Virtual: First, Do No Harm: Trauma-Informed Interviewing During the COVID-19 Pandemic

June 30, 2020

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm EDT
90-minute presentation includes a Q&A session 

Victims of gender-based violence and human trafficking often experience difficulty relating the details of what happened to them. Trauma-informed interviewing techniques reduce the pain and distress associated with the necessity of recounting traumatic events and improve the quantity and quality of information victims are able to share. Victims who are treated with respect and compassion are also more likely to remain engaged throughout the course of the criminal justice process.

This presentation will identify barriers to successful interviews and explore techniques for overcoming those barriers, with a special emphasis on virtual interviews that are compliant with COVID-19 social distancing measures. The presenters will discuss the limitations of a traditional fact-gathering approach and introduce alternative techniques to minimize re-traumatization and enhance our ability to re-create the reality of the crime at trial. An emphasis will be placed on strategies for integrating a trauma-informed response from the first contact with a victim through the conclusion of the case, with realistic goals for interviews and virtual meetings at every stage of the process.

Please note: NDAA will be applying for CLE credits in the state of Virginia and Georgia.

Presented by:

Patricia D. Powers
Attorney Advisor

Jonathan H. Kurland
Attorney Advisor

Registration for this event is free!


Questions about this event? Contact CNA at

National District Attorneys Association
1400 Crystal Drive, Suite 330
Arlington, VA 22202

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