SAKI TTA will host a webinar titled, Advancing Justice: Interviewing and Presenting Testimony of Victims of Violent Crimes, on Wednesday, August 11th from 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM ET. Doors will open at 1:55 PM ET. This webinar will be presented by Patricia D. Powers, Attorney Advisor with AEquitas, and Dr. Rebecca Campbell, Professor of Psychology at Michigan State University.
Victims are impacted by violent crimes in a myriad of ways. Although there are commonalities, each victim’s response to trauma is unique to that individual. In order to support victim engagement throughout the criminal justice process, allied professionals must interact with victims in ways that consider the physical and emotional effects of trauma as well as the impact of COVID-19. Interviewers and prosecutors presenting victim testimony at trial must understand common responses to trauma and how they may affect a victim’s ability to recall and recount details of their experience of a violent crime.
This presentation will discuss the impact of trauma on victims of violent crimes in cold and current cases and explore research and practice-based information to assist allied professionals in helping victims to access and describe their experience. Emphasis will be placed on integrating a trauma-informed response from the first contact with a victim or renewed contact in a cold case, through the conclusion of the case.
At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be better able to:
- Identify ways in which trauma and the COVID-19 pandemic affect victim engagement
- Apply trauma-informed techniques to interview victims and prepare them for trial testimony
- Conduct impactful examination of victims at trial