Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

 

The Justice Clearinghouse covers the topic of Domestic Violence on a regular basis: through the webinars we hold, the articles we write, as well as the articles we curate from other respected sources.

Begin or enhance your knowledge about how to investigate, prosecute and supervise Domestic Violence offenders by reviewing some of the information below.

Upcoming Webinars

Laurie Blevins
Roger Blevins
09 / 10 / 2019

Ninety five percent of all delayed ano-genital examinations in cases of suspected child sexual abuse are normal.  While usually normal, delayed sexual abuse examinations are noninvasive & are critical to [...]

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Andrew Campbell
09 / 26 / 2019

This webinar will describe the many risks of harm (short-term and long-term) for children exposed to violence in their community. As rates of violent crime continue to increase in many [...]

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Cherice Hopkins
Rebecca Burney
10 / 03 / 2019

This webinar will examine how experiences of gendered violence create pathways for girls into the juvenile justice system with an emphasis on cross over from the child welfare system into [...]

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Alan Lawitz, ESQ
Karen Webber
10 / 23 / 2019

This webinar will discuss the development and implementation of a new tool to assist APS and its partners in the investigation of suspected financial exploitation of vulnerable adults. The tool, [...]

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Alyssa Neumann
Julie Schoen
11 / 13 / 2019

Over the past few years, the FrameWorks Institute worked with the National Center on Elder Abuse to create a communication strategy that demonstrates how we can restructure our communities to [...]

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Duane T. Bowers, LPC
02 / 06 / 2020

Childhood trauma is the way in which a victim’s body, mind, and emotions respond to a traumatic event when it occurred in childhood. The ramifications of this response are [...]

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Duane T. Bowers, LPC
03 / 05 / 2020

Traumatic events during childhood have an impact on the victim’s brain development, emotional regulation capacity, and behavior throughout the life-span. Having the ability to assess an individual for the [...]

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Lindsay Ashworth
04 / 01 / 2020

This webinar will provide an overview of the dynamics of sexual violence, specifically as it relates to people with disabilities. We will provide an overview of disability culture, language, and [...]

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Duane T. Bowers, LPC
05 / 05 / 2020

An individual who has experienced childhood trauma may exhibit cognitive, emotional and behavioral evidence of that trauma. Once we have assessed the potential of a childhood trauma, we can better [...]

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Ruby Barraza
Victoria Riechers, MA
06 / 04 / 2020

This webinar will examine the various opportunities and challenges of serving immigrant, refugee, or asylum-seeking survivors of sexual and domestic violence. It will explore the diversity in immigrant experiences and [...]

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Lindsay Ashworth
08 / 05 / 2020

This webinar will provide an overview of sexual assault in K-12 and higher education environments. We will discuss current federal legislation and policy and best practices related to responding to [...]

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Recorded Webinars

Jamal Brooks-Hawkins
Victoria Riechers, MA

This one-hour webinar will provide best practices for working with male survivors of sexual violence. We will discuss the dynamics of male sexual assault victimization and the impact of stereotypes [...]

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Cherice Hopkins
Rebecca Burney

This interactive webinar will provide an overview and legal definition of domestic child sex trafficking and delineate how girls are often criminalized for experiencing sexual violence, including analysis of the [...]

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Andrew Campbell

This webinar utilizes victim reports and police officer observations from the scene of Intimate Partner Violence incidents involving pregnant victims, to describe the extensive risks of harm for mother-fetus pairs [...]

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Sara E. Mahoney

This is the second-part of Sara Mahoney’s Mindfulness Series. She addressed mindfulness for domestic violence victims in the first one and on this session, she will discuss mindfulness for [...]

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Judge Brandon Birmingham
Dr. Jill Johansson-Love

Domestic violence cases can get problematic given the relationship dynamics between offender and victim. Likelihood of re-offense is also high when the offender’s behavior isn’t addressed properly. Dallas [...]

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Victoria Riechers, MA

The second of a two-part webinar series, Victoria Reichers is back on Justice Clearinghouse. The first part discussed what happens internally to sexual assault victims by unpacking the neurobiology of [...]

