This annual domestic violence update for professionals working in California courts includes summaries of key 2023 California and US Supreme Court appellate cases and new California statutes for 2024. Participants will be invited to comment during the presentation or ask questions. The section on preventing burnout and fostering resilience consists of a participatory exercise in dyads followed by reports back to the larger group. The final section will include summaries of new social science studies about domestic violence, including effects on children of exposure to abuse and ways that substance abuse affects families with domestic violence. The panelists have presented this at the AFCC conference since 2016. The presenters include a judge with many years of court experience involving domestic violence, a former psychology professor whose work focuses on trauma and abuse, and a retired teacher of Domestic Violence Law at Berkeley Law and author of Domestic Violence Law.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to describe at least one significant holding from a recent California appellate case or US Supreme Court decision involving children and domestic violence.
  • Participants will be able to use a simple tool to help prevent burnout in themselves or others.
  • Participants will be able to identify at least three key findings from recent social science studies focusing on perpetrators of domestic violence, survivors of domestic violence, or children exposed to domestic violence.