Abductions & Exploitation on College Campuses
Liana Hill, Kelvin Minton
This workshop will explore the challenges facing colleges and universities where students fall prey to abduction and exploitation. Attendees 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. The presenter will also discuss the growing challenge of students who are caught up in commercial exploitation and the warning signs that this form of victimization may be happening in many communities.
Accounting for Domestic Violence Through Probation & Parole
This workshop, geared toward probation and parole officers, will discuss techniques for addressing domestic violence offenders in a misdemeanor or felony setting from a specialized systems perspective. This occurs not only by holding the offender accountable, but also assisting the victim(s) in these cases. The presenter will discuss how offenders are best monitored in a specialized unit with officers trained on how to identify and coordinate proper services for all parties involved in the crime. Attendees will learn from the experiences of a department in a large metropolitan area of Georgia utilizing these successful approaches to hold offenders accountable and assist victims throughout the term of sentencing.
America's Missing Daughters: The Missing Women & Girls of Indian Country
This workshop will discuss the growing problem of women and girls from tribal communities who are victims of exploitation, human trafficking, and abductions. Native women are at the highest risk of both physical and sexual assault and are over-represented as victims of human trafficking in communities across the U.S. and Canada. Additionally, many Native women go missing in the U.S. and Canada, and their cases go uninvestigated or even unreported to law enforcement. This workshop suggests strategies for protecting Native women and recovering the missing.
Attachment & Trauma: Healing the Mother-Child Attachment After Domestic Violence
This workshop will explore how domestic violence affects the relationship a mother has with her children. Because the mother-child relationship is vital to a child's healing, attendees will learn how to involve the mother in her child's therapy and trauma processing. The presenter will discuss attachment theory and how to implement specific attachment activities when working with a mother and child who have experienced domestic violence, as well as how to implement guiding principles and techniques taken from Filial Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). The presenter will also provide guidance on how to use these techniques in a multiple family group setting.
The Battered Woman in Child Custody & Visitation Disputes
This workshop explains how and why family law courts are so badly abandoning abused women and their children across the U.S. and Canada. Topics examined include the role of the attorney, common errors made by custody and psychological evaluators, destructive myths and discriminatory attitudes that influence judicial behavior, and public misconceptions about custody. The presenters then move into examining how to right these wrongs through strategies for empowering battered women, training attorneys and courts personnel, and building a powerful grassroots movement for family court reform.
Best Practices for Police & Prosecution: Responses to Men Who Batter
Extensive research findings indicate that improving police and prosecutorial response to men who batter is the single best approach to reducing domestic violence perpetration. This workshop will cover best practices for on-scene response, follow-up investigation, and prosecution through to conviction, emphasizing the need for effective coordination among the different players. Topics will include: identifying the primary aggressor, interacting with children at the scene, evidence gathering, process-centered prosecution, prosecuting without the victim, and effective sentencing for perpetrators.
Best Practices for Preventing Relationship Abuse
At least 10-25% of adolescents are victims of relationship abuse (ARA), with substantially higher rates reported for at-risk teens. Victims of ARA experience a host of devastating consequences, including mental and physical health problems, suicide, delinquency, risky sexual behavior, school failure, and substance abuse. Individuals who perpetrate violence and sexual aggression in their adolescent relationships are also more likely to continue this behavior in their adult intimate relationships. Appropriate for anyone engaged in prevention work, this workshop will address important and modifiable risk/protective factors of ARA, as well as best practices for screening, prevention, and treatment.
Building & Sustaining Domestic Violence High Risk Teams in Local Communities
This workshop will focus on creating and sustaining effective DVHRTs in a community. The first focus will be on the importance of defining the role and empowering the Coordinator in a DVHRT. The second focus will be on building relationships with professionals and establishing core team members in the beginning, as well as drafting Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs). The workshop will then move into addressing the importance of having a tool/assessment for establishing a criteria for case acceptance and discussing various methods of accepting, working, and tracking cases within the DVHRT. The presenter will also discuss the importance of establishing and maintaining ongoing communication, team meetings, succession planning of members, and staying focused on a victim-centered approach throughout the process.
