Trauma-Informed and Victim-Centered Lawyering in Domestic Violence Cases and Beyond

Production Date: March 06, 2017 Practice Areas: Criminal Law and Family & Matrimonial Law Estimated Length: 3754 minutes


$ 59 Criminal Law and Family & Matrimonial Law In Stock

Clients often seek legal assistance in times of extreme vulnerability. It is crucial for lawyers to be able to identify and address the effects of trauma, and to understand the impact of trauma on their client’s behavior. Understanding trauma and its role in the court and justice system will enable attorneys to better advocate on behalf of their clients.  

At the core of a trauma informed practice is the ability to adapt and adjust one’s approach in response to the client’s triggers. Furthermore, it is imperative to develop and establish trust between attorney and client.  

This course, presented by Jennifer Friedman, the Managing Director of the Center for Legal Services at My Sisters’ Place, reviews the various ways in which trauma may present itself in a client, provides tools for effective rapport building, offers concrete interviewing strategies, and presents approaches to navigating the complex and often re-traumatizing legal system.

Please be advised that this program contains strong language related to domestic violence and abuse that may not be appropriate for all audiences.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Understand basic principles of trauma-informed lawyering
  2. Learn fundamental skills for conducting interviews with survivors of domestic violence
  3. Identify strategies for navigating the justice system on behalf of your client
  4. Identify appropriate resources in the community
  5. Provide guidelines for addressing confidentiality and safety concerns
Abby K.
Bartlett, TN

Great presenter

John C. T.
Yonkers, NY

excellent presentation. My sisters place is invaluable resource in westchester county

Eugene G.
Vancouver, WA

While all of my Lawline courses have been useful. this was the best, most useful course to me in my practice. The instructor was thoroughly knowledgeable. Thank you very much for offering it!

Patricia D.
Chatham, MA

The instructor did a great job. I prosecuted domestic violence cases in NY for 10 years. They are very difficult cases, and she did a great job of explaining some of the real challenges facing attorneys working with victims. Well done.

Robert M.
lakeland, FL

Outstanding information regarding the impact of DV and trauma upon the DV client; Very valuable info regarding understanding and building an effective rapport and Attorney client relationship with DV clients.

Alma H.
McKinney, TX

This course was excellent! Great information and a rarity among typical CLE courses. This was very good information I can actually use. Great instructor too.

david b.
canyon country, CA

Thank you

Joseph V.
Ronkonkoma, NY

Very good information

Sara N.
Chicago, IL

Great speaker!

Gregory M.
Arlington, TX

This was an excellent presentation. great practical tips!

mark s.


Eric P.
Dallas, TX

Outstanding presentation. Highly recommended.

Jeanne Anne N.
Albany, NY

Most informative

Brian D.
White Plains, NY


Julie A. B.
Hiles, WI

Speaker's passion for advocacy is obvious and contagious.

Glen K.
Sleepy Eye, MN

This was very informative!

Thaddeus A.
Saint Paul, MN

This was incredibly interesting and very cogently presented!