Trainings are customized to an individual communities’ needs and issues. This agenda provides an example of a training developed with one community by BWJP’s Probation Training and Technical Assistance Project.

This one-day training was presented in partnership with a local community-based domestic violence agency.

Example Agenda:

A Community Corrections' Response to Domestic Violence: Effective Strategies for Supervising Domestic Violence Offenders

8:00 a.m. Registration
8:20 a.m. Welcome
8:30 a.m. Video: “Remembering Why We Do This Work”
8:50 a.m. Offender Accountability: A Systems Perspective

Presenter will discuss the many factors involved in holding domestic violence offenders accountable for their behavior and how our policies and practices can enhance or impede both victim safety and offender accountability. Participants will learn the importance of a victim-centered approach. We discuss the similarities and differences between partner abuse and substance abuse; new tools for managing offenders and how enhanced collaboration with all community partners, through assessments and monitoring ultimately lead to community safety. The presenter will identify national resources for the management of those charged with domestic violence.

9:50 a.m. Break
10:00 a.m. Offender Accountability - A Systems Perspective, part 2
10:50 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. The Reality of Violence against Women in Anytown, USA.

Introduction to community-based services for those victimized by violence presented by local advocates.

12:15 p.m. Lunch on your own
1:00 p.m. Working with, and Enhancing the Safety of those Victimized by Violence, through Victim-Centered Interviewing

Presenter will discuss the many factors involved in holding domestic violence offenders accountable for their behavior and enhancing victim satisfaction with the criminal justice system. Among the topics that will be discussed are: working with and interviewing victims of violence; identifying how the system enhances or impedes a victim’s ability to manage trauma; utilizing safe and productive methods of communication with those victimized by violence; employing the use of trauma-informed and empowerment-based questions; incorporating community partners to participate in supporting the autonomy of victims; and identifying ways to safely and legally release information that enhances safety and accountability.

2:30 p.m. Break
2:45 p.m. Probation Group Reporting

With more focus on victim safety and community partnerships, probation is feeling the pressures of an overburdened system. Traditional one-on-one supervision can be costly in regards to time and resources and may be less productive than group work. Probation group reporting has taken off in specialty courts as a way to engage defendants in the process of change. Participants will learn how probation group reporting can break down barriers to compliance for the defendant, how they can reduce violations for new probationers, and how this time saving practice allows for a better community message.

4:15 p.m. Conclusion & Wrap up