Recordings of Expert Witness Webinar Series

Webinars posted here are part of a series about Expert Witnesses


#1 — When Advocates are Asked to be Expert Witnesses: Weighing Possible Drawbacks and Benefits

Webinar date: April 18, 2013

Webinar Description: This webinar is designed to help participants think critically about the possible benefits and drawbacks of utilizing domestic violence and/or sexual assault advocates as expert witnesses

This webinar will begin by reviewing some current realities about community-based advocates (e.g., advocates are, in fact, experts; advocates are being asked to testify as experts all the time; practitioners and victims of battering find that expert testimony can have a positive impact; many anti-domestic violence programs and state coalitions are recognizing and responding to the need for expert testimony by providing training, support to advocate expert witnesses; and that many advocates and other anti-domestic violence professionals are doing amazing work testifying and training other experts). It will include a discussion of possible drawbacks and benefits of community-based advocates serving as experts. It will end by acknowledging current realities and examine issues community-based programs need to consider when assessing if, and when, they will provide expert services.

Presenter Bio:

Cindene Pezzell is the Legal Coordinator at the National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women (NCDBW). Before joining NCDBW in 2008, Cindene was an assistant public defender in Philadelphia, where she focused primarily on trial work. Cindene is Lead Staff on NCDBW's Expert Project, which is funded by the Office on Violence Against Women, and has been working in that capacity to develop resources designed to increase the availability and effectiveness of expert testimony for victims of ongoing battering. In addition to coordinating the Legal Team at the National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women, Cindene provides direct technical assistance to defense teams, researches and develops legal materials, and conducts training programs.

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#2 — Testifying as an Expert Witness: Understanding the Role of Experts and Different Legal Arenas

Webinar date: May 1, 2013

Webinar Description: This webinar is designed for community-based domestic violence advocates who are considering working as expert witnesses, but have little or no experience in the legal setting. This webinar may also be helpful for other professionals (academics, therapists, etc.) who are interested in working as a domestic violence expert witness. This webinar will include a general overview of the role of expert witnesses, descriptions of the differences between the legal settings in which one may work, and information about the importance of understanding one's role, and the goal and function of specific legal arenas.

This webinar will include a discussion of a) the importance of understanding core concepts about the legal system and elements of the different legal systems in which experts commonly testify; b) what is meant by expert witness; c) the differences between fact witnesses and expert/opinion witnesses; and d) the differences between general expert testimony v. case/survivor specific expert testimony.

Presenter Bio:

Cindene Pezzell is the Legal Coordinator at the National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women (NCDBW). Before joining NCDBW in 2008, Cindene was an assistant public defender in Philadelphia, where she focused primarily on trial work. Cindene is Lead Staff on NCDBW's Expert Project, which is funded by the Office on Violence Against Women, and has been working in that capacity to develop resources designed to increase the availability and effectiveness of expert testimony for victims of ongoing battering. In addition to coordinating the Legal Team at the National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women, Cindene provides direct technical assistance to defense teams, researches and develops legal materials, and conducts training programs.

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#3 — Considerations for Aspiring Experts at Community-Based Domestic Violence Programs

Webinar date: May 13, 2013

Webinar Description: This webinar will help advocates understand the range of skills and knowledge needed to be an effective expert witness, how to begin to develop and enhance these skills, and ways that advocate-experts can evaluate whether they are an appropriate expert for a particular case. This webinar will also review some of the important factors that advocates and community-based programs must consider when deciding if and under what circumstances they will provide expert testimony. This webinar will be most helpful for community-based domestic violence advocates who are interested in testifying as an expert witness.

Presenters will explore a) who is an expert; b) considerations for community-based programs (including agency's mission, capacity, role, and impact on organization and community); c) how to develop an agency policy regarding agency staff serving as experts; d) procedures on when to agree to testify, when to pass, and why; e) process considerations for advocate experts; f) experts as consultants; g) working with the attorney; and, h) things to do before you get involved in a case.

Presenters' Bios:

Laurie Schipper has worked within the Battered Women's Movement for 30 years and is currently the Executive Director of the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV). Ms. Schipper graduated in 1985 with a B.S. in Social Work from Iowa State University. Prior to Ms. Schipper's work with the Coalition, she worked in a battered women's shelter and rape crisis center in Ames, Iowa for 10 years.

