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Forensic Compliance in 2012 Webinar
Tuesday, February 7th, 2012
12:00 AM PT/1:00 AM MT/2:00 AM CT/3:00 AM ET

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.

Communities have faced considerable challenges in designing protocols that are compliant, in areas such as: the initial response to a sexual assault disclosure, payment for the medical forensic examination, mandatory reporting to law enforcement, storage and transportation of evidence, case tracking and retrieval, processing of evidence, and the potential for evidence-based prosecution (i.e., without the victim's cooperation). For many states and territories, the changes that are required in public policy and daily practice have been described as "monumental."


This webinar is approximately 90 minutes long.



Kim DayKim Day

SAFE Technical Assistance Coordinator for the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN)

Kim Day has worked on many national level projects such as: the Prison Rape Elimination Act medical protocol advisory committee, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center's SANE Sustainability Project, the Southwest Center for Law and Policy's SAFESTAR medical advisory/curriculum creation committee and the advisory group for the Dartmouth Interactive Media Laboratory production of the interactive DVD: Sexual Assault, Forensic and Clinical Management. Ms. Day has worked with SAFEta project partners to develop and present a two-day regional training entitled: Creating a Community Protocol. She has also spoken at many national, state, and local conferences on the National SAFE Protocol, VAWA forensic compliance and the medical forensic examination.

Joanne ArchambaultJoanne Archambault

Executive Director, End Violence Against Women International
Retired Sergeant, San Diego Police Department

Joanne Archambault is the Founder and Executive Director of EVAWI, as well as the President and Training Director of Sexual Assault Training & Investigations (SATI), Inc. In April 2010, Joanne was honored by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder for her decades of tireless work on behalf of sexual assault victims, with a prestigious National Crime Victims' Service Award for Allied Professionals. On October 27, 2010, Joanne was invited to meet with President Obama and Vice President Biden for the first assembly on violence against women to ever be held at the White House.

Joanne began her career with the San Diego Police Department, working for almost 23 years in a wide range of assignments. She first worked as an officer in Patrol and then as a detective in Gangs, Child Abuse, and Crimes Against Persons. As a sergeant, she had assignments in the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Sex Crimes. During the last ten years of her service, Joanne supervised the Sex Crimes Unit, which had 13 detectives and was responsible for investigating approximately 1,000 felony sexual assaults within the City of San Diego each year. Over the course of her career, she has written numerous articles and developed a wide range of training and policy materials, as well as serving on numerous national advisory boards.

Kimberly A. Lonsway, Ph.D.Kimberly A. Lonsway, Ph.D.

Director of Research, End Violence Against Women International

Kim Lonsway earned her Ph.D. in the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She then served for two years as a post-doctoral research fellow at the interdisciplinary American Bar Foundation in Chicago, Illinois. She has volunteered for over fifteen years as a victim advocate, and was awarded the first-ever Volunteer of the Decade Award in 2012 from the Sexual Assault Recovery and Prevention (SARP) Center in San Luis Obispo, CA.

Kim previously served as the Director of Research for the National Center for Women & Policing, taught as an adjunct professor in the Department of Psychology at California Polytechnic State University, and assisted Penny Harrington & Associates as the Director of Research and Training. In 2003, she joined EVAWI, where she develops grant proposals, creates training content and resource materials, and provides training and technical assistance for multidisciplinary audiences of practitioners in the fields of law enforcement, victim advocacy, health care, prosecution, and related disciplines. Kim is the co-author of a book with Penny Harrington entitled: "Investigating Sexual Harassment in Law Enforcement and Nontraditional Fields for Women" (Prentice Hall). She has also written over 60 published articles, book chapters, training modules, technical reports, government reports, commissioned documents. Along with Joanne Archambault, she served for five years as Co-Editor of the bimonthly Sexual Assault Report, published by the Civic Research Institute.

This project is supported by Grant No. 2009-TA-AX-K003 awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed 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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