Best Practices Training

AEquitas Attorney Advisor Jane Anderson presented on “Special Issues for Prosecutors Certifications and Discovery” and “Human Trafficking & T Visas” on behalf of the National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project (NIWAP) in Morrow, Georgia to an audience including sexual assault/domestic violence program staff, law enforcement and prosecutors. 

National Institute on the Prosecution of Elder Abuse (NIPEA)

The National Institute on the Prosecution of Elder Abuse (NIPEA) is a three-and-one-half-day course sponsored by the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL), and AEquitas. The Institute is designed to challenge prosecutors to reevaluate their approach to prosecuting elder abuse cases. Participants received training on the dynamics of elder abuse as well as practical skills to successfully prosecute these cases. NIPEA explores the complex issues faced by prosecutors — balancing offender accountability with the impact of criminal prosecution on victims. In addition to case evaluation and litigation skills, the curriculum examines the benefits of developing a coordinated, victim-centered community response; explains common injuries and relevant medical evidence, providing guidance on the use of medical experts; explores ethical issues confronted by prosecutors; addresses the development and improvement of culturally-specific victim services; and offers prosecutors the ability to redefine outcomes and the very nature of justice in elder abuse cases.

Technology and Advocacy Statewide Training

SPARC Director Jennifer Landhuis and Retired Sgt. Mark Kurkowski presented  series of presentations including, but not limited to, “Stalking Prevalence, Dynamics and Behaviors,” “The Intersection of Stalking, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault” and “The Use of Technology to Stalk” on behalf of the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence (FCADV) in Clearwater, Florida. 

Advancing Strategies for a Safe and Healthy Community

AEquitas Attorney Patti Powers presented “Alcohol Facilitated Sexual Assault: Who Needs Force When You Have Alcohol?” and “Getting to ‘Guilty’: Guiding the Jury’s Response to the Evidence” on behalf of The Gulf Coast Center for Nonviolence (GCWCFN) in Biloxi, Mississippi to an audience of dual sexual assault/domestic violence program staff, law enforcement officers, mental health professionals, prosecutors and victim-witness specialists.