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Sara E. Mahoney

Working in the field of criminal justice, probation, victim advocacy and social services is a noble path. It gives an individual the ability to change the course of another person’[...]

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Cherice Hopkins
Rebecca Burney

Unfortunate is an understatement when we talk about the fate of a lot of children who end up in juvenile detention. They wind up even more traumatized over reasons that [...]

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Donielle Wright
Hilary Weinberg

As if building, handling and prosecuting cases aren’t a challenge by itself already, sometimes, we are faced with a recanting victim. This is especially common in domestic violence cases – [...]

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Andrew Campbell

Living in a home where domestic violence occurs tend to have a negative effect to its inhabitants. It is a common misconception that kids do not get affected by volatile [...]

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Victoria Riechers, MA
Lindsay Ashworth

Traversing a sexual violence case is tricky. When sexual assault survivors are asked to recount the unfortunate experience from memory there are doubts when they cannot quite remember things in [...]

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Christine Keller
Roger Blevins

The investigation and prosecution of Abusive Head Trauma cases is fraught with perceived contradictions in the medical literature.  In fact, AHT is very well accepted medical concept worldwide which is [...]

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Carol Schweitzer

Cases of missing and unidentified children are some of the most heartbreaking ones. Such cases may take years even decades before they are resolved. Long-term missing and unidentified children turn [...]

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Kim D'Amico
Julie Schoen

Over the last few years, greater awareness on elder abuse paved the way to numerous initiatives to elevate the criminal justice field’s proactive measures and response to such incidents. [...]

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Lydia Newlin
Jeralita “Jeri” Costa

For most of us, stories of domestic violence involve two people in a relationship and turn of events that for some reason, drives one of them to inflict pain to [...]

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Karen Webber

Financial exploitation of older adults is occurring more and more across the United States.  Despite the prevalence of these cases, first responders like police, case workers, and concerned family members [...]

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Roger Blevins
Dyanne Greer

Young children and infants are incapable of coherently recounting abuse they experienced. This becomes a challenge to justice and medical professionals who want to ensure that the children are safe [...]

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Nick Mastrocinque
Seena Gressin

As technology advances, so shall opportunistic individuals who will find ways to conquer the system for selfish interests. In 2016, 26 million fall victim to identity theft with a total financial loss [...]

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Roger Blevins
Dyanne Greer

Abusive head trauma/inflicted traumatic brain injury cases (formerly “shaken baby syndrome”) are among the most difficult child physical abuse cases to prosecute.  Investigators & prosecutors are often overwhelmed when [...]

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Mahri Irvine, PhD

Domestic violence is one of those crimes that used to be swept under the rug because of stigma. But in the past few years, as a call to action is [...]

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Andrew Campbell

Children who witnessed abuse or have been abused themselves are at a higher risk to become violent during adulthood. Several studies have established the link between animal abuse and other [...]

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Lindsay Calamia
Peg Horan

Peg Horan and Lindsay Calamia are back on Justice Clearinghouse for the second part of their webinar presentation about Multi-Disciplinary Teams (MDT).  Lindsay Calamia is an EMDT Statewide Coordinator at [...]

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Sabath Huttle
Krystle Curley

This is the second half of a two-part training webinar that deals with domestic violence and firearm relinquishment. The first part tackled the ‘what’ and ‘why’ of the issue – that [...]

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Kimberly Wyatt
Sandra Shanahan

Domestic violence is the single greatest predictor of future violent crime. When households get access to firearms this is further aggravated. There’s also the fact that domestic violence calls [...]

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Lindsay Calamia
Peg Horan

Handling and investigating cases entails effort, for some, it takes a village. Collaborating across multiple agencies can get tedious. At times, one might wish that all the stakeholders can just [...]

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Tasha Menaker, Ph.D.

This course is the final installment of a three-part webinar series that Dr. Tasha Menaker and the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence prepared to discuss the many [...]

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Financial Elder Exploitation
Karen Webber

Elder abuse can happen in various forms, from the most explicit physical abuse to the more discrete emotional and financial abuse. Today’s course will zero in on financial exploitation – [...]

