Since the webinar I’ve had many questions about some of my go-to resources and general tips about testifying. So here are some of the things I think are important about testimony. But keep in mind, these are just *my* 10–I know that many FHO readers have plenty of experience with testimony, so please add your tips (shy people), to make this an even richer discussion.
The National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma and Mental Health is offering a new webinar: Helping Children and Teens Cope with the Effects of Domestic Violence. The session will be held May 3rd from 2-3:30 CT. It’s aimed at both advocates and parents, but I think there are some useful tools for healthcare providers here, too.
UPDATE: VAWA PASSED THE SENATE!
If you’re in the US (and I suppose even if you’re not), you’ve probably been watching the debate around the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act with some interest. The White House Blog has a new post written by Lynn Rosenthal and Kimberly Teehee that specifically addresses the tribal jurisdiction provisions that seem to be one areas of consternation for some lawmakers. In their post, they concisely lay out the case for why these provisions should be in place.
I’m off to teach for a few days in Nebraska, so just a quick post today– The Academy on Violence and Abuse has a new DVD available on the ACE Study. Although it’s not free (it’s currently available at an introductory rate of $45), there is a free preview available of the DVD on their home page. Considering that this video is more than 3 hours, with multiple sections perfect for using in a CE program or staff development session, it’s a good investment. More on how to get your own copy here.
I receive a lot of questions about determining the age of bruises. Although the research has shown that determining the age of bruising by clinicians based on color provides consistently inaccurate results, with poor interrater reliability, I still find that some are loathe to turn their backs on this highly unreliable assessment technique. So I have provided an overview of the literature below, with articles split into 2 categories: those that address the attempt to age bruises based on color in a routine clinical environment (Clinical Assessment of Bruises) and those that have a much more high-tech approach (Laboratory Assessment of Bruises). These articles address aging bruises using equipment and mathematical models not typically seen in our routine clinical practices. It’s important to note that studies in the latter category found greater success at determining the age of bruises, which further emphasizes the unreliability of visual assessment alone.
I will probably spend more time talking about the importance of reading and staying current with research and programmatic and clinical developments tomorrow, but for now, let me just say that based on the emails I have been getting, there is still a lot of confusion about where to find articles, including peer-reviewed research. Allow me to assist with a couple suggestions:
I know this is not geared toward forensic clinicians, but my understanding is that there’s some valuable stuff in here regardless of what type of expert witness you may be. So it’s probably worth checking out NIJ’s new online course, Law 101: Legal Guide for the Forensic Expert if you’re hoping to compound your knowledge around providing expert witness testimony.
So yesterday I participated in NSVRC’s #TweetAboutIt Tuesday. The topic was older adults and healthy sexuality. And here’s what I love about participating in something like this. Within a minute (literally) of posting a question, I had in my (virtual) hands this fabulous document– Exploring the Sexual Rights of Older Adults: Toward Healthy Sexuality and Freedom From Victimization in Later Life (PDF). Hat tip to Benje Douglas at NSVRC who sent it my way.
I get *a lot* of questions about funding. It comes up to one extent or another anytime a group of medical folks are together, and it most definitely comes up when we talk about sustainability (although if we’re having that conversation, hopefully we’re talking about more than just money). There is a lot of good information out there about potential funding. For example, VAWnet has a bi-weekly funding alert to which you can subscribe.
I’m moving pretty slowly this morning, and maybe I’m not the only one, so here’s a little Monday morning inspiration for you from Brene Brown on the power of vulnerability:
I confess I was a tad jealous when I saw the tweets coming through from last year’s Roots of Change conference, sponsored by the Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force and Men Can Stop Rape. Fantastic workshops and lots of great people getting to share the same space. While it doesn’t give me the feeling of networking with so many amazing colleagues, I was thrilled to at least get a chance to listen to the keynote presentations from the conference, thanks to PreventConnect.
MNCASA, through its Sexual Violence Justice Institute, is hosting a webinar, What Can We Talk About? How SART Teams Discuss Sexual Assault Cases. The session will be held April 23rd from 12-1:30pm CDT. This is a great topic for discussion–see a complete webinar description after the jump.
I typically don’t post live events here, but I want to mention this one for anyone in the DC area: NIJ is hosting a live seminar series, Research for the Real World. The next talk in the series is April 12th from 10-11:30 am: Violent Repeat Victimization: Prospects and Challenges for Research and Practice. Dr. Janet Lauritsen will be the speaker. You can find details about location here. And if you can’t attend the live session?
Just wanted to let you know that I am heading to Korea today and am unsure what my connectivity will look like for the foreseeable future. Any time I’m spending quality time in military lodging (and I will have 8 days of it, in this case), internet is a big question mark. I have tried to plan for a few postings in advance, but please forgive me if a day or 2 goes by without seeing anything new on the site. If you’re trying to contact me during this time, please be patient. I promise I will respond just as soon as I can. And for those of you celebrating, a happy Passover and/or Easter–I’ll let you know just what exactly my own seder ends up looking like:)
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I’m a little bit addicted to The Moth podcasts. If you’ve never listened to them, I encourage you to spend a little time on their site, perusing people’s stories. This week’s story is by Barbara Wiener (MP3), and it’s described on the site as, “a perfectionist finds strength and self-acceptance after an assault”. Take 12 minutes or so and listen.