Webinar Archive

Webinar Archive


Domestic Violence “Grown Old”: Challenges Responding to Victims of Domestic Abuse in Later Life

Domestic Violence “Grown Old”: Challenges Responding to Victims of Domestic Abuse in Later Life

This presentation covers the applicable rules of evidence and relevant case law associated with proving a technology-facilitated stalking case and will provide strategies on when and how to introduce technical evidence and overcome common objections at trial.

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Conducting Domestic Violence Fatality Reviews in Tribal Communities

Conducting Domestic Violence Fatality Reviews in Tribal Communities

Increasingly, criminal justice professionals and other practitioners involved in domestic violence cases are using domestic violence fatality reviews (DVFR) as a tool that may help reduce the many deaths due to intimate partner homicide. In a fatality review, community practitioners and service providers identify homicides and suicides resulting from domestic violence, examine the events leading up to the death, identify gaps in service delivery, and improve preventive interventions.

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Before It’s Too Late: Identifying Behaviors of Concern When Responding to Domestic Violence

Before It’s Too Late: Identifying Behaviors of Concern When Responding to Domestic Violence

Most mass homicides, a majority of which occur at home or have an intimate partner target, are over in mere minutes. The concept of responding to active shooter events cannot be how we solely address violence – because by then it is too late. This presentation will change the discussion surrounding how to respond to intimate partner and family violence to how to work together as a team to identify behaviors of concern and intervene before violence occurs or repeats.

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Stop Bouncing Cases: Using Cross Deputized Prosecutors in Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Cases

Stop Bouncing Cases: Using Cross Deputized Prosecutors in Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Cases

The presenters will provide practical tools for working with victims using cross-deputized prosecutors. Topics will include how to build a collaborative multidisciplinary team including cross-deputized prosecutors, better assess for sexual violence and appropriate charging decisions to hold offenders accountable. Case examples will also be used to show successful responses to sexual assault in the context of domestic violence. This workshop offers participants a chance to understand the formation of a collaborative domestic violence prosecution center that includes law enforcement and advocacy responses, and the development of protocols for these cases.

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From #MeToo to #RealChange: Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault

From #MeToo to #RealChange: Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault

This workshop will highlight promising international practices, resources, and accountability systems to enhance law enforcement responses to violence against women and LGBTQI individuals. It will review guidance from the US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Identifying and Preventing Gender Bias in Law Enforcement Response to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. The guidance, developed in collaboration with law enforcement leaders, offers trauma-informed and victim-centered approaches in policing practices. The workshop will draw on recommendations and data gathered from climate surveys and community discussions with survivors, advocates and law enforcement in Canada, Brazil, and the United States, as part of the COURAGE in Policing Project, an innovative approach to community-based policing in the domestic violence and sexual assault arena.

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Faith Intervention: A Preventive Approach to Intimate Partner Violence

Faith Intervention: A Preventive Approach to Intimate Partner Violence

This workshop uses a survivor’s lens to center the role of faith in the experience of intimate partner violence. The presenter uses her research on “The Response of Faith Leaders to Intimate Partner Violence In their Faith Community” to discuss the impact of theological foundations, faith leader’s readiness, and general attitudes surrounding IPV. It offers service providers sensitive and appropriate engagement techniques that fosters partnership building with faith communities that does not create or widen rifts on the basis of doctrine, philosophies, or models.

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Bridging the Gap: Providing Victim Outreach Services Through the Pretrial Phase

Bridging the Gap: Providing Victim Outreach Services Through the Pretrial Phase

The presentation will provide an overview of the previously Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funded grant project that is now permanently funded by the Denver Police Department. The project, now called the Pretrial Victim Services Unit, is a collaboration of the Victim Assistance Unit within the Denver Police Department and Denver Pretrial Services and is the first of its kind in the country.

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Advocacy at the Intersections of Domestic Violence, Housing and Homelessness

Advocacy at the Intersections of Domestic Violence, Housing and Homelessness

The session will lay a foundation for understanding housing-related needs and explore strategies for providing individual and system level advocacy. Resources will also be provided on where to learn more about domestic violence, housing, and homelessness, as well as best practices and promising programs that help meet those needs. Additionally, participants will learn about the Domestic Violence and Housing Technical Assistance Consortium – an innovative national endeavor currently underway. The Consortium, launched in 2015, provides training, technical assistance, and resource development at the critical intersection between domestic violence/sexual assault services and homeless services/housing and it is funded by a unique partnership between the US Department of Justice, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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Taking Guns Away From Domestic Violence Offenders, and Keeping Them Away

Taking Guns Away From Domestic Violence Offenders, and Keeping Them Away

The overwhelming majority of those who serve in the noble profession of law enforcement are professionals who uphold their oath of office. However, we cannot ignore the numerous headlines, arrests, convictions, and lawsuits describing horrific acts of sexual misconduct perpetrated by law enforcement officers. When a predatory sexual offender has the power and authority of the police, this creates an extremely serious breach of the ethics of the profession, a violation of the color of law, and a traumatic victimization of a colleague or citizen whom law enforcement has sworn to protect.

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I Survived Abuse at Home, But Can I Survive the Abuse of the Criminal Justice System?

I Survived Abuse at Home, But Can I Survive the Abuse of the Criminal Justice System?

This session will explore the factors that contribute to the arrest and prosecution of survivors of domestic violence, as well as legal avenues for relief for survivors convicted in the past. We will explore persisting myths that contribute to survivors being mistakenly identified as the offender in their relationship when they act in self-defense or in cases where their abusive partner was the principal. This presentation will also cover reform efforts and will be useful for advocates working toward policy reform in their states and local communities.

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