About the Sexual Assault Investigation and Victimization Certificate
Investigating and supporting victims of sex-based crimes requires a multi-disciplinary approach. Forensic science, legal knowledge and compassion for the victim are key to successful practices. Prepare to meet the legal standards for those working in the sex crimes field with a graduate-level certificate from PennWest California.
In PennWest California’s 15-credit Sexual Assault Investigation and Victimization program, students learn how evidence is collected, identified and processed in these types of investigations.
Courses are delivered entirely online, a convenient option for law enforcement professionals who are balancing their studies with career and personal responsibilities.
The curriculum focuses on:
- Legal issues, so practitioners can meet the legal standards for high-profile prosecutions of sex crimes.
- Forensic science knowledge, so the investigation can withstand the high level of scrutiny applied in these cases.
- Compassionate understanding of sex crime victimization, so investigators can work effectively with survivors of sexual assaults.
Students can complete the five courses required for the certificate within one year.