EVAWI Training Bulletin: The Investigating Officer’s Direct Exam: Strategic and Tactical Considerations to Take Advantage of the IO’s Expertise
Training Bulletins | June 1, 2018
When one thinks about the many dramatic moments in trial, the direct examination of the investigating officer (IO) is probably not the first thing that springs to mind. Little can match the emotional impact of a victim recounting the experience of a sexual assault on direct examination, and the cross-examination challenge to it.
EVAWI Training Bulletin: Trauma-Informed Interviewing and the Criminal Sexual Assault Case: Where Investigative Technique Meets Evidentiary Value
This training bulletin was written to explore what the evidence produced from a trauma-informed interview of a sexual assault victim can (and cannot) accomplish within the US legal system, and how this evidence should (and should not) be used in a sexual assault investigation and prosecution. Various possibilities are illustrated with hypothetical courtroom exchanges. We hope this is helpful for investigators and prosecutors seeking to understand this field of knowledge and appropriately utilize these techniques. But first, some basics.
EVAWI Training Bulletin: Understanding the Neurobiology of Trauma and Implications for Interviewing Victims
Training Bulletins | November 1, 2016
More than a year in development, this 38-page document provides basic information about the brain and explores the impact of trauma on behavior and memory. It then highlights the implications for law enforcement interviews conducted with victims of sexual assault and other traumatic crimes.
EVAWI Training Bulletin: Using Virtual Meeting Software for the Law Enforcement Interview of Victims During COVID-19 and Beyond
Training Bulletins | April 1, 2020
Caution: Some of the photographs included in this bulletin are graphic in nature.
EVAWI is proud to partner with SDFI®-TeleMedicine for our 2015 International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Campus Responses. By partnering with EVAWI, SDFI is publicly and proactively committing to join our efforts to end violence against women – a powerful and compassionate statement. We hope this training bulletin provides forensic examiners, investigators and prosecutors with helpful information that can be used to improve forensic documentation.
EVAWI Training Bulletin: VAWA 2013 Requirements for Medical Forensic Exams: No Out-of-Pocket Costs and Public Notification
Training Bulletins | February 1, 2016
The 2013 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) included many new provisions, but two focused specifically on the topic of forensic compliance. One clarified that victims cannot be required to pay any out-of-pocket costs to obtain a medical forensic exam. The second requires public outreach to ensure that community members know sexual assault victims can obtain a medical forensic exam free of charge and regardless of whether or not they participate in the criminal justice process.
The deadline for compliance with these two new provisions is March 7th, 2016.
In this bulletin, we offer more detailed information as well as resources you can use to ensure that your community is in compliance with these two new VAWA provisions.
Training Bulletins | June 1, 2013
Often questions about timing center around the victim’s need for sleep following the sexual assault and preliminary investigation. In general, we believe that our communities could go a long way toward improving our response to sexual assault if we simply operated from the premise that we want victims to be involved in our response systems, so we should do whatever we reasonably can to help them do so. Sometimes we get so focused on our own policies and procedures that we forget to make accommodations that would encourage victims to participate, even if they entail some compromises that are less than ideal. (Originally distributed 6/2013)