This Institute will cover current research on how children in various communities are experiencing violence & stress, including family, community, & gun violence, and the role family courts and professionals can play in reducing harm. Too often these issues are siloed or addressed without adequate focus on the particular needs of diverse populations or without fully leveraging conflict resolution skills family law professionals offer. Specific tools & promising practices will be covered to help support professionals handling cases more effectively when family conflict and crisis is an issue, including through working with faith and community-based organizations, hospitals, schools, law enforcement, and others. Presenters will share their experiences working to develop culturally responsive and relevant procedures and in interactive and dynamic ways and address innovative approaches to minimizing risk. Including children’s voices and experiences in line with California law and policy and in ways that support managing cases most responsively will also be covered.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to describe the legal and social context around community, domestic, and gun violence as it implicates family law professionals, clients, and children.
  • Participants will be able to identify ways to more effectively with families who may be concerned about danger to themselves or others.
  • Participants will be able to identify when and how to act within the parameters of new and existing California law to reduce dangerousness for families, children and communities.