10/2: Domestic Violence Webinar

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Almost as common as domestic violence itself is the oft heard refrain: “Why doesn’t she just leave???” You’ve heard it said, perhaps even said it yourself. But have you ever moved beyond that question to ask a related one: “Why does she stay???”

Advocacy Beyond Leaving: Serving Victims Who Stay will examine the complex reasons people stay in abusive relationships, and why those who seek to help them must begin with an understanding of the survivor’s perspective. This half-day webinar for multi-disciplinary professionals will be held on Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, via ZOOM.

The training is presented by Southwest Virginia Legal Aid and is sponsored by the Virginia Law Foundation.

Sessions will be offered at 10 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm. Topics to be addressed include why victims stay, culturally informed safety planning, and navigating DSS involvement within the court system.

Presenters are: Lauren M. Lester, LPC, CSAC, Recovery Team Counselor, The Laurels, Cumberland Mountain Community Services Board, Lebanon, VA; Ruth Micklem, Community Initiatives Manager, and Cathy Coleman, Project for the Empowerment of Survivors (PES) Advocacy Manager, Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance (VSDVAA), Richmond, VA; and Anne Park Brinckman, Esq., Brinckman & Brinckman, Blacksburg, VA.

In addition to domestic violence and victim advocates, this training will be suitable for attorneys (including prosecutors), judges, clerks, magistrates, court staff, law enforcement officers, guardians ad litem for children, social workers, advocates for children, mental and physical health care providers, educators, and members of the faith community. All who seek a better understanding of domestic violence are welcome.

There is no charge to attend, but you must register to be admitted to the sessions. To register, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_paLPU0dbR5e8dNhFrpPXfg

The training has been approved for 4.0 continuing legal education (CLE) credits for clerks and magistrates, and for 3.75 credit hours for qualified guardians ad litem for children. CLEs are also being sought for attorneys, as are PIC-3 credits for law enforcement.

Attendance verification will be provided by a module in the ZOOM Webinar platform, and by host monitors present during the sessions. Each session will also feature live Q&A with the presenters.