PCADV Webinars

PCADV offers a myriad of informative and educational pre-recorded webinars on various topics.

Please contact training@pcadv.org if you need assistance, Monday — Friday 9am-5pm.

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.

Topic: Male Victims Working With Male Survivors of Domestic Violence Webinar

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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Topic: Child Abuse Child Protective Service Law: Understanding Background Check Requirements

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.

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Topic: 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.
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

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Topic: Human Trafficking Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence: A Legal Perspective

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.

  • 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

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Topic: Restraining 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

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Topic: Stalking Understanding & Responding to Stalking in the Court of Common Pleas

Made for judges by experts from the national Stalking Resource Center, this webinar 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.

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Topic: Strangulation Law 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.

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