If you are in immediate danger of Domestic Violence, please call 911.
Florida Injunctions for Protection, An Overview
Is a video that focuses on the needs of parties considering a petition for protection. It is hoped that the video will assist petitioners (as well as respondents) in understanding Florida’s four orders of protection and the requirements for filing a petition.
Florida Injunctions for Protection, the Hearing
Is a video designed as an orientation to civil domestic violence court; the video provides important information about court room procedures, discusses the participants in the hearing, and answers many of the questions litigants might have about what will happen when they come to court.
Mythbreakers: Chapter 39 Injunctions
Is a video that discusses common myths and misconceptions associated with the Chapter 39 injunction process. It also discusses the differences between Chapter 39 injunctions and Chapter 741 injunctions.
This video has been distributed to stakeholders throughout Florida, including Guardians ad Litem, court personnel, and judges who may review such petitions or who are on either the domestic violence or the dependency bench.
Get Psych'd About Batterer Compliance
Is a video that discusses the recently published OCI Best Practices Guide for Enforcing Batterer Accountability (available in PDF format). It also discusses some of the newer technologies that can be used to stalk victims of domestic violence.
This video has been distributed to stakeholders throughout Florida, including Guardians ad Litem, court personnel, and judges who may be involved with the domestic violence injunction process.
The Effects of Exposure to Domestic Violence on Babies and Children
This video, produced by the 11th Circuit, provides valuable information about the severe and lasting negative impact that exposure to domestic violence has on babies and children. This video also teaches that babies and children who live in a home where a parent is being abused are effected and hurt even if they never directly witness the actual violence.
Medical Forensic Sexual Assault Examinations: What Are They and What Can They Tell the Courts?
Inaccurate assumptions about medical evidence in adult victim sexual assault trials undermine fairness in the justice system. These trials bring with them expectations about the kinds of injuries “real” victims sustain, the kind of medical evidence that will be offered, who will present it, and what the medical evidence can “prove”. This webinar will provide accurate information about the purposes and processes of medical forensic sexual assault examinations and what they can and cannot “prove.” It will also explore some of the legal issues these examinations raise for judicial resolution.
Webinar video here.
Intimate Partner Sexual Abuse: The Hidden Dimension of Domestic Violence
Lynn Hecht Schafran, Esq., Director, National Judicial Education Program
The term “intimate partner sexual abuse” encompasses a continuum of behaviors from verbal degradation relating to sexuality to felony-level sexual abuse and torture. Cases involving this type of abuse present complex challenges for the judiciary, beyond the overarching goal of protecting victims and their children while ensuring due process for the accused. This webinar provides current interdisciplinary research from law, medicine and the social sciences. Participants will learn about the implications for the courts of the severe impact of intimate partner sexual abuse, how the law itself often undermines victim safety, how to create a court environment in which victims feel safe disclosing, cultural issues that affect disclosure, which risk assessment instruments include intimate partner sexual abuse as a factor, how to assess the capability of batterer intervention and sex offender treatment programs to address intimate partner sexual abuse and more.
Judges Tell: What I Wish I Had Known Before I Presided in an Adult Victim Sexual Assault Case
Lynn Hecht Schafran, Esq., Director, National Judicial Education Program and Jennifer Becker, Staff Attorney, National Judicial Education Program.
Sexual assault cases present a unique challenge for the judiciary. They are unique in that they are beset with a myriad of deeply held stereotypes and misconceptions that can undermine the judicial process. To assist new judges, NJEP canvassed judges across the country who had attended NJEP programs to ask what these judges wished they had known before they presided in an adult victim sexual assault case, or a case of co-perpetrated sexual abuse and domestic violence. This webinar explores their responses in an interactive fact vs. myth format and include a discussion of each based on law and social and medical sciences.
Use of Facility Dogs in Judicial Proceedings
Ellen O’Neill-Stephens, JD, and Celeste Walsen, DVM, presented a one hour webinar on the use of facility dogs in judicial proceedings on February 9, 2017. Topics of discussion within the webinar are: the law in Florida and other states; recent appellate decisions in Florida and other states; recently proposed legislation in Florida; circumstances in which a facility dog may be used; and jury instructions. One hour of CJE has been approved for judges who attended the presentation on February 9, 2017. One hour of CLE has been approved; the course number is 1700917N.
