Introduction

Virtual Workshop: A Discussion on Research and a Multidisciplinary Response to Sexual Assault

Virtual Workshop: A Discussion on Research and a Multidisciplinary Response to Sexual Assault

Overview

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The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE) delivered a two-day Virtual Workshop: A Discussion on Research and a Multidisciplinary Response to Sexual Assault on January 26-27, 2022. 

The Virtual Workshop: A Discussion on Research and a Multidisciplinary Response to Sexual Assault explored the advantages of a multidisciplinary approach to sexual assault cases, highlighting the inclusion of recommendations from NIJ’s National Best Practices for Sexual Assault Kits: A Multidisciplinary Approach into sexual assault response processes. Additionally, this virtual workshop included recent findings and research projects that have supported a multidisciplinary approach to sexual assault response reform. This no cost, online event convened a wide audience including sexual assault nurse examiners, criminal justice practitioners representing federal, state, and local agencies, as well as subject matter experts from across the United States.

This workshop featured a range of presenters and subject matter experts that include Bruce Houlihan (Orange County Crime Laboratory), Rebecca Campbell (Michigan State University), Julie Valentine (Brigham Young University), Paul Speaker (West Virginia University), Lisa Bostaph (Boise State University), Matthew Gamette (Idaho State Police Forensic Services), and Deborah Wetherelt (Idaho State Police), and more from the Idaho State Police, all hosted by Matthew Gamette, Deborah Wetherelt, and the Idaho State Police.

This was an interactive workshop using Zoom, a Peer-to-Peer platform. Registration was capped at 500 participants. Day 1 of the virtual workshop walked through multidisciplinary approaches for sexual assault cases and included discussions from Idaho State Police on implementing these approaches. Day 2 included a panel of presenters followed by a facilitated roundtable discussion with subject matter experts at the conclusion of the workshop. Each day will also include an interactive question and answer session. Events were scheduled from 12:00 PM to approximately 5:15 PM ET on January 26-27, 2022.

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What:
Virtual Workshop: A Discussion on Research and a Multidisciplinary Response to Sexual Assault

When:
This event originally occurred on January 26-27, 2022.

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Abbreviated Agenda

Day 1

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

  • Workshop on multidisciplinary approaches for sexual assault cases
  • Discussions from the Idaho State Police on implementation
  • Interactive question and answer session

Day 2

Thursday, January 27, 2022

  • Panel of presentations
  • Interactive question and answer session
  • Facilitated roundtable discussion with subject matter experts

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Funding for this Forensic Technology Center of Excellence event was provided by the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.

The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this event are those of the presenter(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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