Violent offenders and abusive individuals routinely escape justice by intimidating victims and witnesses from calling police, going to court, or otherwise accessing the justice system. This intimidation has led to justice system professionals, community leaders, and researchers declaring witness intimidation a national concern and a challenge to administering justice. Intimidation tactics range from crude to complex and when successful, escape the purview of the justice system, and allow conduct that prevents access to help, to safety, and to justice to continue unchecked. The pervasive nature of intimidation is devastating to victims and community confidence in the justice system’s ability to keep victims safe and hold offenders accountable. This presentation will discuss the ways batterers intimidate and control victims; victim behaviors that are attempts to cope with their battering; effective identification and documentation of intimidation; and safety planning and strategies to hold these offenders accountable.
All interested attorneys and advocates are welcome.
AFTER THIS PRESENTATION, ATTENDEES WILL BE ABLE TO:
- Detect and identify intimidation.
- Respond to acts of intimidation.
- Develop strategies to plan safety and prevent opportunities for intimidation.
- Play a role in systems advocacy and holding intimidators accountable.
1.5 credit hours of continuing legal education will be offered
Coffee and a light breakfast will be served.