September 12, 2018 | 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM EDT.
Responding effectively to crimes of intimate partner violence against victims who identify as LGBTQ+ presents unique challenges. These victims may be reluctant to report the crimes for fear of being mistreated, criticized, or involuntarily outed in the process—and when they do report, they may lack community support for continued engagement with the criminal justice proceedings. We can improve our response to these crimes and our ability to serve these victims by refining existing best practices to address LGBTQ+ issues and partnering with those who provide advocacy and other services in the LGBTQ+ community.
This presentation will focus on prosecution strategies to overcome these challenges and enhance our response. The webinar will examine intimate partner violence in LGBTQ+ relationships and the additional hurdles these victims encounter when reporting the abuse and participating in the criminal justice process. The presenters will also highlight considerations for communicating with victims and preparing them for trial, engaging with service providers to meet the needs of LGBTQ+ victims and witnesses, and educating judges and juries about dynamics of LGBTQ+ relationships.