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Monday, July 24 • 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Break the Cycle; children living in the shadow of domestic violence

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Workshop description;

Children in homes of domestic violence are valuable witnesses not typically are not given the opportunity to be interviewed at a Child Advocacy Center. Ellen Pence who was the founder of the Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs (DAIP), the Duluth Model and one of the developers of the Power and Control Wheel worked toward the end of her career on engaging social services on domestic violence cases and developed strategies to make the violence visible to interveners in an effort to impact court and social service determinations. This session’s goal is to continue her work by bridging a Duluth Model coordinated community response (CCR) and the Child Advocacy Center model.

Frequently, domestic violence cases experience intentional or unintentional contamination of memories while overlooking protective factors by the non-offending caregiver and do not always present at a CAC for forensic interviews due to the high volume of cases. Learn how prosecutors, law enforcement, social services, and child advocacy center staff can work together to intervene on high risk cases.

Presenters will further explain how the use of the Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center ChildFirst® Protocol has implemented screening for poly-victimization with the presenter’s emphasis on domestic violence.

Learning Objectives;

After attending this 90 minute session, attendees will be able to:

  • Understand the benefits of using a multidisciplinary team approach and discuss processes and protocols involving domestic violence to improve collaboration among team members with their local Child Advocacy Center and Batterer Intervention Programs (BIP).
  • Learn benefits from prosecution perspective to using CAC for from forensic interviews of children to allow for stronger evidence, corroboration, safety and case planning in domestic violence cases.
  • Apply information from the domestic violence best practices to practical implementation and question samples for forensic interviews and social service/law enforcement interviews.

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Jessica Fralich

Assistant County Attorney, St. Louis County Attorney's Office
Jessica Fralich graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and entered the work force as a Probation and Parole Officer for the State of Wisconsin.   Jessica entered Hamline University School of Law four years later and focused upon criminal law practice. During law school, she worked as a student attorney for the Anoka County Attorney's Office-Juvenile... Read More →
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Laura Gapske

Forensic Program Coordinator, Interviewer, and Trainer, First Witness Child Advocacy Center
Laura has over 13 years of experience working with victims of abuse and violence. | She is our Forensic Program Coordinator, Forensic Interviewer, and Trainer at First Witness Child Advocacy Center. Laura conducts forensic interviews, peer review, and on-going trainings. In t... Read More →

Monday July 24, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Room 203
  • Level Intermediate to Advanced

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