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28Mar2014

SEARCH High-Tech Crime Trainers Focus on Using Technology to Investigate Crimes Against Women

ccaw-logoEvery day in the U.S., more than three women are murdered by their intimate partners. Each year, over three million children witness violence in their home. More than one in three women have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime. 

The stories behind these disturbing numbers will be the focus of the 2014 Conference on Crimes Against Women (CCAW), which will be held March 31–April 2 in Dallas, Texas. The event is presented by Genesis Women’s Shelter and the Dallas Police Department, and will provide relevant and timely training to those who respond to, investigate and prosecute crimes against women. 

The annual CCAW began in 2006. Since then, more than 5,500 first-line responders—including FBI agents, state and local law enforcement officers, state and federal prosecutors, representatives of the U.S. Department of Justice, forensic nurses, domestic violence shelter workers and victim advocates—have benefited from this training. 

SEARCH is a training partner for the event and will send three members of its High-Tech Crime Training Services team to present four workshops:

  • Mr. Justin Fitzsimmons, Program Manager of the division, will lead two workshops that address issues that are now part of the online territory in which we all spend much of our time.
    • The first workshop will remind professionals in the medical, legal, law enforcement, victim services, and advocacy fields how they need to be cautious of what they post on social networking sites, in order to avoid crossing privacy and ethical boundaries.
    • In another workshop, Justin will show how technology is often used to facilitate crime online, including sexual assaults.
  • Ms. Lauren Wagner and Ms. Elizabeth Tow, SEARCH High-Tech Crime Training Specialists, will lead two workshops that will teach practitioners how to be more efficient in their online searches, and how to dig a little deeper to find data that isn’t so obvious to the untrained eye. They will also explain and demonstrate digital officer safety, so that investigators know how to not reveal their law enforcement affiliation during an online investigation.

Learn more about SEARCH high-tech crime training like this, provided at workshops and conferences.

It’s a full house during a SEARCH workshop led by High-Tech Crime Training Specialist Lauren Wagner the morning of March 31, 2014, at the 9th Annual Conference on Crimes Against Women in Dallas, Texas.

It’s a full house during a SEARCH workshop led by High-Tech Crime Training Specialist Lauren Wagner the morning of March 31, 2014, at the 9th Annual Conference on Crimes Against Women in Dallas, Texas.


SEARCH High-Tech Crime Training Specialist Lauren Wagner mans the SEARCH booth at the 9th Annual Conference on Crimes Against Women on March 31, 2014.

SEARCH High-Tech Crime Training Specialist Lauren Wagner mans the SEARCH booth at the 9th Annual Conference on Crimes Against Women on March 31, 2014.


Law enforcement investigators learn about 'Technology Awareness: Using the Data You Can't See' at a workshop led by SEARCH High-Tech Crime Training Specialist Elizabeth Tow.

Law enforcement investigators learn about ‘Technology Awareness: Using the Data You Can’t See’ at a workshop led by SEARCH High-Tech Crime Training Specialist Elizabeth Tow.

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