Catherine Pierce currently serves as Acting Director of the United
States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). She
was designated as Acting Director of OVW by President Barack Obama on January,
20 2009. Prior to this appointment, she served as an OVW Deputy Director
responsible for public outreach and communications and for launching OVW’s
Sexual Assault Services Program and the Culturally and Linguistically Specific
Services Program. Since joining OVW in 1995 as one of its original founding
staff members, Ms. Pierce was named Deputy Director in 1997. Her duties
included developing new grant programs created by the Violence Against
Women Act, creating OVW’s technical assistance program, overseeing several
demonstration initiatives, and implementing a comprehensive effort to measure
the effectiveness of OVW's grant programs. Ms. Pierce also served as Acting
Director of OVW from January through October 2001.
From 2005 to 2007, she held the position of Senior Advisor to the Ambassador-at-Large
and Director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
at the U.S. Department of State.
Before joining OVW, Ms. Pierce directed the "Summer of Safety” program,
a predecessor to AmeriCorps, for the Corporation for National and Community
Service from 1994 to 1995. Prior to that, she served as a Deputy at the
State Justice Institute (SJI) and oversaw the development of SJI’sjudicial
education and training initiatives. Before her work at SJI, she was actively
involved in thefield of criminal and juvenile justice addressing the differential
treatment of women in prison and young women in the juvenile justice system;
and the quality of education provided to young mena an women in juvenile
Ms. Pierce has received numerous U.S. government awards, including a
Special Commendation fromthe Office of Justice Programs in 2001. She also
represented the Department of Justice as a civilian member of the Department
of Defense Task Forec on Domestic Violence from 2000 to 2004.
Ms. Pierce received her Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University
of Massachusetts, Amherst. She has five grown children.
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for: Statement of Catherine Pierce, Acting Director, Office On
Violence Against Women, United States Department Of Justice. Before The
United States Senate Committee On The Judiciary Hearing Entitled "The Continued
Importance Of The Violence Against Women Act" Presented June 10, 2009
Craig N. Ackley is the President of Behavioral Science Education and
Consultation Services (BSECS), Inc., a company that specializes in training
and consultation services for law enforcement professionals, prosecutors,
probation and parole officers, mental health professionals, and others
who work with violent offenders in the areas of sexual assault, domestic
violence, and homicide.
Craig is a retired law enforcement officer of 26 years, the last 21
as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). He retired
from the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) of the FBI’s National Center for
the Analysis of Violent Crime (NCAVC), FBI Academy, Quantico, VA, where
he provided behavioral support and training in violent crime matters to
federal, state, local, and foreign law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies.
Craig has a B. S. in Criminology, an M.S. in Psychology, and is currently
in the process of completing his PhD in Psychology.
Liberty Aldrich Director of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Family
Court Programs at the Center
for Court Innovation, provides technical assistance on the development
and implementation of domestic violence courts nationally and internationally
and works with government and non-government agencies to improve the coordinated
community response to domestic violence. Additionally, she and the domestic
violence staff provide domestic violence training to judges and court personnel
and consult with family courts on child protective and custody programs.
Prior to joining the Center, Ms. Aldrich was the Director of Legal Services
at Safe Horizon, the nation’s largest victim assistance agency. In
that position, she represented domestic violence victims in family and
supreme courts and federal immigration proceedings in addition to supervising
staff attorneys. Ms. Aldrich is also a founder and director of Legal
Information for Families Today (LIFT), an agency that assists over 55,000
New Yorkers every year by providing information and supportive services
to litigants in the Family Courts.
Ms. Aldrich acted as Chair of the Domestic Violence Task Force of the
Association of the Bar of the City of New York from 2002-2005 and has authored
numerous articles on domestic violence law and policy. She received the
Association of the Bar of the City of New York’s annual Equal Access to
Justice Award in 2000. Ms. Aldrich graduated from Harvard University and
New York University School of Law.
BENNETT, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.
Larry Bennett is Professor, Jane Addams College of Social Work, University
of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to joining the tenure track faculty at UIC
in 1993, he worked for 20 years in mental health, family service, research,
and academic settings. Larry has published widely on substance abuse and
domestic violence, adolescent peer sexual harassment, batterers, and batterer
intervention programs. He is co-author of Evaluation
of Services for Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (Sage
Larry’s research focuses on the co-occurrence of substance abuse and
partner violence, and on the coordination and effectiveness of services
designed to interrupt that co-occurrence. He served on the Consensus
Panel on Family Violence of the U.S. Center for Substance Abuse Treatment
(CSAT) and chaired the Illinois Substance Abuse-Domestic Violence Interdisciplinary
Task Force from its inception in 1997 until 2003. He is a Principal Investigator
on the Great Lakes Addiction Technology Transfer Center (SAMHSA). Larry
practices social work in Crystal Lake, Illinois, and limits his practice
to court-ordered child custody evaluation.
J. HART, JD
Barbara J. Hart is the Director of Strategic Justice Initiatives in
the Justice Policy Program of the Cutler Institute on Health and Social
Policy of the Muskie School of Public
Service. Ms. Hart is a Co-Principal Investigator on the Violence Against
Women Measuring Effectiveness Initiative (VAWA MEI) and Principal Investigator
on the Building Economic Security for Survivors (BESS) Project. She serves
as the Senior Policy and Legal Advisor for the Battered
Women’s Justice Project and Senior Counsel to the National
Center on Full Faith and Credit.
Her work includes public policy development, training, and technical
assistance on a broad range of issues such as: advocacy; economic justice
and security for survivors; systems to monitor batterer intervention programs;
implementation of coordinated community intervention systems; development
and critique of legislation; construction of court procedures and standards;
consultation on impact litigation; and design of training curricula. She
has served as a leader in the national efforts to implement the Violence
Against Women Act.
