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        The Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault creates the social change necessary to end sexual violence. 


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        Events Across Wisconsin 

         

        July 12, 2018

        The SART Toolkit: tools and resources to facilitate a coordinated team approach to sexual assault.

        The collaborative team approach to sexual assault is a recommendation contained in the US DOJ’s National SAFE Protocol. Forensic Nurses are often intimately involved in the creation of Sexual Assault Response Team’s (SARTs) and in sustaining them. Since the original Toolkit was created in 2009 there have been updates to the SAFE Protocol, the creation of a new Pediatric SAFE Protocol and other guiding documents for response teams to use. This webinar will introduce forensic nurses to the updated Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Toolkit, hosted by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. The new SART Toolkit is the result of collaborative efforts to provide evidence-based information on best practices to SARTs.

        To register for this webinar click here.

         

        July 17, 2018
        Disability 101 Training

        Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in Rice Lake

        Disability Rights Wisconsin is offering Disability 101, a free, all-day training for advocates working with survivors of domestic violence and/or sexual assault to learn about a variety of disability issues.

        • Special Education laws
        • Social Security benefits
        • Civil Rights issues (including ADA and Fair Housing Act)  

        To see event flyer click here.

        To register click here.

         

        July 26, 2018

        Responding to Stalking Cases

        Eau Claire, WI

        This one-day training will delve into the investigation and prosecution of stalking cases. Instruction will explore how to conduct thorough investigations, including evidence preservation and collection as well as investigative strategies for interviewing victims and suspects. We will also look at evidentiary issues, particularly around technology, prosecutors may face when trying stalking cases. It is imperative that each person working in the criminal justice field work together to hold offenders accountable and keep victims safe. As a result of this training, law enforcement and prosecutors will have a better understanding of the unique challenges for handling a stalking case or a case that involves stalking behavior, whether or not stalking is charged.  Training is open to multidisciplinary responders to stalking cases including law enforcement, victim advocates, prosecutors, etc.

        We are excited to welcome stalking investigations expert Captain Randy McAlister from the Cottage Grove (MN) Police Department to present during this training.

        For more information or to register click here.

         

        July 30 - August 1, 2018

        Homicide Prevention Through Domestic Violence Intervention

        Janesville, WI

        This three-day training will cover:

        • Dynamics of victimization
        • Trauma-informed investigations that recognize pattern behavior by the offender
        • Identifying the predominant aggressor
        • Evidence identification and preservation
        • Gaining offender accountability
        • Stalking
        • Witness intimidation
        • Lethality assessment
        • Working on a coordinated community response team
        • Effective report writing
        • Survivor testimonials

        For more information or to register click here.

         

        August 17, 2018

        The Law Enforcement Response to Elder Abuse

        Appleton, WI

        This training is open to a multidisciplinary audience including law enforcement professionals, victim advocates, medical providers, prosecutors, and adult protection works. Topics covered will include elder abuse investigations, dynamics of elder abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault in later life, neglect, financial exploitation, and challenges older victims face when seeking safety.

        To learn more or to register click here.

         

        August 22-24, 2018

        Wisconsin Serving Victims of Crime Conference

        Rothschild, WI

        Attend this unique conference to gain the latest knowledge and skills you need to serve victims of crime. Learn about innovative victim assistance programs and gain resources for enhancing the services you provide using a multidisciplinary approach. Choose from a wide variety of workshops conducted by knowledgeable experts addressing some of today's most critical topics and issues facing victims of crime and service providers.

        For more information or to register click here. 

         

        September 11 & 12, 2018

        Rejuvenating Tribal Communities Conference

        Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, Milwaukee WI

        Topics will include a keynote by Chance Rush and sessions on the prescription drug and heroin epidemic, AODA, foster care & parenting, child support, wellness court, VOCA, and self-care among others. Download flyer.

        To register click here.

           

        September 17, 2018

        Responding to Strangulation Cases

        Pewaukee

        This day-long training is intended to aid law enforcement and prosecutors in understanding the complexities of strangulation to enhance overall investigation and prosecution efforts. Specifically, participants will understand the mechanisms used during strangulation and how those operate on the victim to either stop blood flow or cut off the airway or both. The symptoms experienced by the victim of each kind of strangulation will be discussed, and connections made between those symptoms and the law enforcement interview and prosecution direct exam.

        For more information or to register click here.

