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Webinar: April 18, 2013 - When Advocates are Asked to be Expert Witnesses: Weighing Possible Drawbacks and Benefits

April 3, 2013

The following webinar comes from the National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women:


When Advocates are Asked to be Expert Witnesses:  Weighing Possible Drawbacks and Benefits 


Presenter: Cindene Pezzell, Esq.

                   Legal Coordinator

National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women  


 Date:          April 18, 2013

          Time:         3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time


 This webinar is part of a series about

Expert Witnesses

hosted by the

National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women.

Please watch for announcements about future webinars.

Webinar Description:  This webinar is designed to help participants think critically about the possible benefits and drawbacks of utilizing domestic violence and/or sexual assault advocates as expert witnesses.

This webinar will begin by reviewing some current realities about community-based advocates (e.g., advocates are, in fact, experts; advocates are being asked to testify as experts all the time; practitioners and victims of battering find that expert testimony can have a positive impact; many anti-domestic violence programs and state coalitions are recognizing and responding to the need for expert testimony by providing training, support to advocate expert witnesses; and that many advocates and other anti-domestic violence professionals are doing amazing work testifying and training other experts).  It will include a discussion of possible drawbacks and benefits of community-based advocates serving as experts.  It will end by acknowledging current realities and examine issues community-based programs need to consider when assessing if, and when, they will provide expert services.

Cindene Pezzell is the Legal Coordinator at the National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women (NCDBW).  Before joining NCDBW in 2008, Cindene was an assistant public defender in Philadelphia, where she focused primarily on trial work.  Cindene is Lead Staff on NCDBW’s Expert Project, which is funded by the Office on Violence Against Women, and has been working in that capacity to develop resources designed to increase the availability and effectiveness of expert testimony for victims of ongoing battering.  In addition to coordinating the Legal Team at the National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women, Cindene provides direct technical assistance to defense teams, researches and develops legal materials, and conducts training programs.

REGISTRATION DETAILS:  This webinar is open OVW Grants to Encourage Arrest (GTEA) Grantees, LAV grantees, other OVW grantees, and the general public.   It is free of charge.

 Click here to register

Questions?:  For questions about this webinar, please contact the National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women at  Please put “webinar question” in the subject line.



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