Kansas Chapter of IAFN Conference – Virtual – May 2021

Kansas Chapter of International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) Conference – Virtual

Audience: Attorneys, Health Care Providers, Judges, Law Enforcement, SANEs/SARTs, and Victim Advocacy

Date & Time:

Tuesday, May 25 & Wednesday, May 26, 2021

8:30 AM – 3:15 PM both days

Guest Speakers:

Strangulation Case Law and Why It All Matters?

Gael Strack, J.D., CEO and Co-Founder of Alliance for HOPE International   

Strangulation is one of the most lethal forms of domestic violence. Minimal pressure on the neck can cause serious injury, death, delayed death and/or long-term consequences.  This session will cover what every professional needs to know about non-fatal strangulation, including identifying the signs and symptoms, loss of consciousness and the long-term consequences of non-fatal strangulation, and will highlight strangulation law. Studies of perpetrator behavior suggest that strangulation is most frequently associated with power and control dynamics, and is therefore seen in domestic violence, serial rape, and serial murder.


Understanding Different Motives of Those Who Batter: A Criminal Case Study Analysis

Megan Ahsens, J.D., Johnson Co. Prosecutor
Dorthy Stucky Halley, LMSW, Family Peace Initiative

In this session, participants will be guided through co-occurring violent criminal cases in an examination of the different motives and the impact of those motives on offenders’ behaviors. This session takes us beyond the one-size-fits-all approach to understanding domestic violence, to more effectively work with the specific circumstance before us in each case. By understanding the different motives of those who batter, we can better understand the specific risk and lethality factors.


Alcohol Facilitated Sexual Assault: Who Needs Force When You Have Alcohol?

Patricia D. Powers, J.D., Aequitas, Attorney Advisor

Alcohol is the most common weapon used to facilitate sexual assault.  Offenders use alcohol because it renders victims vulnerable, affects memory, and impairs judgment and physical ability. This presentation will explore common issues and challenges related to the investigation and prosecution of sexual assault cases where alcohol is present. More specifically, it will focus on identifying corroborating evidence, interviewing victims, basic toxicology, the effect of societal attitudes about alcohol on determinations of victim credibility, and trial strategies. In addition, this presentation will promote a victim-centered response that incorporates offender-focused strategies for an effective trauma-informed investigation and prosecution.


Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Exams – A Case Study
Highlighting the Need for Better Collaboration

Carolyn Cordle, BSN, SANE-A, CEO SANE Solutions & Consulting
Mark Gibson, J.D., Platte Co. Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
Nancy Penrod, Detective, Platte Co. Sheriff’s Department

This discussion will highlight the need for collaborative efforts between law enforcement, prosecutors, and local forensic service providers by detailing the events that led to the investigation and apprehension of a serial rapist and murderer in 2011. The presentation will stress that despite working in an urban setting, MOUs need to be in place between hospitals, law enforcement and forensic service providers when situations like this arise in the future.


Law Enforcement Role in Human Trafficking Investigations

Jennifer White, ICT SOS
Steven Meyer, Detective, Wichita PD, FBI/Human Trafficking Task Force
Tina Peck, APRN, FNP-BC, SANE-A/P, Hope Medical Forensic Services

This session will describe the in-depth step-by-step law enforcement response to human trafficking from beginning to end. Detective Meyer will discuss case studies and a current overview of trends being seen by law enforcement among at-risk groups. The importance of an MDT response will be discussed, along with best practices in communicating with survivors and how communities can assist in filling gaps for service providers.  


Accountability Leads to Safety: Best Practices for
Multidisciplinary Responses to Sexual Assault Cases

                                                             Kathy Ray, MSW, Director of Advocacy, Education & Rural Projects,
Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence

Research demonstrates sex offenders have a clear impact on public safety. Holding offenders accountable is a violent crime reduction strategy that can link cases, identify serial offenders, and prevent future victimization. This session will provide strategies for multidisciplinary responses to sexual assault that increase offender accountability and safety for victims and communities. 


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Registration Fee:
No cost. Registration fee is paid by the Pittsburg State University ANE-SANE Grant Sponsorship. 

Registration Deadline: Friday, May 21, 2021

Please register early. Space is limited!

How To Register:

You must first create an account and login, then select the number of users you want to register and click “Register Now”.

The Zoom join link for this event will be emailed to all approved and complete registrants on May 24, 2021.  Please make sure you have the most current version of Zoom by downloading on this page.

We are committed to creating environments where we see our own and each other’s full humanity and everyone has the ability to thrive and fulfill their full potential in learning environments. Every effort will be made to ensure equitable access at this event.

For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please select your needs on the online registration form or contact trainingteam@kcsdv.org. Requests should be made at least 14 business days prior to the event.

Live Virtual Training Technical Requirements

WebcamWhile we are unable to meet in-person, use of a webcam is required for the most effective interactive experience and CNE/CLE credits. 

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Training Content:
Teresa Gallegos
Training and Education Manager
tgallegos@kcsdv.org or 785-232-9784

KCSDV Registration:
Shelly Newman
KCSDV Statewide Training Coordinator
trainingteam@kcsdv.org or 785-232-9784

Sponsored by

Pittsburg State University ANE-SANE Grant

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This grant project is supported by the State General Fund for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault as administered by the Kansas Governor’s Grants Program. The opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication, program, or exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Office of the Kansas Governor.

Total Training Hours: 11.5



KCSDV is approved as a provider of continuing nursing education by the Kansas State Board of Nursing. This course offering has been approved for contact hours applicable for APRN, RN, or LPN re-licensure.  KS State Board of Nursing Provider Number: LT0291-0914.

Trauma Hours approved by the Midwest Trauma Society

  •  May 25, 2021 - May 26, 2021
     8:30 am - 3:15 pm
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