When it comes to an effective response to sexual assault, it is vitally important that victims have access to the most compassionate care possible and that evidence is collected properly to strengthen investigations and prosecutions of perpetrators. Recognizing the critical importance of training for members of the health care community that perform these exams, in 2008, Dartmouth Medical School partnered with the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) to develop a Forensic and Clinical Management Virtual Practicum DVD (Virtual Practicum). Since its release, this comprehensive and inexpensive training tool has been distributed throughout the world.
In October 2019, OVW awarded EVAWI a grant, in partnership with NIJ, to update the Virtual Practicum to ensure that it incorporates advances in science, technology, and best practice recommendations. EVAWI and members of the original Dartmouth team that created the Virtual Practicum have collaborated with the AFN, IAFN and an Expert Practitioner Panel to re-master the Virtual Practicum. Presenters will describe the process for creating the revised Virtual Practicum and highlight new content, including how it has been updated to reflect the current National Protocol for Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examinations.