Webinar Archive

Webinar Archive


New Frontiers in Investigating and Prosecuting Sexual Assault by Intoxication – Part 2

New Frontiers in Investigating and Prosecuting Sexual Assault by Intoxication – Part 2

This presentation addresses the issues that investigators, prosecutors, victim advocates, and medical personal often encounter in alcohol facilitated sexual assaults. Investigators and prosecutors face many hurdles, including 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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The Empathetic Workplace: Five Steps to a Compassionate, Calm, and Confident Response to Trauma on the Job

The Empathetic Workplace: Five Steps to a Compassionate, Calm, and Confident Response to Trauma on the Job

We are facing unprecedented challenges as our nation confronts a pandemic, a racial reckoning, and economic and political turmoil simultaneously. Rates of anxiety and depression have tripled; meanwhile, communication skills are dwindling. The way we support each other through this challenging time will have lasting effects. When we respond well to those in trauma, we build strong bonds of trust and enhance communication.

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A Tale of Two Cases: The Importance of Believing and Supporting Sexual Assault Victims

A Tale of Two Cases: The Importance of Believing and Supporting Sexual Assault Victims

During this session you will hear from an experienced former sex crimes prosecutor who led the team that brought down America’s most prolific sexual perpetrator, Larry Nassar. While Nassar garnered significant international attention, the approach Povilaitis took on that case was the same approach she took on all of the cases she prosecuted while leading a VAWA-funded and first-of-its-kind in the country statewide, cold and complex sexual assault project. This included the case of the People v. Calvin Kelly, a case that she prosecuted at the same time as the Nassar case. The Kelly case involved a serial rapist truck driver who preyed upon over a dozen vulnerable and marginalized women in four states spanning over two decades, continually evading justice. Ms. Povilaitis was committed to handling all of her cases, Nassar, Kelly and others, in a trauma-informed, victim centered and offender focused manner and turned to her multidisciplinary team for continued assistance and support while building and prosecuting those cases.

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Utilizing Technical Evidence in Stalking Investigations and Prosecutions

Utilizing Technical Evidence in Stalking Investigations and Prosecutions

This presentation covers the applicable rules of evidence and relevant case law associated with proving a technology-facilitated stalking case and will provide strategies on when and how to introduce technical evidence and overcome common objections at trial.

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Domestic Violence “Grown Old”: Challenges Responding to Victims of Domestic Abuse in Later Life

Domestic Violence “Grown Old”: Challenges Responding to Victims of Domestic Abuse in Later Life

This presentation covers the applicable rules of evidence and relevant case law associated with proving a technology-facilitated stalking case and will provide strategies on when and how to introduce technical evidence and overcome common objections at trial.

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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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