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Forensic Practice & Consultation

Dr. Raghavan’s forensic practice is closely linked to her research and teaching and includes a diverse international client base. Working with criminal prosecution, civil litigation, political asylum, and immigration cases, she conducts forensic psychological evaluations, provides consultations to attorneys and other mental health practitioners, and serves as an expert witness in the following areas:

  • Sex and labor trafficking

  • Domestic violence

  • Sexual assault

  • Sexual harassment and hostile work environments

  • Workplace violence and harassment

  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  • Other traumatic stress disorders

Specific topics addressed:

  • How coercive control tactics are often invisible to outsiders

  • How coercive control is used to “entrap” or bully victims of sexual harassment, domestic violence, sexual assault, and sex trafficking

  • Reasons for contradictory narratives of violence and abuse including reporting delays, recanting abuse, and memory issues

  • Why survivors return to abusive relationships or won’t testify against abusers

  • Psychological impairment and other effects of violence and abuse

  • How sexual orientation, cultural identity, and religion factor into trafficking, domestic violence, and sexual assault cases

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