Abductions & Exploitation on College Campuses
This workshop will explore the challenges facing colleges and universities where students fall prey to abduction and exploitation. Participants will learn about factors that contribute to victimization and hear examples of students who have been the victims of kidnapping, abductions, and sexual exploitation in the college setting. Participants will also learn about the growing challenge of students who are increasingly caught up in commercial exploitation and the warning signs that this form of victimization may be happening in your community.
Abusive Minds Think Alike
Kristen Howell, Carrie Paschall
As investigators we know that where there is one form of abuse, there may likely be other. Because of this, it is imperative that we know the characteristics of the many different crimes and offenders we are investigating, as they often reside in the same home and often are the same person. This workshop will discuss some basic dynamics of child sexual abuse and will correlate the similarities to domestic violence: characteristics of the crime, characteristics of the offender, disclosure process and patterns, victim grooming, recantation, and compliant victim characteristics.
Advanced Investigation of Cold Case, Long Term Missing, and Unidentified Human Remains
This workshop has a proactive investigative focus on cases that can go unresolved for decades. It will illustrate the potential connections between these separate events and how to build facts sufficient to prove who is responsible beyond a reasonable doubt. The presenter will give examples of various forms of crimes that had become closed, suspended, forgotten or not even previously reported. The cultivation of information, assembly of the investigative file, critical use of current forensic technologies, and investigative and prosecutorial approaches to historical cases that have remained unresolved will be discussed.
Animals & Domestic Violence: Another Tool of Manipulation
Maya Gupta, Kelsey McKay
Animal cruelty and threats to harm pets are tactics commonly used by batterers to coerce and intimidate human family members. This session reviews the research linking animal cruelty and domestic violence, explores the dynamics of animal cruelty in the context of power and control, identifies ways that professionals working with both perpetrators and victims of violence can be more responsive to this issue, and explains how this awareness can improve victim safety and batterer accountability. Specific strategies for both victim service agencies and criminal justice agencies will be presented, as well as a systems-level overview of how we can "widen the net" of coordinated community response to domestic violence by including animal control agencies and others who may encounter domestic violence cases through working with four-legged victims. The session concludes by highlighting local resources such as "safe haven for animals" programs.
The Art of Interrogation: A 360 Perspective (Part 1 & 2)
In a collaborative effort between the Dallas Police Department Training and Homicide Units and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center Behavioral Science Division, this video-intensive course was developed to examine successful interrogation techniques. The course offers a unique perspective in the art of interrogation by incorporating three parts: the actual interrogation video, video interviews from the detective who conducted the interrogation, and video interviews of the convicted killer from their Texas Prison Unit.
Assessing Risk from the Bench: Innovative Strategies for Judges
Rob Cañas, Rebecca Thomforde Hauser
Researchers have recently identified factors associated with higher risk of lethality or re-offense at the hands of an intimate partner, but assessing risk in domestic violence cases can be a challenge. Factors such as possession of a weapon and dissolution of the relationship are dynamic and fluctuating, agencies may be operating with limited information, and self-represented litigants may not have a full understanding of their own risk or the remedies available. What is the court’s role in identifying risk in these cases? How can the court incorporate evidence-based best practice to better serve marginalized and self-represented litigants? CCI has created two tools to address these concerns: the DV Risk Factor Guide for Civil Judges and the DV Risk Factor Guide for Self-Represented Litigants. This session will describe the social science behind risk assessment and procedural justice and offer these tools and suggestions for court-based risk assessments.
Asylum Law: Protection for Immigrant Women Fleeing Domestic Violence in Their Home Countries
From October 2015 to October 2016, over 68,000 families came to the southern border of the United States seeking protection from violence in their home countries of El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico. Most of these families are comprised of women traveling with young children, and they are often fleeing violence in the home in addition to violence in the street. This workshop will share some of their stories, highlighting the legal challenges they face in the United States. It will focus on explaining how immigration and asylum law applies to women fleeing domestic abuse that occurred in their home countries. It will also cover the difficulties of immigration detention for asylum seekers and their children, the process for being released from detention, and ways in which advocates, counselors, and attorneys can assist these families through some of the social and legal challenges they face in the United States.
Best Practices in Protective Orders
This workshop explains the different types of protective orders, how they work, each application process and how they can be utilized to improve victim safety and prevent future violence. This workshop also discusses the changes and additions to protective orders mandated in the last legislative session. Family violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, and trafficking protective orders will be covered.
Beyond Convictions to Collaboration: How Community Prosecution Can Help Your Office
Building and maintaining trust between members of the community and those who police and prosecute within it is of paramount concern. This workshop will explore Community Based Prosecution and Community Policing. Participants will learn the key principles of both; discuss the merits, strategies, and pitfalls of community based law enforcement; and hear about quick steps to create or jumpstart efforts in communities of varying size, no matter what resources are available.
Body Worn Cameras: Practical Considerations in Domestic Violence Cases
Staley Heatly, John Wilkinson
The use of body-worn cameras (BWC) can provide compelling evidence in domestic violence cases, but they may also adversely impact victim privacy or safety. While standard procedures often call for the activation of BWCs during any responsive citizen-police encounter, there are often no special provisions related to domestic or sexual violence response. Because the recording of certain information may put victims at increased risk of harm, it is important to understand the safety issues and legal implications of the use of BWCs in domestic violence cases. This presentation will discuss many of the issues prosecutors and law enforcement officers may encounter, including the implications of deactivating a BWC during the investigation, expectations of privacy, safety issues, discovery by the defense, redaction, orders prohibiting distribution and freedom of information act requests.
Brain on Trauma: Physiological Cues to Understanding & Working with Trafficking Survivors
The traumatic nature of human trafficking can have a profound effect on a person's mind and body. Some of the reactions of trauma survivors may be difficult to understand, and providers may be uncertain how to respond effectively. This workshop will present an overview of the body's physiological stress response and will explain how this response can become derailed and lead to symptoms of post-traumatic stress. The presenter will also examine a range of coping strategies such substance abuse, self-harm, returning to one's trafficker, and help rejecting behavior, and consider avenues for addressing these difficulties. Basic guidelines for working with trauma survivors will be covered, including an intervention framework that highlights a range of treatment techniques. Finally, the problem of vicarious traumatization will be discussed and tools for self-care will be offered.
Changing the Destinies of Survivors with High ACE Scores
The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study is the most predictive study ever done on the impact of childhood trauma on adult illness, disease, and criminality. Most victims and perpetrators of intimate partner violence grew up traumatized by violence and abuse in their homes. The presenter will help attendees better understand the ACE Study and Its Implications, develop a trauma-informed approach to working with high ACE score adults and children, and learn how to mitigate the impacts of trauma through strategies designed to increase hope, self-efficacy, and resiliency in survivors of violence and abuse.
Changing Police Culture Surrounding Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault
This workshop will focus on how culture change was achieved at one police department relative to the issues of domestic violence and sexual assault. Attendees will learn a multi-faceted approach based on the successes and failures of this department's experience and the role that advocacy can play in the process. Takeaways include the role of policy and practice, changing your training focus, how to foster better outcomes in case investigations, and how to promote victim-centered thinking. This workshop is relevant to law enforcement, advocates, and anyone involved in a coordinated response to these issues.
Closing the Door on Illicit Massage Businesses: Holding Traffickers Accountable
Jane Anderson, Rochelle Keyhan
Illicit Massage Businesses (IMBs) are known fronts for criminal activity and human trafficking. They are venues guised as legitimate massage or bodywork businesses in which women are forced, coerced, and defrauded into performing countless sex acts with strangers on a daily basis. In spite of increased law enforcement efforts to combat human trafficking, IMBs have proven to be difficult targets largely because of ineffective response focused more on arresting individuals than on effectively dismantling organizations and offering services to victims. This presentation will provide an overview of the IMB organizational model, discuss how women are recruited, harbored, and exploited within those networks, and develop strategies to build evidence-based cases that can ensure that offenders are held accountable for their wide-ranging criminal activity.
