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Podcast on Crimes Against Women

Conference on Crimes Against Women

The Conference on Crimes Against Women (CCAW) is thrilled the announce the Podcast on Crimes Against Women (PCAW). Continuing with our third season, the PCAW releases new episodes every Monday. The PCAW will serve as an extension of the information and topics presented at the annual Conference, providing in-depth dialogue, fresh perspectives, and relevant updates by experts in the fields of victim advocacy, criminal justice, medicine, and more. The presence of a global pandemic and our shifting “new normal” with COVID-19 has not decreased the frequency of crimes against women nor has it reduced the passion of those who serve survivors. This podcast’s format hopes to create a space for topical conversations aimed to engage and educate community members on the issue of violence against women, how it impacts our daily lives, and how we can work together to create lasting cultural and systemic change.

DNA & Cold Cases: Getting Away With Murder
Jun 27 2022
DNA & Cold Cases: Getting Away With Murder
Recorded on location at the 2022 Conference on Crimes Against Women, each episode in this bonus series will deepen our understanding of DNA testing, how it supports cold case investigations and prosecutions, and what's ahead for crime solvers around the globe.Can someone get away with murder in the 21st century? Advances in DNA testing, forensic genetic genealogy and forensic investigation are making it more difficult to do so, and applying these advances to homicide investigations is significantly reducing the time it takes to catch a killer. Forensic psychologist, Dr. Lawrence Simon, explains the critical work of investigators who pursue cold cases, serial killings and other crimes committed by deviant offenders, and how they benefit from collaboration with experts from around the world via The Vidocq Society and the Cold Case Foundation, where he is a collaborator. Dr. Simon walks us through the importance of old-fashioned detective work combined with cutting-edge technology, DNA evidence and luck - all of these playing vital roles in making it less likely for someone to get away with murder. Dr. Simon has spent over a decade working on complex crimes against persons cases and is a vital member of major cold case task forces, assisting investigators on high profile serial homicides. At the 2022 Conference on Crimes Against Women, Dr. Simon presented 3 sessions of his highly popular topic, "Sexual Deviant Killers." This is his second appearance on the Podcast on Crimes Against Women.
Corporate Responses to Domestic Violence
May 16 2022
Corporate Responses to Domestic Violence
Corporate America is not immune to the impact of domestic violence. With over 70 million women in the workforce and 1-in-4 women experiencing abuse in the home most workplaces in America employ someone living in an abusive relationship. In this episode, we discuss the need for a "coordinated corporate response" to domestic violence, one that includes organization-wide and cross-departmental engagement, employee training, and occupational safety in order to nimbly address the needs of employees who experience domestic violence. Ruth Guerreiro, Senior Director of Clinical Services at Genesis Women's Shelter & Support, and Effie Dennison, Executive Vice President, Director of Community Development and Corporate Responsibility for Texas Capital Bank join the conversation to expand on how corporations can be the catalyst for change when an employee turns to their employer for support. Ruth Guerreiro is the Senior Director of Clinical and Non-Residential Services at Genesis Women's Shelter & Support (GWSS). For the past 10 years, Ms. Guerreiro has been advocating for and providing cutting-edge therapeutic services to women and children who have experienced domestic violence. She supervises and trains clinicians across all locations to guarantee that GWSS is providing best-practice therapies for clients. Ms. Guerreiro seeks out, develops, oversees and integrates trauma-informed programs to ensure the organization and staff continue to be thought leaders in the movement to end domestic violence. She is EMDR certified, an EMDRIA Consultant, an LCSW licensing supervisor, and a CPT provider, in addition to providing expert testimony in court on behalf of survivors. Ms. Guerreiro has provided individual and group therapy to over 1,000 survivors.Effie Dennison is Executive Vice President, Director of Community Development and Corporate Responsibility for Texas Capital Bank (TCB) and is responsible for the bank’s strategic investment and community relations activities across all TCB Texas markets. Responsibilities include fulfillment of the banks’ philanthropic giving, employee engagement and Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). Ms. Dennison is also President of Texas Capital Community Development Corporation (CDC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the bank that provides commercial loans for development and revitalization of economically distressed areas. The CDC also makes long-term investments in various funds that provide equity for small and mid-size businesses. Dennison has over 28 years of experience in financial services. Prior to joining Texas Capital Bank, Dennison served in executive roles as Director of Sales and Marketing for Vendor Resource Management, Fannie Mae North Texas and Senior Vice President of Community Development for Wells Fargo Bank-Texas.
Taken from us: Guns and the victimization of American mothers
May 9 2022
Taken from us: Guns and the victimization of American mothers
When Melody McFadden was 17, her mother was shot and killed in a domestic violence incident. Her mother’s boyfriend, who committed the murder, was a prior convicted felon who had obtained an illegal weapon. In 2014, Melody's niece was killed by a stray bullet, also from an illegal weapon.Ruhi Bengali is a new mom and a gun violence researcher whose work reveals that women with children, including those who are pregnant or postpartum, face significantly higher risk of gun violence from a partner or former partner than any other demographic in the United States. Melody and Ruhi are important voices at the intersection of gun violence and intimate partner violence: both are mothers who are working to better understand the underpinnings of gun violence against women in order to create a safer future for mothers everywhere. Together they are also a wellspring of knowledge on issues surrounding gun access, related legislation, current research, and boots on the ground action to reduce gun violence against mothers. Ruhi Bengali is an Associate Research Director at Everytown for Gun Safety and leads their research efforts on the intersection of gun violence and intimate partner violence, the impact of gun violence on children and teens and school violence. Melody McFadden is a gun violence survivor and volunteer with Moms Demand Action in South Carolina as well as a Senior Fellow with the Everytown Survivor Network. Melody is a dedicated advocate for gun violence prevention, with a specific focus on the many facets of domestic violence, trauma, and prohibiting people with dangerous histories from obtaining guns.
