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Male survivors of domestic violence face unique hurdles in accessing services and disclosing their victimization. This webinar provides valuable information on understanding the dynamics of male victims of intimate partner violence, how to identify male survivors, how socialization and victimization affect the male survivors’ interactions with the legal system, and best practice advice on how to relate to male survivors so their needs are addressed appropriately.
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CHILD ABUSE - Child Protective Service Law Webinar Series
PCADV is pleased to offer a webinar series about Pennsylvania's new Child Protective Services Law that took effect December 31, 2014. Webinar recordings last approximately 1 hour.
Understanding New Background Check Requirements html / 4 KB / 2015
The Child Protective Services Law (CPSL) requires all paid employees who are responsible for the welfare of a child or who have direct contact with children to obtain the Pa. Child Abuse History Clearance, Pa. State Police Criminal Background Check, and a fingerprint-based federal background check. NOTE: per a July 2015 change to the law, volunteer fees are now waived and employee fees are now $8.
Advancing Your Mandatory Reporting Skills html / 4 KB / 2015
This webinar discusses ways that staff at domestic violence programs can work with clients to protect survivors' confidentiality while meeting the CPS law's reporting requirements.
Child Welfare Investigative Process & Safety Planning html / 4 KB / 2015
This webinar explain the child welfare investigative process following a report of child abuse. After watching, advocates can help provide safety planning to survivors affected by child welfare investigations.
ELDER ABUSE - 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
FIREARMS - Federal and State Firearms Laws Pertaining to Domestic Violence OffendersEspecially 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
HOUSING - 2-Part Webinar Series - 2013
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HUMAN TRAFFICKING - Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence: A Legal PerspectiveView the webinar on our PCADV YouTube Channel
This webinar explores the fundamental shift in the way the justice system and victim service providers view the commercial sex industry. From “what used to be standard prostitution cases, now there's a keen eye out there for warning signs of human trafficking," says one investigator.
Join Shea M. Rhodes, Esq., the statewide legal expert on Pennsylvania laws related to sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation and co-founder and director of the Institute to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation (CSE Institute) at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law.
- Learn about relevant federal and state laws
- Identify the intersection between domestic violence and sex trafficking
- Understand why victims of sex trafficking don’t always identify themselves as domestic violence victims and that the psychological and trauma bonds with their trafficker are fundamental obstacles.
IMMIGRATION - Understanding the Intersection of Immigration Law in State Court ProceedingsFor 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.
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- 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 ORDERS - PFAs and the Servicemembers Civil Relief ActFor court of common pleas judges, law clerks and court staff, advocates
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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
Protection of Victims of Sexual Violence or Intimidation Act
The Protection of Victims of Sexual Violence or Intimidation Act, which takes effect on July 1, 2015, provides civil protections for victims of sexual violence or intimidation who do not have a family or household relationship with the defendant. Read more about Protection From Sexual Violence.
This webinar will provide an overview of the Act and how it differs from the Protection from Abuse Act. Also explored during the webinar will be the upgrades to the Protection From Abuse Database that also take effect on July 1 and what the new orders under the PSVI Act will look like in PFAD. PLAY WEBINAR
SAFETY PLANNING WITH VICTIMS
Batterer and Life-Generated Risks, Safety Planning and Confidentiality
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The Impact of Trauma and Understanding the Stages of Change
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The Impact of Trauma and Understanding the Stages of Change 7-23-13 9.32 AM.mov
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
STALKING - 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.
STRANGULATION - Understanding Pennsylvania's Strangulation & Domestic Violence Law
Strangulation of victims of domestic violence is a common tactic used by batterers. Pennsylvania’s new strangulation law recognizes this and now make it a felony to strangle an intimate partner or household member. This webinar will explain strangulation and discuss the new law.
The speaker is John F. Wilkinson, J.D., an Attorney Advisor with AEquitas: The Prosecutors' Resource on Violence Against Women. As an Attorney Advisor, he presents on trial strategy, legal analysis and policy, and ethical issues related to violence against women at the local, state, national and international level.
WITNESS INTIMIDATION - The Witness Who Recants: How Domestic Violence Plays a Role
Watch and listen as the Honorable Diana Anhalt, of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, and Assistant District Attorney James Carpenter, Chief of the Family Violence & Sexual Assault Unit of the Philadelphia DA’s Office, explore domestic violence witness intimidation and strategies for creating a safe and effective courtroom.
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. Funding is also awarded by PCCD, to the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC) and from the AOPC to PCADV by means of a passthrough agreement. 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, AOPC or the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.