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The Rights of Crime Victims in Colorado: The Role and Responsibilities of the Department of Human Services: State Hospital

Articles or Reports | October 1, 2022
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This document details the responsibilities of the Department of Human Services: State Hospital in terms of crime victims’ rights in Colorado.

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The Rights of Crime Victims in Colorado: The Role and Responsibilities of the District Attorney

Articles or Reports | October 1, 2022
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This document details the responsibilities of the District Attorney in terms of crime victims’ rights in Colorado.

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The Rights of Crime Victims in Colorado: The Role and Responsibilities of the Division of Youth Services

Articles or Reports | October 1, 2022
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This document details the responsibilities of Youth Services in terms of crime victims’ rights in Colorado.

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The Rights of Crime Victims in Colorado: The Role and Responsibilities of the Probation Department

Articles or Reports | October 1, 2022
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This document provides an overview of the roles and responsibilities of the Probation Department in terms of crime victim rights in Colorado.

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The Rights of Crime Victims in New York State

Articles or Reports | July 13, 2016
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The Road Ahead: Unanalyzed Evidence in Sexual Assault Cases

Articles or Reports | May 1, 2011
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Untested sexual assault evidence has been discovered in police evidence rooms all across the country. In this report, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) offers an overview of the issue, examining a variety of ramifications for the police and crime laboratories, for the courts, and for victims.

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The Role and Impact of Forensic Evidence in the Criminal Justice Process

Articles or Reports | September 1, 2010
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Over the past twenty-five years, the forensic sciences have made dramatic scientific breakthroughs (DNA typing, physical evidence databases, and new scientific instrumentation) but studies are needed to assess the contribution of such advancements on the role and impact of scientific evidence in criminal case processing. Targeted studies have evaluated the value of DNA evidence in property crime investigations, but no studies have reviewed the full array of scientific evidence present at crime scenes.

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The Sexual Assault Clinical Forensic Medical Examination: An Overview of the Suspect Examination

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This 30-minute DVD shows the taking of the medical and forensic history, and procedures for conducting a forensic medical examination, including clothing collection, forensic photography, and Wood’s Lamp evaluation. Useful for examiners, law enforcement.

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The Sexual Victimization of College Women

Articles or Reports | December 1, 2000
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The State of the State: Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) Programs in Maryland

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The last statewide assessment of Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) programs undertaken by the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MCASA) was completed in November 2002. Almost 10 years later, we wanted to better understand the number of sexual assault patients seen in SAFE programs, the specific responsibilities held by SAFE coordinators, program protocols, and any obstacles or challenges faced by SAFE programs as they strive to provide care for sexual assault patients and assist the criminal justice process through thorough documentation and testimony.

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The Ugly Truth

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The Ugly Truth campaign is shining a light on the facts about human trafficking and working to change the community’s attitudes and response to it.

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The Undetected Rapist

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This DVD is a 7-minute re-enactment of part of an interview conducted by Dr. David Lisak, to help address a conundrum: The number of women who have been victims of rape vastly outnumbers the number of men indicted, much less convicted, of rape. Who are these “undetected” rapists?

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The Use of Expert Witnesses in Cases Involving Sexual Assault

Articles or Reports | January 1, 2005
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The purpose of this paper is to summarize existing knowledge on the use of expert witnesses in cases involving sexual assault. The focus is primarily on expert testimony that is provided for the prosecution in a criminal case discussing the general dynamics of sexual assault and common reactions of victims. This paper was written both on the basis of a literature review of published material and contributions provided by numerous experts in the field (please see the Appendix for a list of contributing experts). Ultimately, it is expected that expert witnesses will be used increasingly in cases involving sexual assault and we must proceed carefully to insure that they serve in responsible ways that truly assist both individual victims as well as the criminal and civil court systems.

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The Use of Truth-Telling Devices in Sexual Assault Investigations

Articles or Reports | January 1, 2009
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This guide examines the use of polygraph tests and other truth-telling devices (sometimes called “lie-detector tests”) in sexual assault investigations. It is meant to support the Violence Against Women Act and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005 (VAWA 2005) provision that truth-telling devices must not be used with sexual assault victims as a condition of charging or prosecution of an offense. This guide examines special issues relevant to using truth-telling devices with sexual assault victims. Legislative and judicial actions that have been taken as a result of this debate will also be discussed. Victim advocates, law enforcement officers, and policy makers may use this guide to develop policies, practices, and procedures and to improve collaborations regarding the use of truth-telling devices as the VAWA 2005 provision is adopted across the United States.

