Understanding Domestic Violence
Serving as Panelists at Prestigious Conference
Professor Jessica Miles, who co-directs the Family Law Clinic in the Seton Hall Law Center for Social Justice, joined with Shari Genser ’11, an Equal Justice Works Fellow with Essex-Newark Legal Services, to speak at the 13th Annual Stephen D. Doyle Criminal Justice Symposium, Understanding Domestic Violence: Its Impact on the Individual and the Community, at St. Peter’s University in Jersey City.
The conference included two critical topics: “The Law and Psychiatry of Abuse,” on which Professor Miles served as a panelist alongside a forensic psychiatrist; and “Caring for Victims and Prosecuting Offenders,” on which Shari Genser served on a panel with a Hudson County Prosecutor, a Victim Advocate and a former Child Support Hearing Officer.
Shari Genser, who was an active member of the Women’s Law Forum and student director of the Courtroom Advocates Program, and who served in the Equal Justice Clinic while studying at Seton Hall Law, has continued to devote herself to addressing issues of domestic violence professionally, and was honored to join the panel as a speaker. “As an advocate beginning my professional career, it’s a pleasure to share the podium with members of the prosecution who realize how domestic violence cases must be treated – with both strength and great delicacy – to ensure the safety of the victims while keeping the family system intact to the extent possible. The work we do in court to protect victims is bolstered by events like this which increase community awareness of these important issues. I was especially gratified to present at the conference along with my mentor and friend, Professor Miles, who taught me so much in law school. I feel as if I am following in her footsteps by doing such important work.”
Professor Miles commented following the event, “It’s daunting when we realize that one in three women will experience domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking by an intimate partner in her lifetime. Studies suggest that each year, over three million children are exposed to domestic violence. Conferences like this raise awareness of the issue of domestic violence and put the focus on one important part of the solution – relying on the courts to provide civil orders of protection to victims and to try criminal cases involving women who were abused by partners. In doing so, we bring the perpetrators to justice and help to keep victims and their children safe.”