Forensic Nurses News
Dec. 19, 2013

Best wishes to our subscribers
Forensic Nurses
There is no time more fitting than now to say — Thank You — We wish you a happy holiday season, and a new year of health, happiness and prosperity.More

December's Presidents Corner — Happy Holiday

Here in Maine, USA, where I live, the holidays remind me of so many things whether celebrating Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Christmas – like spending time with…More

Education Guidelines

All Forensic Nursing Education Guidelines can be downloaded for free. Have you read the Intimate Partner or Nurse Death Investigator Education Guidelines? Printed copies also available for purchase in the Forensic Nurses Marketplace.More

Call for abstract reviewers

Interested in volunteering to serve as an abstract reviewer for the 2014 International Conference on Forensic Nursing Science and Practice? Are you available between February 8 and Feb. 22, 2014? Review the 2014 Call for Abstract Reviewers and submit your application by Dec. 31 to be considered.More

Call for 2014 ANF Nursing Grant Reviewers
Apply to become an American Nurses Foundation (ANF) Nursing Research Review Committee Member (NRRC) or Nursing Research Grant Reviewer (NRGR).More

Coming Soon: Journal of Human Trafficking

An interdisciplinary journal focused solely on human trafficking. Call for manuscripts/submissions from forensic nurses. Any submissions can be emailed to Donna Sabella, M.Ed., MSN, Ph.D., RN at, we welcome submissions from our international colleagues as well. More

New materials available from the National Judicial Education Program
Legal Momentum
The National Judicial Education Program, an award-winning program of Legal Momentum, recently released new curriculum materials for two training programs. Both are available for free on their website. More

Sexual assault survivor creates program to help students deal with difficult situation
A woman raped 23 years ago as a college freshman has turned her life around and is now speaking to professionals who handle sexual assault cases. She’s created a program to help high school and college students deal with difficult situations. Katie Koestner went from rape victim to survivor, and now she speaks to police officers, detectives, teachers and counselors about her experience and the experiences of other rape survivors across the country.More

Defense bill aimed at sexual assault crisis faces challenge in Senate
A comprehensive defense policy bill that aims to deal with the epidemic of sexual assault in the military is heading to the Senate, where it could get slowed by Republican outrage over majority Democrats' limits on GOP power. The House overwhelmingly passed the legislation, 350-69, the last roll call vote before the House adjourned for the year. The strong bipartisan vote puts pressure on the Senate to back the legislation without changes even though Senate Republicans are furious with their inability to offer any amendments to the massive bill.More

Need for cultural change from childhood to end violence against women
India is marking the first anniversary of the high-profile gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman on a Delhi bus this week with candle-lit vigils, art exhibitions, dance performances and televised discussions on gender violence. The savagery of the crime - the student was beaten, tortured and raped by six assailants before being dumped on a highway to die – shook the country's consciousness and triggered unprecedented public protests and national debate about violence against women in this deeply patriarchal country.More

Violence against women costs Tennessee $886 million
Crossville Chronicle
On May 3, 2013, the Tennessee Economic Council on Women (TECW) and BPW of Cumberland County co-sponsored a hearing in Crossville addressing the economic impact of domestic violence and human trafficking. This hearing was one of nine hearings held throughout the state beginning in January and ending in June. Several local officials, community members and business people participated in the local hearing. Results of that study were released at the TECW Summit held in Nashville on Oct. 27-28, 2013 and produced some alarming findings. More

Injuries to rape survivors chilling
Times of India
A year after Nirbhaya's gang-rape case, has the medical response to such cases got any better? As TOI investigated this, we came across shocking revelations on a number of rape cases reported at one single hospital in the last two years. Safdarjung Hospital, where Nirbhaya was admitted, treated 310 rape survivors in two years, from December 2011 to December 2013. Of this, 24 were minors less than 10 years. There were at least 169 patients of the age group of 11-20 years and 117 rape survivors who were aged 20 and above.More

A year after rape case, a sense of change in India
The Wall Street Journal
The media called her the "Park Street victim" — a 37-year-old woman who said she was gang-raped in Kolkata. Ashamed and depressed, she hid her identity in public for many months. She has since come forward, encouraged by the overwhelming public revulsion against a fatal attack on another woman one year ago. That crime, on a bus in Delhi, and the publicity that followed have prompted a surge in the reporting of offenses that women in India once suffered in silence and broken the taboo on the discussion of violence against them. More