Ms. Hart hosts a series of monthly, national/international audioconferences,
designed to create discourse between prominent researchers and expert practitioners.
Web libraries and MP3s are produced for the audioconferences.
She consults with diverse organizations/agencies related to strategies
to end violence against women and children, including the Office
on Violence Against Women, the U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services, the Centers
for Disease Control, the National
Institute of Justice, the Department
of Defense, the National Latino
Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence, the Asian
and Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence, and the Institute
on Domestic Violence in the African American Community, the National
Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, the National
College of District Attorneys, the Domestic
Violence Mental Health Policy Institute, and the National
Domestic Violence Fatality Review Initiative.
Ms. Hart writes a monthly column for the National Bulletin on Domestic
Violence Prevention , a West-Thomson publication, and has authored
and co-authored many articles on domestic violence, including: State
Codes on Domestic Violence: Analysis, Commentary and Recommendations; Model
Code on Domestic and Family Violence; Safety and Accountability: The Underpinnings
of a Just Justice System; Confronting Domestic Violence: Effective Police
Response; Seeking Justice: Coordinated Justice System Intervention Against
Domestic Violence; Safety for Women: Monitoring Batterers' Programs; and
Accountability: Program Standards for Batterer Intervention Services.
She is a co-founder of the Berks
Women in Crisis, the PA Coalition Against
Domestic Violence, the National Coalition
Against Domestic Violence, the National
Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women, the Battered
Women's Justice Project, the National
Center on Full Faith and Credit, and International Justice connections.
She has received many honors, the most precious of which is the naming
of legal center serving battered women in northeast Pennsylvania – the
J. Hart Justice Center.
Her greatest pleasure is contemplating the bay, salt marsh, tides and
soaring birds at her home in Georgetown, ME.
Barbara J. Hart, J.D.
605 Bay Point Road
Georgetown, ME 04548
207.371.2204 (phone & fax)
Melissa Labriola is a principal research associate at the Center for
Court Innovation. She is currently principal investigator on a randomized
trial testing the impact of intensive judicial monitoring on domestic violence
offender recidivism, as well as on a statewide evaluation of domestic violence
courts. Her recent completed projects include a national study of domestic
violence courts; an evaluation of the Queens Misdemeanor Treatment Court;
and an evaluation project concerning the commercial sexual exploitation
of children. In addition, she served as lead analyst on the Center’s randomized
trial testing the impact of batterer programs. She was also the project
director of a national survey of court responses to offender noncompliance
with batterer program mandates.
Managing Attorney-Safety Audits
Battered Women's Justice Project
Rhonda Martinson has been a staff attorney for the Battered Women’s
Justice Project (a national resource center on the criminal justice response
to domestic violence) since 1996. She provides technical assistance,
such as site visits, telephone consultation, writing partnerships and training
to criminal justice professionals regarding current domestic violence issues
and laws. Since 1998, she has also been a safety audit consultant
providing training and consultation to criminal justice professionals across
the country on conducting an audit of their criminal justice systems re
the safety of battered women and the accountability of batterers.
She attends national conferences, meetings, trainings and grant reviews
on safety audits and related topics such as domestic violence homicide
reviews, research and evaluation of criminal justice response to domestic
violence, court watches, and promising practices. She is an advisory
board member of the National Stalking Resource Center and of the National
Domestic Violence Fatality Review Initiative; and is BWJP’s liaison in
training partnerships with the National Family Justice Center Alliance
and with the National Center for the Prosecution of Violence against Women
at the American Prosecutor’s Research Institute. Rhonda is a Wisconsin
attorney who brought a unique combination of experiences to BWJP: six years
working for a Wisconsin sheriff’s department, four years as a Wisconsin
prosecutor, and two years researching and developing continuing education
seminars for lawyers and other professionals across the country.
Rhonda received her BA in psychology, graduating summa cum laude, and her
JD, from the University of Wisconsin.
In the early 1980’s, Michael Paymar worked with Ellen Pence to create
the Domestic Abuse Intervention Project in Duluth, Minnesota. Michael and
Ellen co-authored the curriculum “Creating a Process of Change for Men
Who Batter”, the mostly widely used counseling program for abusive men
in the country. Michael is the author of “Violent No More: Helping Men
End Domestic Abuse”, a self help book for men who batter. He also produced
“Domestic Violence: The Law Enforcement Response”. Michael is the
co-author of a new curriculum Building a Coordinated Community Response
to Domestic Violence with Ellen Pence and Graham Barnes.
Michael is currently a Resource Specialist with the Battered Women’s
Justice Project in Minneapolis and has trained internationally with the
Open Society Institute, the Advocates for Human Rights and the National
Michael is serving in his 7th term in the Minnesota House of Representatives
representing St. Paul. He is the chair of the House Public Safety Finance
Committee, which has fiscal oversight over the Courts, the Department of
Corrections, the Department of Public Safety, the Department of Human Rights
and crime victims programs.
Michael earned a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Hamline
University and a Bachelors degree from the College of St. Scholastica.
Katya Fels Smyth brings nearly two decades of experience in program
development and services, community networking, and creating social will
to address seemingly intractable social problems to the Full Frame Initiative
(FFI). Katya is advancing the Initiative’s priorities as its principal
and as a Research Fellow at the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy
at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. She is a fellow with the Eos
Foundation and a Social Entrepreneur in Residence at Clark University.
Prior to launching FFI in 2007, Katya was an Echoing Green fellow, founding
and leading On The Rise, Inc., a Cambridge, Massachusetts ?based organization
that has drawn national attention for providing innovative and effective
support and community to profoundly disenfranchised women.
