Prosecuting Domestic Violence Homicides

Conference
December 13 - 15, 2010

Prosecuting Domestic Violence Homicides (PDVH) was 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 encouraged a proactive approach to these cases by examining the prosecutor's role in a coordinated community response to domestic violence. The curriculum focused on overcoming common defenses, introducing other crimes evidence, effectively arguing forfeiture by wrongdoing, and working with medical and forensic experts. Additionally, the curriculum promoted the concept of fatality review and the role it plays in preventing domestic violence homicides.

The PDVH curriculum used a hypothetical case scenario as the basis for interactive lectures, small and large groups discussions, and courtroom exercises. The faculty consisted of national experts including prosecutors, law enforcement officers, forensic examiners, and other criminal justice professionals from the field. The experts were available to consult with the participants on cases from their own jurisdictions. Prosecutors left PDVH with new ideas and strategies for holding offenders accountable and keeping communities safe.

The conference was held at the Center for Education on Violence Against Women in Washington, DC. 33 prosecutors from across the country were in attendances, and qualified for approximately fifteen (15) continuing legal education credit hours. Comments of participant evaluations included:

  • Great conference – very well organized and well run. Great faculty and staff. Now will use AEquitas as a resource for my office and me.
  • Excellent conference. Enjoyed the format. Exceeded expectations.
  • Such an incredible faculty and conference!

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