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"She hit me too" - Identifying the Primary Aggressor: A Prosecutor's Perspective (pdf)

added 02/26/2007
Gael B. Strack, San Diego Assistant City Attorney

This article is based on law enforcement in the state of California and asks the question of whether officers are properly identifying the primary aggressor in domestic violence cases. It has a number of points that can be important to keep in mind whenever the question of 'primary aggressor' comes up.

(Un)heard Voices: Domestic Violence in the Asian American Community (pdf)

added 10/29/2008
Sujata Warrier, Ph.D, Leni Marin, Beckie Masaki, Family Violence Prevention Fund

This publication is based on the results of a focus group with Asian immigrant women and Asian American women from different backgrounds. Various questions and issues are addressed such as identifying victims and perpetrators, prevalence of domestic violence in Asian communities, barriers confronting Asian women and more. The report also gives recommendations to service providers and a national list of organizations committed to serving battered Asian women.

15 Years of the United Nations Rapporteur on Violence against Women, Its Causes and Consequences (pdf)

added 04/15/2009

This report reviews the status of violence against women as researched in 14 annual reports, 32 country mission reports, and 11 communication reports published as recently as December 2008. The report focuses on reproductive health and rights, poverty, migration, internally displaced persons (IDPs), women refugees, trafficking, aging, and adolescent girls. It also highlights how the mandate on violence against women has changed, what has been learned, and problems still to be addressed.

2006 Hennepin County Domestic Violence Court Report, a WATCH report (pdf)

added 02/13/2008
Dawn Dougherty

"In November 2001, WATCH published its first domestic violence report entitled, Judicial Response and Demeanor in Domestic Violence Court. The 2001 report highlighted a variety of themes and patterns of inconsistency within the new court and offered recommendations for improvement. In this report, five years later, WATCH revisits those recommendations and takes a closer look at the effectiveness of the Hennepin County Domestic Violence Court in handling cases of misdemeanor domestic abuse."

2006 WATCH Victim Impact Statement Study (pdf)

added 08/08/2006
Mary Lay Schuster & Amy Propen

This study addresses victim impact statements as given in court regarding incidences of domestic violence and/or sexual assault and the effect these statements had on the judge regarding sentencing.

2010 Family Violence Legislative Update (pdf)

added 09/14/2011

Every year, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Family Violence Department writes a legislative update. This document provides legislative trends and new domestic violence related legislation for most states. Only those states which did not have legislative sessions in 2010 have no new reports.

2010 State Law Report Cards on Teen Dating Violence

added 04/22/2009

A 2010 State-by-State Teen Dating Violence Report Card from Break The Cycle. Includes recommendations for improving state laws and policies to better protect victims, changes in the laws that affect teens experiencing abuse, and a revised scoring system that better assesses the impact of state laws on teens seeking protection orders.

2012 Family Violence Legislative Update (pdf)

added 04/22/2013
Eryn Jane Branch Policy Analyst, Family Violence Department

This volume focuses on the 2011 legislative session. Family violence advocates, judges, court officers, and the legislative community look to the Legislative Updates as a barometer of family violence issues that are concerning, emerging, or seeking statutory remedy. Of course, legislation represents compromise, and some will come to represent unintended negative consequence for families, but looking at the patterns of successfully passed legislation is illustrative. In the 2011 legislative session, we witnessed the passage of ambitious legislation, focused on enhancing victim safety and systemic responses to family violence.

2012 Minnesota Legislative Session Summary (pdf)

added 06/21/2012

Each year the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women has a legislative agenda that they pursue. In addition to their specific agenda, they track other bills that relate to domestic violence as well. This document is an easy to read summary of the legislation tracked during this years legislative session by MCBW.

A Balanced Collaboration: How Vermont Built a Protocol for Law Enforcement Response to Children and Domestic Violence (pdf)

added 03/12/2010
Jane M. Sadusky

"This paper examines the process Vermont used, including areas of both agreement and uncertainty, and introduces the protocol to a wider audience of interveners. It draws on a review of planning notes and other documents and a series of interviews with those who participated in shaping the process and the protocol. It provides a starting point for other communities to explore their own response to children at domestic violence incidents, as well as an approach that can be used to examine other aspects of intervention."

A Comparison of Two Prosecution Policies in Cases of Intimate Partner Policies in Cases of Intimate Partner Violence (pdf)

added 06/04/2008
Chris S. O' Sullivan, Robert C Davis, Donald J. Farole Jr., Michael Rempel

"Whether or not to file domestic violence cases when the victim does not support prosecution is a difficult decision. Previous research provides contradictory evidence regarding the effects on victim safety, empowerment, and official measures of recidivism of prosecuting despite victim opposition. This study compared a jurisdiction that tends not to file cases if the victim opposes prosecution (the Bronx), with a jurisdiction that files all domestic violence cases (Brooklyn).

A Judicial Guide to Child Safety in Custody Cases (pdf)

added 12/13/2009
Hon. Jerry J. Bowles, Hon. Kaye K. Christian, Margaret B. Drew, JD, Katheryn L. Yetter, JD

"This Judicial Guide contains 14 bench cards which provide an easy-to-use checklist system for judges at critical decision-making points throughout child custody cases, as well as a supplemental guide which provides additional information about in- and out-of-court behaviors, best interest of the child, and order issuance and enforcement. "

A National Portrait of Domestic Violence Courts

added 03/25/2013

This study explores how criminal domestic violence courts have evolved, their rationale, and how their operations vary across the U.S. This study does not test whether domestic violence courts reduce recidivism, protect victims, or achieve other specific effects – although it provides a thorough literature review on these points. Rather, the aim is to present a comprehensive national portrait of the field as it exists today, laying the groundwork for future information exchange and research.

A Process Evaluation of the Clark County Domestic Violence Court

added 05/12/2003
Randall Kleinhesselink and Clayton Mosher

This is an evaluation of the Clark County Domestic Violence Court in Washington. It includes an examination of statistics that reveal the extent of the domestic violence problem in Clark County, with discussion about the creation of the domestic violence court, including the philosophies that guide the Clark County Domestic Violence Court, and the specific components of the court.

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A Vague and Dangerous Dance: The Politics of Justice For Domestic Assault Victims in a Rural County (pdf)

added 08/18/2004
Marilyn Struthers

This study explores the stories of five women who entered a rural court system as victims of domestic violence in search of justice and presents the women's narratives regarding their experiences. Themes and recommendations were developed from a workshop of participants who had read one another's stories. The author presents recommendations for change to the system.

Accountability and Connection with Abusive Men (pdf)

added 03/14/2010

"This document is an effort to remedy the excessive focus on mothers in cases involving domestic violence. It provides suggestions for connecting with and holding abusers accountable. It is a resource for child protection workers, supervisors, managers and others working with families involved in the child protection system."

Achieving Equity for Women: Policy Alternatives for the New Administration Symposium Report (pdf)

added 05/25/2010
Institute for Women’s Policy Research and Wellesley Centers for Women

"This report summarizes the policy research symposium convened by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research and the Wellesley Centers for Women, held in Washington, DC on April 2, 2009. The symposium highlighted four policy areas in which public policy can work to improve the status of women in the United States: women and economic recovery; retirement, social security and aging; quality early care and education; and women and health care reform."

Addressing Gender-based Violence: UNFPA Strategy and Framework for Action (pdf)

added 03/11/2009

This report, grounded in UNFPA's overarching goal of eliminating violence against women and girls, identifies particular areas where action is most urgently needed and proposes general policy frameworks for combating gender-based violence.

Advocacy Challenges in a CCR: Protecting Confidentiality While Promoting a Coordinated Response (pdf)

added 04/15/2011
Sandra Tibbetts Murphy

This article examines the conflict advocates face between the victims’ need for confidentiality and the broader need for collaboration in a CCR, and explores how an advocacy program balances these two seemingly competing interests. This article provides helpful insight into how an advocacy program remain an effective partner within a CCR while still protecting the confidentiality of the battered women it serves.

Advocates Serve a Distinct and Different Role Than Paralegal Prosecution Staff

added 10/11/1999
Ann Moore of the Domestic Abuse Project

A report about the differences between advocates and paralegals and how each role affects the justice system.

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Advocating for Domestic Violence Victims Who Have Been Arrested for Domestic Violence

added 03/31/2003

This article examines the impact of increasing arrest rates of women in domestic violence investigations and offers advocates information on how to assist victims that have been arrested.

Advocating for Women in the Criminal Justice System in Cases of Rape, Domestic Violence and Child Abuse

added 10/14/2003

The handbook consisits of various practical forms which were developed by advocates to evaluate criminal justice services for women in cases of rape, domestic violence and child abuse. It also has theoretical chapters on understanding how criminal justice systems can help and harm women.

Allowing Probable Cause Arrests for Domestic Violence; Immunity from Liability: Minnesota Statute 629.341

added 11/27/2001

Posted by the Minnesota Office of the Revisor of Statutes. Discusses arrest, immunity, notice of rights, report required, and training.

America's Commitment: Women 2000: A Five-Year Review of Federal Programs Benefiting Women and New Initiatives as a follow-up to the UN Fourth World Conference on Women

added 04/26/2000

A March 2000 report intended to be more than a five-year review of progress since the Beijing Conference. It is intended as a resource document, a reference tool that will help serve as a guide through the maze of government agencies and programs, both general programs and women-specific ones, that benefit women.

An Assessment of Minnesota's Health Care and Public Health Response to Violence Against Women (pdf)

added 08/14/2003
Minnesota Department of Health

Examines the prevention of violence against women through literature, current policy and practices and lists recommendations for change.

An Informed Response: An Overview of the Domestic Violence Court Technology Application and Resource Link (pdf)

added 11/07/2001
Pamela Young, project planner at the Center for Court Innovation, NY

This white paper is intended to assist court planners in the design and implementation of domestic violence court technology. It spells out the basic principles that have animated domestic violence technology in New York and walks through the principle features of New York's computer application.

Assessing the Justice System Response To Violence Against Women: A Tool for Communities to Develop Coordinated Responses

added 01/09/2006
STOP-TA Project in Washington DC

The third website installment profiles 13 communities that have undertaken efforts to reduce and prevent violence against women. The communities have developed a coordinated criminal justice response while maintaining a focus on victim safety and offender accountability.

Backlash and Whiplash: A Critique of Statistics Canada's 1999 General Social Survey on Victimization

added 10/12/2005
Walter S. DeKeseredy and Martin D. Schwartz

Throughout North America and in many other countries, the late 1970s and early 1980s were marked by protests that not only was the criminal justice system stacked against battered women, but that researchers had completely ignored their plight. These earlier studies, including Statistics Canada’s own 1993 national Violence Against Women Survey (VAWS)1 and others like it are now the basis behind the claim that researchers were biased against men in the past. The main objective is to show that Statistics Canada made a specific effort to return newer studies to the late 1970s and early 1980s, when researchers methods that portrayed an inaccurate picture of relationship violence.

Balancing Obligations: Serving Teen Victims and Mandated Reporting of Statutory Rape (pdf)

added 03/17/2010

This issue brief addresses the importance of preserving confidentiality while working with teen victims of abuse, at the same time fulfilling the service provider's legal duties.

Barbara J. Hart's Collected Writings

added 05/20/2000
Barbara J. Hart

Barbara J. Hart is the Legal Director of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Associate Director of the Battered Women's Justice Project, and Legal Consultant to the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence. This document contains 16 of her writings around issues of domestic violence.

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Battered Immigrants and U.S. Citizen Spouses (pdf)

added 06/30/2006
Giselle Aguilar Hass, Nawal Ammar, and Leslye Orloff

Designed to help adjudicators who decide cases involving battered immigrant women to better understand and consider the evidence presented, this paper reviews and provided data about the dynamics of domestic violence experienced by immigrant women. The authors demonstrate how power and control over the immigration status of an immigrant partner enhances the likelihood and severity of abuse. Examples of immigration-related tactics of abuse are provided.

Battered Women Involved with Child Protective Services: Learning from Immigrant, Refugee and Indigenous Women's Experiences (pdf)

added 08/23/2010
V. Pualani Enos

"The purpose of this study was to learn how CPS can be more responsive to families experiencing domestic violence and child abuse and neglect; learn how domestic violence advocates can be more effective in helping clients to respond to allegations of or actual child abuse and neglect and CPS interventions; explore how community can be more responsive to partner abuse and child abuse and neglect and provide support to families involved with CPS; and experiment with a research design that accomplishes the first step of participatory research and at the same time empowers advocates and survivors."

Batterer Intervention: Program Approaches and Criminal Justice Strategies (pdf)

added 06/16/1998
Kerry Healey, Christine Smith, with ChrisO'Sullivan

This February 1998 report strives to improve the working relationship and mutual understanding between criminal justice personnel and batterer program staff. A secondary goal is to expand the debate about innovative batterer intervention approaches to include criminal justice personnel who work with batterers daily and criminal justice policymakers who are concerned with domestic violence. Published by the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs at the National Institute of Justice.

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Beyond Observation: Considerations for Advancing Domestic Violence Practice in Supervised Visitation (pdf)

added 08/11/2008
Jay Campbell and Derrick Gordon With Ona Foster

"This paper presents considerations for expanded practice in the Supervised Visitation Grant Program and describes interventions that go beyond observation in the supervised visitation setting."

Blame, Shame, and Community: Justice Responses to Violence Against Women

added 05/05/2001
Mary P.Koss, University of Arizona

August 2000 speech delivered at the 108th annual APA meeting.

Breaking Barriers: A Complete Guide to Legal Rights and Resources for Battered Immigrants

added 12/29/2010

This manual seeks to explain the complex topics of domestic violence and immigration laws that are intended to assist immigrant survivors. The goal of this manual is to provide support and assistance to advocates and attorneys, arming them with the knowledge they need to confidently provide effective assistance to battered immigrant victims and the immigrant community.

Breaking the Silence: A Training Manual for Activists, Advocates, and Latina Organizers (pdf)

added 10/29/2008
Sonia Parras Konrad, Bernardo Merino, Monica Arenas, Leni Marin, Virginia Ortega, Carolyn Hubbard, Family Violence Prevention Fund

"A guide for domestic violence service providers, activists, counselors and others focused on advancing the rights of battered immigrant women. Based on the FVPF's successful pilot project, the manual provides essential details on how to start organizing and maintaining a group of activists and counselors. This guide is also available in Spanish."

Breaking the Silence: A Training Manual for Activists, Advocates, and Latina Organizers (Spanish) (pdf)

added 10/29/2008
Sonia Parras Konrad, Bernardo Merino, Mónica Arenas, Leni Marin, Virginia Ortega, Carolyn Hubbard, Family Violence Prevention Fund

"The first ever guide for domestic violence service providers, activists, counselors and others focused on advancing the rights of battered immigrant women. Based on the FVPF's successful pilot project, the manual provides essential details on how to start organizing and maintaining a group of activists and counselors. This guide is also available in English."

Bridging the Gap: Financing Gender Equality (pdf)

added 04/07/2009

"This booklet is intended for those who wish to better understand the links between gender equality, public policy formation and development financing. It highlights the importance of expanding policy choices in setting the framework for national development plans, and emphasizes the central role of strategies to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women in achieving development effectiveness."

Bringing Domestic Violence Best Practices to New York’s Town and Village Courts (pdf)

added 03/17/2010
Amanda B. Cissner

The purpose of this document is to gain a deeper understanding of the domestic violence policies and practices implemented in New York’s rural town and village courts and to measure the impact of trainings on these practices.

Broadening Our Understanding of Violence Against Women Among Racial, Ethnic, and Cultural Minorities

added 07/15/2003

This article documents the main discussions that evolved from a workshop. The document explores what is known and unknown about the dynamics of violence experienced by women from diverse communities and how criminal justice and social science providers can better respond to it. The workshop was held in October 2001 and attended by approximately 30 practitioners and researchers, including representatives from the Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services.

Building Bridges Between Domestic Violence Advocates and Healthcare Providers

added 01/06/2006
Janet Nudelman, MA with Helen Rodriguez Trias, MD

This paper addresses the role of domestic violence advocates as they face new challenges in the field of health care, with growing demands to provide health care-based training, interventions, and policy initiatives.

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Building Capacity in Child Welfare Systems: Domestic Violence Specialized Positions (pdf)

added 08/04/2008
Ann Rosewater

"The report seeks to assist policymakers and practitioners in developing specialist positions that are tailored to the circumstances of their communities and states. We offer observations about initial expectations for these positions and the evolution of the positions over time. We also set forth composite examples of each of the major types of specialized positions and lay out the components of each, including responsibilities, auspices and settings, competencies, and funding sources. By doing so, we highlight different approaches to improving understanding 2 of domestic violence and strengthening the likelihood of achieving safety for non-offending parents and their children."

California Batterer Intervention Systems Study (pdf)

added 04/22/2009

This study on batterer intervention programs in the state of California encompasses 5 counties, 53 batterer intervention programs that provide client data, and over 1,000 men enrolled in those programs. The study found that the individual characteristics of the offenders, and not the program they were enrolled in nor the features of the specific court they were sentenced in, were the strongest predictors of outcomes.

Canadian Supreme Court Case Using Duress Defense in a Case Involving Domestic Violence

added 06/19/2012

This document is an overview of the case with a detailed explanation of the reasons for judgement. Includes background, issues on appeal, and an analysis of the defense of duress.

Center for Survivor Agency & Justice

added 04/11/2013

The Center for Survivor Agency and Justice is a national organization dedicated to enhancing advocacy for survivors of intimate partner violence. CSAJ seeks to promote survivor-centered advocacy by improving the work of attorneys, by organizing communities, and by offering leadership on critical issues facing survivors and advocates throughout the nation.

Child Abuse and Neglect: Compendia of Civil and Criminal State Laws (pdf)

added 01/07/2009
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect

"This compendia list how each state in the U.S. defines child abuse and neglect. The compendia of civil state laws are to help legal and non-legal professionals in the analysis, formulation, and implementation of child protection and child welfare legislation. The Compendia (previously titled State Statutes Elements) contain citations and text of key civil statutes pertaining to child maltreatment, child welfare, and domestic violence. The Compendia are intended as research tools and do not substitute for the official version of any statute."

Child Custody and Visitation Decisions in Domestic Violence Cases: Legal Trends, Risk Factors, and Safety Concerns

added 12/05/2007
Daniel G. Saunders in consultation with Karen Oehme

Describes major legal and social trends surrounding custody and visitation decisions and the social science evidence supporting the need to consider domestic violence. Recommendations for custody and visitation decisions are explored.

Child Custody and Visitation Decisions in Domestic Violence Cases: Legal Trends, Risk Factors, and Safety Concerns (Revised 2007) (pdf)

added 08/11/2008
Daniel G. Saunders in consultation with Karen Oehme (Revised October 2007)

"Describes major legal and social trends surrounding custody and visitation decisions and the social science evidence supporting the need to consider domestic violence. Recommendations for custody and visitation decisions are explored."

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Child Custody Evaluators’ Beliefs About Domestic Abuse Allegations: Their Relationship to Evaluator Demographics, Background, Domestic Violence Knowledge and Custody-Visitation Recommendations (pdf)

added 09/06/2012
Saunders, D.G., Faller, K.C., & Tolman, R.M.

The purpose of this study was to further the general understanding of what child custody evaluators and other professionals believe regarding allegations of domestic abuse made by parents going through a divorce. The two major methodological components of the study included quantitative surveys filled out by professionals who had experience with custody cases and qualitative interviews with domestic abuse survivors who had lost child custody or experienced a similar negative outcome during family court proceedings.

Child Support Protocol: A Guide for Integrated Domestic Violence Courts (pdf)

added 03/13/2010
Judy Reichler and Liberty Aldrich

A best practices guide for legal professionals who oversee integrated domestic violence court cases involving child custody issues.

Child Witnesses to Domestic Violence: Summary of State Laws (pdf)

added 11/08/2011

Currently, approximately 22 States and Puerto Rico address in statute the issue of children who witness domestic violence in their homes. This document is a summary of those laws. Quickly find statute information for a particular State, here- https://www.childwelfare.gov/systemwide/laws_policies/state/index.cfm

Children Exposed to Violence: A Handbook for Police Trainers to Increase Understanding and Improve Community Responses (pdf)

added 10/30/2003
L.L. Baker, P.G. Jaffe, S.J. Berkowitz & M. Berkman

This handbook is for domestic violence specialists and trainers in police departments. It is designed to increase the understanding of children’s exposure to domestic violence by officers responding to these situations.

Civil and Criminal Responses to Children and Youth Who Experience Domestic Violence: A Model Policy Response for Vermont (pdf)

added 12/15/2005
Amy Fitzgerald, Jill Richard, Amy Torchia and Janine Allo

This series was created through a collaboration of the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, the Vermont Department for Children and Families and the Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services. Part II of the series provides well-documented information for policy development regarding criminal and civil responses to issues impacting children exposed to domestic violence that hold batterers accountable. The paper incudes a discussion of unintended consequences of these policies, a review of several state statutes and a model response and recommendations for Vermont.

Community Corrections Response To Domestic Violence: Guidelines For Practice (pdf)

added 07/16/2009

"This document provides a series of guidelines for community corrections professionals that support a proactive community supervision approach for domestic violence cases. It pulls together in one place for community corrections professionals and allied justice system and community-based services the conceptual information and practical tools to develop or enhance effective programs."

Community Policing and Domestic Violence: Five Promising Practices (pdf)

added 03/14/2010
Jane Sadusky

This document provides a background and history of community policing and outlines promising practices in the area of collaboration between police and communities. Case studies from Chicago, Marin County, Duluth, and London are also presented.

Comprehensive Issue Spotting: A Tool for Civil Attorneys Representing Victims of Domestic & Dating Violence, Sexual Assault & Stalking (pdf)

added 09/24/2009

"This is a client-centered tool for civil attorneys new to representing victims of domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking to provide comprehensive representation and advocacy for their clients."

Confidentiality & Information Sharing (pdf)

added 08/06/2004

This document addresses the legal and confidentiality issues advocates face when working with the child protection system and juvenile courts. It also encourages advocacy, and focuses on the information issues advocates face when they counsel battered mothers whose children have been placed in the child protection system. Advocates need to know what to do with the information they gather from victims of domestic violence and what the laws say about how they use that information. Each section offers tips and suggestions for advocates, questions for their consideration, and examples of effective practices. The appendix features worksheets that expand upon the topics addressed in each section.

Criminal Domestic Violence Case Processing: A Case Study of the Five Boroughs of New York City (pdf)

added 03/17/2010
Chandra Gavin and Nora K. Puffett

A study of the five boroughs of New York City in which domestic violence criminal case processing exist. The study seeks to establish what the policies and practices of the domestic violence courts are, to understand their underlying rationale, and to learn what the stakeholders perceive as their strengths and weaknesses.

Criminal Prosecution of Domestic Violence

added 01/09/2006
Linda A. McGuire, Esq. for BWJP

This article identifies appropriate goals to be pursued in woman battering and the special challenges these cases present to prosecutors. It offers guidelines for improving collaboration between prosecutors and advocates.

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Criminalization of Domestic Violence: Promises and Limits

added 05/20/2000
Jeffrey Fagan

"This report begins with a brief history of the development of modern legal reforms in domestic violence and examines their theoretical underpinnings. Next, it reviews the empirical evidence on the deterrent effects of criminal and civil legal sanctions for domestic violence. Then, the unique contexts of domestic violence are examined to identify factors that influence the deterrent effects of criminal justice reforms. The paper concludes with an agenda for building an empirical base for knowledge and policy to control domestic violence."

Cross System Dialogue: An Effective Strategy to Promote Communication Between the Domestic Violence Community, Child Welfare System, and the Courts (pdf)

added 04/30/2010
Stacy M. Lowry and Olga Trujillo

This publication provides information about the use of cross-system dialogue to facilitate communication among representatives working in the domestic violence, child welfare, and court system. Strategies for professionals responding to family violence and child maltreatment are also provided.

Custodians of Abuse

added 09/19/2006
Kristen Lombardi

This article addresses the likely and realistic outcome regarding custodial care decisions during divorce battles. It would seem apparent that the parent responsible for inflicting abuse upon their child is often the one to receive unsupervised visitation rights and often even full legal custody as well.

Delivering on the Promise of Equality: UNFPA's Strategic Framework for Gender Mainstreaming and Women's Empowerment 2008-2011

added 06/11/2008
United Nations Population Fund (2007)

"This report articulates a corporate strategy for working with governments and partners in promoting gender equality."

Developing and Maintaining a Successful Legal Referral Hotline for Immigration Communities: A "How To" Handbook

added 02/19/2003

This handbook is intended for organizations of any size that are interested in developing a bilingual or multilingual legal referral hotline to assist recent immigrant communities with their legal needs. The handbook presents ten fundamental steps to guide any organization. The previous .pdf file containing the handbook is no longer available. The link is to an order form for those who are interested.

