Training and Consulting for Prosecutors and Civil Attorneys

Prevention Culture was initially founded to prevent harm before it occurs, but in our continued research we identified multiple applications for those prosecuting cases of domestic violence, sexual assault, or rape.

Additionally, sexual harassment cases and civil cases involving intentional torts present similar challenges, and we recognized there are opportunities for applying certain psychological frameworks and language strategies to optimize the strength of your case.

People may speak the same language, but they hear and think in different languages. Reason and logic do not always work in the ways we believe they should.

Unfortunately, the legal foundation for a case is not necessarily sufficient for ensuring a just outcome. We equip you with additional tools that help increase the likelihood of success.

In addition to being subject matter experts and providing education as needed to elevate understanding, we help you apply insights from the following social science and behavioral science disciplines:

  • Social Psychology – How Moral Disengagement, Cognitive Dissonance, Just World Theory, and other cognitive biases should be applied to strengthen your case
  • Moral Psychology – How Moral Foundations Theory can help with voir dire, preparing arguments, and guarding against likely disconnects that unfavorably sway jurors and others
  • Cognitive Linguistics – How different worldviews explains the “square peg & round hole” reality of communication that must be considered when choosing your overall strategy, preparing arguments, and framing of each aspect of your case

Customized training sessions and consultation available on topics such as –

  • Uniquely Qualified to be Misunderstood – Why domestic violence and non-stranger rape or sexual assault cases are uniquely qualified to be misunderstood by those determining the outcome, even when your case is strong in terms of evidence
  • The Alcohol Factor – Prosecuting sexual assault cases involving alcohol, blackouts, and questions of capacity
  • Countering the Consent Defense – Points of leverage and language for optimal framing
  • Framework for Preparing for Cross Examination of Defendants and Expert Witnesses
  • The Ex Factor and Intimate Partner Sexual Assault – Prosecuting cases when the offender is an ex or a partner
  • The Popular Perpetrator Factor – Child abuse or sexual assault perpetrated by a well-liked and seemingly respectable member of the community
  • The Cyber Factor – Cases involving “non-violent” harm in conjunction with other complicating factors
  • An Additional Framework for Voir Dire in Domestic Violence Trials
  • Blocks & Distractions that Inhibit Just Outcomes – Understanding empathy blockers, how to identify them, and how to counter them to achieve just outcomes
  • The Disconnects Framework – A framework to efficiently identify the most powerful points of leverage to influence perception of the case to guard against misperceptions and swaying of the judge, jury, or public
  • They Will Blame the Victim – Understanding the psychology of victim-blaming, how it can hinder otherwise strong cases, and how to counter it
  • Sequence Matters – How to use sequence in your strategy and arguments
  • The E > L Formula for Preparing Arguments

 

“If you think that moral reasoning is something we do to figure out the truth, you’ll be constantly frustrated by how foolish, biased, and illogical people become when they disagree with you.”
― Jonathan Haidt

 

Contact us: info@preventionculture.com to inquire about our services for prosecutors, civil attorneys, and other legal professionals.