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Tasha Menaker, Ph.D.

Dr. Tasha Menaker is back on Justice Clearinghouse for part two of her three-part webinar series that seeks to understand sexual assault perpetration. Dr. Menaker holds an MA in Clinical [...]

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Philip Marshall

Brooke Astor was a socialite with a heart for philanthropy and she lived a long, amazing life. That is until her son, Tony Marshall took advantage of Brooke’s old [...]

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Beyond Victim Blaming - Understanding and Working with Victims of Domestic Violence
Sara E. Mahoney

There has been a surge of support for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence worldwide. On the flipside, shining light on the issue also attracts the attention of those [...]

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Jessica Rock

Numerous evidence and research points to the correlation between animal cruelty cases to other serious crimes including gambling, drugs, gangs, elder abuse, domestic violence, bestiality, as well as child pornography [...]

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Tasha Menaker, Ph.D.

Rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment are brought to the forefront as more and more victims find their voices to speak up and tell their stories. Movements across the globe [...]

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Dr. Melinda Merck

In a past webinar with John Thompson, we were able to deep-dive into the link of animal abuse to human abuse. He detailed the reasons why animal abuse should be [...]

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Jacke Schroeder

Most APS and domestic violence programs don’t have the resources to provide the appropriate, comprehensive Elder abuse and domestic violence are complex issues where the victims are often living [...]

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Paul Greenwood

Whether you’re a seasoned justice professional or new to the field, everyone needs a sage resource they can turn to for advice on niche topics – and elder abuse can [...]

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Sara E. Mahoney

Domestic Violence Offenders are often times charismatic, charming and come across as “easily manageable” on the surface to the Probation Officer. With the main goals of supervision being Offender Accountability [...]

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Patrick Beumler
Hilary Weinberg

Domestic Violence can be a problematic case. The community might not want to meddle with such cases with the belief that such disputes must be dealt with by the family [...]

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John Thompson

“When animals are abused, people are at risk; When people are abused, animals are at risk.” This is the message that this webinar wants to get across. People often think [...]

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Sara E. Mahoney

Domestic violence is a widespread problem for both law enforcement and public health. Unfortunately, it gets swept under the rug. Despite how actions involved in domestic violence can result in [...]

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Philip Marshall

Brooke Astor was a writer, and socialite who lived a long life that’s one for the books. Brooke herself was well-aware of how interesting her life was that she [...]

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Brenda K. Uekert

Few elder abuse cases enter the court labeled as crimes.  Instead, elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation most often appear as underlying factors in a variety of civil, family [...]

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Paul Greenwood

Drawing upon his 21 years experience of prosecuting both physical and financial elder abuse and neglect felony cases, Paul will highlight some common misconceptions that often hinder the pursuit of justice [...]

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Hilary Weinberg
Tarah White

The crime of strangulation hasn’t always been given its due. The prevailing attitude towards strangulation for decades was “if it didn’t kill the victim, then things will be [...]

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Jim Seeger
Hilary Weinberg

In 1960, a person could expect to live until they were about 69. Today? “Sixty is the new 50.” With better health care, diet and exercise, most of us are living longer: the [...]

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Karyn Rasile

  Description "Strangulation is one of the most lethal forms of domestic violence “(Strack and Gwinn, 2011). In fact, one study explains that a victim whom is strangled by [...]

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Articles

Webinar presenter Abby Potash answered a number of your questions after her presentation, The Crime of Family Abductions Part 2: Impact, Consequences, and Considerations.    Here are just a few of her [...]

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Webinar presenter Jamal Brooks-Hawkins answered a number of your questions after his presentation, Male Victims of Sexual Assault: Best Practices for Justice Professionals.    Here are just a few of his [...]

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Webinar presenter Andrew Campbell answered a number of your questions after his presentation, War in the Womb: Pregnant Partner Violence and Associated Risks for Mother and Fetus.    Here are just [...]

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During her recent webinar, Victoria Riechers of Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence discussed strangulation in intimate partner violence cases. Here is some supplemental information for your use. &[...]

