National Institute on the Prosecution of Domestic Violence - II

March 22 - 25, 2011

The National Institute on the Prosecution of Domestic Violence II (NIPDV II) was a three and one-half day advanced training course designed for prosecutors who have previously attended the original National Institute on the Prosecution of Domestic Violence (NIPDV I). NIPDV II built on the trial advocacy skills and concepts developed during NIPDV I and integrated emerging legal issues and nuanced challenges, such as offenders’ use of technology in stalking cases, that front line prosecutors face. This advanced course was designed to simulate an intensive, felony-level domestic violence caseload. Throughout the week, participants managed several cases from initial evaluation through trial and sentencing by prioritizing resources; analyzing charging decisions; overcoming complex defense tactics; effectively using medical and psychological expert consultants; communicating with the media; and addressing ethical considerations.??NIPDV II utilized a highly interactive team format to engage and challenge prosecutors from across the country by exposing them to the expertise of our distinguished faculty and encouraging them to learn from each other’s collective experience. The mock case files the participants used were based on actual domestic violence cases and were designed to encourage participants to confront and overcome increasingly difficult challenges. NIPDV II participants were expected to make hard decisions, with limited resources, that guide the pretrial investigation and preparation of their cases. The decisions participants and teams made during each exercise determined what evidence is available to them, affected their ability to make informed and appropriate charging and trial decisions, and ultimately impacted their ability to hold offenders accountable and keep victims and communities safe. Participants left NIPDV II prepared to implement thorough case evaluation and preparation techniques and innovative trial strategies to achieve justice in domestic violence cases.

The Conference took place at the Center for Education on Violence Against Women in Washington, DC. 16 prosecutors from across the country were present, and qualified for approximately twenty (20) continuing legal education credit hours. Participant comments collected from evaluations included:

  • I thought each of the topics was helpful and informative. I thought the faculty was very knowledgeable on each of the topics. Table facilitators were also very helpful.
  • The practical knowledge and skills will be immediately applied upon returning to my jurisdiction. Additionally, trainings such as this one re-energize prosecutor’s who may often suffer from burn out due to the subject matter we prosecute.
  • This was a very inclusive conference from beginning to end, including unexpected turns and complications. Ethics program on pre-trial publicity very well presented and thought provoking. Excellent conference-one of, if not the best, I have attended.

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