A SAFeR Approach to Legal Advocacy in Child Custody Cases Involving Domesti...

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4425 Forbes Blvd

Lanham, MD 20706

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A SAFeR Approach to Legal Advocacy in Child Custody Cases Involving Domestic Abuse

Advocacy for domestic violence survivors who need child-related relief from the family courts can be very challenging for many reasons. Effective advocacy requires the practitioner to obtain a clear, detailed picture of the abuse and its effects on the abused parent, the children and the parenting and co-parenting of the parties. An advocate’s or attorney’s ability to fully describe the abuse and to link those details to the relief being requested can be improved with the use of the SAFeR approach, practitioner guides, and worksheets. These materials, developed by the Battered Women’s Justice Project, offer guidance and assistance to advocates, attorneys and others working with these complex cases.

This practical, interactive training will enable participants to improve their ability to:

  • Recognize the competing approaches, demands, and expectations that different court systems have of victims and perpetrators of domestic violence
  • Identify the elements of the SAFeR approach
  • Access tools to help assess and describe the nature and context of domestic violence and its impact on the safety and wellbeing of battered parents and children
  • Apply strategies to enhance safety for battered parents and children in protective order and child custody proceedings.


  • Gabrielle Davis, Legal & Policy Advisor, Battered Women’s Justice Project
  • Loretta M. Frederick, J.D., Senior Legal Policy Advisor, Battered Women’s Justice Project


How much is the training?

There is NO COST to attend this training!

Who Should Attend?

Legal advocates and attorneys working with domestic violence victims.

What’s the content level for this training?

Intermediate: For professionals who have a basic understanding of best practices for working with survivors. (2-5 years’ experience)

Are Social Work CEUs available?

No, Social Work CEUs are not available for this workshop.

When will I receive my Certificate of Attendance?

We will make every effort to email you your certificate within 2 weeks of the training. Please email Hiba Ahmed at with questions.

I lost my Certificate. Can you re-send it?

Yes. Please email Hiba Ahmed at

Is parking available?

Parking is available on-site. Please park in the unmarked spaces only as towing is very strict at this location.

Do I need to print the Eventbrite ticket?

No – once you receive a confirmation email, you are registered and do not need to print your ticket.

Is food available?

Food will not be provided. Please make prior arrangements. There will be a one-hour lunch break.

Is this location handicap-accessible?


Will printed handouts be available?

Yes, PowerPoints and handouts will be printed and available for participants.

What is your cancellation policy?

MNADV understands that sometimes life gets in the way. If you need to cancel your registration, please do so at least 48 hours in advance, as many of our trainings have a waitlist. To cancel, please log into Eventbrite and cancel or email

I can’t make it anymore, but my colleague can. Can this person take my place?

No - please cancel your registration and have your colleague register on their own so they receive any email instructions prior to the training.

What happens if there is inclement weather the day of the training?

In case of inclement weather, MNADV will reach out to registrants at least 24 hours in advance and will make every effort to reschedule the training in the future.

For any further questions or concerns, please contact Amber Guthrie, Project Director for The Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence at

We look forward to seeing you there!

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