Webinar Archive: When Victims of Battering are Charged with Crimes
3 Helping Victim Defendants Navigate Concurrent
Protection Order Proceedings
Webinar Date: July 25, 2018
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. For example, victim defendants who testify in protection order proceedings risk having their testimony used against them in criminal court. 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.
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.
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.
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.
The 3rd webinar, When Victims of Battering are Charged with Crimes: Helping Victim Defendants Navigate Concurrent Protection Order Proceedings, is being cosponsored by National Center on Protection Orders and Full Faith & Credit and that webinar is also supported by Grant No. 2016-TA-AX-K052 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.