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2020-02-13 Behind Closed Doors -Domestic Violence in the Context of Divorce
Thursday, February 13, 2020, 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
Category: Events

Behind Closed Doors
Domestic Violence in the Context of Divorce

Thursday, February 13, 2020
5:30pm – 8:00pm

One Grand Central Place
60 E. 42nd Street, Lobby Conference Room
New York, NY 10165

Presented by
ROBI SCHLAFF,ESQ., Director and DARLENE REDA, ESQ., Program Administrator
Westchester County Office for Women
Facilitator: Alayne Katz, JD

If you would like to attend, please click here to contact the NYACP office

Domestic Violence in the Context of Divorce

5:30-6:00pm - Meet, Greet and Dinner
6:00-6:50pm - Presentation
6:50-7:00pm - Break
7:00-7:50pm - Presentation
7:50-8:00pm - Closing

2 CLE credits will be offered.

◼ What do Collaborative Professionals need to know about domestic violence?
◼ What are the risk factors/lethality indicators?
◼ How can practitioners assess domestic violence at the commencement of a collaborative case?
◼ What should be done when red flags arise in the midst of a collaboration?
◼ When is it appropriate for the team to terminate the process? Are there other options?
◼ How can family specialists and financial neutrals assist in identifying and assessing the impact of power and control on a settlement?
◼ How can the judicial system actually make matters worse for the victim?
◼ What resources exist for practitioners and families?
◼ What should a mediated agreement include where issues of power and control exist?
◼ Hear from a domestic violence survivor who will be joining the panel.

A light dinner will be provided.
$75 for members, $125 for non-members

Robi Schlaff, Esq. has served as director of the Westchester County Office for Women since 2013. She is an attorney with vast experience in the areas of family law and domestic violence. A former Executive Director of the Westchester Family Justice Center (WFJC) Robi is extremely knowledgeable about the issues facing women and families. For more information about the OFW, visit

Darlene Burns Reda, Esq. is the Program Administrator for the Westchester County Office for Women and is a past Director of the WFJC. She is a former Assistant District Attorney, Bronx County, handling all types of misdemeanor and felony cases, including domestic violence, robberies, narcotics and homicide. In her present role, Darlene provides trainings and presentations on topics such as domestic violence, workplace safety, and lethality risk factors.

Alayne Katz, Esq. is a family law attorney in private practice in Westchester County. Her practice is varied including the representation of adults and children and the practice of litigation, mediation and collaborative law. Eradicating domestic violence is a life mission for Alayne, whose sister, Gail, was murdered by her abusive husband in 1985.  For more than 20 years, Alayne has partnered with the Pace Women’s Justice Center, the largest provider of free legal services for victims of Domestic Violence and Elder Abuse in Westchester and Putnam Counties, as the Chair of their advisory board and the founder of Gail’s Fund, which supports the Center’s efforts to promote justice for women and families.