Co-Charging Stalking: Enhancing Sexual Assault Prosecutions
Research has shown that 7.5 million adults are stalked in one year in the U.S., yet stalking is a crime that is often misunderstood, minimized, or missed entirely--especially in cases that also involve sexual assault. Recognizing that stalking is often the precursor to sexual assault can not only help in bystander intervention, but it can also aid in the successful prosecution of the offender. This workshop will discuss the importance of recognizing the intersection of stalking in sexual assault cases. Evidentiary considerations around co-charging stalking with sexual assault will be provided, including how to show the assault was pre-meditated. Such evidence can aid in combatting the myths of "he said, she said" and "regret sex" cases.
Community Supervision of Family Violence Offenders
This presentation will discuss practices that enhance the supervision and accountability of family violence offenders. It will include the role of the probation officer in supervising family violence offenders and victim-sensitive interviewing techniques to be utilized in family violence cases, as well as identifying and assisting victims of family violence while on probation.
A Conversation on Abuse Myths & Misconceptions with a Woman Who Survived
Leslie Morgan Steiner
Join Leslie Morgan Steiner--survivor, Harvard grad, and best-selling author--for a candid, interactive discussion about the most common misconceptions about relationship abuse and what we all can do to break the silence.
Coordinated Community Response Between Military & Civilian Communities
Bronwyn Blake, Brian Clubb, Amanda Elkanick
Establishing and enhancing a coordinated community response to intimate partner violence and sexual assault that includes both military and civilians is vital in promoting a message in communities that violence is unacceptable and offenders will be held accountable. Although cultures vary greatly, collaboration between systems can create a more uniform response to violence. Presenters will give examples of how collaboration has increased in Texas and how to replicate the collaboration model in your own communities and state. Coordinated community response models will include active duty, reserves, and veterans’ options.
Coordinated Response to Human Trafficking: Claiming Your Seat at the Anti-Trafficking Table
Developing and maintaining a coordinated response to human trafficking requires a strategic and inclusive approach. While human trafficking is often portrayed as a singular issue, a successful response to this diverse crime requires multiple and diverse agencies at the table. In order for a multi-disciplinary team approach to successfully identify, respond to, and serve trafficking victims, collaboratives need to be well-structured with a clear mission, roles, and goals for its members while addressing human trafficking from multiple sides. When these components are present, agencies can successfully hold traffickers accountable while providing wrap-around services to survivors. Attendees will learn to apply various methods of response to human trafficking such as MDT and victim services response protocols, demand reduction strategies, and community education and awareness.
Countering Witness Intimidation: Forfeiture by Wrongdoing
Jane Anderson, John Wilkinson
When witness intimidation is successful, victims decline to participate in prosecution, minimize the abuse on the witness stand, or testify on behalf of the abuser. But what if we eliminate the payoff for the would-be intimidator? Coordinated efforts in the form of safety planning, expedited prosecution, victim education, etc. can reduce the opportunities for intimidation, thereby increasing the likelihood that victims will feel safe testifying in court. Prosecution strategies, from charging intimidation-related offenses to filing motions to admit out-of-court statements by victims who have been intimidated into silence, can actually increase the likelihood of conviction and the penal consequences for the intimidator. This presentation will include a brief review of confrontation law under Crawford and its progeny, and focus on forfeiture by wrongdoing as a solution in the case of witnesses who are unavailable for trial due to the offender's wrongful conduct.
Creating a Specialized Sexual Assault Investigative Response
This presentation will focus a coordinated approach to sexual assault investigations and discuss the successes the Montgomery County Police Department in Maryland has seen since creating a specialized sexual assault unit. The advantages of co-locating law enforcement, prosecutors, and victim advocates to enhance these cases and provide victims with better services will be discussed.
Creating an Inclusive Framework for LGBTQ+ Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, and other identity holding (LGBTQ+) survivors of intimate partner violence face unique challenges when seeking services. This workshop will take a close look at the framework used by the New York City Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence in their efforts to increase LGBTQ+ inclusivity and utilize a trauma-informed model at their Family Justice Centers. Participants will review LGBTQ+ terms, explore barriers to services, and learn about relevant screening questions for LGBTQ survivors and how to ask them in an affirming manner.
The Crime of Domestic Violence: A Video Training Tool
Michael Rizzo, Mark Wynn
The International Association of Chiefs of Police has created a 46-minute training video, The Crime of Domestic Violence, to present law enforcement with information to strengthen their response to victims and offenders of domestic violence. Officers provide as much support to victims as possible, but when equipped with a better understanding of the nuances and dynamics of this intimate partner crime, they can more effectively address victims’ needs and hold offenders accountable. In this screening, the full video will be presented, followed by a discussion about the complexities of domestic violence, strategies for effective investigations, and implementing the video into agency training efforts.
A Critical & Common Intersection: Domestic Violence in Faith Communities
In this workshop, an interfaith panel will discuss the impact of violence against women within the contexts of their specific faith communities. Historically, in many faiths, violence against women has not been an issue that religious institutions have consistently spoken out against. The panelists will discuss ways this epidemic is recognized, if at all, in their community and what the response to women is when they are being victimized by their partner, who often another member of the same faith community. While the specifics of belief systems may diverge, this panel will discuss an area of common ground: women deserve to be safe in their homes and supported by their faith community when their home is no longer a safe place.
Accessibility: Considerations for Serving Victims Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
This innovative workshop will lead you through an informative and often humorous program. Participants will gain knowledge about different kinds of Deaf and hard of hearing people, along with developing skills for interacting and communicating with these communities. This workshop includes information for what to do in specific situations, hands-on activities, and communication cards directly related to terms used in the field. Attendees will walk away from this workshop knowing more about Deaf culture and its people and how to develop a comfort zone in which they can work with in the future.
Culture Counts: The Intersection of Pimp Culture, Pornography, Prostitution & Human Trafficking
As we progress beyond identification and recovery of victims and begin to look at factors contributing to the proliferation of sex trafficking within the culture, we find ourselves at the intersection of pimp culture, pornography, prostitution and human trafficking. This workshop is designed to bring those connections out of the shadows, provide the social science research that validates those links, and elucidate the harm perpetuated by this cycle. We will examine varying examples of cultural acceptance and the dangers in this acquiescence, and suggest potential shifts in our approach to tackling this complex and self-perpetuating crime.
The Darknet & Emerging Technologies
Justin Fitzsimmons, Lauren Wagner
As the internet continues to evolve, new layers populate where offenders commit criminal offenses. One such area is known as the Darknet. Participants will learn how the Darknet works and how potential criminal activity facilitated on the Darknet is crucial to investigating and prosecuting cases. In addition, new software applications are being added to mobile phones and tablets daily. The presenters will demonstrate several of the newer, popular applications for mobile devices. Attendees will also learn about vault applications and the ability to secretly store information.
Improve your interview skills. Learn how to tell when someone is editing something out of a verbal or written statement. This session will cover the basics of Discourse Analysis, a lexical and syntactical approach to analyzing statements. Using clear examples, the presenter will explain how a respondent's shifts in words and grammar can point interviewers to "hot spots" in a statement that need to be probed. You will never listen to a conversation or interview the same way again.
Desensitized to Death: Understanding & Prosecuting Strangulation (Part 1 & 2)
Kelsey McKay, Jaime Slaughter
This session will cover intimate partner strangulation from top to bottom. Part I will focus on how to implement and understand a strangulation supplement, and Part II will explore prosecution, including: ideas for voir dire, a simulation of using a medical expert, and recommended tips to help juries understand this complicated crime. Participants will be provided with a better understanding of how strangulation is different than all other types of intimate partner assault, both physiologically, in terms of its lethal danger, and the emotional effect it can have on the victim. It will also discuss defensive injuries and help the audience interpret these so that a victim is not accidentally arrested and prosecutors can use that evidence to their advantage. Attendees will never again ask, "Why didn't she have visible injury?”
