Meeting Archive:
Forensic Compliance: Where do we stand in 2012?

Meeting Description:
All states and territories had to certify as of January 5, 2009 that they were in compliance with VAWA 2005 requirements for medical forensic examinations. Specifically, exams must be available to sexual assault victims: 1) free of charge, and 2) regardless of their decision to participate in the criminal justice process. Yet communities have faced considerable challenges in designing protocols that are compliant, in areas such as: the initial response to a sexual assault disclosure, payment for the medical forensic examination, mandatory reporting to law enforcement, storage and transportation of evidence, case tracking and retrieval, processing of evidence, and the potential for evidence-based prosecution (i.e., without the victim’s cooperation). For many states and territories, the changes that are required in public policy and daily practice have been described as “monumental.”

This webinar will discuss some of the best practices that have developed over the past six years in response to these provisions of the Violence Against Women Act of 2005.

This webinar is presented as a collaborative presentation of the IAFN and EVAWI. The IAFN's SAFEta Project is a cooperative agreement between the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women and the International Association of Forensic Nurses (#2011-TA-AX-K021).EVAWI's Forensic Compliance Project is also a cooperative agreement between the Office on Violence Against Women and EVAWI (#2009-TA-AX-K003).

The opinions, findings and information presented in the webinar represent the views of the author(s), not of the Department of Justice or the Office on Violence Against Women.

Date: Thu, Feb 16, 2012
Time: 02:00 PM EST
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Host(s): The International Association of Forensic Nurses' SAFEta Project and End Violence Against Women International
 Presenter Information
Kim Day, RN, FNE, SANE-A, SANE-P is the SAFE Technical Assistance Coordinator for the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN)
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Kim Day has worked on many national level projects such as: the Prison Rape Elimination Act medical protocol advisory committee, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center's SANE Sustainability Project, the Southwest Center for Law and Policy's SAFESTAR medical advisory/curriculum creation committee and the advisory group for the Dartmouth Interactive Media Laboratory production of the interactive DVD: Sexual Assault, Forensic and Clinical Management. Ms. Day has worked with SAFEta project partners to develop and present a two-day regional training entitled: Creating a Community Protocol. She has also spoken at many national, state, and local conferences on the National SAFE Protocol, VAWA forensic compliance and the medical forensic examination.

Kimberly A Lonsway, PhD, Director of Research, End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI)
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Dr. Kim Lonsway earned her Ph.D. in the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1996, then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the American Bar Foundation in Chicago.  After moving to California, Dr. Lonsway worked for the National Center for Women & Policing and Penny Harrington & Associates, as well as teaching as an adjunct professor at California Polytechnic State University.  In 2003, she joined EVAWI, where she develops training content and resource materials, and provides training and technical assistance for multidisciplinary audiences. Along with Sgt. Joanne Archambault (Retired), Dr. Lonsway serves as Co-Editor of the Sexual Assault Report, published by the Civic Research Institute.  She has also served as a volunteer victim advocate, first in Illinois and now in California for over 9 years.

Joanne Archambault, Executive Director, End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI)
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Joanne Archambault (Sergeant, San Diego Police Department, Retired) is the Founder and Executive Director of EVAWI, as well as the President and Training Director of Sexual Assault Training & Investigations (SATI), Inc.   In April 2010, Ms. Archambault was honored by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder for her decades of tireless work on behalf of sexual assault victims, a prestigious National Crime Victims' Service Award for Allied Professionals. On October 27, 2010, Ms. Archambault was invited to meet with President Obama and Vice President Biden for the first assembly on violence against women to ever be held at the White House. 

Archambault began her career working for the San Diego Police Department for almost 23 years, in a wide range of assignments.  During the last ten years of her service, Sgt. Archambault supervised the Sex Crimes Unit, which had 13 detectives and was responsible for investigating approximately 1,000 felony sexual assaults within the City of San Diego each year.