DNA Initiative
2012

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This course provides 13 modules, giving a comprehensive discussion of recommended practices for the forensic expert to follow when preparing for and testifying in court. Because laws may vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, experts are advised to check with local attorney(s) and become familiar with the laws applicable in the court where they will testify. You must register to participate in this module. A PDF version of this course is also available for download.

National Institute of Justice
2011

This interactive website provides information on what is termed "CSI Theory." Aimed at aiding officers of the court, video clips discuss how to address public perceptions about criminal investigation and prosecution gained from television crime drama.

VAWnet, The National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women
2010

This 30 minute online learning tool is adapted from the Applied Research Paper, Marital Rape: New research and directions by Raquel Kennedy Bergen. Participants will learn the definition, risk factors, and effects of marital rape and will be able to identify potential intervention strategies.
 

Prevention Connection
2011

In this podcast, Prevent Connect's David Lee interviews Jennifer Middlebrooks, Acting Team Lead of the Health Communication and Education Team of the Division of Violence Prevention. They discuss the CDC's newly released online course " Principles of Prevention." This free online course features interviews with leading experts in the field, dynamic graphics, interactive exercises and compelling storytelling that makes the case for violence prevention. (10 min)

National Center for Victims of Crime
2010

This webinar recording provides information about forensic DNA testing process and how forensic DNA profiles are generated from evidence and matched through the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS). Hear how CODIS functions in forensic crime laboratories in the United States, its architecture, and eligibility requirements for DNA samples (offender, crime scene, missing persons), and learn about the various types of DNA analysis that can be performed by crime labs.

National Center for Victims of Crime
2010

This webinar recording aims to increase understanding about the role Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs) play in the proper collection of forensic evidence and in providing a supportive and empowering response to survivors. Participants will learn about how SANEs increase the probability of obtaining probative DNA evidence while minimizing trauma for survivors and how the involvement of SANEs increase prosecution rates.

End Violence Against Women International
2010

This module is designed to directly confront the difficult question of false reporting.  It presents realistic dynamics of sexual assault crimes.  

End Violence Against Women International
2010

Although penal code definitions of criminal sex offenses vary, most are conceptually similar and can be understood by analyzing their elements.  This type of analysis is represented in the charts provided with this module.  By following the charts and making a series of decisions, law enforcement investigators can determine not only which specific crime was committed but also frame the entire investigative strategy based on the defense that is most likely to be raised. 

The National Children's Advocacy Center

Judge Charles B. Schudson discusses the history of children in America's courts and the potential for making courts safe for children.  Exploring the law of competency and hearsay, he addresses whether children may testify, and whether professionals and others may testify about what children told them. * must register

Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch shares two videos, 1. The Rodney Hulin Story: 
The tragic story of a young prisoner's struggle against rape and abuse in prison, told through the voices of prisoners, family members, prison officials and Rodney's writings.

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