Recognize the signs
Judges and court commissioners rely on guardian ad litem (GAL) recommendations in disputed child custody cases. But if abuse is present and a GAL fails to account for it in their final recommendation, children can wind up in dangerous placement situations. That’s why it’s imperative for GALs to know how to spot domestic abuse and how to respond when abuse is uncovered.
Make the right recommendation
Domestic Violence for GALs: A Four-Step (SAFeR) Framework will give you the tools to recognize, evaluate, and make recommendations in custody cases involving potential abuse. You’ll learn how to:
- Identify signs of physical, sexual, psychological, economic, or coercive controlling abuse
- Define the nature and context of abuse
- Evaluate the implications of the abuse
- Make recommendations that account for abuse
Know what to prioritize when making your recommendations and how to proactively address safety concerns. You’ll also find answers to common ethical questions, such as what to do when you don’t think a parent’s desires are in a child’s best interest.
Be ready to protect the youngest victims of domestic abuse with help from Domestic Violence for GALs: A Four-Step (SAFeR) Framework.
The March 14, 2023 webcast will feature prerecorded content and a live Q&A with presenters. All portions of this program for subsequent webcast dates will be prerecorded.