How trauma-informed policing can help sexual assault survivors — and investigators

The way police and law enforcement are interviewing trauma victims, including sexual assault victims, is changing based on scientific data.

Right now, advocates say victims can be revictimized through the experience when officers and other officials ask for specific details about the event or trauma.

Traditional techniques focus on personal details, things like “what hand was it” and “how tall was your attacker,” former police officer Russell Strand explained.

Strand is a founding faculty member of Certified FETI (forensic experiential trauma interviewing), a course that trains officers on “science-based trauma interviews.”

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