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Webinar Archive:  When Victims of Battering are Charged with Crimes

 2   Effective Advocacy Strategies: Part 2 of 2

Webinar Date:  July 11, 2018


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.  It highlights parts of A Toolkit for Systems Advocacy on Behalf of Victims of Battering Charged with Crimes developed by the National Clearinghouse (and available on their website).

About the Presenters

Cindene Pezzell is the Legal Coordinator at the National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women (NCDBW).  In addition to overseeing the Legal Team at NCDBW, she provides direct technical assistance to defense teams, and researches and develops legal materials.  Cindene is an experienced trainer who develops and conducts training programs around the country on topics related to advocating for and defending charged and incarcerated victims of battering, including expert testimony on behalf of victims of battering.  Prior to joining NCDBW, Cindene worked at the Defender Association of Philadelphia, representing indigent people charged with crimes.  During her final year as a public defender, Cindene practiced exclusively in family court, providing criminal defense to people accused of crimes involving the violation of a civil protection order.

Suggested Participants

Anyone interested in learning more about victims of battering charged with crimes will benefit from these webinars.  This may include community- and system-based advocates, criminal justice professionals, and other practitioners.


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Funding for this project was made available through the US Department of Health and Human Services,

Grant #90EV0440.  The viewpoints contained in this document are solely the responsibility of the author(s)

and do not represent the official views or policies of the department and do not in any way constitute an endorsement by the Department of Health and Human Services.

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