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Trauma-Informed, Resilience-Oriented Care

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Truth-Detection Devices and Victims of Sexual Violence: A Shortcut to Injustice

Articles or Reports | April 1, 2019
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This article provides a brief overview on the history and modern forms of truth-detection devices and discusses how the earliest concerns about their reliability and limitations continue to be valid today. It will discuss why truth-detection devices are inappropriate and how, in many jurisdictions, they are prohibited from being used when interviewing victims of sexual violence. Despite the reliability concerns, it will also be discussed how truth-detection devices remain a potentially useful tool during questioning of suspects.

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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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Trying to Move the Elephant in the Living Room: Responding to the Challenge of False Rape Reports

Articles or Reports | December 2, 2010
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The issue of false reports can be characterized as “the elephant in the middle of the living room” for the field of sexual violence. In this commentary, the author examines how educators respond to this challenge. The author begins by discussing the “2% statistic,” which is drawn from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report (UCR) program. Although it has been used in training presentations for more than two decades, it is time to stop. She then describes some alternative strategies for responding to this challenge, drawing from perpetrator narratives, serial cases, and common sense. Finally, she concludes with a wish list for future tools to help address this issue, including further research.

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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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UCR Program: Summary Reporting System (SRS) User Manual

Tools & Templates | June 20, 2013
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The SRS User Manual’s main function is to describe how SRS offenses are to be classified, scored, and reported to the UCR Program. Chapter I provides general information about what constitutes an incident of crime, classification and scoring of offenses, and the Hierarchy Rule. Chapter II discusses how Part I offenses are classified and Chapter III explains how Part I offenses are counted for reporting to the UCR Program. Chapter IV explains how offenses, clearances, property, and arrest data are reported to the FBI. This section also provides instruction for reporting police employment and Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) data. Chapter V discusses the breakdown of Part II offenses, for which, only arrest information is collected.

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Under the Radar: New York State Elder Abuse Prevalence Study – Self Reported Prevalence and Documented Case Surveys, Final Report

Articles or Reports | May 1, 2011
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The New York State Elder Abuse Prevalence Study is one of the most ambitious and comprehensive studies to quantify the extent of elder abuse in a discrete jurisdiction ever attempted, and certainly the largest in any single American state. With funding from the New York State William B. Hoyt Memorial Children and Family Trust Fund, a program administered under NYS Office of Children and Family Services, three community, governmental, and academic partners (Lifespan of Greater Rochester, the New York City Department for the Aging and the Weill Cornell Medical College) formed a collaborative partnership to conduct the study.

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Understanding Rape in Prison

Articles or Reports | January 1, 2014
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This information packet is designed for sexual violence advocates to learn more about working with prisons. In 2003, the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) was passed, and the PREA standards for corrections were introduced in May 2012. This packet will help advocates prepare to work with prisons as they implement PREA standards.

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Understanding Sexual Violence: Prosecuting Adult Rape and Sexual Assault Cases

Articles or Reports | January 1, 2001
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Understanding Sexual Violence: Prosecuting Adult Rape and Sexual Assault Cases is a model curriculum developed under a grant from the Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Violence Against Women Office. The National Judicial Education Program (NJEP) developed this curriculum as part of a joint project with the American Prosecutors Research Institute to provide prosecutors with tools for successful sex crimes prosecutions, especially nonstranger rapes.

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Understanding Sexual Violence: The Judicial Response to Stranger and Nonstranger Rape and Sexual Assault

Videos | January 1, 2005
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This revised and updated curriculum focuses on learning to deal fairly with sexual assault cases, especially nonstranger rapes, without undermining defendants’ constitutional rights. The 300-page curriculum is presented in one volume that includes a Faculty Manual containing an explanation of how to present the curriculum as well as the substantive content to be conveyed, an exhaustive set of twenty-two appendices containing all the information needed to assemble a Participant’s Binder and a copy of the Understanding Sexual Violence: The Judge’s Role in Stranger and Nonstranger Rape and Sexual Assault Cases DVD-ROM (2005).

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Understanding the Neurobiology of Trauma and Implications for Interviewing Victims

Training Bulletins | November 1, 2016
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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.

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Uniform Crime Report (FBI)

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Collects and publishes reliable, uniform crime statistics.

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Unspoken Crimes: Sexual Assault in Rural America

Articles or Reports | January 1, 2003
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This booklet examines sexual assault from a rural perspective. Its goal is to present service providers with a better sense of the unique characteristics that are so often a part of rural regions. It considers the issue of prevalence of rural sexual assault by examining national data as well as information from several states. In general, it suggests that rural sexual assault may be more prevalent than indicated by national data, and that in order to provide effective services in rural areas we must adopt a culturally sensitive approach.

