(PRWEB) September 22, 2015 -- The Domestic Violence Clinical Advocacy Program (DVCAP) at The John Marshall Law School is urging domestic relations courts throughout Illinois, including Cook County, to implement a program that helps protect children from exposure to domestic violence in divorce and order of protection cases. The program is already used in domestic violence courts in Winnebago County, Ill. Those courts require that divorcing spouses who batter their intimate partners complete partner abuse intervention programs (PAIP) as a condition to unsupervised visitation with their children.
In an Oct. 2 conference organized by DVCAP, judges and court staff from Winnebago County will describe the circumstances under which they have imposed this requirement, how they have monitored and enforced their court orders, and the results so far. The conference keynote speaker will be the executive director of an innovative PAIP in Canada called “Caring Dads,” whose focus on parenting issues with the abusive intimate partner, and the serious harmful impact to children from being exposed to domestic violence, has led to even better outcomes.
The conference – co-sponsored by the Chicago Bar Association’s Alliance for Women – aims to educate family law judges, attorneys, PAIP administrators and the public on lessons from these innovative measures in Canada and in Winnebago County, and to encourage employing these types of programs to better protect domestic violence survivors and their children. Click here to learn more about the conference.
What: “Is There a Better Way to Protect Children from Domestic Violence? Requiring Partner Abuse Intervention Programs in Custody/Visitation Cases”
When: Noon – 2 p.m., Oct. 2, 2015
Where: The John Marshall Law School, 315 S. Plymouth Court, Chicago
Cost: Free – Please register here
For more information about this event or the Domestic Violence Clinical Advocacy Program at John Marshall, contact Christine Kraly at 312-427-2737 ext. 171 or [email protected].
About the Domestic Violence Clinical Advocacy Program
John Marshall’s Domestic Violence Clinical Advocacy Program supports survivors of domestic violence by (1) providing legal assistance to survivors of domestic violence in eight areas of law in its “Safety Through Knowledge and Legal Assistance Project” by students, under the supervision of adjunct faculty and supervising attorneys, using a trauma-informed and empowerment model of representation; (2) developing educational and training programs for the general public, advocates, law students, and attorneys; (3) developing legal forms and other resources that enable survivors to exercise their rights under Illinois statutes to overcome barriers they face to becoming safe; and (4) crafting empirical-based policy proposals to improve the law’s response to domestic violence.
Christine Kraly, The John Marshall Law School, http://www.jmls.edu, +1 (312) 427-2737 Ext: 171, [email protected]