Building a Coordinated Community Response
What are the key elements to successfully beginning a CCR and keeping it going? Who should be at the table? What are the first steps? Find out the answers to these vital questions and many more. This workshop will examine the building blocks of successful partnerships, working collaboratively to identify and solve problems, sharing a common goal, understanding each other's responsibilities and limitations, and maintaining honest communications. Attendees will learn how to avoid the pitfalls of not having the right players at the table from day one and how to get started on the right track of taking ownership and shaping a CCR to meet their communities' needs for many years to come.
The Change Process for Abusive Men
This workshop begins with a brief overview of the causes of domestic violence perpetration. A checklist will be reviewed for assessing whether an abuser has made meaningful progress in overcoming his abuse issues with explanation of how to detect false claims of change. The workshop then looks at specific roles that professionals can play in contributing to change and accountability for abusers, including interventions by police, prosecution, judges, probation and parole, and batterer intervention programs. The presenter will also examine how other community players can contribute to accountability and change, including clergy, parent educators, school personnel, substance abuse counselors, therapists, friends, and relatives.
Combating Culture in the Military
Jamie Carbajal, Paul Armstrong
This workshop will address mainstream U.S. culture in terms of sexuality, gender roles, and perceptions of hook-ups. Additionally, the presenters will address the need to develop Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) and Equal Opportunity (EO) programs in the military that combat and redefine norms based on today's standards, ethos, and Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). An emphasis will be placed on tangible ways to create culturally competent initiatives within respective units and installations to address key cultural factors leading to sexual assault and harassment.
Continuum of Care Model for Survivors of Domestic Sex Trafficking
This workshop is an advanced examination of the wounding incurred by victims of trafficking and the complex trauma that must be addressed. Attendees will learn about The Samaritan Women's process of creating a human services model where no prior model existed for a population about which very little is known. The presenter will share the clinical expertise and innovative approaches to care that TSW has incorporated into its model. Attendees will gain a solid understanding of the issue of domestic sex trafficking, learn factors that lead to victimization, and see how the human services model developed by The Samaritan Women responds to the complex needs of survivors.
Culture Counts: The Intersection of Pimp Culture, Pornography, Prostitution, & Human Trafficking
As society progresses beyond identification and recovery of victims and begins 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 will bring those connections out of the shadows, provide the social science research that validates those links, and elucidate the harm perpetuated by this cycle. The presenter will examine varying examples of cultural acceptance and the dangers in this acquiescence, and suggest potential shifts in the approach to tackling this complex and self-perpetuating crime. Finally, the workshop will discuss how recognition of the connections could alter potential strategies in the fight against human trafficking in the prevention, identification, prosecution recovery, and rehabilitation contexts.
Determining Dominant Aggressor & Self Defense
Ray Goins, Ronnie Johnson
This workshop will take a closer look at what tools to use to determine dominant aggressor in a domestic violence situation, as well as aspects that constitute legal use of force in defense of self or others. The workshop is designed to move the focus from the immediate incident to the totality of the relationship. The presenters will discuss wound dynamics and methods of determining offensive versus defensive wounds. Attendees will be asked to determine the dominant aggressor in a multi-part video scenario.
Disrupting Commercial Front Sex & Labor Trafficking
This workshop will discuss Polaris' "The Typology of Modern Slavery" report, outlining the 25 types of human trafficking in the United States. The presenter will discuss how this typology is relevant for the reframing of law enforcement and prosecution methods in disrupting human trafficking networks and supporting survivors. Polaris' Disruption Strategies are designed to disrupt embedded systems that empower and enable human trafficking in the United States. This effort provides case studies, cutting edge investigative/prosecutorial practices, and best practices for survivor engagement and inclusion for first responders. Learn about commercial front sex trafficking and ways in which the network of law enforcement jurisdictions across the country can elevate local anti-trafficking operations.
Empathy-Based Interrogation with Domestic Violence Suspects
Too often interrogation is focused only on soliciting confessions, and thereby misses the opportunity to gather valuable information. Attendees will learn a new mindset of interrogation based on an empathetic, rapport building approach. The end goal of the interrogation process is to gather additional leads and information in a conversational, non-adversarial manner which will keep your suspect talking. The use of "soft" interrogation rooms will be discussed as an alternative atmosphere for the successful solictiation of detailed information and, ultimately, confessions.