Katya speaks, publishes and provides consultation on the design, implementation
and evaluation of interventions that work for highly marginalized communities.
She has also participated in international training efforts for domestic
violence advocates. Her writing and publications are used by scholars,
policy makers and community?practitioners. Katya co?chairs the Massachusetts
Governor’s Council to Address Sexual and Domestic Violence Systems Change
and Integration Committee. She has been recognized locally and nationally
by government, philanthropic, community and business entities for her thought
leadership and in-the-trenches contributions to addressing community poverty
Katya holds an AB with honors in Biology from Harvard, and an honorary
doctorate of divinity from the Episcopal Divinity School.
SYDNEY HANLON has been an Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Appeals
Court since April, 2009. She was the First Justice of the Dorchester
District Court for fifteen years; before that she served as an Associate
Justice for four years. She was Chair of the Massachusetts District
Court Domestic Violence Committee from 1992 until 2003 when the Dorchester
District Court became part of the Boston Municipal Court; she was also
a member of the District Court Education Committee in that period.
She was also a member of the Massachusetts Trial Court Racial and Ethnic
Fairness Advisory Board. She sat regularly in the Dorchester Court domestic
violence session between 2000 and 2007, and also in the adult criminal
session. Before she became a judge, Judge Hanlon served as a prosecutor
for fifteen years: seven years in the Norfolk County District Attorney’s
Office as head of the Sexual Assault Unit; five years as a drug prosecutor
in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District Of Massachusetts;
and three years as Chief of the Narcotics Division in the Massachusetts
Attorney General’s Office. She received a B.A. degree from Brown
University in 1972 and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1975.
Assistant District Attorney with Suffolk County District Attorney'sOffice
in Boston, MA. From 2000 - 2004 working in the Domestic ViolenceCourt in
Dorchester. Presently assigned to the Family Protection and Sexual Assault
Bureau in our Superior Court office.
Dee has been a probation officer at Dorchester Municipal Court since
1991. She served as the Site Operations Director of the Family Justice
Center of Boston from 8/1/05 through 4/14/07 and as the Project Director
for the Judicial Oversight Demonstration Initiative at the Dorchester Division
of the Boston Municipal Court from October 2000 through July 2005.
She oversaw the coordination and networking of partners of these criminal
justice/human service collaboratives, which provided services to victims
of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse, as well as support
services to the dedicated domestic violence project at the courthouse.
A probation officer at Dorchester District Court for 11 years, Dee has
been in the domestic violence unit for 7 years. She served as the
CoChair of the Dorchester Community Roundtable’s (DCRT) Batterer Intervention
Subcommittee and as a Member of the DCRT Advisory Board for 7 years.
Having worked in community based adult education programs in Jamaica Plain
and Dorchester for 14 years, she is committed to education and prevention
Professor Kanter is an expert in domestic violence prevention and legal
responses to sexual assault. She has developed a range of clinical education
experiences for students. She currently directs the school’s Domestic Violence
Institute as well as its Domestic Violence Clinic in Dorchester Municipal
Court, the Boston Medical Center Domestic Violence Project, and is a founding
member, and former chair, of the board of directors of the Victim Rights
Law Center, an innovative organization providing legal services to rape
victims. She is also a founding partner, and Northeastern’s representative,
on interdisciplinary, community-based partnerships to assist victims of
domestic violence and sexual assault.
Prior to coming to Northeastern, Professor Kanter was a clinical instructor
at Boston University School of Law and at Harvard Law School, and a managing
attorney for Greater Boston Legal Services. Her legal career has been devoted
to litigating on behalf of vulnerable women and their children; she has
specialized in violence prevention since 1990.
Mary-Ann has been a Boston Police Officer for 31 years. She began her
career in January, 1978 as a uniformed patrol officer in Boston’s Jamaica
Plain neighborhood. Over the next 19 years she also worked in the
city’s West Roxbury and Hyde Park districts, responding to thousands of
911 calls for everything ranging from robberies and assaults to runaways
and stolen cars. But it was during these years on patrol that Mary-Ann
saw the particularly devastating effects of domestic violence on families
and communities, preparing her for her next role within the Boston Police
Department. In 1996 Mary-Ann was promoted to detective and began her assignment
as a dedicated domestic violence detective in the Roxbury station which
serves one of Boston’s busiest and highest-crime areas. For the next 10
years she investigated thousands of cases of intimate partner and family
abuse, in the process becoming a recognized and respected authority on
domestic violence issues both inside and outside the police department.
Within the BPD, Mary-Ann helped develop and implement departmental protocols
for responding to and investigating domestic violence incidents and also
taught DV-related courses at the Boston Police Academy. In the community,
her knowledge and experience made her a sought-after speaker by many local
neighborhood and advocacy groups, and she also received an award from the
mayor of Boston in recognition of her work in domestic violence education
and prevention. During this time Mary-Ann also became involved in
the No Next Time Project which aimed to reduce the number of restraining
order violations by educating defendants on the stipulations and nuances
of the orders. This project led to her participation in the planning and
implementation of the JOD Initiative which created a dedicated domestic
violence session in Dorchester District Court. In 2006 Mary-Ann was
promoted to Sergeant (and shortly after to Sergeant Detective), and assigned
to a newly-centralized Domestic Violence Unit located at the Family Justice
Center of Boston. In the DVU, Sergeant Detective Riva continues to help
revise and implement departmental policies concerning domestic violence
response, supervises DV detectives and advocates, and also investigates
incidents of alleged domestic abuse involving department employees.
She remains committed to providing victims of domestic violence with justice
and safety as well as educating those in law enforcement about best practices
in domestic violence investigations and in serving victims and survivors.
ROTHENBERG has been working in the domestic violence field for over
25 years. He trains, supervises, and consults with others regarding
batterer intervention and still enjoys facilitating groups for men.
