This 2-hour plenary will address what “coercive control” is and its impact on victims and families.  The-4-member panel will also address recent changes in the Domestic Violence Prevention Act in the Family Code and how this issue may be presented or rebutted in the courtroom.  The panel will also discuss the increasing occurrence of “coercive control” issues in custody cases, especially with regard to the issue of legal custody.

Learning Objectives:

  • Attendees with be able to develop strategies regarding how coercive control issues can be argued and defended in court.
  • Attendees with be able to identify what type of evidence will be persuasive when presented in court proceedings.
  • Attendees with be able to describe examples of coercive control and discuss suggested recommendations by child custody evaluators to address that abuse.