Forensic Nursing News
Jan. 3, 2013

DNA sampling measure awaits President's signature
The Senate cleared a bill Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, that would provide grants to states to collect DNA from those charged with felonies. The chamber gave unanimous consent to send the measure (HR6014) to President Obama for his signature. The House passed the bill by voice vote Dec. 18.More

Abstract submission is open for IAFN's Annual Conference
IAFN is pleased to announce that the abstract submission process for the International Conference on Forensic Nursing Science and Practice is now open. The IAFN Annual Conference is an opportunity for forensic nursing clinicians and researchers to exchange knowledge and discuss new approaches to practice. Be part of this important conversation and share your experience with your colleagues.
Submit an abstract for 2013! More

IAFN to co-sponsor the Australia National Forensic Nursing Conference
IAFN President Jenifer Markowitz, ND, RN, WHNP-BC, DF-IAFN, SANE-A to give International Keynote Address at National Forensic Nursing Conference.

The only national event of its kind promoting research and leadership for Australia's Forensic Nursing Community. Learn MoreMore

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month
National Sexual Violence Resource Center
Get your Victims Information Packet today. This information packet describes practices used in cases of human trafficking, how they relate to sexual violence, and how to assist and advocate for victims of human trafficking. There are six resources in this information packet.More

Child Maltreatment — Key Findings and Expanded Discussion Webinar presents US data about child abuse and neglect
This Feb. 7, webinar will present national data about child abuse and neglect known to child protective services agencies in the United States. Presenters will discuss key highlights from the most recent report, Child Maltreatment 2011, and share additional findings that shed light on emerging issues and trends in child abuse and neglect. Register online.More

Mass demonstrations in India as anger over sexual violence reaches boiling point
Tens of thousands of Indians poured onto the streets in protest against the violent gang rape of a woman in Delhi last week. The incident appears to be a tipping point in the fight against a commonplace occurrence in the country. More

Recognizing and responding to human trafficking in a healthcare context
The Polaris Project
National Human Trafficking Resource Center's (Hotline and Training and TA provider) online training, "Recognizing and Responding to Human Trafficking in a Health Care Context" is available here. More

NIJ training update: Advanced medical imaging in medicolegal death investigation
Research Triangle Institute
This free live online course will discusses the use of advanced medical imaging in medicolegal death investigation. The course will provide a brief history of imaging in forensics, the current state of imaging in forensics, and considerations for more widespread future use in medicolegal death investigations. A variety of educational credits are available. The course is on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 1 p.m. Eastern. Learn more and register online.More

Military academies report increase in sexual assaults
The Washington Post
The nation's three elite military colleges reported a record number of sexual assault cases this year, according to a Defense Department report issued, prompting calls inside and outside the Pentagon for more aggressive steps to reverse the trend. More

Dried squash holds headless French king's blood: Study in the journal Forensic Science International
Art Daily via The Associated French Press
Two centuries after the French people beheaded Louis XVI and dipped their handkerchiefs in his blood, scientists believe they have authenticated the remains of one such rag kept as a revolutionary souvenir. Researchers have been trying for years to verify a claim imprinted on an ornately decorated calabash that it contains a sample of the blood of the French king guillotined in Paris on Jan. 21, 1793. More

2013 Scholarships
The Nursing Organizations Alliance
Scholarships for the 2013 Nurse in Washington Internship program are now being accepted. Applications are due by Friday, Jan. 18. 2013. More