Prosecuting Domestic Violence Homicides

November 3 - 5, 2014

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.

Application Process
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.

CLE Credits
Attendance at this event will qualify participants for approximately fifteen (15) continuing legal education credit hours, pending state approval. Please check with your state bar association in reference to application requirements and related fees.

Conference Location and Hotel
Hotel Monaco
1717 Champa Street
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 296-1717

Transportation and Lodging
Participants are responsible for making and paying for their own travel and lodging arrangements. To ensure the conference rate of $163 at the Hotel Monaco, participants must call (800) 397-5380 and reference AEquitas. The conference rate may be available three days prior to and after the conference.

OVW Grantees
OVW grant funds may be used to cover the cost of transportation and accommodations related to your attendance. Please contact your OVW grant administrator for additional information.

A limited number of scholarships related to travel and accommodations may be available upon request. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship please submit an email to for consideration. Your email should include your OVW award number, an explanation of the economic situation in your jurisdiction, and a summary of how you and your jurisdiction may benefit from your attendance at PDVH.

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