The unique dynamics of intimate partner violence are challenging for judges. Often, there are no witnesses except the alleged perpetrator and the person he or she is accused of abusing. The defendant often presents well in court. The victim may act in ways judges find illogical and frustrating. Judges know that the orders they make in court affect not only the adult(s) before them, but also children in the home.
Two nationally-respected experts with decades of experience, Lore Rogers, JD, and David Garvin, MSW, LMSW, will highlight what judges need to know about the behaviors of perpetrators of domestic violence and victims/survivors so judges may make the most informed, effective conditions, decisions and orders to keep their communities safe.
By understanding the behaviors of perpetrators and victims/survivors, judges will be able to:
1) Develop more effective interventions to stop the violence and better protect victims and their children;
2) Identify excuses, tactics and strategies perpetrators use for control;
3) Recognize when a perpetrator is trying to manipulate the court and/or falsely discredit the victim;
4) Stop the perpetrator from using the legal system to further abuse the victim.
5) Be aware of implicit biases; understand why victims may act in ways that seem counter-intuitive or illogical.