Non-stranger sexual assault cases are unlike any other criminal investigation, and conducting a trauma-informed victim interview is paramount.

Getting an accurate interview from the victim is critical.

Trauma has unique effects on the brain and, in particular, the areas of the brain responsible for processing information and remembering facts. Many rape victims experience memory loss to some degree. Victims may be able to remember, in great detail, parts of the assault, but, when asked about other aspects, their memories may be fragmented or incomplete. Some officers will make the mistake of discrediting a victim’s statement if elements of the narrative are imprecise or if a victim cannot recount an event in a clear chronological fashion.

By using a trauma-informed approach when speaking to the victim, you will yield better outcomes from the interview process.

In this session, you will learn:

● How to do a trauma-informed interview. Many officers make the mistake of asking for “just the facts” through closed-ended questions. You will learn how to frame questions effectively and how to unpack nuanced information throughout the interview by allowing the victim to direct the narrative.

● How to use the five senses to aid a victim in recalling the assault.

● How to take a victim-centered approach: Consider your demeanor, location of the interview, who is with the victim, and how you set up the interview to make the victim feel as comfortable as possible.

● How to create and maintain an open interview: Learn what language to use, how to provide explanations for your questions and when to clarify pieces of the victim’s narrative.

● How to decide the best timing of the interview and when it is ok to delay the victim interview.

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Endorsements

  • Justice 3D has created a team of trainers and quality trainings that stand out in this field. The timing for such a group could not be better as Criminal Justice professionals across the nation struggle at times to investigate and successfully prosecute sexual assault, domestic violence, child and elder abuse, and interpersonal crimes that occur on our college and university campuses.  The combination of real life experiences of Police Chief Mike Milnor and Prosecutors Nancy Oglesby and Roger Canaff now provide training opportunities across the nation that address these challenging cases and offer strategies and techniques that can be applied immediately by detectives and prosecutors. Their presentations skills, plus the informative workshop formats that Justice 3D employs adds to the overall learning environment and are unique to their extensive backgrounds and success in the field.  They present based on real life experiences and up to date current approaches in the field of sexual assault, domestic violence and gender-biased crime. As a public safety official for 38 years, I would say these are the areas that still need our focus and attention as law enforcement and prosecutors continue to address our own cultural bias as well as that of society in general.  Justice 3D’s approach to the topic of non-stranger sexual assault cases is a great example of how to address this.  I highly recommend trainings offered by Justice 3D.   

    Jerald Monahan, Chief of Police for Yavapai College, Prescott Arizona
    Past Chairperson of the Arizona Governor’s Commission to Prevent Violence Against Women
    Current President of the Board of Directors, End Violence Against Women International
                                                           

     

    Jerald Monahan
  • These 2 speakers were great together and presented in a dynamic, attention keeping manner.
  • Excellent speaker and material covered very well. I work with uncooperative victims so very relevant. Enjoyed this session.

  • As always, Nancy Oglesby did a great job teaching.  I find her teaching style to be very easy to follow and she has so much experience in the sexual assault field that she always has a great deal of knowledge to pass along.

  • As someone who has been in full time legal practice with a prosecutor’s office for less than a year, I found this track tremendously valuable. Special props to Nancy Oglesby, her domestic violence workshop was superb.

  • I will be making changes in policies and our procedures after this course. We were provided with great resources (such as Themes from Mike Milnor, etc.)

  • Fantastic course! All the presenters were clear, knowledgeable and well spoken.

  • Mike Milnor gave a great perspective from career law enforcement.

  • I will take what I have learned back and share it to improve victim services and investigations in my agency.

  • The fact that the program is victim centered was especially helpful. It helps those of us who have lost a little focus to get re-centered and re-energized.

  • This is a very informative program. I have always been intimidated by sexual assault cases, and in the past have looked for ways to avoid prosecuting them, even thought I didn’t realize that was what I was doing at the time. I now feel much better prepared to aggressively prosecute these cases and am so glad to know the proper responses to all defenses that come up in these cases.

  • I am energized as a result of the training and the information I have received and feel that I will be more effective in my job.

  • This is an OUTSTANDING training on an extremely difficult topic. The instructors were exceptional and provided an outstanding learning experience.

  • I feel more prepared to investigate sexual assault cases now, especially when dealing with victims. This training should be required for all law enforcement.

  • Roger is truly a dynamic and informative trainer. His passion is evident.

  • One of the best trainings I have attended during three decades of law enforcement work.