Discussion Paper on IACPʹs Policy on Domestic Violence by Police Officers (pdf)

added 08/06/1999

The International Association of Chiefs of Police most recent document relating to the issues and concepts of creating policy around domestic violence perpetrated by police officers.

Do You Know a Woman Who is Being Abused: A Legal Rights Handbook (pdf)

added 08/04/2004
Community Legal Education Ontario

This handbook is a guide to the legal system for women in abusive relationships.

Documenting Domestic Violence: How Health Care Providers Can Help Victims

added 01/06/2003

This Research in Brief outlines how health care providers can improve the admissibility of evidence and strengthen a case for domestic violence victims.

Domestic Abuse Act: 2011 Minnesota Statutes

added 11/18/2011

Section 518B.01 of Minnesota’s statutes, the Domestic Abuse Act, contains the legal language behind an Order for Protection (OFP)in the state of MN. It designates the procedures that must be followed in applying for and granting an OFP, and describes the kind of relief that can be granted.

Domestic Assault: 2011 Minnesota Statutes

added 11/18/2011

Statute 609.2242, Domestic Assault, criminalizes domestic violence in the state of MN as a misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor, or felony depending on the charges. For example, penalties are increased when the perpetrator has previously committed one or more domestic assaults within a certain time period.

Domestic Violence Advocates and the Unauthorized Practice of Law (pdf)

added 10/19/2010

This document is intended for both volunteer and paid staff of nongovernmental domestic violence programs who work directly with victims of domestic violence currently engaged in one or more legal matters related to their battering. This document is intended to highlight the possible issues for advocates and provide suggestions for better advocacy practice; it is not intended as, and should not be construed as, the provision of legal advice in any capacity.

Domestic Violence against Women (pdf)

added 04/08/2009

"This briefing kit in Spanish provides concise information on violence against women (VAW) in Latin America and the Caribbean. It consists of fact sheets in easy-to understand language, and is aimed at parliamentarians to help them advance or amend legislation on VAW."

Domestic Violence Against Women and Girls (pdf)

added 09/30/2009

"UNICEF's report discusses the scope and magnitude of the problem, causes and consequences of domestic violence, the socio-economic costs of violence, strategies and interventions, and state obligations with regard to domestic violence."

Domestic Violence and Children: Creating a Public Response (pdf)

added 11/26/2008
Susan Schechter and Jeffrey L. Edleson

The authors of this paper address children's exposure to domestic violence as a factor in healthy development. Research findings suggest that children who witness domestic violence are often unnoticed and underserved by other agencies in the community. Principles serving as a guiding framework for policy and service are outlined, as well as recommendations for communities and governmental bodies to help children experiencing domestic violence.

Domestic Violence and Homelessness (pdf)

added 08/11/2008
ACLU Women's Rights Project (2004)

"This fact sheet covers homelessness and DV, DV and poverty, and how women can be trapped by homelessness and violence. This piece encourages policy that reduces the risk of homeless for survivors through housing discrimination protection."

Domestic Violence and Probation

added 01/10/2006
Fernando Mederos, Denise Gamache, and Ellen Pence for BWJP

This article offers specialized management techniques that probation officers can use to monitor batterers and intervene in domestic violence cases more effectively. The author offers suggestions on how to manage offenders on probation, respond to common excuses, and handle those offenders least likely to be held accountable.

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Domestic Violence and Welfare Policy: Research Findings That Can Inform Policies on Marriage and Child Well-Being (pdf)

added 04/30/2008
Sharmila Lawrence

The author looks at domestic violence among women on welfare, the impact on children who are exposed to violence in the home, and methods to increase the stability of marriages.

Domestic Violence Civil Protection Orders (CPOs) By State (pdf)

added 02/17/2010

A chart that lists domestic violence civil protection orders (CPOs) by state.

Domestic Violence Courts: A Descriptive Study (pdf)

added 03/07/2003
Judicial Council of California

This study provides a description of what courts are doing to meet the challenge of domestic violence and suggests several areas for future consideration. This description of domestic violence courts is intended to serve as a summary of current court procedures and efforts to enhance the safety of children and victims, ensure the accountability of batterers, and improve the administration and accessibility of justice.

Domestic violence laws in Australia (pdf)

added 11/11/2009

The report analyzes domestic violence legislation in all Australian States and Territories and in New Zealand in order to assist the Australian Government’s National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children. The report notes gaps and overlaps between State and Territory domestic violence protection orders and the Family Law Act 1975.

Domestic Violence Legislation Affecting Police and Prosecutor Responsibilities in the U.S.

added 07/07/1997
Neal Miller

"This review can serve as a reference for state legislators concerned with domestic violence (including stalking), especially in defining the responsibilities of law enforcement and prosecutor agencies. It can also serve as a source of ideas for advocates interested in promoting legislative reforms directed at reducing domestic violence. Finally, this review can help researchers and evaluators better understand the legal context (and constraints) in which local justice agencies operate in responding to domestic violence."

Domestic violence model policy for the law enforcement community (pdf)

added 10/28/2011

The purpose of this document from the International Association of Chiefs of Police is to establish guidelines for law enforcement officers in response to domestic violence calls. Clearly lays out the policy, definitions, and procedures.

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Domestic Violence Programs and Children's Records: Issues of Confidentiality and Release (pdf)

added 04/15/2011
Sandra Tibbetts Murphy and Jenna Yauch

Preserving confidentiality for battered women and their children is central to ensuring their safety and allowing them to regain and retain control over their lives. The vital services of a shelter or domestic violence program mean nothing if anyone can access their records, putting battered women and their children in danger of being located. This paper endeavors to provide guidance to domestic violence programs regarding children's records and to serve as a starting place for internal policy development on this issue.

Domestic Violence Protocol for Law Enforcement (pdf)

added 03/10/2003
Police Chiefs’ Association of Santa

This document, revised in 2012, provides guidelines and establishes standards for public safety call takers, dispatchers, first responders and investigators in handling domestic violence incidents. The Protocol seeks to interpret and apply statutory and case law relating to domestic violence incident response and investigation. Particular attention is given to protecting victims of domestic violence, including children, other members of the household, and pets, through enforcement of restraining orders, provision of medical care, and working with support agencies to provide alternate shelter, relocation services, counseling and legal services.

Domestic Violence Risk Assessment Bench Guide

added 07/25/2010

"A research-based bench guide for use by Minnesota judges at all stages of family, Order for Protection, civil or criminal cases involving domestic violence."

Domestic Violence State Laws

added 12/06/2012
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

List of charts that provide an overview of state-specific child protection and child custody laws in the context of domestic violence. They are intended for educational and research purposes. An example of one of the charts is "Child Custody - Domestic Violence as a Factor". This chart sets forth the states that give domestic violence extra weight in the best interest of the child.

Domestic Violence, Visitations and Custody Decisions in New York Family Courts (pdf)

added 03/13/2003
Chris O'Sullivan, Ph.D.

The study reported here was designed to examine the extent to which visitation or custody was sought and granted in cases involving domestic violence, through a review of Family Court records in New York City.

Dossier on Domestic Violence in Latin America and the Caribbean

added 04/08/2009

"This publication includes a detailed balance of the work developed in Latin American and the Caribbean to eliminate violence against women. The objective of the publication is to have a tool that will help to design future activities in a more accurate way that take into account the economic, cultural and geographical women's reality of the Region in order to eliminate domestic violence. It also contains guidelines and recommendations for the future work on women’s rights for a life free of violence."

Effective Intervention in Domestic Violence & Child Maltreatment Cases (Executive Summary)

added 10/26/2005
Susan Schechter and Jeffrey L. Edleson, Ph.D.

This is an executive summary of the document "Effective Intervention in Domestic Violence & Child Maltreatment Cases: Guidelines for Policies and Practice." The aim of this document is to offer a more comprehensive set of responses to eliminate or decrease the enormous risks that individual battered mothers, caseworkers, and judges must take on behalf of children.

Other formats: pdf • plaintext

Effects of Arrest on Intimate Partner Violence: New Evidence From the Spouse Assault Replication Program (pdf)

added 05/22/2003
Christopher D. Maxwell, Joel H. Garner, and Jeffrey A. Fagan

This document examines 4,032 incidents in which males assaulted their female intimate partners, comparing the number of repeat offenses when batterers are and are not arrested.

Elder Abuse and Neglect Basics: Elder Abuse Laws

added 02/10/2006

This page provides a brief overview of the major areas of federal and state law related to services for elder abuse victims, civil remedies for elder abuse, neglect and exploitation, and the prosecution of crimes against elderly people.

Elder Mistreatment: Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation in an Aging America

added 08/01/2006
Richard J. Bonnie and Robert B. Wallace, Eds

This full book link is provided courtesy of The National Academies Press. This is an online book and can be read in its entirety front to back, by chapter or skimmed by topic of interest. Published in 2002, this book details everything from the definitions and concepts of elder abuse to the public policy implications as well as to the types of interventions available for working with this population.

Employment and Domestic Violence

added 11/08/2009

"This special collection includes a categorized and selected listing of articles, bibliographies, fact sheets, laws and court action, papers, regulations, reports and surveys relating to domestic violence and employment. It is offered as an additional tool to assist advocates working on and interested in employment issues related to ending violence against women. "

Employment Rights for Victims of Domestic Violence

added 10/26/2005

This site contains a wealth of information for survivors, employers, and attorneys/advocates on employment rights for survivors of domestic violence. Included are resources, reference guides, guides to state laws, and model employment policy amongst many other helpful articles.

Employment Rights: Victims of Violence and Harassment (pdf)

added 10/11/2012

Fact Sheet on employment rights for crime victims. Includes information on what information you need to supply your employer with, missing work, compensation, and unemployment.

Ending Violence Against Women

added 06/11/2008
Lori Heise, Mary Ellsberg and Megan Gottemoeller, Series L, Number 11, in Population Reports (December 1999)

"Highlights the 2 most prevalent types of abuse in the lives of women and girls around the world: intimate partner violence and rape. Demonstrates how world-wide gender-based violence is a major public health concern, suggesting strategies to respond."

Enhancing Judicial Skills in Domestic Violence Cases Materials

added 02/17/2012

This site contains links to various articles concerning judicial skills for domestic violence cases. Categories include access to justice, child custody issues, decision making, fact finding and more.

Evaluating Coordinated Community Responses to Domestic Violence

added 06/15/1999
Melanie Shepard, Ph.D.

This VAWnet report presents a summary and analysis of research on coordinated community responses to domestic violence. It provides an overview of different mechanisms for coordination, examines the individual components of a coordinated community response, and addresses the overall response. The focus here will be on the justice system, advocacy and programs for abusers.

Other formats: pdf

Facts & Stats: Domestic Violence in Asian, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Homes (pdf)

added 02/11/2010
Mieko Yoshihama, Ph.D. and Chic Dabby

"Facts & Stats raises awareness about the experiences of Asian, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander battered women; counters denial about the problem; emphasizes the need for socio-culturally effective prevention and intervention; and serves to guide future research and inform public policy."

Family Violence Risk Assessment and Risk Management Framework (pdf)

added 10/18/2009

Developed by independent experts and Victorian service providers (Canada), the framework includes three practical guides on identifying and assessing family violence, and includes case studies.

Family Violence- A National Legal Response Final Report (pdf)

added 11/30/2010

This full Report by the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) and the New South Wales Law Reform Commission (the Commissions) sets out in detail the issues raised by the Terms of Reference, and the research and evidence base upon which the Commissions’ recommendations were formulated, including a thorough discussion of stakeholder views and the Commissions’ conclusions.
For an accessible overview of the policy framework and recommendations outlined in this two-volume final report, see Family Violence- A National Legal Response Summary Report.

Family Violence- A National Legal Response Summary Report (pdf)

added 11/30/2010

This 76-page Summary Report provides an accessible overview of the policy framework and recommendations in the two-volume Final Report, Family Violence - A National Legal Response. It offers a consideration of the framework for the reform, including a description of the development of the key principles underpinning the 187 final recommendations. The recommendations are then considered as an expression of two principal themes—improving legal frameworks and improving practice, concluding with a summary of the net effect of the recommendations.

Federal Housing and Domestic Violence: Introduction to Programs, Policy, and Advocacy Opportunities

added 01/09/2006
Robin Hammeal-Urban and Jill Davies

This paper provides a basic overview of the laws and policies governing the principal federal housing programs and discusses key policy issues these programs raise for battered women.

