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"Reading" Victims & Judging Credibility - Best Practices in Promoting Victim Centered Investigations & Prosecutions Webinar
Friday, September 15th, 2017
10:00 AM PT/11:00 AM MT/12:00 PM CT/1:00 PM ET

This webinar is approximately 90 minutes long.

Course Description

Victim centered investigations and prosecutions requires effective perception skills. Building rapport by perceiving emotional needs promotes effective advocacy, investigations, and prosecutions through building a collaborative relationship of trust.

This program will demonstrate how to effectively read victims, perceive victim needs, and judge credibility, in order to develop areas of common ground necessary to build solid relationships and enhance successful investigations and prosecutions, from the crime scene to the courtroom.

In discussing effective perception skills, this webinar will present an overview of the psychology and empirical research behind reading people skills, presented in an entertaining format. You will learn about the qualities that have been proven to be most important, and how to best perceive and use them in any situation.

From the advocacy perspective, through sharp perception skills, the advocate can bond early on with the victim and help keep the victim connected to the criminal justice process every step of the way, a process that should include comprehensive victim involvement. From the investigation and prosecution perspective, victim involvement strengthens the case on all fronts. This program will illustrate how all aspects of case investigation and prosecution are enhanced by effective victim involvement, and how to incorporate a victim centered approach throughout the life of a case.


As a result of this session, participants will be better able to:

  • Develop and enhance the skills necessary to effectively read victims, perceive emotional needs, and judge credibility, in order to select the best method of developing and personalizing a victim-centered investigation and prosecution.
  • Develop a holistic approach to working with crime victims, including relationship building between the victim, the advocate, the investigator and the prosecutor that is characterized by consistent, non-judgmental encouragement and empowerment.
  • Build an atmosphere of cooperation and trust within which victims are more likely to engage in honest dialog with advocates, investigators and prosecutors, enhancing the likelihood that a victim will be able to participate in an effective investigation and prosecution.



Wendy Patrick, JD PictureWendy Patrick
JD, PhD, Deputy District Attorney, San Diego County District Attorney's Office, San Diego, CA

Dr. Wendy Patrick is a San Diego County Deputy District Attorney, recently named the Ronald M. George Public Lawyer of the Year by the California State Bar's Public Law Section. She has also been recognized by her peers as one of the Top Ten criminal attorneys in San Diego by San Diego Daily Transcript. She has completed over 160 trials ranging from hate crimes, to domestic violence, to first-degree murder.

In her current assignment in the Special Operations Division, she handles sensitive cases involving public officials, officer involved shootings, and attorney misconduct. In her previous assignment in the Sex Crimes and Human Trafficking Division of the San Diego County District Attorney's Office, Dr. Patrick prosecuted sexually violent predators, human traffickers, stalkers, rapists, and child molesters. She is co-chair of both the statewide California District Attorneys Association Sexually Violence Predator Committee, and Human Trafficking Committee.

Her doctoral thesis for her PhD focused on the psychology of attraction used to seduce victims and their families. She has been involved with the San Diego Domestic Violence Council, the San Diego Child Protection Team, and the Sexual Assault Response Team, from whom she received the SART Response with a Heart Award for her significant contribution to the professional field of sexual assault prosecution.

This project is supported by Grant No. 2015-TA-AX-K015 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.
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