Ms. Schipper provides technical assistance and training to domestic violence advocates and other professionals who interface with battered women and their children. In addition, Ms. Schipper participates in training and curriculum development and consults on public policy as it relates to violence against women. Ms. Schipper has assisted thousands of battered women and their children and based on that experience, has testified as an expert witness or trial consultant in hundreds of cases involving domestic violence and the impact on children. She has developed training programs for new and experienced experts, and conducts state-wide training programs for experts and legal practitioners.

Kirsten Faisal has been the Director of Training and Technical Assistance for the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence since 1995, where she works on developing public policy, and provides professional support to agencies that impact battered women and their children. She is on the steering committee for the Batterer's Education Program for the Iowa Department of Corrections; has trained for the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy and the Department of Human Services; served as chair for the Iowa Domestic Abuse Death Review Team and has provided expert witness testimony in civil and criminal domestic abuse cases. She graduated with honors from Iowa State University with a bachelor's degree in anthropology and spent eleven years doing crisis intervention work with survivors of abuse.

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This webinar series is supported by Grant No. 2011-TA-AX-K129 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.


#4 — Preparing for Your First Case as a Domestic Violence Expert Witness

Webinar date: June 5, 2013

Webinar Description: This webinar is intended to help new expert witnesses (who will be providing general testimony on domestic violence and/or sexual assault) be as prepared as possible when they take the stand for the first time. The webinar will provide a "to-do" list that aspiring experts can use to help them negotiate the court setting, organize their thoughts and information, and respond to questions about their training and experience. In addition, participants will hear some examples of common pitfalls faced by new experts, and tips for handling them.

Presenters will discuss a) how to prepare even before taking your first case; b) what you need from the proffering attorney; c) why it's important to sharpen up your teaching skills; d) putting your "tool kit" together; e) getting ready for voir dire/qualification; and f) types of practical logistical information you'll need before going to court.

Presenters' Bios:

Scott Miller has worked in the women's movement since 1985, and has been with the Domestic Abuse Intervention Project since 2000. Scott coordinates Duluth's Coordinated Community Response to domestic violence under a demonstration project funded by OVW called the Blueprint for Safety. Serving as both system advocate and coordinator of the men's nonviolence program, he is instrumental in the evolving work being done in Duluth. Scott trains nationally and internationally on the components of the Duluth Model of intervention and helps develop new resource materials and curricula for use in communities working to end violence against women. Scott has also co-authored the new DAIP men's nonviolence curriculum Creating a Process of Change for Men Who Batter. Scott is a contract trainer and forensic interviewer for First Witness Child Abuse Resource Center in Duluth. Scott is responsible for conducting forensically sound interviews of children suspected of being physically or sexually abused as part of a criminal investigation. Scott also conducts trainings nationally on how to conduct interviews with children and work from a multidisciplinary team approach in the investigation of child abuse. Scott works independently as an expert witness in criminal and civil trials to explain how the tactics of abusers and the associated risks generated by battering are linked to the counterintuitive behaviors of victims.

Melissa Scaia, M.P.A. is the Executive Director of Advocates for Family Peace (AFFP), a six-program agency that provides services to families experiencing domestic violence and child abuse in Itasca and northern St. Louis counties, Minnesota. She started in the battered women's movement as the youth advocate focusing on individual and community advocacy related to teen dating violence. As the Executive Director of AFFP, she provides leadership to the organization coordinates the Itasca and St. Louis county coordinated community responses to domestic violence, co-facilitates a group with men who batter, and co-facilitates a group with women who have used violence. She provides training and technical assistance as a consultant for Praxis International and serves as a faculty member for the Family Violence Department for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. She has also conducted training for the Battered Women's Justice Project, Duluth Domestic Abuse Intervention Program, and the National Network to End Domestic Violence. She has contributed to numerous publications related to supervised visitation and domestic violence. She recently co-wrote a curriculum and DVD for working with men who batter as fathers entitled, Addressing Fatherhood with Men Who Batter. She also recently partnered in authoring a curriculum with Ellen Pence, PhD, and Laura Connelly for working with women who have used violence in intimate relationships entitled, Turning Points: A Nonviolence Curriculum for Women. She also testifies as an expert witness on domestic violence in criminal court cases.

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This webinar series is supported by Grant No. 2011-TA-AX-K129 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.