A Different Response to Intimate Partner Violence: Offender-Focused Domestic Violence Initiative
Timothy Ellenberger, Kenneth Shultz
The High Point Police Department has implemented the Offender-Focused Domestic Violence Initiative (OFDVI), a strategy to combat domestic violence. The strategy applies the evidence-based focused deterrence approach and shifts to an offender focus in combatting domestic violence. One of the strategy's critical features is the ability to focus on offenders at earlier stages of offending, before the secrecy of offending entrenches and violence escalates. Research suggests that early intervention is key in stopping the cycle of domestic violence. OFDVI has resulted in lowered recidivism rates, and intimate partner homicides in High Point have dropped from 17 in the five years prior to implementation, to two since implementation.
DNA for Those Who Don't Have a Science Degree
This presentation will explore the evolution of forensic DNA analysis and its current investigative and prosecutorial best practices. Various legal and investigative issues and options will be discussed, as will the science underlying the technology.
Domestic Violence & Mental Health: Facilitating Safety & Change for Survivors
This workshop will focus on the intersection of domestic violence and mental health for survivors. It will provide information about the barriers and challenges experienced by survivors who have mental illness, identify strategies to increase safety for these survivors, and encourage participants to go back to their agencies and assess how current practices create opportunities or challenges for increasing access to services and safety for survivors who have mental illness.
Domestic Violence Homicides Staged as Drowning Accidents or Suicides (Part 1 & 2)
Domestic violence can include asphyxiation, of which strangulation is the most well-known form, perpetrated on women by current or ex-partners. Drowning, a lesser-known form that is typically fatal, can occur in bathtubs, toilets, pools, and open water. These assaults occur more often than is currently understood. One reason for the lack of awareness is that these deaths are typically treated as accidental drowning from the time of dispatch through the final cause and manner of death diagnosis. Another category of domestic violence homicides occur on land and involves the victim's remains being disposed of in water, including open water and bathtubs. This presentation will present the red flags of these homicides and provide a practical investigative framework with a focus on bathtub cases.
Domestic Violence High Risk Team Model
Kelly Dunne, Robert Wile
The Domestic Violence High Risk Team (DVHRT) Model was born from one community's tragedy and has gone on to national recognition and replication as a leading strategy for intimate partner homicide prevention. This workshop will provide a comprehensive understanding of the Model with an overview of the research at its foundation. The function and structure of key partners in this multidisciplinary approach will be discussed. Attendees will learn how team members work together to identify high risk cases and mobilize risk management strategies. The inspiring outcomes of successful DVHRTs will be shared.
The Emergency Elder Abuse Shelter: A Replicable Model
Tovah Kasdin, Joy Solomon
Attendees will learn about the emergency elder abuse shelter, a uniquely holistic, victim-centered model for service delivery. First implemented via the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale, the model has since been replicated in over 14 communities throughout the country, including the ElderSAFE Center at Charles E. Smith Life Communities in Rockville, Maryland. Attendees will gain an understanding of the unique nature of elder abuse which creates a critical gap in services; learn about the elder abuse shelter's holistic, multi-disciplinary, trauma-informed and victim-centered service model; and receive concrete tools and troubleshoot potential challenges when starting a shelter program catering to the unique needs of attendees' communities.
Employment Rights of Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, & Stalking
Robin Runge, Gabriela Vega
This session will provide participants with the tools to advocate for the employment rights of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. As a result of this session, participants will be better able to describe the impact of violence against women on their ability to obtain and maintain employment, identify the laws and policies that provide protections for victims, and apply strategies for advocating for victims.
Ethical Considerations for Prosecutors in Gender-Based Violence & Human Trafficking Cases
Jane Anderson, John Wilkinson
A prosecutor is "the servant of the law, the twofold aim of which is that guilt shall not escape nor innocence suffer... It is as much his duty to refrain from improper methods calculated to produce a wrongful conviction as it is to use every legitimate means to bring about a just one (Berger v. United States, 295 U.S. 78, 88, 1935)." Achieving justice in gender-based violence and human trafficking cases requires prosecutors to have a firm grasp of their legal obligations as well as their ethical responsibilities throughout each stage of the criminal justice process. This workshop will address the ethical considerations outlined above in the context of charging decisions, immunity, compulsion of victim testimony, and the investigative function of a prosecutor. The presenters will use hypothetical case scenarios to challenge prosecutors to evaluate their decision-making in the context of ethical rules and principles.
Ethics in Family Violence Cases
When may a victim in an IPV case need their own attorney? What about those recantations? Negotiating settlements when you aren't sure what evidence you will be able to present at trial? Ethics for attorneys representing victims take on new dimensions in family violence cases. This lively and interactive workshop will use scenarios common for these cases. Attendees will discuss the issues raised through scenarios encountered regularly and review the statutes and case law that guide conduct. The presenter will focus on discovery obligations, victim representation, pseudonyms, ex parte communication, and accounting for victim safety. The law provides lots of answers but leaves some issues unaddressed; bring your dilemmas and let's figure it out.
Ethics for Judges in Family Violence Cases
Brandon Birmingham, Rob Cañas, Dana Nelson
When may a victim in an IPV case need their own attorney? What about those recantations? When and how long are protective orders in criminal cases issued? How, when and should a judge account for the safety of a victim? Ethics for judges take on new dimensions in family violence cases. This lively and interactive workshop will use scenarios common for these cases. Attendees will discuss the issues raised through scenarios encountered regularly and review the statutes and case law that guide conduct. The presenters will focus on discovery obligations, victim representation, pseudonyms, ex parte communication, and accounting for victim safety. The law provides lots of answers but leaves some issues unaddressed. Bring your dilemmas and let's figure it out.
Ethics & Risk Management: The Impact of the Digital Age
Technology creates as many benefits for clients as it creates ethical challenges for mental health professionals. Ethical issues pose some of the most challenging questions we face every day. These dilemmas change with each advancement in technology and each new piece of legislation. We must be mindful when managing their online presence, whether or not they are actively using social media. In addition, we must understand how to appropriately address challenges we may be faced with related to managing confidentiality and privacy issues, personal disclosure, dual relationships, and documentation of electronic contact, as well as issues related to our use of the Internet, email, or texting to provide therapy. Attendees are encouraged to bring their tablets and/or computers to participate in an interactive training experience.
Evidence Collection & Forensic Photography
This workshop will focus on the differences in sexual assault evidence kits, collection techniques, and forensic photography. It will utilize sexual assault and domestic violence case studies to better arm medical staff and other professionals with valuable education in the field of Forensic Emergency Medicine. It will also review national protocols, hospital policies, procedures, and the Board of Nurse Examiners continuing education mandates.
Facebook Privacy & Safety: A Masterclass for Advocates
This workshop will look at how we can increase our privacy online and will provide tips and strategies to stay safe online. A member of the Facebook Team will review online tools and how to adjust privacy settings. Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops and follow along online with some of the exercises.
Faith & Culture: Domestic Violence in African American Relationships
Sharon Ellis Davis
Every religious tradition has teachings and sacred texts that can be roadblocks or resources for survivors and perpetrators of domestic violence. For African American Christians, the intersections of cultural context, religious beliefs and domestic violence are significant. This workshop will discuss the particular experience of African American women who experience domestic violence, lift up the important role that the church plays in responding to domestic violence in families, highlight the significant faith issues faced by African American survivors of domestic violence, equip religious leaders to become a resource to support survivors and hold perpetrators accountable, and encourage the church to become a safe place for victims of domestic violence to seek support.
Family Violence & the Telecommunication Professional: Are We Doing the Best We Can?
Attendees will identify the mission of a telecommunication professional in a domestic violence incident, while learning the enormity of domestic violence that plagues our society. They will become familiar with terms, concepts and better questioning techniques for the victims of domestic violence. Attendees will be able to facilitate the safety of a victim of family violence so that the victim feels confident that the public safety system will not fail them.
