Forensic Nursing News
Jun. 21, 2012

HHS Announces Funds for Elder Abuse Prevention
Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced June 14 a $5.5 million funding opportunity for states and tribes to test ways to prevent elder abuse, neglect and exploitation.More

Congressional Committees
Senate Appropriations, Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies, held a business meeting June 12, to mark up proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 2013 for labor, health and human services, and education and related agencies. Click more to view the highlights of the bill of interest to forensic nurses.More

Announcing the 2012 IAFN Award Winners
We would like to congratulate the following 2012 IAFN award winners for their outstanding contributions and dedication to IAFN and the field of Forensic Nursing:


IAFN Partners with FNSC
The International Association of Forensic Nurses is excited to announce our partnership with the Forensic Nurses' Society of Canada. This new partnership is a natural fit for the organizations as both seek to promote standards in forensic nursing practice and promote the field of forensic nursing to governments, industry and the public.

"Our organizations have similar interests and goals, and our members have been working together for many years. A more formal acknowledgement between the two organizations was desired to show our joint commitment to the field," said Chief Executive Officer, Carey Goryl.

The two organizations signed an agreement earlier this year which includes website cross-promotion and attendance at each other's signature events. Both organizations will remain autonomous as they work to promote the joint interests of their members and search for additional opportunities to work together.More

20th Annual Scientific Assembly — Click here
Olga Trujillo, JD
Olga Trujillo, J.D., will present "Exploring the Impact of Physical and Sexual Violence" at the luncheon on Thursday, October 11, during the IAFN Scientific Assembly. Trujillo is an attorney, speaker, author, and survivor. Her experience over the past 25 years has been as a private attorney; an attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice; a consultant to many local, state and national organizations; a nationally sought speaker; and now an author.

Trujillo is featured in the video "A Survivor's Story," a documentary and training video based on her personal experience of violence. In 2006, Trujillo received the Bud Cramer Leadership Award given by National Children's Alliance for her work to help professionals around the country better understand the impact of violence on children. To read Trujillo's bio please click here.

Early Bird Registration
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Publication discusses sexual violence research roundtable
The United States Department of Justice
The National Institute of Justice and the Office on Violence Against Women have released "Sexual Violence Research Roundtable: Meeting Summary" (NCJ 238761, 36 pp.). Over the course of the meeting, participants identified new and emerging priorities for research on the criminal justice system's response to sexual assault and generated ideas for bridging the gap between research and practice.More

New issue of research report digest released
National Institute of Justice
NIJ has released the fifth issue of its "Research Report Digest," an online publication that provides brief descriptions of studies in various criminal justice disciplines, such as crime, violence, and forensic sciences, along with evaluations of technologies in the law enforcement and corrections fields.More

Funding opportunity for violence prevention research available
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
OJJDP is seeking applications for the Community-Based Violence Prevention Field-Initiated Research and Evaluation Program This project will support new and ongoing rigorous, scientific research and evaluation that has practical applications for communities seeking to prevent and reduce youth violence. Application deadline is June 28.More

HRW: Syrian forces use sexual violence against men, women, children
Reuters via Chicago Tribune
VideoBrief Government forces have used rape and other sexual violence against men, women and children during the Syrian uprising, Human Rights Watch said. The U.S.-based group said it had recorded 20 incidents from interviews inside and outside Syria with eight victims, including four women, and more than 25 other people with knowledge of sexual abuse — including medical workers, former detainees, army defectors, and women's rights activists. More

What do DNA, insects and bullets have in common?
The New York Times
The phrase "DNA evidence" is so common in real-life cases and on police procedurals these days that it's easy to forget how relatively new it is to the lexicon. The premiere of "Forensic Firsts," on the Smithsonian Channel, takes us back to that eureka moment in the 1980s when genetic science met police work.More

Today, sex abuse victims are less alone
If you are a survivor of sexual abuse who has not yet reported, you may be attending closely to the trial of former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky to see what happens to those who do. You see some courageous men being taken seriously by prosecutors and journalists. But you see a degree of potential exposure that few victims would want to face, and that we could do a better job of preventing. We all know that sexual abuse is still a crime that is mostly unrevealed. But progress has been made. Comparisons of recent surveys to those from the 1980s show far more victims today say they reported or that someone in authority found out. More

Church battles efforts to ease sex abuse suits
The New York Times
While the first criminal trial of a Roman Catholic church official accused of covering up child sexual abuse has drawn national attention to Philadelphia, the church has been quietly engaged in equally consequential battles over abuse, not in courtrooms but in state legislatures around the country. The fights concern proposals to loosen statutes of limitations, which impose deadlines on when victims can bring civil suits or prosecutors can press charges.More

DNA tests in Virginia find 38 people clear of murder, sexual assault convictions
The Huffington Post
New DNA testing in hundreds of old Virginia homicide and sexual assault cases supports the exoneration of at least 38 suspects, according to a study by a national policy group that examined the test results. Researchers for the Urban Institute found that in 5 percent of homicide and sexual assault cases, testing on archived DNA ruled out the convicted person. The wrongful conviction rate previously had been estimated at 3 percent or less. The study is the first to say how many exonerations are likely from Virginia's stash of biological samples from cases that happened between 1973 and 1987.More

Genital mutilation: Law fails to protect women in Iraq's Kurdistan
Middle East Online
In June 2011, Iraqi Kurdistan passed a landmark law that criminalised female circumcision and domestic violence, but one year on, activists remain frustrated with its patchwork implementation. In what is a conservative society even by Middle East standards, the passage of the law last year was hailed by rights groups and NGOs as a major step forward after years of struggle.More