Foundations of Sexual Violence Prosecutions: Collaboration is Key: Working with Victim Service Professionals

This webinar is part of a 10-episode podcast-style series focused on the foundational elements of prosecuting sexual violence cases. In each episode, AEquitas Attorney Advisor Jane Anderson engages in conversations with other AEquitas staff, former prosecutors with years of experience prosecuting sexual violence. 

In this episode, Jane and Attorney Advisor Jonathan Kurland discuss the benefits of collaboration with victim service professionals in sexual violence cases. They discuss the questions prosecutors can ask to better understand the roles and responsibilities of victim service professionals in their communities, common tension points, and how collaboration can be strengthened to enhance the case as well as victims’ safety and healing.

At the conclusion of this episode, viewers will be better able to:
– Enhance collaboration with victim service professionals
– Provide survivors with meaningful access to appropriate victim services
– Ethically protect victim privacy

Additional resources related to this episode:
Presence of Victim Advocate During Sexual Assault Exam: Summary of State Laws
To Record or Not To Record: Use of Body-Worn Cameras During Police Response to Crimes of Violence Against Women
Benefits of a Coordinated Community Response to Sexual Violence


This project was supported by Grant No. 15JOVW-21-GK-02220-MUMU awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). The opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this presentation are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice.