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Learning with Laura Youngblut: Domestic Violence in Winnebago County

Author: 17th Judicial Circuit Court of Illinois

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Each season series examines responses to domestic violence in Winnebago County 
 Illinois, through the eyes of the host, Laura Youngblut. 

Season 1 provides listeners with an overview of the response to intimate partner domestic violence in Winnebago County. Each episode highlights a person, describes their role, and provides perspectives on domestic violence. Through these first-hand accounts, listeners will gain insight into common questions and assumptions about the criminal justice system. 

Season 2 provides listeners with insight into the workings of the Juvenile Court System, both Juvenile Abuse and Neglect Court and Juvenile Deliquency Court.  Listeners will learn with Laura as she unpacks the intersection between domestic violence and juvenile court, including the impact of trauma on children. 

This project was supported by Grant No. 2017-TA-AX-K004 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, US Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the US Department of Justice.  Funding for this project was also provided in part by the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority. The material in this podcast is provided for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as legal advice. 

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In this episode, producer Nikki Ticknor interviews host Laura Youngblut to dive into what Laura learned over Season 2 and explore common themes among the response to domestic violence and juvenile court matters in Winnebago County, IL.
In this episode, host Laura Youngblut interviews Judge Donna Honzel, Presiding Judge of Juvenile Deliquency Court for the 17th Judicial Circuit and Taryn Marko, Deputy Director of Juvenile Probation. This episode provides an overview of both delinquency court and juvenile probation.
In this episode, host Laura Youngblut interviews Jessica Gregg , Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Clinical Supervisor for Brightpoint. This episode highlights the impact of trauma on children in the home and the role of social services agencies like Brightpoint in responding to the needs of children exposed to trauma.
In this episode, host Laura Youngblut interviews Shannon Krueger, Director of MERIT and Joanna Deuth and Cathleen Iasparro of the Carrie Lynn Children's Center. This episode provides information about forensic medical examinations and forensic interviewing of children in child abuse and neglect cases.
In this episode, host Laura Youngblut interviews Tanya Burns, Placement Supervisor for the Department of Children and Family Services. This episodes provides information about how DCFS works and discusses common myths about the role of DCFS within the community.
What is a CASA?

What is a CASA?

2024-02-0150:23

In this episode, host Laura Youngblut interviews Amber Johnson, CASA Advocate Facilitator. This episode discusses the role of CASAs in the juvenile court system and the ways in which CASAs support children in the foster care system.
In this episode, host Laura Youngblut interviews juvenile Guardians ad litem Steven Whitmore and Tim Whitham. This episode explores the role of GALs in the court and how they interact with families involved in the juvenile court system.
In this episode, host Laura Youngblut interviews Assistant State's Attorney, Brie Simkulet and Assistant Public Defender, Collin Evans. This episode provides an overview of the role of the State's Attorney and Public Defender in Juvenile Abuse and Neglect Court and includes information on how cases enter the court system.
In this episode, host Laura Youngblut interviews Judge Erin Buhl and Judge Francis Martinez from the 17th Judicial Circuit Court's Juvenile Abuse and Neglect Division. This episode provides an overview of the responsibility of the judiciary in child welfare court proceedings.
In this episode, producer Nikki Ticknor interviews host Laura Youngblut to dive into what Laura learned over the past 8 episodes and explore common themes among the response to domestic violence in Winnebago County, IL.
Survivors

Survivors

2021-08-2354:25

In this episode, host Laura Youngblut interviews Jennifer Cacciapaglia, Executive Director of the Mayor's Office on Domestic and Community Violence Prevention in Rockford, IL. This episode explores how the criminal justice response to domestic violence impacts survivors and answers the common question of "why don't they just leave?"
In this episode, host Laura Youngblut interviews Susan Collins, the Executive Director of Children's Safe Harbor, the local safe exchange and supervised visitation center. This episode highlights the impact of domestic violence on children in the home and the role of social services in responding to domestic violence.
In this episode, host Laura Youngblut interviews Children's Home and Aid Society's Clinical Supervisor, Erin Bergren, about Partner Abuse Intervention Programs. This episode provides an overview of a common intervention for those who abuse their partners and information about how this programming intersects with the criminal justice system's response to domestic violence.
Orders of Protection

Orders of Protection

2021-08-2001:06:09

In this episode, host Laura Youngblut interviews Northern Illinois University Clinical Professor Wendy Vaughn to learn more about Orders of Protection and how an order of protection may intersect with the criminal justice system.
Probation Officers

Probation Officers

2021-08-1943:45

In this episode, host Laura Youngblut interviews Nicole Bockhorn, Supervisor of the Adult Probation Domestic Violence Unit. This episode explores how probation officers function as part of the criminal justice system.
The Judge

The Judge

2021-08-1849:25

In this episode, host Laura Youngblut interviews Honorable Jennifer J. Clifford, an Associate Judge in Winnebago County, IL to gain an understanding of the role of the judge in the criminal justice system.
In this episode, host Laura Youngblut interviews Winnebago County State's Attorney's Office First Assistant Maria McCarthy to better understand what role the State's Attorney's Office plays in responding to domestic violence in Winnebago County, IL.
The Police

The Police

2021-08-1642:07

In this episode, host Laura Youngblut interviews Rockford City Police Department Deputy Chief Kurt Whisenand to gain a better understanding of how the police are involved in responding to domestic violence in Winnebago County, IL.
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