Webinar “Core Skills for Judges While Presiding Over Domestic Violence Cases”


November 17, 2020, 16:00

The National School of Judges, with assistance from the USAID New Justice Program, continues cooperation with the National Judicial College, Reno, USA, and offers a next series of open webinars of various subjects to judges, judicial assistants, and court staff members.

The 5th webinar – “Core Skills for Judges While Presiding Over Domestic Violence Cases”.

The COVID-19 pandemic, armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine, and still-existing harmful gender stereotypes within society only exacerbated the problem of domestic violence in Ukraine. As recent data shows, there is a significant increase in calls to the Police and National Hotline regarding domestic violence, including intimate partner violence, child abuse, elder abuse, in comparison with the previous year. Data also indicates that nearly three in ten women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence at their partner’s hands; and women whose partners have fought in a conflict are more likely to experience violence from them. For the justice system to effectively address domestic violence it is important that judges improve their professional skills to consider this category of cases.

After this 120-minute webcast, participants will be able to:

  • Summarize the key aspects of the U.S. justice sector response to domestic violence;
  • Describe the court user experience in terms of being fair and appearing fair;
  • Incorporate suggestions for working with self-represented or difficult litigants; and
  • Practice wellness tips for coping with stressors and secondary trauma.

Honorable Judge Victor Reyes will conduct the webinar.

Judge Victor Reyes served as a District Judge from January 1999, through December 31, 2014, in the 10th Judicial District located in Pueblo, Colorado. He has presided over, Criminal, Civil, County Court Appeals, Probate, Domestic, Restraining Order, Juvenile and Dependency and Neglect matters. Judge Reyes was also appointed to serve as the judicial liason on the Colorado Domestic Violence Offender Management Board and the Colorado Supreme Court Criminal Rules Committee. Before becoming a judge, he served as a Deputy State Public Defender for the State of Colorado for 15 years where he also provided training.

Since 2000, Judge Reyes has facilitated nationwide and local trainings to a variety of groups and organizations on issues related to mindfulness, every aspect related to domestic violence, the effects of vicarious trauma on judicial officers, judicial leadership and federal firearms legislation. He provided the training on domestic violence for Colorado Judges and has testified before both houses of the Colorado Legislature on DV related legislation. He currently serves as faculty for the National Judicial College, The National Council of Family and Juvenile Court Judges and the National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence.  Additionally, Judge Reyes conducts peer review of grants for the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women and has reviewed domestic violence legislation for countries complying with United Nation Charters. He is a graduate of Emory University in Atlanta Georgia and Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.


The webinar will be conducted using the Zoom video conferencing platform. You can join the meeting at this link.

Meeting ID: 977 0151 3076
Passcode: 742284

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