Trauma-Informed Response for the Justice System

This presentation helps professionals understand basic scientific concepts concerning the neurobiology of trauma. This helps victims be understood, increasing the success of sexual assault cases, domestic violence, and any traumatic event. By understanding the defense circuitry and trauma in yourself and how it applies to victims of crime we can increase successes and provide Procedural Justice.

Trauma-Informed Victim Interviews (TIVI) for the Justice System

The Trauma-Informed Victim Interview (TIVI) was designed for the Justice System, implemented and studied at the West Valley City Police Department in Utah. This interview process incorporates the principles of the neurobiology of trauma. This quick-paced and interactive presentation focuses on the how-tos of conducting a trauma-informed victim interview ( TIVI ), including video clips from real sexual assault interviews.

Introduction to Non-Fatal Strangulation

Non-Fatal Strangulation is one of the more heinous of 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.

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.