Employment Rights of Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, & Stalking
Robin Runge, Gabriela Vega
This workshop will provide tools to advocate for the employment rights of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. Attendees 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.
EPIC Interventions: Managing the Risk
Faye Luppi, Jen Annis
Attendees will first learn about the ODARA risk assessment tool for domestic violence offenders as it has been implemented in Maine. Using a case study, attendees will then explore the following creative multi-disciplinary interventions to manage risk that assist victims and hold offenders accountable in the community: 1) the Enhanced Police Intervention Collaborative project in which EPIC advocates work with local law enforcement; 2) high-risk response teams: a victim-centered vehicle for communication, risk management, and safety planning among disciplines; and 3) electronic monitoring of domestic violence offenders with the goal of reducing domestic violence.
Ethical Considerations in Prosecuting Human Trafficking Cases
Mallory Vincent, Melissa Holman
Trafficking cases provide varied and complicated issues for the discovery process. Many of the victims have criminal history, mental health conditions, drug and alcohol history, immigration issues, and placements in the foster care and juvenile justice systems. Because of their unfavorable history with the system, victims are often hostile to law enforcement and require substantial time and/or multiple interviews before they are willing to reveal the truth. Through the lens of legal ethics, this workshop will walk participants through the issues and solutions surrounding uncooperative victims, case charging issues, case preparation, and trial. This workshop will provide participants with tools to successfully work with and protect the rights of these victims, navigate the discovery process, and ensure that prosecutors meet their Brady and Morton obligations under the law.
Ethics in Family Violence Cases
When may a victim in a family violence case need their own attorney? What about those recantations? Ethics for prosecutors and attorneys representing victims take on new dimensions in family violence cases. Attendees will discuss the issues raised through scenarios encountered regularly and review the statutes and case law that guide conduct.
Facebook: Working with Law Enforcement to Keep Communities Safe
THIS WORKSHOP IS RESTRICTED TO LAW ENFORCEMENT. Discussed during this workshop will be Facebook basics, the latest safety and privacy controls available to prevent and reduce risks for users of the site, safety initiatives designed to combat crimes, and a detailed review of Facebook's on-line records request system for law enforcement use.
Fatality Review: The State of the Art
The workshop will provide an overview of the philosophy, process, and principles of domestic violence fatality review. Key elements of the model will be explained along with core requirements for doing the work effectively. Examples from teams across the country will be noted and the work of the Montana Statewide Team and its Native American Fatality Review Team will be highlighted. Attendees will gain the tools necessary to begin the process of assembling a team in their community or expanding and reinvigorating the work of an existing team. Participants will understand the importance of confidentiality and its crucial role in the review process. Team membership, document gathering, reviewable cases, recommendations, and report writing will also be examined. Practical applications and system improvements related to the work will be identified.
First Line Supervisors' Response to Violence Against Women
Supervisors are responsible for creating and maintaining an environment that supports learning and growth for officers and treats victims with respect. This workshop will highlight effective ways to engage the first responder in order to address violence against women. Attendees 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.
Forensic Evaluation of Gunshot Wounds: Applications for Domestic & Officer-Involved Shootings (Pt. 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. 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 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 (Pt. 1 & 2)
This workshop will focus on Forensic Experiential Trauma Review (FETI), which was designed to help eliminate any inadvertant inaccurate information from trauma victims following an incident. The technique has already proven to be a game changer in the investigation and prosecution of many forms of violence, including adult sexual abuse. Attendees will learn how the 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.
Gathering & Admitting Digital Evidence
Communication software, social media, and location services are increasingly used to stalk, harass, and terrorize. This workshop will examine the technologies most commonly misused in domestic violence cases and outline the process for gathering and admitting evidence of tech abuse. Attendees will learn about ethical issues related to online evidence collection, how to provide clients with the tools to assist in gathering evidence, and how to admit tech evidence in court.
Genesis Trauma Approach
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, which can be applied in most clinical settings. 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 99% success rate), the presenter will share 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 projects will also be covered.