Finding the Hidden Crime: Human Trafficking
Bill Bernstein, Marisa Miller
Trafficking is very much a hidden crime, especially certain types of labor trafficking. The presenter will discuss many of the barriers to identifying and uncovering cases of human trafficking, more correctly known as modern-day slavery, as well as some of the common misconceptions about trafficking. He will cover many aspects of this crime, providing several examples including sex and labor trafficking.
First Line Supervisors' Response to Violence Against Women
Supervisors have the opportunity to greatly impact those they supervise and are responsible for creating and maintaining an environment that supports learning and growth for officers and treats victims with respect. This course will highlight effective ways to engage the first responder in order to address violence against women. Participants will be exposed to methods of empowering and strengthening officers, innovative employee incentives and rewards, and other motivating techniques as well as skills to mentor others on violence against women crimes.
Foreign Language Interpreting in Our Work
Interpreters make it possible to communicate across languages--but often misunderstandings prevail. This workshop is designed for foreign language interpreters and for those who use interpreters in their work. This is a practical workshop full of tips and examples to improve cross-cultural communication through interpreters. This workshop is designed to help participants know concrete steps to take to make the best use of interpreters in sensitive conversations and understand their obligations regarding foreign language interpreting and client rights.
Forensic Evaluation of Gunshot Wounds: Applications for Domestic & Officer-Involved Shootings (Part 1 & 2)
The medical and scientific literature has repeatedly documented that the non-forensic healthcare provider has a miserable ability to correctly interpret gunshot wounds. The "Interpretation of Fatal, Multiple and Exiting Gunshot Wounds by Trauma Specialists" found that clinical physicians have a great deal of difficulty in correctly distinguishing between entrance and exit wounds. What are the reasons for these misinterpretations? Their opinions were based upon the size of the wound, not its physical characteristics. Physical characteristics will tell you if the wound is an entrance or exit, the range of fire, and if the injuries are consistent with the history given by the victim. To avoid the misinterpretation and therefore the misdiagnosis of gunshot wounds, police, nurses, physicians, and prosecutors need additional forensic training. The knowledge gained in this workshop will assist attendees in evaluation, diagnosis, investigation, and prosecution of gunshot wounds, including domestic and officer-involved shootings.
Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview: A Trauma Informed Experience (Part 1 & 2)
Most of our interview techniques in the criminal justice system have been developed to question victims about peripheral information surrounding a crime. However, most trauma victims are not only unable to accurately provide this type of information, but when they are asked to do so they may inadvertently provide inaccurate information and details. This frequently cause fact finders to become suspicious of the information provided. The Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview (FETI) was designed to change all of this. The technique has already proven to be a game changer in the investigation and prosecution of many forms of violence, including adult sexual abuse. Use of the FETI process in domestic violence cases is also extremely promising for increasing successful interventions, investigations and prosecutions. This interview technique draws on the best practices of child forensic interviews, critical incident stress management, and neuroscience.
Friend or Foe: Roles of Law Enforcement & the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Working Side-by-Side
Kim Basinger, Kathleen Gann
Working Side-by-Side Law enforcement and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners have very separate roles and different focuses, but often work together with a patient or victim. A better understanding of each role will advance the shared goal of improved public safety and the serving of justice, as well as build respect and effective collaboration. A win-win for everyone!
Genesis Trauma Approach
Jessica Brazeal, Ruth Guerreiro, Jordyn Lawson
Treating victims of domestic violence at any stage in recovery is complex. This workshop will discuss the three-layered Genesis Trauma Approach. It includes: The Transtheoretical Model of Change for Persons Affected by Domestic Violence, the Genesis Foundational Cognitive Model, and use of the Adaptive Information Processing model including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). This workshop will include: capitalizing on the inherent strengths of survivors of abuse, recognizing where a client is in the stages of change, basic education and therapeutic information that each clinical program should have and the way that EMDR fits in a clinical approach to working with victims of domestic violence.
Responding to requests for Proposals (RFPs) is part of most agencies' tasks. Based on 46 years of successfully competing for grant funding (with a 97% success rate), the presenter shares simple steps he uses to ensure his proposals are well received. Developing unique responses within a systematic approach greatly enhances the chance of being awarded grant funding. Through the use of actual proposal examples, attendees will learn 12 steps that enhance award prospects. When and how to effectively use checklists, tables, call outs, and stylistic formatting to help the reviewer understand your project will also be covered.
Government Data & Survivor Privacy
Erica Olsen, Alejandro Palacios
One of the major risks to survivor privacy is government public data. In many instances, survivors have little opt out opportunities to prevent their information from going into the public domain and even less ability to remove it once it's out there. There are currently three major areas in which victim privacy could be compromised: police data initiatives, body worn cameras, and automatic voter registration. Communities across the United States are grappling with developing policies and best practices on implementing these new initiatives. This workshop will discuss these three initiatives and how the victim service community can be a part of these policy issues.
The History of Violence Against Native Women: What Law Enforcement & Prosecutors Need to Know
American Indian and Alaska Native women suffer with the highest per capita rates of violence in the U.S. This workshop will help law enforcement and prosecutors understand the historical context and contemporary ramifications of this long-standing crisis. Attendees will learn about the history of Federal Indian law as it relates to the crimes of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking, particularly around issues of criminal jurisdiction. Participants will also come away with a better understanding of how Native women experience the criminal justice system and new approaches to victim-centered work with Native women.
How Bias & Prejudice Prevent Help Seeking by Survivors of Color
This presentation will explore the difference between bias and prejudice and how personal and institutional biases impact services to communities of color. Participants will discuss how VAWA has improved services to communities of color in the past 20 years and what still needs to be done to improve the justice system response and advocacy services for battered women of color. Participants will identify reasons why survivors of color do not rely on the civil and criminal justice systems and/or may not access mainstream advocacy services. Participants will identify personal and institutional biases that are barriers to service for women of color.
How One Case Changed an Office
Jeff Case, Staley Heatly
This workshop will discuss the dramatic changes made by one office in response to a local family violence murder, including: training officers on FV response, starting a body worn camera program for police, using expert witnesses in FV prosecution, establishing a batterers intervention program, providing better support for victims, and forming a county-wide family violence coalition.
Human Trafficking & Beyond (Part 1 & 2)
This workshop will analyze the profiles and vulnerability factors of victims and recruitment and grooming tactics used by traffickers, discuss terminology and rules associated with the pimping subcultures, and provide tips on how to identify and interact with victims. Recent legislative changes and the impact social media has on how business is done will be reviewed. Case examples will demonstrate some common problems and pitfalls when working with survivors. Participants are encouraged to bring their smartphones/computers/tablets to participate in this interactive workshop.
Identifying & Responding to Human Trafficking in a Medical Setting
Similar to other forms of abuse, human trafficking often presents in various ways within a medical setting. This provides health care professionals with the opportunity to identify and respond to human trafficking victims while addressing their medical needs. This presentation will review the ways that victims of sex and labor trafficking may present to a medical provider through case examples and will provide direction on appropriate, trauma-informed responses to various types of victims.
Illusion of Choice
Rebecca Bender, Rebekah Charleston
Attendees will look inside the mind of a victim to explore the Illusion of Choice and learn about trauma bonds and brainwashing. This workshop will break stereotypes and answer questions such as, "why don't they just run?'' This advanced training will equip all areas of law enforcement and prosecution on trafficker's tactics, lingo interpretation and decoding online ads. Attendees will leave better equipped with medical indicators, investigation vs. interrogation tactics, and more, ready to build stronger cases that stick.
Immigration & Law Enforcement Tools for Working with Victims
Natalie Nanasi, Jessica Salsbury
This workshop will provide an overview of the eligibility requirements for U nonimmigrant status and VAWA self-petitioning and discuss the benefits of each for both victims and law enforcement agencies. It will also discuss the role law enforcement can play in providing evidence to support VAWA and U visas and address concerns law enforcement officials may have in providing certifications for U visas.
