Domestic Violence Expert Witnesses

Domestic violence expert witnesses and consultants listed here may be able to form expert opinions, draft expert witness reports, provide expert witness testimony at deposition and/or trial as or serve as consulting (non-testifying) experts on domestic violence. The domestic violence expert witness listings on this page are typically from fields/areas of expertise such as: Behavioral and Social Sciences, Emergency Medicine, Forensic Medicine, Forensic Psychology, Law Enf & Criminal Justice, Legal Nurse Consulting, Mental Health, Neonatal - Perinatal Medicine, Nurse, Police Practices & Procedures, Psychoanalysis, Psychology, and Social Work.

Amber J. O'Malley, MSN, RN, AFN-C, SANE-A, SANE-P O'Malley Forensic Nursing Services, PLLC

Bentonville, Arkansas
Legal Nurse Consulting, Nurse - strangulation, domestic violence, petechiae, assault, sexual assault, sexual abuse, rape kit, evidence collection, forensic nurse, sexual assault nurse, neck injury, genital injury
Amber O'Malley is a master's prepared RN of 18 years. She has 9 years of specialty practice as a Forensic Nurse Examiner and is board certified as an Advanced Forensic Nurse (legal systems, forensic science, forensic nursing), and as both a Pediatric and Adolescent/Adult Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner. She has provided over 650 comprehensive medical forensic examinations on all ages of victims of crime in the areas of non fatal strangulation, domestic violence, sexual assault, and sexual abuse. She is an expert on the mechanisms of manual strangulation of the neck, signs and symptoms of strangulation, and strangulation-related head and neck injury. She is an expert on sexual abuse/assault, including anogenital findings and injury with interpretation related to sexual contact, bodily injury in assault, forensic evidence collection, chain of custody, and forensic photography. She is confident with public speaking, training, and community education. She is an instructor for the stat...

Dan Field, MD, FACEP MDexperts

Sacramento, California
Emergency Medicine, Forensic Medicine - case triage, case evaluation, case feasibility, general medicine, chief medical officer, injury, strangulation, domestic violence, child abuse, homicide, urgent care, criminal law, gunshot wounds, firearms, abem, utilization management, medical malpractice, compensation, stab wounds, jail
Dr. Field is board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. His practice spans more than 30 years with experience and training in medical emergencies, trauma, stab wounds, gunshot wounds, motor vehicle accidents, dog bites, broken bones, police use of force, and injury care. Dr. Field, a Reserve Deputy Sheriff, serves the Sacramento County Sheriff SED (SWAT) team as a medical control officer. He has small arms training and previously held a federal firearms dealer license. Dr. Field also serves the California Medical Board as an Expert Consultant and Reviewer. Dr. Field qualified as an expert witness / consultant for cases involving gunshot wounds, assault, domestic violence, strangulation, cardiovascular health, child abuse, medical malpractice, utilization management, sex crimes, car crashes, and more. Specifically, Dr. Field has qualified in county/ state superior court, federal district court, militar...

Rachael L.N. Frost Frost ICED / Investigation, Consultation, Education & Development

Murrieta, California
Police Practices & Procedures, Law Enf & Criminal Justice - Police Practices, Police Policies, Investigation, School Safety, Domestic Violence, Stalking, Strangulation, Sexual Abuse, Workplace Violence, Child Abuse, Coercive Control, Restraining Orders, Interviewing, Internal Affairs Standards, Program Development, Law Enforcement investigations
Master Investigator (ret.) Rachael Frost is a reliable and proven expert witness for both court testimony and detailed case investigation and development with experience in high profile, media-saturated cases. The first female Master Investigator at her agency, she is a twenty-year law enforcement veteran specializing in intimate partner violence-related cases, specifically, physical and emotional abuse, stalking, strangulation, restraining orders, sexual abuse, and child abuse. After obtaining more than $3.5 million in grant funding, M. Inv. (ret.) Frost developed numerous multidisciplinary teams throughout 15 years to include their policies, protocols, and training across government, nonprofit and for-profit agencies directed at addressing intimate partner violence, threat assessment, murder/suicide, and more. Serving in her department's Internal Affairs bureau and as a defensive tactics instructor enhanced M. Inv. (ret.) Frost's vast experience in law enforcement policies, proced...