How Faith Communities Can Respond to Domestic Violence
Faith communities are in a unique position to reach victims and perpetrators of domestic violence. They are sitting in church or synagogue every weekend. Many victims want their faith community to strengthen and counsel them, but many clergy are blind to the problem or how to respond. Creative, positive responses are possible with little effort. Attendees will learn how some faith communities are already responding and how they can improve their own communities' response to domestic violence.
How Forensic DNA Testing of Sexual Assault Kits Can Identify Suspected Serial Sexual Offenders
Victims of sexual assault are often advised to complete a medical forensic exam and sexual assault kit (SAK) to preserve physical evidence to aid in the investigation and prosecution of the crime. Testing these kits and uploading eligible DNA profiles into CODIS (Combined DNA Index System), the federal criminal DNA database, may help identify suspected serial sexual offenders. This workshop will review how CODIS hits and criminal history records can be used to identify suspected serial perpetrators. Research findings and case studies from Detroit's untested rape kits will be presented.
Human Trafficking Survivor Panel
To properly understand the dynamics of trafficking and the impact on the community, it is important to hear from the victims and survivors. This workshop will address the most frequently asked questions of survivors and allow for audience interaction with a panel of trafficking survivors who will provide insight into their victimization, how traffickers exert control, and successful strategies for intervention and recovery.
Human Trafficking Task Forces: Creating & Sustaining a Response to Modern Slavery
The response to human trafficking is filled with a wide range of often disparate efforts; law enforcement, victim services, community-based organizations, and others are working within the same community, but out of sync with each other. The truth is that human trafficking cannot be effectively addressed by one professional sector, or by a single organization; success can only be found by working together in the framework of a multidisciplinary task force. This workshop will examine how successful human trafficking task forces are formed, sustained, and funded. Key task force membership, collaborative decision-making, and creating a task force structure that can involve other anti-trafficking activists and organizations will be addressed. This workshop is appropriate for anyone already involved in a collaborative response to trafficking, or looking to form or enhance an existing task force or coalition.
Immigration 101 (Lunch Session)
This workshop will offer an overview of immigration law with a focus on options available to victims of violence. Topics covered will be family-based immigration, U and T visas, VAWA, asylum, and special immigrant juvenile visas. Attendees are encouraged to come with questions, as plenty of time will be dedicated to Q&A!
Implementation of a Strangulation Supplement: Providing Guidance & Credibility for First Responders
Felony statutes recognizing the lethality and seriousness of strangulation assaults have been passed in the majority of states. Stiffer laws recognize the gravity of this form of violence and its ability to predict future homicides, both for domestic violence victims and police officers. However, the criminal justice system has failed to implement necessary protocols or training to provide police officers guidance to investigate and collect the unique evidence necessary to hold these violent offenders accountable. As a result, many cases are rejected for prosecution and law enforcement is left without guidance. Attendees will learn to overcome common challenges strangulation presents, including lack of external injury, lack of victim, and missed and misunderstood evidence. This workshop will walk police and first responders through the implementation of the Strangulation Supplement and provide tips on how to conduct a quality strangulation investigation.
In Her Shoes: Living with Domestic Violence
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 workshop was developed in 2000 by the Washington Coalition on Domestic Violence. Attendees will build empathy and understanding for the realities 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
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 realities that a survivor faces in trying to live a life free from violence and abuse.
In Her Shoes: Living with Teen Dating Violence
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 workshop was developed in 2000 by the Washington Coalition on Domestic Violence. Participants will build empathy and understanding for the realities that teen survivors face in trying to live a life free from violence and abuse.
In Their Own Words: Practical Tools & Techniques for Obtaining Post-Arrest Communications in Cases of Intimate Partner Violence & Human Trafficking
Catherine Garcia, Carlton Hershman
During an investigation of intimate partner violence, one often-overlooked area is post-arrest communication between victims, suspects, & friends & family members of suspects. Because of the intimate relationship, communication often continues throughout the process of the investigation, including after charges are filed & court hearings are underway. This workshop will explain how post-arrest communications can provide valuable evidence during the course of an investigation. It will also consider the implications of these strategies for cases involving human trafficking & elder abuse. The presenter will discuss practical tools & tips for obtaining post-arrest communications, including programs that can help to locate additional witnesses. Attendees will explore how the content of post-arrest communications can be used to corroborate or impeach statements & testimony.
