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Forensic Nurses On The Hill — President Obama Signs National Defense Authorization Act
On Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, President Barack Obama signed into law the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill (HR3979), which includes a provision (Section 539) that establishes requirements relating to sexual assault forensic examiners (SAFEs) for the armed forces. The provision establishes the following ...
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We are pleased to announce that Abstract Submission for the 2015 International Conference on Forensic Nursing Science and Practice is now open!
Our conference is an opportunity for forensic nursing clinicians and researchers to exchange knowledge and discuss new approaches to practice. Be part of this important conversation and share your experience with your colleagues. Submit an abstract for 2015! Click here to learn more!
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SANEs: This Is Your Year. Resolve to Become Certified.
The Association is now accepting applications for the April 2015 SANE-A® and SANE-P® board certification examinations.
To learn more — and to apply, please visit the “Take the Exam” webpage.

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IAFN Endorses National Canadian Forensic Nursing Conference:
Feb., 25-26 2015 | Renaissance Harbourside, Vancouver

Our members are entitled to a great DISCOUNT! Use promo code P15C06IAFN or email info@healthcareconferences.ca to take advantage of a BUY 3 GET 1 FREE Group Booking Discount.
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Call for Reviewers
The American Nurses Foundation has opened the Foundation's Nursing Research Grant Program Reviewer Application.
Here's the online application to apply to be a Nursing Research Grant.
Deadline to complete your application is Feb. 28, 2015.

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INDUSTRY NEWS


Webinars available from Department of Justice
Mark your calendars for these events!

Jan. 13, 2015, 2 p.m. ET
Sexual Abuse in Juvenile Correctional Environments (OJJDP)

Jan. 14, 2015, 2 p.m. ET
Collaborating with Community Partners to Safeguard Children of Arrested Parents (BJA)

Jan. 14, 2015, 3 p.m. ET
School-Police Partnerships (OJJDP)

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Campus Sexual Assault: What Clinicians Need to Know
Monday, Jan. 26 — 1 - 2:30 PM EST

Learning Objectives:
1) Discuss the prevalence of sexual violence on campuses and identify barriers to services
2) Discuss the role of alcohol in campus sexual assault
3) Discuss how to engage healthcare providers in effective responses to sexual assault
4) Discuss comprehensive approaches to sexual violence prevention

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Judge tosses out two types of DNA evidence used regularly in criminal cases
New York Daily News
A Brooklyn judge has stirred up controversy by tossing out two types of DNA evidence regularly used in criminal cases throughout the city, the Daily News has learned. Justice Mark Dwyer has thrown out the results of low copy number DNA testing, which generates profiles from minuscule samples, and Forensic Statistical Tool, a program designed by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner's forensic biology lab that scores the chances a person's DNA is part of a complex sample.
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Letters: Forensic interviewing, Little Jimmy Dickens
The Tennessean
We are proud to live in a state [Tennessee] that is making forward strides in the treatment and well-being of children when there are allegations of sexual abuse. In years past when there were allegations of child sexual abuse, children were interviewed at school, in their homes or wherever the Department of Children’s Services case manager could find to interview the child. The interview was not audio or video recorded and the case manager was dependent on brief notes made during the interview and personal recall for the documentation of the child’s statement.
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Whalen expert critical of state DNA testing
Pantagraph
Forensic testing by the Illinois State Police of evidence in post-conviction cases is hampered by outdated procedures at state laboratories, charges an expert working with the defense in the 1991 Donald Whalen murder case. Whalen is challenging his conviction for the murder of his father, William Whalen. He is serving 60 years in prison. The state and defense lawyer Jeff Abbott have been involved in several years of legal wrangling over DNA testing of evidence, the results of which Whalen contends will exonerate him.
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Murky AG's opinion on sexual assault evidence collection puzzles EBR coroner
The Advocate
An attorney general’s opinion meant to clarify who is responsible for collecting forensic evidence from East Baton Rouge sexual assault cases has puzzled the coroner who sought it. East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner William “Beau” Clark has pushed to take over the collection of sexual assault evidence, saying Louisiana law mandates him to do so, and he asked the attorney general to back up that claim.
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SDFI-Telemedicine Offers Conference Scholarships for Forensic Examiners
EVAW International
EVAWI is extremely pleased to announce that our exclusive corporate sponsor, SDFI-Telemedicine, is supporting 3 scholarships for forensic examiners to attend our 2015 International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Campus Responses in New Orleans, April 7-9.
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Professional Development Scholarships
Office of Justice Programs
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, $1,500 for individuals traveling from outside the contiguous United States, and up to $5,000 for multidisciplinary teams of victim service professionals seeking education opportunities. The scholarship program is administered by the Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC).
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Advanced Course on Strangulation Prevention
The National Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention is excited to offer a 4-day Advanced Strangulation Course on domestic violence and sexual assault cases, sponsored by the One Safe Place Family Justice Center in Fort Worth, Texas and Fort Worth Police Department from Feb. 24-27, 2015.
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Forensic Research: Stakeholders Sue For Cooperation Delay In Reporting Rape Cases Hampers Victims' Investigations — AIG Musa Daura
The Nigerian Observer
On Dec. 9, 2014 the conference room adjacent to the office of the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), Zone 5 Police Command, Benin, AIG Musa Daura, gave a talk to many members. In his address, the coordinator of the group, Dr. Eddy Ehikhamenor, intimated the gathering of the essence of the end of year meeting in the AIG office, saying that the need arose for the Forensic Research Group to expand the scope and outlook of the group by working in tandem with other stakeholders and interest groups, including partners whose contribution in the field of Forensic Research and Documentation are invaluable, hence the hosting by the police which is, by all standards, a key partner in the actualization of the equally key element of forensic research, which is investigations.
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Badaun rape: Forensic team finds clinching proof against accused cops
Times of India
In the Badaun rape case, where a 14-year-old girl was kidnapped and gang-raped inside the Musajhag police station on the New Year night, the forensic team found clinching evidence on Sunday. The investigating team found the rape survivor's ear rings, hair clip, a few strands of hair and liquor bottles inside room number 3 of the police station.
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