Training for Those Working With Domestic Abuse Survivors

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By Linda Cicoira

A career prosecutor and a retired police chief, both experts in handling domestic violence cases and related issues, are planning to visit the Eastern Shore next month to discuss the topics.

The session will be Friday, March 8, at the Eastern Shore Community College Workforce Development Center in Melfa. Trauma, trauma interviewing, predominant aggressor, evidence-based prosecution, and forfeiture by wrongdoing will be among the subjects covered by Nancy Oglesby and Michael L. Milnor.

As a Richmond, Va., area prosecutor, Oglesby has handled thousands of domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse, and sexual assault cases. Nationally, she has trained prosecutors, law enforcement officers, advocates, medical professionals, and forensic interviewers on the issues surrounding those crimes.

Oglesby was recognized as the Virginia S. Duvall Distinguished Juvenile and Domestic Court Prosecutor, the YWCA Outstanding Woman of the Year in the area of law and government, and she received the Lecturer of Merit Award in honor of her leadership and commitment to the training of Virginia prosecutors.

She was appointed to state committees and task forces in these areas by three Virginia governors. Oglesby also is a major contributor to the development of Virginia’s Model Law Enforcement Policy in both the areas of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Retired Police Chief Michael L. Milnor, of Alta Vista, Va., was an officer for 36 years and has served as a criminal justice professor at Liberty University.

In 2016, Milnor was selected to the core faculty of the National Center for Campus Public Safety, instructing at colleges and universities across the country in the areas of sexual assault investigation, Title IX compliance, and campus violence. He also contributed to the development of Virginia’s Model Law Enforcement Policy on Sexual Assault Investigation.

Milnor has served as an interim sheriff, director of public safety, coordinator of an FBI/Virginia State Police multi-jurisdictional task force, senior supervisory investigator, uniformed deputy sheriff, and polygraph examiner.

Designed for first responders, dispatchers, nurses, advocates, and others who come in contact with domestic violence survivors, the first session will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The second session, geared towards law enforcement officers and prosecutors, will be from 1 to 3 p.m.

The training is free and will provide PIC credit for law officers. The program will also include a local resources review by the Eastern Shore Coalition Against Domestic Violence.