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Using Virtual Meeting Software for Interviews with Victims Webinar
Wednesday, June 17th, 2020
10:00 AM PT/11:00 AM MT/12:00 PM CT/1:00 PM ET

This webinar is approximately 75 minutes long.

Course Description

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, law enforcement officers are using innovative tactics to connect with victims for investigations and to ensure they receive the support they need. One tool some agencies are using is virtual meeting software; they're interviewing victims and including victim advocates in that process just like they would with a traditional interview. In this panel presentation and discussion, investigators and a forensic nurse utilizing virtual software to interview victims, witnesses, and suspects will discuss the advantages and challenges. They will provide tips and talk about pitfalls to avoid.


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Using Virtual Meeting Software for the Law Enforcement Interview of Victims


Picture of Grace FrancesGrace Frances
Panel Facilitator, Director of Community Partnerships, End Violence Against Women International

Ms.Frances works with EVAWI’s Cadre of Experts, helping to develop their expertise to train on trauma-informed approaches to sexual assault. She also focuses on fund development to expand EVAWI’s ability to improve criminal justice and community responses to sexual assault survivors. Before joining EVAWI, Ms. Frances worked for the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence where she initiated and ran the state’s first trauma-informed sexual assault investigations program.

Picture of Senior Investigator Mathew Stegner Senior Investigator Mathew Stegner
New York State Police

Matthew Stegner is a senior investigator with the New York State Police Campus Sexual Assault Victims Unit. He investigates sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking involving students at 26 colleges in New York State. Investigator Stegner also trains university police, campus safety officers, local law enforcement, and victim advocates on responding to trauma and crimes of gender-based violence.

Picture of Catherine Johnson Catherine Johnson
Investigator, US Center for SafeSport

Prior to accepting the position with the US Center for SafeSport, Ms. Johnson was a child protective services investigator for Carteret County, North Carolina. She also served as a senior law enforcement specialist in the Investigative Operations Division, Forensic Science and Special Investigations Branch, at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia. She served as an instructor, subject-matter expert, and program / course developer in the forensic and investigative sex crimes topical area.

Picture of Sheree Goldman Sheree Goldman
DNP, WHNP, SANE-A, SANE-P, SART Coordinator, Monterrey County Health Department

Sheree is a nurse practitioner, educator, and author of several online courses for mandated reporters. She has over four decades of clinical experience working with patients and families. Since 2000, she has served as the Sexual Assault Response Team Coordinator for Monterey County, a community-based program, and also conducts exams of victims and suspects of all ages. Sheree currently serves on the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council of Monterey County in California and provides expert testimony in cases that involve strangulation and sexual assault.

Picture of Lt. Andrea Munford Lt. Andrea Munford
Center for Trauma Informed Investigative Excellence, Michigan State University Police Department

Lieutenant. Munford is assigned to the Michigan State University Police Department (MSUPD) Center for Trauma Informed Investigative Excellence as the training coordinator. She develops training and outreach to law enforcement on trauma-informed response, as well as other disciplines that intersect with those investigations. Lt. Munford serves as an advisor to the president of MSU on relationship violence and sexual misconduct issues.

This project is supported by Grant No. 2018-TA-AX-K032 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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