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The Vicarious Trauma Toolkit

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The Vicarious Trauma Toolkit (VTT) was developed on the premise that exposure to the traumatic experiences of other people – known as vicarious trauma – is an inevitable occupational challenge for the fields of victim services, emergency medical services, fire services, law enforcement, and other allied professionals. However, organizations can mitigate the potentially negative effects of trauma exposure by becoming vicarious trauma-informed. The VTT includes tools and resources tailored specifically to these fields that provide the knowledge and skills necessary for organizations to address the vicarious trauma needs of their staff.

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Toolkit to End Violence Against Women

Tools & Templates | November 1, 2001
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The Toolkit comprises 16 chapters that provide recommendations for strengthening prevention efforts and improving services for victims. Each Toolkit chapter focuses on a particular audience and includes recommendations for a range of professionals. The format is designed to help readers quickly pinpoint topics of interest, and each chapter is relevant to more than one group of individuals. We encourage you to consult all chapters of the Toolkit for instruction, guidance, and inspiration.

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Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention

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Provides training, technical assistance, web-based education programs, a directory of national trainers and experts, and a clearinghouse of all research related to domestic violence and sexual assault strangulation crimes.

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Training Materials for Law Enforcement on U and T Visas

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This resource page was compiled by the National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project. It offers a number of valuable resources for law enforcement relating to U and T Visas.

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Trans-Specific ACES: How Culture, Experiences, and Trauma Influence Health Disparities

Webinars | April 13, 2022
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Many professionals are familiar with ACEs – Adverse Childhood Experiences – and how they influence the health and wellness of both youth and adults. This webinar explores and compares ACEs data in the general population with rates that many trans/nonbinary people experience. Additional information will examine trans-specific ACEs that layer on extra challenges in childhood that have long-lasting impact throughout the lifespan. Concrete suggestions are given for how each of us can intervene and change the trajectory of health disparities for trans youth and adults.

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Trans/Non-Binary Individuals and Intimate Partner Violence: A Brief Overview

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This webinar examines statistics related to violence experienced by trans people, and reviews specific events that shape and impact trans communities and trans survivors. A discussion of trans-specific intimate partner violence (IPV) tactics is briefly reviewed, followed by a discussion of barriers to accessing care for trans IPV survivors. This brief resource ends with practical strategies to better support trans survivors, and a list of resources to get more information.

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Trauma and the Brain: Understanding Abuse Survivors’ Responses

Videos | September 29, 2015
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This animation is for any professional working with a service user when gender-based violence is a feature in the case. It is designed to help service users who have experienced gender-based violence, and to help more professionals to understand the effects of abuse.

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Trauma Informed Sexual Assault Investigation Training

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These resources provide law enforcement and multidisciplinary community partners with information on the neurobiology of trauma and investigative strategies to respond to sexual assault crimes in a victim centered, trauma informed manner.

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Trauma Recovery Center: Consent to Hold and Destroy Evidence

Tools & Templates | January 1, 2006
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This consent form to hold and destroy evidence is used by the San Francisco General Hospital Medical Center and the Trauma Recovery Center.

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Trauma Recovery Center: Evidence Storage Log

Tools & Templates | January 1, 2011
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The Trauma Recovery Center created the Evidence Storage Log for situations when a victim decides to participate in the criminal justice process to facilitate the transfer of evidence to law enforcement.

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Trauma-Informed Interviewing and the Criminal Sexual Assault Case: Where Investigative Technique Meets Evidentiary Value

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This training bulletin examines 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.

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Truth, Lies and Sex Offenders & Sadistic vs. Non-Sadistic Sex Offenders (DVD)

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This DVD has both of Dr. Anna Salter’s videos in a format that will work on DVD players worldwide. It contains “Truth, Lies and Sex Offenders” as well as “Sadistic vs. non-Sadistic Sex Offenders” and a study guide for each.

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U and T Visa Law Enforcement Resource Guide

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DHS has created this Resource Guide to inform and address concerns about the role of law enforcement agencies within these visa programs. This Guide includes information about U and T visa requirements; the I-918B certification and I-914B declaration processes; best practices; answers to important and frequently asked questions from judges, prosecutors, law enforcement agencies, and other officials; where to look for more resources; and contact information for DHS personnel on U and T visa issues.

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U Visa Toolkit For Law Enforcement Agencies and Prosecutors

Tools & Templates | October 1, 2018
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By providing U-visa certifications, law enforcement officials add to their arsenal of crime fighting tools because victims feel safer coming forward to report crimes. This document provides the following background information on the U-visa: an overview of the U-visa and a section on law enforcement officials and the U-visa certification. The section on law enforcement officials includes who qualifies for a U-visa, which criminal activities are covered by the U-visa, the application process, and other information that will assist law enforcement in their role as certifiers.

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