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Technical Evidence in Stalking Prosecutions: Where to Get It and How to Get It In(February 24, 2015) Presented by Elaina Roberts, Program Attorney, Stalking Resource Center and John Wilkinson, Attorney Advisor, AEquitas
More than 7.5 million people in the United States are affected by stalking every year, with some studies indicating that one in four victims report use of technology by the offender. The use of personal computers, mobile devices, and other technology in stalking activity presents challenges for the prosecutor who must connect the activity to the defendant. Prosecutors must be familiar with the sources of available evidence, how to obtain it from technology providers, and how to present it effectively to a jury. This webinar will cover the applicable rules of evidence and relevant case law associated with proving a technology-facilitated stalking case, and will provide strategies on when and how to introduce technical evidence and overcome common objections at trial. A recording will be available soon. Please check back at a later time.
VAWA Amendments to Clery: Recognizing & Responding to Stalking on Campus (February 17, 2015) - The 2013 Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) amendments to the Clery Act require that colleges and universities address stalking in a variety of ways. While these rules are not effective until July 2015, many campuses are already working to implement these provisions and struggling with questions regarding counting stalking crimes, determining Clery geography in stalking cases, and implementing stalking awareness and prevention programming. In this free webinar, the Stalking Resource Center and the Clery Center will explore these and other issues related to recognizing and effectively responding to stalking on campus.
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The Intersection of Stalking and Sexual Assault (January 28, 2015) - This webinar will address the often overlooked link between stalking and sexual assault. Stalking is a crime that is often co-perpetrated with other crimes, such as domestic violence and sexual assault. Research supports a connection between stalking and sexual assault—both pre- and post-assault. In this webinar, we will explore the nature and dynamics of stalking, focusing on its intersection with sexual assault. We will also discuss ways in which this information impacts our responses to and services for victims. Michelle M. Garcia, Director of the Stalking Resource Center, National Center for Victims of Crime will be the presenter. This session will provide useful information and strategies for a wide variety of professionals, including prosecutors and other lawyers, law enforcement, medical professionals, judges, victim advocates, journalists and communications professionals, and others who interact with and write about sexual assault victims.
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Stalking: A Qualifying Crime for a U Visa (January 22, 2015) - An immigrant victim of stalking may qualify for a U visa. Unfortunately, stalking is a crime that is often misunderstood, minimized or missed entirely. For this reason the National Latin@ Network from Casa de Esperanza and the Stalking Resource Center are partnering to help advocates better represent immigrant victims of stalking. The webinar will give an overview of the U visa, and will provide advocates with tools and knowledge on the crime of stalking. This will aid in the identification of the crime and will provide strategies to prove the "substantial physical or emotional abuse" requirement for the U visa. Please click here to download a PDF of the slides. There is no recording at this time. Please check back at a later date.
The Stalking and Harassment Assessment and Risk Profile Webinar (December 10, 2014) - This training is co-hosted by the Battered Women's Justice Project and the Stalking Resource Center. This presentation will introduce the Stalking and Harassment Assessment and Risk Profile (SHARP) and will describe the assumptions and conceptual framework. The overall goal of SHARP is to provide a research informed tool for increasing awareness of stalking by: (1) Assessing the “big picture” of stalking; (2) describing the risk profile to better understand the level of concern and dangerousness of the situation; (3) providing users with a narrative summary of responses to the assessment questions in a word document that can be used for a variety of purposes; and, (4) suggesting research-grounded safety strategies based on assessment responses for consideration. SHARP is a tool that can be used in conjunction with other risk assessments and tools in the field. SHARP can be used by victims or others on behalf of the victim.
The presenters will be TK Logan, Professor, Department of Behavioral Science, College of Medicine, and the Center on Drug and Alcohol Research at the University of Kentucky and Teri Faragher, Executive Director of the Domestic Violence Prevention Board, Lexington, KY.
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Supporting Stalking Victims Who Relocate for Personal Safety: Effective Strategies for Future Privacy & Safety Webinar (November 20, 2014) - Victims of stalking often relocate, sometimes multiple times, for their personal safety and privacy. Victim service providers and other responders working with these victims face unique challenges given the vast amount of data and information available online and elsewhere that stalkers may access. In this webinar, participants will learn how breaches in location, personal or other information may occur in stalking cases and how to strategize with victims to prevent future breaches and preserve privacy post-relocation. We will also explore the potential risks and benefits for stalking victims who are considering identity change as part of their safety planning and what factors should explored with the victim to determine if it is a viable and safe option.
