NSVRC has reposted a previously published 10 Things post from FHO: Observations from Court. It is one of the more popular 10 Things posts I’ve done; if you haven’t seen it yet, check it out on their site.
The Tribal Forensic Healthcare project has 2 webinars coming up in February, both sexual assault case reviews. The pediatric one, Who Said What?!? Utilizing Case Presentations to Improve Pediatric Forensic Medical Evaluations, will be held February 3rd from 2-3:30pm ET. The adult session, Sexual Assault Examiner: Adult Case Review, will be held February 16th from 2-3:30pm ET. CEUs/CMEs will be available (although see the bolded note regarding intended audience for the peds webinar). Click through for details about both:
I took a snow day yesterday, along with almost everyone else in the DC metro area. The government is still shut down today and cars are littering the roads around my neighborhood (although it stopped snowing Saturday night, as of this posting, I still haven’t seen a plow on my street). Technically, today is a snow day, as well, but there really aren’t too many of those for the self-employed. So back at work I am. I’ll be heading to CLE tomorrow for a quick visit with my kiddo, but today, the focus is Articles of Note. So without further explanation, here’s what’s new and noteworthy in the peer-reviewed journals. Click through for both the printable PDF and the link-friendly Word doc. As always, attribution, please, if you use or distribute my work.
OVC has a new public awareness video series available, Faces of Human Trafficking. It’s a series “intended to be used for outreach and education efforts of service providers, law enforcement, prosecutors, and others in the community. The series includes information about sex and labor trafficking, multidisciplinary approaches to serving victim’s of human trafficking, effective victim services, victims’ legal needs, and voices of survivors.” There’s also an accompanying discussion guide, and other resources, making this an excellent tool for multidisciplinary education. The series covers both sex and labor trafficking, and all 9 videos can be downloaded. You can view all of them here.
In conjunction with last week’s post about victim notification of untested sexual assault kits, NIJ has just released a new publication: Notifying Sexual Assault Victims After Testing Evidence. The document takes the best of the available evidence and offers up some excellent strategies for what has become an emerging topic. Worth your time, I recommend distributing widely among your multidisciplinary partners.
We’re off today because of the MLK holiday, and we’re getting the most out of this 3-day weekend checking off a whole lot odds and ends from our to-do list. Our house is under construction right now, so we’re limited in what we can do at home. But Internet access hasn’t been interrupted, and therefore much time has been spent online since last we spoke. Here’s what’s caught my eye:
AEquitas is offering up a 2-part webinar series on alcohol facilitated sexual assault. Patti Powers, a favorite of mine, will be one of the featured speakers; it should be a great pair of webinars. Part I will be held January 29th from 3-4pm ET. Part II will be held February 11th from 3-4pm ET. This is another good one to share with your SART or other multidisciplinary team. Click through for details:
The University of Texas School of Social Work is hosting a 6-part webinar that will provide guidance on the development and implementation of victim-centered notification practices in sexual assault cases with untested sexual assault kits. The 1st, Making the Case for Victim-Centered Notification with Untested Sexual Assault Kits, is being offered January 29th, from 1-2pm ET. This is a great session for SARTs and other multidisciplinary teams, so please share widely. Click through for details:
January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month. If you’re looking to increase capacity in this area, OVC TTAC has a slew of multidisciplinary webinars on this subject, available on their site. They range from 60-90 minutes, so it would be very easy to choose one for review as a team as an educational update, or pick one or two for people to listen to in advance and have a facilitated discussion at your next team meeting.
I know, I know–these are Monday posts, and it is distinctly not Monday. Apologies, but I spent my weekend motoring to the finish line to complete the draft of a paper for a project that has consumed my life as of late. I turned it in yesterday, so I am just starting to dig out today. As I wait to board a flight to Austin to spend some quality time with my favorite group of JAGs, here’s what’s caught my eye since last we spoke:
If you haven’t yet seen it, the SAFEta site has a newly revamped webinar catalog that has all of the archived webinars in an easily accessible location. There’s a pretty diverse range of topics, many of which are appropriate for more than just clinicians (so I encourage you to share with your multidisciplinary collaborators). Clean and easy to read, it should make identifying topical online educational opportunities a little simpler.
I usually post links to popular media on Mondays, but this one is so compelling (and intersects with a few different areas of my professional life) I thought it was worth its own mention. If you haven’t read the article To Catch a Rapist yet (it will be in print in this Sunday’s NY Times Magazine), I’d encourage you to do so. In a climate where law enforcement doesn’t always get great press, this is a nod to a dedicated group of professionals who are truly invested in the work we do. It’s a long read, but a good one.
Today FHO celebrates 7 years, which continues to amaze me. 2016 should be a big year for the site–we will FINALLY be doing the major overhaul to the look, feel, and flow of FHO (work begins on that this quarter). The plan is to move it from a blog format, as it has been all these years, to a more fully functioning website, regardless of whether it’s viewed on your phone, tablet or computer. There will still be regular posts, but there will also be more easily accessible content in the library, as well as a few other goodies in the works.
As always, thank you for continuing to make FHO a regular stop in your online travels, and for being a generally fantastic group of readers. Looking forward to what’s ahead for 2016!
I’m heading to the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in GA this morning for a couple days, but before I board my flight, I thought I would share some of the highlights from 2015. It was a pretty busy year on the site, but some posts definitely caught your attention more than others:
Happy new year, and welcome back! I trust everyone was able to get a bit of down time over the holidays. I managed to, as well, although not nearly as much as I needed. Like many of you, my holidays were filled with family and food, and some serious sloth (it rained for several days during the week of Christmas, so we were pretty housebound in the North Caroline mountains). Back at it in earnest today, with plenty of interesting fodder from my social media streams. Here’s what’s caught my attention since last we spoke: