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:


Sexual assault victims have suffered traumas that often will impact their memories and their ability to recount events. Interviewing victims who have experienced trauma requires a specific approach to be successful.


Learn a new approach to suspect interrogation that seeks information as much as a confession. Learn how to corroborate your victim’s statement through your suspect’s own words. Understand how communicating empathy keeps your suspect talking and increases the opportunities for corroboration and confessions.


These cases do not have to be “he-said/she-said”. Learn how to corroborate your victim’s statement in many non-traditional ways so that your victim is supported with concrete evidence at trial.


It is very common that alcohol consumption is an issue in our cases. Varying levels of intoxication bring different challenges in gathering effective statements and proving the lack of consent. “Pass-Out” and “Black-Out” are common defenses that are raised when alcohol and other drugs are involved. This requires a different approach to the investigation and the strategy used at trial in order to reach proof beyond a reasonable doubt. 

Date: June 25-26
Location: Dallas Child Advocacy Center, 5351 Samuell Blvd., Dallas, TX 75228
Cost: $375 per person
*If a student registers for Empathy-Based Interrogation held June 22-24, 2020 – there is a discount of $70 for this class.
Date: October 22-23
Location: Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, 400 S. Martin Luther King Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89106
Cost: $375 per person
*If a student registers for Child Homicide Investigation held October 19-21, 2020 – there is a discount of $70 for this class.