NCJFCJ Webinar: Protecting Domestic Violence Survivors’ Economic Security in Later Life

January 18, 2019

Webinar hosted by National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges 
Thursday, January 24, 2019, 2pm ET
Register for this webinar.

Concerns about long-term economic security can make it difficult for survivors of domestic violence to leave abusive relationships, and abusers often exhibit economic control and coercion over victims. We’ll explore how survivors can obtain part of a former spouse’s retirement benefit at divorce through a Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO), and how abusers exercise coercive control by hindering QDRO access.

This session will help advocates working with an increasingly aging population to:

  • better understand the role that retirement benefits play in promoting survivors’ long-term economic security
  • identify legal resources specific to retirement
  • support survivors seeking to obtain a portion of an abuser’s earned retirement benefit at divorce.

Speakers include:

  • Hon. Karen Howze, Judge-in-Residence, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ);
  • Emily Spreiser, Legal Program Director, Pension Rights Center (PRC);
  • Cailin Crockett, Program Specialist, Administration for Community Living (ACL), HHS;
  • Juanita Davis, Associate Director, National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL)

Closed captioning will be provided. If you have questions regarding this webinar or the National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence, please contact Alicia Lord at

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