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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.
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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
Federal and State Firearms Laws Pertaining to Domestic Violence Offenders
Especially For Judges
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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, PA Western District
- 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
Understanding the Intersection of Immigration Law in State Court Proceedings
For court of common pleas judges, law clerks, court staff, advocates
Leslye Orloff, Adjunct Professor and Director, National Immigration Women’s Advocacy Project, American University, Washington College of Law, explores immigration policies and the courts in this November 2014 webinar.
- Review current Department of Homeland Security policies
- Understand immigration enforcement priorities
- Learn about immigration relief that provides protection from deportation
- Recognize types of legal immigration status for children and victims of domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse, sexual assault, human trafficking and other crimes
- Outline the special role created by Congress for law enforcement and judges in issuing U visa certifications
PROTECTION FROM ABUSE ORDERS
PFAs and the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act
For court of common pleas judges, law clerks and court staff, advocates
The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) provides for the temporary suspension of civil legal proceedings that may adversely affect the rights of active duty military service members. Christine Zellar Church, Associate Dean, Western Michigan University, Cooley Law School, explores the SCRA and its impact on PFA proceedings.
- Learn the history and purpose of the SCRA
- Consider policies and procedures the court can adopt that will protect the rights of military active duty servicemembers and plaintiffs involved in Protection From Abuse proceedings
- Briefly review the impact that the SCRA has on custody proceedings
Safety In and Beyond the Courtroom
For judges, court personnel, sheriffs, hearing officers, guardians ad litem and others working within the court
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Improving Safety for Domestic Violence Plaintiffs Improves Safety for All
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
Winterizing Advocacy Services for Survivors
For domestic violence advocates and victims services providers
The webinar and materials provide information about public utility and public benefit programs so that advocates may assist domestic violence survivors and their families cope with the high cost of winter heating and other utility bills.
View the Guide, Public Utility Assistance and Benefit Programs Advocates, 12/2014
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 percent of female victims and 41 percent 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.
PCADV webinars for judges, court personnel, law enforcement and prosecutors are supported by grant funds 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 these webinars 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.