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Domestic Violence Update 2014 at CSU, Chico

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Domestic Violence Update 2014

November 21, 2014  |  CSU, Chico

Legal & Social Science Update for California Rule of Court 5.230

Part 1: Legal Update ~ What Do We Think and Expect of Victims & Survivors? Exploring and Challenging Our Beliefs

Presented by: Julia Weber, J.D., MSW, Co-counsel to the Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee

In this interactive workshop, participants will consider how their expectations of clients might affect their interactions and will identify ways of reconsidering their perspectives so as to most effectively provide information and assistance. Discussion will focus on understanding personal and structural biases that can influence how we understand intimate partner violence along with gender, race, class, sexual orientation, and intersectionality. Small groups will focus on a problem-solving exercise leading to facilitated discussion that meets the learning objectives.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Describe how institutional bias can have an impact on professionals working with victims/survivors in the field of intimate partner violence prevention
  2. Explain how to recognize and address biases so as to approach violence prevention work with patients and clients more mindfully
  3. Identify the problematic role bias plays in limiting access to service
  4. Describe significant changes in the legal policy with respect to domestic violence and family law
  5. Understand the impact of legal changes on their work on cases involving domestic violence
  6. Understand the process involved with changing court policies in California

Part 2: Assisting Self Represented Litigants with Restraining Orders and Other Family Law Papers

Presented by: Melanie Snider, Family Law Facilitator, Self-Help Assistance & Referral Program (S.H.A.R.P.) Managing Attorney, Butte & Lake Superior Courts

The Family Law Facilitator’s Office provides several services that include the following:

  • Providing educational materials to parents concerning the court process of establishing parentage and establishing, modifying and enforcing child and spousal support;
  • Distributing necessary court forms and voluntary declarations of paternity, assistance in completing the forms;
  • Preparing support schedules based upon statutory guidelines;
  • Providing referrals to the local child support agency, family court services and other community resources that provide services for parents and children; and
  • Providing assistance on child support issues.

Part 3: Abusive Relationships in LGBTQ+ Communities

Presented by: Melody Proebstel, MSW Catalyst Domestic Violence Services

Introduction to LGBTQ+ identity language

  • Biological Sex
  • Sexual Orientation/Identity
  • Gender Identity
  • Gender Expression

Suggestions for Visible Support and Becoming Aspiring Allies

  • Why visible support is important
  • Tips for being an ally
  • Importance of language

Panel Discussion

  • Intimate Partner Violence is a threat to LGBTQ+ communities
  • Panel members share their story/experience
  • Panel members share examples from “How is it Different”

Follow-up Discussion

  • Barriers to seeking help