Judge David Weingarten has been an associate justice of the Boston
Municipal Court since May, 2008. Before he became a judge, he was a partner
at Macy & Weingarten from 2003 until 2008, where he engaged in a general
litigation practice with an emphasis on criminal defense (both trials and
appeals). He was a solo practitioner from 1995 to 2003. From 2000 through
2007 he appeared regularly in the domestic violence session of the Dorchester
Court representing defendants in domestic violence cases. From 1982 through
1994, he worked with Krokidas and Bluestein, primarily in civil litigation.
In 1981, he was a law clerk for the Massachusetts Superior Court. Judge
Weingarten received an A.B. from Boston University in 1976 and a J.D. from
Northeastern University in 1981.
Prior to being elected as a Circuit Court Judge, Judge Ashley spent
seven years practicing law in the Public Defender’s Office, specializing
in children’s law. He opened his law practice in 1989. During
his private practice, he was involved in litigation on custody issues as
parent’s counsel as well as guardian ad litem. Judge Ashley was elected
to Milwaukee County Circuit Court in 1999. He has served in general misdemeanor
court, domestic violence court, juvenile dependency and delinquency court,
homicide/sexual assault court and he is presently assigned felony drug
In 2001, he was assigned to the Domestic Violence Courts. He became
the senior Domestic Violence Judge in 2002. He has received advanced
Domestic Violence Training from the National Council of Juvenile and Family
Court Judges. Judge Ashley has served on the National Advisory Board
for the President’s Family Justice Center Initiative and presently serves
on the Steering Committee of the National Judicial Institute on Domestic
Violence. He has presented at the Criminal Justice Institute in Minnesota
on Oversight for Domestic Violence Probationers. He’s also presented
on the issue of urban stalking at the 10th Anniversary of the Violence
Against Women Act. He is on the faculty of the National Judicial
Institute on Domestic Violence.
Judge Ashley has been involved with several domestic violence initiatives
from participating at the United States Department of Justice Safety and
Accountability Audit in Washington, DC and the Maine Domestic Violence
Case Coordination Project Peer Exchange on Judicial Reviews, to training
volunteers at local shelters.
Judge Ashley is a recipient of several awards including the Milwaukee
Women’s Center Sam Stellman Justice for Women Award in recognition of outstanding
compassion, commitment, and leadership in promoting justice for women and
families affected by domestic violence and Innovator of the Year Award
in recognition of vision, creativity, and innovative spirit
in 2003. Judge Ashley is Vice-Chair of the Supreme Court Policy and
Planning Committee and Chair of its Subcommittee on Effective Justice Strategies
Committee. He is Chair of the Milwaukee Bar Associations’ Community
He is married to Felita Daniels Ashley and has two girls, Elise and
I have been a judge in Milwaukee County since December 1992.
I am currently the Chief Judge for Milwaukee County Previously I was the
presiding judge in the Civil, Felony, and Misdemeanor divisions.
I earned my J.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1975 and my B.A.
from the University of Colorado. I spent 11 years in private practice
handling a variety of civil litigation matters and before that was an assistant
D.A. for Milwaukee County assigned to, and director of the Sensitive Crimes
I am a frequent instructor to the Wisconsin Judiciary on a variety of
topics including DV, Sexual Assault, Immigration issues, and Sexual Predators.
I am a faculty member as well as past associate dean of the Wisconsin Judicial
College. I am also a member of the faculty for the National Judicial Institute
on Domestic Violence presented by the NCJFCJ and The Family Violence Prevention
Fund. Other professional activities include membership on several statewide
committees charged with making recommendations regarding judicial education
in the areas of DV, Sexual Assault and Stalking, our Criminal Jury Instruction
Committee, and jury issues.
Ms. Long has worked in the domestic violence field for nearly 15 years.
Currently with the Wisconsin Office of Justice Assistance, she coordinates
the development and implementation of model projects to improve access
to and enforcement of restraining orders. Ms. Long was a policy analyst
for the Wisconsin Supreme Court Director of State Courts Office where she
focused on restraining order policy.
She was the project director for the Judicial Oversight Demonstration
Initiative (JODI) in the First Judicial District of Wisconsin. She
trains locally and nationwide on domestic violence issues. Ms Long earned
a B.A. in Criminology and Law Studies and Political Science from Marquette
DICK, Defense Attorney
Terese Dick is an attorney with the Wisconsin State Public Defender
in Milwaukee, the largest urban public defender office in the state, where
she represents indigent clients charged with felony and misdemeanor level
offenses. Ms. Dick was a member of the Milwaukee Trial Office Management
Team from 1993-2003 supervising a team of 10-12 staff attorneys.
She was instrumental in developing a felony level Drug Practice Group;
involved in a system wise Restorative Justice Program, and other diversion/resolution
alternatives to traditional court processes. Since 1998 Ms. Dick
has served as the defense bar representative to the three specialized Domestic
Violence Courts representing the staff and private bar attorneys and acts
as a liaison to the Judiciary presiding in the Domestic Violence Courts.
In 1998, when Milwaukee was chosen as one of the three sites for the
Judicial Oversight Demonstration Initiative (“JODI), Ms. Dick was selected
to serve as a member of the Advisory Board and served on many committees
including: court processes; BIP programs; Victim’s rights; Victim/Witness
Services in the court system; information sharing among the Civil, Criminal,
Family and Children’s Courts; and worked in collaboration with the District
Attorney’s office and the Department of Corrections including Probation
and Parole. In 2006 Ms. Dick was invited to participate in the “Faculty
Development Meeting” sponsored by the National Judicial Institute on Domestic
Violence (NJIDV) in partnership with the NCFJCJ, Family Violence Prevention
Fund and the Department of Justice Office on Violence against Women.
