Forensic Nursing News
Jun. 20, 2013

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The June issue of the Journal of Forensic Nursing® (JFN) is now available!

The Editor’s Choice article for June is Injury Patterns and Causal Mechanisms of Bruising in Physical Elder Abuse by Carolyn E. Ziminski, RN, BSN, Aileen Wiglesworth, Ph.D., Raciela Austin, RN, Linda R. Phillips, RN, Ph.D., and Laura Mosqueda, M.D. (This article is also this issue's CE article). This informative research article highlights injury patterns seen in elderly victims of abuse, and reinforces the importance of screening. Forensic nurses are uniquely situated to assume leadership roles in the care of this vulnerable population.
Read the full article here.

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It's Time to Renew Your SANE Certification

Don't Wait! If your SANE certification is due to expire in 2013, renew now. The deadline is Sept. 30, 2013; the application window is open now. If you need more information visit the Certification Page where you will also find the 2013 SANE Certification Renewal Handbook which contains all the information you need, including the eligibility requirements, the fees and deadlines, a fillable PDF application, and the Continuing Education Log.More

IAFN Annual Conference Offers a Unique Experience

New this year, a Preconference Clinical Day to enhance your conference experience by offering hands-on training of your choice. Monday, October 21, will be the Preconference Day, it will feature the following topics (and more):

Check out our Annual Conference page for a complete listing More

Free, 6-week online SANE Sustainability Course

IAFN, in partnership with the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) is excited to announce that the application period will be open from June 18-June 28 for US-based SANE Program Managers to apply for a spot in our free, 6-week online course to address SANE Sustainability. The course will run August 12-September 20, 2013. Taught by nationally recognized experts, Jennifer Pierce-Weeks, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P and Jenifer Markowitz ND, RN, WHNP-BC, SANE-A, this course will provide education and skill building on issues of program sustainability, including budgeting, staffing, and collaboration, as well as ongoing technical assistance and capacity building to SANE Program Managers. Approximately 15 nursing contact hours (CE) will be awarded upon completion of the course. For more information, including application details, view this flyer or access it here.More

The fulcrum of sexual assault in the military
Experts say sexual violence isn’t about sex as much as it is about power. That may help explain why the problem has long seemed intractable in the U.S. military, where hierarchy defines everything, and a commander’s order is accepted without hesitation. But that’s only part of the challenge. It helps to think of it in terms of physics. The simplest of the classical six simple machines is the lever.More

The birth of forensic nursing
Advance for Nurses
How Virginia A. Lynch's determination to stop clinicians from unintentionally obstructing justice inspired a new nursing specialty. "After 30 years of experiencing the lightning strikes of 'Aha! Moments,' in the forensic sciences and merging these concepts into the science...More

FREE 2013 Monthly SAFE Case Review
Throughout 2013 members will be given free access to monthly adult/adolescent sexual assault forensic examiner case review for continuing education credit. Practicing nurse examiners around the country will provide detailed cases, images, and treatment plans for your consideration....More

Webinar to explore trauma-informed approaches for girls

On June 26, 2013, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. ET, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's (OJJDP's) National Girls Institute will host the Webinar "Girls at Risk: A Trauma-Informed Approach." Panelists will discuss trauma and the impact of triggers, explore the specifics of a trauma-informed approach, highlight the guiding principles of gender-responsive services, and share examples of effective intervention exercises to use with girls. Register here.More

Rape and molestation violence against women increases by 6 percent
Catholic Online
The statistics can be read as either worrisome or hopeful; while there was a 6 percent increase in reported crimes against women in India - including rapes, kidnappings and dowry deaths - this can be indicative of more women willing to come forward to report these crimes.More

ER nurses receive special training to aid sexual assault, abuse victims
The Register-Herald
A collaborative effort of several organizations and individuals enabled 20 nurses and three advocates from Raleigh, Fayette, Summers, Greenbrier, McDowell and Kanawha to attend a 40-hour training course for Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner - Adult. The training wound down with the SANE nurses taking turns testifying in a mock courtroom session. Afterward, Philip Morrison, director of the Prosecuting Attorney’s Institute, said he thinks each one is prepared to give testimony during an sexual assault/abuse trial.More

Lawmakers for making DNA test mandatory in rape cases
The News International
Pakistan People’s Party’s Sharmila Faruqui moved the resolution on the issue that read: "This assembly resolves and recommends to the Sindh government to mandate the administration of DNA tests and preservation of DNA evidence in all rape cases in accordance with the judgement of the Supreme Court of Pakistan dated Oct. 2 2012, in case No. 2013 of SCMR 203 - Salman Akram Raja and another versus the Punjab government through the chief secretary and others. The Sindh government should also bear the cost of the DNA test in all such rape cases where the victim is not in a financial position to do so."More

Increase in reports of abuse against children
Irish Times
Violence against children in homes where women have been abused has soared by 55 percent, it has emerged. Women's Aid revealed a growing number of youngsters are being targeted as their mothers are also being victimized by a partner. The charity heard 16,200 counts of physical, emotional, sexual and financial abuse of women in 2012, with 3,230 disclosing a child was targeted in the home, up from 2,076 in 2011.More