New Online Domestic Violence Course

Posted: 12.12.2018


Domestic Violence Informed Practice for Guardians ad Litem – ONLINE


This tuition-free course will be available until December 31, 2018 online.  The course is housed in the Judicial College LMS and is open to non-lawyers.

Course Description

Research and experience tells us that many, if not most, cases that are referred to guardians ad litem (GAL) contain domestic violence as a significant component in the family dynamics.  Domestic violence patterns that impact child and family functioning can be outside the scope of the legal definition of domestic violence (R.C. 2919.25 or 3113.31). 

Whether domestic violence is the precipitating cause for the referral to a GAL or is part of a family’s history, the full range of facts surrounding domestic violence must be considered in making recommendations relative to children’s best interests.  Interviewing family members, reviewing court documents, and writing reports requires knowledge of the non-offending parent’s action to protect the children as well as the perpetrator’s patterns of behaviors and their impact on child and family functioning to inform appropriate intervention strategies.  In this course, GALs will gain critical knowledge and skills to recognize the nuances in domestic violence dynamics and implement practices to foster children’s safety and well-being.


As a result of participating in this course, a guardian will be able to:

  1. Summarize the principles and critical components of the Safe and Together™ Model;
  2. Recognize key concepts associated with domestic violence-informed practice related to children;
  3. Explain significant ways the Safe and Together™ Model can be applied to enhance GAL practice;
  4. Discuss the inappropriateness of applying “failure to protect” in domestic violence cases;
  5. Conduct domestic violence informed interviewing of family members; and
  6. Apply the Safe and Together Model to organize information for the court.

Faculty: David Mandel, Executive Director, Safe and Together Institute

Credit Hours

Approval has been granted for 3.00 total general CLE credit hours. To receive credit you must complete the entire course. These hours are part of the allowable 12 hour self-study credit hours for each biennial compliance period. 

Credit Submission:
Upon completion, the Judicial College will submit your continuing education credits to the Ohio Commission on Continuing Legal Education within 30 days. Please log in to the Attorney Services Portal for updates.

Course Access: Click Here to create an account and to access the course.

Questions? Contact Judicial College staff at or 614.387.9445