Forensic Nursing News
Aug. 1, 2013

Professional Development Scholarships Available Through OVC
Office for Victims of Crime
The Office for Victims of Crime is pleased to announce the availability of Professional Development Scholarships to those who work with victims of crime. The program provides up to $1,000 for individuals and up to $5,000 for multidisciplinary teams of victim service professionals seeking continuing education opportunities. More

IAFN SANE Education Guidelines NOW Available for Member Comments
Please review the IAFN SANE Education Guidelines which are prepared and available for a 30 day member comment period. The File is available in the IAFN Open Community. More

Medical Examiner's Office Defies Stereotypes, Holds Surprises
The Baltimore Sun
Hearses enter the six-story building in West Baltimore through garage doors that snap open and shut quickly, to keep business discreet. More

Training Bulletin: Clearance Methods for Law Enforcement
End Violence Against Women International
This training bulletin is the first in a series developed to explain the various methods that law enforcement agencies use for clearing crime reports. More

Evaluating sexual assault nurse examiner programs
To help improve post-assault care for victims, communities around the country have implemented Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) programs, which offer a multidisciplinary, victim-centered response. Through these programs, specially trained nurses provide crisis intervention and emotional support, health care, injury detection and treatment, and forensic medical evidence collection in hospital emergency departments or community-based clinics. More than 600 SANE programs now exist throughout the United States and Canada. More

Rape and domestic violence follow Syrian women into refugee camps
The Guardian
Children have witnessed massacres, mothers seen their sons killed, families watched their homes looted and burned. But there is one act of violence that refugees from the Syrian crisis will not discuss. The conflict has been distinguished by a brutal targeting of women. The United Nations has gathered evidence of systematic sexual assault...More

Training bulletin: Clearance methods for law enforcement
End Violence Against Women International
This training bulletin is the first in a series developed to explain the various methods that law enforcement agencies use for clearing crime reports. More

Reported rape evidence ruling in Pakistan raises objections
United Press International
A reported ruling to limit the use of DNA in rape cases by a body of Islamic scholars that advises Pakistan's government, would be unfair to rape victims, rights activists and politicians have said. The action was immediately denounced by human rights activists and Sindh's... More

Agencies address realities of human trafficking among teenage victims
Catholic News Service
With an estimated 27 million people being trafficked around the world for sex and labor throughout the year, according to the State Department, it's not easy to crack down on the lucrative trade in people.More

Foundation launched to address violence against women and children
The Guardian
A foundation has been launched to tackle Australia's "shameful" record of violence against women and children, but its head has warned it may take generations until significant change is achieved. The Foundation to Prevent Violence Against Women and Children was unveiled in Melbourne, as part of a joint agreement between the federal and Victorian governments.More

New UN statistics show alarming rise in rapes
All Africa
The recurrent conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC) North Kivu province has led to an alarming rise in rapes and violence against women and girls, the United Nations refugee agency said. "Our protection monitoring teams have registered 705 cases of sexual violence in the region since January, including 619 cases of rape," said a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).More

Collection of national data on violence against women stressed
The News International
In order to successfully address various dimensions of violence against women (VAW) and develop appropriate policies and interventions, need for national level data on violence against women was stressed in a brainstorming session on ‘Violence against Women (VAW) Indicators’ organised at the National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW).More