December 20, 2017

EVAWI Launches Redesigned Start by Believing Website
This month, End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) launched their redesigned, multi-media Start by Believing website. The new homepage allows visitors to choose their path and enter Start by Believing or Seek Then Speak, an avenue for survivors to learn about and access immediate services, reporting options, and resources.
Start by Believing is a global campaign started by EVAWI to change the way we respond to sexual assault. Most victims never report their assault to law enforcement for fear of being re-traumatized by the process and reactions from friends and family. According to EVAWI, "knowing how to respond is critical, because a negative response can worsen the trauma and foster an environment where perpetrators face no consequences for their crimes."
The Start by Believing site contains information and resources to launch your own campaign, including graphics, brochures, posters, and presentations. Colleges and universities can start a movement by implementing actions outlined in the Campus Action Kit and encouraging campus community members to take the pledge. Additional action kits are available for law enforcement, prosecutors, communities, and more.
Seek Then Speak is a resource center for victims of sexual assault. The site is designed to help someone who has been sexually assaulted make sense of what has happened to them, explore the options they have, and help determine what actions they might want to take. This is all available via desktop computer, mobile, or even landline phone. In addition, friends and family members of sexual assault victims can find information about how to support a survivor.
If you'd like to receive up-to-date information on Start by Believing and other EVAWI offerings, please join their mailing list.

Download the incident review report.
Critical Incident Review Report
Last year, the Pulse nightclub shooting attack claimed the lives of 49 individuals and injured 58 more. The Orlando Police Department (OPD) performed their duties with courage and professionalism, averting a potentially greater loss of life.
Following the incident, OPD recognized there were many important lessons learned and asked the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) to conduct a critical incident review of the attack. Released this week, the COPS Office and Police Foundation report on the incident review, RESCUE, RESPONSE, AND RESILIENCE: A critical incident review of the Orlando public safety response to the attack on the Pulse nightclub (PDF), details multiple aspects of the attack and response, including leadership, collaboration, tactics, equipment, training, emergency medical care, officer safety, public information, and community relationships. It identifies best practices for planning, training, and procedures in all areas of response to a similar attack or mass casualty event and can serve as a valuable guide to law enforcement or first responders, including those on campuses, seeking to prepare for similar incidents.
For more resources on critical or mass casualty incidents, visit our searchable  library.

Professional Development Opportunities

Title: Study Abroad: School Responsibilities to Identify and Mitigate Risks for Safer Travel
Organization: Depart Smart
Date:  January 10, 2018 at 1:00 PM ET
Location: Online
Fee: Registration fee

Title: Active Shooter Level I Co-Taught
Organization: Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training
Dates: February 19-20, 2018
Location: Scott, LA
Fee: Free

Title: Focus on Standard 8: Crafting Emergency Action Plans & Protocols
Organization: The Forum on Education Abroad 
Date:  August 28, 2018
Location: Weston, MA
Fee: Registration fee

For additional trainings and events, access our searchable online calendar.

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This project was supported by Grant No. 2013-MU-BX-K011 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the US Department of Justice.