How Can We Help You?: EVAWI Conferences and Training Resources

How can we transform our systems, to better respond to sexual assault and domestic violence? How can we integrate the latest science and technology, with age-old practices in police investigation, to hold more offenders accountable? In April 2017, more than 2,000 professionals gathered in Orlando, Florida to answer these questions, at the annual conference hosted by End Violence Against Women International.

Annual Conference a Success

This year’s theme was Systems Change, explored in presentations by 105 speakers, in 6 plenary sessions and 51 workshops. Participants learned about a wide range of topics, such as: patterns of offending, victimization dynamics, investigative practices, DNA evidence, and prosecution strategies. With the opportunity to hear from leading experts, attendees walked away with cutting-edge knowledge, more prepared to face emerging challenges in the field.

As always, the conference also provided a chance for professionals to network with like-minded colleagues from across the country, and around the world. Many took advantage of the opportunity to share strategies and benefit from the “lessons learned.” Conference participants even had the chance to rejuvenate their spirits, re-energizing their commitment and dedication to this work.

Come Join Us in 2018!

Not able to attend the conference in 2017? In 2018, the International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Gender Bias will be held in Chicago, Illinois on April 3-5. Come join thousands of criminal justice and community professionals, as they tackle how to improve responses to sexual assault, domestic violence, and other gender-based crimes. Next year’s conference will have a particular focus on DNA and sexual assault investigations, crime scene analysis, and an update on how the country is responding to the problem of untested evidence and cold sexual assault cases.

For more information, and to register for this unique training event, please visit the Annual Conference page of our website at

Regional Conferences

EVAWI is also hosting a series of Regional Conferences in 2017. Each conference offers 5 days of advanced training, with options to register for 2, 3, or all 5 days. The first day focuses on improving our responses to sexual assault and investigating difficult cases. Day 2 will increase your understanding of victim behaviors that result from trauma and exploring the implications for memory storage and retrieval. On Day 3, participants explore the basis and application of the Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview (FETI), and Days 4-5 are for law enforcement agencies seeking to implement the You Have Options Program (YHOP).

For more information, please see the Regional Training page at

OnLine Training Institute

Beyond live conferences, EVAWI offers a broad array of free training resources. The OnLine Training Institute (OLTI) currently offers 16 courses, providing 175 hours of training, which includes video clips, review exercises, practical applications and an end-of-course test. Each module is also full of resources, tools, and supplementary materials for readers to access for additional information.

DNA Module

Our newest OLTI module addresses the Laboratory Analysis of Biological Evidence and the Role of DNA in Sexual Assault Investigations. This module alone offers 32 hours of comprehensive training, including in-depth case examples that unfold the way cases do in real life – one step at a time. This module is not simply an educational resource – it offers new ways for investigators to analyze cases, and agencies to decide how to allocate scarce resources and develop policies that reflect today’s technology.

Crime Scene Analysis

Two more courses are currently in development and will be launched in the OLTI this summer. The first is entitled, Crime Scene Processing and Recovery of Physical Evidence from Sexual Assault Scenes. This module is being developed by Special Agent Lauren Ware, Chief of the Forensics and Special Investigative Skills Branch at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, Georgia. Using a detailed case scenario with photographs, the course is designed to provide a comprehensive training experience in crime scene processing procedures. Participants will identify the major categories of evidence potentially found at a sexual assault crime scene and explore strategies for the development, preservation, packaging, and documentation of evidence, as well as the evaluation of evidentiary value.

Cold Cases

The second module will address Untested Evidence and the Investigation of Cold Sexual Assault Cases. It begins with an exploration of the “forklift approach,” seen in communities submitting all their previously untested evidence to the laboratory for analysis. Training then compares alternative strategies for prioritizing testing resources. Perhaps most important, it highlights the need for sufficient resources to support the analysis of sexual assault kits and other evidence, as well as the investigation and prosecution of sexual assault cases – both old and new.

Archived Webinars

Another valuable resource is our webinar archive. EVAWI currently offers 19 webinars in our archive, which users can access at any time. In addition to the audio recording of the live event, the archives include handouts and other supplementary materials (e.g., articles, reports, policy templates, forms). Recent topics include unsubmitted sexual assault kits, adult sex offenders, and alternate light sources / negative invert filters.

Training Bulletins

EVAWI’s training bulletins present important information and resources on a specific topic, keeping professionals updated with new developments and emerging issues. You can sign up to receive our bulletins, along with other announcements of conferences and upcoming events, by visiting our home page at

Training bulletins are also archived in our Resource Library, which offers hundreds of tools to support professionals in this work -- including documents, videos, and template materials that can easily be adapted for use in your own agency or community. To illustrate, training bulletins provide guidance on conducting forensic exams for the sexual assault suspect and new options for GHB testing, as well as exploring the question of whether to test evidence in cases where victims have a medical forensic exam without reporting to law enforcement. With these training resources and others, EVAWI stands ready to assist in improving the investigation and prosecution of cases!

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