John Hamel, Ph.D., LCSW John Hamel & Associates

San Rafael, California
Forensic Psychology, Mental Health - domestic violence,intimate partner violence, IPV, intimate partner abuse, battered woman syndrome, false arrest, battered woman defense, battered person syndrome, battered person defense, family violence, family abuse, psychological abuse, batterer intervention
John Hamel, Ph.D., LCSW, has a Masters in Social Welfare from U.C.L.A., and a Ph.D. from the University of Central Lancashire, U.K., where he is currently a Research Fellow. He has worked with family violence perpetrators and victims since 1992, and is a court-approved provider of batterer intervention programs in the San Francisco Bay Area. Dr. Hamel is the author of Gender-Inclusive Treatment of Intimate Partner Abuse, 2nd Edition: Evidence-Based Approaches, (Springer, 2014), and other books on domestic violence. He also has had dozens of his research articles published in various peer-reviewed scholarly journals, and is Editor-in-Chief of Partner Abuse, a journal published quarterly by Springer Publishing. A frequent speaker at conferences on domestic violence, he has also trained mental health professionals, attorneys, victim advocates social service organizations, law enforcement, attorneys and family court mediators. He is a founding member of the Association of Domesti...

Natalie Jones, PsyD, LPCC Lifetime Counseling and Consulting

Fair Oaks, California
Behavioral and Social Sciences, Psychoanalysis - Domestic violence, psychological abuse, emotional abuse, correctional mental health, psychotherapy, PTSD, sex abuse, sex offense, criminal offense, crimes against persons, stalking, interviewing, murder, suicide, mental health, victimization, trauma, racial discrimination, psychological abuse.
Dr. Natalie Jones is currently licensed as an LPCC in California and has worked for a number of years in the mental health and criminal justice field. Dr. Jones is passionate about and has expertise in adult forensic interviewing (including those who are intellectually disabled), psychological abuse of women (specifically with African American women), and correctional mental heath. Dr. Jones spent several years working in correctional mental health, and has also worked with the Department of Probation and Pretrial as a contractor. Dr. Jones has worked extensively with attorneys during her time as a contractor. Dr. Jones completed her post-doctoral training with the California Department of Corrections. Prior to this, Dr. Jones also trained at John George Psychiatric Pavilion Inpatient mental health unit, Fairmont hospital Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Facility, The Hume Center's partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient unit. Dr. Jones has also worked for Marin County co...

Nicole E McCarthy, MSW, LCSW

Woodland Hills, California
Social Work, Mental Health - Mental Health, Intensive Outpatient Programs, Forensic Social Work, Adult Depression/Anxiety, Case Management, Standard of Care, Discharge Planning, Postpartum Depression, PTSD, Adults Molested as Children, Domestic Violence, Work Place Sexual Harassment, Suicide Prevention, Institutional Abuse,
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) expert in mental health, psychiatric issues and women's health. I have a masters degree in social work from the University of Southern California and licensed in the state of California with the Board of Behavioral Sciences. I have experience and expertise with residential treatment centers, psychiatric hospitals, domestic violence shelters and outpatient mental health clinics. I was a leader for the Intensive Outpatient Program in an outpatient clinic. Supervised other therapist’s and coordinated treatment teams for patient care. I have collaborated with psychiatrists, primary care physicians, OBGYN's, medical social workers, RN's and nursing teams. I addition, I am a member of Postpartum Support International and helped create the positive motherhood transition program specializing and treating moms who struggle with postpartum depression/ anxiety. I have expertise with pregnancy loss, infertility and perinatal issues. I am also a member ...