In Her Shoes: Living with Domestic Violence
Facilitated by Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support
In Her Shoes is a simulation experience designed for attendees to experience firsthand the hurdles and roadblocks that a survivor of domestic violence faces in her life. A powerful community education tool, this was developed in 2000 by the Washington Coalition on Domestic Violence. Participants will build empathy and understanding for the realties that a survivor faces in trying to live a life free from violence and abuse.
In Her Shoes: Living with Domestic Violence Below the Poverty Line
Facilitated by Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support
In Her Shoes: Economic Justice is a simulation experience designed for attendees to experience firsthand the hurdles and roadblocks that a survivor of domestic violence faces in her life and how those barriers are compounded by economic difficulties. A powerful community education tool, this was developed in 2000 by the Washington Coalition on Domestic Violence. Participants will build empathy and understanding for the realties that a survivor faces in trying to live a life free from violence and abuse.
In Her Shoes: Living with Teen Dating Violence
Facilitated by Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support
In Her Shoes: Teen Dating Violence is a simulation experience designed for attendees to experience firsthand the hurdles and roadblocks that teen survivor of domestic and dating violence face. A powerful community education tool, this was developed in 2000 by the Washington Coalition on Domestic Violence. Participants will build empathy and understanding for the realties that teen survivors face in trying to live a life free from violence and abuse
Integrating Identity Theft Safety Planning Into Your Work with Survivors
Merry O’Brien, Bridgette Stumpf
The intersection between violent crime and identity theft are more significant than many victim service agencies realize. Starting in 2013, the Network for Victim Recovery of DC began conducting screenings for survivors of all crime types to more quickly triage issues of compromised personal identifying information (PII) that can lead to identity theft and fraud. The results were startling: nearly a quarter of survivors of crimes such as domestic violence, sexual assault, and elder physical abuse experienced compromised PII as a result of the victimization they suffered. When the perpetrator was known, additional power and control dynamics complicated recovery. This session will explore protocols victim service professionals can implement to increase their organization's ability to provide assistance to survivors of financial and violent polyvictimization, as well as steps that victim service providers can take to train and collaborate with allied professionals.
Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma: Understanding Parent-Child Relational Dynamics in the Aftermath of Human Trafficking
In ways both subtle and overt, the traumatized individual often brings the past into the present. For parents with a history of trauma, this can have a profound effect on their parenting, and in the case of human trafficking, trauma is often at the center. This workshop will focus on the intersection of trafficking, trauma, and parenting. Attendees will consider ways in which a parent's trafficking experience might impact the parent-child relationship. Case examples will be presented to illustrate specific areas of vulnerability and identify intervention options for caseworkers involved in a family system. Additionally, a trafficking survivor's narrative will be woven throughout the workshop in order to provide participants with firsthand information related to the struggles and successes of managing the effects of trauma in the context of parenthood.
Intimate Partner Campus Homicides: What Can We Learn About Prevention & Education?
Each year, intimate partner homicides occur on college campuses. The homicide victims and perpetrators come from all socio-economic classes, races, and educational backgrounds, and the campuses are geographically diverse. This workshop will first present the results of an analysis of campus homicides, focusing on common be divided into two parts: first, there will be a presentation of the results of an analysis of campus homicides, focusing on common characteristics and danger signs. The presenter will then engage the attendees in a fatality review. This workshop will provide suggestions for prevention and education as well as an understanding of how potential victims can develop "predator antennae."
Intimate Partner Violence in a Digital Age
Erica Olsen, Corbin Streett
Do you know how easy it is for some abusers to track their victim's every move, to monitor everything they do on a computer, in their cars, or online? Perpetrators of stalking and domestic violence are often ahead of the curve on the use of technology and are using it to facilitate abuse and harm against survivors. Understanding how technology is misused is crucial to both supporting victims and holding offenders accountable. This workshop will illustrate the safety risks of various technologies. Presenters will discuss ways technology is misused to stalk, abuse, or harass survivors; how service providers can help victims assess the abuse that's happening; and offer suggestions on how to document or investigate technology-facilitated abuse.
Intimate Partner Violence & Military Sexual Trauma in Veteran Treatment Courts
Brian Clubb, Amanda Elkanick
Veteran Treatment Courts provide invaluable resources and treatment for veterans suffering from PTSD and TBI as a result of their service. It is becoming more common for intimate partner violence to be accepted into these courts. This workshop will focus on best practices for accepting these cases into VTC's, consideration of survivors through this process, and national and state resources.
Investigating Intimate Partner Violence in the LGBTQ Community (Part 1 & 2)
This workshop will present some of the unique barriers to reporting same-sex intimate partner violence (IPV) in the LGBTQ community and best practices to encourage reporting. Attendees will identify common IPV myths and other perceived factors that make LGBTQ cases difficult to investigate and will discuss multidisciplinary strategies to overcome these myths. The presenter will teach techniques for obtaining comprehensive information from victims by conducting good forensic interviews and understanding the neurobiology of trauma and its effect on memory. Attendees will be shown how law enforcement, prosecutors, medical professionals, and advocates can and should work together to secure convictions in LGBTQ IPV cases.
Investigating with an Evidence-Based Prosecution in Mind
Michael Milnor, Nancy Oglesby
This presentation will be taught by an investigator and prosecutor. It will discuss the necessary paradigm shift needed when investigating domestic violence cases, knowing that the victim's full cooperation will be unlikely at trial. This workshop will cover specific methods of evidence gathering and corroboration, followed by trial preparation and presentation with that evidence assuming the victim will not be a witness for the State. Evidence gathering after the arrest will be discussed as well, as related to forfeiture by wrongdoing.
Investigation of Non-Stranger Sexual Assault
Michael Milnor, Nancy Oglesby
This presentation will be taught by an investigator and prosecutor. Non-stranger sexual assault cases are some of the most difficult to investigate and prosecute because of the common "consent defense". We will discuss the need for thorough corroboration, accurate and trauma-informed interviews, and specific ways to document the "no" message that was given by the victim. Corroborating alcohol-facilitated sexual assaults will also be covered.
Islam, Domestic Violence, & Unique Considerations When Dealing with Muslim Victims
This presentation will give an in-depth view of Islam's perspective on domestic violence from numerous angles. Attendees will look at misconceptions, as well as Islamic prescriptions, for dealing with physical and emotional violence towards women. The presenter will then discuss unique considerations when dealing with Muslim victims based on statistics and case studies and how to help Muslim women in abusive marriages that are restricted by cultural norms sometimes laced in Islamic language.
It's About Context, Not Character: Admitting Evidence Under R. 404(b)
Jane Anderson, John Wilkinson
Proving a crime of intimate partner or sexual violence challenges prosecutors to place the criminal act in its proper context. It is important to present the fullest possible picture of the relationship to enable the jury to understand how and why the crime occurred and to explain victim behaviors such as recantation, minimization, or remaining with the abuser. In the prosecution of sexual violence, prior acts by the offender against other victims may be essential to proof of identity or to reveal the offender's calculated strategies to exploit the victim's vulnerability. This training will identify types of evidence that may be admissible for purposes permitted under the Rule 404(b), which is primarily a rule of preclusion--evidence of other crimes or "bad acts" are inadmissible to prove the defendant's bad character or propensity to commit a particular crime, but the Rule permits such evidence to be introduced for certain proper purposes. The presenter will suggest ways in which admissibility under the Rule can be argued, and discuss important considerations to avoid reversible error on appeal.
It's On Us: Changing the Culture
It's On Us is a national movement to change the culture around sexual assault. The campaign focuses on three core pillars: consent, bystander intervention, and creating an environment to support survivors. Students have hosted 2,000 It's On Us events on 500 campuses. Last year, It's On Us developed a new program called It's On Us Communities to engage key stakeholders outside of the direct campus environment. The campaign has five pilot communities and will be growing the program in summer 2017. This workshop will be a deep dive into how It's On Us has combined grassroots organizing with national media and content partnerships to educate, engage, and empower new allies on campuses and communities nationwide. Attendees will learn the mechanisms of the program and develop a plan to bring It's On Us back to their campus or community.
