Trauma Informed Response to Sexual Assault Investigations

Trauma Informed response to sexual assault investigations equips you with the knowledge and skills to conduct sensitive and thorough investigations into sexual assault cases. We’ll explore the impact of trauma on survivors and how to create a safe, supportive environment for them to share their experiences. Topics include:

  • Understanding Trauma: Learn about the psychological and emotional effects of sexual assault, including the neurobiological effects of trauma on both decision making and memory.
  • Effective Communication: Develop techniques for active listening, avoiding judgmental language, and building rapport with survivors.
  • Trauma Informed Interviewing: Master specialized questioning methods that prioritize the survivor’s comfort and well-being while gathering key details.
  • Investigative Procedures: Explore strategies for handling evidence collection, witness interviews, controlled phone calls, search warrants, and suspect interactions.
  • Collaboration and Support:¬†Learn to work effectively with medical professionals, victim advocates, and other stakeholders to ensure a comprehensive and survivor-centered investigation.

By the end of this course, you’ll be equipped to navigate sexual assault investigations with empathy, respect, and a commitment to justice for all victims.

Mike Schentrup teaching in Cape Cod, MA

INSTRUCTORS: Capt Mike Schentrup (ret); Lt Rebekah McKenzie; and Senior Inv Matt Stegner (ret)