Forensic Nurses News
Feb. 5, 2015

The Association is accepting applications for the April 2015 SANE-A and SANE-P certification examinations

To learn more—and to apply, please visit the “Take the Exam” webpage.
Feb. 18, 2015 — Application Window Closes at 11:59 p.m. ET More

Special Discounts for Early Conference Sponsorship Opportunities

Sign-up by Feb. 27 and receive 10 percent off the exhibitor rate.
Check out the 2015 Exhibitor Prospectus providing you with a variety of information on Exhibiting and Sponsorship opportunities at the International Conference on Forensic Nursing Science and Practice at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek in Orlando, Florida, Oct. 28-31, 2015. Bigger discounts available when you bundle. Questions, email Marisa at mraso@forensicnurses.org More

Real-life CSI? Forensics new gadget helps bust criminals
ONE News
New Zealand's leading forensic agency has revealed its latest crime fighting tool, and it's taken it one step closer to a real-life version of CSI. The $70,000 3-D scanner "sends out a laser that bounces off all surfaces in the room," digitally recreating a crime scene up to 130 metres away. It also produces a 3-D photograph. "It leaves no question as to where an item was placed when the crime scene was first discovered," Jason Barr, a forensic scientist at the Institute of Environmental Science and Research told ONE News.More

Sweden's remarkable prison system has done what the US won't even consider
Policy Mic
The darkest manifestation of American exceptionalism may be its prison system. The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world: It has only 5 percent of the world's population, but one-quarter of its prisoners. U.S. prisons are dangerously overcrowded, house 10 times as many mentally ill individuals as state hospitals, keep people locked up for unfathomably long periods of time, are plagued by inmate abuse and hold a far greater percentage of the country's black population than South Africa did under apartheid. More

Private violence, public concern: Intimate partner violence in humanitarian settings. Practice brief, International Rescue Committee, 2015
GBV Responders
Violence against women and girls perpetrated by their intimate partners is a global phenomenon — experienced by at least one in three women during their lifetime. Prevalence is likely to be even higher in humanitarian settings, with an increasing body of evidence showing intimate partner violence (IPV)to be the most common type of violence women experience, though it may go under-reported and receive less attention from humanitarian actors compared to sexual violence perpetrated by armed forces. More

Girls Not Brides: Post-2015 advocacy toolkit. Girls Not Brides, 2015
Girls Not Brides
Heather B. Hamiltion writes: Girls Not Brides has grown to a partnership of over 400 organizations from more than 60 countries around the world. I am inspired and motivated by the diversity of the membership, which brings together a wealth of expertise and knowledge. Together we are stronger, and together we will be more effective in our advocacy, if we speak with one voice in calling for an end to child marriage.More

2015 Pre-Conference Focuses on the Neurobiology of Trauma — April 6
EVAW International
While we receive countless requests for training, lately the most common one is for training on the nerobiology of trauma and its implications for the investigation and prosecution of sexual assault. We are therefore delighted to announce that we are offering a full day of training on this topic before our 2015 annual conference!More

SD County Trauma-Informed Guide Team sets county on solid path to resilience
ACEs Connection
This is a story of how, in six short years, a relatively small group of people inspired, motivated, and induced a community to turn the approach to helping children and adults who experience domestic violence, mental illness, substance abuse, and youth violence upside down and inside out. Specifically, they helped the San Diego social and behavioral health services community integrate the understanding of how childhood adversity figures into all of our social problems, and how trauma-informed and resilience-building practices can solve them. And they did this all on a volunteer basis, with practically no funding, and with the loosest of organizations.More

UN peacekeepers who turned predatory in Haiti
PassBlue
On Jan. 23, the members of the United Nations Security Council will head to Haiti. It’s safe to assume that they will focus on the political crisis: because parliamentary elections were not held by Haiti’s legislative deadline, the current government, headed by President Michel Martelly, is now ruling by decree. It’s also safe to assume that the council will most likely sidestep cholera, a disease that U.N. peacekeepers transported to Haiti in 2010 that has killed more than 8,500 people. More

Not without our daughters: Lambada women fight infanticide and child trafficking
Inter Press Service
At 11 years of age, Banawat Gangotri already has four years of work experience as a farm labourer. The child, a member of the nomadic Lambada community from the village of Bugga Thanda in India’s southern Telangana state, plucked cotton and chillies from nine a.m. until 5 p.m. for about a dollar daily. Every day, her father collected her earnings, and spent it on alcohol.More

Eliminating Domestic Violence in Europe: Implementing Strategies for Protection and Prevention
Public Policy Exchange
Wednesday, Feb. 25 — Click here to registerMore

Police risk contaminating evidence without more forensics space: Chief
CBC News
Hamilton’s police chief says the service needs a new investigative services building to guarantee that evidence doesn’t get contaminated, among other factors. Chief Glenn De Caire told councillors that there have been no court cases lost over Hamilton Police Service not having enough forensics space. He also doesn’t know of any cases where forensic evidence has been contaminated.More

Sexual assault cases decreased in Vermont National Guard last year
VT Digger
Reported cases of sexual assault in the Vermont National Guard decreased last year, but sexual harassment cases increased. A report presented to lawmakers in Montpelier broke down the numbers for FY2014, in which there were three cases of sexual assault and seven cases of harassment reported in the state’s National Guard. There were six sexual assaults and three cases of harassment the previous year.More

LSU FACES Lab Director Mary Manhein will still have itch to solve cases after she retires
The Times-Picayune
Mary Manhein's phone rings and on the other end of the line, it's a coroner from central Louisiana. "Ms. Mary can you come?" the coroner asks after explaining that hunters had discovered remains of a body. "Oh y'all, it'd be 2 or 3 a.m. before we get there," Manheim replies. "Put a sheriff's deputy on it, secure the site, and we'll be there by 10 a.m." Manhein, director of LSU FACES Laboratory, has been fielding Louisiana law enforcement calls such as this one, from the village of Harrisonburg in Catahoula Parish, for the past 30 years.More

Rape kits prove difficult for students to access
The University Star
Texas State is one of many universities across the country with a lack of rape kits available to students. Rape kits, used to collect evidence from attacks on both genders, are one of the chief tools used to convict suspects in sexual assault cases. The kits are not available on campus, said Melissa Rodriguez, director of the Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center. The cost of administering the test is the main reason for the lack of kits.More