Lessons Learned from Implementing the Blueprint for Sexual Assault Response
Maggy McGiffert, Ruben Puente, Caitlin Sulley
The Blueprint for Campus Police: Responding to Sexual Assault was released in February 2016 by the University of Texas at Austin’s Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. The Blueprint is a policing tool used to improve responses to campus sexual assault to better serve victims and promote campus safety. Since its release, the Blueprint’s impact and recommendations have been shared widely, both national and internationally. This workshop will present the lessons learned from implementation of the Blueprint across UT System Police Departments and how it can be adapted for different campus and off-campus communities.
Lethality Assessment Program, Maryland Model: Successes, Implementation, & Special Considerations for Body-Worn Cameras
The Lethality Assessment Program--Maryland Model (LAP) is an evidence-based intimate partner homicide prevention protocol. Over 600 law enforcement agencies and programs in 37 states are implementing the LAP across the nation, ranging from large cities to rural areas. For officers, the LAP offers a practical tool to identify victims of intimate partner violence who are in danger of homicide. For domestic violence service programs, the LAP offers the ability to reach victims who otherwise may not have sought help. Attendees will emerge with a greater understanding of the LAP's purpose and design, guidance on the use of body-worn cameras during its administration, and insights into whether the LAP could benefit their individual agencies and programs.
Living with The Memories
People working crimes against women and children see and hear many things they would rather not, and these memories can have a disturbing effect on professionals and their families. Based on his 46 years experience working in criminal justice, the presenter will explain what's behind the secondary trauma of working these cases and provides simple but effective steps we can take to help us live with these stories and images.
A Look at Campus Sexual Assault and Reporting Requirements
Bronwyn Blake, Amanda Elkanick
Campus sexual assault is crime that requires special consideration of reporting and response. In this workshop, attendees will learn basic dynamics of sexual assault and trauma, as well as the unique reporting requirements and legal rights of sexual assault survivors on college campuses. The presenters will address the Clery Act, SAVE Act, and Title IX, as well as other options available to victims through civil legal services.
Ministry with Survivors of Abuse: Building a Program in Your Faith Community
This workshop will provide practical steps to equip faith communities to respond to survivors of crimes against women and children. Attendees will assess the current needs and resources of their faith communities and learn new ideas for caring for survivors. The presenter will share detailed steps of how Highland Park United Methodist Church in Dallas began and expanded its domestic violence ministry, now known as Restoration Ministries. Attendees will also be given the opportunity to collaborate, ask questions, and share best practices in order to develop action items for their own faith communities.
Mobile Device Evidence Preservation and Data Extraction
This workshop will provide instruction in the preservation of digital evidence on mobile device platforms and the various types of data extraction used today in criminal investigations. The presenter will display the various methods used by forensic examiners to extract data from mobile devices and provide guidance on best practices for seizing mobile devices and preserving the integrity of the digital evidence.
Offender Accountability: A Systems Perspective
This workshop will discuss the many factors involved in holding a domestic violence offender accountable for their behavior and how our policies and practices can enhance or impede both victim safety and offender accountability. Participants will learn the concept of Therapeutic Jurisprudences and the importance of a victim centered approach. The presenter will discuss the similarities and differences between partner abuse and substance abuse, new tools for managing offenders, and how enhanced collaboration with community partners through assessments and monitoring ultimately leads to community safety. The presenter will identify national resources for the management of those charged with domestic violence.
One Love “Escalation” Screening
Join One Love Foundation for a full 90-minute Escalation workshop, their premier technology-based educational tool they are bringing to high school and college students across the country. This film-based workshop utilizes trained peer-facilitators to lead an open conversation about the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationship behaviors, providing tangible tools for students to standup for change. The workshop begins with a 40-minute film, depicting one example of an abusive relationship. Following the film, the audience breaks into small discussion groups led by One Love trained facilitators to discuss key scenes from the film. Groups talk about the warning signs, actions that could have been taken, and how the film relates to their own lives. If you are out of college, One Love will lead a separate conversation around how adults can better recognize the signs of abuse and help prevent it.
One Love Lunch: Escalation
Join One Love Foundation for a lunch-time screening of their premier film, Escalation, and conversation about how the Foundation is building a movement to end relationship abuse through technology-based prevention tools. One Love’s educational approach starts with the creation of emotionally compelling, film-based content that opens people’s eyes to the presence of unhealthy and abusive behaviors in their lives. This content sparks conversations unlike others that have taken place before and gives people guideposts on how to talk about unhealthy and healthy relationships. In opening people’s eyes and sparking conversations, One Love is establishing stigma around abuse as the first ingredient in changing the horrible statistics.
One Size Does Not Fit All: Solutions for Enforcement of Gun Surrender Laws
Rob Cañas, Jim Granucci, Dave Keck, Jennifer Waindle
Even the best laws do little to protect victims if they are not fully enforced, which is why many communities across the country are finding new ways to work together to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous abusers. This panel presentation will present several unique solutions for enforcing gun surrender laws: a judge-run program that relies on private storage, a statewide surrender protocol, an established protective order surrender program, and a probation-led solution in a state that doesn't have its own surrender laws. Attendees will have the opportunity ask questions and discuss ideas for leading a gun surrender effort in their own communities.
Orders of Nondisclosure for Survivors of Human Trafficking
New laws in Texas and other jurisdictions have recently expanded eligibility for non-disclosure of criminal convictions for survivors of human trafficking. This session will provide information about the benefits and limitations of these laws, as well as resources to help advocates, attorneys and others determine eligibility and navigate the application process.
Overcoming Coercive Control in Intimate Relationships (Part 1 & 2)
Coercive control is a strategy used to dominate intimate partners. Tactics include isolation, intimidation, manipulation, stalking, sexual coercion, and--sometimes but not always--physical violence. Coercive control strips away a person's freedom, sense of self and basic rights. This workshop will examine the concept of coercive control and discuss ways to challenge it on personal, social, and professional levels. It will focus on coercive control in intimate relationships, but other situations will also be discussed.
Partnering with the NYPD: An Innovative Trauma-Informed &Client-Centered Approach at the Precinct Level
Krista Ashbery, Maureen Curtis, Wanda Lucibello
Safe Horizon, together with the New York City Police Department, launched a program called the Crime Victim Assistance Program (CVAP). CVAP, modeled on the Safe Horizon Domestic Violence Police Program--a partnership with NYPD for more than 30 years that places Advocates to work alongside domestic violence police officers--once again brings together law enforcement and a victim services agency to holistically help victims heal from their victimization. CVAP will place a domestic violence advocate and a generalist victim advocate in all Manhattan police precincts to provide trauma-informed client centered services. This workshop will discuss CVAP, its origins and implementation, and the potential impact on victim services and police/community relations.
Pimp Life: The Anatomy of a Pimp
In a world that often glorifies the "pimp life," many of us believe we can easily spot a pimp. Pimping is a fast-growing business, and many new criminals are getting into the game. This workshop will explore the types of people that become sex traffickers, and the results may surprise you. It will also highlight the range of sex trafficking victims and tips for identifying and working with them.
Prosecuting Human Trafficking Cases
This workshop will assist prosecutors and investigators who are tackling human trafficking cases, from initial investigation to post-conviction. A team approach between prosecutors, law enforcement, and victim advocates allows for simultaneous goals of rescuing victims and prosecuting their offenders to the fullest extent. Attendees will learn how to work together to investigate cases involving trafficking and gather the evidence necessary to make a successful case. Charging decisions, trial preparation, accomplice testimony, defense strategies, and witness preparation will be discussed, as well as working with trafficking victims to prepare them for trial.
