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Freedom from Sexual Violence

Event: Prosecuting Domestic Violence Homicides


Prosecuting DV Homicides

November 3-5, 2014 | Denver, Colorado

Prosecuting Domestic Violence Homicides (PDVH) is a two and one-half day course designed to explore the unique issues present in cases where intimate partner violence results in death. The PDVH curriculum encourages a proactive approach to these cases by examining the prosecutor’s role in a coordinated community response to domestic violence. The curriculum focuses on overcoming common defenses, introducing other crimes evidence, effectively arguing forfeiture by wrongdoing, and working with medical and forensic experts. Additionally, the curriculum promotes the concept of fatality review and the role it plays in preventing domestic violence homicides.

The PDVH curriculum uses a hypothetical case scenario as the basis for interactive lectures, small and large groups discussions, and courtroom exercises. The faculty will consist of national experts including prosecutors, law enforcement officers, forensic examiners, and other criminal justice professionals from the field. The experts will also be available to consult with the participants on cases from their own jurisdictions. Prosecutors will leave PDVH with new ideas and strategies for holding offenders accountable and keeping communities safe.

This course is open to prosecutors only and attendance is free of charge; however, priority will be given to OVW grantees. There is no limit to the number of attendees from any jurisdiction. Seating is limited and applicants are encouraged to apply early. Applicants will be informed of acceptance by email.

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