Should They Stay or Should They Go: Helping Domestic Violence Survivors with Interstate Cases
Published by: Taylor Duran, Deborah Goelman, Maria Veniard
Have domestic violence survivors ever asked you if they can leave the state with their children?
Have you ever worked with survivors who have fled to your state with their children for safety?
Do you know what to do when a court in one state has entered a custody order and a court in another state has entered a protection order about the same children?
The Legal Resource Center on Violence Against Women (LRC), in partnership with BWJP, will be offering a webinar on basic interstate custody issues for victim advocates on May 19, 2021 from 12:00-1:30 p.m. EST
This webinar will provide participants with an overview of the various federal and state laws that govern interstate custody cases. It is designed for attorneys, victim advocates, and other community partners who wish to understand the basic framework of how these laws fit together. Case scenarios will be used to demonstrate how practitioners can help survivors address the economic, safety and legal issues involved when they cross state or tribal lines to flee abuse. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions during the presentation.
The LRC is a nonprofit organization based in Takoma Park, Maryland, that works to improve legal representation for domestic violence survivors in interstate custody cases. The LRC provides technical assistance to victim advocates and attorneys who are assisting victims in such cases.