Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee (October 19, 2023)
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Domestic Violence Committee (October 26, 2023)
"Improving Legal Responses to Intimate Partner Violence in the LGBTQ+ Community"
LGBTQ+ survivors of intimate partner violence ("IPV") face unique challenges in accessing legal protections from their abusers. In this session, faculty will analyze the dynamics of intimate partner violence, particularly how such dynamics manifest differently in LGBTQ+ relationships; barrier that LGBTQ+ survivors face when seeking protections from law enforcement and the courts; and promising practices for providing legal services to LGBTQ+ survivors in obtaining and enforcing domestic violence protective order. Topics will include navigating additional barriers LGBTQ+ youth face in dating violence, including recent anti-LGBTQ+ laws, and unique legal protections for youth, such as Title IX and mandatory reporting laws; addressing assumptions practitioners, law enforcement and courts have regarding LGBTQ+ survivors; reconsidering how the gender binary shows up in the legal system; and recognizing more community-specific forms of IPV in the LGBTQ+ community, including "outing," technology-facilitated abuse, and litigation or paper abuse.
Amily McCool, Esq., Scharff Law Firm, Raleigh, NC
S. Collins Saint, Esq., Brooks Pierce, Greensboro, NC
Nisha Williams, Esq., NC Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Durham, NC
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