Other formats: pdf • plaintext

Financing for gender equality and the empowerment of women: Report of the Expert Group Meeting, Oslo, Norway

added 06/11/2008
United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women, Department of Economic and Social Affairs (September 2007)

"Themes from this meeting hosted by the Government of Norway in Oslo include: macroeconomic policies, public finance and gender-responsive budgeting, bilateral and multilateral aid, and funding the women’s movement."

Find Legal Help

added 03/28/2000

Information and referrals. This site also has information about safety planning and important phone numbers.

Firearms and Domestic Violence: A Primer for Judges (pdf)

added 11/15/2012
Darren Mitchell and Susan B. Carbon

Firearms and domestic violence are a deadly combination. This resource provides information on research, federal and state laws, and effective judicial practice related to the effective implementation of gun control laws as they relate to domestic violence.

Form for Evaluating Police Response to Domestic Violence: For Use by Victims and Advocates

added 01/27/2003

This resource was put together for use by domestic violence victims and their advocates. It was designed to assist you in evaluating the police response and the police report on your domestic violence call. The form should help you identify potential problems with the way the police responded so that you can act quickly to get these problems corrected. You can also use this form to provide feedback to your police department and to your community on how well police are responding to domestic violence cases. Also available in Spanish.

From Protection to Punishment: Post Conviction Barriers to Justice for Domestic Violence Survivor-Defendants in New York State (pdf)

added 07/21/2011
The Avon Global Center for Women and Justice at Cornell Law School and the Women in Prison Project of the Correctional Association of New York

This report exposes the difficulties domestic violence survivor-defendants have in receiving fair sentencing when they are prosecuted for crimes related to their abuse. Using an international human rights framework, the report obliges the U.S. government to “prevent, investigate, and punish violence against women.”

Full Faith and Credit Enabling Legislation and Registry Information

added 01/10/2006
National Center for State Courts and the Full

The following document provides information about individual states' laws and policies regarding restraining orders, the registration thereof and reciprocity between states. Registry information is also provided for the District of Columbia.

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Full Faith and Credit Implementation: Challenges and Solutions

added 10/26/2005
Barbara Hart

This chapter identifies some of the stumbling blocks to implementation of full faith and credit, including xenophobia, reluctance to change, and procedure-driven traditions of law enforcement. It offers an outline for a problem-solving approach.

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Full Faith and Credit Scenarios

added 06/28/2000
Full Faith and Credit Project

Case scenarios with fourteen questions to test your knowledge about full faith and credit issues.

Gender Oppression, Abuse and Violence: Community Accountability within the People of Color Progressive Movement (pdf)

added 07/12/2005
Incite! Women of Color Against Violence

This report is generated from a two-day meeting held in Seattle February 7 – 8, 2004 by an ad-hoc INCITE! Community Accountability in Organizations Working Group. This group specifically gathered to address gender oppression including patriarchical political and work environments, sexual harassment, domestic violence, and sexual assault committed against women/girls/women-identified persons of color within progressive, radical and revolutionary people of color organizations and movement.

Gender-Based Violence Tools Manual: For Assessment & Program Design, Monitoring & Evaluation in Conflict-Affected Settings

added 06/07/2005
Reproductive Health Response in Conflict Consortium

This report intends to improve international and local capacities when addressing gender-based violence in refugee, internally-displaced and conflict settings.

Good practices in legislation on violence against women (pdf)

added 07/21/2009

This report comes from an expert group meeting organized by the United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. The purpose of the expert group meeting was to analyze different legislative approaches for addressing violence against women; assess lessons learned and identify good practices in regard to legal reforms on violence against women; and develop a model framework for legislation on violence against women. The outcome of the meeting is intended to assist States and other stakeholders in enhancing existing, and developing new, legislation on violence against women.

Guidelines for Public Child Welfare Agencies Serving Children and Families Experiencing Domestic Violence

added 08/19/2003

The guidelines describe model policies, practices, programs, and protocols that address the multiple needs of families and children affected by domestic violence and child maltreatment. They are based on recommendations contained in the Greenbook and on the thoughtful recommendations provided by public child welfare agency directors, domestic violence advocates, child advocates, and legal representatives.

Guiding Principles for Safe Havens: Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Grant Program (pdf)

added 12/13/2009

"This document was designed to guide the development and administration of Supervised Visitation Program centers with an eye toward addressing the needs of child(ren) and adult victims of domestic violence in visitation and exchange settings. The Guiding Principles look beyond the visitation setting to address how communities funded under the Supervised Visitation Program should address domestic violence in the larger community."

Handbook for legislation on violence against women (pdf)

added 09/30/2009

Based on the work of an expert group meeting in Vienna, United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs developed a Handbook for Legislation on Violence against Women. This Handbook intends to provide all stakeholders with detailed guidance to support the adoption and effective implementation of legislation which prevents violence against women, punishes perpetrators, and ensures the rights of survivors everywhere.

Handbook for legislation on violence against women (Russian) (pdf)

added 11/01/2009

"A Russian translation of the 2009 Handbook for legislation on violence against women, a report of the expert group meeting organized by the United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. The group studied different legislative approaches to violence against women and developed this handbook for legislation based upon best practices and lessons learned. The handbook also includes commentary on legislation on violence against women in a number of countries."

Hate, Violence, and Death on Main Street USA: A report on Hate Crimes and Violence Against People Experiencing Homelessness 2008 (pdf)

added 08/21/2009

A new report from the National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH) contains case descriptions of each attack that includes sexual assault. The report notes that because crimes committed against homeless persons often go unreported, the actual numbers of non-lethal attacks is likely much higher. Rapes and sexual assaults also tend to go unreported. The report recommends that state legislatures add homeless persons as a “protected class” to hate crime legislation, and encourages police trainings so law enforcement officers will better understand homelessness and how to prevent hate crimes.

Helping Traumatized Children: Tips for Judges (pdf)

added 12/18/2009

"This fact sheet for judges and other court personnel outlines the impact of trauma on children's development, beliefs, and behaviors. It is designed to help professionals in the juvenile justice and family court system become more effective in addressing the unique needs and challenges of the traumatized children and adolescents they work with."

Helping with Domestic Violence: Legal Barriers to Serving Teens in Illinois (pdf)

added 02/13/2001
Helene M. Marcy, Research Associate and Monica Martinex, Research Intern for the Center for Impact Research

November 2000. Report based on focus groups and interviews with a total of 110 service providers and teen groups in 1999-2000 to determine why so few services were available for teen victims of domestic violence. This research isolated a variety of Illinois laws and regulations that served as barriers. Subsequent review of laws in other states found that on some issues Illinois laws were more helpful to minors, but that in several key instances Illinois laws are in need of change. This report focuses on legal barriers to providing services to teen victims of domestic violence, specifically those that affect access to transitional and long-term housing, orders of protection for domestic violence, and health and mental health services.

Herstory of Domestic Violence

added 02/20/2012
SafeNetwork: California’s Domestic Violence Resource

Produced for the California Statewide Conference on Domestic Violence by SafeNETWORK, a (now defunct) project of the California Department of Health Services Maternal and Child Health Branch Domestic Violence Section and Intervace Children Family Services. The Herstory of Domestic Violence was originally researched and compiled by SafeNETWORK staff, April Howard and Susan Lewis. The Herstory was revised and updated for SafeNETWORK for the 1999 California Statewide Conference on Domestic Violence by Tamsen Stevenson and Cindi Love.

Hidden in the Home:

added 11/05/2002

This document describes the abuse of migrant domestic workers in the United States as well as laws, guidelines, procedures, and regulations concerning special visas and their enforcement.

High Conflict Divorce or Stalking by Way of Family Court? The Empowerment of a Wealthy Abuser in Family Court Litigation

added 01/04/2002
T. J. Sutherland, R.N., B.S.N., P.H.N., J.D.

Linda v. Lyle - A Case Study. Looks at the possibility that some or all high-conflict divorces are actually the manifestation of stalking behaviors by wealthy domestic abusers. Part I compares and contrasts the research on batterers and stalkers to the literature on high-conflict divorce. In Part II, an actual high-conflict case is described. Part III explores the lack of consumer protection. Part IV offers a modest proposal that may discourage protracted Family Court litigation and calls for studies that apply stalking and battering dynamics to high-conflict divorce so stalking by way of Family Court can be quantified and illuminated.

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How Are We Measuring Resilience Following Childhood Maltreatment? Is the Research Adequate and Consistent? What is the Impact on Research, Practice, and Policy? (pdf)

added 01/21/2010
Wendy A. Walsh, Jean Dawson, and Marybeth J. Mattingly

"The authors review the literature on resilience following childhood maltreatment and describe how variation in the measurement of outcomes at various developmental stages affects research findings, practice implications, and policy recommendations."

How to Investigate Domestic Violence Homicide

added 02/14/2002

A guide for investigating the path leading up to domestic violence homicides, for friends, activists, journalists, and all who care.

How to obtain U Interim Relief: A Brief Manual for Advocates Assisting Immigrant Victims of Crime (pdf)

added 11/25/2008
Sally Kinoshita, Immigrant Legal Resource Center

This manual provides U Visa information for advocates who assist victims of crime, including domestic violence. The author outlines the definition, requirements, and application process for U Visa Interim relief and also offers information on obtaining permanent residency and derivative status for family members.

How to Write a Letter to the Judge for Victims of Rape, Domestic Violence and Child Abuse

added 07/26/2001

Gives information that should help you write a more effective letter. Provides four examples of different kinds of letters you as a victim or victim advocate, may want to write to the judge in the criminal case. Also available in Spanish.

Human Rights Brief

added 05/20/2000

The Human Rights Brief, a student-run publication of the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, reports on developments in international human rights and humanitarian law and provides concise legal analysis of cutting edge human rights issues.

If I'm "The Party", Where's the Cake?: The Need for Comprehensive Child-Witness Court Preparation Programs

added 01/08/2013
Joddie Walker

Court preparation is beneficial for the children required to testify in a courtroom. The purpose of a child-witness court preparation program is to assist the child witness in her or his ability to testify truthfully and effectively in a courtroom. This is important because children are required to testify about serious allegations that hold potentially significant outcomes for them or those accused. Having an unprepared child take the witness stand and offer poor testimony is not only regrettable, but preventable.

Immigrant Populations as Victims: Toward a Multicultural Criminal Justice System (pdf)

added 07/07/2008
National Institute of Justice

"This report summarizes findings from a study about the criminal justice system's approach to immigrant victims of crime and barriers that prohibit immigrants from reporting crimes."

Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence: Cultural Challenges and Available Legal Protections

added 06/12/2002
Sudha Shetty, J.D. and Janice Kaguyutan, J.D.

This VAWNET document raises awareness of both the challenges faced by battered immigrant women and some of the legal protections now available to them.

Other formats: pdf

Immigrant Women and Domestic Violence

added 06/14/2009
Legal Momentum, National Network to End Violence Against Immigrant Women, ASISTA, and Family Violence Prevention Fund

This special collection highlights the common experiences of immigrant women who are in abusive relationships, the legal protections and public benefits available, and practices and suggestions for increasing the effectiveness of services provided to immigrant women.

Immigration Relief for Crime Victims: The U Visa Manual (pdf)

added 03/03/2010

"This manual aims to provide guidance to lawyers on issues that arise in the context of representing U visa applicants. It is designed for practitioners who are familiar with basic immigration terms and legal concepts."

Impact of the Law on Service to Teens (pdf)

added 03/17/2010

This issue brief discusses the challenges that laws at the state and federal level pose, how they can impact the way service providers serve teens and how teens respond to adult interventions. Suggested strategies are given for programs and agencies working to serve teen victims of abuse.

Implementation of the Bulgarian Law on Protection against Domestic Violence (pdf)

added 05/07/2008
Mary Ellingen, Rosalyn Park, Robin Phillips, Cheryl Thomas, and Genoveva Tisheva

"Throughout 2007, The Advocates' Women's Human Rights Program and BGRF conducted human rights monitoring to investigate implementation of the law by all principals, including the state, police, judges, prosecutors, media and NGOs. This report presents the findings and makes recommendations to improve implementation of the law. The report was produced with the support of the Oak Foundation and UNIFEM."

Improving the Health Care Response to Domestic Violence: A Trainer's Manual for Health Care Providers

added 10/29/2008
Anne L. Ganley, Ph.D, John Fazio, R.N., M.S., Ariella Hyman, J.D., Lisa James, M.A., Anita Ruiz-Contreras, R.N., M.S.N., C.E.N., The Family Violence Prevention Fund

"This Trainer's Manual was developed to help health care providers and domestic violence advocates meet the challenge of training clinicians and other staff within the busy clinic or hospital setting. The Manual provides step-by-step instructions for teaching each section of the Resource Manual including the basics of domestic violence, clinical skills, legal issues, community resources, and role play scenarios. It also includes a special module on cultural diversity."

