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Defense-Based Advocacy for Criminalized Survivors Series

June 21, 2023 @ 12:00 pm 1:30 pm

Join us for a two-part training series with Cindene Pezzell from The National Defense Center for Criminalized Survivors, formerly known as the National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women.

Session One: When Survivors are Accused – Addressing the Urgency   

Every day, victims of intimate partner violence are arrested and incarcerated, often because their survival strategies are criminalized.  The criminal legal system is a dangerous place for all defendants, but those who are also survivors are at particular risk, and are in great need of advocacy and support.  In Part 1 of this this series, participants will learn about how and why survivors are criminalized; the risks they face while navigating the criminal legal system, and their tremendous need for advocacy and support at all stages of their cases.    

Wednesday, June 21, 12:00-1:30pm

Session Two: Practicing Defense-Based Advocacy   

Criminalized survivors are among the most vulnerable victims of intimate partner violence, yet they are often not seen as “real victims” by people in the system – and even by some service providers. This webinar will explore concrete defense-based advocacy strategies that community-based programs can use to help increase safety and justice for survivors who are charged with crimes. This program will also highlight ways to identify and dismantle barriers that can prevent advocates from working with criminalized survivors. 

Wednesday, June 28, 12:00-1:30pm