Sexual assault is one of the most complex crimes in our society and the activism and outrage about sexual assault has never been higher. The complexities of these crimes requires us to think broadly and comprehensively including examining the myths and biases and the new "trauma informed" training, including the neurobiology of trauma, for all multidisciplinary partners responsible for the response to sexual assault cases. The effects of trauma are often misinterpreted so justice in sexual assault response begins with an understanding of the devastating impacts of sexual violence trauma on victims and survivors. By understanding trauma, all those who work with victims can contribute to their immediate and long term recovery and lay the foundation for mutual cooperation and respect on which a successful response, investigation, and prosecution is built.
Training Goal: To ensure that individuals providing service to sexual assault victims / survivors recognize and understand victim trauma and utilize effective approaches and interview skills to enhance response, investigations, and prosecutions.
Who Should Attend:
- Law Enforcement
- Forensic Nurses
- Victim Advocates
- Forensic Laboratory Personnel
This project was supported by Grant No. 2015-AK-BX-K001 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the SMART Office. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.
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