The Alliance hosts monthly national webinars supported by various funders including the Office of Violence Against Women (OVW), Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), and Verizon. These webinars include training on subject-specific matter or those related to the field of family violence and the role of Family Justice Centers in providing wraparound services to clients.
E-Filings and Virtual Hearings: Providing Easier Access to the Criminal Justice Process
November 10th @ 8:00 – 9:30am PT
Survivors have often shared that the courtroom is the most anxiety-inducing place they must go when pursuing safety for themselves and their children. For years, many have been advocating for e-filing policies and virtual hearings in order to create a more trauma-informed justice response and to break down barriers to services for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, elder abuse, and human trafficking. In recent months, COVID-19 and the ensuing shutdowns have further elevated the importance of e-filing and virtual hearings, though many jurisdictions have not yet enacted formal policies that would provide access to justice for survivors. On this webinar Gael Strack, CEO of Alliance for HOPE International, will discuss the pertinence of e-filings and virtual hearings and address the current lack of access to justice. Panelists Catherine Johnson, Suzann Stewart, Lisbet Perez, and Diane Doherty will share about the journey towards e-filings and virtual hearings in their own communities and provide a roadmap to increase buy-in on the local and state levels.
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