Polishing the Process of Trauma-Informed Forensic Nursing
This workshop will highlight best practices in building and maintaining forensic nursing programs, while differentiating hospital-based vs. community-based programs. The presenter will discuss ways to maintain program sustainability, including staff retention and combatting burnout due to vicarious trauma, as well as how to work collaboratively with community organizations to bridge the gap between competing and complementing agencies. Highlights from the Detroit Sexual Assault Kit project surrounding victim notification and trauma-informed care will also be discussed.
Protecting Yourself in a Digital World
Most of us know enough about technology to get things done. Web-enabled devices are part of the modern world, but there is a "dark side" of technology. Join a cybercrime analyst as he talks in plain English about the technical problems and risks everyone faces each time they log into their computer, use their phone or use a credit card in public. Regardless of your technical expertise (or lack thereof), you will walk away from this session understanding cyber-stalking, identify theft, ATM skimming, cross-site scripting, spyware, and malware. More importantly, you will know what to do to protect yourself and your family from these threats.
Race, Class, & Gender: The Impact of Gender Entrapment on African American Women
Sharon Ellis Davis
African American female victims of domestic violence may not choose to report their abuse to the police, the church, or seek assistance from outside agencies, such as shelter services, due to the sordid history of oppression within African American communities. This workshop will bring awareness to the "Gender Entrapment" of African American women and work toward developing a culturally sensitive model of intervention with police and social services agencies.
Rape Culture in America: Real or Imagined?
Whether looking at the problem of sexual assault on college campuses or the reports of sexual violence connected to high profile individuals, the question "How can this happen?" is as urgent and relevant as ever. This presentation will provide a definition for rape culture as a concept and offer a balanced look at the arguments currently being made for and against the usefulness of this concept when trying to understand the epidemic of sexual violence in our country.
SAFESTAR: A Grassroots, Tribal Initiative To Support Indian Country Sexual Violence Survivors
Arlene O'Brien, Hallie Bongar White
SAFESTAR is a national initiative funded by the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, to train American Indian/Alaska Native lay women to provide emergency sexual violence First Aid, triage, referrals to services, forensic evidence collection, community education, and support. Native women are trained in a 40 hour course designed by the Southwest Center for Law and Policy and the International Association of Forensic Nurses to provide emergency sexual violence healthcare, evidence collection, and referrals in their rural, resource poor villages and communities. Attendees will learn how the SAFESTAR intervention works, similarities and differences from non-Native SANE programs, and how they can bring this program to their communities.
Sex Trafficking & Technology-Facilitated Crimes in Indian Country
This workshop will explore the dangers faced by women in Indian Country that contribute to victimization through social media sites and technology-facilitated crimes. Participants will be able to identify indicators of sexual exploitation and trafficking based on case study of Native Americans.
Sexual Assaults on Campus
This workshop will provide a statistical overview of the scope and scale of sexual assaults on campus, as well as strengths and weaknesses of strategies to both prevent and respond to the their occurrence. Common challenges facing school administrations and law enforcement and the value of productive partnerships will be discussed.
Sexual Deviant Killers (Part 1 & 2)
This workshop emphasizes the psychology behind the crime while analyzing and interpreting true accounts and the disturbing viewpoints and motives of some of the most dangerous men behind bars, including inmates on death row. The evolution and unsettling features of violent sexual deviant pathology will be discussed, providing forethought and some credible warning signs that include elusive topics such as necrophilia, cannibalism, criminal sexual sadism, war rape, voyeurism, bestiality, and serial lust murder using imagery and combining our historical past with our present. Case examples and various crime scene photos that depict diverse features of sexual deviant pathology will be used so the participants can experience the minds of these individuals. Psychosocial histories and backgrounds of perpetrators will be presented and analyzed. Participants will achieve a more comprehensive understanding of the overall mindset and outlook, fantasy facilitators, behaviors and etiology of violent sex offenders with the goal of identifying warning signs, interviewing suspects, increasing effectiveness in search warrants, and using greater case preparation from inception to closure.
Stalking, Intimate Partner Violence & Abuse in the Social Media Age
Today, technology is all around us. While technology itself isn't the problem, it can be used by stalkers to track, monitor, and gain information about victims. As technology advances, so will stalkers' abilities to utilize it in their crimes. Those who work with victims of stalking should be familiar with the various ways that technology can be used to stalk. In this interactive training, participants will have an opportunity to learn about the common ways in which offenders misuse technologies, such as social media, smartphones, computers, cameras, and location-based services. This workshop will give law enforcement and victim service providers the tools they need to better work stalking cases. Steps a victim can take to more safely use technology and considerations for documentation and evidence collection will also be discussed.
Stress First Aid & Emotional Survival
Matt Hagan, Cliff Self
One-on-one or group interventions after dealing with traumatic events is important to keep first responders physically and mentally healthy. The mental fatigue of these investigations can no longer be swept under the rug, but must be dealt with in order to prevent career-ending mistakes, divorce and suicides. Studies have shown that those who are reluctant to seek psychological help are often willing to discuss issues with peer support teams. This class will cover the dynamics of dealing with traumatic incidents/investigations, and how to mentally/emotionally survive the aftermath. This workshop will be presented by two experienced law enforcement officers who will keep the class engaged, and laughing.
Successfully Identifying and Acquiring Electronic Evidence to Combat the CSI Effect
Technology changes extremely quickly and law enforcement faces significant challenges to keep up. With the glamorization of policing in Hollywood, law enforcement is battling to address the CSI effect infiltrating our courtrooms. Given the common delays in reporting crimes of sexual assault and other forms of gender-based violence, traditional forms of corroboration such as medical and physical evidence may be limited or non-existent. Law enforcement must be open to other types of evidence that can be used to support their investigations, such as electronic evidence. Tapping into the digital life of the offender; crafting search warrants for cell phones, computers, and tablets; using social media; and conducting pre-text (one party consent) communications are just a few ways to successfully combat the CSI effect. This workshop will include examples of sanitized search warrants used in actual cases to advance an investigation.
Suffer from Burnout? Give 'em the F.I.N.G.E.R.!
Burnout affects millions of Americans each year and has been called "the disease of our civilization." The unhappiness burnout causes can threaten your job, your relationships, and your health. But, there's good news--burnout can be healed. Former elected District Attorney Mark Yarbrough has personally experienced burnout, learned how to successfully overcome it, and went from "Burnout" to "On Fire!" He has taught thousands of people how to overcome Burnout. Audience members will learn the definition of Burnout and the symptoms thereof, but more importantly, attendees will be laughing, and at the same time learning how to apply the F.I.N.G.E.R. philosophy to help themselves and their co-workers avoid and/or recover from Burnout.
Taking on the Tough Sexual Assault Case: Moving Beyond Unreasonable Doubt
All too often, unreasonable doubt is inappropriately confused as reasonable doubt. Information in many sexual assault reports that doesn't seem to make sense (delayed reporting, inconsistent statements, etc.) is often misinterpreted as reasonable doubt. These factors, if properly understood, should have no bearing on making determinations documenting, investigating or prosecuting reports of sexual assaults. This workshop will focus on identifying elements of the sexual assault experience that indicate brain-based responses to fear and trauma in an attempt to better clarify whether aspects of the report being viewed as unreasonable doubt are, in fact, evidence of a crime. Strategies that allow for better analysis and overcoming societal and personal bias will be discussed. Balancing the totality of the case against an accurate set of metrics provides the framework to either prove "positive evidence" or disprove "negative evidence".
Take out The Drama, Bring in the Trauma: How to Convert Challenges Into Convictions
Kelsey McKay, Russell Strand
What impact does trauma have on the initiation, investigation, prosecution and decisions made by the trier of fact in violent crime? What is its place in determining whether a report of a crime is taken seriously, documented, investigated or prosecuted? The answer may surprise you. Often, conclusions about whether or not a report is credible, reasonable, and provable are drawn through the lens of own life experiences, belief and framework. When a victim makes a report of a traumatic crime, there is a process by which we filter information, often resulting in critically inaccurate judgments of the report and victim. Information reported by the victim just doesn't seem to make sense and is often misinterpreted as reasonable doubt. However, if properly understood and translated, such evidence can be valuable. The presenters will provide information about common "red flags" and discuss strategies to enable a better analysis of these complex cases.
