National Institute on the Prosecution of Sexual Violence

July 9 - 12, 2013

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 AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center in Austin, TX. There were 39 prosecutors from across the United States and its Territories in attendance, with 10 being awarded scholarships to cover transportation and lodging. Attendees qualified for approximately twenty (20) continuing legal education credit hours including at least one (1) hour of ethics credit. Participant comments from evaluations included:

  • “This was one of the few seminars that actually focuses on real issues we face as prosecutors.”
  • “Very informative. I like the combination of lectures/group interactive activities.”
  • “This is a fabulous training. I am especially appreciative of the interactive activities.”
  • “I enjoyed learning from others in the small group setting, there were some really helpful presentations/ideas.”

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