In the Best Interest of Women and Children: A Call for Collaboration Between Child Welfare and Domestic Violence Constituencies

added 10/11/2005
Susan Schechter and Jeffrey L. Edleson, Ph.D.

This is a briefing paper prepared for a Wingspread Conference of a similar title. It discusses family violence, specifically against women and children, barriers to helping the victims, and the importance of collaboration to effect change.

Other formats: pdf • plaintext

Increasing Your Safety: Full Faith and Credit for Protection Orders

added 10/26/2005
National Center on Full Faith and Credit

This guide explains Full Faith and Credit law and offers ideas about where to get help if you have problems with enforcement of a protection order.

Other formats: pdf • plaintext

Information on the Legal Rights Available to Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence in the United States and Facts about Immigrating on a Marriage-Based Visa

added 11/23/2010
U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services

As part of the International Marriage Broker Regulation Act, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services has released this fact sheet to provide immigrating foreign brides (and other marriage-based visa applicants) with potentially life-saving information about rights and resources available to them in the United States if they are abused.

Information Sharing in Collaborative Relationship: Domestic Violence and Child Protection (pdf)

added 12/15/2005
Jill Richard

This series was created through a collaboration of the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, the Vermont Department for Children and Families and the Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services. Part III provides general guidance and possibilities for policy development regarding information sharing between systems and presents avenues for effective inquiry where these issues intersect.

Intimate Partner Homicide (pdf)

added 02/02/2004
Margaret A. Zahn, for NIJ

This issue of the NIJ Journal focuses on a single important topic—homicides committed by the victim’s spouse or other intimate partner. Women are most likely to be the victim in these cases of intimate partner homicide. An overview on page 2 reflects the range of ideas the authors discuss, from aspects of the problem (such as risk factors and the effect of alcohol abuse) to possible steps toward reducing the number of incidents (such as the effectiveness of domestic violence services and the use of fatality reviews). The articles shed new light on a type of crime that continues to have serious social consequences and to present challenges to law enforcement and health providers.

Intimate Partner Violence in Immigrant and Refugee Communities: Challenges, Promising Practices and Recommendations (pdf)

added 05/20/2009
Futures Without Violence

"This document describes intimate partner violence (IPV) in immigrant and refugee communities in the United States. The report contains four main sections: background information on the incidence of the problem among immigrant and refugee communities, an overview of the needs and challenges of immigrant and refugee IPV victims and service providers, recommendations for funders, service providers and policy-makers, and lastly a discussion of IPV research and evaluation issues to be addressed in immigrant and refugee communities."

Introducing Expert Testimony to Explain Victim Behavior in Sexual and Domestic Violence Prosecutions

added 12/12/2007
Jennifer G. Long

"This monograph sets forth recommended practices for addressing victims behavior in a sexual or domestic violence prosecution, and providing an accurate context in which a jury can evaluate a victim's behavior."

Just "a Piece of Paper?": Domestic Violence Peace and Protective Orders in Montgomery County District Courts (pdf)

added 06/08/2012

Court Watch Montgomery works to ensure that domestic violence victims coming to Montgomery County Courts are safe, treated with respect, and receive efficient and effective legal protection, and that offenders are held accountable. This report is a compilation of data collected by 20 volunteers who monitored 510 protective and peace order hearings in the county’s two district courts (Rockville and Silver Spring), from October 2011 through March 2012. The report provides a summary of findings, and highlights new areas for improvement. It also provides a model for court watchers and reviews best practices.

Justice and Safety for All: Promoting Dialogue Between Public Defenders and Victim Advocates (pdf)

added 01/06/2003

This document explores the relationship between the lawyers who defend individuals charged with domestic violence and the advocates who work for the rights and needs of victims of domestic violence. Because defenders and advocates often serve the same families, improving their relationship is part of providing just and safe resolutions in domestic violence cases. Filled with the voices of a handful of defenders and advocates talking about each other and their work, Justice and Safety for All is written to help other advocates and defenders begin their own conversations.
A film accompanies this publication. "In Their Own Words" is a 15-minute documentary that explores public defenders' and victim advocates' opinions about each other and their work on domestic violence cases. Copies of the film can be obtained from the National Associates Programs department of the Vera Institute of Justice, 212-334-1300.

Kenyan Laws and Harmful Customs Curtail Women’s Equal Enjoyment of ICESCR Rights (pdf)

added 02/25/2009
Federation of Women Lawyers - Kenya (FIDA-Kenya) and the International Women’s Human Rights Clinic, Georgetown University Law Center

"The Federation of Women Lawyers Kenya (FIDA Kenya) and the International Women’s Human Rights Clinic (IWHRC) at Georgetown University released this report as a supplement to Kenya’s latest periodic report under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). The report finds that Kenyan laws and practices prevent women from attaining economic, social and cultural Rights."

Know Your Rights: For Victims of Rape, Domestic Violence and Child Abuse

added 06/12/2002

Based on California law, this indexed document provides summaries, full legal texts, and notes, on seven key victims' rights for victims of rape, domestic violence, and child abuse. Accompanying the discussion of each right is a section on what to do if the right is violated by officials. The English language document is linked to the full Spanish translation of the same document.

Law of Protection from Family Violence in Peru

added 11/02/2000

Discusses domestic violence and the Law of Protection from Family Violence in Peru.

Learning from Experiences of Battered Immigrant, Refugee and Indegenious Women with Child Protection Services to Inform a Dialogue Among Domestic Violence Activisits and Advocates (pdf)

added 02/23/2004
V. Pualani Enos

This document introduces voices of battered immigrant, refugee and indegenious women who were also involved in Child Protection Services. The document explores how community approach can enhance the physical, spiritual and mental health of individuals, families and communities and how this concept can be well utilized for policy and practice for social services.

Legal Information on Domestic Violence (Primarily Minnesota specific)

added 10/11/2012

Collection of fact sheets and legal information pertaining to domestic violence. Links include: Orders for Protection and Harassment Orders, Victims of Domestic Violence: Your Rights in Breaking Your Lease, Food Stamp Rights for Victims of Domestic Abuse, and more.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Domestic Violence in 2001 (pdf)

added 08/12/2008
National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (2002)

"Provides a definition of dv inclusive to LGBT survivors; a state-by-state analysis of legal protections for LGBT survivors; U.S. statistics highlighting LGBT experiences of domestic violence; survivor stories and local reports from member agencies."

Lethality Assessments as Integral Parts of Providing Full Faith and Credit Guarantees

added 01/10/2006
Robin Hassler,Byron Johnson,Michael Town,Neil

Exiting violent relationships can be extremely dangerous for battered women and their children. Women who flee across state lines engage in an act of separation which heightens the potential for lethal violence from their abusers.

Other formats: pdf • plaintext

Local Police Enforcement of Immigration Laws and its Effects on Victims of Domestic Violence

added 05/05/2005
Gail Pendleton

This paper warns that local police and prosecutors should be prepared for the predictable reduction in reporting of serious crimes if law enforcement officers chose to expand their duties to include the policing of immigration matters. The author argues roles of local police is not enforcing immigration law in securing safety for victims of domestic violence.

Male Ordered: The Mail-Order Bride Industry and Trafficking in Women for Sexual and Labour Exploitation (pdf)

added 05/15/2009

"This report provides extensive research of the mail-order bride industry in the United Kingdom. The industry is linked to the promotion of trafficking, prostitution, pornography and slavery. The report suggests that this industry not only exploits vulnerable groups of women but also reinforces racial and ethnic stereotypes. Recommendations are given on what the government can do to further protect women."

Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect: State Statutes and Professional Ethics (pdf)

added 06/03/2009
National District Attorneys Association

A comprehensive listing of state statutes on mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect. Also included is a listing of reporting requirements and code of ethics for professionals in various fields.

Measuring Progress Toward Safety and Justice: A Global Guide to the Design of Performance Indicators Across the Justice Sector (pdf)

added 02/12/2004
The Vera Institute

This guide is written for program managers responsible for improving the delivery of safety, security, and access to justice in any part of the world. Its intended audience is a wide variety of government officials and anyone interested in pursuing a disciplined course of institutional reform in the safety and justice sector. The guide does not prescribe the use of particular indicators for measuring progress toward safety and justice. The choice of appropriate indicators must be the result of a process undertaken in each country and program.

Model Code On Domestic and Family Violence (pdf)

added 03/28/2000

Model Code on Domestic and Family Violence is a brief description of the Model Code (1994), which is available from the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and posted by the American Bar Association.

Model Protocol for Advocates Working with Battered Women Involved in the Child Protection System

added 05/10/2005
Lupita Patterson

This protocol includes policy and practice recommendations for advocates who work with battered women involved in the child protection system.

Model Protocol on Service Animals in Domestic Violence Shelters (pdf)

added 07/06/2010
Phil Jordan and Summer Carrick

"This document provides basic information about the use of service animals, the laws that apply to domestic violence shelters and service animals, and suggested policies and procedures for domestic violence shelters regarding service animals."

Model Protocol on Services for Limited English Proficient Immigrant and Refugee Victims of Domestic Violence

added 05/10/2005
Lupita Patterson

This protocol/policy model intends to support domestic violence agencies in the state of Washington to increase and extend the services to immigrant and refugee women whose primary language is not English. However, this information will be relevant to any agency that is a recipient of federal funding.

Model Protocols on Working with Battered Women and Their Teenage Boys in Shelter

added 05/10/2005
Lupita Patterson

This model protocol is useful for domestic violence shelters who do not set age limits for male children in shelter. It is equally useful for those who critically examine safety of all children and women in shelter.

Model Tribal Domestic Violence Full Faith and Credit Ordinance

added 10/26/2005
Full Faith and Credit Project

A sample document of a tribal domestic violence full faith and credit ordinance.

Other formats: pdf • plaintext

Multiple perspectives on battered mothers and their children fleeing to the United States for safety: A study of Hague Convention cases

added 11/30/2010

This report focuses on the situations of women who experienced abuse in another country and came to the United States in an effort to protect themselves and their children, but who then faced civil actions in U.S. state or federal courts for child abduction under international legal agreements.

New Challenges for the Battered Women's Movement: Building Collaborations and Improving Public Policy for Poor Women

added 01/13/2006
Susan Schechter

Originally presented by Susan Schechter as a talk at the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence Statewide Training Institute, March 17, 1997, Harrisburg, PA and revised for the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence Administrative Development Conference, May 8, 1997, Ames, Iowa.

Other formats: pdf • plaintext • word

New York City Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee Annual Report 2008 (pdf)

added 10/07/2009

This report describes family-related homicides that occurred in New York City between 2002 and 2007. Includes key findings, risk factors, and action steps in response to findings.

Not a Minute More: Ending Violence Against Women (pdf)

added 05/24/2004
United Nations Development Fund for Women

This report highlights many of the achievements towards the empowerment of women and indicates what must be done to build on them. It provides examples of practices as well as efforts that did not meet the goals set out for them — and explores why. It looks at the challenges ahead and asks what the most fruitful next steps might be.

Not Enough: What TANF Offers Family Violence Victims (pdf)

added 03/31/2010
Timothy Casey, Jill Davies, Annika Gifford, and Anne Menard

Based on a national survey of service providers, this report is a comprehensive effort to understand when TANF successfully assists victims of family violence, and when the program falls short.

Ohio Elder Abuse Task Force Report (pdf)

added 06/21/2005
Elder Abuse Task Force, State of Ohio

This report consists of recommendations, issues for future consideration, and implementation strategies for the prevention of elder abuse as a result of research done by the Ohio Elder Abuse Task Force.

On the Road to Equality: Statewide Findings & Policy Recommendations (pdf)

added 05/25/2010

"A supplement to the Status of Girls in Minnesota report by the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota in partnership with the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. Focus groups were conducted in 18 Minnesota communities that included African American, Latino, Native American, Asian American, LBT (Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender), and disabilities communities — to share key research findings and gain community input. This report captures the voices and policy recommendations of these communities, nonprofit and public leaders."

Orders for Protection and Harassment Orders (pdf)

added 10/11/2012

Factsheet on Orders for Protection and Harassment Orders in Minnesota including links and information on how to get these orders.