Tell Me How You Really Feel: Jury Selection in Cases Involving Crimes Against Women
In this age of increased technology and constant connectivity, information is disseminated, digested, and used to form opinions at a rapid pace. An attorney may have mere minutes to educate and influence a potential juror, compared to the hours that individual is being influenced by their environments and the people around them. This workshop will explore critical differences in jury selection for cases involving crimes against women and discuss effective strategies for identifying juror bias and solidifying the qualifications of desired jurors. Participants will learn techniques designed to encourage attorneys to go deeper during both the preparation and execution of jury selection and illicit more authentic responses from jury panels.
Title IX Investigations 101
In this workshop, attendees will learn the "who, what, why, and how" of the Title IX investigation and adjudication process from intake to resolution, incorporating legal requirements and institutional best practices. The presenter will also address the significant differences between criminal and Title IX definitions and procedures.
Translating Doubt into Conviction Through the Strategic Use of Expert Witnesses (Part 1 & 2)
Margaret Bassett, Noël Busch-Armendariz, Melissa Hamilton
Would you ever prosecute a case with a Spanish-speaking victim without a translator? Of course not! Why? Because the jury doesn't always speak that language. The same reasoning applies to cases involving intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and stalking. This two-part series will provide guidance on when and how to use an expert to identify and challenge bias and myths that will help fact finders view these crimes through the correct filter necessary to turn "weaknesses" into evidence of a crime. Relevant players will develop strategies to address common themes: the impact of trauma on victim behavior, continued contact with defendant, delayed reporting, victims who recant, the role of power and control on victim behavior, safety planning, and risk assessment.
Understanding the Crime Scene in Non-Fatal Strangulation Cases (3 Hour)
Casey Gwinn, Kelsey McKay, Bill Smock
"911, what’s your emergency?" "My husband choked me. I can't breathe. Help me." This workshop will facilitate attendee investigation of a non-fatal strangulation case. Attendees will work collaboratively with their team to gather evidence and build a case. In the mock scenario, participants will have the opportunity to interview the witness and investigate the scene. This exercise challenges teams to find and document hard-to-detect evidence in strangulation cases, practice interviewing trauma victims, and work as a team. It will conclude with a summary of tips for improving your investigation for felony prosecution, as well as the valuable resources available from the Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention. This session will be limited to 50 attendees in order to provide a hands-on, interactive experience.
Understanding & Investigating Technology Misuse
Bryan Franke, Erica Olsen
Offenders are misusing an array of technologies and online spaces in domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking cases. In order to help survivors to be safe and hold offenders accountable, we need to understand what they are doing. Helpful for criminal justice professionals as well as service providers, this session will discuss how offenders misuse technology, how survivors can document the abuse, and how law enforcement can collect evidence and pursue cases.
The Unidentified Victim on Probation
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, between 40-57 percent of female offenders in prison, jail, or on probation reported experiencing physical or sexual abuse prior to their sentence. Of those women, approximately half reported that their abusers were intimate partners. Increasingly, community corrections professionals are addressing IPV through enhanced and/or specialized supervision of intimate partner abusers. However, probation, parole, and pre-trial services professionals can also play an important role in identifying and addressing the needs of IPV victims under community supervision. In addition, they are in a unique position to recognize potential unreported cases of IPV. The presenter will discuss risk factors, sample screening questions and assessment tools, and supervision strategies that can help protect individuals who are victims of IPV. Attendees will also learn to identify collateral contacts and other data that can be useful when seeking to identify IPV victims.
Unmasking the Sexual Offender
Sexual offenders present difficult and complicated issues in treatment and management. Denial, victim blaming, and blatant deception are inherent in the interactions with sexual offenders. Most importantly, sexual offenders constantly re-enact the victim-offender relationship in many contexts in their life. Traditional approaches with sexual offenders are not only ineffective, but can replicate the offense dynamics and increase risk to the community. This workshop will help participants develop an understanding of sexual offense dynamics and an acceptance of the worldview of the offender. An exploration of the distortions, fantasies, and interpersonal manipulations will be presented in a practical, straight forward, and enlightening manner.
Using Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills with Victims of Violence
Dialectical Behavior Therapy is a treatment originally developed for chronically suicidal individuals. It has since been adapted to deal with numerous other behavioral problems. Trauma robs someone of a sense of security and well-being. DBT uses mindfulness to restore a sense of safety in the present moment. Other skills in DBT teach strategies for coping with painful emotions, being assertive, and accepting and moving forward in the face of even severe trauma. Participants will learn the basic principles of DBT, as well as selected skills that may be useful in assisting victims of violence, trafficking, or stalking.
Using Neurofeedback to Treat Domestic Violence Brain Injuries
Joshua Brown, Peggy Wright
Recognizing that traumatic brain injury (TBI) could greatly interfere with an abuse survivor's goal of achieving self-sufficiency, the Fort Bend Women's Center (FBWC) explored multiple treatment options with limited success. Ultimately, FBWC began a neurofeedback program which has shown promising results. Participants of this workshop will be presented with relevant overviews of TBI, intimate partner violence, and neurofeedback. The workshop will include a description of FBWC's program model and outcomes, as well as a live neurofeedback demonstration.
Voluntary Intoxication: It's Not Consent for Sex, You Know!
Sexual assault investigations and prosecutions involving voluntary intoxicated victims present significant challenges. Many predators know of these challenges and prey upon voluntarily intoxicated victims. All too often, investigators and prosecutors focus on explaining away the victim's choices and behaviors rather than focusing on the predator's use of intoxication as a tool. Consequently, these cases are often not properly investigated, charged or are lost at trial. This workshop will provide participants with a strong foundation in the toxicology of alcohol and how to investigate to identify the outward manifestations of the impact of alcohol, as well as its impact on decision-making, memory and perception. The presenter will also offer strategies for re-framing the investigation and prosecution to ensure they are conducted in an offender-focused way. This workshop will go beyond the didactic into recreating the experience with vignettes and real-world videos.
Walking the Line: Assisting Victims of Violent Crime & Supporting the Investigators
Peter Angell, Jennifer Romero
This workshop will discuss the vital role that victim advocates play in assisting victims, facilitating the recovery process, and supporting the investigation and prosecution when working as a team with agents and prosecutors. FBI Victim Specialist Romero will share her insights and lessons learned through her 19 years as a law enforcement-based victim advocate, including best practices, working with difficult victims, and self-care to avoid and treat burnout. FBI Special Agent Peter Angell will speak to his experience in working as a team with VS Romero on various cases and how a victim-centered approach is not only the right thing to do, but is essential for a successful outcome in the criminal justice system.
What You Should Expect From an Effective On-Scene Investigation
Through the use of interactive participation, case studies, and re-enactments, participants will view domestic incidents and crime scenes through the eyes of the investigating officer. On completion of this session, participants will understand the five objectives of an on-scene investigation, interviewing techniques, victim behaviors, and offender motivation.
Why Violence Happens When Veterans Come Home: Veteran, Spouse and Legal Perspectives (Part 1 & 2)
Anne Jackson, Michael Jackson
Stresses caused by family separation, changing family roles, effects of deployments, combat, PTSD, TBI, substance abuse, and differences in military and civilian culture all affect military families. Sometimes, these lead to aggression, violence and criminal behavior. This workshop will provide perspectives on why violence happens when military veterans come home. Lt. Col. Jackson, a 22-year veteran of the United States Air Force, will provide a candid discussion of his deployments, their cumulative effect on him and his family, and his continued challenges coping with the lingering effects of service. Mrs. Jackson, his wife and a prosecutor, will discuss her experiences as a spouse, mother, and prosecutor of violence in military families to distinguish traditional family violence “power and control” models from typical “post deployment” behaviors.