Judicial Wellness for Florida Judges and Court Staff: Tools for Self Care in Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Cases
Sexual violence has traumatic effects on victims; judges and court staff can also experience secondary trauma as a result of hearing sexual violence cases.Wellness is an important component to good judicial decision making, job satisfaction and professional health. In this webinar, participants will identify tools for wellness for court professionals facing compassion fatigue and vicarious (secondary) trauma. Internationally recognized trauma expert Dr. Peter Jaffe, and National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges faculty Hon. Elizabeth Berns, along with Andrew Wentzell, from the Office of Court Improvement, will also discuss anonymous survey data collected by the Florida Office of the State Court Administrator from court professionals. This data speaks to the levels and perceptions of secondary trauma and knowledge of coping mechanisms by court professionals, judges and attorneys. Don't miss this exciting webinar which is relevant for all professionals who work with domestic violence and sexual assault cases. This webinar is available for CLE, course number 1609140N.
Domestic Violence and the US Military
Circuit Judge Howard McGillin, Jr., of the Seventh Judicial Circuit presented a one hour webinar on July 21, 2016, on Domestic Violence and the US Military. Military families are subject to extraordinary stresses. This one hour training is intended to enable attendees to understand those stress factors while helping to ensure that abusers are held accountable for their actions. Judge McGillin explains the Department of Defense’s policy concerning DV and discusses the differences between military protective orders and civil injunctions for protection. He also identifies services offered within the military for victims, family members, and the abuser. CLE (# 1605526N) has been approved.
Seeing Individuals Through a Trauma Lens: Getting from ACEs to Trauma-informed Justice
Circuit Judge Lynn Tepper of the Sixth Judicial Circuit presented a one hour webinar on March 30, 2016, on the importance of viewing individuals through a trauma lens. The webinar: discusses the effects of trauma; explains Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs); discusses how these experiences have the potential to carry lifelong mental and physical consequences; examines the factors that contribute to an abused or neglected child’s resiliency; and stresses the importance of presuming a trauma history of all litigants in judicial proceedings. CLE has been approved, (# 1602823N).
Child Support Guidelines: Using the IV-D Guidelines Program (December 8, 2015)
Assistant Attorneys General Garcia-Solis and Simpson of the Child Support Enforcement Bureau of the Office of the Attorney General give an one hour overview of the Child Support Guidelines Worksheet and explain how information should be entered on the worksheet. The excel document, developed by the Department of Revenue, can be used in all case types for determining child support. The speakers also address time-sharing, shared parental responsibility, Social Security benefits and related issues. CLE credits have been approved for this webinar (#1600480N).
Protecting Children Exposed to Domestic Violence (December 10, 2014)
This webinar, developed and presented by Professor Teresa Drake from the Levin College of Law at University of Florida, examined the effects of domestic violence on children and how these effects may last long into adulthood. It also discussed issues relating to child custody and time sharing. Due to technical difficulties, only the PowerPoint slides are available at this time. PPT
Strangulation: All Things Medical (March 10, 2015)
The Strangulation Training Institute, in conjunction with the Office of Court Improvement, has created a webinar regarding the medical effects domestic violence strangulation can have, as well as the implications for lethality and long-term survival. This is the first of two webinars by the Institute.
The webinar material can be viewed by down loading the following pdf. PDF
Strangulation: All Things Legal (April 14, 2015)
The Strangulation Training Institute, in conjunction with the Office of Court Improvement, has created a webinar regarding the medical effects domestic violence strangulation can have, as well as the implications for lethality and long-term survival. This is the second of two webinars by the Institute.
The webinar material can be viewed by down loading the following pdf. PDF
Elizabeth Ricci and Niel Rambana, "Immigration - Options for Victims of Crime"
This webinar was presented on May 7, 2015, by immigration lawyers, Elizabeth Ricci and Neil St. John Rambana. For more information on the background of the webinar, please see this brochure, and view the accompanying video. Due to technical issues, the webinar was not recorded; however, you may click here for a link to the PowerPoint. Florida Bar members can report their CLE credits online at www.floridabar.org. Course number: 1504620N
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Webinar Series
The NCJFCJ, in collaboration with a number of other agencies and organizations, has developed a large online library of webinars, devoted to a number of family court and domestic violence court issues. Judges interested in examining the NCJFCJ webinar library can go to this website for more information.
The Stalking Resource Center: "The Intersection of Stalking and Sexual Assault"
The Intersection of Stalking and Sexual Assault, was originally presented July 17, 2013 by Michelle M. Garcia, Director, Stalking Resource Center, National Center for Victims of Crime. This webinar presents the often overlooked link between stalking and sexual assault. Stalking is a crime that is often co-perpetrated with other crimes, such as domestic violence and sexual assault. Research supports a connection between stalking and sexual assault – both pre- and post-assault. In this webinar, we explore the nature and dynamics of stalking, focuses on its intersection with sexual assault. She also discusses ways in which this information impacts our responses to and services for victims. This session provides useful information and strategies for a wide variety of professionals, including prosecutors and other lawyers, law enforcement, medical professionals, judges, victim advocates, journalists and communications professionals, and others who interact with and write about sexual assault victims. Judges and others interested in this webinar can view it at this website.
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