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Preventing & investigating abuse

  • The importance of a Domestic Violence Evidence Kit

    By: Jocelyne Terilli
    Why these kits differ from sexual assault evidence kits Specially trained forensic nurses or Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) regularly document the medical injuries of sexual assault victims, providing medical evidence of allegations or a crime. Often, domestic violence victims do not receive a comprehensive forensic exam. “Officers and detectives regularly document visible injuries suffered in domestic assaults but they are not trained to administer the more comprehensive forensic...
  • We should never be silent

    By: Jocelyne Terilli
    According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, “abuse” is defined as the “cruel and violent treatment of a person or animal.” It’s a short definition and a short word that doesn’t truly convey the amount of horror it encompasses. This “cruel and violent treatment” can include domestic abuse, child abuse, sexual abuse, elderly abuse, animal abuse, financial abuse, human trafficking, and more. Any kind of abuse exists when someone wields cruel power over someone, who is often...