“The majority of stalking victims are stalked by someone they know.”
ABOUT THIS PROGRAM
Identifying, Preserving, and Presenting Digital Evidence of Stalking and other Crimes
As technology becomes more integral to our lives, offenders have increasingly used – and misused – technology to facilitate stalking and other criminal activity. Stalking is a prevalent, dangerous, and often misunderstood crime that often intersects with intimate partner violence. It is imperative that digital evidence is identified, preserved, and presented to demonstrate how offenders assert power and control as well as how they locate, surveil, and monitor their victims.
This presentation will demonstrate how digital platforms can contain evidence of stalking, intimate partner violence, nonconsensual distribution of intimate images, and other related crimes. The presenters will demonstrate common technology misused by offenders, provide strategies for preserving digital evidence, and discuss theories of admission.
WHO SHOULD WATCH
This Lunch-N-Learn is valuable to a multidisciplinary audience, including prosecutors, victim attorneys, victim advocates, court advocates, judges, law enforcement, victim service professionals, and survivors.
Attorney Advisor, AEquitas
Jane Anderson brings her expertise in prosecuting domestic violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking to her role as an Attorney Advisor with AEquitas. Prior to joining AEquitas, Jane served as a prosecutor in Miami, Florida where she tried many of the state’s first human trafficking cases. In her role as a founding member of the Human Trafficking Unit, Jane developed policies to better identify and provide necessary services to trafficking victims, while ensuring offender accountability through the use of digital evidence and creative charging decisions. Jane also served as a supervisor in the Domestic Violence Unit, where she trained new attorneys and oversaw the prosecution of domestic violence, stalking, and violations of protection orders. Throughout her career, Jane prosecuted felony-level crimes of all types, including homicide, kidnapping, and sexual assault.
Jane graduated cum laude from American University, Washington College of Law, and is based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Dana Fleitman, M.A.Ed.H.D
Training & Awareness Specialist, Stalking Prevention, Awareness, & Resource Center (SPARC) of AEquitas
Dana has been with the Stalking Prevention, Awareness, and Resource Center (SPARC) since 2018. In this role, she provides in-person workshops, online training, and technical assistance to multidisciplinary professionals across the country on recognizing and responding to stalking. Dana develops resources, curriculum, and publications on stalking and leads SPARC’s National Stalking Awareness Month efforts each January.
Prior to joining SPARC, Dana was the Senior Manager of Prevention and Training Programs at Jewish Women International (JWI), the leading Jewish organization working to end violence against all women and girls. Her work at JWI included creating, delivering, and managing multiple educational programs on interpersonal and sexual violence for audiences ranging from teens to campuses to professionals in the field. She also wrote and supported federal and foundation grants and coordinated a monthly webinar training program for domestic violence service providers.
Dana’s previous experience includes coordinating training and technical assistance for the HHS Office of Adolescent Health teen pregnancy prevention grantees. She also has direct service experience with groups including foster teens, refugees, and recent immigrants.
Dana graduated from American University with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and George Washington University with a Master of Arts in Education and Human Development. She is based in Washington, D.C.
RESOURCES FOR PROFESSIONALS
The Stalking and Harassment Assessment and Risk Profile (SHARP) is a 43 item web-based assessment developed from the empirical research, clinical literature, stories from stalking victims, case studies, as well as feedback from victims, advocates, and other professionals in the field. SHARP provides an assessment of the “big picture” of the stalking situation.
The First Responders Guide to Stalking was created by the Department of Justice and the Stop Violence Against Women Grants Technical Assistance Project. This Checklist for Law Enforcement Response to Stalking provides guidance for law enforcement to enforce the law and thoroughly investigate stalking cases while being sensitive to the needs of victims. By using this Checklist, dispatchers and responding and investigating officers, as well as supervisors and agency policy-makers, can assess their response to stalking cases—both as individuals and as an entire agency. Fully implementing the Checklist’s practices will provide tools so law enforcement can safely and sensitively intervene to protect victims; hold offenders accountable for their violent, coercive actions; and reduce the likelihood of additional harm to or revictimization of stalking survivors.
The guidance below is intended for general informational purposes only and is not designed to replace a personalized safety plan created with the assistance of a professional. The suggestions below are also not exhaustive. You are the expert on your own life and you know best what options might be possible or feasible.
These resources may enhance your knowledge of and response to the crime of stalking. SPARC is not affiliated with these organizations/resources and is sharing them for informational purposes only.
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