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Course Descriptions

Keynote Speech

Lt. Wynn motivates his audience to look at domestic violence through the eyes of a twenty-year public servant and a ten-year survivor of domestic violence. He discusses the importance of an ongoing commitment to guaranteeing individual civil rights. He focuses on addressing:

-Why victims are reluctant to report?

-Why they stay?

-Why offenders batter and how it impacts children?

He inspires his audience to further their understanding of victim’s lack of protection and loss of trust in government and the community, as well as who pays the price for failing the victims of this often hidden crime. He draws a clear connection of the power and control used in terrorism to domestic violence and challenges his audience to change the system to insure the safety of the victim, the police and the community.

First-Line Supervisors Response to Violence Against Women

Supervisors have the opportunity to greatly impact those they supervise and are responsible for creating and maintaining an environment that supports learning and growth for officers and treats victims with respect. This course will highlight effective ways to engage the first responder in order to address violence against women. Participants will be exposed to methods of empowering and strengthening officers, innovative employee incentives and rewards, and other motivating techniques as well as skills to mentor others on violence against women crimes.

Beyond the Obvious

This lesson will guide the investigator/officer through the difficult cases of dual-assualt. It will provide a clear definition and understanding of probable cause, self-defense, interpretation of injuries and dominant/primary aggressor. The goal will be will to reduce the inappropriate dual arrests that frequently occur at the scene of domestic violence crimes.

Investigating the Strangulation Case

This course is designed to increase awareness of the lethality of strangulation and covers the following: Identification of the subtle signs and symptoms of strangulation, Documenting the evidence and steps for successfully prosecuting a strangulation case. Special emphasis is placed on steps of successfully interviewing the victim.

Finding and Helping the “Hidden Victims” – Responding to Children at the Scene

One of the most overlooked and forgotten victims of domestic violence is the “hidden” victim, the children. This course provides the service provider (law enforcement, social services, etc.) with a deeper understanding of the obstacles, behaviors, investigation tips and safety plans needed for a successful interview and intervention with children.

Victim and Officer Safety

This lesson exposes the student to the reality of violence committed against victims and police officers and itÕs impact. A review of statistics for the past ten years encompassing the number of officers killed in the line of duty and the “Most Dangerous” duties for police. Common characteristic of a domestic violence offender, common denominators in assessing the lethal risk to victims and officers will be discussed.

Victim Assistance – “Domestic Violence 101”

A study designed to guide the student into the dynamics of domestic violence. Discussions of power and control, the cycle of violence and myths surrounding this issue will be covered. The student will learn a common sense explanation to a complex crime, which includes the age-old question of “Why Victims Stay”.

On-Scene Investigation

This lesson guides the investigating officer from the 911 calls to prosecution. Designed to improve the officerÕs skills in conducting an investigation illustrating the CALM technique of gaining control and stabilizing the incident. The student will see the five objectives of domestic violence investigation including documentation of the evidence and interview techniques for the offender-victim-children.

Prosecuting The D.V. Case Without The Victim

This course introduces the student to modern techniques of building and presenting a criminal case for court with limited or no assistance from victims. This advanced method of case preparation and presentation explains the relationship between the officer, prosecutors and the court. Additionally, it will cover officer initiated warrants, victim safety and finding probable cause. Courtroom testimony and techniques to presenting the case will be covered. Topics such as: case preparation checklist, evidence checklist, victim/witness – officer report checklist, pre-trail communication and effectiveness on the stand will be discussed.

Assessing Threats

This lesson outlines the most common element in domestic violence incidents, the threat. The student is guided through the verbal threat; itÕs impact on the victim and how to build a view of seriousness using pre-incident indicators to violence. A profile of domestic murders using actual case examples and the common denominators in these fatal cases will be discussed.

High Profile Offenders

This lesson will cover the historical view of violence within the police family, the latest statistics, investigative consideration, discipline, recruit selection and the need for implementation of policy.

Building a Community Coordinated Response to Domestic Violence

This session will introduce the student to model communities and their response to domestic violence and the roll of the law enforcement as a leader. Examples of obstacles, resources and benefits to the government-community partnerships will be explored.

Domestic Violence and the Elderly

The focus of this instruction is to discuss the investigative techniques of identifying domestic elder abuse. Instruction on how to identify the abuser, victim assistance for the elderly, interview techniques, and the law enforcement-elder abuse advocate partnership will be covered.

Stalking and Counter-Stalking

This course will cover the growing crime of stalking in domestic violence incidents. Topics such as; stalking personalities and behavior, the impact on victims, level of danger, establishing probable cause, investigative tactics, counter-measures and prevention and safety planning will be discussed.

Civil Liability in Domestic Violence Incidents

This instruction will present an overview of the dangerousness, complexity and liability risk to officers and departments when dealing with domestic violence. This will be accomplished by utilizing existing case laws of “failure to protect” suits. Additionally, the course will explain the officers and agencies legal authority and methods to managing liability.

Consultant in policy, systems, training curriculum and procedures on issues of domestic and sexual violence.

Time on all blocks of instruction listed above can vary from one to three hours each to accommodate the needs of the hosting agency.

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Teaching at the University of Mauritius

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