The presenter, Valenda Applegarth, is a Senior Staff Attorney at Greater Boston Legal Services in Boston, Massachusetts and founder of the nation’s first Relocation Counseling Project. This model project, created in 1999, transformed victim services surrounding victim relocation and was a 2006 recipient of The Mary Byron Foundation “Celebrating Solutions Award” for innovative programming. In 2008, the original project was expanded to the current Relocation Counseling and Identity Protection Initiative, an OVW funded national technical assistance project in partnership with the NNEDV Fund. Ms. Applegarth has represented victims of sexual and domestic violence and stalking for more than 20 years. She has trained extensively on victim relocation, privacy, child custody jurisdiction and other related legal issues throughout the U.S. for the past 14 years. She is a graduate of Thomas M. Cooley School of Law and the University of Michigan. Please click here to download a PDF of the slides.
Working with Victims of Stalking (September 3, 2014) - The Stalking Resource Center partnered with The National Indigenous Women's Resource Center to create this webinar. In this webinar, we will examine the effects of stalking on victims and considerations for working with victims, including victim safety, documentation, and advocacy and support services. Practical issues of threat assessment and safety planning with stalking victims will also be discussed. Click here to download a PDF of the slides.
The Use of Technology to Stalk (August 27, 2014) - The Stalking Resource Center partnered with The National Indigenous Women's Resource Center to create this webinar. These days, most stalking cases involve some form of technology misuse or abuse by the offender. In this webinar we will explore some of the most common forms of technology used to stalk, including cell phones, computers, and GPS. We will also address considerations for evidence preservation of technology-based stalking. Click here to download a PDF of the slides.
Stalking and the Intersection with Domestic Violence (August 20, 2014) - The Stalking Resource Center partnered with The National Indigenous Women's Resource Center to create this webinar. Stalking -- a dangerous and potentially lethal crime -- is often misunderstood, minimized, or missed entirely. This webinar will address the prevalence and dynamics of stalking with a focus on the intersection of stalking and domestic violence. Please click here to download a PDF of the slides.
Prosecuting Stalking (August 5, 2014) - The Stalking Resource Center partnered with the Texas Council On Family Violence to create this webinar. Research has shown that 6.6 million adults are stalked in one year in the United States, yet stalking is a crime that is often misunderstood, minimized, or missed entirely – especially in “typical” domestic violence cases. In this webinar, presenters, Rebecca Dreke and Elaina Roberts, from the Stalking Resource Center will discuss the importance of recognizing this intersection of stalking in intimate partner violence cases. It is important prosecutors learn to better recognize stalking behaviors as threatening, criminal behaviors that may play out in an intimate partner violence case. This recognition can lead to better charges filed, enhanced criminal penalties, the allowance of evidence that would be otherwise non-admissible, and help protect the victim from a potentially lethal encounter. The presenters will address the importance of thorough investigation, evidence preservation, collection, and documentation, as well as how to best work with investigators but also victims to get this necessary evidence.
Stalking and Intimate Partner Violence (June 17, 2014) - Stalking-a dangerous and potentially lethal crime-is often misunderstood, minimized, or missed entirely. Michelle Garcia, Director of the Stalking Resource Center, will address the prevalence and dynamics of stalking, the intersection of stalking and domestic violence, and the risk of violence and lethality in stalking cases. She will also discuss the effects of stalking on victims as well as considerations for law enforcement, prosecutors, victim service providers, and other allied professionals responding to stalking crimes. Click here to download a PDF of the slides.
Understanding Stalking Dynamics and Implications for Transgender Individiuals and Communities (May 8, 2014) - The Stalking Resource Center partnered with FORGE to present this webinar. Recent national data indicates that 6.6 million people are stalked in a one year period in the United States; yet stalking is a crime that is often misunderstood, minimized or missed entirely. Rebecca Dreke, Deputy Director of the Stalking Resource Center, will provide foundational information on stalking, including common stalking dynamics, the impact on victims, and how victim service providers can better assist transgender victims and survivors of stalking. Additionally, the webinar will include a case study in which a transgender professor was stalked by a student. We will explore how their respective identities compromised the effectiveness of officials’ and bystanders’ responses. Webinar participants will be offered practical tools on safety planning and threat assessment as well as other examples to support them in better serving transgender individuals who have experienced stalking. To listen to the webinar or access the resources, please click here.
Teens and Stalking Webinar (February 27, 2014) - Research indicates that 12% of adult stalking victims report being stalked before the age of 18, yet this statistic may underestimate the reality of teen stalking victimization for a variety of reasons. Although the dynamics of stalking among teens and stalking among adults are often similar—including primarily intimate partner offenders, low reporting rates, and connection to sexual and physical assault— practitioners should know how they differ to better serve the populations they work with. In this webinar we will explore what the research indicates about teen stalking victimization as well as some considerations for working with teen victims/survivors. Click here to download a PDF of the slides.
