Webinar Archive

Webinar Archive

Challenging Victims: The Delicate Dynamics of Drug & Alcohol Facilitated Sexual Assault

Challenging Victims: The Delicate Dynamics of Drug & Alcohol Facilitated Sexual Assault

Sexual assault, especially non-stranger assaults in alcohol and drug-fueled settings often involve some of the most difficult and delicate case dynamics when it comes to working with victims and witnesses. Successful collaboration between investigators, victim witness advocates, and prosecutors is essential to gaining victim trust, and maintaining victim cooperation throughout the length of the case.

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“Reading” Victims & Judging Credibility – Best Practices in Promoting Victim Centered Investigations & Prosecutions

“Reading” Victims & Judging Credibility – Best Practices in Promoting Victim Centered Investigations & Prosecutions

Victim centered investigations and prosecutions requires effective perception skills. Building rapport by perceiving emotional needs promotes effective advocacy, investigations, and prosecutions through building a collaborative relationship of trust. This program will demonstrate how to effectively read victims, perceive victim needs, and judge credibility, in order to develop areas of common ground necessary to build solid relationships and enhance successful investigations and prosecutions, from the crime scene to the courtroom.

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In Their Own Words: Practical Tools & Techniques for Obtaining Post-Arrest Communications in Cases of Intimate Partner Violence & Human Trafficking

In Their Own Words: Practical Tools & Techniques for Obtaining Post-Arrest Communications in Cases of Intimate Partner Violence & Human Trafficking

During a law enforcement investigation of intimate partner violence (IPV) or human trafficking, one often-overlooked area is post-arrest communication between victims, suspects, and friends and family members of suspects. Because of the intimate relationships involved in these cases, communication often continues throughout the process of the investigation, including after charges are filed and court hearings are underway. This can be true even if the victim and suspect are involved in a casual dating relationship. Obtaining these communications is a critical aspect of a thorough law enforcement investigation.

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Immigration Financial Support – Using the I-864 to Transition to Self-sufficiency

Immigration Financial Support – Using the I-864 to Transition to Self-sufficiency

This training will help advocates, law enforcement and other professionals identify clients/survivors who might be able to benefit from the Form I-864. Learn easy questions that can be added to your intake procedure to screen for potential eligibility. Learn to assess the scope of support to which an individual might be eligible, and what steps may be taken to enforce the support obligation.

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Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview: A Trauma Informed Experience

Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview: A Trauma Informed Experience

When people experience trauma, they go through a process that many professionals – as well as the individuals themselves – do not understand. For example, most of us were trained to believe that when an individual experiences a traumatic event, the brain records the majority of the details investigators need, or want to know, about the event: Who, What, Where, Why, When and How?

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Adult Sex Offenders – What You Need to Know

Adult Sex Offenders – What You Need to Know

This webinar will provide a short but essential overview of adults who have been convicted of a sex offense. In this 90-minute webinar, David Prescott will offer an overview of the population, describe adult sex offender assessment, treatment and supervision, and cover special topics such as juveniles, females, and those who view sexually explicit media involving child sexual abuse imagery.

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Digital Evidence: Successfully Identifying and Acquiring Electronic Evidence to Combat the CSI Effect

Digital Evidence: Successfully Identifying and Acquiring Electronic Evidence to Combat the CSI Effect

Given the common delays in reporting crimes of sexual assault and other forms of gender-based violence, traditional forms of corroboration such as medical and physical evidence may be limited or non-existent in some cases. Law enforcement must be open to other types of evidence that can be used to support their investigations. For example, electronic evidence is an avenue that law enforcement can often successfully utilize in both stranger and non-stranger investigations.

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Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits: Changing What We Know About Rape

Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits: Changing What We Know About Rape

In the Fall of 2014, The Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education was approached by the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office (CCPO) for the purposes of understanding more about these unsubmitted SAKs. Funded by the CCPO, the researcher team was given access to the SAK case files, and they coded a random sample of 243 sexual assaults case files with completed investigations that either resulted in prosecution or were not pursued due to insufficient evidence.

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Neurobiology of Sexual Assault – Part 2: Experience and Memory

Neurobiology of Sexual Assault – Part 2: Experience and Memory

Traumatic experiences have immediate, powerful and potentially long-lasting effects on the human brain. This presentation explains how fear and trauma can alter brain functioning during sexual assault, and alter the encoding and storage of memories in ways that are, unfortunately, still commonly misunderstood by many who work with victims of sexual assault.

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Neurobiology of Sexual Assault – Part 1: Experience and Behavior

Neurobiology of Sexual Assault – Part 1: Experience and Behavior

Traumatic experiences have immediate, automatic and powerful effects on the human brain. This presentation explains how fear and trauma can alter brain functioning during sexual assault, resulting in experiences and behaviors that are, unfortunately, still commonly misunderstood by many who work with victims of sexual assault.

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