A View from the Bench: Understanding Judicial Decision Making as It Relates to Batterers Intervention and Prevention Programs

A View from the Bench: Understanding Judicial Decision Making as It Relates to Batterers Intervention and Prevention Programs
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1 Resources
Recorded on: 2020-03-18
Unit 1 Slide Deck: A View from the Bench
Unit 2 Recording: A View from the Bench

During this webinar, batterers’ intervention and prevention program (BIP) providers, supervising officers, judges, and attorneys will be presented with the basic knowledge of batterers’ intervention and prevention programs, what they are and what they are not. There will be a discussion of what the judiciary can ask of the providers to increase their understanding of the programs available in their area. A dialogue regarding the literature on effective components will be incorporated. The presentation will include the most important information to gather regarding intervention programs to support informed judicial decision making in domestic violence cases to ensure victim safety and offender accountability.

Course objectives include:

  • Basic understanding of BIP programs
  • Effective components of BIP programs
  • Important information for the judiciary regarding BIP
  • Information necessary for swift judicial interaction
  • Legal constraints of judicial interventions
  • Keeping victim and community safety in the forefront while safeguarding the offender’s rights

Domestic violence is no longer an issue behind closed doors but one for the community, especially as many offenders return to the community on community supervision. This webinar will focus specifically on the judicial informational need and ability to take action, and how BIP programs and their providers can assist. Included will be suggestions of what attorneys and judiciary could ask of their providers to increase their understanding of the actual services provided as the range is very wide. It will highlight the importance of making local community connections to gain access to important collateral information, be able to swiftly intervene, and hold the offender accountable for his actions while safeguarding the victim and the community effectively. Lastly, we will address what information enables judges to make informed decisions and the legal constraints in these cases.


Audience Comments

  • “Since I am new to the Domestic Violence Advocacy world it was great to hear how other agencies are handling DV cases (and should be). Currently, I work in two different Rural Communities that are not well versed on DV and not victim-centered although DV Cases happen often. I was also not fully aware of all BIPP offers. Great Webinar!” — Alyse
  • “The language of any public-serving agency can be daunting to understand so the presenter defining court procedures and processes was very helpful. Thank you.” — Wendy
  • “Very knowledgeable speakers. Excellent question and answer session. Thank you for your ‘Bench’ point of view!” — Roseann
  • I liked hearing what other jurisdictions are doing related to addressing DV cases.  –Catherine
  • “The importance of communication and action networks. Reminders that judges are doing the best with the information they have, thus it’s important to give detailed information, allowing judges to make better-informed decisions.” — Caitlin
  • “I think that the question and answer session in regards to an individual both having DV traits as well as anger issues was really helpful. Those two things definitely go hand in hand but they are also completely separate.” — Cierra
  • “As a revocation hearing judge, it was great to hear from other judges in the profession. I loved it.” — Evelyn
  • “I gained a better understanding of what a judge needs to make a fair decision, with regard to the original case as well as issues that come up after initial sentencing.” — Jenny
  • “I loved that a Judge is speaking out about the seriousness of DV.” — Susan
  • “DV cannot be handled by anger management alone, but rather by rigorous BIPP with evaluative measures. Also, the judge’s perspectives on elements of his decision-making. Very helpful.” — Joni
  • “The explanation of the difference between BIPP and Anger Management.” — Kevin
  • “I appreciate the webinar touching on the role of victim advocacy.” — Michael
  • “I found the explanation between why people should attend BIPP versus anger management if they are DV offenders to be especially helpful. I knew this, but felt this explanation was the clearest I have heard yet and feel more comfortable sharing that distinction now.  I am a community-based advocate and am not sure exactly about some of the questions asked. Overall this was an excellent webinar and I sincerely thank you all!” — Samantha


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