Interactive Courtroom Testimony (3 hour)
Ray Goins, Ronnie Johnson
This workshop will discuss courtroom etiquette, exceptions to the hearsay rules, and forfeiture by wrongdoing in domestic violence cases. Attendees will testify in mock trial under direct- and cross-examination. Presenter-led assessments and additional techniques will be discussed after each exercise.
Interactive Domestic Violence Crime Scene (3 hour)
Ray Goins, Ronnie Johnson
Attendees will watch a live role play of a domestic violence incident and be put in the shoes of the responding officers on the scene. Attendees will also interact with and interview the parties related to the incident, including the reporting person. In addition, the presenters will complete a crime scene investigation of the incident.
The Intersection of Domestic Violence Dockets & Procedural Justice
Kimberly Piechowiak, Rob Canas
A lack of procedural justice in domestic violence cases can have deadly consequences for victims and their families. This interactive workshop will discuss how collaboration among key players at the intersection of procedural justice and domestic violence is crucial to setting up a dedicated domestic violence docket. Attendees will be able to: identify the basic components of procedural justice; discuss how procedural justice can reduce recidivism in domestic violence cases; and explain the crucial role of collaboration in setting up a dedicated domestic violence docket. The presenters will share their personal experience of creating and running domestic violence dockets to highlight suggested collaborators, protocols, pitfalls, and best practices. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss ideas and potential strategies to create a domestic violence docket in their own jurisdictions.
Intimate Partner Violence in a Digital Age
Erica Olsen, Audace Garnett
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.
Intro to Basic Tactical Medicine
This workshop is appropriate not only for law enforcement officers, but for civilians as well. Attendees will be introduced to situations they may encounter in their work and personal life and be introduced to "what if" active threat scenarios. The presenter will talk about certain successes in recent mass casualty events, such as controlling external bleeding with improvised or manufactured tourniquets. The techniques and tools recommended for various injury scenarios will address treating life threatening injuries in an environment with limited equipment, possible lack of medically trained personnel, and an unknown medical evacuation time period.
Investigating & Prosecuting Sexual Assault Involving Victims with Disabilities
John Wilkinson, Beverly Frantz, John Beyer
Persons with disabilities are often particularly vulnerable to sexual victimization by offenders who are willing to exploit those disabilities. Such victims also face a myriad of issues and unique challenges when encountering the justice system; their disabilities may impact participation in a criminal investigation and testimony at trial. This workshop will prepare law enforcement officers, investigators, and prosecutors to anticipate issues regarding victim support and communication, investigation, and prosecution; to develop strategies that take into account the victim's disability; to focus on offender exploitation of victim vulnerability; and to consider appropriate sentencing options.
Investigating with an Evidence-Based Prosecution in Mind
Nancy Oglesby, Michael Milnor
This workshop 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 participation 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, as related to forfeiture by wrongdoing, will also be discussed.
"It Wasn't Rape Because She Came": The Myth of Arousal in Sexualized Violence (Pt. 1 & 2)
Arousal during sexual assault is possibly the most devastating aspect for the survivor. Rarely discussed in the literature and often not addressed clinically, it leads to lower levels of reporting and creates unnecessary barriers to investigation, prosecution, and conviction due to prevailing myths of what it means to orgasm during an assault. The presenter will dispel myths and prejudice towards these victims, discuss the neurobiology underlying fear and arousal, and provide investigators and prosecutors with tools and knowledge to turn the trauma of arousal into evidence supporting prosecution versus viewing arousal as evidence of consent. New data demonstrating arousal in sexual violence and the trauma it causes will be reviewed.
Investigation of Cold Case Sexual Assaults
Justin Boardman, Kortney Hughes
This workshop provides attendees with an opportunity to learn about providing justice & closure to victims in past sexual assault cases. When examining the case facts through new eyes, technology, and science, including the neurobiology of trauma and interviewing, attendees will discover new energy in their investigative practice and insight into new and old cases. By engaging the Multi-Disciplinary Team approach, attendees will have allies in this important work. Victim advocacy is an underutilized resource in these cases and can be used to help reengage the victim. The presenter will take attendees through the reengagement of the victim years after their sexual assault case was closed and show where new perspectives and evidence could be found with a little tenacity and skill set.