#5 — Prosecutors' Use of Expert Testimony to Explain Victim Behavior in Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Cases

Webinar date: June 20, 2013

Webinar Description: Sometimes when prosecuting a defendant in a domestic violence or sexual assault case, prosecutors realize that the victim's conduct may not comport with what many believe is "typical" victim behavior. In these cases, what the victim did or did not do may seem bizarre, confusing, or otherwise inexplicable to potential jurors or the judge and, often times, severely undermines a victim's credibility. This webinar will describe common victim behaviors and dynamics in domestic violence and sexual assault cases as well as their impacts on fact finders' assessments of victim credibility. The presenter will summarize the law related to the introduction of expert testimony by the prosecution to explain victim behavior and identify experts qualified to testify on this issue. This webinar will also highlight the importance of deciding whether to introduce expert testimony in a case. In addition, it will identify ways to work with experts to prepare a case for trial even if the testimony will not be introduced.

Presenters will discuss a) how to prepare even before taking your first case; b) what you need from the proffering attorney; c) why it's important to sharpen up your teaching skills; d) putting your "tool kit" together; e) getting ready for voir dire/qualification; and f) types of practical logistical information you'll need before going to court.

Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be better able to:

Presenter's Bio

Christopher Malliosis an Attorney Advisor for 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, and national level. He conducts research; develops training materials, resources, and publications; and provides case consultation and technical assistance for prosecutors and allied professionals.

For more than 10 years, Mr. Mallios worked as a trial attorney and supervisor specializing primarily in the prosecution of crimes involving violence against women. As the Chief of the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office Family Violence & Sexual Assault Unit, he prosecuted and supervised the prosecution of thousands of cases involving domestic violence, sexual assault, and child physical and sexual abuse. Mr. Mallios also served as an advisor for the Philadelphia Police Department's Special Victims Unit and Internal Affairs Division. The District Attorney selected Mr. Mallios to serve as her liaison to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Philadelphia, and as Hate Crimes Coordinator, he was responsible for training prosecutors and victim/witness coordinators and acting as a liaison to law enforcement and other government and private agencies.

During the three years he spent as a prosecutor/lobbyist in the Legislation Unit of the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, Mr. Mallios drafted and promoted legislation to benefit prosecutors, police, and crime victims in Pennsylvania's General Assembly on behalf of the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office and Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association. Mr. Mallios has testified in many legislative hearings and has presented numerous training programs at Philadelphia's Police Academy and Detective Training Program. He also trained many classes of volunteers at Women Organized Against Rape in Philadelphia./p>

Mr. Mallios is based in Philadelphia and is the Northeast Regional Attorney Advisor for AEquitas. He has served as a co-chair of the Law Enforcement Subcommittee of the Philadelphia Domestic Violence Task Force, and was an active member of Philadelphia's Sexual Assault Advisory Council, which promoted a coordinated multidisciplinary response for victims of sexual assault. In that role, he helped bring state-of-the-art rape kits and standardized medical record forms for sexual assault treatment in Philadelphia's emergency rooms. Mr. Mallios was also responsible for training more than 300 prosecutors as the director of Continuing Legal Education at the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, where he often taught programs on ethics for prosecutors. He has been a frequent presenter for the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Institute and he has taught trial advocacy as an adjunct professor at the Beasley School of Law at Temple University and is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice and an affiliate of the Ortner Center on Family Violence.

Mr. Mallios received his B.S. in Science from the Pennsylvania State University and his J.D. from Temple University School of Law. He served as a law clerk on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, and is member of the bars of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

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This project is supported by Grant No. 2011-TA-AX-K061 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.


#6 — Understanding the Role of Experts in Immigration Proceedings Involving Victims of Battering

Webinar date: November 19, 2013

Webinar Description: This webinar will help participants understand the ways that expert assistance can benefit battered women involved in immigration proceedings. The presenters will discuss the role of experts in these proceedings, common substantive areas in which expert assistance is valuable, and ways that expert assistance in immigration proceedings is similar to and different from expert work in other legal arenas.

Presenters will explore a) admissibility of expert testimony in immigration proceedings; b) the role of dv/sa experts working on behalf of battered immigrant women; c) common issues that arise for battered women involved in immigration proceedings and the role of experts in addressing them; and d) some "nuts and bolts" of immigration proceedings that are important for experts to know.

Presenters' Bios:

Edna Yang, Esq. as the General Counsel for American Gateways, formerly the Political Asylum Project of Austin (PAPA) where she directs the legal services for the agency. Ms. Yang also served as the Interim Executive Director for American Gateways in 2012. She began her work at PAPA in 2002 as the coordinating attorney for the Program Representing Immigrant Survivors of Abuse, providing direct representation to immigrants seeking relief under the immigration provisions of the Violence Against Women Act. She became the General Counsel for the agency overseeing all legal services and programs in 2006.

