As the new year begins, we must remember that SANE programs cannot sustain themselves in a vacuum—they rely on both intra- and interdisciplinary collaboration to maintain a patient-centered focus and establish themselves as a critical component of any community’s response to sexual violence. Traditionally we’ve thought about victim advocates, law enforcement professionals and prosecutors as our key collaborators.
I am very excited to be working with Dr. Rebecca Campbell and her colleagues at Michigan State University on a new research grant that will assist SANE programs in evaluating their impact on criminal justice outcomes. SANE programs who would like to participate in this project are encouraged to apply. You can find all of the details here.
MNCASA is offering a webinar March 22nd, 12pm CT on protocol development and renewing interagency agreements. This should be an excellent session, addressing two issues we see frequently in the sustainability TA project. This webinar will describe the process of writing or adapting protocols, renewing interagency agreements, and training on protocol.
Over at the FHO site, I've posted some information on a forensic compliance self-assessment from EVAW. EVAW is the technical assistance provider on this issue, and they've put out some great information on their site. If you have questions about your own program's compliance, definitely check it out.
I am dashing off to the airport to catch a flight to Philadelphia, so I have only a moment for a quick post. But I wanted to point yor attention to this great piece on having difficult conversations. It makes me think about the kinds of conflict that sometimes flair up when we work collaboratively as part of a SART or MDT.
NIJ has video available of Dr. Rebecca Campbell speaking at one of their symposiums on her research regarding SANE programs and their impact on the criminal justice system. This discussion is broken up into four segments:
I am pleased to announce that the reports from Dr. Rebecca Campbell and colleagues on the criminal justice impact of SANE programs are now available online. You can read the full report here (or read the summary here). There's also a a step-by-step toolkit for evaluating the work of SANEs in the criminal justice system you can view here.
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