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Seminar Title:  
Domestic Violence and Policing

DATES:  9/13/2022 through 9/14/2022

INSTRUCTOR(S):  Melissa Maranville

LOCATION:  Courtyard Gatlinburg Downtown - 315 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg, TN  37738

HOTEL:  Courtyard Gatlinburg Downtown Or Fairfield Inn and Suites - Gatlinburg, TN  865.436.9667
Contact Hotel for State Govt. Rate

COURSE REGISTRATION FEE:  $350.00 Includes all training materials, and a Certificate of Completion.

Instructor Bio

Melissa comes with almost 30 years of experience in the criminal justice field, either working, researching, developing, or delivering education and training. Her employment history includes a paralegal in criminal law, a booking, and intake officer cross-trained in forensic crime scene investigation, and a former criminal justice and criminology professor for almost 15 years. In 2000, Melissa assisted in training and educating the FBI's Evidence Response Team in crime scene collection of human remains and time since death at the University of Tennessee's Forensic Anthropological Research Facility, the Body Farm. Her experience also includes developing and delivering mass fatalities and counter-terrorism education content at the Department of Homeland Security training division and the College of Forensic Psychology on expert witness courtroom testimony regarding Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking.

Melissa researched, developed, and taught many criminal justice and behavior courses as a college professor and developed a SACS accredited "military accepted" college degree program for an online associate degree in Homeland Security and Criminal Justice. With a continued passion for understanding the criminal mind ,Melissa developed and presented training content for the International IP Crime Investigator's College (IIPCIC), a UL and INTERPOL initiative on the topics "The  Future of the Criminal Mind: Cryptocurrency and the Dark Web," and "Illicit  Activity in the Free Trade Zones." Melissa participated in expert panel discussions on cybercrime and criminal behavior.

In continuing her work, she DeVille and Associates, a forensic consulting and interagency training firm. She has been consulting and training focusing on illicit topics such as cryptocurrency and dark web, cyber forensic psychology, cognitive and dark psychology, cybersex predators, sexual deviance, and human trafficking. She has also been developing content and training online social media moderators on combating violence and predator behavior on social media and gaming platforms, as well as gathering cyber data on sex trafficking cases.

Melissa is a Ph.D. candidate in Cognitive Psychology at Grand Canyon University. Her dissertation topic is "A Case Study of Ineffective Legislation: Moral Panic and the Sex Offender Registry." Melissa also holds a master's degree in Safety Management with an additional emphasis in Criminology and a bachelorette degree in Criminology with a minor in abnormal psychology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Lastly, Melissa holds many recognitions, Psi Chi National Honorary Society (Ph.D. level),Alpha Chi National Honor Society (Ph.D. level), recognition of research on "Violence Against Women in the South," nomination for a distinguished faculty member for five consecutive years, and a letter of commendation for dedicated work that resulted in the capture and expedition of a repeat sex offender.  



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Course Objectives

Incidents of Domestic Violence occurs in all society, regardless of social factors such as race, ethnicity, gender, and social economic status. Domestic violence can be in the form of physical, emotional, financial, and sexual often appearing on a continuum but can also be an isolated incident. Domestic violence escalates over time and can eventually lead to death. When responding to a domestic violence incident, police officers often find themselves in a dangerous situation that can escalate rapidly. It is important that police have the skills at de-escalating domestic violence, or interpersonal violence, safely.

This course provides participants with an in-depth view of domestic violence focusing on current trends within interpersonal violence while understanding the cycle of violence in understanding both the victim and offender. Participants will develop a thorough understanding in de-escalation techniques, victimology, criminology, and investigative measures. Participants will also be provided with in-depth communication strategies in dealing with certain types of domestic violence with the focus on safety, for all involved. We will discuss the different types of interpersonal violence, current trends, data, and statistics, while also incorporating case studies. (2-day event)

UponCompletion Participantswill be able to:

  1. Understand the social context of domestic violence and interpersonal relationships

    1. Social factors such as race, ethnicity, gender, and social economic status

    2. Social and psychological perspectives of domestic violence

  2. Understand the social and psychological effects of domestic violence, including causes

  3. Learn the different types of domestic violence and interpersonal violence, including the cause and effects

    1. Physical

    2. Emotional

    3. Financial

    4. Sexual

    5. Family and More

  4. Respondingto domestic violence and safety for everyone involved

  5. De-escalation techniques

  6. Learn communication techniques

  7. Understand the violent criminal mind and mindset of a victim

    1. Criminology

    2. Victimology and Victim Blaming

  8. InvestigativeTechniques

  9. Learn the current trends, data and statistics and many case studies and examples

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