Is Your Fridge Spying on You? The Internet of Things & Other Emerging Tech
Audace Garnett, Alex Palacios
Manufacturers are connecting everything to the Internet: fridges, cars, TVs, security cameras, even sex toys! Attendees will learn why and how almost everything is being woven into the Internet of Things (IoT) and how that affects survivor safety and privacy. The presenter will also look at other emerging technology and the implications for this type of work to increase survivor safety.
Liability in Domestic/Sexual Violence Incidents
This workshop will guide attendees through the legal authority and methods for managing liability using existing case law of "failure to protect" suits. At the conclusion of this workshop, attendees will have a detailed understanding of the dangerousness, complexity, and liability risk of domestic/sexual violence.
Mock Review: Domestic Violence Fatality Review (3 hour)
Matthew Dale, Jerald Monahan,Stephanie Mayer
This workshop will allow attendees an opportunity to complete a fatality review experience. Attendees will serve as members of multidisciplinary teams as they review an actual case: building a timeline, identifying red flags, highlighting agency involvement, and coming up with recommendations.
The Modern Batterer
The tactics and justifications used by men who batter change with time and are influenced by cultural trends. Compared to abusers of 25 years ago, the modern batterer is much more likely to use high-tech means of surveillance and control of his partner; use the child custody system as a tactic of continued cruelty and abuse to women and their children; present himself as a sensitive, caring, "gentle" man who is "in touch with his feelings" and/or is spiritual; misuse social system against his partner (such as by having her arrested, reporting her to CPS, and other tactics); and exert his influence to skew public policy and research. This workshop explores the trends in these areas and provides suggestions for constructive response.
The Most Dangerous Power of the Prosecutor
The enormous exercise of power involved in a prosecutor's charging decision was described by Justice Robert H. Jackson as "the most dangerous power of the prosecutor". How is this power wielded when it comes to sexual assault cases? The guidelines on prosecutorial discretion in charging are minimal. Prosecutors rely on a combination of legally relevant and irrelevant variables in determining whether to bring charges. The standard often cited by prosecutors is "would a jury in my jurisdiction convict?" This standard often leads to charging decisions that are led by gender bias and stereotypes. Should prosecutors challenge those stereotypes by filing charges that challenge sexual assault stereotypes, even if the jury is likely to acquit? Is a new charging standard emerging from investigations into gender bias? Attendees will be better able to identify standards for charging that eliminate gender bias.
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.
Protecting Your Undocumented Client: Recent Changes in Immigration Enforcement & Legal Strategies for Helping Victims of Crime
This workshop will offer an in depth look at how immigration law affects undocumented victims of violence. The first half of the workshop will be dedicated to an advanced discussion of immigration applications for victims of violence (U and T visas, VAWA, asylum, and special immigrant juvenile visas). One area of focus will be the difference between VAWA and U visas, and how to determine which option would be best for a victim of domestic violence. The second half of the session will be a discussion of how recent changes in immigration enforcement policy under the Trump Administration affect undocumented immigrant victims of crime in the U.S.
Protecting Yourself in a Digital World
Web-enabled devices are part of the modern world, but technology also has a "dark side" that often goes unnoticed. Attendees will join a cyber crime analyst as he talks 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 one's technical expertise (or lack thereof), attendees will walk away from this workshop understanding cyber-stalking, identify theft, ATM skimming, cross-site scripting, spyware, and malware. More importantly, attendees will know what to do to protect themselves from these threats.
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 workshop 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.
The Role of Law Enforcement in Domestic Violence Fatality Review
This workshop will discuss how law enforcement can enhance the work of a multi-disciplinary domestic violence fatality review team. The presenter will specifically cover the dangers posed to first responders by those abusers who choose to go lethal; how law enforcement investigations can flush out the red flags of lethality and use that information to identify dangerous individuals in our communities; how a complete, comprehensive, and thorough investigation of domestic violence calls for service is valuable to a fatality review; and how law enforcement actually sets the stage for a productive domestic violence death review.