Overcoming Domestic Violence: A Global Challenge (pdf)

added 02/25/2009
Una Hombrecher, ethnologist, Head of the International Project “Overcoming Domestic Violence”

"The project is part of the World Council of Churches' decade on Overcoming Violence. The report contains seven chapters, beginning with the author’s recommendations from the project. The rest of the chapters place domestic violence within an international human rights framework, discuss domestic violence’s roots, its effects on development, relevant international law milestones, practical strategies culled from project experiences around the world, and the importance of monitoring development projects to ensure women’s full participation."

Overlap of Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment in U.S. State Civil and Criminal Statutes

added 04/18/2000
Annelies Hagemeister, MA, Ph.D.

This April 2000 table lists statutes alphabetically by state.

Other formats: word

Parental Alienation Syndrome and Parental Alienation: Research Reviews (pdf)

added 06/14/2009
Joan S. Meier

This VAWnet document provides a historical and research overview of Parental Alienation Syndrome and Parental Alienation, identifies strategic issues for advocates working with victims, and offers guidelines to improve courts’ treatment of these issues.

Passport to Safety: Some Concluding Remarks

added 01/09/2006
Neil Websdale, Byron Johnson

Under VAWA, gender-motivated violence is a form of sex discrimination and as such requires civil rights protection. In this concluding chapter the volume editors revisit salient issues and suggest strategies for multiagency coordination and cooperation.

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Pets in Protective Orders- Summary by State (pdf)

added 08/16/2011
Phil Arkow, National Link Coalition

This document shows current pet protection laws by state as well as pending legislation as of 6/11.

Police Domestic Violence: A Handbook for Victims

added 11/25/2003

This handbook highlights some of the most significant advantages and disadvantages of the personal, financial, and legal options that victims of law enforcement perpetrators must consider.

Police Family Violence Fact Sheet

added 08/11/2008
Feminist Majority Foundation's National Center for Women and Policing (December 1997)

"Highlights statistics of Police Officers' personal (not-job related) involvement in domestic violence situations. The fact sheet mentions several studies have found that 40% of police officer families experience domestic violence."

Police in the Lives of Young Children Exposed to Domestic Violence (pdf)

added 11/17/2004
Miriam Berkman and Dean Esserman

This paper is part of series of paper that addresses the way to mobilize community and programatic resources to provide responsive help to children and families affected both by domestic violence and poverty. This particular paper explores the important roles the police officer can play in assisting children and families experiencing domestic violence.

Poverty, Violence and Substance Abuse in the Lives of Women and Children (pdf)

added 07/10/2003

This review of literature, though largely from the 1990's, is a comprehensive look at issues of systemic and cyclical violence, abuse and neglect of basic human needs.

Practical Implications of Current Domestic Violence Research Part I: Law Enforcement (pdf)

added 04/30/2008
Andrew Klein

The author discusses the problem of domestic violence and the issues that emerge among law enforcement. This document also reviews the characteristics of many perpetrators and the victims they choose. Be sure to check out parts 2 & 3 which are linked from MINCAVA as well.

Practical Implications of Current Domestic Violence Research Part II: Prosecution (pdf)

added 04/30/2008
Andrew Klein

"The purpose of this work is to describe to practitioners what the research tells us about domestic violence, including its perpetrators and victims, and the impact of current responses to it and, more particularly, the implications of that research for day to day real world responses to domestic violence by law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and judges."

Practical Implications of Current Domestic Violence Research Part III: Judges (pdf)

added 04/30/2008
Andrew Klein

"The purpose of this work is to describe to practitioners what the research tells us about domestic violence, including its perpetrators and victims, and the impact of current responses to it, and more particularly, the implications of that research for day to day real world responses to domestic violence by law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and judges."

Practical Implications of Current Domestic Violence Research, Part I: Law Enforcement

added 06/11/2008
Andrew R. Klein for the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (April 2008)

"The first of a 3-part study focuses on what the research tells law enforcement officers about the perpetrators and victims of domestic violence, the outcomes of current law enforcement responses, and what the findings mean for daily law enforcement tasks."

Practical Implications of Current Domestic Violence Research, Part II: Prosecution

added 06/11/2008
Andrew R. Klein for the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (April 2008)

"This second part of a 3-part study of the practical implications of domestic violence research for criminal justice personnel focuses on prosecutors' policies and procedures."

Practical Implications of Current Domestic Violence Research, Part III: Judges

added 06/11/2008
Andrew R. Klein for the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (April 2008)

"This third part of a three-part study of the practical implications of domestic violence research for criminal justice personnel focuses on judges' policies and practices."

Practical Implications of Current Domestic Violence Research: For Law Enforcement, Prosecutors and Judges (pdf)

added 06/24/2009
Andrew R. Klein

"The purpose of this work is to describe to practitioners what the research tells us about domestic violence, including its perpetrators and victims, the impact of current responses to it and, more particularly, the implications of that research for day-to-day, real-world responses to domestic violence by law enforcement officers, prosecutors and judges."

Predictors of Program Outcome and Recidivism at the Bronx Misdemeanor Domestic Violence Court (pdf)

added 03/14/2010
Nora K. Puffet and Chandra Gavin

In this study, the authors examine cases in the Bronx for possible correlates of program mandate non-completion and recidivism. A literature review of domestic violence prevention and intervention programs is presented followed by the research study and outcomes.

Prevalence, Incidence, and Consequences of Violence Against Women: Findings From the National Violence Against Women Survey (pdf)

added 07/13/2006
Patricia Tjaden and Nancy Thoennes

The findings from this second in a series of reports issued jointly by the National Institute of Justice and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention paint a picture of the violence against women as seen daily by emergency room, law enforcement, and court professionals.

Preventing and Responding to Domestic & Sexual Violence in Later Life

added 07/11/2010
Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse(MINCAVA), National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), and National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV)

"This special collection brings together selected materials related to preventing and responding to elder abuse, specifically domestic and sexual violence. It highlights the complexities of older people's DV/SV experiences and emphasizes collaborative and multi-pronged approaches to addressing DV/SV in later life."

Preventing violence and reducing its impact: How development agencies can help (pdf)

added 09/09/2009

This document makes the case for increased attention on the impact of violence on development by international development agencies. A key aim is to stimulate dialogue on the role of international development agencies in the prevention of violence globally, and ultimately to increase investment in a commonly agreed set of applied violence prevention strategies. The primary audience for this document is policy-makers, high-level planners, and others in the international development field.

Preventing Violence the Problem-Solving Way

added 10/03/2001
M.B. Shure

April 1999 Juvenile Justice Bulletin- Analyzes intervention methods based on the hypothesis that behavior can be modified by focusing on thought processes rather than on behaviors.

Privacy of Victims' Counseling Communications

added 02/21/2003

This document provides an overview of state laws and current issues related to the privacy of communications between victims and their counselors. This bulletin and the others in the Legal Series highlight various circumstances in which relevant laws are applied, emphasizing their successful implementation.

Problem-Oriented Guides for Police - Domestic Violence (pdf)

added 08/07/2009
Rana Sampson

Domestic disputes are some of the most common calls for police service. This guide discusses domestic disputes that involve violence, as well as the measures that can be used to reduce them. This is an essential tool for law enforcement to help analyze and respond to their local problem.

Programming to Address Violence against Women (pdf)

added 04/15/2009

"This is the second volume in a series that focuses on prevention and response tools for violence against women. The publication features eight case studies that highlight initiatives that have proven successful in combating violence against women: Algeria, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe. The UNFPA hopes to support current efforts in the eight case study countries and encourage other countries to take steps toward ending violence against women."

Progress of South Asian Women 2005 (pdf)

added 04/23/2009
Dr. Ratna Sudarshan

"The document presents a snapshot of women's situation in South Asia, an overview of the processes at work promoting the advancement of women, and identifies gaps during the period 2000–2005. Some of the challenges noted are disproportionate returns to contributions, the added "burden of care," a declining sex ratio, increased gender-based violence, trafficking of women and girls, and the spread of HIV/AIDS."

Progress of the World's Women 2000

added 04/07/2009

UNIFEM's first issue in the biennial investigation of progress made towards a world where women live free from violence, poverty and inequality. Topics covered include women's economic security and rights, engendering governance and leadership and promoting women's human rights.

Progress of the World's Women 2002, Volume 2: Gender Equality and the Millennium Development Goals

added 04/07/2009
Diane Elson (University of Essex) Hanke Keklik (UNIFEM)

This is the second edition of a biennial publication to track and measure the world's commitment to gender equality. It examines progress for women, or the lack of it, in education, literacy, non-agricultural wage employment and parliamentary representation.

Progress Report on Full Faith and Credit Enabling Legislation: 2000

added 10/26/2005
Full Faith and Credit Project

Although the full faith and credit provision of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) explicitly directs states, union territories, and Indian tribes to enforce protection orders issued by sister states, territories, and tribes, it does not prescribe any specific enforcement procedures but instructs them to establish their own. This chapter provides a comprehensive view of the impact of the provision upon various jurisdictions.

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Promising Approaches: Working with Families, Child Welfare and Domestic Violence (pdf)

added 12/17/2009
Massachusetts Department of Children and Families

The purpose of this brochure is to provide a framework for mandated reporters to create family centered approaches when domestic violence is identified and to offer guidelines to assist mandated reporters to assess accurately and sympathetically, the impact of domestic violence on children and their families.

Promoting Court Capacity to Improve Outcomes for Abused and Neglected Children (pdf)

added 10/20/2008
S. Robison, May 2007

"Written for the National Conference of State Legislators, this report outlines strategies for elected officials to raise public awareness of the court’s role in the lives of vulnerable children and families, and strengthen the collaboration between courts and the child welfare system."

Promoting Victim Safety and Offender Accountability: Improving the Response to Misdemeanor Domestic Violence Cases (pdf)

added 04/19/2011

WATCH is a court monitoring and research organization that monitors cases of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse in Hennepin County, Minnesota. This report focuses on how misdemeanor cases of domestic violence are handled in Hennepin County’s three suburban courts. The purpose of this report is to outline how Hennepin County suburban courts can improve their response to domestic violence cases and to make specific recommendations for key changes. The observations by WATCH court monitors and the recommendations also have a broader impact as communities across the United States grapple with what seems to be an intractable social problem

Prosecutors, Kids, and Domestic Violence Cases (pdf)

added 04/30/2008
Debra Whitcomb

"This article describes some of the issues prosecutors should be aware of when they handle domestic violence cases involving children, especially in light of recent legislation aiming to protect children."

Protecting Children from Exposure to Domestic Violence: The Use and Abuse of Child Maltreatment Statutes

added 05/09/2007
Lois A. Weithorn, J.D., Ph.D.

This 145 page article is a comprehensive review and critical discussion about the laws and child protection responses that have shown to be effective.

Protecting Victims of Domestic Violence: A Law Enforcement Officer's Guide to Enforcing Orders of Protection

added 10/26/2005

This document reviews the full faith and credit component of the 1994 Violence Against Women Act. It provides crucial information on orders of protection for law enforcement officers who play a significant role in stopping domestic violence. This project was supported by a Cooperative Agreement awarded by the Violence Against Women Grants Office, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, to the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

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Protecting Victims of Domestic Violence: A Law Enforcement Officer's Guide to Enforcing Orders of Protection Nationwide

added 10/28/2011

This handbook highlights the “full faith and credit” provision of the Violence Against Women Act, which requires enforcement of valid orders anywhere, regardless of where they were issued. In addition, it addresses related issues including firearms and stalking.

Psychological Abuse: A Discussion Paper (pdf)

added 05/27/2009
Deborah Doherty and Dorothy Berglund

"This paper is a review of research on psychological abuse in interpersonal and family relationships including in settings such as long-term care residences.The paper presents research findings on the personal, economic and health related costs of psychological abuse to the individual and to society, and briefly outlines legal recourses for victims. It concludes by exploring ways to recognize and address psychological abuse, while emphasizing the importance of developing holistic approaches "

Re-presenting Battered Women: Coercive Control and the Defense of Liberty (pdf)

added 10/18/2012
Evan Stark , Ph.D, MSW. Prepared for Violence Against Women : Complex Realities and New Issues in a Changing World, Les Presses de l’Université du Québec (2012)

In his article, Stark argues that current models of understanding domestic violence, especially when applied to interventions and law enforcement action, fall short. He argues that coercive control (stalking,economic exploitation or deprivation, enforced isolation or sexual coercion) is rarely identified with abuse and almost never targeted by intervention. "Reframing domestic violence as coercive control will require law and policy changes that recognize its “ongoing” and cumulative effects. It will recognize psychological and emotional abuse by offenders while avoiding manipulation by offenders who claim emotional abuse by their victims. This recognition will result, in turn, in a changed response by police, clinicians and social service providers who will shift their efforts away from encouraging victims to “leave” to denying offenders access to their victims. This shift will have implications for how protective orders are framed and how social services are provided."