In 2009, Ms. Dick was a faculty member at the “Enhancing Judicial Skills
in Domestic Violence Cases Workshop.” Also in 2009 she attended the
“Judicial Roundtable Discussion: Batterer Accountability and Opportunity
Carmen Pitre served as the Executive Director of the Task Force on
Family Violence since 2002. In February of 2009, Pitre drew on her
long history of working in the fields in domestic violence, sexual assault
and victim issues and steered the merger of Sojourner Truth House and the
Task Force on Family Violence. She currently serves as the Co-Executive
Director overseeing criminal and civil advocacy service and other strategic
partnerships of the agency.
Pitre is Co-chair of the Office of Justice Assistance Violence Against
Women Advisory Committee and a member of the Office of Justice Assistance
Policy and Outreach Committee and VAWA Human Trafficking Sub-Committee.
Pitre serves a member of the Medical College of Wisconsin Violence Prevention
Initiative Steering Committee and is a member of Tempo and Professional
Pitre is the past Coordinator of the Milwaukee Commission on Domestic
Violence and Sexual Assault and past Director of the First Judicial District
Judicial Oversight Initiative.
She has received the following professional awards: the 1999 Wisconsin
Coalition Against Domestic Violence Other Systems Ally Award, 1999 Governors
Award for Significant Accomplishment in Domestic Violence Award, 2000 I
Am My Sisters Keeper Award and 2002 Wisconsin Humane Society Kindness Award.
Pitre is a 1984 graduate of the University of Southwestern Louisiana, Bachelor
of Arts program.
GILBERT F. URFER is the Team Captain of Domestic Violence Unit in the
Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office. Mr. Urfer graduated
Magna Cum Laude from Marquette University Law School in 2002 where he prosecuted
cases for the DAs Office as an intern. After spending a few years
in private practice, he returned to the DA’s office in 2005 where he prosecuted
general crimes and termination of parental rights cases until 2006, when
he joined the Domestic Violence Unit as a felony prosecutor. For
the past three years Mr. Urfer has prosecuted DV felonies and chronic-offender
misdemeanors. He has also been an instructor/lecturer both locally
and at the national level on the subjects of domestic abuse investigation
In 2009 he was appointed as the Team Captain of the DV Unit by District
Attorney John Chisholm. He now supervises ten prosecutors operating
in three DV Courts and provides specialized training for those prosecutors,
support staff, and law enforcement.
As a Probation and Parole agent Thomas Salter was a domestic violence
specialist from 1999 to 2007. Other related experiences during this time
included: assisting in the implementation of the JODI grant, developing
and training the Milwaukee Regional Domestic Violence Protocol, acting
liaison to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s DV unit, being a member
of the Regional Domestic Violence Workgroup and the Milwaukee Commission
on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, attending the Safe Return Initiative
Roundtable Conference in Portland Or, training domestic violence at Agent
Basic Training, planning of the annual Milwaukee DV awareness month open
From 2007 to 2008, Mr. Salter supervised a sex offender specialty unit
and from 2008 to the present has supervised a hybrid unit consisting of
presentence investigation writers, a domestic violence specialist and comprehensive
agents. Mr. Salter also assists in supervising the Milwaukee intake unit
and is a liaison to Chief Misdemeanor and current Senior DV Judge Jeffrey
Wagner. As a field supervisor, Mr. Salter became a representative
to the Milwaukee DV Homicide Review Committee and has continued his role
with the regional workgroup and Milwaukee Commission on DV and SA.
Mr. Salter is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire with
a degree in Criminal Justice focusing on Juvenile Justice. He is
also a proud husband and father to wife Andrea, children Aleksa and Marcus
Salter and their new puppy Misiu.
Attiyya Nuruddin is currently the Director of Criminal Advocacy at
Sojourner Family Peace Center, Wisconsin’s largest domestic violence agency.
In this role, Attiyya oversees the Restraining Order Clinic housed in the
Milwaukee County Courthouse, the Domestic Abuse Advocate Program in the
Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office, and the Community Domestic
Abuse Advocacy Program, which staffs domestic violence advocates in three
Milwaukee Police Department districts.
Attiyya has over 17 years of work in the area of domestic violence,
when she began her career with Sojourner Truth House. In 1993, Attiyya
founded the advocate program in the Milwaukee District Attorney’s Office,
and managed this project for 15 years. In the beginning of 2009,
Sojourner Truth House merged with the Task Force on Family Violence, and
Attiyya’s oversight extended to the Restraining Order Clinic Program and
the Community Domestic Abuse Advocacy Program.
Attiyya is a current member of the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic
Violence (WCADV), has served as President and Vice-President of the Board
of Directors of WCADV, and was recognized by WCADV for efforts in expanding
its reach to communities of color. She also served as Chairperson
of Communities of People of Color, has been a member of the regional Women
of Color Network, and served as one of the pioneer board members for Wisconsin’s
first hospital-based domestic violence project. Attiyya also served on
the Wisconsin Attorney General's Crime Victim Council.
She has worked with Milwaukee's Judicial Oversight Initiative Project
by managing a Domestic Violence Liaison Program, revising the Milwaukee
Police Department Standard Operating Procedures as they pertain to domestic
violence, and serving on several community-coordinated response committees.
She also currently serves on the Milwaukee Homicide Review Commission.
Attiyya has been a presenter on numerous national conferences, including
the PRAXIS “Coordinated Community Response” National Conference in 2007,
the National Institute on the Prosecution of Domestic Violence in 2005,
and the Leadership Institute for People of Color in 2004. Attiyya
also served as a curriculum development faculty member for several collaborative
initiatives sponsored by the National Institute on the Prosecution of Domestic
Violence, The National Council on Juvenile and Family Court Judges and
the United States Department of Justice-Office on Violence against Women.