When the Abuser is One of Our Own: Law Enforcement Responses to Officers as Offenders of Violence Against Women
Mar 28 2022
When the Abuser is One of Our Own: Law Enforcement Responses to Officers as Offenders of Violence Against Women
Recent, reliable sources that document domestic violence by law enforcement professionals are difficult to locate. A 1991 survey by Leonore Johnson claims that 40 percent of officers commit a form of abuse in the home and that two in five officers who respond to domestic disturbance calls are abusers themselves (source: Alex Rosin). These are startling claims that require further investigation to better understand their context. Even more alarming is that in the past, domestic violence committed by law enforcement officers was largely unreported or underreported, and when a complaint was filed, police departments often did not take appropriate action. Dr. Stephany Powell, a retired LAPD Vice Sergeant with 30 years on the force, provides both history and clarification of these statistics, as well as the response of law enforcement to criminal behavior among police officers. Dr. Powell, now an educator and trainer of law enforcement officers in her role as the Director of Law Enforcement Training and Survivor Services at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, explores the history of police recruiting and training, the so-called code of silence within the police force, the impact of PTSD and addiction on police officers, and just how far we’ve come from the days when domestic violence, sexual assault and the objectification of women were acceptable behaviors from those sworn to protect and serve. Included in this episode is a poignant quote from keynote speaker of the 2022 Conference on Crimes Against Women, Mark Wynn, a retired Lieutenant Detective of the Nashville Metropolitan Police Department, as referenced in Alex Rosin’s 2017 book Police Wife: The Secret Epidemic of Police Domestic Violence.
When Disaster Strikes: A Guide to Preventing and Responding to Sexual Violence During the Worst of Times
Mar 7 2022
When Disaster Strikes: A Guide to Preventing and Responding to Sexual Violence During the Worst of Times
Disasters - both natural and human-influenced - increase risks for sexual violence against women, children and men with an estimated 1-in-5 women and 1-in-17 men impacted by these actions. That risk is further elevated for vulnerable populations including BIPOC and children living with their abusers. In response to these startling statistics, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) developed its first guide to preventing and responding to sexual violence within disasters in 2008. Recently updated and expanded, the NSVRC Disasters Guidebook, “Sexual Violence In Disasters ” (aka "the guide") offers thought-provoking ideas and recommendations on disaster preparedness that can both prevent and address experiences of disaster-related sexual violence. In this episode we explore the guide, the expansive and troubling sexual violence continuum within disasters and instances of sexual violence found within the calamities of Hurricane Katrina, the COVID pandemic and the current war in Ukraine with expert Jennifer Grove, Prevention Director at NSVRC. Ms. Grove has worked in the sexual violence prevention movement for over 24 years conducting community-based domestic violence and sexual assault programs and the national prevention work of the NSVRC by providing training and resources to sexual assault coalitions, state departments of health, local community programs, and other organizations working to develop, implement, and evaluate sexual violence prevention strategies. Listeners are encouraged to review the guide in detail on the NSVRC website.
Understanding the Horrors of Familicide: A Sociological Perspective on Fatality Review, Risk Assessment and Coordinated Responses in Unique Cases of Domestic Violence Homicide
Feb 28 2022
Understanding the Horrors of Familicide: A Sociological Perspective on Fatality Review, Risk Assessment and Coordinated Responses in Unique Cases of Domestic Violence Homicide
The Podcast on Crimes Against Women welcomes Professor of Sociology Dr. Neil Websdale to explore the subject of familicide - the killing of a spouse or partner, one or more of the children, and followed by the suicide of the perpetrator.  Familicidal incidents number just 10 to 20 homicides each year in the U.S., yet they captivate national attention through their profound horror and extreme atrocity. Through a sociological lens, Dr. Websdale expands our understanding of what constitutes a familicidal killing, the motivations of those actions, how these crimes impact our society and more. Leaning into his extensive experience with fatality review of domestic violence cases, Dr. Websdale explains the shortcomings and opportunities of traditional approaches to domestic violence homicides such as the power and control wheel, lethality assessments, coordinated community responses, law enforcement training et al, with the ultimate recommendation that these unique and complex crimes require unique and layered solutions that include a wider perspective in order to understand them and prevent future atrocities.Dr. Websdale is the Director of the Family Violence Institute at Northern Arizona University and Director of the National Domestic Violence Fatality Review Initiative (NDVFRI). Dr. Websdale has published work on domestic violence, the history of crime, policing, social change, and public policy. He has authored five books, with the most recent being Familicidal Hearts: The Emotional Styles of 211 Killers was published by Oxford University Press in 2010. Dr. Websdale is a past presenter at the Conference on Crimes Against Women.