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Webinar Archive: When Victims of Battering are Charged with Crimes  


Webinar Series Description

These webinars provide participants with information about when victims of battering end up getting charged with a crime. 


Part 1:  When Victims of Battering are Charged with Crimes:  Background and Overview (June 20, 2018)

Presenter:  Cindene Pezzell

When victims of battering get arrested and face criminal charges, the criminal legal system labels them as “perpetrators” or “offenders.”  They are often no longer seen as victims by people in the system, and even by some service providers.  This webinar explores many of the common reasons that victims of battering get arrested, the unique challenges they face in the criminal legal system, difficulties they face trying to get assistance and services from victim service organizations, and safety risks they face as a result of being charged.    Read more...


Part 2:  When Victims of Battering are Charged with Crimes:  Effective Advocacy Strategies (July 11, 2018)

Presenter:  Cindene Pezzell

What does a community need to do in order to enhance the responses to those victims who end up in the system as defendants?  Building on Part 1 of this series, this webinar explores advocacy strategies from a “defense-based” perspective, including systems’ advocacy and concrete ideas of ways to work with individual victim defendants.  This webinar highlights parts of A Toolkit for Systems Advocacy on Behalf of Victims of Battering Charged with Crimes developed by the National Clearinghouse.  Read more...


When Victims of Battering are Charged with Crimes:  Helping Victim Defendants Navigate Concurrent Protection Order Proceedings  (July 25, 2018)

Presenter:  Cindene Pezzell

This webinar is presented in conjunction with the National Center on Protection Orders and Full Faith & Credit.  Victims of battering are often involved in multiple court interventions simultaneously.  Concurrent legal proceedings can impact one another, often to the detriment of the victims.  This webinar explores ways advocates and attorneys can help to minimize the potential risks faced by victim defendants who also have open protection order proceedings.  Read more...


Defense-Based Advocacy: Principals and Practices
(September 24, 2019)

Presenter:  Cindene Pezzell

Victims of battering charged with crimes are best served when advocates understand and support the role of the defense in the criminal legal system. This webinar explains what it means to advocate from a defense perspective, discuss values shared by anti-domestic violence practitioners and criminal defense practitioners, and suggest some concrete advocacy strategies for working on behalf of victim defendants in ways that maximize opportunities for justice and help prevent further victimization.  Read more...

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