Webinar Archive

Webinar Archive

Using Telehealth to Increase the Quality of Forensic-Medical  Evidence Collection and Deliver Trauma-Informed Care

Using Telehealth to Increase the Quality of Forensic-Medical Evidence Collection and Deliver Trauma-Informed Care

Join us for a fascinating presentation and discussion with two nursing experts who are using telehealth technology to expand the reach of forensic nursing to hospitals and clinics in rural, tribal, and other underserved areas.

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Reduce Attrition Rates of Sexual Assault  Through Proper Charging Decisions and Effective Jury Selection

Reduce Attrition Rates of Sexual Assault Through Proper Charging Decisions and Effective Jury Selection

Despite extensive research exploring the dynamics of sexual assault and common profiles of survivors and perpetrators, crimes of sexual violence continue to be misunderstood by the average juror, prosecutor, and judge.Too many people still believe the outdated myths of “real rape” that shift blame from the offender to the survivor. This webinar will dispel the myths of “real rape,” then focus on the charging decision and the art of jury selection for successful prosecutions of sexual assault offenders.

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Uncovering Sexual Assault in Domestic Violence Calls: An Improved Law Enforcement Response to Assess for Sexual Violence, Build an Evidence Based Case and Reduce Gender Bias

Uncovering Sexual Assault in Domestic Violence Calls: An Improved Law Enforcement Response to Assess for Sexual Violence, Build an Evidence Based Case and Reduce Gender Bias

Research tells us that sexual violence is a common component of intimate partner violence, but victims are often far less likely to disclose acts of sexual violence than physical violence, in their contacts with law enforcement. Investigators should therefore make it a standard practice to assess whether sexual violence is also occurring in cases of intimate partner violence.

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Trauma Informed Interviewing – Turning Understanding into Outcomes

Trauma Informed Interviewing – Turning Understanding into Outcomes

In the context of domestic violence and sexual assault, the victim is often also the only witness to the crime. This has implications for recall and testimony, based on the trauma experienced by the victim. Prosecutors need to know what happened to pursue a criminal case, and civil attorneys must be able to articulate the acts of violence to apply for protective orders. However, victims of domestic violence and sexual assault are often unable to tell their story in a clear timeline and with the kind of consistency that the law requires. The result is that victims who cannot tell their story effectively have a significant barrier to accessing the legal system.

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Reading Between the Lines: Case File Review for SARTs

Reading Between the Lines: Case File Review for SARTs

Through the process of looking at case files, SARTs are able to look at the system as a whole to learn more about the current response to sexual violence. While case file review can present challenges, it is a powerful tool to identify and implement strategies for sexual assault cases to be more successfully investigated and documented and to evaluate current policies and practices of SART agencies.

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Public Trust: Confronting Law Enforcement Sexual Misconduct in the #MeToo Era

Public Trust: Confronting Law Enforcement Sexual Misconduct in the #MeToo Era

Through an examination of case studies, after-action reviews, and the emerging national demand for increased accountability for all forms of sexual misconduct, this webinar will encourage courageous conversations and inspire proactive leadership strategies to address and prevent law enforcement sexual misconduct.

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Community Informed Risk Assessment: Intimate Partner Violence, Including Sexual Assault

Community Informed Risk Assessment: Intimate Partner Violence, Including Sexual Assault

This webinar will address the origins, development, and science of the Arizona intimate Partner Risk Assessment Instrument System (APRAIS) as an example of community informed risk assessment. Presenters will explore the deployment of the tool and its accompanying protocols in the fields of law enforcement, victim advocacy, and the courts. Of paramount importance are respect for the autonomy, dignity, informed consent, and liberty rights of victims, the due process rights of suspects, and the need to be candid and transparent about the limited predictive capabilities of all risk assessment tools that screen for future threats of intimate partner violence (IPV).

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False Reports of Sexual Assault: Moving Beyond the Issues

False Reports of Sexual Assault: Moving Beyond the Issues

One of the most important challenges for law enforcement training in sexual assault investigation is the idea that many – or even most – reports are false. These cases often have a number of “red flags” that raise suspicion in the minds of officers, investigators, and others, but actually represent the realistic dynamics of sexual assault. The presenter will review differences between a false report versus a baseless report, and inconsistent statements versus lying.

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After the Interview – Now the Work Begins: Corroborating Evidence and Case Review

After the Interview – Now the Work Begins: Corroborating Evidence and Case Review

In the age of television shows like CSI, juries want more than just testimony: they want physical evidence. Corroborating victim testimony is crucial in order to prepare the best possible case. This training will provide case material on corroborating evidence. We will look at crime scene photos that will show in detail what the victim disclosed and then how the evidence was gathered.

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A Dangerous Defense: “Blackout” in Alcohol Facilitated, Non-Stranger Sexual Assault Cases

A Dangerous Defense: “Blackout” in Alcohol Facilitated, Non-Stranger Sexual Assault Cases

Few cases are more challenging for investigators and prosecutors than non-stranger sexual assaults that involve alcohol use, especially voluntary drinking on the part of the victim prior to the assault. Among other challenges, a recent defense that has been raised successfully nationwide is the possibility of the victim having “blacked out,” and consenting to sexual activity, but not remembering doing so.

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