Trauma-Informed Response for the Justice System – Average time 2.5 hours

This presentation is the building block of all the subject matter taught. All presentations will refer back to this presentation at some point.

The presentation helps professionals understand basic scientific concepts about the neurobiology of trauma. It helps victims be understood more and not be judged by their responses. By understanding traumatic reactions, our empathy grows for others, and we begin to obtain additional information we may never have received previously. Like a domino effect, with empathy and knowledge, we gain more patience, then we receive additional information to corroborate. This helps increase the success of our investigations and, in turn, increases procedural justice.

The presentation is presented by comparing our own personal trauma to the victims in our investigations, which helps gain “aha moments” by attendees. It should be noted victimization is not funny. However, as much as possible, this subject is taught with humor compared to traumatic scenarios.

Trauma-Informed Victim Interviews (TIVI) for the Justice System – Average time 2.5 hours

This presentation builds on the Trauma Response presentation. Once we have a working understanding of the science, this presentation teaches how to interact with a traumatized person.

This interview was designed for the Justice System to obtain needed information from people who have experienced a traumatic event and lessen additional trauma. It casts a large net to obtain information from the person, then relies on the investigator to locate the pertinent parts. The gathered information many times provides areas to corroborate and locate additional physical evidence to the incident.

Two concepts are taught during this presentation. One for first responders, when on the scene and needing information about the incident. The other for a more formal investigative interview.

This training can be as interactive as you need and has been taught in various ways to include watching real video clips, practicing with other participants, and even hiring actors to be interviewed by the instructor or participants.

Introduction to Non-Fatal Strangulation

Non-Fatal Strangulation is one of the more heinous Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault crimes. This module will focus on the Law Enforcement and Multi-Disciplinary Team response from report to court. Showing how improving the investigation through communication within the team improves outcomes for the victim. The team will then learn briefly why this crime is so dangerous, from the serious medical reasons to the psychological issues. Suspect dynamics will be discussed and why these offenders are some of the most dangerous human beings alive. How to document the physical and psychological evidence in these cases and determining the predominant aggressor is discussed.

Corroboration of Evidence

Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence can be very difficult to investigate. Sometimes thinking outside of the box can do wonders. Examples will be given and exercises will be done in class. Corroboration is important showing a balanced investigation. This class can be combined with the Predominant Aggressor-class.

Report writing for Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence

We will cover basic to intermediate aspects of report writing. This class will have interactive components and discussion. Over the years DV and SA investigations have evolved with our knowledge about these crimes, however across the country our reports have not. Great police reports are the foundation of successful prosecution and should go hand in hand with our evolved investigations.

Determining the Predominant Aggressor

Nobody likes responding to Domestic Violence calls. Determining the predominant aggressor can be confusing and frustrating. However, during this presentation, we hope to refresh your present skills and add additional tools and thoughts to this process.

Alcohol Facilitated Sexual Assault

Often alcohol is used as a weapon to facilitate sexual assault and it creates havoc for those who investigate this crime. From the lost forensic evidence, memory issues, witnesses, and investigators’ preconceived biases these cases are a challenge to prove. In this module, we hope to help overcome myths surrounding alcohol through discussion and providing a roadmap to proving this wasn’t just “drunk sex”.

Mindfulness for SART & CCR Multi-Disciplinary Teams

Multi-Disciplinary Teams are their own organism, each has its own personality and energy. We work hard to try to improve the Justice System for our victims of crime. Our team members have their own unique personality, profession, and trauma background. Our meetings can be frustrating and even traumatizing. In this session, we will discuss some options to help us see our trauma and secondary trauma. Then as a team, we will discuss what this can look like as dysfunction and how we might prevent it in the future so that the team and victims benefit. Throughout this session, we will practice different exercises so you have new tools to take back to the team.


An open and real conversation between a former prosecutor and detective. This breakout will have respectful talks about certain questions that come up during sexual assault cases in the Justice System. For example, when do you shut down an investigation? When do you ask for a second opinion on a declination? Should every known suspect case be taken and screened with the prosecution? There will be time allowed for the audience to participate if respectful of each subject. This discussion will try to answer hard questions, push some boundaries, our hope is will benefit our victim to find what justice is for them.

Victim-Centered Investigations- Part 1

Offender Focused Investigations- Part 2

We know there are many sides to an investigation including the victim-centered portion. This class will be focused on the suspect portion. By exploring the use of manipulation, grooming, and isolation a clearer understanding of the entire event will come about. It will focus on consent, documentation, investigation strategies, and elements of the crime.

Advanced Intimate Partner Violence Investigations 

Strategies for Successful Interviewing, Investigations, and Documentation

The purpose of this training is to provide patrol officers with current and uptodate information on intimate partner violence that will lead to better identification, interviewing, and documentation of evidence. Strategies will focus on holding offenders accountable and providing victims with enhanced safety and support.

Learning Objectives:

  • Strengthen their current understanding of intimate partner violence and their capability for investigating cases.
  • Determine the predominant aggressor by using specific tools to enhance identification.
  • Practice specific interviewing skills necessary to obtain information from the victim and then from the offender.
  • Develop techniques to obtain corroborating evidence necessary for a balanced investigation.
  • Describe the physical and psychological effects of strangulation.
  • Master methods of documenting all evidence obtained from the scene for each case.
  • Capture the realities of a case in an incident report in order to better the chances of prosecution.
  • Improve all aspects of investigating, interviewing, and documenting in order to promote victim safety.

Community Trauma, Generational Trauma, ACES

An introduction to other trauma is a window into why our victims are presenting the way they are. This will give us greater empathy to communicate and understanding.