A torn shirt, bruises or even a DNA profile developed from a sexual assault forensic evidence kit do not -- by themselves -- necessarily prove that a sexual assault or other traumatic event occurred. Unfortunately, many criminal investigations reach a dead end because they are often seen as having “insufficient evidence.” This webinar will review current forensic psycho-physiological knowledge and practices, comparing what we think we know with new and exciting research and ideas for what we could do. Using the forensic experiential trauma interview approach, we can gather the best possible evidence by interviewing victims in ways that empower and calm them, so they are able to provide more accurate, coherent, consistent and persuasive narratives.
In this webinar, we will explore a number of community models that have been implemented to improve victims' access to the criminal justice and community response systems. Best practices will be reviewed from across the country, and existing tools and resources will be evaluated. With a focus on local implementation, our goal is for participants to leave prepared to make recommendations for positive changes in their own communities.
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Watch highlights from our 2015 Annual Conference in New Orleans.