IAFMHS CONFERENCE ANTWERP 2018
JUN 12 - 14
Expert Testimony on Counterintuitive Victim Behavior: Using Expert Social Framework Evidence in Criminal Cases Involving Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence
PRESENTER: Mindy B. Mechanic, Ph.D.
DATE: June 11, 2018
TIME: 9am - 12.30pm (Half Day)
COST: $125 CAD
Incorrect beliefs, myths, and assumptions about the ways in which victims of sexual assault act, feel, and behave in response to sexual victimization are pervasive. In the face of myths and misinformation, triers of fact are likely to perceive victims whose behaviors don’t comport with expectations as lacking credibility and veracity. Expert testimony can be used to alter this reality by educating the factfinder with research findings documenting the range of behavioral, emotional, and peritraumatic responses to sexual trauma. The purpose of this workshop is to train attendees on the use of expert evidence on counterintuitive victim behavior to educate the trier of fact in the prosecution of sexual assault and intimate partner violence crimes.