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Webinar presenter Sara Mahoney answered a number of your questions after her presentation, Mindfulness in Domestic Violence Work: Part 2- Working with Offenders.   Here are just a few of her [...]

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Webinar presenters Judge Brandon Birmingham and Dr. Jill Johansson-Love answered a number of your questions after their presentation, An Approach to High Lethality Domestic Violence Offenders: The Accountability Court Model.  [...]

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Webinar presenter Victoria Riechers answered a number of your questions after her presentation, Working with Sexual Assault Victims: Strategies for Justice Professionals. Here are just a few of her responses. &[...]

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Webinar presenter Sara Mahoney answered a number of your questions after her presentation, Mindfulness in Domestic Violence Work: Part 1 Working with Victims.  Here are just a few of her responses. &[...]

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Webinar presenter Andrew Campbell answered a number of your questions after his presentation, Domestically Violent Homes: Threats of Harm for Children. Here are just a few of his responses.   [...]

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Webinar presenters Victoria Riechers and Lindsay Ashworth of the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence answered a number of your questions after their presentation, The Neurobiology and Traumatic [...]

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Webinar presenters Julie Schoen and Kim  D'Amico answered a number of your questions after their presentation, "Using the New Elder Abuse Guide for Law Enforcement: A New Tool to Help [...]

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Julie Schoen provided a wealth of information for justice professionals during her webinar,  Using the New Elder Abuse Guide for Law Enforcement: A New Tool to Help in Elder Abuse [...]

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Webinar presenters Lydia Newlin and Jeri Costa answered a number of your questions after their presentation, “Domestic Violence Post Conviction.” Here are a few of their responses.   Audience Question: [...]

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Webinar presenter Dr. Mahri Irvine answered a number of your questions after his presentation, “Domestic Violence 101: What Justice Professionals Need to Understand about the Dynamics, Contexts, and Roots of this [...]

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Victoria Riechers, MA

Sexual assault is a crime many people in immigrant communities face. While there is very little data regarding immigrant experiences of sexual assault, the prevalence rate is believed to be [...]

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Webinar presenters Victoria Riechers and Lindsay Ashworth answered a number of your questions after his presentation, Understanding Sexual Violence and Appropriate Responses to Survivors. Here are some of their responses. &[...]

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Such a powerful statement from Lindsay Ashworth of the Arizona Coalition to End Domestic Violence made during her webinar, "Understanding Sexual Violence and Appropriate Responses to Survivors."     To [...]

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Webinar presenter Dr. Stacy Jeleniewski of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children answered a number of your questions after her presentation, "The Online Enticement of Children:&[...]

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Webinar presenters Peg Horan and Lindsay Calamia answered a number of your questions after their webinar, "Growing and Nurturing Elder Abuse Multi-disciplinary Teams." Here are some of their [...]

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Webinar presenters Sabath Huttle and Krystle Curley of the King County Regional Domestic Violence Firearms Enforcement Unit answered a number of your questions after their presentation, "Domestic [...]

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Webinar presenter Andrew Campbell of Campbell Research Consulting answered a number of your questions after his presentation, "Bad to the Bone: Pet Abuse, Child Abuse and Intimate Partner Violence.&[...]

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Andrew Campbell shared such incredible information during his webinar, "Bad to the Bone: Pet Abuse, Child Abuse and Intimate Partner Violence." "Pets often absorb the fear of their family members [...]

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Such incredible findings from Andrew Campbell's webinar, "Bad to the Bone: Pet Abuse, Child Abuse and Intimate Partner Violence." "75% of abused women report their intimate partner has threatened or harmed [...]

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Such incredible findings from Andrew Campbell's webinar, "Bad to the Bone: Pet Abuse, Child Abuse and Intimate Partner Violence." "Animals are at 11x greater risk for abuse in a home [...]

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Such incredible findings from Andrew Campbell's webinar, "Bad to the Bone: Pet Abuse, Child Abuse and Intimate Partner Violence." "75% of the pet abuse that occurs in the home is seen [...]

