EVAWI 2013 Regional Training Conference in Denver

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Greater Metro
End Volience Against Women International

IV0122 - “I Don’t See Anything!”  That Elusive Animal: The Strangulation Case

Karen Turnbull, Detective, Major Crimes Unit, Lakewood Police Department, Lakewood, CO

The police investigation of intimate partner violence is a fast evolving field.  There has been significant change in the recognition and methods of investigation of these crimes during the last 10 years.  Strangulation, and the risk of lethality due to strangulation, is one of these evolving areas in developing best practices in investigation.  This workshop will address the lethality of strangulation, the police investigation of strangulation cases and several case studies of strangulation by Intimate Partner Violence. 



VI0014 - Improving the Justice System Response to Witness Intimidation

John Wilkinson, Attorney Advisor, AEquitas, Washington, DC

Violent criminals routinely escape justice by intimidating witnesses to their crimes, which has resulted in justice system professionals, community leaders, and researchers declaring witness intimidation a national concern and a challenge to administering justice. Intimidation crimes range from crude to complex and when successful, escape the purview of the justice system, and allow criminal behavior to continue unchecked. The pervasive nature of these crimes is devastating to victims and community confidence in the justice system's ability to keep victims safe and hold offenders accountable. This presentation will discuss the ways batterer’s intimidate and control victims; victim behaviors that are attempts to cope with their battering; effective investigation and documentation of intimidation and intimidation crimes, charging and trying the intimidator and strategies to hold these offenders accountable.



DI0021 - VAWA 2005 Forensic Compliance                           

Kim Lonsway, PhD, Director of Research, EVAWI, San Luis Obispo, CA and Jennifer Pierce-Weeks, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P, Manager, Colorado SANE/SAFE Project, Colorado Springs, CO

The 2005 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act required communities to have procedures in place for victims of sexual assault to obtain a forensic examination without reporting to law enforcement or participating in the process of an investigation.  Workshop participants will explore community models that have been implemented to comply with the VAWA requirements, including examples of best practices seen throughout the state of Colorado.  Discussion will also focus on the challenges and benefits of implementation. 


IV0120 - And Then There Were Three: Multiple Defendant Rape, Witnessed Rape, and Other Complex Cases

John Wilkinson, Attorney Advisor, AEquitas, Washington, DC

This presentation will identify the issues that commonly arise in multiple defendant cases including but not limited to the use of technology, joinder and severance, immunity, principals and accessories, and admissibility of evidence.  In addition to identifying these issues, this presentation will focus on innovative solutions to overcome them as well as witness intimidation and common defenses. 


IV0121 - Meeting the Consent Defense:  Investigating and Prosecuting Sexual Assault

Anne Munch, Owner, Anne Munch Consulting, Inc., Denver, CO, Teaching Faculty, International Association of Chiefs of Police

“Consent” is the most common and most successfully utilized defense in non-stranger sexual assault cases.  Traditional practices of investigating and prosecuting sexual assault cases often overlook evidence and strategies that are critical to succeeding.  Looking carefully at the legal, as well as the common sense definitions of consent is a critical starting point for building successful investigations and prosecutions.  This workshop examines topics such as documenting and corroborating the lack of consent, understanding how trauma indicates non consent and affects victim reporting and victim behavior, and how alcohol and drugs affect the question of consent. The workshop focuses on offender behavior and provides strategies for finding evidence of similar acts on the part of offenders.  The course will be interactive and innovative, includes a combination of lecture, exercises and power point and will provide participants with strategies they can use in their work.  It is beneficial for all audiences. 



VI0016 - Un-Poisoning the Well:  Successfully Confronting Victim Blaming in our Investigations, Prosecutions, and Trials

Anne Munch, Owner, Anne Munch Consulting, Inc., Denver, CO, Teaching Faculty, International Association of Chiefs of Police

Any victim of non-stranger sexual assault will tell you of the crippling effect they experience when the focus of the investigation or prosecution of their cases is laden with messages that they are to blame, at least to some extent, for the crimes committed against them. Cultural beliefs about victim behavior such as drinking, manner of dress or other perceived “risky” behavior can poison a case by taking the focus off of the offender and on to the victim.  This session will identify many of the common sources of victim blaming that can harm a case and will offer specific suggestions for jury selection that can successfully address the victim blaming attitudes that many jurors bring with them to the courtroom.