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Using Virtual Meeting Software for the Law Enforcement Interview of Victims During COVID-19 and Beyond

Training Bulletins | April 1, 2020
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Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, law enforcement officers are using innovative tactics to connect with victims for investigations and to ensure they get the support they need. Although there are some concerns about the privacy and security of virtual meeting platforms, we believe the technology is worth exploring. In this training bulletin, we outline several steps that can be taken to mitigate any risks that might compromise a survivor’s safety and well-being.

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Utilizing Contrast Photography and Invert Filters

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This training bulletin, co-authored by EVAWI and SDFI – TeleMedicine, is designed to provide forensic examiners, investigators, and prosecutors with helpful information that can be used to improve forensic documentation. Caution: Some of the photographs included in this bulletin are graphic in nature.

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VAWA 2005

Protocols | January 1, 2006
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VAWA 2005 and Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Exams: Kit Storage Issues

Articles or Reports | May 1, 2014
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The case studies included focus groups with victims, observational data collection methods (e.g., tours of examining facilities and crime labs), and interviews with medical, advocacy, law enforcement, and prosecution personnel. These interviewees have considerable experience and expertise in the issues, and the data provided represent their professional opinions and perceptions.

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VAWA 2005 and Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Exams: Policy Implementation and Impacts

Articles or Reports | May 1, 2014
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This research brief is one of four included in a larger study by the Urban Institute entitled Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Exams and VAWA 2005: Payment Practices, Successes, and Directions for the Future, which examined how states are meeting the goals of VAWA provisions regarding medical forensic examinations.

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VAWA 2013

Protocols | May 21, 2012
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VAWA 2013 Requirements for Medical Forensic Exams: No Out-of-Pocket Costs and Public Notification

Training Bulletins | February 1, 2016
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This training bulletin briefly reviews the forensic compliance provisions of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), with specific emphasis on issues raised in the 2013 reauthorization (VAWA 2013). States and territories were required to certify compliance with VAWA 2013 by March 2016.

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VAWnet

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Victim Advocate’s Guide to Wellness: Six Dimensions of Vicarious Trauma-Free Life

Book | September 2, 2014
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Victim advocates work with the trauma of others on a daily basis. Helping people who suffer can be difficult, traumatic, and draining. Thousands of victim advocates struggle with depression, obesity, immune disorders, addiction, and anxiety – frequently the results of vicarious trauma. Fortunately, vicarious trauma is preventable. This book is your personal guide to living healthy and content while thriving in a trauma-related field. Here, you will discover powerful, real life tools for addressing and transforming vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue. You will learn about effective techniques for self-soothing, renewal, and transformation. You will explore breathing modalities, guided meditations, affirmations, gratitude fostering, and leaving work at work rituals to open a way to compassion satisfaction, personal wellness, and empowerment. You will be provided tools to implement, empower, and sustain an organizational culture of vicarious trauma prevention. Finally, you will find out how to maintain life balance by nurturing physical, psychological, emotional, spiritual, personal, and professional aspects of yourself, in order to create a productive, full, and cherished life free of vicarious trauma.

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Victim Assistance Survey – South Carolina

Tools & Templates | January 1, 2019
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In an effort to identify both strengths and opportunities within their multidisciplinary response to sexual assault, practitioners in South Carolina developed this survey for health care providers across the state. Future surveys are now being developed for victim advocates, law enforcement officers, and other collaborative partners. The resulting report will be used to enhance the coordination of care, evidence collection, law enforcement investigations, judiciary outcomes, and victim assistance in South Carolina.

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Victim Impact Statements

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Victim impact statements are unique, and people have various ways of expressing how crime has affected them. This webpage provides information to assist survivors in writing their own victim impact statement.

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Victim Impact: How Victims Are Affected by Sexual Assault and How Law Enforcement Can Respond

Training Modules | April 1, 2006
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This OnLine Training Institute (OLTI) module explains the impact of sexual assault on the physical, psychological, and emotional well-being of victims. Increased understanding of this impact can improve victim responses, but the effects also have critical implications for a successful law enforcement investigation and prosecution of sexual assault.

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Victim Input into Plea Agreements

Articles or Reports | November 1, 2002
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Victim Input Into Plea Agreements, the seventh in the series, provides an overview of state laws addressing the rights of victims to be involved during plea negotiations in criminal cases. This bulletin and the others in the Legal Series highlight various circumstances in which such rights are applied, emphasizing their successful implementation.

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