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27Feb2015

Conference on Crimes Against Women: Training, Strategies, and Practical Instruction for Responders and Victim Advocates

By Tim Lott

LonelinessDid you happen to catch the powerful Super Bowl domestic violence PSA that showed there’s more than one way to seek help during a crisis? In this chilling 60-second clip, viewers witness a phone conversation between a domestic violence victim and a 9-1-1 operator. As we listen to the victim try to “order a pizza for delivery,” we see traces of a desperate struggle, including a hole punched into a wall of her home. The 9-1-1 operator catches on that something’s amiss and quickly turns the conversation around in order to determine that 1) the victim needs assistance, 2) she is not alone, and 3) there are no weapons in the house. He assures her that a patrol car is about a mile away, and we are left only to hope that she is going to be okay.

In spite of heightened awareness and attention, domestic violence continues to cause more than its share of misery and destruction. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, more than 20,000 phone calls are placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide on any given day.

In an effort to better prepare practitioners who deal with these critical situations on a daily basis, the Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support and the Dallas Police Department are hosting the 10th Annual Conference on Crimes Against Women. The event takes place March 16-18, 2015, in Dallas, Texas.

SEARCH is an official Training Partner for the event. During hands-on computer labs, our High-Tech Crime Training Services team will demonstrate how technology can facilitate crimes of sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking. We will also show how technology can facilitate in the investigation of these crimes.

In addition to showing investigators how to find case evidence by searching Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, we will give social workers and victim advocates insight and tips on how to better inform victims about the dangers that lurk within social media sites. We’ll teach investigators how to work with a victim to determine her technology profile, including how to ask questions about user names, apps, privacy settings, and who has access to her device/computer and accounts.

Other field-focused workshops at the conference will include campus safety, domestic violence, human trafficking, sexual assault, stalking, and technology. This conference typically draws more than 1,500 practitioners from the fields of law enforcement, victim’s advocacy, probation/parole, medicine, social work, therapy, campus safety, and prosecution.

SEARCH is proud to be a part of this event, and believes strongly in the need for training in ways to prevent the victimization of women and to improve response by the criminal justice system to these crimes.


2015 Computer Labs by SEARCH

woman-conferenceFinding Evidence: Searching Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (2-part)

Learn two separate and distinct ways to search for evidence on Facebook; how to search Twitter, profiles, keywords and hashtags; and how to conduct Instagram searches, including using third-party resources that do not require an Instagram account.

Must-Have Technology Tools for Investigating Crimes Against Women (2-part)

Learn about tools investigators can use to accomplish a range of tasks, including pulling out critical data from photos, using a desktop to simulate and tablet, and “faking” a device’s GPS to gain access to previously in accessible information; also, learn how to download, install, and use portable apps in investigations.

Tech 101: Incorporating Technology into Investigating Crimes Against Women

Learn how technology can facilitate crimes of sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking, as well as investigations of these crimes; learn about popular social media sites and apps, and how to work with victims to determine her technology profile.

TimLottAbout the Author

Mr. Timothy Lott is Director of the High-Tech Crime Training Services Program of SEARCH. He oversees a national program that provides expert technical assistance and training to local, state, and federal justice and public safety agencies on successfully conducting digital evidence investigations. The training courses focus on investigating Internet and computer crimes, online child exploitation, cellular devices, social networking sites, and the proper search and seizure of home and small office networks.

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