Routers & Wifi Security (Lunch Session)
Are home or work networks truly secure? Can someone park down the street and use one's Internet access? Is a neighbor using someone's personal network to gain Internet access? This workshop will provide attendees with instructions on how to secure their router and change their Domain Name Server settings to one that is configurable, that will allow them to prevent people from accessing various pornography sites, gambling sites, etc. The presenter will also discuss how to limit what devices can access the Internet through one's network, and see what devices are connected to a network at any given time.
The Silent Graying Age: How Can the Forensic Nurse Give the Elderly Victim a Voice?
Everyone should be familiar with sexual assault and domestic violence dynamics, but how can abuse also affect an elderly victim? As the five senses change throughout the lifespan, abuse can impact a patient on many levels. This workshop will educate attendees on the aging process and how those factors can impact an examination and/or interviewing techniques. It will explain how previous history, culture, and social media can change an elderly victim's perception of abuse and assist the examiner in providing improved care to elderly victims of abuse.
Snapchat Safety & Law Enforcement Operations (Lunch Session)
In this workshop, law enforcement will learn how to best utilize Snapchat data for their investigations and how to encourage users to stay safe on the app.
Strategic Collaboration: Working Together to Make a Difference
This workshop will define collaboration, examine the hurdles faced when multidisciplinary teams come together, and offer clear steps that attendees can take to improve their personal collaborative skills, as well as create a culture of collaborative engagement within organizations. This workshop is appropriate for those actively engaged in working with other professional sectors, inter-agency efforts, and with community-based organizations. It is also beneficial for agency and organization leaders who seek more effective collaborative efforts from their staff.
Strategic Prosecution of Strangulation-Related Crimes
Laws being passed nationally recognize the danger and lethality of perpetrators who strangle their victims. While these statutes give prosecutors the ability to hold offenders more accountable, they are often stifled by their misunderstanding of the evidence. This workshop will explore how to strategically prosecute these offenders by providing tips on jury selection and trial approaches. The presenter will discuss how to recruit and develop medical experts to help juries understand this complicated crime, the overlap with sex crimes, and the effectiveness of prosecuting this offense with a trauma-informed perspective. Finally, this workshop will discuss how to overcome common defenses such as lack of external visible injury, rough sex, and "if she could talk she could breathe."
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 jobs, relationships, and health. The presenter 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. Attendees will learn the definition of Burnout and the symptoms thereof, but more importantly, they will be laughing and learning how to apply the F.I.N.G.E.R. philosophy to help themselves and their co-workers avoid or recover from Burnout.
Supervising Sex Offenders
Sex offenders present unique supervision issues for Probation and Parole. The combination of manipulation skills, splitting, control issues, and the public's fear makes them challenging and often labor-intensive clients. In this workshop, attendees will explore approaches and tools to assist the Supervising Officer in managing this complex caseload.
Tackling Institutionalized Indifference: Lessons for SART Leaders from Recent Investigations
What can Department of Justice investigations on gender bias in sexual assault investigation and prosecution teach society? Specifically, what are the results of the first-ever investigation of a prosecutor's office? This workshop will explore insights from and implications of DOJ findings for prosecutors, advocates, and collaborative teams. As a result of this workshop, attendees will be better able to: identify problematic investigative and prosecutorial practices in the handling of sexual assault cases; understand the gender bias, both implicit and explicit, that underlies problematic practices; identify ways prosecutors, advocates, and other system change leaders can use DOJ guidance as a catalyst for change in their office and system-wide; and apply the information to identify opportunities to detect and address gaps in their local response system.
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? Sometimes, 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.
Taking on the Tough Sexual Assault Case: Moving Beyond Unreasonable 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 will be discussed to enable a better analysis, thus overcoming societal and personal bias. Balancing the totality of the case against an accurate set of metrics provides the framework to either prove positive evidence or disprove negative evidence.
Tale of Two Cities: Creating Culture Change Through CCRs & the Press
Justin Boardman, Kim Fischer, Kortney Hughes
This workshop will discuss examples of successful collaboration by stressing the importance of the press and collaborative relationships between the entire multi-disciplinary team. The presenters will provide ideas for multi-disciplinary inclusion that some departments may not have considered in the past, like legislators, and how they can have a positive lasting impact. This form of collaboration has helped to change statutes, promote victim-centric investigations, raise awareness in the community, and increase reporting.
