Training Materials

Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project

Publicly Available Training Materials

Tips For Prosecutors On Forfeiture By Wrongdoing InLight Of GILES v. CALIFORNIA

Joan Meier - Director, Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project (DV LEAP) and Professor of Clinical Law, George Washington University Law School


Thinking Appeal

D.C Bar Pro Bono Program, Washington, DC, 2010 

Vicarious Traumatization: What t is and What Can Be Done About it

D.C. Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Washington, DC, 2010


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Pitfalls in Adjudications of Custody and Abuse

D.C. Family Court Conference, Washington, DC, 2009

  • Powerpoint Presentation

The Art of the Appeal: Critical Tools for Protecting Children in Custody Cases

Training by DV Leap and Justice for Children, June, 2007

  • Powerpoint Presentations:
    • Pitfalls in Adjudications of Custody and Abuse (Joan Meier)
    • The Challenge of Custody when Abuse is Present (Julie Field)
    • Statutory Issues in Domestic Violence/Custody Cases (Joan Meier)
    • Introduction to Parental Alienation Syndrome - Critiques and Legal Challenges (Joan Meier)
    • Name that Standard of Review (Julie Field)
  • Supporting Materials:
    • Bibliography on Domestic Violence/Custody Issues (Field)
    • Meier, Domestic Violence, Child Custody, and Child Protection: Understanding Judicial Resistance and Imagining the Solutions (2003)
    • ABA Custody Statutes Chart
    • National Council of Juvenile & Family Court Judges Rebuttable Presumption States chart
    • Meier Research Summaries:
      • Rates of Domestic Violence in Custody Litigation
      • Rates at which Accused and Adjudicated Batterers Receive Sole or Joint Custody
      • Scientific and Professional Rejections of PAS (Meier)
    • Survey of Custody Cases Involving Allegations of Domestic Violence on Appeal (2007)(DV LEAP)
    • Bibliography on PAS (Meier)

Child Custody Plenary Panel

3rd National Conference of Jewish Women International Conference on Domestic Abuse in the Jewish Community, Baltimore, MD, March 19, 2007

  • Powerpoint Presentation

Domestic Violence Custody Cases in the United Family Court Context

Florida Unified Family Courts Conference, Orlando, Florida, October 21, 2004

  • Powerpoint Presentation

The Intersection of Custody Battles and Criminal Prosecution of Domestic Violence: When is a Woman Alleging Abuse not Credible?

The National Association of Attorney Generals' Annual National Conference, Emerging Issues: Violence Against Women, Washington, D.C., June 25, 2004

  • Powerpoint Presentation

Co-Occurrence of Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment

11th National ABA-APA Conference on Children and the Law, Washington, D.C., June, 2004

  • Powerpoint Presentation


Parental Alienation and Its Impact on Custody and Abuse Cases

Interval House and Jared's Place Legal Advocacy & Resource Centre for Women's Conference: "Best Interest of the Child: Unraveling 'Parent Alienation' and the Family Court System in the Context of Women Abuse"

  • PowerPoint Presentation

Getting Real About Abuse and Alienation

Fourth Battered Mothers' Custody Conference, Siena, NY, January 2007

  • Powerpoint Presentation

Parental Alienation Syndrome

Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence Clearinghouse Lawyer Training, February, 2006

  • Powerpoint Presentation
  • Bibliography

Parental Alienation Syndrome or Abuse? The Battle for the Truth

Presentation for the Muskie School of Public Service Child Custody and Domestic Violence Institute, San Anotonio, TX, November, 2005

  • Powerpoint Presentation
  • Bibliography



Yearly presentation for D.C. Bar Pro Bono Domestic Violence Trainings

  • Thinking Appeal

Evidence in Domestic Violence Litigation

ABA Commission on Domestic Violence Continuing Legal Education Teleconference Series, March 2006 with Professor Jane Aiken

  • Outline

Post-Trial Remedies and Appeal

ABA Commission on Domestic Violence, National Civil Law Institute, July 2005

  • Powerpoint Presentation

Domestic Violence Appeals

Panel on Poverty Law in the D.C. Court of Appeals: Important Recent Developments, D.C. Bar and Judicial Conference, March 2006

  • Handout


the Debate Between Feminist and Non-Feminist Researchers Been Resolved? Michael Johnson's Two (or Four) Types of Domestic Violence

Invited Panelist for panel on Empirical Research on Domestic Violence, American Association of Law Schools Workshop on Family Law 2007, Vancouver, Canada, June 2007

  • Powerpoint Presentation
  • Bibliography



Supreme Court Domestic Violence Cases 2009-2010

Jewish Women International's National Alliance to End Domestic Violence, Washington, DC, June 2009

  • Powerpoint Presentation