SCHURMAN, Law Enforcement
Kara Schurman has serves as the Domestic Violence Victim Liaison for
the Milwaukee Police Department’s Sensitive Crimes Division for nearly
7 years. As a civilian non-confidential advocate employed within
law enforcement, she responds with officers to the scenes of domestic violence
incidents as well as manages cases addressing the needs of victims of domestic
violence, domestic violence-related sexual assault and stalking. As a former
Special Assistant to the Deputy Counsel to the President, DVL Schurman
is actively involved in connecting the Milwaukee Police Department’s Sensitive
Crimes Division with the Milwaukee County DA’s Office Domestic Violence
Unit in coordinating investigations in domestic violence, stalking and
intimidation of victims/witnesses.
Kara Schurman is certified by the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center
as a Domestic Violence Instructor and regularly trains law enforcement
on the dynamics and investigations of domestic violence, intimidation and
stalking. Kara holds a B.A. in Criminology & Law Studies and
Political Science from Marquette University and is currently pursuing her
Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Kara also serves as a board member for the American Indian Task Force on
Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault and as an alternate member to the
Milwaukee Commission on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.
Brant Funkhouser is Director of Model Cities Legal Services, where
he has represented low-income clients, primarily as a criminal defense
attorney, for more than 30 years. He is committed to advancing progressive
and collaborative approaches that serve to increase equity within the legal
system for all participants.
Brant is a primary team member of Street Outreach Court, designed to
serve people who are homeless or at risk, and Sobriety Court, having attended
training sessions, which included observing existing court programs.
Both of these special programs are designed to support foundational changes
that will prevent recidivism, help individuals and families, and promote
In 2001 he was a participant in VERA sessions where victim advocates
and defense attorneys from Boston, Milwaukee and Ann Arbor learned together
about leading practices in domestic violence cases. Mr. Funkhouser
is currently Vice-Chair of the City of Ann Arbor/Washtenaw County Community
Corrections Advisory Board, where he has been a board member for over fifteen
years. He received his B.A. from the University of Michigan and J.D.
from Wayne State University. Mr. Funkhouser has represented more
defendants in domestic violence cases in 15th District Court than anyone
H. GARVIN, MSW, LMSW
Senior Director of Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County in
Ann Arbor, Michigan where he founded, supervises and directs the Alternatives
to Domestic Aggression Program (ADA), the Behavioral Health Services
and Substance Abuse Services, Adoption and Pregnancy Services, and the
Supervised Visitation and Exchange Program. David has been directly involved
in the anti-domestic violence movement since 1986 when he founded the ADA
Mr. Garvin is a co-founder and current Chair of the Batterer Intervention
Services Coalition of Michigan (BISC-MI). Mr. Garvin was selected to serve
as the co-chair of the Michigan Governor's Taskforce on creating standards
for batterer intervention programs. Mr. Garvin has conducted trainings,
consultations, conferences, workshops, in-services around the country and
has been featured on local, state and national television, in magazines,
professional journals and newspapers.
Mr. Garvin was named the 2009 National Association of Social Workers-Michigan
(NASW-MI) Social Worker of the Year. He earned the prestigious honor for
his work in the areas of domestic violence, mental health and adoption.
E. HENDERSON JR.
Jim Henderson is a technical assistance provider for the US Department
of Justice Office on Violence Against Women through the Battered Women’s
From 1991-2008 Jim was a probation officer responsible for overseeing
the policies and practices of Intensive Probation for Domestic Violence
offenders in Ann Arbor MI. He was assigned to the Washtenaw County Domestic
Violence Unit as part of the Judicial Oversight Demonstration Initiative
from 1999 to 2005 and works from a system perspective to enhance victim’s
safety and defendant accountability. He has provided batterer intervention
within the Detroit metropolitan area since 1995. Before joining the criminal
justice system in 1993, he worked as the clinical director of Straight,
Inc., a family oriented substance abuse program for drug using young people
and their families.
In 1998, Jim was appointed by the Mayor of Ann Arbor to serve on the
Ann Arbor Domestic Violence Coordinating Board. He has served two terms
as a Regional Representative for the Batterer Intervention Services Coalition
of Michigan and has been active with them since 1997. He has also been
an active member of the Arab American Domestic Violence Coalition from
2001-2006. In 2002 he received a certificate of appreciation for outstanding
service on behalf of crime victims from the Washtenaw County Prosecutors
Jim has designed and conducted training’s, on the effective interviewing
of domestic violence offenders and victims. He has endeavored to change
the focus of the victim interview from that of “information gatherer” to
that of “information provider”. Jim trains on the utilization of
probation group reporting to gain better compliance, using the community
to assist in the monitoring of batterers, thus enhancing the safety of
those victimized by the violence. Jim has been faculty for several organizations
including the multiple probation and parole associations, The National
Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Association, VERA institute
of Justice, the Michigan Judicial Institute, Batterer Intervention Services
Coalition of Michigan, Greenbook, The Battered Women’s Justice Project,
American Probation & Parole Association, The National Association of
Pretrial Services Agencies, the American Prosecutors Research Institutes
National Institute on the Prosecution of Domestic Violence., The National
Collage of District Court Attorneys Domestic Violence Conference,
Praxis International, and The Presidents Family Justice Centers.
Jim is on the national advisory board or acts as a consultancy team
member for the Family Justice Center Alliance, The Battered Women’s Justice
Program, and The Center for Court Innovation. Jim has been a Certified
Addition Counselor II since 1987 and an Internationally Certified Alcohol
and Drug Counselor since 1990. He received his Master's degree in social
work from the University of Michigan in 1995.
