National Center on Criminal Justice & Disability Webinar

the-arc-logo-mediumThe Arc presents a National Center on Criminal Justice & Disability Webinar on the criminal justice system and victims with disabilities

“Using Model Protocols to Guide Criminal Justice Response to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Victims with Disabilities”

Date: May 29, 1:30-2:30 p.m. EST

Speaker: Shirley Paceley, M.S., Blue Tower Training

An important and informative webinar on the criminal justice system’s response to domestic violence and sexual assault involving victims with disabilities will be presented Thursday, May 29 by The Arc, which promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The Police Foundation is a partner with The Arc in the presentation of a series of webinars regarding law enforcement and victims with disabilities. The last webinar in the series, presented in April, was on assisting crime victims with disabilities: identifying barriers and improving law enforcement response. Click here for the recording.

The May webinar will focus on the work of Shirley Paceley, who has worked with people with disabilities for over 40 years and is the founder and director of Blue Tower Training in Illinois. Ms. Paceley serves on the Board of Directors of End Violence Against Women International, the Editorial Board of Sexual Assault Report and is a Project Advisor to the National Council on Criminal Justice and Disability. She is a published author, counselor, international trainer, consultant, advocate and visionary.

Domestic and sexual violence against people with disabilities occurs at pandemic rates and yet offenders are rarely held accountable, Paceley has found. Through an Office on Violence Against Women Arrest grant, Illinois developed model protocols for law enforcement and prosecutors that provide guidance for responding to violent crimes against people with disabilities. The protocols were developed through the collaborative efforts of victims with disabilities, law enforcement, prosecutors, victim services, disability service providers and other allies committed to criminal justice for crime victims with disabilities. The protocols guide law enforcement and prosecutors in responding to domestic violence and sexual assault victims with disabilities through model guidelines, investigative procedures, pre-trail motion examples, and legal considerations. This webinar will highlight Illinois’ statewide effort to develop the model protocols including the collaborative multi-disciplinary process, design challenges, training and technical assistance components and lessons learned. Key areas of the protocol will be reviewed as well as the process for statewide implementation. The NCCJD webinar presenter, Shirley Paceley worked with victims with disabilities to facilitate the work group which developed the protocols. The group also provided training of trainers on the protocols and is providing training and technical assistance across the state as the protocols are implemented. Learn more and register for the May webinar here.

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