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Understanding the Dynamics of Domestic Violence for Family Law Practitioners

September 28, 2020 @ 8:30 am - October 1, 2020 @ 12:00 pm CST

This training will provide an overview of the dynamics of domestic violence (also known as intimate partner violence) in the context of separation, divorce, and child custody/access (parenting time) for family law practitioners.

 This training qualifies for 4.5 hours of Ethics credits and 12 hours for Continuing Professional Development credits with the Law Society of Saskatchewan.

 The training will be held using Zoom. A link and password will be sent out to registered participants prior to the training.

 The training is $300. More details and registration: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/provincial-association-of-transition-houses-and-services-of-saskatchewan-paths/events/dynamics-of-domestic-violence-sept2020/

Day 1: 8:30am – 12pm

Types of intimate partner violence (IPV) —physical, sexual, psychological, financial, stalking and harassment. Typologies of IPV—situational couple violence, coercive control/intimate terrorism, violent resistance. Prevalence and statistics. Scenarios – Is this domestic violence? Why or why not? Video case studies.

Day 2: 8:30am – 12pm

Warning signs and risk factors. Impact of exposure to domestic violence on children.   The impact of trauma on the brain. Vulnerabilities and barriers for victims. Trauma-and-violence-informed approach to working with survivors of IPV. How to have an effective conversation about abuse.

Day 3: 8:30am – 12pm

Why screen for domestic violence? Screening tools available. High conflict relationship vs abuse. Recognizing post-separation abuse. Risk to non-abusive parent and children. Demeanor of abusive parent, demeanor of at-risk parent. Analysis of cross allegations, parental alienation myths.

Day 4: 8:30am – 12pm

What are the best interests of the child? Importance of family history and examination of relative positions of power. Cautions for mediation in the presence of abuse. Accommodations for victims of abuse. Risk assessment and safety planning. Legislation that can help survivors (EIOs, workplace leave, etc.).