Elizabeth Pollard Hines was elected Judge of the 15th District Court
in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1992. She served as Chief Judge from 1997
to 2001, and as the former Presiding Judge of the District Court Division
of the Washtenaw County Trial Court when all courts in the county were
unified. She presides over criminal cases including a specialized
domestic violence docket, and she helped create and launch “Street Outreach
Court”, a community project of the Washtenaw County criminal justice system
and advocates for the homeless. Judge Hines received
her BA, with honor, from the University of Michigan in 1974, and her JD
from the University of Michigan Law School in 1977. In 1987, she
was appointed as the first Chair of Ann Arbor’s Domestic Violence Coordinating
She represented her colleagues on the Executive Committee managing a
Judicial Oversight Demonstration Initiative (“JODI”) sponsored by the US
Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women from 1999
to 2004, one of three sites in the country selected to see what works best
in cases of domestic violence. She helps train new judges on
DV through the Michigan Judicial Institute. She was appointed to
serve on the Governor’s Task Force on Children’s Justice and the Governor’s
Task Force on Batterer Intervention Standards. She was appointed
by the Michigan Supreme Court to the Committee on the Rules of Criminal
Procedure to review rules of criminal procedure used by all Michigan courts.
She is a member of the National Domestic Violence Court Technical Assistance
Consultancy Team for the Center for Court Innovation, and the National
Center for State Court’s Advisory Committee for its Problem-Solving Justice
Toolkit. A member of the Board of Governors of the AJA, Judge
Hines is past Chair of the AJA Domestic Violence Committee, Chair of the
AJA Access to Justice Committee, and a member of the AJA Executive Committee.
She is active in her community and has received numerous awards including
the “Patriot Award” from the Washtenaw County Bar Association, and the
“2008 Distinguished Service Award” from the National Center for State Courts.
M. KEARNEY, MSW
Stacy received a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Lourdes College
and went on to earn her Master’s of Social Work degree from The University
of Michigan. Stacy has worked at The Children’s Advocacy Center as a crisis
counselor for child victims of abuse. She has also worked as a legal
advocate at Safe House Center in Ann Arbor assisting victims of domestic
Currently Stacy is assigned as a Victim/Witness Advocate with the Washtenaw
County Prosecutor’s Office Domestic Violence Unit. She assists victims
through the court system, advises them of their rights, and assists with
the prosecution of the batterer.
BRIAN MACKIE, Prosecutor
Assistant prosecutor, 1978 to 1991
Attorney grievance commission 1991-92
Elected prosecutor since January, 1993
MCGUIRE, Deputy Director – Police Services, (retired)
Pittsfield Township Department of Public Safety
Deputy Director McGuire began her police career in 1985. She is
certified as a law enforcement response to domestic violence instructor
and taught several years at the local police academy.
McGuire served on the Judicial Oversight Demonstration Initiative executive
committee as the law enforcement representative and was an active participant
in the workings of the Initiative. McGuire has also served on the
Board of the local domestic violence advocacy shelter, SafeHouse Center.
From 2002 to 2005 she served as the President of the Board. Deputy
Director McGuire received her BA in Business Administration from Cleary
College in 1991 and has attended the FBI National Academy in Quantico,
Virginia. She is a member and past president of the FBI National
Academy Associates, Michigan Chapter and past member and past president
of the Crime Prevention Association of Michigan.
|DAVID M. OBLAK,
Mr. Oblak earned his MSW at the University of Michigan School of Social
Work in 2006 and BSW at Eastern Michigan University in 2004. He is presently
a probation agent with the 15th Judicial District Court in Ann Arbor, Michigan
where he works exclusively with probationers convicted of misdemeanor Domestic
Violence and Stalking.
David has extensive training and experience working in the fields of
mental health, substance abuse, and homelessness and has been directly
involved in the anti-domestic violence movement since 2004 when he was
hired as a group facilitator for the Alternatives to Intimidation and Violence
A. ROGERS JD, Domestic Violence Advocate
Lore A. Rogers is a staff attorney with the State of Michigan Domestic
Violence Prevention and Treatment Board. Previously, she worked as
the Interim Co-Director of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness
Center at the University of Michigan, as the Director of Domestic Violence
and Sexual Assault Services Program at the YWCA of Greater Flint, and as
the Legal Advocacy Director at Domestic Violence Project, Inc./SAFE House
in Washtenaw County. Lore also worked for as a domestic violence grant
coordinator and pretrial probation compliance officer with the Washtenaw
County Trial Courts. Before becoming directly employed in the domestic
and sexual violence arena, she worked as a civil trial attorney for 13
Lore has an extensive background teaching on issues of domestic violence.
She has designed and conducted trainings on the nature and prevalence of
domestic violence; domestic violence laws; confidentiality and safety;
personal protection orders; effective interviewing and assessment of survivors
and batterers; working with survivors of domestic violence in family law
proceedings; and the impact of domestic violence on children. She
is a certified instructor on domestic violence dynamics for the Michigan
Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and has traveled throughout the
State of Michigan to train law enforcement officers on this topic.
For several years Lore served as an adjunct professor on Domestic Violence
Law at the Michigan State University College of Law. In addition
to her work in Michigan, Lore has served as faculty at state and national
conferences on domestic violence in Illinois, South Dakota, Maine, Mississippi
Lore has significant teaching experience in other areas as well.
In the past she was an instructor and a moderator for several courses presented
to lawyers by Michigan’s Institute for Continuing Legal Education (“ICLE”).
Ms. Rogers also served as an adjunct professor of Pretrial Advocacy at
Wayne State University Law School from 1996 through 2000, and was a guest
instructor for the Trial Practice Class at the University of Michigan Law
School from 1992 to 2000. She is a 1983 graduate of the University
of Michigan Law School.
