Stalking: Investigating the Crime, Supporting the Victim



Stalking: Investigating the Crime, Supporting the Victim A multi-disciplinary training presented by Iris Domestic Violence Center, Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and the National Stalking Resource Center

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Date: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Louisiana State Police Training Academy
7901 Independence Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70806

Cost: $30 per person or $50 per two-person team (one advocate and one law enforcement)

Who should attend: Law enforcement and victim advocates. This training is focused on coordinated community response. As such, we encourage participants to register as law enforcement/advocate teams.

Program description: Stalking–a dangerous and potentially lethal crime–is often misunderstood, minimized or missed entirely.  This training will address the crime of stalking: prevalence, dynamics, the use of technology to stalk, and the effect on victims. Focused sessions will be provided on the law enforcement response to stalking as well as the intersection of stalking with dating violence and sexual assault.  Participants will be provided with concrete strategies for working with stalking victims, including threat assessment and safety planning.

Social Work CEUs have been applied for.

About the Trainers:

Michelle M. Garcia has worked to end violence against women for over twenty years, and since 2006 has led the Stalking Resource Center (SRC) of the National Center for Victims of Crime in meeting its mission to enhance the ability of professionals, organizations, and systems to effectively respond to stalking. She coordinates all aspects of the SRC’s provision of training and technical assistance, material and resource development, and media relations. Ms. Garcia has provided training and assistance on various aspects of stalking to tens of thousands of professionals internationally. Prior to joining the SRC, Michelle was a Program Specialist with the U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime. Previously, she had worked in community-based sexual assault and domestic violence programs as an administrator, advocate, crisis counselor, and an educator and trainer on topics, including sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and dismantling oppression. She is a former President of the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Ms. Garcia currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Sexual Assault Report, the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence, and the Advisory Board of School and College Organization for Prevention Educators (SCOPE). She received her Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Chicago.

Lt. Patrick Gipson is presently a Police Lieutenant and Community Education Officer at Southeastern Louisiana University Police Department, where he has held a number of positions since 1996, including police officer, field training officer, shift supervisor, community response team supervisor, police investigator, and Assistant Director of the Department. Lt. Gipson holds instructor certifications on many topics including Stalking; Sexual Assault; Dating and Domestic Violence; Rape Aggression Defense (RAD); and The Clery Act. He is a volunteer Rape Crisis Counselor for the 21st Judicial District Attorney’s Office Rape Crisis Center and has trained as a Suicide Intervention Specialist. Lt. Gipson is a member of the Board of Directors for Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa and St Helena and sits on the community advisory board for the 21st Judicial District Attorney’s Office Rape Crisis Center. In 2003, Lt. Gipson was awarded the Sue Bernie Justice Award for ‘Victim Advocacy and Peer Education in the Field of Sexual Assault’ from the Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault. In 2013, he was awarded the Vice-President’s Award for Excellence in Service from the Southeastern Louisiana University Division for Student Affairs for his work educating college students on issues surrounding sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking.


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