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Friday 4/7/2017 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: 9620 SW Barbur Blvd, Portland, Oregon

Recent court decisions have enabled prosecutors to more easily introduce expert testimony in domestic violence cases (around dynamics and trauma), however there is a shortage of witnesses who feel prepared and able to testify as to their expertise. This training aims to change that.

We are very excited to announce an incredible, FREE, learning opportunity: On April 7th, 2017, in Portland, the Coalition will sponsor and host its first ever one-day “Expert Witness: Yes, That’s You!” training.

This training will primarily be geared toward advocates (both community and system-based) and police officers who have the requisite amount of professional and/or educational experience, as well as the willingness to act as expert witnesses in domestic violence and sexual abuse cases/trials around the state.

NOTE: This training will be the first of two identical Expert Witness trainings planned for 2017 (Date and location of the second session to be announced in the near future).

How to apply

Apply now

Applications are due Monday, March 13th at 5:00pm. Space is limited to THIRTY (30) attendees, to be selected based upon geographic diversity and experience in responding to domestic and sexual violence. Each agency/organization may submit up to two (2) applications for consideration (in the interest in building organizational capacity). 

Coalition member program benefit

Attendees from coalition member programs traveling more than 70 miles are eligible for reimbursement of lodging expenses. 

Preliminary agenda

7:45 – 8:15: Arrival

Light refreshments will be provided

8:15 – 8:30: WELCOME

8:30 – 9:15: Admissibility of Testimony: History of Expert Testimony in Oregon in DV/SA cases

9:15 – 10:45 Testimony: Preparation and Execution

15 minute BREAK

11:00 – Noon: Panel of Judges: Tips on Testifying

LUNCH until 1:00 (Lunch is provided)

1:00 – 2:00: Preparing your resume/CV

15 minute BREAK

2:15 – 3:45: Practical Exercises

15 minute BREAK

4:00 – 4:45: Wrap Up—including conversation about identifying areas of expertise/testimony