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Webinar presenters Sandra Shanahan and Kimberly Wyatt of the Domestic Violence Regional Firearms Enforcement Unit answered a number of your questions after their webinar, "Domestic Violence and Firearm [...]

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During their presentation, "Domestic Violence and Firearm Relinquishment: From Honor System to Actual Enforcement," presenters Sandra Shanahan and Kim Wyatt shared a great saying they learned from their own supervisor, [...]

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Webinar presenters Peg Horan and Lindsay Calamia answered a number of your questions after their webinar, "How to Launch an Elder Abuse Multi-Disciplinary Team -- and Why." Here [...]

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Christina McCale

Established elder abuse MDTs can face unique challenges in their evolution. From the addition and departure of new members to the risk of "scope creep," EMDTs can become over-extended without [...]

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Christina McCale

While not a new concept to the justice system, Multi-Disciplinary Teams (MDTs) can be a critical difference in addressing elder abuse cases, by leveraging the various perspectives, expertise and resources [...]

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Webinar presenter Dr. Tasha Menaker answered a number of your questions after her presentation, "Understanding Sexual Assault Perpetration: Sex Offender Management and Treatment." Here are a few of [...]

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Christina McCale

Domestic violence and guns can be a lethal combination. In 2014, Washington State adopted a firearms relinquishment law allowing courts to issue “Orders to Surrender Weapons” when entering certain types of [...]

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Webinar presenter Karen Webber answered a number of your questions after her presentation, "Investigating Financial Exploitation: Think Like A Forensic Accountant." Here are a few of [...]

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Webinar presenter Sara Mahoney answered a number of your questions after her presentation, "Beyond Victim Blaming: Understanding and Working with Victims of Domestic Violence​." Here are a [...]

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Webinar presenter Philip Marshall answered a number of your questions after his presentation, "Achieving Upstandership™: How it can help each and all of us realize (elder) justice .&[...]

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Webinar presenter Dr. Tasha Menaker answered a number of your questions after her presentation, "Understanding Sexual Assault Perpetration: An Overview of Typologies, Risk, and Recidivism." Here are [...]

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Christina McCale

It's understandable to initially have strong reactions about those who have committed some form of a sexual assault. But behind the label of "sex offender" is a person. A person [...]

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Jason Vail Cruz

Sexual violence perpetrators specifically look for vulnerability when targeting potential victims. Due to societal bias and institutionalized discrimination, LGBTQ individuals experience unique factors of isolation. As a result, there are [...]

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Christina McCale

We do know some things about sexual predators. According to the Rape, Assault, Incest National Network (RAINN), half of all perpetrators are 30 years of age or older, 57% are white, and 37% [...]

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Christina McCale

One of the most common reactions a victim of domestic violence will experience is that of blame - "what did I do to deserve this?" or attempt to take the [...]

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Christina McCale

San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan once said "Our civilization will be judged on how we treat our youngest and our oldest members." Indeed, if that's true, what does [...]

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Webinar presenter Dr. Tasha Menaker of the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence answered a number of your questions after her presentation, "Understanding [...]

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Christina McCale

With a sexual assault happening every  98 seconds in the US, (equalling 1 in 6 women and 1 in 10 men having been the victim of a sexual assault or attempted sexual assault) it's not [...]

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“When animals are abused, people are at risk; When people are abused, animals are at risk.”  People often think that animal cruelty cases are isolated from crimes [...]

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"Healthy relationships are based on equality and respect." What a lovely quote speaker Jacke Schroeder made during her recent webinar about Building Community Safety Nets for our victims of elder [...]

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"Start with your why." Love this quote from Jacke Schroeder's recent presentation about how to start programs to support victims of elder abuse. Be sure to check out Jacke's webinar, "[...]

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A powerful comment from San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan in the San Diego County Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse Blueprint 2018. "Our civilization will be judged on how we [...]

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Webinar presenters Hilary Weinberg and Patrick Beumler answered a number of your questions after their presentation, Children as Witnesses in Domestic Violence Cases. Here are some of their [...]

