National Institute on the Prosecution of Sexual Violence - I

January 11 - 14, 2011

The National Institute on the Prosecution of Sexual Violence (NIPSV) was designed to challenge participants to reevaluate their approach to prosecuting sexual violence crimes. NIPSV explored the complex issues faced by prosecutors in balancing offender accountability and the impact of criminal prosecution on victims. In addition to practical case evaluation and litigation skills, the curriculum examined the benefits of developing a coordinated, victim-centered community response; explained common injuries and relevant medical evidence, and offered guidance on the use of medical experts; explored ethical issues confronted by prosecutors; addressed the development and improvement of culturally-sensitive victim services; and offered prosecutors the ability to redefine outcomes and the very nature of justice in sexual violence cases.??NIPSV used hypothetical case problems, role-playing exercises, small group discussions, mini-lectures, and faculty demonstrations. Rather than merely attending a series of legal lectures, participants were able to examine their current attitudes and practices by employing active case evaluation, preparation, and trial skills to respond to sexual violence in the varied contexts in which it occurs. The highly interactive format enabled prosecutors from different jurisdictions, with varied levels of experience, to learn from one another and engage in "real-life" scenarios that are readily transferable to their everyday work.

The National Institute on the Prosecution of Sexual Violence (NIPSV) was hosted at the Center for Education on Violence Against Women in Washington, DC. There were 29 prosecutors from across the United States in attendance. Attendees qualified for approximately twenty (20) continuing legal education credit hours including at least one (1) hour of ethics credit. Comments from participant evaluations included:

  • So informative. I have so many opening and summation ideas now!
  • This course was excellent – probably one of the best I have attended. Very well organized and the small group format is very good for accommodating different levels of experience. Thanks for the opportunity.
  • The AEquitas faculty is particularly exceptional. Their dedication to the field is contagious and I hope to be part of future conferences. Thank you for giving me this amazing opportunity.

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