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New Resource Library from Alliance for Hope (and Signing Off for 2017)

You know how I do love a good library. Alliance for Hope just announced their new online library has launched, and it’s worth bookmarking as a source for a multitude of professional materials, including strangulation resources. There is a section specific to medical; the library itself is multidisciplinary. As with many things online, be discerning in your review–not everything contained in the library is peer-reviewed or current, so caveat emptor.

And with that, I am signing off for the year. FHO will return on January 3rd with new content, including a brand new resource for the Store (it may or may not be on bruising–who can tell with these things 😉 ) and the 9th anniversary of our little nerdy site. I am going to take some time off to spend with my family, particularly my wife (whose birthday is today–happy birthday, honey), and kiddo. We’ll be traveling a bit, and throwing an end of year party to celebrate the garbage fire that was 2017 (well, it wasn’t all bad, but a good chunk of it was pretty awful). In addition to Sasha’s birthday, we have just started Hanukkah (Chag Sameach! to all my peeps); Christmas is right around the corner, our 5th wedding anniversary falls a few days after that, and then the New Year. What a whirlwind. Here’s hoping you have some fun and relaxation during the holiday season; that your days are filled with love, laughter and good food; and that for those of you struggling during what is sometimes a difficult time of year, you find peace and the inner fortitude to just keep moving forward. Thanks for spending time with us in 2017.  See you in 2018!

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Building and Empowering Your Staff to Increase Your Agency’s Organizational Capacity

WCSAP has a great sustainability webinar coming up, for all of you program managers (or aspiring program managers): Building and Empowering Your Staff to Increase Your Agency’s Organizational Capacity. The session will be held January 24th at 1:30pm PT. As you may already know, recruitment and retention are two of the biggest challenges for forensic nursing programs today, so I encourage folks to invest their time and resources in this area. From the announcement:


This webinar will provide an overview for Executive Directors and management staff on how to empower and motivate your staff to be invested in your agency’s success along with building your overall organizational capacity and sustainability. The webinar will address how to conduct an organizational assessment of your personnel management needs and provide recommendations for supervision, staff orientation, staff development, succession planning, training, workplans, and performance evaluations.

Workshop Objectives:
  • Participants will learn how to assess their organization’s current personnel management needs.
  • Participants will learn how to develop staff workplans and succession plans for their organization.
  • Participants will increase their knowledge on staff supervision, training, and performance reviews.

Register here.

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Since Last We Spoke, 12-11-17

Well, another morning, another harasser named (by multiple sources, and admitting to the conduct in a released statement). This continues to be something to behold, and not surprisingly, much of what is catching my attention on social media relates to the continued exposure of these men, and the subsequent think pieces that have been rolling out (many of them, really well done). I’ve tried to limit those articles to the best of what I’ve read–here’s what I’ve been reading since last we spoke:

This moment isn’t just about sex (by one of my favorite writers)

Sexual harassment does not occur in a vacuum

Related (and this so speaks to me)

Health disparities are very real, folks

And also

A very satisfying (and relevant) essay series

Emergency rooms are monopolies.

Myth busters 🙂

When victim services don’t actually help

As the mother of a teen girl, yep

Finally, if you aren’t watching this show, you should:

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Articles of Note: December 2017 Edition

It’s time once again for Articles of Note, the last one of 2017. As always, this is a review of the recent peer-reviewed literature, but is not exhaustive in nature. It’s meant to be used as a way to enhance currency and understanding of practice issues, and is not the final word on any single topic (I had a lawyer ask me about this, so now–here we are with the disclaimer). PDF with active links follows. Use in good health and share widely:


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Updates from the Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention

Can I confess something? I went to put together my list of articles for the weekly Since Last We Spoke post yesterday and–I just. Couldn’t. I’m so tired of reading the catalog of sexual misconduct that is coming out every day (a wonderfully privileged thing for me to be able to do–simply ignore stories of sexual misconduct), I couldn’t bring myself to do another post dominated by it. But seriously–it’s all I’ve been reading as of late. Accounts or responses to those accounts.

So we’ll get right into the meat of the week. Starting with a webinar recapping 2017: Updates from the Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention. The session will be held January 9th at 1pm ET. From the website:

Strangulation impacts all professionals working on sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking cases. Today, we know unequivocally that strangulation is one of the most lethal forms of domestic violence. Unconsciousness may occur within seconds and death within minutes. During this webinar, Casey Gwinn, JD, Gael Strack, JD, and Dr. William Smock will discuss lessons learned, best practices, and resources available for family violence and sexual assault professionals.

Subtopics will include:

– Findings from our survivor focus group

– New Medical Radiological Evaluation Recommendations from the Medical Advisory Board

– Best practices for identifying, documenting, investigating, and prosecuting strangulation cases

– Emerging issues in the field – medical, legal and advocacy trends

– Implementing new and existing legislation: Moving the dial in 2017

Register here.


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