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The Lecture Series is held at various times throughout the year in DCAC’s state-of-the-art training facility. The Lecture Series is designed for the sole purpose of providing training to only those people employed by governmental and nonprofit agencies in the fields of law enforcement, prosecution, child protective services, social work, children's advocacy, therapy, probation, parole, and medicine who work directly with child victims of crime and whose intent is to help children in their healing process. 

Interviewing Child Victims with Disabilities 

January 13, 2017 9:00 am – 4:00 pm 

Presenter: Scott J. Modell, Ph.D.

Target Audience: All disciplines 

Studies have long established that children with disabilities are disproportionately criminally victimized. Specifically, the rate of violence experienced by children with disabilities is almost triple the rate compared to children without disabilities. There are a number of factors related to children with disabilities susceptibility to interactions with the criminal justice system. In addition to these factors, many significant barriers exist, both real and perceived, that limit investigation and prosecution of these cases. Understanding and communicating effectively with children with disabilities who come into contact with the criminal justice system are necessary skills for child protective services, law enforcement, children’s advocacy center staff, and other social service personnel. The participants in this training will develop a broader understanding of children with disabilities as well as new strategies for effective interviewing and communicating.

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Strangulation: A Hidden Crime

February 24, 2017 9:00 am – 4:00 pm 

Presenter: Kelsey McKay

Target Audience: All disciplines 

Over the last decade, as felony strangulation statutes have been enacted throughout the country, communities have been shocked at the devastating prevalence in which this disturbing assault exists between intimate partners. Through proper training, responders have started to better identify this often missed and lethal crime—finally giving this crime and the victims a voice. The next step is to educate those working in the child population so that we can recognize and better document when children have been either victims or witnesses to strangulation. 

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