Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Prevention - Long Beach, CA

End Abuse Long Beach
Since 1975

CAMFT Approved Continuing Education Provider

July 14 Program

Stephanie Dowds, Esq. Deputy City Prosecutor, City of Long Beach

"Prosecuting DV Cases"


Thursday, July 14, 2016


8:00 - 8:20 a.m. Networking & Introductions
8:20 - 9:30 a.m. - Program


Alpert Jewish Community Center, Senior Room
3801 E. Willow St, Long Beach, CA 90815

EALB provides 1 CAMFT-approved Continuing Education Provider unit to MFTs/LCSWs in full attendance (free to EALB CEU members, $20 for non-CEU members). Provider number: 130171

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Stephanie Dowds, Esq. Stephanie Dowds has served the community of Long Beach since 2008 when she was hired as a Deputy City Prosecutor for the Long Beach City Prosecutor’s Office. Since then she has prosecuted and tried numerous crimes for the City of Long Beach, including domestic violence, driving under the influence, sex crimes, and vehicular manslaughter cases. Most notably, she was responsible for prosecuting to conviction the Occupy Long Beach cases. Stephanie was promoted to Supervisor in 2015 and is currently the Trial Supervisor for the Long Beach City Prosecutor’s Office. She manages three courtrooms and six or more trial attorneys at any time.
Stephanie is passionate about the prosecution of Domestic Abuse cases. She received the Abuse Prevention Award in December 2015 from End Abuse Long Beach for her work as a prosecutor fighting for justice for victims of abuse. She specialized as a domestic violence prosecutor for several years in addition to her regular caseload. Stephanie volunteers her time working to prevent domestic violence and advocates for victims of abuse. She has been an active board member for the Women’s Shelter of Long Beach since 2015. She has spoken on behalf of multiple organizations regarding domestic violence, including: the Women’s Shelter of Long Beach Candlelight Vigil, and For the Child’s seminar on "Team Work in Child Abuse & Domestic Violence Investigation: Understanding Roles and Improving Communication Across Systems." She regularly participates as an instructor for the state mandated 40-hour Domestic Violence Advocate Training course.
In addition to working for the City of Long Beach Stephanie has authored multiple legal articles and has been published in the National Law Journal. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from the University of California, Berkeley (2004), and a Juris Doctor for the University Of San Diego School Of Law (2007).

Stephanie will be discussing the prosecution of domestic violence cases and the challenges that incur. As an experienced prosecutor she will provide insight into the legal process involved in the handling of these cases from onset to conclusion. Stephanie will explain how a domestic violence case is brought to prosecution and the different agencies that are often involved in this process. Her lecture will cover many facets of domestic abuse cases, including: investigation, charging, evidence, jury selection, trial, and sentencing. She will also discuss protective orders, restraining orders, and the difference between them. The goal of this lecture is to inform the community about the process of domestic abuse prosecution, why it is important, and the avenues that are currently available to prosecutor’s to uphold the law while protecting victims of abuse.

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