DI0023 - Effectively Recognizing & Responding to Sexual Assault (Part I)

Sgt. Joanne Archambault, (Ret.) Founder / Executive Director, EVAWI, Addy, WA

At the conclusion of the session, participants will understand:

  • The role of the dispatcher.
  • The unique challenges officers and detectives face when investigating crimes of sexual assault.
  • The importance of cultural myths and misconceptions regarding sexual assault.
  • Realistic characteristics of sexual assault and highlight the contrast with cultural stereotypes of “real rape”.
  • Proper law enforcement responses to crimes of sexual violence.
  • Research in the area of sexual assault must be collaborative and solicit the input of many different professionals including those from the fields of law enforcement, public health, physical health, mental health, victim advocacy, and education.
  • The victim’s age group (adolescent vs. adult) and the victim’s relationship to the suspect (stranger, brief encounter, non-stranger) have important implications when investigating sexual assault.  There are significant differences in the character and context of the sexual assaults, and the law enforcement outcomes of cases based on these two factors.
  • 70-75% or more of sexual assaults reported to law enforcement involve non-strangers (two people who know one another).   The majority of non-stranger sexual assault is NOT date rape.
  • The average age difference between an adolescent sexual assault victim and her assailant is 10 years.  These are predatory, not peer relationships.


CT0001 - Educating Judges and Juries on Victim Behavior in Domestic Violence

John Wilkinson, Attorney Advisor, AEquitas, Washington, DC

This presentation will describe common victim behaviors and domestic violence dynamics and their impacts on fact finders’ assessments of victim credibility.  The presenter will summarize the law related to the introduction of expert testimony to explain victim behavior and identify experts qualified to testify on this issue.  This presentation 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.



DI0024 - Unfounded Cases and False Reports

Kim Lonsway, PhD, Director of Research, EVAWI, San Luis Obispo, CA

Concerns about unfounded cases and false reports underlie challenges we face in responding to sexual assault.  This workshop will explore many aspects of this complex problem, including its consequences for individual victims and wider impact on communities, critically review existing research on the topic, and identify recommendations for best practice. 


VI0015 - Working with Victims Who Recant

John Wilkinson, Attorney Advisor, AEquitas, Washington, DC

This presentation will explore the reasons that victims recant or refuse to cooperate with prosecution, identify strategies that will encourage victim cooperation and permit successful prosecution even when the victim refuses to cooperate, suggest ways to prevent victim intimidation and to expose and exploit it when it occurs, and identify and discuss the ethical implications arising when the victim recants or refuses to cooperate.


II0026 - Developing Skills to Interview Sexual Assault Survivors

Sgt. Joanne Archambault, (Ret.) Founder / Executive Director, EVAWI, Addy, WA

At the conclusion of the session, participants will be able to:

  • Understand how by overcoming challenges to the victim’s credibility and corroborating every possible aspect of her story, police can make the case “prosecutable” and at the same time facilitate rapport and cooperation.
  • Recognize inappropriate police responses and potential barriers to effective victim interviews.
  • Determine an appropriate interview location and who should be present.
  • Prepare for a successful victim interview.
  • Identify ways to build trust and cooperation with the victim.
  • Conduct an effective preliminary interview with a victim of sexual assault by:
  • Using techniques to encourage the victim to tell her story in an uninterrupted narrative
  • Understanding the use of cognitive interviewing techniques
  • Effectively using follow-up questions to elicit additional information
  • Learning procedures for concluding the interview


DI0022 - Documenting Sexual Assault Using the  Language of Non-Consensual Sex

Sgt. Joanne Archambault, (Ret.) Founder / Executive Director, EVAWI, Addy, WA.

At the conclusion of the session, participants will be able to:

  • Improve report writing skills
  • Successfully document suspect, witness and victim interviews
  • Anticipate potential defense strategies and provide written information to counter them
  • Have a better understanding of how to recreate and document a victim’s reality of a sexual assault
  • Evaluate common sexual assault scenarios and the way they are often inappropriately interpreted and documented
  • Identify the difference between the language of consensual versus non-consensual sex              


IV0123  - Conducting Multidisciplinary Team Case Review

Pierce-Weeks, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P, manager of the Colorado SANE/SAFE Project, Colorado Springs, CO

Sexual assault case review in the multidisciplinary team setting is fraught with ethical as well as legal implications, and yet it has the ability to dramatically improve investigation as well as prosecution of these cases. Workshop participants will explore the ethical and legal challenges associated with multidisciplinary sexual assault case review, and discuss successful ways of managing the barriers.

Training Provider:           End Voilence Against Women International

Instructor(s):                  Multiple

Host Agency:                  End Voilence Against Women International
                                       2013 Regional Training Conference 
                                       Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center

Agency Contact:             Sgt. Joanne Archambault, Ret.

Multiple hours


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