Successfully prosecuting crimes of sexual violence requires specialized knowledge and the ability to analyze and explain complex legal, medical, and scientific issues while overcoming myths about sexual assault and sexual assault victims. The National Institute on the Prosecution of Sexual Violence II (NIPSVII) is a three and one-half day advanced training course designed to provide prosecutors who have previously attended the original NIPSV or NIPSVI with the training, resources, and skills necessary to overcome emerging legal issues and challenges to successfully prosecute these difficult cases. NIPSVII delves more deeply into the concepts addressed during NIPSVI and integrates such complicated dynamics as campus sexual assault, sexually exploited victims, and victims with disabilities.
NIPSVII utilizes a highly interactive team format to engage and challenge prosecutors while providing them the opportunity to collaborate with their peers to develop more effective prosecution strategies. Attendees will also work closely with expert faculty including prosecutors, advocates, and other national experts to examine and promote the application of promising practices being implemented by other jurisdictions across the country. In addition to victim-centered, offender-focused prosecution practices, participants will enhance their understanding of criminalistics, DNA, and computer forensics as they work through complex case files based on actual cases. Attendees will also be encouraged to develop unique strategies and policies to increase victim participation and overcome defense tactics devised to bias juries and judges. Participants will leave NIPSVII prepared to engage in local multidisciplinary training and encourage innovative system-wide approaches while implementing more effective case evaluation, investigation, and preparation techniques to achieve justice in sexual violence cases.
This course is open to all prosecutors and attendance is free of charge; however, priority will be given to OVW grantees and NIPSV I attendees. There is no limit to the number of attendees from any jurisdiction. Seating is limited and applicants are encouraged to apply early. Applicants will be informed of acceptance by email. NOTE: Prior attendance at NIPSV I is strongly encouraged.