New EVAWI Training Bulletin: “Interview with Victims vs. Suspects”

New End Violence Against Women International – EVAWI Training Bulletin: “Interviews with Victims vs. Suspects.”

Sexual assault victims have long faced unwarranted skepticism from friends and family members, as well as responding professionals. In this Training Bulletin, EVAWI documents examples of this historical bias and examines a few measures that have been taken to help ameliorate it. In particular, EVAWI focuses on the Start by Believing philosophy and examines its relevance for victim and suspect interviews. EVAWI’s goal is to inform criminal justice professionals and others about what this philosophy does – and does not – say about how to approach sexual assault cases, including interviews with victims, suspects, and witnesses. Ultimately, EVAWI emphasizes that Start by Believing is an approach to conducting thorough, professional, and unbiased investigations