Ms. Yang represents indigent immigrants before the Immigration Service, the Immigration Court, and in Federal Court. She also conducts training sessions for law enforcement officials and social service providers throughout central Texas and nationally about how to work with, and provide services to, immigrants in the community. She organizes outreach and educational sessions for immigrant members of the community. Ms. Yang currently serves as a Council Member on the State Bar Immigration and Nationality Section and from 2004 - 2005, she served on the Austin Commission for Immigrant Affairs. She is a member in good standing of the State Bar of Texas. She is also a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the National Immigration Project, and the National Lawyer's Guild.

Noel Bridget Busch-Armendariz, PhD, LMSW, MPA, has more than 20 years of experience working to end interpersonal violence. She is a professor at the School of Social Work at The University of Texas (UT) at Austin and as the associate dean of research and director of the Center for Social Work Research. Dr. Busch-Armendariz teaches graduate courses in domestic violence, research, and social policy and an undergraduate course on modern slavery. Dr. Busch-Armendariz is the founder and principal investigator of the UT Austin Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (IDVSA), a collaboration of the School of Social Work, the School of Nursing, the School of Law, and the Bureau for Business Research with more than 150 affiliate community organizations.

Since joining UT Dr. Busch-Armendariz has directed research for the National Institute of Justice, the Office for Victims of Crime, the Office on Violence Against Women, Office of the Attorney General of Texas, the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault, and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission totally more than $5.1 million dollars in external funding. Her areas of specialization are interpersonal violence, refugees, asylees, and victims of human trafficking, and international social work. She is regularly called as an expert witness criminal, civil, and immigration cases and directs a national training on the topic.

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This project is supported by Grant No. 2011-TA-AX-K061 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.


#7 — When Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Advocates Provide Expert Testimony on behalf of the Defense, Part 1

Webinar date: June 3, 2014

Webinar Description: Testifying on behalf of the defense in a criminal case can raise some questions and challenges for expert witnesses who have never testified, or who have testified only on behalf of the prosecution or in civil cases. This webinar will provide participants with some basic information about the ways that expert testimony can be used on behalf of battered women charged with crimes. The presenter will discuss the different types of cases in which expert testimony can be useful, the role of defense expert testimony in different kinds of cases, and strategies for navigating some of the common challenges that criminal defense cases present. While this webinar will be geared towards new and aspiring expert witnesses, criminal defense attorneys may also find the presentation helpful.

Presenters' Bio:

Cindene Pezzell is the Legal Coordinator at the National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women (NCDBW). Before joining NCDBW in 2008, Cindene was an assistant public defender in Philadelphia, where she focused primarily on trial work. Cindene is Lead Staff on NCDBW's Expert Project, which is funded by the Office on Violence Against Women, and has been working in that capacity to develop resources designed to increase the availability and effectiveness of expert testimony for victims of ongoing battering. In addition to coordinating the Legal Team at the National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women, Cindene provides direct technical assistance to defense teams, researches and develops legal materials, and conducts training programs.

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This project is supported by Grant No. 2011-TA-AX-K061 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.


#8 — Understanding the Role of Experts in Immigration Proceedings Involving Victims of Battering, Part 2

Webinar date: June 30, 2014

Webinar Description: Following up on a webinar from November 2013, by the same presenters, this webinar will provide participants with additional information about the uses of expert witnesses in immigration proceedings involving victims of battering. The presenters will discuss the process and use of survivor interviews/evaluations and the types of expertise necessary for different kinds of immigration proceedings. This webinar is intended for domestic violence and sexual assault experts and potential experts who are or may become involved in immigration proceedings, and will also be helpful for attorneys who represent immigrant survivors. To view Part I, click here: Webinar on Experts in Immigration Cases, Part 1. It is not necessary to have viewed Part I in order to participate in Part II.

Presenters' Bios:

Edna Yang, Esq is the General Counsel for American Gateways, formerly the Political Asylum Project of Austin (PAPA), where she directs the legal services for the agency. Ms. Yang also served as the Interim Executive Director for American Gateways in 2012. She began her work at PAPA in 2002 as the Coordinating Attorney for the program Representing Immigrant Survivors of Abuse, providing direct representation to immigrants seeking relief under the immigration provisions of the Violence Against Women Act. She became the General Counsel for the agency overseeing all legal services and programs in 2006.

