Postponed until October, and to watch this space for further updates.
We will hear from three experts about how to recognize domestic violence, what to watch out for, and how to help. We will also be sure to include that domestic violence happens in the Jewish community.
Judge Jacqueline Lewis, who runs the domestic violence court in West Covina, will talk to us about what legally constitutes Domestic Violence and how restraining orders work. For 17 years prior to this court appointment, she was in the Juvenile Court hearing cases centering around child abuse and neglect.
Deidra King, the Community Based Services Coordinator at Jewish Family & Children’s Service in Long Beach, will take us through the cycle of violence, and tell us what we should watch for in our family and friends.
Jennifer Barbosa, Youth Services Coordinator, WomenShelter of Long Beach, will share her story about her experience as a domestic violence survivor and give us some ideas on how to help a victim leave an abusive relationship.
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Judge Jacqueline Lewis is a Judge in Los Angeles County. Judge Lewis has been assigned to the criminal bench for the last several years where she runs the domestic violence court in West Covina. For the seventeen years before that her primary assignment was in the Juvenile Court hearing cases centering around child abuse and neglect. Judge Lewis’ interest in domestic violence began in a law school internship program where she assisted in the preparation of applications for restraining orders and represented battered persons in restraining order hearings. She has continued to attend and teach multiple domestic violence training sessions and represented the Dependency Court on many domestic violence committees. Judge Lewis was the primary author/editor of the Los Angeles County Dependency Court Domestic Violence Guidelines which became the basis of the AOC’s Domestic Violence In Dependency Cases: A Judge’s Guide.
Deidra King is the Community Based Services Coordinator at Jewish Family & Children’s Service in Long Beach. In this role she is a key part of both the domestic violence program as well as the school-based program. As a member of the domestic violence team Deidra currently oversees the intake process for new members interested in the court-approved group Healthy Relationships, Healthy Kids. The group offers support and education to women impacted by domestic violence. Deidra also provides compassionate support and guidance to families that are navigating challenging times. In this role Deidra supports the school-based program in streamlining the intake processes as well as improving data collection.
Jennifer Barbosa, Youth Services Coordinator, WomenShelter of Long Beach. Ms. Barbosa became involved with WSLB in 2012 as a volunteer sharing her story about her experience as a domestic violence survivor. Her passion to spread awareness throughout the community and help other victims motivated her to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services from the University of Phoenix. In 2014, Ms. Barbosa began her career at WSLB as an on-call Emergency Shelter Victim Advocate and later transitioned to a Youth Client Advocate. In 2019 Ms. Barbosa became the Youth Services Coordinator at WSLB’s Domestic Violence Resource Center, where she fosters a safe and supportive environment for youth victims and her staff. Ms. Barbosa’s personal experience with domestic violence and the work she does today inspires her to provide the highest quality of services she can for youth victims in hopes of bringing an end to the cycle of violence.