January 10 Lunch & Learn

SAFeR and Intimate Partner Violence:

Informed decision-making in family law matters

SAFeR is an approach to decision making in IPV-related family law matters. It consists of four parts:

  1. screening for IPV;
  2. assessing the full nature and context of IPV;
  3. focusing on the effects of IPV; and
  4. responding to IPV in all recommendations, decisions, and interventions.

This lunch & learn will be a 60-minute introduction to SAFeR for ADR neutrals, attorneys, mental health professionals, guardian ad litems, and officers of the court. Registrants are encouraged to download the color-coded worksheets which pinpoint relevant IPV- related information for each element of SAFeR.This event is free to AFCC-MN members and one hour continuing education credit is awarded.

The three learning obejctives are:

1) Screening and assessing IPV in family law

2) The effects of IPV on the case

3) How to respond to IPV






Loretta Frederick, JD

has worked for the last decade with family courts to identify and account for domestic violence in child custody cases. She has provided training and consultation on domestic violence law and policy with and for judges, advocates, attorneys, prosecutors and law enforcement officers in the U.S and internationally. Ms. Frederick worked with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges to draft the Model State Code on Domestic and Family Violence and has served for many years as faculty for the National Judicial Institutes on Domestic Violence. Her work with the Minnesota State Bar Association has included serving as Chair of the Family Law Section and of its Domestic Abuse Committee. She is the Senior Legal and Policy Advisor for the Battered Women’s Justice Project, a national resource center on domestic violence legal issues.

Andrea Neimi, JD

is well-known in the Twin Cities, having served the local family law legal community in a variety of capacities. This includes leadership positions in the Minnesota chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the Friends of Children Foundation, the Collaborative Law Institute, and the Minnesota ADR Ethics Board. She has taught extensively through the Mitchell Hamline School of Law and St. Thomas School of Law along with a variety of state and national family law seminars. Her current practice is limited to alternative dispute resolution areas of mediation, FENE, SENE, and Parenting Consulting. She is the owner of Andrea Niemi Dispute Resolution, LLC in Minneapolis.

Thomas Tuft, JD

is a Fellow and Vice President of the Minnesota Chapter of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and a past chair of the Second District Ethics Committee. He has lectured and published extensively on various family law matters and practices all areas of family law, including complex divorce, child support, paternity, and child custody. In addition, Mr. Tuft is a Rule 114 Qualified Neutral and offers SENE, FENE, and Parenting Consulting services. He is a shareholder at Tuft, Lach, Jerabek & O’Connell, PLLC.