Learn from a Nevada state legislator why she championed a bill to enable law enforcement to collect DNA from felony arrestees.Senator Debbie Smith (D-NV) will talk about the importance of these laws for preventing and solving crimes. She will discuss overcoming barriers to passage, lessons learned along the way, and how collaborations contribute to best practices in policymaking.
Domestic child sex trafficking is among the most heinous abuses of children, but because of a lack of awareness and the hidden nature of this vulnerable population, survivors are often criminalized and placed behind bars when they are in fact victims of crime. Please join OJJDP’s National Training and Technical Assistance Center, and the National Girls Institute for the Webinar, “Child Trafficking, Girls, and Detention: A Call to Reform,” on September 10, 2013, from 2:00–3:30 p.m. ET. Presenters will share information about how in many states, victims of domestic child sex trafficking are being arrested and detained for juvenile prostitution and prostitution-related offenses; the victims’ need for trauma-informed, gender specific services instead of being subjected to conditions of confinement that exacerbate their trauma; and the largely hidden nature of this crime, which causes many victims to go unidentified and to fall through cracks in our juvenile justice and child welfare systems. The presenters will also discuss what juvenile justice facility staff can do to identify and assess for commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking within existing caseloads, so they can connect these youth with vital services and interventions.
The investigation of sexual violence requires the very best from our criminal justice system. The individuals who commit these crimes, particularly those of the most violent nature, must be identified, captured, and brought to justice before they assault again. The investigation of these crimes, however, is remarkably complex and requires extensive cooperation and active communication across disciplines.This two-hour Policy and Practices Forum will convene experienced and knowledgeable subject matter experts in various fields contributing to the investigation and processing of cases involving sexual violence. The presenters, whose experience spans decades, will discuss the complex relationship between law enforcement, science, medicine, and the judicial system. As they will explain, innovative jurisdictional practices and scientific research producing valuable solutions and insight can empower our criminal justice system to better respond to acts committed by sexual predators. The result of these enhanced approaches is the better collection of evidence, faster laboratory testing, improved case management, and more reliable prosecution of offenders.
Bystander intervention has emerged as a popular and powerful strategy for the prevention of sexual and domestic violence. This web conference will further national dialogue on the strategy, with a particular focus on social justice. It will highlight new publications about bystander intervention from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, as well as provide examples of successful integration of a social justice framework into the strategy.
After the session, participants will be able to:
1) Explain how bystander intervention strategies contribute to the prevention of sexual and domestic violence 2) Identify at least 3 resources to assist in implementing a bystander intervention strategy to prevent sexual and domestic violence 3) Articulate how to integrate a social justice approach into a bystander intervention strategy to prevent sexual and domestic violence
Guest speakers will include longtime advocates and an expert on probation and parole. The webinar will also feature a first-hand account of a survivor who was sexually abused in community corrections. The session is geared toward advocates, and specifically those working in community corrections, probation, or parole, but anyone who works with current or former detainees is encouraged to attend. The webinar is being supported by the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women.
Legal Momentum's National Judicial Education Program
The Intersection of Stalking and Sexual Assault will address the often overlooked link between stalking and sexual assault. Stalking is a crime that is often co-perpetrated with other crimes, such as domestic violence and sexual assault. Research supports a connection between stalking and sexual assault – both pre- and post-assault. In this webinar, we will explore the nature and dynamics of stalking, focusing on its intersection with sexual assault. We will also discuss ways in which this information impacts our responses to and services for victims.Audience: This session will provide useful information and strategies for a wide variety of professionals, including prosecutors and other lawyers, law enforcement, medical professionals, judges, victim advocates, journalists and communications professionals, and others who interact with and write about sexual assault victims.
A 90-minute webinar presented by Philip McCabe, Health Educator at UMDNJ and leader of NJ Gay Health Initiative Project.
Sexual violence is any act (verbal and/or physical) which breaks a person’s trust and/or safety and is sexual in nature.Heterosexism and homo/trans phobia in our culture puts LGBTQ people at greater risk for sexual assault. It is common for perpetrators to use sexual violence as a way to punish and humiliate someone for being LGBTQ, and/or for sexual assault to be one type of violence that occurs during an anti-LGBTQ battering. Interpersonal violence can also occur between same sex domestic partners, former partners, other family members, friends, co workers and others known to the victim. Providers can benefit from understanding the difficulty for LGBTQ victims to receive services as well as what considerations can be beneficial for providing LGBTQ affirmative, trauma informed services.
As a result of this webinar participants will:
*Analyze the prevalence and consequences of sexual violence as it pertains to LGBTQ individuals.
*Describe special considerations in working with victims of same-gender violence and also individuals who identify as LGBTQ and are victims of opposite gender sexual violence.
Participants will use GoToMeeting to join the webinar. After you register, you will receive an email with instructions for participating.
Date: June 17, 2013
Register for the webinar here. Once completed, you will then be redirected to NJCASA's website to pay your registration fee. Please allow your browser to redirect, or your registration will not be complete. If you need to complete your payment later, you may do so here.
Description: Sometimes when prosecuting a defendant in a domestic violence or sexual assault case, prosecutors realize that the victim's conduct may not comport with what many believe is "typical" victim behavior. In these cases, what the victim did or did not do may seem bizarre, confusing, or otherwise inexplicable to potential jurors or the judge and, often times, severely undermines a victim's credibility. This webinar will describe common victim behaviors and dynamics in domestic violence and sexual assault cases as well as their impacts on fact finders' assessments of victim credibility. The presenter will summarize the law related to the introduction of expert testimony by the prosecution to explain victim behavior and identify experts qualified to testify on this issue. This webinar will also highlight the importance of deciding whether to introduce expert testimony in a case. In addition, it will identify ways to work with experts to prepare a case for trial even if the testimony will not be introduced. Learning Objectives At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be better able to:
Recognize victim behaviors that may require explanation at trial
Manage personal biases or pre-conceived notions of expected victim behavior;
Educate judges and juries about victim behaviors and dispel myths;
Identify and work with experts to prepare a case for trial;
Apply necessary law to be able to introduce expert testimony at trial (when offered by the prosecution).
Registration Details:This webinar is open OVW Grants to Encourage Arrest (GTEA) Grantees, LAV grantees, other OVW grantees, and the general public. It is free of charge (but you will have to pay for the phone call if you dial in). Questions?For questions about this webinar, please contact the National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put "Expert #5 Webinar Question" in the subject line.
This JDI webinar on sexual violence behind bars will focus on the immigration detention system. Expert presenters will look at the unique vulnerabilities of immigrant detainees -- and the obstacles to getting help that they face.The session will also give an overview of the U.S.’s rapidly growing immigration detention system, covering its complex array of agencies and facilities and the pending Department of Homeland Security standards to eliminate the sexual abuse of detainees. The webinar will feature talks by a community advocate and a survivor of sexual abuse in immigration detention. These perspectives will help shed light on the specific needs of survivors of this abuse and the ways advocates can get them help.Who Should Attend:This webinar is aimed at advocates and service providers – rape crisis center staff, counselors, and administrators – though anyone who works in the victim services field is encouraged to attend. Corrections officials, law enforcement, and other professionals in related fields are also invited.No Refuge Here is the first in a three-part series of webinars on providing services to survivors of sexual abuse in detention. The series is part of JDI’s National Sexual Violence in Detention Education and Resource Project, which is supported by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women. JDI is an international health and human rights organization that seeks to eliminate sexual violence in all forms of detention.
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