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Opening Doors: Alternative Reporting Options for Law Enforcement and VAWA Forensic Compliance

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In this webinar, we will explore a number of community models that have been implemented to improve victims' access to the criminal justice and community response systems. Best practices will be reviewed from across the country, and existing tools and resources will be evaluated. With a focus on local implementation, our goal is for participants to leave prepared to make recommendations for positive changes in their own communities. (Originally Presented 1/14/2015)

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Effective Report Writing: Using the Language of Non-Consensual Sex

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Even when properly investigated, the majority of reported sexual assaults are not successfully prosecuted. Prosecutors often argue that police reports are severely lacking while law enforcement argues that prosecuting attorneys want a sure win. No matter how good an investigation is--the prosecuting attorney may not feel confident filing criminal charges if the reports are incomplete or inaccurate. Or if the prosecutor files charges, the defendant may be acquitted if the reports summarizing the investigation are poorly written. This webinar is designed to help investigators write a report that will support successful prosecution. The session thus begins by outlining the many purposes of an investigator's report, and goes on to summarize some of the various techniques for effective report writing. (Originally Presented 11/16/2014)

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The Neurobiology of Sexual Assault

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While we receive countless requests for training here at EVAWI, the most common request is currently for training on the effects of trauma on neurobiology and the implications for conducting trauma-informed interviews and investigations. We are therefore delighted that Dr. Rebecca Campbell has agreed to provide critically needed training in this 90-minute webinar. This course is designed for law enforcement personnel in the criminal justice and community response to sexual assault. (Originally Presented 10/1/2014)

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Successfully Investigating Sexual Assault Against People with Disabilities

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The primary message of training is often to "see the person, not the disability." Police officers are taught to approach victims with disabilities and the investigation "like they would in any other case." The hope is that victims who have a disability will be treated with the same respect as other victims, and this is an important goal we all need to support. (Originally Presented 5/28/2014)

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Non-Profit Success: Strengthening and Sustaining Organizational Achievement

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The key to the success of any non-profit organization begins with effective leadership and a strong board of directors. The board of directors serves as the business arm of the organization responsible for ensuring that their vision, mission and bottom line is achieved. Today, non-profit organizations are challenged with the reality of operating during difficult economic times impacting program services, fund development, recruitment of professional staff and overall program operations. (Originally Presented 3/5/2014)

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A Paradigm Shift: The Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview (FETI)

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This webinar will review current forensic psycho-physiological knowledge and practices, comparing what we think we know with new and exciting research and ideas for what we could do. Using the forensic experiential trauma interview approach, we can gather the best possible evidence by interviewing victims in ways that empower and calm them, so they are able to provide more accurate, coherent, consistent and persuasive narratives. (Originally Presented 9/25/2013)

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Use of Alternate Light Source/Negative Invert Filters to Improve Visibility of Injuries Under the Skin

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During this webinar the presenters will discuss ALS technology, negative invert filter software, and digital photo documentation as each relates to patients/victims who have been strangled or physically abused. These technologies can be used by medical professionals at the time of an exam or by law enforcement professionals with assaulted persons who do and do not seek medical treatment. In addition to physical injury visualization, ALS technology may be used to identify dried fluids (e.g. semen, blood, urine) and other evidence (e.g. fingerprints) that can be collected for forensic analysis. Without these technological tools many of the samples might otherwise go undetected under standard lighting conditions. (Originally Presented 8/22/2013)

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Investigating and Prosecuting "Converted" Cases

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All U.S. states, territories, and tribal governments must certify that they are in compliance with VAWA requirements for medical forensic examinations - in order to remain eligible for STOP grant funding. Specifically, exams must be available to sexual assault victims: (1) free of charge, and (2) regardless of their decision to participate in the criminal justice process.

This means that sexual assault victims can obtain a medical forensic exam without being faced with an immediate decision about participating in the law enforcement investigation and any criminal prosecution. The goal is to get victims the health care they need - as well as collecting and documenting evidence while it is available - without presenting victims with a decision about criminal participation that is framed as "all or nothing" and "now or never." If victims are allowed to get support and take the time they need, the hope is that they will ultimately "convert" and decide they are able to fully participate in the process. In many communities, guidance is needed to successfully investigate and prosecute such "converted" cases. Otherwise, this option could be a false promise for victims.
(Originally Presented 8/22/2013)

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Effective Victim Interviewing

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EVAWI Executive Director Joanne Archambault and Board President Roger Canaff are pleased to offer this webinar on victim interviewing. This webinar mirrors the OLTI module on Interviewing the Victim, which walks participants through the stages and techniques for successfully interviewing sexual assault victims. (Originally Presented 8/9/2012)

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Handouts: PDF - 3 Slides / Page      Victim Statements


Forensic Compliance in 2012

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All states and territories must certify that they are in compliance with VAWA 2005 requirements for medical forensic examinations. Specifically, exams must be available to sexual assault victims:
1) free of charge, and 2) regardless of their decision to participate in the criminal justice process. (Originally Presented 2/7/2012)

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Handouts: PDF - 6 Slides / Page      Self Assessment Form      Victim Information / Options Form


Medical Mandated Reporting for Sexual Assault

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In some states, medical professionals are legally mandated to notify law enforcement of any sexual assault that is committed (or suspected to have been committed) against one of their patients. These laws vary dramatically in terms of what triggers the mandated reporting requirement, what information must be reported, who must be notified of the report, and what specific procedures must be followed to comply with this mandated reporting requirement. This webinar is designed to clarify these complex issues and explore questions regarding compliance with VAWA 2005 provisions and forensic exams. (Originally Presented 1/13/2010)

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Handouts: PDF - 3 Slides / Page      Rape Reporting Laws Article      DWI and HIPAA Article      Pediatrics & HIPAA      DoD SAPR Written Statement

 
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