There's an App for That: Misuse (Lunch Session, Pt. 1)
Erica Olsen, Audace Garnett, Alex Palacios, Ian Harris
This workshop will provide information and tools to recognize and understand how specific apps might be misused by abusers. The presenter will also answer common questions about current popular apps.
There's an App for That: Strategies for Safety & Privacy (Lunch Session, Pt. 2)
Erica Olsen, Audace Garnett, Alex Palacios, Ian Harris
In this follow-up workshop, the presenter will discuss what steps survivors can take to safely use apps and increase their safety and privacy. The workshop will also give an overview of considerations for the development of apps for survivors.
Understanding & Investigating Technology Misuse
Erica Olsen, Bryan Franke
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, individuals need to understand what they are doing. Helpful for criminal justice professionals as well as service providers, this workshop will discuss how offenders misuse technology, how survivors can document the abuse, and how law enforcement can collect evidence and pursue cases.
Understanding Sex Offenders (Pt. 1 & 2)
This workshop will focus on the cognitive set of the intrafamilial and "position of trust" sex offender. The presenter will expand and clarify elements of investigation, prosecution, and effective containment and discuss sex offenders' perceptions, ideation, grooming strategies, and cognitive processes. The impact of the Internet and the offenders' digital behavior will be explored and explained. Attendees will leave this workshop with a new understanding of sex offenders, their thoughts, and digital behaviors which will enhance the ability to investigate, prosecute, supervise and treat sex offenders.
Understanding the National Problem of Untested Sexual Assault Kits: Scope, Underlying Causes, & Future Directions
Victims of sexual assault are often advised to have a medical forensic exam (MFE) and sexual assault kit (SAK) (also termed a rape kit) to preserve physical evidence (e.g., semen, blood, and/or saliva samples) to aid in the investigation and prosecution of the crime. Law enforcement are tasked with submitting the SAK to a forensic laboratory for DNA analysis, which can be instrumental in identifying offenders in previously-unsolved crimes, confirming identify in known-offender assaults, discovering serial rapists, and exonerating individuals wrongly accused. However, a growing number of media stories, investigative advocacy projects, and social science studies indicate that police are not routinely submitting SAKs for forensic testing; instead the kits are placed in evidence storage, sometimes for decades. This workshop will examine the growing national problem of untested rape kits by summarizing current research on the number of untested SAKs in the U.S. and exploring the underlying reasons why police do not submit this evidence for DNA testing. Recommendations for future research, policy, and practice will be discussed.
Using Forensic Nurses at Trial
Forensic Nurses must be prepared to interact competently and knowledgeably with the legal system, and testify in courts of law, typically as experts, regarding their examinations and findings. Prosecutors utilizing such expertise must understand the role of the forensic nurse and how best to elicit an expert opinion on the witness stand. This workshop will address preparation and interaction from both perspectives (prosecutor and forensic nurse), proper interaction with adverse attorneys, how to develop and prepare compelling testimony, and tips for testifying itself.
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 attendees 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.
When Putting the First 12 in the Box Just Won't Do
Voir dire is the most overlooked and underrated aspect of criminal prosecution, and yet it is the space where complicated and problematic victim cases are won and lost. This workshop will focus on the art and practice of jury selection, the presentation of a case strategy and perspective through discussion and hypotheticals, and most importantly the way to transform a case's weaknesses into strengths. The presenter will teach how to effectively perform jury selection. Attendees will learn to prepare a jury to accept wounded witnesses and investigative failings, to understand the worst and still find a way to see the truth of a case. Attendees will actively engage as venire members in a human trafficking jury selection in order to see the tools put into practice.
"Why Can't We All Get Along?": Community Advocates & Law Enforcement
It is imperative that sexual assault advocates and law enforcement work together to ensure survivors receive the best possible services and have no needs left unattended. No single agency can achieve this goal alone. This workshop will provide attendees a look into the advantages of a coordinated and cooperative working relationship by outlining differing perspectives, establishing shared goals, and describing the power behind having a unified front against sexual violence. The presenter will discuss the common mistakes advocates and law enforcement make when interacting with each other and suggest ways to improve community advocate and law enforcement interactions for the betterment of sexual assault survivors.