The Witness Who Recants: How Domestic Violence Plays a Role
A Webinar for Common Pleas Judges
September 9, 2014
Noon - 1:15 pm
Please join the Honorable Diana Anhalt, who serves on the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, and Assistant District Attorney James Carpenter, Chief of the Family Violence & Sexual Assault Unit of the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, to explore domestic violence witness intimidation and strategies for creating a safe and effective courtroom.
Domestic violence intimidation threatens not only the victim, but also undermines the criminal justice system. Offenders know that if the victim does not testify the case is likely to be dropped. When the offender is someone the victim has loved and trusted, the offender knows intimately the best ways to control the victim through fear.
Offenders employ a variety of behaviors and tactics both in and out of the courtroom to intimidate victims and prevent them from testifying. Identifying and combating victim/witness intimidation can help ease a victim’s fear of testifying so that a domestic violence case may move forward.
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Federal and State Firearms Laws Pertaining to Domestic Violence Offenders
Join two experienced prosecutors to learn how state and federal firearms laws affect domestic violence offenders in criminal and civil cases.
Michael Sullivan, Assistant District Attorney, Allegheny County
Steve Kaufman, Criminal Chief, US Attorney’s Office for the Western District of PA
- Explore the lethality that firearms bring to domestic violence cases
- Identify firearm prohibitions & offenses
- Apply pertinent laws to remove firearms from domestic violence perpetrators who cannot legally have them
State and Federal Firearms Laws Pertaining to Domestic Violence Offenders is supported by Grant No. 23860 awarded by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD), the state administering office for the STOP Formula Grant Program. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this webinar are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of PCCD or the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.