Question of Bias
Start by Believing: Participation of Criminal Justice Professionals
This training bulletin debunks the notion that criminal justice professionals’ participation in Start by Believing compromises their ability to remain objective. While questions of bias are sometimes raised, arguments are offered to help explain the purpose of the campaign and defend the rationale for criminal justice participation.
Start by Believing to Improve Response to Sexual Assault and Prevent Gender Bias
This training bulletin examines questions that have been asked about the philosophy of Start by Believing, and other victim-centered and trauma-informed approaches. It then prepares criminal justice professionals to respond to any defense cross-examination by explaining how a law enforcement investigation of sexual assault can remain unbiased.
Interviews with Victims vs. Suspects: Start by Believing and the Question of Bias
This training bulletin examines the Start by Believing philosophy and its implications for victim and suspect interviews. The purpose is to explain what this philosophy does – and does not – say about how to approach sexual assault investigations.
Mock Trial Demonstration
EVAWI staged a mock trial demonstration at the 2017 International Conference, illustrating how to respond to questions of bias resulting from criminal justice participation in Start by Believing. While this demonstration was based on a real case, participants did not focus on questions of facts or evidence. Rather, the exchanges centered on the detective’s participation in Start by Believing.