The Anti-Violence Coalition In-Service Training Series provides ongoing training opportunities to decision makers and others involved in adjudicating or responding to sexual misconduct, dating/domestic violence, and stalking cases. Training opportunities are open to members of the Anti-Violence Coalition, community partners, and others in the campus community. Each training event includes time scheduled for discussion; participants critically discuss how the training content relates to their role in the university’s response process, share questions and concerns, and offer multidisciplinary perspectives on the training content. Participants complete an evaluation at the end of each training session.

 

In-service training offered through this series in 2016 included:

 

Stalking and Intimate Partner Violence

Presenter: Michelle Garcia, director of the National Stalking Resource Center

Description: This webinar addressed the prevalence and dynamics of stalking, the intersection of stalking and domestic violence, and the risk of violence and lethality in stalking cases. The presenter also discussed the effects of stalking on victims as well as considerations for law enforcement, prosecutors, victim service providers, and other allied professionals responding to stalking crimes.

Evaluation summary:

  • 22 people attended. 15 evaluations were completed.
  • 100% agreed or strongly agreed that the webinar presented new information
  • 100% agreed or strongly agreed that the webinar presented valuable information
  • 80% indicated that they were likely or very likely to apply the content of the webinar and discussion to their work
  • 100% indicated that they were likely or very likely to share the content of the webinar and discussion with others in their department or office

 

Prevalence and Characteristics Among Domestic Violence and Sexual Offenders

Presenters: A. Mervyn Davies, M.A., LPC, CACIII, F.A.P.A., Davies and Associates; and Dominique Simons, M.A., DAS Consulting, Inc.

Description: This webinar highlighted the 2009 Partner Rape Study which explored the prevalence of intimate partner rape in adult sex offenders and domestic violence offenders in treatment in Colorado. Although domestic violence offenders and sex offenders are not the same, and the mechanisms that lead to these problematic behaviors differ, this webinar presented findings that these individuals exhibit similar behaviors and attitudes, particularly with respect to intimate sexual violence.

Evaluation summary:

  • 14 people attended. 13 evaluations were completed.
  • 100% agreed or strongly agreed that the webinar presented new information
  • 92% agreed or strongly agreed that the webinar presented valuable information
  • 85% indicated that they were likely or very likely to apply the content of the webinar and discussion to their work
  • 92% indicated that they were likely or very likely to share the content of the webinar and discussion with others in their department or office

 

Alcohol-Facilitated Sexual Assault

Presenters: Jane Anderson, JD, and Patricia D. Powers, JD, attorney advisors with AEquitas

Description: This webinar explored common issues and challenges related to the investigation and prosecution of sexual assault cases where alcohol is present. The presenters focused on identifying corroborating evidence, interviewing victims, basic toxicology, the effect of societal attitudes about alcohol on determinations of victim credibility, and trial strategies. Participants viewed sections of this recorded webinar that were relevant to campus cases, but did not view the portions of the webinar that were specific to trial court. Our discussion focused on a critical analysis of which elements of the webinar were applicable to the university administrative procedure.

Evaluation summary:

  • 11 people attended. 7 evaluations were completed.
  • 71% agreed or strongly agreed that the webinar presented new information
  • 86% agreed or strongly agreed that the webinar presented valuable information
  • 100% indicated that they were likely or very likely to apply the content of the webinar and discussion to their work
  • 71% indicated that they were likely or very likely to share the content of the webinar and discussion with others in their department or office

 

Coordinated Community Response to Women's Use of Violence in Intimate Partner Relationships

Presenter: Melissa Petrangelo Scaia, MPA, executive director of Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs

Description: This webinar provided a framework for differentiating between the woman who batters and the woman who is battered and responds with the use of violence in order to help intervening agencies and professionals distinguish between kinds of domestic violence, scope of domestic violence, severity of the violence, patters of the violence, function and purpose of the violence, and finally, primary perpetrator of the violence.

Evaluation summary:

  • 9 people attended. 4 evaluations were completed.
  • 100% agreed or strongly agreed that the webinar presented new information
  • 100% agreed or strongly agreed that the webinar presented valuable information
  • 100% indicated that they were likely or very likely to apply the content of the webinar and discussion to their work
  • 75% indicated that they were likely or very likely to share the content of the webinar and discussion with others in their department or office

 

Working with the Accused Student: Your Campus' Legal and Moral Responsibilities

Presenter: Gary Pavela, editor of ASCA Law and Policy Report, director of Student Conduct at the University of Maryland, retired, and fellow with the National Association of College and University Attorneys

Description: This webinar reviewed the legal and moral responsibilities institutions of higher education have to accused students in cases of sexual assault, and described best practices for upholding the basic due process requirements in campus conduct hearings. 

