Probation training aims to help domestic violence victims - – Rockford’s News Leader

Probation training aims to help domestic violence victims


Adult probation officers in Winnebago County will spend two days this week in training on adult probation group reporting.

The two-day training session kicked off Tuesday at the Juvenile Justice Center and will continue on Wednesday at the Winnebago County Courthouse. National experts Jim Henderson with the Battered Women's Justice Project and Rebecca Thomforde Hauser with the Center for Court Innovation in New York are facilitating.

The goal of the programs is to increase the efficiency of Winnebago County's probation department and give probation officers more opportunities to interact with the court, victims, and offenders. Probation officers are often the ones who have the most contact with domestic violence offenders and can be a significant part of assessing their violent behavior and recommending appropriate responses to the court.

The training was hosted by the Winnebago County Domestic Violence Coordinated Courts and the Honorable Rosemary Collins, presiding judge of the Domestic Violence and Family Divisions. All members of the Adult Probation Domestic Violence Unit and several supervisors and administrators took part.

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