Family Law Parenting Cases, Abuse, and Gun Violence

The Family Law Section, Barristers Family Law Section, Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence and San Francisco Domestic Violence Consortium present

Family Law Parenting Cases, Abuse, and Gun Violence: What We Can Do

Date October 14, 2021
Program 12:00 - 1:15 p.m.
MCLE 1 Hour


Julia Weber, JD, MSW
Implementation Director
Giffords Law Center
Honorable Daniel A. Flores
Superior Court of California
San Francisco County

Arati Vasan
Senior Managing Attorney
Family Violence Appellate Project
Emberly Cross
Coordinating Attorney
Cooperative Restraining Order Clinic



 Beverly Upton
San Francisco Domestic Violence Consortium

Too many family law conflicts not identified as “domestic violence matters” include elements of power and control, abuse, harassment, manipulation, threats, mental health concerns, and risks to the adults, children, and professionals involved. When these characteristics are combined with access to firearms, the possibility of severe injury and lethal outcomes increases. During this facilitated conversation, we will discuss current research, the legal landscape in California, and promising practices for prevention, including screening questions, information to provide clients and litigants, and examples of parenting plan language to decrease risk and increase safety for families. 


• Discussion of relevant Family Code sections and rules of court addressing domestic violence, child custody, and firearms
• Why “high conflict” description can obfuscate serious risk for clients, children, attorneys, and the court
• Key steps family law attorneys and the court can take to decrease risk
• Information on additional resources available to assist with safety planning and compliance with firearms prohibitions

Audience: Attorneys, judges, court staff, victim/survivor advocates, gun violence prevention advocates, policymakers, law enforcement, supervised visitation providers, social workers, mediators, mental health practitioners.

Section Chair

Stacey Schliffer, Schliffer Law

Event Code: G210911

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10/14/2021 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
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