Ms. Yang represents indigent immigrants before the Immigration Service, the Immigration Court, and in Federal Court. She also conducts training sessions for law enforcement officials and social service providers throughout central Texas and nationally about how to work with, and provide services to, immigrants in the community. She organizes outreach and educational sessions for immigrant members of the community. Ms. Yang currently serves as a Council Member on the State Bar Immigration and Nationality Section and, from 2004 - 2005, she served on the Austin Commission for Immigrant Affairs. She is a member in good standing of the State Bar of Texas. She is also a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the National Immigration Project, and the National Lawyer's Guild.

Noel Bridget Busch-Armendariz, PhD, LMSW, MPA has more than 20 years of experience working to end interpersonal violence. She is a professor at the School of Social Work at The University of Texas (UT) at Austin and as the Associate Dean of Research and Director of the Center for Social Work Research. Dr. Busch-Armendariz teaches graduate courses in domestic violence, research, and social policy, and an undergraduate course on modern slavery. Dr. Busch-Armendariz is the Founder and Principal Investigator of the UT Austin Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (IDVSA), a collaboration of the School of Social Work, the School of Nursing, the School of Law, and the Bureau for Business Research with more than 150 affiliate community organizations.

Since joining UT, Dr. Busch-Armendariz has directed research for the National Institute of Justice, the Office for Victims of Crime, the Office on Violence Against Women, Office of the Attorney General of Texas, the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault, and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission totaling more than $5.1 million dollars in external funding. Her areas of specialization are interpersonal violence, refugees, asylees, and victims of human trafficking, and international social work. She is regularly called as an expert witness in criminal, civil, and immigration cases and directs a national training on the topic.

SUGGESTED PARTICIPANTS

While this webinar is focused on advocate experts from community-based domestic violence and sexual assault programs, others currently providing expert testimony - or who are considering providing expert testimony - may also benefit from the webinar. This may include social workers, academics, and other professionals who might provide general testimony about battering and its effects. Additionally, we encourage immigration attorneys representing victims of domestic violence or sexual assault to participate.

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This project is supported by Grant No. 2011-TA-AX-K061 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.


#9 — Working Together: What Attorneys and DV/SA Experts Can and Should Expect From One Another

Webinar date: July 7, 2014

Webinar Description: Expert witnesses and the attorneys they work with sometimes have conflicting assumptions and expectations about the preparation and presentation of a court case. In this webinar, Kirsten Faisal, a long-time advocate with extensive experience as an expert witness, will team up with Tim Gruenke, a veteran prosecutor, to discuss strategies for working together effectively in cases involving survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence. The presenters will discuss what experts and attorneys need from one another during the trial preparation process, and talk about some of the "real world" challenges that can hinder effective trial preparation and presentation.

Presenters' Bios:

Kirsten Faisal has been the Director of Training and Technical Assistance for the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence since 1995, where she works on developing public policy, and provides professional support to agencies that impact battered women and their children. She is on the steering committee for the Batterer's Education Program for the Iowa Department of Corrections; has trained for the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy and the Department of Human Services; served as chair for the Iowa Domestic Abuse Death Review Team and has provided expert witness testimony in civil and criminal domestic abuse cases. She graduated with honors from Iowa State University with a bachelor's degree in anthropology and spent eleven years doing crisis intervention work with survivors of abuse.

Tim Gruenke is the District Attorney for La Crosse County, Wisconsin. He has been a prosecutor for nineteen years. He has prosecuted all types of cases, including homicides, but has specialized in sexual assaults and other sensitive crimes. He has trained a wide variety of professionals including law enforcement officers, SANE nurses, sexual assault and domestic violence advocates, as well as other prosecutors, on the prosecution and investigation of sexual assault and crimes of domestic violence. He was recognized as District Attorney of the Year by Wisconsin prosecutors in 2013, and earned the Voices of Courage Award from the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault in 2008.

SUGGESTED PARTICIPANTS

While this webinar is focused on advocate experts from community-based domestic violence and sexual assault programs, others currently providing expert testimony - or who are considering providing expert testimony - may also benefit from the webinar. This may include social workers, academics, and other professionals who might provide general testimony about battering and its effects. Additionally, we encourage prosecutors, defense attorneys, and other attorneys who represent victims of domestic violence or sexual assault to participate.

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This project is supported by Grant No. 2011-TA-AX-K061 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.