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5/28/2014 Investigating Sexual Assault Against People with Disabilities
Most training on sexual assault of people with disabilities typically focuses on issues such as the following:
  • Definitions, descriptions, and characteristics of various disabilities
  • Legal requirements (e.g., compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act)
  • Physical accessibility issues
  • Communication guidelines (e.g., language use, communication aids and services)
  • Etiquette, respect, and empowerment

These are critically important areas, and the primary message of such 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.

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3/5/2014   Non-Profit Success:  Strengthening and Sustaining Organizational Achievement
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.  Executive Directors often wear multiple hats in their quest to effectively and strategically manage the day-to-day operations of the organization.  Although board members are generally not involved in the day-to-day aspects of managing an organization, it is essential that they are engaged as a partner in this collaborative effort to ensure its success which must include developing a well thought out strategic plan that will help prepare and guide the organization through the often transitional and challenging times.

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9/25/2013 A Paradigm Shift: The Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview (FETI)
A torn shirt, bruises or even a DNA profile developed from a sexual assault forensic evidence kit do not -- by themselves -- necessarily prove that a sexual assault or other traumatic event occurred. Unfortunately, many criminal investigations reach a dead end because they are often seen as having “insufficient evidence.” 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.

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8/22/2013 Use of Alternate Light Source/Negative Invert Filters to Improve Visibility of Injuries Under the Skin
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.

The presenters will also provide an overview of each technology, implications for use, and review current research investigating how ALS technology can be been used with patients reporting strangulation and other forms of injury. Case examples will also be discussed.

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5/8/2013 Prosecuting "Converted" Cases
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. The webinar will address issues such as the following:

  • What do we call these cases?
  • How do we perceive them?
  • How do we investigate converted cases?
  • How do we prosecute them?

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8/9/2012 Effective Victim Interviewing
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.

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2/7/2012 Forensic Compliance in 2012
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.

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1/13/2010 Medical Mandated Reporting for Sexual Assault
This webinar is the third in a series of webinars on “Medical Mandated Reporting.”

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.

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11/05/2009 Alternative Reporting Methods
This webinar is the second in a series of webinars on “Alternative Reporting Methods.”

The objective of this webinar is to clarify the different concepts and terms that describe various methods for reporting a sexual assault to law enforcement: blind reports, anonymous reports, third-party reports, informational reports, “Jane Doe” reports, etc. The goal is not to suggest that all communities must use the same terminology that we do. Rather, we hope to differentiate the various reporting methods that can be used for law enforcement, so community professionals can make sure they are all using the same terms to mean the same things (i.e., “on the same page”).

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10/15/2009 Violence Against Women Act 2005
The first in a series of webinars on “Medical Forensic Exams Conducted Without a Report Being Made to Law Enforcement.” This webinar includes insights from two community teams who have implemented fully functioning protocols.

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