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FREE Domestic Violence Professional Training Series

New Kent, VA | May 10, 2018 | Other Training Opportunities

This spring, the New Kent County Sheriff's Office will host a FREE training series in conjunction with the New Kent/Charles City Victim Witness Assistance Program. Law Enforcement Officers, Prosecutors, Victim Witness Professionals, Probation Officers, SART Members, DSS Workers, Crisis Counselors, and Community Based Advocates are encouraged to attend.

The 3-part series will cover a variety of DV-related topics to ensure that law enforcement officers and allied professionals are informed of current trends and utilizing best practices when providing service to victims of domestic violence; ultimately resulting in more prosecutions, enhanced protection, and optimal outcomes for survivors.


Register for 1, 2, or all 3 trainings in the series to meet your professional development needs. Law enforcement officers receive priority seating for all sessions if registered by March 10.  DCJS credit available pending approval of application.

It's quick and easy to register! Click the title of a training or visit the New Kent County website for event info and registration links. Contact Allison Huppmann (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) or 804-966-9558 with any questions.

APRIL 12 • 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

A one-day training covering the investigation and prosecution of domestic violence cases that are not dependent on the victim's cooperation, trauma-informed interviewing of victims, and empathy based interrogation (EBI) - a new approach to suspect interrogation. This training will offer attendees an opportunity to delve deeper into trauma-informed response and acquire new skills to utilize when working DV cases.

Presented by: Nancy Oglesby, Domestic and Sexual Violence Resource Prosecutor, CASC
Mike Milnor, Chief of Police, Altavista VA

APR 26 or MAY 24 • 7:45 am – 4:15 pm

The presentation will provide participants with a better understanding of what stalking is and the methods stalkers use to find their victims, follow their victims, track moves, and use of technology.  In addition, this presentation will provide information on how stalking impacts the victim, how to work with a victim during an investigation, Virginia stalking law, and resources available.

Presented by: Melissa McMenemy, Statewide Facilitator for Victims of Domestic Violence, OAG

Sextortion is a criminal act that occurs when someone threatens to release or distribute material the victim seeks to keep private, usually sexually explicit images, videos, texts and e-mails.  The subject threatens to financially or physically harm the victims and their families unless they comply with the demands.  Participants will learn the difference between sexting and sextortion; how sextortion happens; who the victims of sextortion are, and considerations investigators must take when working with victims of sextortion.  Case examples will be presented.

Presented by: Donna Mixner, Victim Specialist, FBI

This training will present and overview of Human Trafficking to include Sex Trafficking and Labor Trafficking.  Participants will learn the elements of each crime, the difference between trafficking and smuggling, and the dynamics of the victims and the methods of control used by their traffickers.  Participants will learn the types of Sex Trafficking and Labor Trafficking and the federal jurisdiction to each.  Case examples will be presented.

Presented by: Donna Mixner, Victim Specialist, FBI
Johnny 'Chip' Lavender, Special Agent, FBI
Kathryn Weber, Special Agent, FBI

MAY 10 or JUNE 7 • 7:45 am – 4:15 pm

Research has shown that "Batterers who also abuse their pets are both more controlling and use more dangerous forms of violence [sexual violence, marital rape, emotional violence and stalking] than batterers who do not." Simmons & Lehmann (2007), Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Vol. 22, No. 9 
This training will explore the link between animal cruelty and domestic violence, ensure that participants can identify signs of abuse/neglect to perform appropriate interventions, and make recommendations to support victim services and achieve successful prosecution of cases.

Presented by: Michelle Welch, Senior Assistant Attorney General, OAG

Strangulation is one of the most lethal forms of domestic violence - in some cases, death occurs within minutes. Victims may survive initially but die days or weeks later, due to severe internal damage. Others may suffer long-term psychological effects, eventually resulting in suicide. Strangulation is known to be one of the best predictors of subsequent homicidal acts and it is essential that non-fatal assaults are accurately investigated and prosecuted to save lives. 
Attend this training to learn how to identify the signs and symptoms of near-fatal strangulation cases; understand and recognize the medical aspects of surviving and non-surviving victims; discuss best practices and obtain tools to assist with the investigation and documentation of cases for effective prosecution.

Presented by: Ashley Howdyshell, Forensic Nurse Examiner, St. Mary's Hospital FNE Program