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Register NOW for the Touch DNA webinar on Oct. 8
Registration is open for the Touch DNA webinar being offered on Oct. 8, 2014 from 2-3:30 p.m. EST. Don't miss out on your chance to watch this exciting update on the latest forensic science advances in this area! Presented by Dr. William Green, Jill Spriggs, from ASCLAD and Julie Valentine from Brigham Young University — this event is sure to intrigue you!
New Jersey Attorney General's Office: Revises Standard for Evidence Retention
State of New Jersey
This week, we Shine the Spotlight on New Jersey professionals who worked to produce an outstanding Directive published on July 10, 2014 regarding evidence retention.
Global Health and Human Rights Database
This free online Database of law from around the world relates to health and human rights. The database offers an interactive, searchable and fully indexed website of case law, national constitutions and international instruments.
VAWnet Special Collection on intimate partner homicide prevention
This Special Collection explores the most tragic consequence of domestic violence and offers a variety of tools and information towards its prevention.
Hidden in plain sight: A statistical analysis of violence against children. UNICEF, 2014
This report makes use of available evidence to describe what is currently known about global patterns of violence against children, using data compiled from a selection of sources.
World Health Organization: Free, online course on violence prevention
Emory University, a WHO Collaborating Center for Injury Epidemiology and Control, is currently offering a free, online course on violence prevention.
CALL FOR PILOT SITES
The Vicarious Trauma Toolkit (VTT) Project has made excellent progress through the active engagement and leadership of national partner organizations and experts in vicarious trauma and their respective fields. Our critical next step is to select four pilot sites throughout the country that will benefit from expertly designed training and technical assistance while playing a hands on and leadership role in shaping the final toolkit — a monumental contribution to the field. Find out how you can become a pilot site.
CRDAMC adds SAMFE to patient care
Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center (CRDAMC) announces the start of the Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Exam (SAMFE) Program at Fort Hood. Beginning Sept. 15, TRICARE beneficiaries seeking medical assistance following a sexual assault can receive care at CRDAMC’s Emergency Department instead of traveling to Baylor, Scott & White in Temple.
New study examines how states are meeting goals of VAWA forensic compliance
The Urban Institute recently released a new study, entitled Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Exams and VAWA 2005: Payment Practices, Successes, and Directions for the Future. The research was funded by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and conducted by the Urban Institute in partnership with George Mason University, and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC).
Mindfulness protects adults’ health from the impacts of childhood
Mindfulness protects adults' health from the impacts of childhood adversity
Adults who were abused or neglected as children are known to have poorer health, but adults who tend to focus on, and accept their reactions to, the present moment — or are mindful — report having better health, regardless of their childhood adversity. These findings, to be published in the October issue of Preventive Medicine, are based on the first study ever conducted to examine the relationship between childhood adversity, mindfulness and health.
20 years later, parts of major crime bill viewed as terrible mistake
Twenty years ago this week, in 1994, then-President Bill Clinton signed a crime bill. It was, in effect, a long-term experiment in various ways to fight crime.
The measure paid to put more cops on the beat, trained police and lawyers to investigate domestic violence, imposed tougher prison sentences and provided money for extra prisons.
Clinton described his motivation to pass the 1994 Violent Crime Control Act in stark terms.
Program helps domestic violence prosecutions
Police say many domestic violence cases go unreported — and therefore unprosecuted — for one simple reason: Victims are scared to speak out.
But they hope a program at University of Louisville Hospital will change the prosecution rate, helping document victim's injuries and giving them a voice.
Barsley named to forensic science panel
The Associated Press via KNOE-TV
Dr. Robert Barsley has been appointed to the crime scene/death investigation scientific area committee by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Barsley is a professor and director of oral health resources and community and hospital dentistry at the LSU Health New Orleans School of Dentistry.
The future of nursing: A 10,000-foot view
By Keith Carlson
Nursing and healthcare in the United States are at a crossroads. A broad view of the issues at hand are required in order to address the future of the nursing profession, the American healthcare system and an aging population. Questions regarding the potential existence of a nursing shortage, the number of nurses and nurse educators poised to retire, and the lack of hospital-based employment for new nurses are just some of the conundrums facing us at this juncture.
Nurses need more respect, stronger voice
Hospitals and healthcare facilities don't give nurses enough recognition, support or appreciation - and the effects are far-reaching, according to an opinion piece in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. The lack of appreciation, combined with stress and burnout from an emotionally draining, time-consuming job, leave nurses wanting to abandon the field. It can even lead to high job turnover and more error-prone nurses, according to authors Dorrie K. Fontaine, the dean of the University of Virginia's (UVA) School of Nursing; Sadie Heath Cabaniss, professor of nursing and associate chief nursing officer at UVA Medical Center; and Kenneth R. White, the associate dean for strategic partnerships and innovation at UVA's nursing school.
Solidarity vs. solitary: Why collaboration means better healthcare
By Karen R. Thomas
Historically, healthcare has been adept at achieving highly focused and specialized solutions. Focus and specialization literally permeated the culture and structure of healthcare for many years. However, some critics consider the segmented way that healthcare establishments have operated in the past far too solitary for today's wider and more inclusive care goals. Collaboration within the healthcare community used to be an often-discussed but seldom-practiced idea.
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