Events

Should I Stay or Should I Go? Helping Survivors with Interstate Custody and Relocation Cases

Upcoming Webinar! From the Greenbook to Family First: Bridging the Intersection between Domestic Violence and Child Welfare

Date: August 20, 2019
Time: 11:00 a.m. PT / 2:00 p.m. ET
Duration: 1 hour

Achieving safety and well-being for families experiencing domestic violence continues to be a challenge, and professionals have called for elements of child welfare practice that The Greenbook (NCJFCJ 1999) did not fully explore, including the implicit bias and systemic racism impacting families of color, the need for total family engagement (including fathers), and the need for fuller understanding of protective factors in these cases. Families First legislation may present courts and communities an opportunity to do community-based prevention work which builds upon The Greenbook to take up these important issues.

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Should I Stay or Should I Go? Helping Survivors with Interstate Custody and Relocation Cases

Upcoming Webinar! Legislative Updates

Date: August 29, 2019
Time: 11:00 a.m. PT / 2:00 p.m. ET
Duration: 1.5 hours

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges will be offering a webinar looking at recent legislative trends across the country related to domestic violence. The webinar will provide participants with an overview of the bills and resulting statutes, considering both their similarities and differences. Topics include extreme risk protection orders, child custody, victims’ rights, animal abuse, technology, and bail reform. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions during the presentation.

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Should I Stay or Should I Go? Helping Survivors with Interstate Custody and Relocation Cases

Upcoming Webinar! Parenting Plans: What Advocates Should Know

Date: September 11, 2019
Time: 11:00 a.m. PT / 2:00 p.m. ET
Duration: 1 hour

The Resource Center on Domestic Violence: Child Protection and Custody will host a webinar entitled Parenting Plans: What Advocates Should Know.  This webinar is a continuation of our self-represented litigants’ webinar series and is geared towards an audience of domestic violence advocates working with self-represented litigants.  The webinar will parallel the new self-represented litigants’ publication that will come out later this year.  Like the publication, the webinar will discuss what parenting plans are, how they are created and modified, and what terms they entail.  Because the audience is domestic violence advocates, the webinar will flag common terms in parenting plans that can increase the danger for survivors and children and will offer alternative provisions that better account for safety.  Although the target audience for the webinar is survivors, it will be presented in a way that will also benefit self-represented litigants, attorneys, mediators and any other professionals helping prepare parenting plans for cases involving domestic violence.

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Should I Stay or Should I Go? Helping Survivors with Interstate Custody and Relocation Cases

New Webinar Recording Available! Should I Stay or Should I Go? Helping Survivors with Interstate Custody and Relocation Cases.

Have domestic violence survivors ever asked you about leaving the state with their children to flee from abuse?

The LRC, in partnership with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, will be offering a webinar which will focus on basic interstate custody and relocation issues for advocates. The webinar will provide participants with an overview of the various federal and state laws that govern interstate custody cases and is designed for advocates who wish to understand how these laws fit together. Case scenarios will be used to demonstrate how advocates can help survivors address the economic, safety, and legal issues involved when they cross state lines for safety. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions during the presentation. (90 minutes)

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Custody Mediation and Domestic Violence: A Resource Guide for Mediators

New Resource Available! Custody Mediation and Domestic Violence: A Resource Guide for Mediators

Mediation is widely used in the area of family law, where custody mediation is often mandated by statute or ordered by the court. According to statistics collected by the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS), approximately 1 in 4 women and 1 in 10 men experience contact sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner and report an intimate partner violence related impact during their lifetime. Intimate partner violence is also reported in more than half of all divorce cases. Based on these numbers, custody mediators are likely to encounter domestic violence in at least half of their cases.
 
For this reason, the NCJFCJ's Resource Center on Domestic Violence: Child Protection and Custody (RCDV:CPC) has prepared this guide as a reference tool for mediators seeking to improve their practice on custody cases involving domestic violence. This publication is not intended as a substitute for thorough and ongoing training on domestic violence, but rather seeks to provide mediators with helpful links to existing literature and resources on this important topic.

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How to Navigate Custody Mediation in Cases Involving Domestic Violence

​RCDV: CPC's New Self-Represented Litigants (SRL) Resource: How to Navigate Custody Mediation in Cases Involving Domestic Violence

If you are a domestic violence survivor and have been ordered or referred to mediation for your custody case, this guide can provide you with some basic information. A lawyer who understands domestic violence and mediation practice in your area would be most helpful. But many survivors cannot find or afford lawyers to represent them. For this reason, we created this guide for self-represented litigants. It includes general information on custody mediation and tips for how to prepare.
 
10 steps for presenting evidence in court

​RCDV: CPC's New Self-Represented Litigants (SRL) Homepage

Victims who cannot afford to hire an attorney or find legal representation must represent themselves in court and need practical and informed assistance in preparing evidence, conducting themselves in court, and understanding the purpose and consequence of the proceedings/processes in which they are participating. The Resource Center on Domestic Violence: Child Protection and Custody (RCDV: CPC) has developed a series of SRL guides designed to assist victims in finding guidance and preparing and presenting evidence for a court so that the domestic violence they experienced--and its impact on their children's wellbeing--is considered. These resources have been translated into Spanish and reviewed for plain language. These resources now are available in one place on the RCDV: CPC website:
 

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