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END GUEST HOST SESSION - Thank you for participating in OVC's Web Forum Guest Host Series. We hope this discussion will help you better serve crime victims. Please continue to discuss this and other topics...
OVCRC
09/10/2014
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Did you find that you had a bond with the falsely accused/family due to the fact that you were both victims? (You were a victim of crime, he was a victim of the system). If not, do you feel that building t...
Claudia
09/10/2014
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Michele Mallin
09/10/2014
arrow icon I just want to mention that we also have some information fo...
Ilse Knecht
09/10/2014
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Is there an approximate number of cold cases across the U.S.? Are they regularly "run through" CODIS?
Paul
09/10/2014
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Ilse Knecht
09/10/2014
arrow icon I really have no idea, mainly because my expertise is coming...
Michele Mallin
09/10/2014
arrow icon There are no hard and fast numbers for cold cases. We do kno...
Ilse Knecht
09/10/2014
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What is a victim's recourse in situations when the statute has passed?
Robert
09/10/2014
arrow icon I'm not sure about other states, but in Texas there is no re...
Michele Mallin
09/10/2014
arrow icon Victims can give impact statements in other cases against th...
Ilse Knecht
09/10/2014
arrow icon My favorite topic! I wrote a bulletin on this issue called ...
Ilse Knecht
09/10/2014
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Are multidisciplinary teams often used for victim notification? I would imagine it would be helpful for victim advocates and/or chaplains (depending on the situation) to accompany an officer on a cold hit ...
anon
09/10/2014
arrow icon Team approach is best if done in person, but sometimes that ...
Ilse Knecht
09/10/2014
arrow icon When I was notified in my rape case of the DNA hit on the tr...
Michele Mallin
09/10/2014
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Ilse Knecht
09/10/2014
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How can we prepare for how a crime victim may react to the news of a cold hit?
June
09/10/2014
arrow icon Also, check out our sample notification policy at http://vic...
Ilse Knecht
09/10/2014
arrow icon I believe every crime victim should be treated with sensitiv...
Michele Mallin
09/10/2014
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Ilse Knecht
09/10/2014
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What constitutes a cold case?
Charlotte
09/10/2014
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Michele Mallin
09/10/2014
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Ilse Knecht
09/10/2014
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Are there situations where there is a DNA hit, the victim is notified, but the case does not move forward? How does that effect the victim that was notified of the new information? Should the victim be no...
MarkB
09/10/2014
arrow icon In my case, even though I was notified with positive DNA and...
Michele Mallin
09/10/2014
arrow icon Dallas, Texas, for example, created a cold case program that...
Ilse Knecht
09/10/2014
arrow icon I do not personally know of cases such as this, but I person...
Michele Mallin
09/10/2014
arrow icon Ive asked victims about this issue. Most of them say they wa...
Ilse Knecht
09/10/2014
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What is a best practice for law enforcement officers who have to contact a victim about new activity on the case? How should they approach the victim?
CBK
09/10/2014
arrow icon We also have webinars on this topic on our DNA Resource Cent...
Ilse Knecht
09/10/2014
arrow icon Lastly, see our sample policy for notification on our websit...
Ilse Knecht
09/10/2014
arrow icon I believe the way I was approached by the Lubbock, Texas DA ...
Michele Mallin
09/10/2014
arrow icon Tell the truth about the case and do not create false hope. ...
Ilse Knecht
09/10/2014
arrow icon Provide options such as choices for meeting locations (some ...
Ilse Knecht
09/10/2014
arrow icon Privacy is a major concern in old cases with renewed activit...
Ilse Knecht
09/10/2014
arrow icon Number one: Victims emphasize that the way they are approac...
Ilse Knecht
09/10/2014
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Are there standards for victim notification in cold hit scenarios as opposed to in an open investigations?
Liam
09/10/2014
arrow icon I do not know what happens in every state, but in Texas they...
Michele Mallin
09/10/2014
arrow icon Detroit and Houston have been working on protocols under an ...
Ilse Knecht
09/10/2014
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Ilse Knecht
09/10/2014
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What has been a common reaction from a victim when contacted with "new information" about your case?
Melanie Long
09/10/2014
arrow icon I would agree, the reaction is initially shocking, but after...
William Maxwell
09/10/2014
arrow icon Almost all victims feel numb or in shock. They feel anger, f...
Ilse Knecht
09/10/2014
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Michele Mallin
09/10/2014
arrow icon The most common reaction is disbelief or shock. Overall, re...
Ilse Knecht
09/10/2014
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