Part 3: When the Victim is Arrested: Seeking a Just Response
Thursday, September 1, 2016 / 12-1:30pm (MST)
Content: 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.
Presenters: Mary Ingham, Executive Director, Crisis Intervention Service, Mason City, IA, Sandra Tibbetts Murphy, Legal & Policy Advisor, BWJP, Cindene Pezzell, Legal Coordinator, National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women, and Quetita Cavero, Esq., Staff Attorney, National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women.