In this webinar, the presenter will discuss factors that forensic examiners should be aware of when providing trauma-informed, culturally appropriate services to American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) people. The presenter will review relevant laws for forensic examiners and explains various jurisdictional factors affecting examinations, chain of custody, and prosecution. Additionally, she will discuss types of healthcare services that may be available to AI/AN populations and provides further resources for healthcare provider training, clinical support, and survivor outreach.
Detailed Learning Objectives:
- Explain at least four factors and barriers that American Indian/Alaska Native people who have experienced domestic sexual violence may encounter when seeking health care and justice.
- Explain differences in state, federal, and tribal jurisdictions related to forensic healthcare access, law enforcement services, and control of crime prosecution.
- Locate and access at least five healthcare training resources, grant sources, and patient support entities that specifically include or promote AI/AN services.
Funding for this Forensic Technology Center of Excellence event has been provided by the National Institute of Justice.
Erica Gourneau holds the following certifications: Registered Nurse (RN), Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner – Adult/Adolescent (SANE-A).