#2410 No Safe Place: Recognizing & Responding to Intimate Partner Violence & Technology-Facilitated Abuse

Presented on September 22, 2021

2.0 CLE credits: 1.0 Areas of Professional Practice, 1.0 Diversity, Inclusion & Elimination of Bias (Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias credit not approved for newly admitted attorneys)

This program, organized under the POWER Act by the Federal Court, WDNY, and led by Chief Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford, WDNY convenes an array of speakers and perspectives to discuss intimate partner violence in atypical settings. The speakers will also explore technology facilitated abuse and the resulting harm to victims of intimate partner violence. This program is designed for legal practitioners, social workers, and attorneys.

Welcome and Introduction/Moderator
Amy Schwartz-Wallace, Esq., Empire Justice Center
Welcome from Chief Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford, WDNY

Part One: Expect the Unexpected: When Intimate Partner Violence Arises in Your Area of Law
Lisa Nolan, Willow Domestic Violence Center
Remla Parthasarathy, Project Leader, Crime Victims Legal Network

  • What is intimate partner violence – overview of power and control dynamics of abusive relationships (including LGBTQ+ communities, people with disabilities, and other marginalized communities)
  • How intimate partner violence arises in federal court cases (i.e. financial abuse and tax/bankruptcy, fair housing, discrimination, criminal cases, and more)
  • What can you do if you suspect there is intimate partner violence —representing the victim or the perpetrator.
  •  Overview of local resources, including pro bono assistance.

Part Two: Technology-Facilitated Abuse (TFA): A High-Risk Reality
Aurore DeCarlo, Esq., C.A. Goldberg
Craig R. Gestring, Esq., U.S. Attorney’s Office
Melissa M. Marangola, Esq., U.S. Attorney’s Office
Andrew Sta. Ana, Esq., Director of Law and Policy, Day One

Although emerging technologies bring advancements, they can also be twisted into tools for stalking, threats, intimidation, humiliation, and privacy invasion. Cyber-abuse and harassment, including so-called “revenge porn,” has received a great deal of attention in the courts and in the media in recent years. This diverse group of panelists will discuss the nature of the problem, the harms caused by this form of abuse, civil and state and federal criminal legal interventions, and emerging policy issues.

Available format: OnDemand

OnDemand: $40 members (Promo Code: member 2017), $50 Non-members


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CLE Credit

Areas of Professional Practice, Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias

Credit Hours




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