Materials for Judicial and Multidisciplinary Education

Materials for Judicial and Multidisciplinary Education

Legal Momentum’s National Judicial Education Program (NJEP) has created model curricula on topics related to sexual assault cases that can be used to train a wide variety of justice-system professionals, including judges, prosecutors and other attorneys, court staff, victim advocates, probation department professions, batterer intervention professionals, and others.

Each curriculum includes a model PowerPoint presentation with suggested commentary, a Faculty Manual, and Participant Exercises. Legal Momentum has curricula on the following topics:

Legal Momentum’s curricula can be used as the basis of a stand-alone presentation or integrated into a broader presentation; for example:

  • The 15-minute version criminal court version of Intimate Partner Sexual Abuse: Adjudicating This Hidden Dimension of Domestic Violence Cases, can be integrated into a presentation on domestic violence for criminal court judges or prosecutors
  • Elder Victims of Sexual Assault can be integrated into a broader presentation on elder abuse for service providers who work with seniors
  • Women in Drug Treatment Court can be integrated into a broad training for new court advocates working in a specialized drug-treatment court

If you have any questions or technical concerns please contact us at njep@legalmomentum.org or call (212)-413-7554.  Legal Momentum’s model curricula were created with funding from the Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW).

Intimate Partner Sexual Abuse: Adjudicating This Hidden Dimension of Domestic Violence Cases

In 2008, Legal Momentum's National Judicial Education Program (NJEP), in cooperation with the National Association of Women Judges, published a web course/resource titled Intimate Partner Sexual Abuse: Adjudicating This Hidden Dimension of Domestic Violence Cases. Funded by the State Justice Institute and the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, the web course is free and open to all.

NJEP created a model curriculum based on the web course.  The curriculum has several versions for civil and criminal court judges. The iterations include 90-minute and 180-minute modules, a 60-minute module focused on risk assessment and, for programs where time is extremely tight, a 20-minute version that provides the opportunity to at least introduce the topic and distribute the Resources CD.

For each version there is a Faculty Manual, a PowerPoint presentation, a set of handouts and a Resources CD. For the 180-minute civil and criminal versions there are also interactive exercises.

View this curriculum (6 modules) →

The Challenges of Adult Victim Sexual Assault Cases: Topic Modules

Each module covers a different topic related to adult victim sexual assault cases:

  • Elder Victims of Sexual Abuse
  • Interpreters in Adult Victim Sexual Assault Cases
  • Jury Selection and Decision Making in Adult Victim Sexual Assault Cases
  • Women in Drug Treatment Courts: Sexual Assault as the Underlying Trauma

View this curriculum (4 modules) →

The Challenges of Adult Victim Sexual Assault Cases: Materials For New Judges

Before new judges preside in an adult victim sexual assault case or a case of co-occurring domestic violence and sexual abuse, they should know that these cases present unique challenges, and that there are resources to assist judges in meeting them. New Judges Orientation programs are often filled with administrative, procedural and substantive information. This is not the time to present a full-scale program about adult victim sexual assault cases. It is the time to alert new judges to the challenges and resources.

View this curriculum (1 module) →

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Model curricula on topics related to sexual assault cases

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