AFCC Webinars

A SAFeR Approach to Parenting Arrangements

A SAFeR Approach to Parenting Arrangements in Cases Involving Intimate Partner Violence

May 15, 2018
1:00pm-2:00pm Eastern Time USA


Child custody decision-making in the context of allegations of intimate partner violence can be challenging.  Family Court practitioners simultaneously seek to promote the safety and wellbeing of children and their battered parents while respecting the rights and interests of parents who are accused of DV and/or unjustifiably estranged from their children.  This workshop introduces practitioners to a four-pronged approach known as “SAFeR” which can assist in decision-making in IPV-related cases. The SAFeR approach can be utilized by any family court practitioner in order to produce safer, more workable outcomes in IPV-involved parenting disputes.


Loretta Frederick, JD, has served as Senior Legal and Policy Advisor of the Battered Women’s Justice Project since 1996. The focus of her current work is improving the capacity of family courts to identify and account for domestic violence in child custody cases. Loretta began her career practicing family law with Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services and founded the statewide Battered Women's Legal Advocacy Project (now Standpoint). Since then she has done training and consultation on domestic violence law and policy with and for judges, advocates, attorneys, prosecutors and law enforcement officers in the U.S and around the world. Her work with the Minnesota State Bar Association has included serving as Chair of the of the Family Law Section and of the Domestic Abuse Committee.


Recorded Webinar

Certificate of attendance will not be issued for recorded webinars

Worksheets used in the webinar with a short tutorial on their use.

An article explaining SAFeR approach.