Caring for Yourself While Advocating for Your Clients: Working with Clients Living with Domestic or Intimate Partner Violence

Webinar Details

Domestic violence (DV) and intimate partner violence (IPV) can affect people of all genders, races, and socioeconomic levels. Immigration legal service providers often work with unaccompanied youth who experienced this type of violence in their home countries, but youth who have reunified in the U.S. sometimes face domestic or intimate partner violence as well. Working with a youth who is suffering abuse, whether it be physical, emotional, and/or psychological, can present many challenges. Do you know how to proceed when you suspect a client is experiencing DV/IPV, in order to best support your client and inform them of their legal options? Do you know how to take care of yourself, so that the stress of working with a client in crisis is not overwhelming? This webinar explores these topics, and offers critical, practical tips for navigating these cases, so that you may help your client and at the same time, care for yourself.

During this webinar, the speakers will discuss:

  • what DV and IPV encompass and the power and control cycle of abuse,
  • key steps to take when you suspect DV/IPV may be occurring,
  • safety planning,
  • best practices in navigating reporting requirements and possible ethical conflicts,
  • best practices for supporting and advocating for youth experiencing DV/IPV, including protective orders, emancipation, police reporting, and immigration protections,
  • how, as an advocate, you can be prepared, set boundaries, and practice self-care,
  • and resources to help you and your client feel supported.

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Recorded Date

February 22, 2023



  • Samantha Del Bosque, Supervising Attorney for Tahirih Justice Center
  • Natalie Matuszczak, Social Services Advocate for Tahirih Justice Center
  • Marissa Barrera, Social Worker for ABA CILA

Webinar Materials

CLE Credit

This Webinar was developed following the criteria and standards set by the Texas Board of Examiners for Social Workers, Professional Counselors and Marriage and Family therapist, under Texas Administrative Code, title 22, part 34. §781.509

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CLE: This training has been approved by the State Bar of Texas for 1.50 participatory hour of CLE credit until 01/22/2024. Please fill this form if you are seeking CLE credit for viewing this webinar. CILA will report the CLE credit to the State Bar of Texas. If you are not licensed in Texas but plan to seek credit in your jurisdiction, please indicate your state and CILA can prepare a participation letter for you to submit to your Bar or the DOJ for credit.