Craig McLaren First Response Law Enforcement Consulting Group

Santa Clarita, California
Police Practices & Procedures, Law Enf & Criminal Justice - Domestic Violence, Child Abuse, Crowd Control, Use of Force, Inadequate/Negligent Security, Informants, Evidence Preservation, Chain of Custody, Sexual Assault, Drug Enforcement, Gangs, Surveillance, Vice, Prostitution, Gambling, Massage, Vehicle Pursuits, School Shootings, Workplace Violence.
Vastly Experienced Police Expert. Over 31 years as a Los Angeles Police Officer. Expertise in General Police Procedure, Community Based Policing, Patrol Car, Bicycle, and Foot beat tactics. Trained / Taught new officers for 24 years in all facets of Police work. Including Use of Force and Use of Deadly Force as well as Evidence Preservation and Chain of Custody. Attended L.A.P.D Employee Defense Representative school and represented over 50 Police Officers in Divisional and Internal Affairs investigations/ interviews. Worked undercover in Narcotics Field Enforcement Section. Court qualified and department certified expert in Narcotics and Gangs. Testified in approximately 50 Preliminary Hearings and Trials. Expertise in the use of Certified Reliable Informants, Surveillance and the writing and serving of Search Warrants. Worked, undercover in numerous Prostitution task forces as well as Massage Parlors, Alcohol Beverage Control enforcement and Gambling locations. Attended California...

Mindy B Mechanic, Ph.D. Forensic Psychological Consulting Inc

Long Beach, California
Forensic Psychology, Psychology - Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Stalking, abuse, infanticide, Homicide, Child sexual abuse disclosures,, workplace violence, risk assessment, IME, personal injury, trauma, PTSD, worker's compensation, employment discrimination, violence, mental health, forensic evaluation, psychological assessmen
I have worked in academia as a professor for almost 30 years. In that capacity, I engaged in research, teaching, mentoring/supervision, and clinical work, focusing on the psychological consequences of trauma, violence and victimization. During graduate school and internship, i received specialized training in forensic psychology. I have been practicing forensic psychology independently since receiving my first license to practice in 1998. In addition to my academic appointment, I also work regularly as an expert witness, legal consultant, and forensic psychologist in civil, family and criminal (civilian and military) cases. I have numerous peer reviewed publications and presentations and federally funded research grants. I have conducted many professional trainings for attorneys, other legal/court professionals, mental health professional, and medical professionals.

Donna L. Peters, Psy.D. Donna Peters, Psy.D., PC

Denver, Colorado
Forensic Psychology, Psychology - Intimate Partner Violence (Domestic Violence),Rape and Sexual Assault, Adult Consequences of Childhood Sexual/Physical/Psychological Abuse, Child Sexual Abuse, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Related Traumatic Sequelae, Complex Trauma and Complex PTSD, Campus Sexual Assault and Title IX
In her forensic psychology practice, Dr. Peters conducts comprehensive forensic psychological evaluations, provides attorney consultations, and serves as an expert witness in the areas of intimate partner violence (domestic violence), adult survivors of childhood sexual/physical/psychological abuse, rape and sexual assault, child abuse, child pornography, alcohol and memory, emotional distress and traumatic stress disorders. Dr. Peters’ findings and opinions are objective as she consults in matters for both criminal defense and prosecution, as well as both plaintiff and defense in civil matters. Dr. Peters is frequently consulted on criminal, civil, military court martial, and Federal immigration cases involving the multiple and varied psychological and traumatic effects of the various types of interpersonal violence and traumatic experiences. Dr. Peters has 20 years of clinical/forensic experience with diverse populations in various settings to include: U.S. Navy/Marine Corps-F...

Brooke R. Laufer, Psy.D.

Evanston, Illinois
Psychology, Neonatal - Perinatal Medicine - Perinatal Disorders, Postpartum Depression, Postpartum Psychosis, Infanticide, Filicide, Neonaticide, Pregnancy Denial, Unperceived Pregnancy, Trauma, PTSD, Domestic Violence, Battered Women Syndrome, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia
Dr. Brooke Laufer works as an expert witness and legal consultant in several psychological fields for women who are facing criminal charges. While her specialty is in women’s reproductive mental health, she is also skilled in mitigation work for domestic violence, child abuse, and childhood trauma. Dr. Laufer is available for psychological evaluations, testimony, and consultation with legal counsel on any criminal cases that are relevant to women’s mental health, including murder, infanticide, filicide, pregnancy denial, neonaticide, intimate partner violence, and child abuse.