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Christina McCale

The proverb that "it takes a village" doesn't just apply to children. Often it takes a village to help solve a variety of issues, including creating resources to help the [...]

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Christina McCale

People typically agree that Elder Abuse is a horrifying crime and that those who abuse elders should be punished. But what if you've never investigated an elder abuse case? What [...]

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Philip Marshall provided some excellent insights and ideas during his presentation about Elder Abuse awareness. Here's one: "When our elders' capacity is reduced, it's natural. When their assets are reduced [...]

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Philip Marshall provided some excellent insights and ideas during his presentation about Elder Abuse awareness. Here's one: "When our elders lose their voice, it's natural. When we choose not to [...]

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Brooke Astor's grandson, Philip Marshall exposed Tony Marshall, his father, for abusing his grandmother. Since his grandmother's controversial case, Philip made it his life's purpose, through beondbrooke.[...]

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Webinar presenter Sara Mahoney answered a number of your questions after her presentation, The Domestic Violence Pre-Sentencing Investigation: From Start to Finish. Here are some of her responses.   Audience [...]

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Christina McCale

Domestic Violence offenders require a different approach to supervising them. Cunning and often manipulative, they can be among the most challenging of probationers to supervise. Check out this recorded webinar [...]

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Domestic violence is a widespread problem for both law enforcement and public health. Unfortunately, it gets swept under the rug. Despite how actions involved in domestic violence can result in [...]

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Jamal Brooks-Hawkins, MSW

At least one in six men have experienced sexual assault in their lifetime (NISVS, 2017). Similar to other victims of sexual assault, male victims often experience negative emotional, physical, and social [...]

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Philip Marshall provided some excellent insights and ideas during his presentation about Elder Abuse awareness. Here's one: "When our elders lose their hearing, it's natural. When we are deaf to [...]

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  Philip Marshal provided some excellent insights and ideas during his presentation about Elder Abuse awareness. Here's one: "When our elders lose their sight, it's natural. When we turn a [...]

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Christina McCale

According to government statistics between 3-4 million children ages 3-17 are at risk of exposure to domestic violence each year.  Ninety-five percent of these cases involve female victims -- typically [...]

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  Philip Marshal provided some excellent insights and ideas during his presentation about Elder Abuse awareness. Here's one: "To be complacent about Elder Justice is to be complicit in Elder [...]

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Christina McCale

Domestic Violence offenders are unique: their chosen victims are those closest to him or her. Given this, different kinds of information, lines of questioning and tactics should be considered when [...]

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Christina McCale

It's easy to believe that elder abuse can only happen to certain populations of society. But the reality is that elder abuse doesn't discriminate; no elder is immune. Societal position, [...]

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Few elder abuse cases enter the court labeled as crimes.  Instead, elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation most often appear as underlying factors in a variety of civil, family and [...]

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The Justice Clearinghouse
Based on a webinar, this infographic discusses the myths of elder abuse and how prosecutors and investigators can overcome them to better protect elders.
Infographic Strangulation Thumbnail

With history, research, and tracking, strangulation is becoming seen as a crime on par with every other form of abuse and assault.  Check out this infographic highlighting content from [...]

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Christina McCale

The statistics are just astonishing. 1 in 10 Americans over the age of 60 have been the victims of elder abuse. Further, "The New York State Elder Abuse Prevalence Study found that for [...]

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Christina McCale

We all will grow older. But that doesn't mean that as older people, we should become victims to elder abuse. But according to recent statistics, all too often, that can [...]

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Christina McCale

Experts say that as many as 5 million elderly people are abused on an annual basis.  Even more tragically, the New York State Elder Abuse Prevalence Study found that for every [...]

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This infographic, based on a webinar, provides the key types of elder abuse, its frequency, and how justice professionals can identify it.
Christina McCale

  With better health care, diet and exercise, most Americans are living longer: on average  78 years  – but can reach to an average of  89 years for [...]

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Christina McCale

The crime of strangulation hasn’t always been given its due. The prevailing attitude towards strangulation for decades was “if it didn’t kill the victim, then things will be [...]

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