Webinar Archive

Webinar Archive

Conducting Domestic Violence Fatality Reviews in Tribal Communities

Conducting Domestic Violence Fatality Reviews in Tribal Communities

Increasingly, criminal justice professionals and other practitioners involved in domestic violence cases are using domestic violence fatality reviews (DVFR) as a tool that may help reduce the many deaths due to intimate partner homicide. In a fatality review, community practitioners and service providers identify homicides and suicides resulting from domestic violence, examine the events leading up to the death, identify gaps in service delivery, and improve preventive interventions.

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The Science and the Power of HOPE

The Science and the Power of HOPE

Casey Gwinn, through his work and research with adult and child victims of domestic and sexual assault, is one of the leading writers and thinkers in the country right now on how to cultivate hope in the midst of stress and trauma. Join us to hear Casey’s encouragement and learn about small ways we can keep restoring hope in our lives in the midst of intense direct and vicarious trauma.

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Getting to “Guilty”: Guiding the Jury’s Response to the Evidence

Getting to “Guilty”: Guiding the Jury’s Response to the Evidence

This presentation will suggest ways to focus the jury’s attention on the evidence in a manner that accurately conveys the reality of sexual assault and assists jurors in rendering a fair and just verdict – beginning with jury selection and continuing through opening statement, presentation of evidence, and summation.

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Building a Foundation of Police-Community Reconciliation to Address Intimate Partner Violence

Building a Foundation of Police-Community Reconciliation to Address Intimate Partner Violence

This workshop outlines the NNSC’s approach to address the crisis of trust between survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV) and law enforcement. Mistrust jeopardizes safety, with less than half of survivors willing to report victimization to law enforcement, and those who do, often find themselves disillusioned with the criminal justice process. The NNSC’s framework of reconciliation, drawing from several international examples including post-Apartheid South Africa and Northern Ireland, presents a unique opportunity to build police-community trust. Piloted since 2015 in six cities across the country though a USDOJ grant, reconciliation centers on an Acknowledgement of Harm, the elevation of impacted community voices through listening sessions with law enforcement, and the incorporation of those insights into a robust policy review process. In select jurisdictions, this framework has been applied specifically to IPV, resulting in substantive policy changes drawn directly from survivor feedback. This workshop will present the framework itself, examples of its use and impact, and new reconciliation opportunities for interdisciplinary partners addressing IPV in their communities.

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Chelsea’s Story

Chelsea’s Story

EVAWI’s Start by Believing campaign has impacted thousands of professionals in their work to respond effectively to sexual violence. In this session, Chelsea Young, a survivor of sexual assault at a small Virginia college, and Dwight Rudd, a Virginia Attorney, share how this campaign directly altered the criminal justice response to her case for the better. Chelsea will share how originally the system failed to believe her or hold her accuser accountable. This finally changed when her case ended up on a prosecutor’s desk just days after his return from a Virginia training program dedicated to improving the response of prosecutors and law enforcement to non-stranger, adult sexual assault cases. After many professionals had failed her, finally, someone within the system started from a place of belief, walked with Chelsea through the process and successfully prosecuted Chelsea’s rapist. This session is a realistic look at how the criminal justice system’s response can drastically alter the outcome of a sexual assault case, if we will just start by believing.

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When Helping Them is Hurting You

When Helping Them is Hurting You

High levels of stress have become the accepted norm in working with victims of trauma, and the effects of that stress run the risk of being ignored. Identifying physical stress triggers in the workplace is essential to building resilience. The more empathic a service provider is, the greater the risk. Ineffective supervision, large caseloads, lack of recovery time between client contacts, traumatized or complex clients, lack of team approach in the workplace, and a lack of supports to meet client/patient needs are other risk factors. A focus on prevention avoids more serious problems later. Like risk factors, there are protective factors inherent in the person and protective factors inherent in the organization. An individual approach is needed to protect service providers against vicarious trauma. Protective factors, like risk factors, are unique to the individual along with their specific personality, characteristics, and experiential background.

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Bringing Cosby to Justice: The First Conviction in the #MeToo Era Part I

Bringing Cosby to Justice: The First Conviction in the #MeToo Era Part I

The first high-profile sexual assault prosecution in the #MeToo era spanned more than three years from the re-opening of the investigation to sentencing. Now, the sexually violent predator sits in a cell. In the three years it took to investigate and convict Cosby there were two trials, an endless line of criminal defense attorneys, and many highs and lows. During this plenary session you will hear from the two prosecutors who took on “America’s Dad” as they discuss and analyze the case’s impact on the world today. Particularly, the discussion will focus on the debunking of popular rape myths, assessing and advocating for the credibility of survivors, the shortcomings of prompt complaint jury instructions, and having the courage to take on the big case.

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Serving Crime Victims in Post-Conviction Exonerations

Serving Crime Victims in Post-Conviction Exonerations

There has been an increasing number of post-conviction exonerations over the past two decades, many led by police and prosecutors. However, little attention has been paid to the impact of exonerations on the victims and survivors of the original crime. Addressing and meeting their needs is critical to promoting trust and fairness in our criminal justice system. This presentation will present actual experiences of sexual assault survivors and murder victim family members in these cases and provide insight into the unique approaches for the field on how to better serve and support them.

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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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Case Closed

Case Closed

“Case Closed,” a six-part series published in the (Cleveland) Plain Dealer chronicled what Fedor did next – she tracked down the man on her own, learning along the way that he was a serial rapist who raped a young woman in the same dingy basement she had escaped from months after she made her report. Fedor pushed through guilt, and shame that she had relapsed after more than a decade of sobriety, and the indifference of a chronically under-resourced sex crimes unit that passed her case from one busy, burned-out detective to the next.

The discussion will include reflections from Sandi and her therapist, who supported her through the process.

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