          

        September 20-21,2018

        Visionary Services for Wisconsin

        Rothschild, WI

        The Visionary Services for Wisconsin Conference highlights innovative practices to address the needs of victims and survivors of crime. Workshops include economic empowerment, increased access to mental health treatment, legal options for survivors, and more. The second day features two tracks: one for decision-makers (executive directors, program managers, board members, etc.) on building organizational capacity; and one for advocates on specialized topics in advocacy. Mark your calendars today!

        Registration, agenda, and more information will be available soon.

          

        September 25 - 27, 2018

        Homicide Prevention Through Domestic Violence Intervention

        Marshfield

        Cross-training among the various disciplines responsible for responding to a report of domestic violence is essential to ensuring that each professional understands, respects, and values the roles and responsibilities of their colleagues.  This multidisciplinary response is considered best practice as it provides a collaborative, victim-centered response to sensitive crimes by reducing the potential for re-victimization within the criminal justice system.  It also ensures an offender-focused response by gathering the facts of a case, focusing on the actions of the offender, and holding the perpetrator accountable for their crime. 

        This FREE, three-day conference is open to law enforcement, dispatchers, victim advocates, medical personnel, prosecutors, victim/witness specialists, and other community collaborators.

        Through presentations, videos, group and panel discussions, we will explore topics such as:

        • Dynamics of victimization
        • Trauma-informed investigations that recognize pattern behavior by the offender
        • Identifying the predominant aggressor
        • Evidence identification and preservation
        • Gaining offender accountability
        • Stalking
        • Witness intimidation
        • Lethality assessment
        • Working on a coordinated community response team
        • Effective report writing
        • Survivor testimonials

        This training is sponsored by WI's Violence Against Women Act Justice System Training Program.

        For more information or to register click here.

         

        October 2 - 3, 2018

        Sexual Assault Initial Responder Best Practices

        New Richmond

        Cross-training among the various disciplines responsible for responding to a report of sexual assault is essential in ensuring that each professional understands, respects, and values the roles and responsibilities of their colleagues. This multidisciplinary response is considered best practice as it provides a collaborative, victim-centered response to sensitive crimes by reducing the potential for re-victimization by the criminal justice system and begins the process of healing for the victim. It also ensures an offender-focused response by gathering all of the facts of a case, drawing attention to the actions and behaviors of the offender, and holding the perpetrator of the crime accountable for their actions.

        The WI Department of Justice is proud to offer the training Sexual Assault Initial Responder: Best Practices. This training will combine lecture, group activity, and discussion to enhance the learning experience and provide opportunities to put new information into practice.

        For more information or to register click here.

         

        October 8 - 10, 2018

        Conducting Trauma Informed Investigations: On Campus and in the Community

        La Crosse

        Cross-training among the various disciplines responsible for responding to a report of sexual assault is essential in ensuring that each professional understands, respects, and values the roles and responsibilities of their colleagues.  This multidisciplinary response is considered best practice as it provides a collaborative, victim-centered response to sensitive crimes by reducing the potential for re-victimization by the criminal justice system and begins the process of healing for the victim.  It also ensures an offender-focused response by gathering all of the facts of a case, drawing attention to the actions and behaviors of the offender, holding the perpetrator of the crime accountable for their actions.

        For more information or to register click here.

         

        October 24 - 26, 2018

        Sexual Assault Investigation Best Practices 

        Sheboygan 

        Cross-training among the various disciplines responsible for responding to a report of sexual assault is essential in ensuring that each professional understands, respects, and values the roles and responsibilities of their colleagues.  This multidisciplinary response is considered best practice as it provides a collaborative, victim-centered response to sensitive crimes by reducing the potential for re-victimization by the criminal justice system and begins the process of healing for the victim.  It also ensures an offender-focused response by gathering all of the facts of a case, drawing attention to the actions and behaviors of the offender, and holding the perpetrator of the crime accountable for their actions.

        For more information or to register click here.

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        WI Department of Justice Medical Forensics Program Trainings

         

        2018 Law Enforcement Trainings

        These FREE, two-day trainings are open to law enforcement, dispatchers, victim advocates, medical personnel, prosecutors, victim/witness specialists, and other community collaborators.

        Check back for more information on trainings including all dates. 

          

        See Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) Events

         

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        Therapy groups for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse - Updated Flyer

         

         

         

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