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Best practices to investigate sexual assault and work with other responders

Investigating Sexual Assault two (2) day sixteen (16) hour comprehensive course offered for all responders of  sexual assault including law enforcement, advocates, prosecutors, medical professionals, and first responders. Currently, officers may receive POST credits, prosecutors may receive CLE credits, and first responders may receive additional credits.

To view upcoming Investigating Sexual Assault training hosted by the Montana Department of Justice,  please click the following link: the Montana Law Enforcement Academy’s Professional Programs Schedule. 

Due to COVID-19, all field trainings are suspended until further notice.

Sexual crimes are complicated and usually involve a team of professionals. To effectively and appropriately respond to victims of sexual assault, it is important to have the training and foundation to be confident in the response. Your training may consist of survivor-centered best practices and a trauma-informed approach.  In addition, responders of sexual crimes need to be aware of the importance of teamwork. A multidisciplinary team may significantly increase the effectiveness of the overall response to the victim and public safety. Furthermore, the best practice guidelines all contain common threads to be considered when updating policy that increases the effectiveness in response to sexual assault. Guidelines of best practices contain—but are not limited to—the following: survivor-first methods, trauma-informed care, multidisciplinary actions and procedures, well-trained and/or staff specifically hired to deal with sexual assault, continuing education of rape myths and sexual trauma, and access to sexual assault specific resources to all staff, responding officers, survivors, and advocates. (PERF, 2018; IACP, 2015; WHO, 2013).

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Benefits of a Coordinated Community Response to Sexual Violence Issues 


DOJ Kit Track Training Series Flyer and Agenda

Registration Required – See below 

Free Virtual 90-minute Kit Track Training Series hosted by the Montana Department of Justice SAKI program. Training Series will be offered every third (3rd) Wednesday of each month starting at 10:00 am and every first (1st) Thursday starting at 2:00 pm until September 2021.

Kit Track Training will cover an in-depth discussion of the following:
Sexual assault kit testing policies and procedures;
Learn about available resources and training;
Introduction to the kit track system;
Demonstration of the kit track system, and;

DateTimeRegistration Link
Wednesday, January 20, 202110:00 AM https://app.mt.gov/cgi-bin/confreg2/index.cgi?CONFERENCE_ID=8265&ACTION=INTRO


Click on  the link to learn more about each item below:

                                     ITEM                                       DESCRIPTION                                     DOWNLOADABLE PDF
Investigating Sexual Assault: A Field Guide for Law Enforcement OfficersBest practices for responding to, and investigating sexual assault crimesInvestigating Sexual Assault Field Guide
Kit Track and Victim Rights InformationResource for responders to give to victims of sexual assault includes instructions to track a SAK and listed victim rights Kit Track and Victim Rights Card
Patient Consent Form Informs person of options when a sexual assault forensic examination is requestedNEW Patient Consent Form
Cultural AwarenessCultural considerations when responding to, and investigating sexual assault crimesCultural Awareness
Community and System Based AdvocatesThe different roles and responsibilities of advocatesCommunity and Systems Based Advocacy
Victim or Survivor TerminologyA resource from SAKI TTA outlining important considerations about when to use victim or survivor terminologyVictim or Survivor Terminology from Investigation Through Prosecution
Sexual Assault Kit Tracking System Advocate Information Release AgreementA consent form for advocates to use when sharing confidential sexual assault kit tracking information.Coming Soon
Active Listening TermsWays to practice active listeningActive Listening Terms
Kit Tracker Instructions Step by step instructions to process kits in the kit tracking systemDOJ Montana Kit Track Law Enforcement Portal Guide
Attorney General MemoSexual Assault Kit Tracking System Memo from the Attorney General’s OfficeSAK Kit Tracking System memo

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