Evaluation summary:

  • 10 people attended. 10 evaluations were completed.
  • 70% agreed or strongly agreed that the webinar presented new information
  • 80% agreed or strongly agreed that the webinar presented valuable information
  • 90% indicated that they were likely or very likely to apply the content of the webinar and discussion to their work
  • 60% indicated that they were likely or very likely to share the content of the webinar and discussion with others in their department or office

 

STOP SV: A Technical Package to Prevent Sexual Violence

Presenters: James A. Mercy, director of Division of Violence Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Kathleen Basile, Division of Violence Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Sally Laskey, National Sexual Violence Resource Center; and Chad Sniffen, National Sexual Violence Resource Center

Description: This webinar described how the CDC’s STOP SV Technical Package can support prevention program decision-making, identify resources to support prevention practice, and examine potential sectors to involve in sexual violence prevention.

Evaluation summary:

  • 6 people attended. 2 evaluations were completed.
  • 100% agreed or strongly agreed that the webinar presented new information
  • 100% agreed or strongly agreed that the webinar presented valuable information
  • 100% indicated that they were likely or very likely to apply the content of the webinar and discussion to their work
  • 100% indicated that they were likely or very likely to share the content of the webinar and discussion with others in their department or office

 

Neurobiology of Sexual Assault: 2-Part Webinar Series

Presenter: Dr. James Hopper, independent consultant and teaching associate in Psychology at Harvard Medical School.

Description: This two-part webinar series explained how fear and trauma can alter brain functioning during sexual assault, resulting in experiences and behaviors that are, unfortunately, still commonly misunderstood by many who work with victims of sexual assault. Participants learned about the key brain circuitries impacted by fear and trauma, including the prefrontal cortex and the fear circuitry; brain-based responses to sexual assault, especially those associated with involuntary habits and reflexes; and brain-based aspects of memory encoding, storage and retrieval that determine what can later be recalled and not recalled, including in investigative interviews and in court.

Evaluation summary (Part 1):

  • 14 people attended. 12 evaluations were completed.
  • 100% agreed or strongly agreed that the webinar presented new information
  • 100% agreed or strongly agreed that the webinar presented valuable information
  • 92% indicated that they were likely or very likely to apply the content of the webinar and discussion to their work
  • 100% indicated that they were likely or very likely to share the content of the webinar and discussion with others in their department or office

Evaluation summary (Part 2):

  • 12 people attended. 8 evaluations were completed.
  • 100% agreed or strongly agreed that the webinar presented new information
  • 100% agreed or strongly agreed that the webinar presented valuable information
  • 100% indicated that they were likely or very likely to apply the content of the webinar and discussion to their work
  • 100% indicated that they were likely or very likely to share the content of the webinar and discussion with others in their department or office

 

Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview: 2-Part Webinar Series

Presenter: Russell W. Strand, independent consultant and retired chief of the Behavioral Sciences Education & Training Division at the United States Army Military Police School in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri

Description: This webinar provided information on the Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview (FETI), a technique that draws on the best practices of child forensic interviews, critical incident stress management, and neuroscience to create a three-pronged approach that unlocks the trauma experience in a way that we can better understand.

Evaluation summary (Part 1):

  • 18 people attended. 10 evaluations were completed.
  • 70% agreed or strongly agreed that the webinar presented new information
  • 90% agreed or strongly agreed that the webinar presented valuable information
  • 90% indicated that they were likely or very likely to apply the content of the webinar and discussion to their work
  • 70% indicated that they were likely or very likely to share the content of the webinar and discussion with others in their department or office

Evaluation summary (Part 2):

  • 8 people attended. 2 evaluations were completed.
  • 100% agreed or strongly agreed that the webinar presented new information
  • 100% agreed or strongly agreed that the webinar presented valuable information
  • 100% indicated that they were likely or very likely to apply the content of the webinar and discussion to their work
  • 100% indicated that they were likely or very likely to share the content of the webinar and discussion with others in their department or office