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Training: Testimony Training for Sexual Assault Nurses Examiners, Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners
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SANE Expert Witness Training

The U.S. Department of Justice’s National Indian Country Training Initiative, in partnership with the International Association of Forensic Nurses and the SAFEta Project, are pleased to announce the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners' Expert Witness Training.  The seminar dates for 2020 have not been announced yet.  The training will be held at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina.  Travel and lodging accommodations will be provided by the Office of Legal Education. There is no tuition charged for this class.


Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs) are specialists in one of the most well-known fields within the field of forensic nursing.  Many prosecutors are comfortable using forensic nurses to testify to the facts of a case.  However, forensic nurses are often overlooked as accessible expert witnesses.  Prosecutors can use forensic nursing expert testimony to educate the jury on the characteristics of battered individuals (to include minimizing and recanting, mechanisms of injury and wounds) and to inform the jury why there may be an absence of injury.  Forensic nurses can also assist prosecutors by reviewing medical records prior to trial and identifying relevant portions of the documentation.


Who should attend this class?

This training is designed for SANEs who are going to be providing court testimony and for prosecutors assigned to sexual assault and domestic violence cases who want to learn more about the effective use of the SANE as an expert witness in their cases.  Priority admission will go to those medical providers working on cases arising in Indian Country


This class has a mock trial component, and prosecutors and SANE(s) who work cases together are encouraged to register as a team. Training Officers/SACs/SSRAs are invited to nominate individuals from their division or department who would benefit from this training opportunity


Registration IS NOT Currently open for this event.


This training is authorized under the Government Employees Training Act. 


For questions about this training feel free to contact Kim Day via email at:


Curriculum Content:

There will be courtroom exercises focused on the introduction and use of SANE testimony in a sexual assault case. Participants are encouraged to register as a team; for example, a prosecutor and SANE may register as a team. Individual registrations will be considered, but priority will be given to team applicants.


IAFN is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.  Nursing Continuing Education hours will be offered for completion of this training.

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