Domestic Violence Law and Social Science in 2020:

A Year in Review for the Year Ahead

This interactive presentation will review some of the most recent California cases on domestic violence and the most recent social science in the field. The panel will also give an overview of the new coercive control language in the Family Code in effect as of January 2021. The presentation will use case scenarios and discussion questions to analyze connections between the recent laws and recent social science, provide an overview current social science on domestic violence, and discuss how these issues are affected by culture and identity.


9:00 to 10:20    Review of 2020 Cases Relevant to Domestic Violence
Break 10 min.
10:30 to 11:10  Overview of Coercive Control Law and Its Impact
Break 10 min.
11:20 to 12:35  Overview of Recent Social Science on Interpersonal Violence in Parenting and other contexts
Break 10 min.
12:45 to 1:30    Understanding Domestic Violence Issues in the Context of Specific Populations


  • AFCC California Chapter Members:     $80* (includes certificate of attendance)
  • Non-Members:     $110 (certificate of attendance is an additional $10 for Non-Members)
  • Court and Non-Profit Employees:     Fee Waived** (certificate of attendance provided N/C)

*Discount code for California Chapter members is in the email you received announcing this program, or CLICK HERE to log onto the website and receive the code.  If you have never logged into the California Chapter site GO HERE for instructions to log in for the first time.
**For Court and Non-Profit Employees, USE THIS LINK to request code.  Please include copy of ID, letterhead, business card or other proof of employment.

Continuing Education:

This Webinar provides up to 4 hours of continuing education for the professional categories listed below.

Certificate of Attendance:  Attendees are supplied a certificate of attendance.  You must attend the entire live webinar to receive a certificate of attendance.

Attorneys: Our programs have consistently been approved by the California State Bar for general and family law specialization continuing legal education credit (MCLE & LSCLE (currently pending approval)). Program applies to specialization certification (LSCLE) in the following required topic: problems of domestic violence.  Attendees will be provided a MCLE reporting form once program has been approved by the bar.

Minor’s Counsel: The program meets the requirements for continuing education for minor’s counsel under California Rules of Court, Rule 5.242(c).

Psychologists: The webinar is eligible for up to 4 hours of continuing education for psychologists.  The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, California Chapter (AFCC-CA), is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for psychologists.  AFCC-CA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

LCSW and MFT: AFCC-CA is approved by the California Psychological Association (CPA) to provide continuing professional education for psychologists. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences now recognizes CPA continuing education credit for license renewal for LCSWs and MFTs. AFCC-CA maintains responsibility for the program and its contents.

California Child Custody Evaluators and Mediators: The course outlined in the agenda has been approved as corresponding to subject areas specified in California Rules of Court, rules 5.210, 5.225, 5.518, and 5.215/5.230.  The views expressed in this training are those of the trainer and do not necessarily represent the official positions or policies of the Judicial Council of California.

Domestic Violence Training: This webinar is an opportunity to obtain 4 hours towards the Domestic Violence Update Training/Spousal or Partner Abuse, pursuant to California Rules of Court 5.215 and 5.230.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to identify and describe significant updates in the California law that affect survivors of domestic violence and their children, including new California law on coercive control.
  • Participants will be able to identify and describe recent updates in social science in the field of domestic violence and their connection with everyday practice.
  • Participants will be able to discuss how culture and identity can impact domestic violence and how these impacts affect the experiences of survivors of domestic violence and children with the legal system.
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