Realizing the Promise of Home Visitation: Addressing Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment (pdf)

added 03/07/2010

"This guide is intended to help policy makers and advocates build a strong national policy framework to maximize the effectiveness and reach of early childhood home visiting programs. It is intended to ensure that federal home visiting policies directly address: the needs of mothers and children who are experiencing or at risk of experiencing domestic violence, the link between domestic violence and child abuse and neglect, and the impact of domestic violence on the health and well-being of children and families."

Reasonable Efforts Checklist for Dependency Cases Involving Domestic Violence (pdf)

added 12/13/2009

"This checklist includes easy reference bench cards for judges to consult during removal, adjudication, disposition, review, permanency, and termination hearings involving domestic violence. It is designed to aid judges in making reasonable efforts findings that are required by federal law in dependency cases involving domestic violence."

Reasonable Efforts or Unrealistic Expectations: A Look at Hennepin County Child Protection Cases (pdf)

added 05/25/2010
Marna Anderson, Sarah Coulter and Donna McNamara

"The purpose of this report is to identify ways in which Hennepin County could provide greater support for families throughout the Children in Need of Protection or Services (CHIPS) process and improve the systems in which judges, social workers, and guardians ad litem (GAL) are operating."

Reentry: Helping Former Prisoners Return to Communities (pdf)

added 09/18/2009
Elizabeth Gaynes, Jacqueline Lalley, Bart Lubow, Mark McDaniel

"This guide offers Making Connections site teams and local partners a way to think about and reduce the negative impact of incarceration on their communities. It presents an overview of the issue, describes challenges that sites are likely to face when tackling this work, describes promising approaches, and offers resources for finding further information. Part of the TARC Resource Guide series."

Reflections from the Field: Considerations for Domestic Violence Specialists (pdf)

added 08/04/2008
Shellie Taggart and Lauren Litton

"Domestic violence and child protection professionals from multiple states came together to discuss the complexity of systems-change work and the continued need for a social justice framework to guide these efforts. This document is a compilation of their stories and insights as people who have worked as or supported domestic violence specialists dedicated to helping families experiencing the co-occurrence of domestic violence and child maltreatment."

Reflections from the Field: Considerations for Domestic Violence Specialists (pdf)

added 08/16/2011
Shellie Taggart & Lauren Litton

The purpose of this document is to share discussions that were had at a "Specialized Positions Meeting". The conversations had at this meeting focused on advances and insights based on the collective experience of specialists; framing key questions for policy makers and others interested in supporting, funding, and implementing specialist positions; and supporting those working as specialists by reaffirming the importance and difficulty of their role and proposing foundational questions for exploration to shape their role and responsibilities to guide the next generation of their work.

Report Cards on Teen Dating Violence 2008 (pdf)

added 02/06/2008
Break the Cycle

Break the Cycle issued the first-ever state-by-state report cards evaluating the level of legal protection each state offers young victims of domestic and dating violence. The report was issued in conjunction with National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week, February 4-8, 2008.

Representing Domestic Violence Survivors Who Are Experiencing Trauma and Other Mental Health Challenges: A Handbook for Attorneys

added 01/31/2013

This Attorney’s Handbook provides guidance to attorneys who are representing survivors of domestic violence who are experiencing trauma symptoms and/or mental health challenges. The handbook features strategies that aim to keep trauma and other mental health challenges from becoming the central focus or even a consideration in the survivor’s case, and guidance for limiting it when mental health evidence is introduced by the opposing party.

Research Indicating that the Majority of Cases that go to Court as "High Conflict" Contested Custody Cases Have a History of Domestic Violence

added 01/07/2009
Compiled by Professor Joan S. Meier, Esq.

This document, comprised of research from many leading experts in the field of domestic violence, lays out the case that the majority of high conflict child custody disputes have a history of domestic violence.

Researching Violence Against Women: A Practical Guide for Researchers and Activists

added 06/19/2006

An in depth look at the issue of violence against women as a health issue and suggests tools for using research and developing data assessing this issue.

Resource Guide for Advocates & Attorneys on Interpretation Services for Domestic Violence Victims (pdf)

added 04/23/2010
Chic Dabby and Cannon Han

This document provides guidelines from the Interpretation Technical Assistance and Resource Center that focus on court interpretation for domestic and sexual violence victims with limited English proficiency. These guidelines inform how advocacy, interpretation, and language access can be integrated.

Restorative Justice and Intimate Partner Violence (pdf)

added 06/14/2009
James Ptacek and Loretta Frederick

This Applied Research document discusses the role of victims within restorative justice, reviews the research on restorative justice, and discusses the potential harms and benefits of using restorative justice in cases of intimate partner violence.

Restraining Order Violators, Corrective Programming and Recidivism (pdf)

added 08/08/2006
Stephen Bocko, Carmen A. Cicchetti, Laura Lempicki & Anne Powell

Produced by the Massachusetts Trial Court - Office of the Commissioner of Probation in 2004. This document is the summarized results of a study regarding the ongoings of a domestic violence perpetrator/offender in the criminal courts. Highlights include, the relationship between victime and offender, batterer intervention programs, as well as other forms of treatment/management.

Risk Assessment and Intimate Partner Sexual Abuse: The hidden dimension of domestic violence (pdf)

added 06/19/2012
Lynn Hecht Schafran

This article speaks to the presence of intimate partner sexual abuse as an indicator of lethality in abusive relationships and how important this information is to judges who are making risk assessments in domestic violence cases.

Ruling Offers a New Protection to Victims of Assault in Minnesota (USA)

added 08/15/2009

The Minnesota Supreme Court published a ruling that an individual may now be charged with the serious crime of burglary if they enter their former partner's home to commit a crime, even if they have an ownership interest in the home. This ruling provides a new type of protection for victims who do not have an active order for protection against former partners.

Safety and Accountability: The Underpinnings of a Just Justice System

added 01/10/2006
Barbara J. Hart, Esq

This paper first briefly describes domestic violence. It then discusses the constructs of safety and accountability. Finally it examines how court administration and the judiciary might fully respond to these underpinings of justice for adult and child victims of domestic violence.

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Sample National Domestic Violence Laws

added 11/18/2011

This document links to a variety of national domestic violence laws. The intent of the site is that these example policies may serve as useful models or resources for other jurisdictions.

Sample Notice to Defendant Filing of Protective Order

added 10/26/2005
Full Faith and Credit Project

A sample notice to a defendant filing a protective order.

Other formats: pdf • plaintext

San Diego Police Department: Domestic Violence Operations Manual (pdf)

added 11/15/1996

This is the Domestic Violence manual used by the Police Department in San Diego. It is about 220 pages and all are printable.

Sharwline Nicholson v. Nicholas Scoppetta - Appeals Decision

added 04/30/2008

This document outlines the Appeals decision regarding the case of Nicholson (filed as a class action in federal court in 2001). This history of this decision is based on the class action lawsuit in which battered mothers and their children in New York City successfully challenged the City child welfare agency's practice and policy of removing children from battered mothers and charging the mothers with child neglect due to domestic violence. The federal court ruled that the practice is unconstitutional under federal law. The case went up on appeal.

Should Childhood Exposure to Adult Domestic Violence Be Defined as Child Maltreatment Under the Law?

added 10/11/2005

Published as a chapter in Protecting Children From Domestic Violence: Strategies for Community Intervention (2004), this article reviews the research on childhood exposure to domestic violence and emerging laws aimed at protecting these children. The author concludes with an argument against assuming that childhood exposure to violence is automatically a form of child maltreatment and suggests the need to modify child protection services and the expansion of primarily voluntary community-based responses to these children and their families.

Other formats: word

Social Worker's Practice Guide to Domestic Violence (pdf)

added 07/06/2010

A guide created by the Department of Social and Health Services, for social workers working with domestic violence issues in the state of Washington. Includes information on how social workers should work with victims and perpetrators, child assessment of exposure to violence, as well as legal and policy issues in the state.

Specialized Criminal Domestic Violence Courts

added 10/26/2005
Julie A. Helling

National Center for State Courts surveyed courts by mail in 1998 and received approximately 200 responses indicating that the court had some type of specialized procedures for domestic violence cases. This article provides a basic overview of issues involved in the specialization of criminal domestic courts.

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Specialized Felony Domestic Violence Courts: Lessons on Implementation and Impacts From the Kings County Experience (pdf)

added 06/04/2003
Lisa Newmark; Mike Rempel; Kelly Diffily; Kamala M. Kane

This report evaluates key features of Brooklyn's Felony Domestic Violence Court Model. It traces the Court's development, implementation, challenges, evolution, and expansion. A pre/post evaluation study examined how the model influences case processing, outcomes, and recidivism. The report is based on qualitative research methods, including interviews with key court and partner agency personnel, observation of courtroom proceedings, and attendance at coordination meetings.

Spousal Rape Laws 20 Years Later (pdf)

added 12/05/2001

Report that discusses the history of the spousal rape laws and what is recognized now.

Spouse Assault Replication Program: Studies of Effects of Arrest on Domestic Violence

added 07/07/2008
Arlene Weisz

"Reviews NIJ studies on arrest policies for misdemeanor domestic assault, an attempt to replicate the Minneapolis Domestic Violence Experiment (1984), which found that arrest was almost twice as effective as other police actions in preventing re-arrest."

Other formats: pdf

Stalking and Domestic Violence Report to Congress (pdf)

added 11/12/2008
U.S. Department of Justice

"This report to Congress is part of an ongoing commitment to share information about strategies that show promise in the field and about the development of laws addressing stalking. It is produced in response to Subtitle F of VAWA, which directs the U.S. Attorney General to submit a report on these issues. The report includes information on cyberstalking, victim needs, law enforcement responses to stalking, and a bibliography."

Stalking and Domestic Violence: Views of Queensland Magistrates (pdf)

added 07/22/2003
Susan Currie

This paper reviews the current law on stalking and the factors that led to amendments being made to the Queensland Criminal Code in 1999. It also presents a detailed analysis of Magistrates responses to the issue of stalking in the context of making domestic violence orders.

Standards of Practice for Lawyers Representing Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking in Civil Protection Order Cases (pdf)

added 09/24/2009

"These Standards are presented as aspirational guidelines for the operation of legal service providers, pro bono legal service providers, and individual lawyers representing victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking in civil protection order cases."

State Court Processing of Domestic Violence Cases

added 06/11/2008
Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs (February 2008)

"Report on a study comparing domestic violence and non-domestic violence sexual and aggravated assault cases filed in state courts of 15 large urban counties during May 2002 on 11 prosecution, conviction and sentencing outcome measures."

State Housing Laws and Legislation to Ensure Housing Rights for Survivors of Violence Against Women

added 06/11/2008
National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty (February 25, 2008)

"Providing comprehensive information on current, pending and unsuccessfully proposed legislation protecting the housing rights of survivors of domestic violence, this document is intended for use by advocates, attorneys and organizations."

Status of Girls in Minnesota

added 05/25/2010
Women’s Foundation of Minnesota and the Institute for Women’s Policy Research

"This 2008 report provides detailed information on the status of girls in Minnesota. It also serves as a tool for advocates, researchers, and policy makers in developing a set of interventions that will ensure girls’ economic, social, and political equality in the state. "

Strategies to Improve Supervised Visitation Services in Domestic Violence Cases

added 10/29/2001
M. Sharon Maxwell, LCSW, Ph.D. & Karen Oehme, J.D.

This Violence Against Women Online Resources commissioned document describes the evolution of supervised visitation services for domestic violence cases, notes legal trends in these cases, describes practice concerns, and presents strategies to improve the safety of participants when supervised visitation, due to domestic violence, is court-ordered.

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Substance Abuse and Intimate Partner Violence

added 06/11/2008
Larry Bennett and Patricia Bland

This paper discusses the link between substance abuse(SA) and intimate partner violence(IPV), the co-occurrence of SA and IPV, highlight the special role of men’s drunkenness in IPV, examine substance abuse by victims, and briefly present issues related to coordination and integration of SA and IPV services.

Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy (pdf)

added 07/31/2008
Alisa K Lincoln, Jane M Liebschutz, Miriam Chernoff, Dana Nguyen and Hortensia Amaro, BioMed Central (September 2006)

"This article discusses the results of a study and concludes that substance abuse treatment programs should incorporate violence exposure questions into clinical use as a matter of policy."

