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.
Watch at your convenience
*Especially For Judges*
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.
Safety In and Beyond the Courtroom
Improving Safety for Domestic Violence Plaintiffs Improves Safety for All
For judges, court personnel, sheriffs, hearing officers, guardians ad litem and others working within the court
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Every day judges and courthouse employees face exposure to violence in the courthouse and other settings where litigants come to address legal concerns. Some courthouses screen visitors entering the courthouse or courtroom, but rarely are safety measures in place for hearings outside the courtroom setting.
- Safety for Litigants, Jurors, Witnesses and the Public
- Safety for Victims of Domestic Violence
- Best Practices for Court Safety
Understanding & Responding to Stalking in the Court of Common Pleas
For judges by experts from the national Stalking Resource Center, informs courts how to identify stalking and respond to it with appropriate sanctions and monitoring.
Stalking cases are heard every day in civil and criminal courtrooms across Pennsylvania. In one year, 6.6 million people are stalked in our country. The number of victims being stalked increased almost 50 percent (from 3.4 million) since 2006.
Stalking is a prevalent and insidious crime:
- Most acts of stalking are committed by someone the victim knows
- Often, the perpetrator is a current or former intimate partner of the victim. 66% of female victims and 41% of male victims report stalking of this nature.
- More than three-quarters of female intimate partners who were murdered had been stalked by their intimate partner in the year prior to the femicide.
Working with Victims of Domestic Violence in Later Life
The percentage of Pennsylvanians older than 60 is projected to grow to 28 percent by 2030. Pennsylvania courts will see more and more cases of elder abuse and domestic violence in later life, which includes physical and emotional abuse, neglect and abandonment. Ninety percent of elder abuse is perpetrated by a family member, usually a spouse or an adult child, which makes PFA and civil courts the arena for elder abuse cases.
This webinar can prepare court personnel to:
- Define domestic violence in later life and challenges faced by older victims
- Recognize accommodations in the courthouse environment that older individuals may require
- Identify ways to enhance access to justice for victims of domestic violence in later life