DEBORAH A. HAENDIGES
County Supreme Court Justice, Supreme Court
Justice Haendiges was assigned to the Erie County IDV Court upon the
commencement of her term as a Justice of the Supreme Court, 8th Judicial
District in January 2006. Prior to her election to the Supreme Court bench,
Justice Haendiges served as a Support Magistrate in Erie County Family
Court in 2005 and was nominated by the Governor to serve an interim term
as Erie County Family Court Judge in 2004. As a seasoned Family Law
practitioner prior to her service on the bench, she brings to the Court
a rich and unique blend of skills and experience acquired through years
of working with children and families in distress.
Before ascending to the bench, Justice Haendiges was a partner in the
law firm of Pusatier, Sherman, Abbot and Sugarman in Kenmore, New York.
At the law firm, she primarily practiced in the area of Family Law, representing
hundreds of spouses, parents and children in a broad variety of complex
legal matters in Family and Supreme Court. She has also briefed and
argued many appeals at the Appellate Court level concerning intricate Family
Law issues. Judge Haendiges has an ongoing dedication to ensuring
effective and sensitive representation for children in the courts.
Before her appointment to the bench she was frequently appointed by judges
to serve as a law guardian representing children in both Family and Supreme
Court matters. She had continuously served as a volunteer attorney
for low-income clients through the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Bar
Association of Erie County.
A leader within the local bar, Judge Haendiges has served as the Chair
of the “Practice and Procedure in Family Court Committee” of the Bar Association
of Erie County, working to promote continuing education for Family Law
attorneys and to foster effective Family Court practice. Judge Haendiges
frequently lectured and published materials for continuing legal education
conferences on Divorce and Family Court topics. Judge Haendiges was
a member of the Board of Directors and served as Treasurer of the Women’s
Bar Association of Western New York.
Justice Haendiges earned a Bachelors Degree in Mathematics from the
State University of New York at Buffalo and returned to UB’s Law School
where she earned her law degree. She is married for 31 years to Michael
Haendiges, an Energy Engineer and they have twin daughters, Natalie and
BROWNSTEIN - Haven House Advocate
Domestic Violence Victim Advocate
Child & Family Services Haven House
Hallie Brownstein is a Domestic Violence Victim Advocate with Child
& Family Services Haven House in Erie County, New York. Ms. Brownstein
graduated from New England College in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in
sociology and fine arts. After college, she worked with at-risk children
and adolescents in residential treatment programs in California and New
Ms. Brownstein began providing advocacy to domestic violence victims
and survivors for in 1995. She contributed to the development of
Erie County’s first DV Court in Buffalo City Court and she was the first
victim advocate to work directly with the prosecutors in the DV Bureau.
Since 2003, Ms. Brownstein has been employed through Haven House in collaboration
with the Erie County District Attorney’s Office Be Safe Program, funded
through an OVW Grant. Ms. Brownstein provides advocacy in Erie County’s
Justice Courts and in Erie County Integrated Domestic Violence Court.
Colleen has served as the Resource Coordinator for the Integrated
Domestic Violence Court and the Felony Domestic Violence Court in Erie
County since January 2004. Ms Gibbons maintains linkages with criminal
justice agencies and off-site community agencies, and is responsible for
all mandated and voluntary referrals related to the criminal, family and
matrimonial matters. She coordinates information with probation, domestic
violence programs, and various mental health and substance abuse agencies
to assist the court in intensive judicial monitoring to better ensure
offender accountability and victim safety.
Ms. Gibbons also provides training for all new court employees in the
Eighth Judicial District of NYS on Domestic Violence in the Workplace,
and assists in coordinating annual seminars for the various stakeholder
groups involved with the Domestic Violence Courts in Erie County.
Prior to becoming Resource Coordinator, Ms. Gibbons
served as a Domestic Violence Training Specialist responsible for educating
law enforcement, the courts, community groups, and volunteer advocates
on the dynamics of domestic violence. She had many years providing crisis
intervention for victims of family violence, elder abuse, and sexual assault
having served as a victim advocate with Crisis Services of Erie County.
She obtained her Masters in Social Work with Community Organization Concentration
from SUNY @ Buffalo in 2003.
C. GIBBONS, Esq.
Kevin C. Gibbons is an associate counsel at the law firm Gibbons &
Stadler, P.C. Mr. Gibbons practices family law, criminal law and personal
injury. He is trained by the Erie County Assigned Counsel Program in IDV
matters and he frequently appears in Erie IDV Court on behalf of Petitioners,
Respondents, and as the Attorney for the Child. He has participated in
IDV committees and programs serving to educate attorneys and various community
stakeholders of IDV concepts. He is currently the liaison to the Integrated
Domestic Violence Court on behalf of the Erie County Family Court Practice
and Procedure Committee.
Mr. Gibbons is a member of the Bar Association of Erie County as well
as the New York State Defenders Association. He is also a member of the
Law Guardian Panel for the 4th Department New York State Supreme Court
Appellate Division. He has assisted in developing and presenting various
CLE’s concerning areas of family law. Mr. Gibbons is a graduate of Canisius
College and the University at Buffalo Law School.
- Assistant DA
Karen Korkuc received a B.A. in Philosophy in 1982 and a
J.D. in 1985 from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Following
graduate study in Philosophy, Karen was an Assistant District Attorney
in Erie County, New York from 1987 to 2001. Between 2001 and 2009
she was engaged in the private practice of law focusing primarily on criminal
defense before rejoining the Erie County District Attorney’s Office in
April, 2009. Karen is currently the Assistant District Attorney assigned
to the Erie County Integrated Domestic Violence Court.