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CCR Problem-Solving Series: Making the Criminal System Work Better for Victims. Part 3: When the Victim is Arrested: Seeking a Just Response

Event Date
Thursday, September 01, 2016, 02:00PM

In the third part of this prosecution series, Mary Ingham, Cindene Pezzell, Quetita Cavero, and Sandra Tibbetts Murphy will co-lead a discussion on victims of ongoing coercive control who have been arrested as a direct or indirect result of their experiences of being abused. This discussion will explore many of the common ways that victims of battering end up being arrested; the unique challenges they face in the criminal legal system as defendants, and the additional risks victim-defendants face as a result of being charged, convicted, and/or incarcerated. They will discuss ways that prosecutors can evaluate and handle cases involving victim-defendants. They will also explore some concrete advocacy strategies that may help improve outcomes for victims of domestic violence who have been charged with crimes including: how to balance existing relationships between the prosecutor and the advocacy program; the significance of building relationships with defense attorneys and other non-traditional partners; and how programs can build defense-based advocacy into their existing work.

Event Contact Information

Event Contact Name
Kari Sonmore, Battered women’s justice project
Event Contact Email
ksonmore@bwjp.org