August 2023 – Workshop 1A – Police Officers as Witnesses in Domestic Violence Prosecutions and Family Court Litigation

PowerPoint Presentation


This workshop highlights best practices for collaborating with police officers who are set to testify in criminal cases.  Participants learn tips and skill-building exercises to enhance police officers’ effectiveness as witnesses.  Prosecutors and lawyers representing victims’ families learn strategies for presenting police officers as witnesses in domestic violence cases.  Furthermore, the workshop explores opportunities for obtaining police officer testimony in contested protection orders and custody cases within family court proceedings.


  • Detective Shelli Sonnenberg, Boise Police Department, ID
  • Natasha Haunsperger, Portland Police Department, OR
  • Elliott Casey, Staff Attorney, Virginia Commonwealth’s Attorneys’ Services Council
  • Judge Rosemary Collins, Rockford, IL (Retired)