From February 22 to 23, 2018 in Vrnjacka Banja, a two-day seminar ,, Forensic Analysis of Crimes Scenes in Cases of Domestic Violence and Offences against Sexual Freedom” was held for the representatives of the police administrations Kragujevac and Jagodina and associates from the regional centers for social work, courts, prosecutors' offices, healthcare institutions and other institutions that cooperate in forensic treatment of the site of the crime scene.
The seminar was organized within the Swedish-Serbian police cooperation programme, wherein one of the projects was “Advancement of Forensics and Forensic Analysis of Crime Scenes 2016 – 2018 –SweSe III”.
The project financed by the Government of the Kingdom of Sweden is implemented in collaboration with the National Crime Intelligence Centre of the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia and the Swedish Police.
Besides the police representatives and forensic experts, the seminars were attended by judges, public prosecutors, representatives of social welfare centers, medical centers and non-government and international organizations.
Experts from UNDP / SEESAC (the South Eastern and Eastern Europe Clearinghouse for the Control of the Small Arms and Light Weapons) provide ongoing support in the realization of the forensic seminars and hold lectures on the topic: Introduction to Gender Equality
The Autonomous Women's Center experts hold a lectures on the topic: Violence against women in an intimate partnership - communication with the victim.
At the seminar in Vrnjacka banja, Dan Gotberg, a leading expert for forensics, gave presentations on the topics of importance for the handling of the crime scene, and experiences from Swedish police was also introduced by criminal intelligence officer Eva Vetborg
At the seminars the following subjects, important for advancement of forensic analysis, were analyzed:
- basic terminology; sex and gender, gender equality
- international and national legal framework related to gender equality
- statistical indicators of the position of women in society
- significance of the subject of gender equality in the security sector
- domestic violence– experiences of the Swedish Police
- criminal acts against sexual freedom and domestic violence; analysis and statistics provided by our Ministry
- forensic psychology; first contact and interview with rape victims
- actions of the Social Welfare Centre in case of domestic violence
- demonstration of new methods in forensic crime scene analysis
- forensic crime scene analysis in rape cases – demonstration of forensic equipment
- criminal procedure act– the role of actors in judicial investigation
All seminar attendants receive basic laminated instructions on methodology of actions with the following elements essential for forensic analysis:
- Instructions on handling of biological traces on the crime scene
- Instructions on qualitative forensic crime scene analysis in case of crimes against sexual freedom or related to domestic violence.
- Methodology of electronic imaging of injuries of the victims of gender-based violence
- Recommendations to medical staff on actions in cases of gender-based and sexual violence
- Toxicology procedure with hair
- Toxicology procedure with blood
- Toxicology procedure with urine
- Instructions to police officers how to make first contact with sexually assaulted victims.
At the seminar the crime investigators from police departments receive several Sex Crime Kits which are to be used for collection of evidences from sexually assaulted victims, and which, according to the provided instructions, are to be handed over to a medical center where a victim is examined. In addition, all participants receive materials for sampling and testing biological material from the crime scene.