Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault Training Topics
Sexton Family History: 60 minutes
This is a case history of the sexual abuse and murder perpetrated by Eddie Lee Sexton on his own family. It looks at the dynamics of familial victimization, and what intervention techniques might be effective.
Keys to a Successful Rape Investigation and Prosecution: 60 minutes
This section reviews proven sexual violence investigative techniques within several actual case studies. The attendees will learn how law enforcement officers approach an investigation and what skills are necessary to bring it to a successful conclusion. They will be shown how to prepare successful evidence based prosecutions.
Child Sexual Abuse: 120 minutes
This training starts with a video case history of family sexual abuse. A now 35 year old woman was sexually abused by her father when she was a child. Her 10 year old son is now performing sex acts on other children and it is feared that her father (the child’s grandfather) has been sexually abusing him. At its conclusion there will be a discussion of the video. The power point presentation looks at the different types of child sexual abuse and possible interventions. We will discuss typologies of abusers, and statutory criminal violations. Several cases that the presenter personally investigated will be reviewed.
Intimate Partner Rape: 60 minutes
This segment looks at the dynamics and impact of sexual assault on intimate partners. We will review the statutory history of marital rape and its status today. We will learn of the physical and psychological effects on the victim. Effective intervention strategies will be discussed.
Domestic Violence is a Community Problem: 60 minutes
A four year old boy is shot to death by his mother’s boyfriend. Before the investigation is over three law enforcement officers will be dead. A pregnant woman is taken hostage before the suspect commits suicide. This is a story of how domestic violence can touch the lives of so many in the community.
Understanding Victim and Abuser Behavior: 90 minutes
This presentation starts with an analysis of the dynamics of domestic violence within the context of power and control. Attendees will learn the different methods that abusers us to control their victims. We will discuss the effects of control and violence on victims. The attendees will learn reasons why victims don’t leave.
Effective Intervention is the Key: 60 minutes
This segment looks at various proven intervention techniques to provide victims with safety and hold batterers accountable. We will consider the criminal justice approach, victim advocate approach and the victim services approach. We will look at how bureaucracies present obstacles to protecting victims and how to overcome them. We will discuss prevention strategies, safety plans and threat assessments.
Recognizing Strangulation as a Crime: 60 minutes
This segment explains the statutory definition of strangulation. Attendees will learn the various forms of strangulation. We will explain the serious consequences that can occur from being strangled.
What is This Doing to The Kids? 60 minutes
This segment investigates the effect of domestic violence on children. Attendees will learn how to do effective intervention and why it is important. They will hear a 911 tape of a six year old girl and see how family violence affects kids even if they are not victims of child abuse.
Elder Abuse: 60 minutes
This section covers the different types of abuse of the elderly and their causes. We will look at how prevalent this crime is and how we can do effective intervention. We will look at statutory elements of the crime.
Cyber Stalking: 45 minutes
This segment looks at the various forms of technology use to monitor and harass victims. We will explore effective ways that victims can combat abusers use of technology. We will discuss emerging laws to assist law enforcement.
Is Victimless Prosecution Still Possible? 60 minutes
This segment analyzes the court case of Crawford v Washington that reaffirms a suspects 6th Amendment right to confront their accuser. We will look at ways that we can still prosecute D V cases without the victim’s active participation. Evidence based prosecution may still be possible.
Do Orders for Protection Protect? 60 mins
“Protection orders don’t make you bullet proof.” This segment deals with the effectiveness of D V protection orders. What are they meant to do? Who are they meant to protect? How do they work? Are they worth the risk?
Alternative Theories of D V. 60 mins
The theory of power and control is the dominant theory of D V. However it is not the only theory. In this segment we look at other theories that may explain why violence occurs in intimate relationships. Is Stockholm Syndrome a factor in relationship violence? Do we really accept a blend of theories?
Dynamics of Domestic Violence: 50 minutes.
In this segment study why victims behave in consistent patterns due to abuse. Attendees will understand why victims stay in abusive relationships. They will understand why abusers behave the way they do and what can be done to correct their behavior. We will note the importance of documenting reports at the scene and the lethality factors of law enforcement not taking proper action.
Domestic Violence Model Policy: 50 minutes.
This is a discussion of a model policy for law enforcement to use when investigating the crime of domestic violence. The policy gives guidelines for collecting evidence, proper treatment of victims and prosecution techniques. It also provides safety techniques for 1st responding officers due to the volatility of domestic violence calls. It provides proven techniques for holding batterers accountable.
Officer Involved Incidents: 50 minutes.
This segment deals with the officer as the abuser. Are officers more likely to be abusers because of the nature of their job? What is the proper law enforcement response to an abusive officer? We will look at some of the unique stressors of the job and how they can affect relationships.
Predominant Aggressor: 50 minutes.
In this segment students will learn the many factors involved in determining the predominant aggressor. They will learn the statutory elements to establish the predominant aggressor. We will discuss whether the predominant aggressor should be the only one charged.
Typologies of Abusers: 50 minutes.
Students will be introduced to various types of abusers. They will be shown the distinct characteristic behaviors of each type. They will understand how each type effects intimate relationships, and will learn effective intervention strategies.
Rape Sensitivity for Men: 60 minutes.
Students will view a video of a verbal representation of a male rape. A discussion of differing mind sets between men and women will take place after the video. The purpose is to instill empathy in men towards the crime of rape.
Sexual Violence Model Policy: 90 minutes.
This is a discussion of a model policy for law enforcement to follow when investigating the crime of rape. The policy gives guidelines for collecting evidence, proper treatment of victims and prosecution techniques.
Interviewing the Rape Suspect: 60 minutes.
This segment focuses on the prescribed method for interviewing a suspect. It points out that the interview is well structured and seeks to lead the suspect unknowing to a confession. It describes the proper environment in which to conduct the interview and how to treat the suspect.
Drug Facilitated Rape: 60 minutes.
This segment deals with the effects of rape drugs and how to detect if someone has been given the drug. It focuses on proper treatment of victims as well as enforcement practices. We will discuss the prevalence of the problem and some intervention techniques.
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- Case History of Sexual Abuse
- Keys to a Successful Rape Investigation and Prosecution
- Child Sexual Abuse
- Intimate Partner Rape
- Domestic Violence Is a Community Problem
- Understanding Victim and Abuser Behaviors
- What is this Doing to the Kids?
- Recognizing Strangulation as a Crime
- Effective Intervention is the Key
- Women Who Use Violence
- Elder Abuse
- Cyber Stalking
- Do Orders for Protection Protect?
- Is Victimless Prosecution Still Possible?
- Alternative Theories of Domestic Violence
- Interviewing the Rape Suspect
- Sexual Violence Model Policy
- Drug Facilitated Rape
- Typologies of Abusers
- Dynamics of Domestic Violence
- Predominant Aggressor
- Officer Involved Incidents
- Rape Sensitivity for Men
- Domestic Violence Model Policy