Technology Abuse Evidentiary Issues (January 21, 2014) - Stalkers and domestic violence perpetrators are increasingly using technology as part of their course of conduct. GPS tracking devices, spyware, Facebook tampering, and harassing text messages--technological abuse is present in many cases of stalking and intimate partner violence. This webinar will equip attorneys, advocates, and members of the judiciary to better handle the introduction of evidence of technological abuse. By gaining a greater understanding of the case law and evidentiary rules related to technological abuse, participants will be better prepared to:
- Maneuver the ethical requirements of gathering and documenting technological abuse,
- Get evidence of technological abuse admitted into court.
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National Stalking Awareness Month 2014 Webinar (December 6, 2013) - January 2014 will mark the 10th anniversary of the first National Stalking Awareness Month (NSAM). This webinar discusses the history of NSAM and planning for the 2014 observance. Our speakers include Michelle Garcia, director of the Stalking Resource Center; Kevin Sweeney with the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice; and special guest Debbie Riddle, whose sister, Peggy Klinke, was murdered by a stalker in January 2003. It is in Peggy’s memory that we commemorate Stalking Awareness Month in January each year. Click here to download a PDF of the slides.
Stalking on Campus (September 25, 2013) - Hosted by the Stalking Resource Center at the National Center for Victims of Crime and the Clery Center for Security on Campus. Research has repeatedly found that the rate of stalking on college and university campuses is higher than in the general population. In this webinar, we will look at the prevalence and dynamics of stalking on campus. Discussion will include how technology is used by stalkers and addressing the social normalization of stalking. Recommendation for enhancing campus responses to stalking will also be provided. Click here to download a PDF of the slides.
Recognizing and Responding to Stalking in Later Life (January 31, 2013) - Hosted by the Stalking Resource Center at the National Center for Victims of Crime and the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life. A 2010 national study found that 1 in 6 women and 1 in 19 men will be stalked in their lifetime. While stalking occurs across the lifespan, research indicates that approximately 10% of stalking victims are ages 50 – 64 and 4% are age 65 or older. Most stalking victims know their offenders. For older stalking victims, the offender may be current or former intimate partner, a relative, or an acquaintance, such as a current or former care giver. Victims of stalking in later life face unique challenges, including lack of dedicated services for stalking victims and lack of recognition of stalking among providers of services to older adults. This webinar provided an understanding of the dynamics of stalking, explored the challenges faced by victims of stalking in later life, and provided professionals with considerations for working with older stalking victims.
National Stalking Awareness Month 2013 (November 28, 2012) - January is National Stalking Awareness Month (NSAM), a month to raise awareness about the 6.6 million people who are stalked in the United States in one year. In this webinar, the Stalking Resource Center, a program of the National Center for Victims of Crime, and the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice, discuss the history of National Stalking Awareness Month, how other communities have observed NSAM in the past, and how you can plan for 2013. We provide resources, campaign posters, and take away material, such as our “31 Days of Status Updates” to post on your social networking sites during the month of January.
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Planning for National Stalking Awareness Month on Your Campus (November 15, 2012) - January is National Stalking Awareness Month. Every year, organizations and communities schedule events to raise awareness about the 6.6 million people who are stalked in the US in one year. In this webinar, hosted by CALCASA, Laura Kikuchi, Program Assistant for the Stalking Resource Center (SRC), and Hema Khan, Program Attorney of the SRC, provided information and resources to help plan for National Stalking Awareness Month on campuses, and discussed how to create an effective stalking response on campus. Click here for more information and to listen to the webinar.
Stalking: Prevalence, Lethality, and Impact (November 8, 2012) - Hosted by the Battered Women's Justice Project. Research indicates that 6.6 million people were stalked in one year in the United States. Yet, stalking is a crime that is often misunderstood, minimized or missed entirely. This webinar addresses the dynamics of stalking, including the most common stalking behaviors, the relationship between victims and offenders, and the impact of stalking on victims. It also discusses the intersection of stalking and domestic violence and other crimes.
Threat Assessment in Stalking Cases (November 1, 2012) - Research indicates that 1 in 6 women and 1 in 19 men will be stalked in their lifetime. Assessing the threat faced by stalking victims is critical to enhancing victim safety. While there are a number of threat assessment tools available, they are written to be used within a domestic violence or other context rather than being specific to stalking. In this webinar, Dr. Karl Roberts provides an overview of stalking violence before discussing the development and validation of the empirically based stalking threat assessment tool which is widely used by law enforcement and victims in the United Kingdom. Pilot testing revealed that the tool is quick and easy to use and provides a sound and reliable assessment of stalking threat.
Stalking and Orders of Protections (June 6, 2011) - Hosted by the National Center on Protection Orders and Full Faith & Credit, Michelle Garcia, Director, Stalking Resource Center, and Marc Guillory, Assistant District Attorney, City and County San Francisco, presented a webinar on Stalking and Orders of Protection.
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