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New Domestic Violence Laws 2023

Policy event

Date: Jan 24, 2023

Time: 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Price: Free for members and their staff; $35/Non-members

This training is designed for attorneys and non-attorney advocates who work with domestic violence victims and want to know how the bills that were signed into laws this year will affect their work. The training explores laws going into effect that will directly impact your advocacy and the survivors you serve. The training will give you tools to help survivors ensure that they will benefit from laws passed to provide them more support and protection. 


Emberly Cross
Emberly Cross has been the Coordinating Attorney at the Cooperative Restraining Order Clinic in San Francisco since 1996, helping survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking obtain restraining orders and child custody and support orders. Emberly served two terms on the California Judicial Council’s Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee and currently sits on the Administrative Office of the Court’s Violence Against Women Education Project Planning Committee. She obtained her law degree and her Master’s of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan.

Erin Scott
Erin Scott is the Family Violence Law Center’s Executive Director. She has extensive experience as a domestic violence and sexual assault advocate, a family law attorney, and a nonprofit manager. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of UnCommon Law and previously served on the Board of Director of the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence and the Family Violence Appellate Project Prior to joining FVLC, she was the Directing Attorney of Legal Advocates for Children & Youth, a program of the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, and the Director of Foundation Support at the ACLU Foundation of Northern California. She has a J.D. from New York University School of Law and a B.A. from Swarthmore College.

Pallavi Dhawan
Pallavi Dhawan is the Director of Domestic Violence (DV) Policy for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office. She spent 13 years in the L.A. District Attorney’s Office where she tried nearly 100 jury trials. She received the 2019 LACBA Prosecutor of the Year award. She is a Fulbright Specialist in domestic violence and child abuse and has trained prosecutors, law enforcement, and advocates in best practices in DV prosecutions. Pallavi received her B.A. and J.D. from UCLA. In her current role, she works on improving policy, legislation, and prosecution in domestic violence cases and helped develop SB 1141, a bill sponsored by her office that adds the definition of coercive control to the Family Code definition of abuse.


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