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Ethical Legal Representation of Victims of Family Violence (1.5)

This session will teach attorneys critical skills to represent family violence victims within the scope of the law and best practices. Participants will be instructed on and discuss challenges and strategies to work with clients in the most ethical and successful manner, emphasizing victim safety and community collaboration. This session is recommended for civil attorneys, prosecutors, and legal advocates.

Fundamentals of Coordinated Community Response (Consultation)

This session will teach participants the integral tools needed to enhance community coordination and collaboration. Participants will walk away with knowledge on five different approaches to coordinated community response to family violence and will have the opportunity to practice collaboration and coordination as a unit.

Interagency Collaborations: A Holistic Community Response to Domestic Violence (2.0)

This training focuses on how programs can build and strengthen community alliances within the criminal and civil judicial systems. It focuses on national and statewide models and best practices for building resilient connections between agencies to strengthen advocacy for survivors throughout the community and promote victim safety. This training also offers an opportunity to discuss creative ways to overcome potential obstacles specific to your community.

Legislative Update (1.5)

This training summarizes several of the important legislative developments relating to family violence from the most current Texas Legislative Session.

Legislative Advocacy (1)

This training provides an overview of the legislative process in Texas and covers the basics of legislative advocacy including simplified tips for lobbying as a non-profit organization and differentiating the ways in which advocates can effectively educate and inform policy makers on the issues critical to programs and survivors outside of the scope of lobbying. Presenters review the different types of laws created at the federal versus state levels and discuss the differences between law and policy, as well as interject ways to influence systems and practices outside of the legislative realm.

Immigration Remedies for Survivors (1.5)

This training provides participants with basic information with multiple remedies potentially available to the clients they serve, including VAWA self-petitioning, U-Visas (crime victims’ visas) and T-Visa (trafficking visas), as well as offer a general overview of immigrants’ rights and strategies for advocacy within the immigration system.

Using Advocates as Expert Witnesses (1.0)

This training provides tools for attorneys and advocates to work collaboratively to offer expert witness testimony in family violence cases.  Participants who are advocates will learn how to serve as expert witness to explain victim behavior and the unique nature of this crime, while civil attorneys and prosecutors will learn how to use advocates in this capacity to bolster their cases and support victims. 

Unauthorized Practice of Law (1.0)

This training helps legal advocates differentiate their role of assisting clients in navigating the civil and criminal justice systems from providing legal advice. Preventing accusations of Unauthorized Practice of Law is crucial to avoiding liability concerns, maintaining positive relationships with legal system officials and providing the best possible advocacy for survivors.

Texas Laws Affecting Family Violence (2.0)

This training provides a basic understanding of civil and criminal laws pertaining to family violence. Legal options for survivors and best practice justice system responses are discussed, as are updates on family violence-related laws. This training is appropriate for advocates or a collaborative audience.

Empowering Clients to Navigate the System Safely (1.5)

This legal empowerment training provides a basic understand of the various legal and alternate options available to victims and their right to choose the path that is best for them. Participants will understand their role in assisting victims navigate the various systems, including in-depth legal safety planning and best practices for providing support, prioritizing options, and enabling victims to exercise their rights in a safe manner that meets their needs.

Preparing Your Client for Court (2.0)

This training helps advocates gain knowledge about basic court processes and how to best present oneself in a judicial setting. Participants will understand their role in assisting pro se and attorney represented clients involved in the civil and criminal judicial systems, so they can provide the best possible advocacy for survivors in preparation for and during court proceedings. Participants will be able to implement best practices regarding laws, policies and safety planning while working with victims in a courtroom setting.

Legal Advocacy: Advocating for Clients Working with the Civil and Criminal Judicial Systems (1.5)

This training provides advocates with a basic understanding of the civil and criminal judicial systems and provides tools to help advocates empower clients working within those systems.  Advocates will learn how to safety plan and help clients navigate the civil and criminal judicial systems, including working with county and district attorneys, law enforcement, immigration offices, family attorneys and IV-D courts.

Family Violence and Stalking (1.5)

This training provides an overview of stalking laws in Texas with a focus on the intersection of stalking and family violence. Participants will obtain a clear comprehension of the role technology plays within stalking as well as safety tips to assist survivors.

Family Violence and Firearms (1.5)

This training provides information about federal, state and military laws as they relate to firearms and family violence, along with the practical implications of firearms laws on safety planning and civil and criminal justice system involvement and considerations for communities developing firearm protocols.

Family Law in Texas (1.5)

This training provides participants with information about the laws and practices of the civil justice system’s response to family violence in Texas. Participants will gain knowledge about the basics of family law as it relates to survivors and their children. Topics include: definitions of family violence, purposes and terms of protective orders and how they intersect with divorce and custody provisions; civil family law explanations, options and process; overlap with the criminal justice system response, stressing the importance of a coordinated community response, and specific safety plan considerations for clients involved in the civil system.