investigator’s Guide to the Cosby Prosecution

Bringing Cosby to Justice: Part 2 – An Investigator’s Guide to the Cosby Prosecution

This workshop will follow the plenary session on the Cosby prosecution. The workshop is built for investigators and practitioners and will concentrate on the most significant investigative aspects of the case. The prosecution spanned more than three years from the re-opening of the investigation to sentencing. During those three years, there were two trials, scores of motions and hearings, nearly two dozen criminal defense attorneys, and a variety of unique issues related to the presentation of evidence. The audience will walk through the most impactful aspects of the case including the reopening of the investigation, calling multiple prior victims to testify, the use of experts to dismiss and contextualize common rape myths (especially involving known offenders), the challenges of trying the case twice under an international microscope, and the critical value of having the same detective involved from the first investigation in 2005 all the way through conviction in 2018.

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From #MeToo to #RealChange: Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault

From #MeToo to #RealChange: Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault

This workshop will highlight promising international practices, resources, and accountability systems to enhance law enforcement responses to violence against women and LGBTQI individuals. It will review guidance from the US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Identifying and Preventing Gender Bias in Law Enforcement Response to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. The guidance, developed in collaboration with law enforcement leaders, offers trauma-informed and victim-centered approaches in policing practices. The workshop will draw on recommendations and data gathered from climate surveys and community discussions with survivors, advocates and law enforcement in Canada, Brazil, and the United States, as part of the COURAGE in Policing Project, an innovative approach to community-based policing in the domestic violence and sexual assault arena.

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My Story Behind the Story

My Story Behind the Story

At 23, Barreras set out on a path to help other survivors of abuse. He became a Special Agent with Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID), specializing in domestic violence, child abuse and sexual assault investigations. Later he stumbled onto another path, catapulting him into victim advocacy where he served as a Victim Advocate for the Air Force, and Sexual Assault Response Coordinator for the Coast Guard Barreras’ personal and professional experiences also led him to create Difference Makers (10 Strong), a speaker’s bureau of 10 survivors who work to engage military and civilian communities around the globe.

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Before It’s Too Late: Identifying Behaviors of Concern When Responding to Domestic Violence

Before It’s Too Late: Identifying Behaviors of Concern When Responding to Domestic Violence

Most mass homicides, a majority of which occur at home or have an intimate partner target, are over in mere minutes. The concept of responding to active shooter events cannot be how we solely address violence – because by then it is too late. This presentation will change the discussion surrounding how to respond to intimate partner and family violence to how to work together as a team to identify behaviors of concern and intervene before violence occurs or repeats.

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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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Detection and Visibility of Bruises using Alternate Light: From Science to Practice

Detection and Visibility of Bruises using Alternate Light: From Science to Practice

In this presentation, the presenters will review the science behind alternate light and bruising. They will also present the major findings of a recent National Institute of Justice funded, multi-site, randomized controlled trial comparing alternate light to white light (i.e., normal examination lighting) in the visualization of bruises. The knowledge generated from this study objectively demonstrates that using alternate light improves the detection and visibility of potential bruises, which increases the scientific and evidentiary validity of alternate light findings.

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Free Session: Start by Believing: A Tool for Prevention

Free Session: Start by Believing: A Tool for Prevention

In April 2021, we are celebrating ten years since EVAWI first launched the Start by Believing campaign. Over the past decade, 554 US communities have launched campaigns, seeking to improve the way we respond to sexual and domestic violence, and thousands of people have made the pledge to Start by Believing.

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Trauma, Stress, Resilience and Culture

Trauma, Stress, Resilience and Culture

Cultural trauma, Historical trauma, and Intergeneration trauma disrupts our sense of self, meaning, and control. In this workshop we address the intersection of culture and trauma and define resilience from a cultural perspective. The emotional, social, and cognitive effects of trauma/resilience are discussed and presented using cultural grams, genogram examples, as well as enneagram implications. Solutions, tools and practices are presented, experientially and in a toolbox of care. The trauma informed principles and culturally specific approaches are presented and discussed as well.

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