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Election results are in!
The Association would like to congratulate those members elected to the Board of Directors, Nominating Committee and Commission for Forensic Nursing Certification.

President: Dee Krebs
Treasurer: Stephen Goux
Directors at Large: Pamela Tabor, Bonnie Price, Jana Parrish
Nominating Committee: Dan Sheridan
CFNC: Colin Harris

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Don't forget the 12 Holidays of Sales is still going on in the IAFN Marketplace!
7 days down 5 days to go. Don't miss your chance to get that last minute gift or stocking stuffers. All items guaranteed to be delivered by Christmas. Sneak peek for the days to come ... SANE Education Guideline, IAFN purse hook and more!
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Pentagon survey: More sexual assault cases reported
CNN
Fewer members of the military are being sexually assaulted and more victims are coming forward, the Pentagon said in a long-awaited report obtained by CNN on Wednesday. But 4.3 percent of the United States' active-duty women still say they were the victims of unwanted sexual contact in the last year, and most still aren't reporting those assaults. Some of those who did report their assaults faced retaliation, according to the Pentagon's findings.
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Video visits blocked despite doctor shortage
USA Today
Videoconferencing doctors from other areas could help solve the problem of hospital closings and doctor shortages that hit heavily rural states, but proponents say states move too slowly in allowing it. This practice of telemedicine has been caught in a conflict between insurers, doctors and officials reluctant to allow physicians who haven't seen a patient in person — and may never follow up — prescribe drugs or treatment.
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British regulator urges home births over hospitals for uncomplicated pregnancies
The New York Times
Reversing a generation of guidance on childbirth, Britain’s national health service on Wednesday advised healthy women that it was safer to have their babies at home, or in a birth center, than in a hospital. Women with uncomplicated pregnancies — about 45 percent of the total — were better off in the hands of midwives than hospital doctors during birth, according to new guidelines by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.
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Global status report on violence prevention 2014
WHO
The Global status report on violence prevention 2014, which reflects data from 133 countries, is the first report of its kind to assess national efforts to address interpersonal violence, namely child maltreatment, youth violence, intimate partner and sexual violence, and elder abuse.
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Is sexual assault properly investigated?
ABC News
VIDEO BRIEF: Watch and listen to the report from ABC News.
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The NFL's response to domestic violence and sexual assault
NFL
In the late summer of 2014, the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell came face-to-face with overwhelming public outcry, backlash and significant disappointment among the league's fan base after mishandling a very public act of domestic violence committed by one of its players, as well as additional high-profile abuse cases. Commissioner Goodell and his team have worked hard to learn as much as they can about these issues and how best to address them.
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How witnessing violence affects a child, and how to help
The New York Times
“Am I going to go to jail for hitting you?” my 4-year-old son asked me the other night as I helped him get ready for bed. Earlier in the day he’d had a temper tantrum when I picked him up from school. On the teary walk to our car he yelled that I was a “mean mommy” and “so rude,” and then balled up his fists in frustration and hit my leg twice. These are the hits that he was worried about. “Of course not,” I said, in answer to his question.
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Technology adoption in health care: International barriers and opportunities to telemedicine
Journal of Child Health Care
Although telemedicine and telehealth are seen as discrete entities by some authors, both The Cochrane Library (2010) and the WHO (2009) acknowledge that definitions overlap. The broad and encompassing definition underpinning the WHO (2009) report states that telemedicine is:

The delivery of health care services, where distance is a critical factor, by all healthcare professionals using information and communication technologies for the exchange of valid information for diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease and injuries, research and evaluation, and for the continuing education of healthcare providers, all in the interests of advancing the health of individuals and their communities.

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Dallas doctor in Ebola case say treatment based on what he knew at time
The New York Times
In a report published by The Dallas Morning News, the Texas emergency room physician who misdiagnosed the first case of Ebola in the United States acknowledged his diagnosis error in his first public comments on the treatment of the patient, Thomas Eric Duncan, who later died.
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National Institute of Standards and Technology makes case for RFID Forensic evidence management
RFID World
RFID tags & devices that can transmit data over short distances to identify objects, animals or people — have become increasingly popular for tracking everything from automobiles being manufactured on an assembly line to zoo animals in transit to their new homes. Now, thanks to a new NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) report, the next beneficiaries of RFID technology may soon be law enforcement agencies responsible for the management of forensic evidence.
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WEBINAR: Opening Doors: Alternative Reporting Options for Law Enforcement and VAWA Forensic Compliance
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Additional DNA testing required in Maryland cases
The Associated Press via WBOC-TV
Maryland's highest court has ruled that criminal defendants can't present evidence of DNA matches to other suspects at trial unless additional testing has confirmed the results. In a ruling last week, the Maryland Court of Appeals found that defense attorneys have the same burden as prosecutors when presenting DNA evidence.
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State of independents: The orange duffel bag initiative
Atlanta
It all starts with the kids’ stories: Sammy’s biological mom, a crack addict, gave him up when he was 10 months old. He later ended up selling drugs to help his adoptive family avoid eviction, again. Sofia’s parents were deported, and the Division of Children and Family Services shuttled her through nine different high schools. Charlotte’s father is wanted by authorities in three countries. Her stepdad abused her, and she hasn’t seen her little brother in months.
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Cosby and Ferguson: Why addressing gender violence and racial violence is not either/or option
Bill Moyers (opinion)
Author Andrea Cambron writes: I’ve never understood the “one or the other” mentality. Being a mother, I am in an ever present state of multi-tasking. So when a male acquaintance said that the Cosby scandal was a distraction from the grand jury decision regarding Ferguson, I inquired, “How?” He asserted that if the lead news story becomes Cosby, then Ferguson and the protests in response to the police violence there become a footnote to the issue of racial violence in the town.
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Rethinking Compassion for Adults
Standford School of Medicine, Compassion Journal (opinion)
Golden Rule has been around a while. Some think it was first taught by Confucius. Yet, according to religious scholar and worldwide compassion ambassador Karen Armstrong, this core idea, that you must not do to others what you would not want done to you, is at the heart of all religions. And she thinks this unifying thread is the secret to saving our world, if only we’d remember to follow it.
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Domestic violence as prevalent for college students as sexual assault
PBS
On Black Friday, Nadia Ezaldein, a University of Chicago student, was working at a Chicago Nordstrom when her ex-boyfriend entered the store, found her in the accessories department, and shot her to death. It was her 22nd birthday. A day earlier, on Thanksgiving, Shannon Jones, a student at Cornell University, was allegedly strangled to death by her boyfriend during an argument. Police described the murder as a “domestic incident.”
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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    Debunking three rape myths (SafetyLit)
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