On September 21st, Kristina Badalian attended AFCC Maryland Chapter’s 4th Annual Educational Event. This event featured speakers including the Honorable Diana Gould-Saltman, President of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), as well as policy advisors from the Battered Women’s Justice Project.
The event’s agenda focused on children’s experience of coercive control and was split into three segments. The first addressed common circumstances that make it hard for lawyers, evaluators, mediators and judges to uncover and understand stories involving coercive control and its effects on children.
The second segment focused on SAFeR, a framework for examining and responding to domestic abuse and coercive control, and how it can be used to uncover and understand families’ experiences of domestic violence. The final segment focused on discerning the best interest of children, focusing on connecting the parents’ narratives to the best interests of the child.
Brodsky Renehan Pearlstein & Bouquet, Chartered encourages its lawyers to participate in continuing education programs and events such as this and the firm and looks forward to supporting its staff in future educational endeavors.