Webinar: Post-Arrest Communications Between Victims and Suspects

EVAW International has announced a webinar for Wednesday, August 30, 2017 titled, "In Their Own Words: Practical Tools and Techniques for Obtaining Post-Arrest Communications in Cases of Intimate Partner Violence and Human Trafficking." The webinar will take a look at one often-overlooked area in the investigation of intimate partner violence or human trafficking: post-arrest communication between victims, suspects, and friends and family of suspects.

 

Because of the intimate relationships involved in these cases, communication often continues throughout the process of the investigation, including after charges are filed and court hearings are underway. This can be true even if the victim and suspect are involved in a casual dating relationship. Obtaining these communications is a critical aspect of a thorough law enforcement investigation.

Suspects often exert pressure on the victim to thwart an investigation, by encouraging or threatening them to withdraw their participation or recant entirely. They also frequently "plant" untruths in the statements of victims and witnesses. Such communication can take place directly, or indirectly, through others such as friends and family members. This can hinder law enforcement's ability to investigate the crime and keep victims safe. Valuable evidence can also be lost or overlooked, if investigators are deterred and simply move on to the next case. 

One strategy for avoiding this trap is to focus on obtaining any post-arrest communications, particularly when the suspect is incarcerated. Even communications that seem innocuous at first, may ultimately support a crucial piece of testimony or impeach a witness or defendant in court. In some situations, the mere existence of communication between the suspect and victim constitutes a violation of a court order and can result in new charges.

In this webinar, two expert investigators will explain various types of communications that can be obtained during a law enforcement investigation, and describe how they can be used in court, using real-world examples. Discussion will include communications from suspects in jail or prison, as well as social media posts. The presenters will also explore the implications for human trafficking investigations, since many of these cases start out as IPV, as well as elder abuse. Technical tools and tips will be provided for obtaining and preserving various forms of communications (e.g., recorded jail communications, cell phones, computers).

You can learn more — and register — here.

 
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