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Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Family Law

April 24, 2024

(12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. PT)

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence reports that approximately 20 people per minute are subjected to physical abuse by an intimate partner, and that domestic violence rates have steadily increased over the past few decades. This, of course, does not include other forms of domestic violence, such as emotional abuse, verbal abuse, and financial abuse.


While family law professionals are no strangers to domestic violence issues in their cases, deepening our understanding of the dynamics involved in patterns of abuse — and the appropriate trauma-informed care that’s required — can help better address clients’ needs and goals during and post-divorce.

In this session, Theresa E. Viera, family law attorney and Certified Family Financial Mediator, will share her vast knowledge of the interaction between domestic violence and family law, including:

  • Various definitions of domestic violence and what they have in common

  • Patterns of domestic abuse and the Duluth Model protocol

  • Best practices when representing domestic violence survivors

  • Domestic violence and the law: Remedies and gaps

Presenter: Theresa E. Viera, Family Law Attorney and Certified Family Financial Mediator

Meet the Presenter:


Theresa E. Viera

Family Law Attorney and Certified Family Financial Mediator

Theresa Viera founded Modern Legal in 2020 amidst the pandemic and drastic changes to our judicial system. Her family law firm is dedicated to helping families navigate the legal system by utilization of the law and current-day innovation.

Ms. Viera conducted her undergraduate studies at George Washington University and obtained her law degree at the University of North Carolina School of Law. She has been practicing family law for more than 11 years and is a Certified Family Financial Mediator. She was named a Top 40 Young Lawyer by the American Bar Association in 2020, a North Carolina Lawyers Weekly Power List Attorney in Family Law in 2022 and 2023, and has received the designation of Super Lawyers Rising Star, Best Lawyer Ones to Watch, and Legal Elite by Business North Carolina. 

Modern Legal is based in the SouthPark area of Charlotte, and her team provides legal, mediation, and arbitration services to clients in North Carolina and South Carolina. Learn more at

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