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Just in time for Forensic Nurses Week, the association sent out a Call for Peer Recognition for those forensic nurses that are active members of the association, many of whom help by providing preventive services, policy development, influencing legislation and collaborating with other healthcare, social services, and criminal justice system professionals to enhance the care of their patients.
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The Commission for Forensic Nursing Certification (CFNC) is accepting applications to fill its last two Commissioner positions:
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IAFN Calendar of Events
Here you can find out about upcoming forensic events. Some events (sponsored by IAFN) may allow for online registration and the ticket purchase. Click the event name to view more details.
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2013 Annual Report — Leadership.Care.Expertise
During 2013, the Association's membership numbers remained steady at 3,000+ members strong, and increasingly, members are renewing their annual membership. Our members are active and engaged; more than 294 members served as board or committee members while 100s more volunteered their time, energy, and expertise, by participating in their local chapter or sharing their knowledge through our Online Member Community and learning management system.
Study shows clear new evidence for mind-body connection
For the first time, researchers have shown that practising mindfulness meditation or being involved in a support group has a positive physical impact at the cellular level in breast cancer survivors.
A group working out of Alberta Health Services' Tom Baker Cancer Centre and the University of Calgary Department of Oncology has demonstrated that telomeres — protein complexes at the end of chromosomes — maintain their length in breast cancer survivors who practise meditation or are involved in support groups, while they shorten in a comparison group without any intervention.
Office on Violence Against Women Announces National Tour to Commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act
The United States Department of Justice
In honor of the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act, the Department of Justice announced a nationwide tour of Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) grant recipients. The tour will engage with communities dedicated to ending violence against women though coordinated community response (CCR) teams. OVW launched the tour with a visit to programs in Brooklyn, New York.
Loophole means some Arizona sex assault victims stuck with hospital bill
In some cases, victims have to pay for their own treatment after a sexual assault. And the cost can be upward of $2,000. There is a report of this happening in Louisiana, and it could happen in Arizona.
While victims in Arizona don't have to pay for their own forensic exams, if they're hurt and need to go to the hospital and choose to not report the incident to police, they'll get stuck with the hospital bill.
Domestic violence costs economy billions
Hundreds of millions of women are affected by domestic violence worldwide. It has a major impact on their lives and the broader economy, as medical, mental health and productivity costs add up.
Access previous recordings and training materials on the new Human Trafficking Webinars page.
The Developing Brain: Implications for Youth Programs
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A Judicial Conversation on Emerging Evidentiary Issues and Alcohol
Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center
Depending on the state's laws, underage drinking offenses may be referred to a number of courts including juvenile court, traffic court, criminal court, or family court, depending on the offense. Over time many states have adopted changes in state law enabling law enforcement to charge minors based officer observations, and theories of constructive possession. As these underage drinking cases are brought forward the courts are also asked to accept the results of fuel cell developed evidence of the offense.
14th National Indian Nations Conference
The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), Office of Justice Programs, within the U.S. Department of Justice is pleased to announce the 14th National Indian Nations Conference: Justice for Victims of Crime. The Conference will be held Dec. 11—13, on the reservation of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, California, with the theme, “Generational Voices Uniting for Safety, Justice, and Healing.” This year's conference is once again coordinated by the Tribal Law and Policy Institute under a grant from OVC.
The Alliance of Local Service Organizations (ALSO) is proud to present Protection through Partnership
A film showcasing one community's efforts to serve, protect, and heal young children (ages 3-5 years) exposed to sexual and domestic violence. Told through the voices of clients and staff from three core partnership agencies in Long Island, New York (Victims Information Bureau of Suffolk; Long Island Head Start; and Suffolk County's Family and Social Service's Child Protection and Preventative Services Divisions), the film explores key lessons learned during implementation of a grant from the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.
Women are still terrified of reporting rape
Media coverage of sexual violence never seems to be higher, yet it paints an inconsistent and incomplete picture that has left many of us confused. From reports that complaints of sexual violence are on the rise, to the public naming for the second time of the woman who was raped by professional footballer, Ched Evans, we learn that more women are coming forward but that they are far from always being believed.
Participate! 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign
The Campaign invites NGOs, activists, and the greater online community to join a Twitter teach-in during the Campaign (Nov. 25-Dec. 10, 2014) exploring the intersectional nature of gender-based violence (GBV) and how militarism intensifies GBV for diverse marginalized identities
'Those Terrible Weeks in their Camp'
Human Rights Watch
Boko Haram, Nigeria’s homegrown Islamist insurgency, whose name in Hausa roughly translates as “Western education is forbidden,” has abducted at least 500 women and girls from northern Nigerian since 2009 and has perpetrated numerous human rights abuses against them in captivity. The April 14, 2014 abduction of 276 girls from a secondary school in Chibok, a rural town in Borno State, focused a much-needed spotlight on this increasing scourge.
Coordinated community efforts to respond to sexual assault: A national study of sexual assault response team implementation
Sexual Assault Response Teams (SARTs) bring together sexual assault responders (e.g., police, prosecutors, medical/forensic examiners, rape victim advocates) to coordinate and improve the response to sexual assault. Ultimately, SARTs seek to improve sexual assault victims' experiences of seeking help and sexual assault case outcomes in the criminal justice system. To date, there are hundreds of SARTs across the United States and yet, there has been no nationally representative study of how SARTs are implemented. Therefore, the current study used a multistep process to create the first sampling frame of SARTs and then studied how SARTs are structured and function within a random sample of SARTs.
International Conference on Violence Against Women
Nov. 28 — Paris, France
This conference offers a forum for discussion and knowledge-sharing between contributors from different professions, will raise public awareness, and call on governments as well as intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations to address this violence against women worldwide. The conference is open to the public. RSVP to
Fellowship opportunity: Post-doctoral fellowship in traumatic stress research
The National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center (NCVC) in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) is seeking applications for its NIMH-funded T-32 post-doctoral research training program, Basic & Translational Research Training in Traumatic Stress Across the Lifespan. This program is in its 27th year of funding. It is anticipated that a minimum of one fellow and up to three fellows will be selected for the 2015-2016 year. Applications close: Nov. 14, 2014. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advances in forensic medicine discussed
A forum on forensic science and medicine kicked off on Sunday at Naif Arab University of Security Sciences (NAUSS) under the motto “Toward a joint Arab collaboration on criminal evidences,” Saudi Press Agency said.
The three-day forum, which is being organized by the College of Criminal Evidences at NAUSS, in collaboration with the Arab Society for Criminal Evidences and Forensic Medicine, will be addressed by 140 experts representing 14 Arab countries including Jordan, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Algiers, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Lebanon, Egypt, Morocco, Mauritania, Yemen, in addition to organizations that have relevance to the forum.
Decomposing bugs on National Geographic
A dead body plays host to a whole ecosystem of insects that help to decompose the body and return it to nature. By knowing the life cycles of these insects — from flies to maggots to beetles — forensic entomologists can help in crime scene investigations. And they can get a firsthand look at the decomposition process by visiting a body farm like this one in Texas.
Sexual Assault Center issues energy drink warning
Lori Hunt, Sexual Assault Treatment Center spokesperson, said they have been keeping a close eye on this drink since the reports have came in.
“The incidents we’ve had, it’s almost being used as though it’s a date rape drug,” Hunt said. “Just in the last week, we’ve seen two incidents of this.”
Four Loko in Indiana was in national headlines a few years ago when Central Washington University students were hospitalized after drinking it. Phusion Projects, the creator of the drink, had to change its packaging in a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission back in 2011 after being accused of deceptive advertising.
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