Law Enforcement Trauma Informed Victim Interviews for Sexual Assault Investigations
Presented by Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Based in the science of the Neurobiology of Trauma, this presentation focuses on how trauma affects memory and behavior, especially for victims of sexual violence. When responding to sexual assault, trauma often presents in a way that is counterintuitive to how most law enforcement have been trained to conduct their job. Questions like “Do you understand the effects of trauma on a person’s ability to describe events?” will be answered. This presentation helps criminal justice professionals understand scientific concepts concerning the neurobiology of trauma so that victims of sexual violence will be understood and not judged prematurely. Evidence the criminal justice system has historically missed will come to light, increasing success of criminal cases and providing a new avenue of justice for sexual violence victims.
This webinar will serve as a refresher for law enforcement who are knowledgeable about Trauma Informed Victim Interviewing, and as an introduction to law enforcement who have little to no knowledge about this type of interview. The webinar will be similar to Justin Boardman’s presentation during the Pre-Conference session at the MNCASA’s Annual Training Symposium: Critical Conversations – The Road to Change.