When Victims of Crime Become Defendants: Should Context Matter?

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90 Minutes

Originally Aired
April 20, 2022

Nancy Grigsby
Nancy Grigsby, MS
Former Legal Assistance Program Director
Ohio Domestic Violence Network
Mark Wynne
Lieutenant Mark Wynn (Ret.)
Nashville Metropolitan Police Department
Owner, Wynn Consulting

What does justice look like when a victim of a crime becomes a defendant? This session will inspire every kind of professional to consider context in their response in these cases. Incarcerated women experience staggering rates of sexual assault and domestic violence across the life span leading up to the offenses for which they are charged or convicted. This plenary session will inspire professionals in multiple disciplines to more deeply consider the context of possible violations of law committed by crime victims. The session will include information on how trauma, victimization, strangulation, and brain injury, along with sexual assault and domestic violence dynamics, should be considered when responding to possible violations of law by victims of crime to reach more just outcomes.


As a result of this webinar, participants will be better able to:

  • Develop a deeper knowledge of the dynamics of trauma, brain injury, strangulation and sexual assault and domestic violence, as they may arise in a case where the victim is the Defendant.
  • Recognize the role of poverty, racism, and gender in the historical criminal justice responses to crime in the U.S.
  • Develop a broader understanding of the opportunities to consider context when responding to victim defendants pre-trial and post-conviction, whether they work in advocacy, law enforcement, prosecution, corrections, or related fields.


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