Presented by End Violence Against Women International.
Course Description: Victim centered investigations and prosecutions requires effective perception skills. Building rapport by perceiving emotional needs promotes effective advocacy, investigations, and prosecutions through building a collaborative relationship of trust.
This program will demonstrate how to effectively read victims, perceive victim needs, and judge credibility, in order to develop areas of common ground necessary to build solid relationships and enhance successful investigations and prosecutions, from the crime scene to the courtroom.
In discussing effective perception skills, this webinar will present an overview of the psychology and empirical research behind reading people skills, presented in an entertaining format. You will learn about the qualities that have been proven to be most important, and how to best perceive and use them in any situation.
From the advocacy perspective, through sharp perception skills, the advocate can bond early on with the victim and help keep the victim connected to the criminal justice process every step of the way, a process that should include comprehensive victim involvement. From the investigation and prosecution perspective, victim involvement strengthens the case on all fronts. This program will illustrate how all aspects of case investigation and prosecution are enhanced by effective victim involvement, and how to incorporate a victim centered approach throughout the life of a case.
Presenter: Wendy Patrick, JD, Ph.D., Deputy District Attorney, San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, San Diego, CA
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