Forensic Nurses News
Feb. 12, 2015

Announcing the 2015 ANF Nursing Research Grants

IAFN is once again collaborating with the American Nurses Foundation (ANF) to offer a $5,000 research grant to a forensic nurse researcher. The grant application is open to all of IAFN's members.

This award is part of the 2015 Nursing Research Grants which offers nursing research awards to beginner and experienced nurse researchers. Information about all of the awards is available at: GIVETONURSING.ORG. The application deadline is May 1. More

Spring to get certified ...

The deadline to apply for the April 2015 SANE-A® and/or SANE-P® certification exams is fast- approaching: Feb. 18, 2015.

To apply today, visit the “Take the Exam” page at More

Special Discounts for Early Conference Sponsorship Opportunities

Signup 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 More

Presidential Proclamation — National Teen Dating Violence Awareness
The White House
In a Nation invested in the limitless possibility of every child, ending dating violence is an urgent priority. Each year, an estimated 1 in 10 American teenagers is physically hurt on purpose by a boyfriend or girlfriend. This behavior violates our most basic values and can have profound consequences for survivors. Young people who experience dating violence are at increased risk of substance abuse, depression, poor academic performance, and future victimization. This month, we join with all those who have endured the pain of an unhealthy relationship and acknowledge the responsibility we each have to end this cycle of fear, isolation, and abuse.More

Sex assault survivors must undergo background check before services
Survivors of rape and/or sexual assault are now required to have a background check before they can receive services from the Albuquerque Family Advocacy Center. The policy, titled “AFAC Safety and Security Plan,” states that “the client, and all those accompanying the client, will provide a name and date of birth for a background check in the database.” It further states, “in cases where the client refuses to produce identifying information, the client will be directed to the appropriate off-site agency to seek the requested services.” The policy was created in 2007, but has only been actively enforced since November.More

2015 International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Campus Responses
New Orleans, Louisiana | April 7 - 9, 2015More

The financial costs of sexual assault
The GW Hatchet
The White House estimates that sexual assault can cost a survivor between $87,000 and more than $240,000 on top of an emotional toll that is difficult to quantify, reports say. Most experts say rape will cost a survivor about $150,000, a total based on studies that also put a price on emotional distress and loss of productivity. A sexual assault can also come at a price for academic success, making it nearly impossible to fully measure the impact, experts say.More

A 15-minute HIV and syphilis test — from your iPhone
The Washington Post
Researchers at Columbia University have taken the mechanics of a laboratory test for HIV and syphilis and crammed them into a device the size of a wallet. It attaches to a smartphone and can provide accurate results in 15 minutes. The result of more than three years of research and engineering work, the device could help make in-field tests for sexually transmitted diseases faster and more accurate in places where a second visit to a doctor for treatment isn't feasible.More

Effects of ancient custom present new challenge to US doctors
The New York Times
One immigrant woman told of visiting five gynecologists in recent months, each of whom gasped audibly at her anatomy. Another went to see a doctor, only to become the subject of a gawking crew of medical residents. And a third said she had never visited a gynecologist, despite experiencing abdominal pain since age 10, when her genitals were cut in her native Gambia. “I feel ashamed,” said the woman, Mariama Bojang, 25. “The doctor has probably never seen anything like this. How am I supposed to explain it?”More

4-year sexual assault education program will be piloted next fall
The Dartmouth
Following a series of pilot programs slated to begin this fall, the College will require all students to participate in a four-year sexual assault education program. This initiative is part of the plan for Moving Dartmouth Forward, which College President Phil Hanlon announced in his speech last Thursday. Title IX coordinator Heather Lindkvist said that the program is still in development, and its creation provides a valuable opportunity for collaboration among campus groups. More

Language murky around sex assaults
The Chronicle Herald (opinion)
Someone is sexually assaulted. Someone is charged. The violence becomes news and a journalist must piece through her research to write a story. But that reporter, says Helen Lanthier, must attend to a whole lot more than just the so-called facts. “I know there needs to be objectivity,” says Lanthier, of Lunenburg’s Second Story Women’s Centre, “but what I would like to see is a discussion about the role of a reporter in the broader scheme.”More

NO MORE | Together We Can End Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault
NO MORE is a movement to raise public awareness and engage bystanders around ending domestic violence and sexual assault. Launched in March 2013 by a coalition of leading advocacy and service organizations and major corporations, NO MORE is supported by hundreds of domestic violence and sexual assault organizations at the local, state and national levels that are using its signature blue symbol to increase visibility and funding to address these critical issues.More

Obama delivers sexual assault message at the Grammys: 'It has to stop'
President Obama made a surprise appearance at the Grammys on Sunday night – in the form of a powerful PSA for the White House’s sexual violence awareness campaign, “It’s On Us.” In the ad, President Obama tells viewers that nearly one in five American women will be raped, and nearly one in four will experience some form of domestic violence. He then urges viewers to take responsibility for ending rape and sexual assault, saying: “It’s not okay – and it has to stop.”More

Mexican government denies manipulating evidence in case of 43 missing students
As controversy continues to swirl around the case of 43 Mexican students believed to have been killed by cartel members, a renowned group of forensic experts is accusing the Mexican government of manipulating evidence and violating investigative protocols in order to support their version of events. Mexican authorities have denied the claims. Based in Argentina, the Equipo Argentino de Antropología Forense (EAAF), the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team, is a group of forensic anthropologists who were called in by the Procurador General de la República (PGR), Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office, to investigate the case of the missing students.More

How has move to end violence impacted me?
In this short video, Movement Makers from the first two cohorts of Move to End Violence share their reflections on how participation in this program has impacted them individually.More

Nursing Response to Elder Abuse

This course prepares nurses to integrate nursing and forensic sciences into the care of vulnerable older adults who have been mistreated or are at high risk for mistreatment by trusted others. Seats are very limited. Register today. More

PU Prof, student's study accepted by US forensic sciences academy
Hindustan Times
Research conducted by Dr Kewal Krishan, assistant professor, department of anthropology, Panjab University (PU), and his student Swati Thakur on fingerprints, footprints, facial features and other characteristics of the human body assisting the investigating agencies and police to identify and catch criminals has been accepted by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS). The study was conducted on 90 males and 87 females, where various features and anatomical structure of the ears were studied in detail.More