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Supervised Visitation Programs: Information for Mothers Who Have Experienced Abuse (pdf)

added 12/13/2009
Jill Davies for Futures Without Violence, formerly the Family Violence Prevention Fund

"This guide was created for mothers who have experienced abuse and whose children are involved in supervised visitation programs. The guide provides information about how the programs work and how mothers can prepare themselves and their children for the experience."

Teach Your Students Well: Incorporating Domestic Violence into Law School Curricula, A Law School Report (pdf)

added 02/17/2010

"This report documents important curricular developments in American legal education: the integration of domestic violence into the law school curriculum."

Teen Dating Violence: A Review of Risk Factors and Prevention Efforts (pdf)

added 12/15/2005
Maura O'Keefe

This article provides a critical review of the dating violence literature with respect to potential risk factors for both perpetrators and victims and examines the empirical research regarding the effectiveness of prevention and intervention programs targeting teen dating violence. The document also provides recommendations for future research and potential policy implications.

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Testing the Effects of New York's Domestic Violence Courts: A Statewide Impact Evaluation (pdf)

added 02/20/2013
Amanda Cissner, Melissa Labriola and Michael Rempel

This impact evaluation of 24 New York domestic violence courts found reduced re-arrests among convicted offenders. The courts that prioritized deterring recidivism, sanctioning noncompliant offenders, and addressing victims' safety and service needs had a greater impact on re-arrest than other courts.

The Availability and Utility of Interdisciplinary Data on Elder Abuse: A White Paper for the National Center on Elder Abuse (pdf)

added 08/01/2006

This new study commissioned by NCEA highlights data sources on elder abuse in the health care, long term care, criminal justice, fiduciary, and legal services arenas, beyond adult protective services data. Such data are required as a basis for informed and enlightened social policy on the prevention and treatment of elder abuse.

The Canadian Child Welfare Response to Cases of Exposure to Domestic Violence: Analysis of the 2003 Canadian Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect (pdf)

added 04/30/2008
Tara Black, Nico Trocme, Barbara Fallon, and Bruce MacLaurin

This is a Canadian study, the objective of which was to examine the child welfare system’s response to child maltreatment investigations substantiated for exposure to domestic violence (EDV). The study is based on a secondary analysis of data collected in the 2003 Canadian Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect.

The Canadian Child Welfare Response to Cases of Exposure to Domestic Violence: Analysis of the 2003 Canadian Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect (Cis-2003)

added 04/30/2008
Tara Black, Nico Trocme, Barbara Fallon, and Bruce MacLaurin

This document displays the results of a comparative overview of the child welfare response within Canadian boundaries to child exposure to domestic violence. Implications for policy are discussed.

The Community Engagement Continuum: Outreach, Mobilization, Organizing and Accountability to Address Violence Against Women in Asian and Pacific Islander Communities (pdf)

added 06/01/2005
Mimi Kim

This report conceptualizes the Community Engagement Continuum in order to categorize a range of community based approaches in the anti-violence movement and to clarify the goals of engagement. The four points on the continuum--community outreach and education, community mobilization, community organizing, and community accountability--are defined by the level to which the strategies used lead to increases in the community's capacity to transform relations of power.

The Federal Domestic Violence Laws and the Enforcement of These Laws

added 01/10/2006
Margaret S. Groban

This chapter provides a concise summary of the federal offenses/statutes now available in both the Violence Against Women Act and the Gun Control Act to prosecute domestic violence offenders in the federal courts. It also provides a summary of selected prosecutions under each statute and a checklist of charges which may be brought buy state and local law enforcement authorities to charge offenders.

Other formats: pdf • plaintext

The Future of the Grave Risk Of Harm Defense in Hague Cases

added 07/19/2010
Jeremy D. Morley

This article discusses the future of the grave risk of harm defense in Hague Convention international child abduction cases. It provides an interpretation of the Hague Convention in the traditional view as well as in the context of domestic violence. Examples of court rulings are provided which evaluated the nature of abuse and the likelihood of legal protection in the country to which the children are being returned.

The Government Response to Domestic Violence Against Refugee and Immigrant Women in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Metropolitan Area: A Human Rights Report (pdf)

added 11/01/2005

With this report, Minnesota Advocates highlights many of the innovative programs and legislative initiatives that advance the safety of battered refugee and immigrant women and the serious obstacles they face when accessing protection from domestic violence and in pursuing accountability for their abusers. Minnesota Advocates findings are derived from over 150 interviews, primarily in Hennepin and Ramsey Counties, with judges, lawyers, prosecutors, public defenders, advocates, probation officers, immigration officials, medical service providers, interpreters, child protection employees and others regarding their interaction with refugee and immigrant women who have been battered. This report includes an analysis of governments compliance with their obligation to protect the human rights, safety and security of refugee and immigrant women who are victims of violence.

The Greenbook Initiative Final Evaluation Report (pdf)

added 07/02/2008
The Greenbook National Evaluation Team

"The Greenbook national evaluation results are presented in three reports. The Greenbook Demonstration Initiative: Process Evaluation Report: Phase 1 focused on the planning and goal setting phase of the Greenbook initiative in the sites. This final evaluation report assesses the extent to which the Greenbook implementation activities facilitated cross-system and within system change and practice in the child welfare agencies, dependency courts, and domestic violence service providers."

The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction in Cases Involving Allegations of Domestic Violence: A Minnesota Bench Guide (pdf)

added 09/30/2011

A team of Minnesota judges, attorneys, advocates and social scientists created this Bench Guide for judges who are hearing Hague Convention cases involving allegations of domestic violence. The case law in the guide is focused on the District of Minnesota, but help is available for other areas of the country who would like to adapt it.

The Hague Convention Project

added 02/10/2006

The project seeks to increase the identification of violence against women in international parental child abduction cases processed in U.S. Courts. That identification will allow the American legal community to help protect battered mothers and their children as they cross international borders to safety in the United States. Specifically, this Web site provides information and resources for individuals, attorneys and non-lawyers who litigate or participate in cases involving the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction where domestic violence is an issue.

The History of the Violence Against Women Act

added 04/16/2012

Simple timeline of the events and activities leading up to, and since (to 2009), the introduction of the Violence Against Women Act.

The Impact of Conflict on Women and Girls in West and Central Africa and the UNICEF response (pdf)

added 03/13/2009

"This first-of-its-kind study by UNICEF on the situation of war-affected girls and women in the region highlights innovative programmes being implemented with partners to address the impact of conflict, and recommends how UNICEF can more proactively champion the rights of girls - particularly adolescent girls."

The Impact of Mandatory Court Review On Batterer Program Compliance: An Evaluation of the Pittsburgh Municipal Courts and Domestic Abuse Counseling Center (DACC)

added 05/01/1998
Edward W. Gondolf

Summary of an evaluation of the court review process for men referred to batterer counseling from the Domestic Violence Court in Pittsburgh.

The Impact of Minnesota's Felony Strangulation Law: A WATCH Report (pdf)

added 02/26/2007
Heather Wolfgram

This report documents Hennepin County's responses to the passage of strangulation as a felony offense. Documentations from judges, advocates, and victims are given so as to give account to the benefits persons attain as a result of this passage. County breakdowns as well as the costs to implementation are also presented.

Other formats: word

The Impact of Violence in the Lives of Working Women: Creating Solutions - Creating Change

added 03/03/2003
NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund

This publication is a corporate handbook designed by NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund to help employers effectively address the issue of violence against women with creative and inexpensive solutions. This guide explains key pertinent legal issues and suggests ways employers can develop strategies for dealing with violence-related issues.

The Intersection of HIV and Intimate Partner Violence: Considerations, Concerns, and Policy Implications

added 11/04/2008
Marguerite L. Baty, PhD, MSN, MPH, RN

"This article provides an overview of the current recommendations for HIV testing and counseling and IPV screening and discusses issues germane to providing services to persons at risk for both HIV and IPV. The article concludes with considerations for practice and policy."

The Misuse of Police Powers in Officer Involved Domestic Violence

added 11/25/2003
Diane Wetendorf and Dottie L. Davis

This document outlines some of the basics of the police culture and police training in order to gain insight into the victim’s experience. Being “culturally sensitive” helps to place in context some of the types of abuse only batterers within law enforcement inflict, how these abusers minimize and justify their behavior, and their sense of entitlement to exercise power and control over their victims.

The New Welfare Law: Implications for Battered Women

added 01/06/2006
Attorney Jill Davies

This paper is the first in a series of three papers that aim to provide relevant and practical information about the new "Welfare Law" and its effects on battered women and their children to domestic violence advocates and others working in the field.

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The Probation Response to Supervision of Women Who Are Abused

added 07/27/2005
Sherry Frohman and Connie Neal

This Violence Against Women Online Resources commissioned document summarizes the existing knowledge on probation's supervision of women who are abused. The document provides specific information on the role of probation in response to domestic violence cases, safety strategies for women who are abused during probation supervision, and considerations for court ordered referrals that are dangerous.

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The Role of Judges in Enforcing Full Faith and Credit

added 01/10/2006
Susan B. Carbon, Peter C. MacDonald, Michael

It is incumbent upon judges to ensure that the process of issuing valid protection orders meets the constitutional requirements of due process so as to ensure that those orders are enforceable nationwide. This chapter defines a valid protection order and delineates the judge's role in both certification of compliance and enforcement of VAWA across state and tribal jurisdictions.

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The Role of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner in the Prosecution of Domestic Violence Cases (pdf)

added 02/19/2010
Jenifer Markowitz, ND

"This document examines the basic components of the domestic violence medico-legal examination; the potential for using findings from the medico-legal examination in prosecutions; and the role of the prosecutor and other Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) members in expanding forensic nursing programs to include care of the domestic violence victim."

The State of the World's Children 2009 Report

added 03/13/2009

"The State of the World's Children 2009 examines critical issues in maternal and newborn health, underscoring the need to establish a comprehensive continuum of care for mothers, newborns and children. The report outlines the latest paradigms in health programming and policies for mothers and newborns, and explores policies, programmes and partnerships aimed at improving maternal and neonatal health. Africa and Asia are a key focus for this report, which complements the previous year's issue on child survival."

The Use of Expert Testimony on Intimate Partner Violence (pdf)

added 11/04/2009
Kathleen J. Ferraro and Noël Bridget Busch-Armendariz, VAWnet

"This Applied Research paper presents an overview of the uses of expert testimony, the qualifications and roles of experts, the literature on the use of testimony on the effects of battering, and considerations for future research."

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The Validity and Use of Evidence Concerning Battering and Its Effects in Criminal Trials (pdf)

added 08/11/2008
U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice, National Criminal Justice Reference Service (May 1996)

"This report is actually three reports in one: Validity of 'Battered Woman Syndrome' in Criminal Cases; Trends in Expert Testimony on Battering; & Impact of Evidence Concerning Battering and its Effects in Criminal Trials Involving Battered Women."

The VAWA Manual: Immigration Relief for Abused Immigrants (pdf)

added 11/26/2008
Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. & Immigrant Legal Resource Center

Manual on the preparation, filing and processing of applications pursuant to the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Also includes detailed information on Special Immigrant Juvenile Status for Children Under Juvenile Court Jurisdiction, and U and T Non-Immigrant Visas (Victims of Crime and Trafficking). A good resource for advocates and legal professionals working with these victims.
This document takes some time to download, especially with a slow connection.

The VAWA Manual: Immigration Relief for Abused Immigrants, Index of Appendices 1-100 (pdf)

added 11/26/2008
Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. & Immigrant Legal Resource Center

Contains a list of appendices in connection with The VAWA Manual: Immigration Relief for Abused Immigrants.

The VAWA Manual: Immigration Relief for Abused Immigrants, Index of Appendices 101-200 (pdf)

added 11/26/2008
Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. & Immigrant Legal Resource Center

Contains a list of appendices in connection with The VAWA Manual: Immigration Relief for Abused Immigrants.

The VAWA Manual: Immigration Relief for Abused Immigrants, Index of Appendices 201-300 (pdf)

added 11/26/2008
Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. & Immigrant Legal Resource Center

Contains a list of appendices in connection with The VAWA Manual: Immigration Relief for Abused Immigrants.

The VAWA Manual: Immigration Relief for Abused Immigrants, Index of Appendices 301-380 (pdf)

added 11/26/2008
Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. & Immigrant Legal Resource Center

Contains a list of appendices in connection with The VAWA Manual: Immigration Relief for Abused Immigrants.

Together We Must! End Violence against Women and Girls and HIV & AIDS (pdf)

added 12/17/2009
Jacqui Patterson, with contributions from Nazneen Damji, Deborah McKinney, Neelanjana Mukhia, Everjoice Win and Jenny Drezin

"This document represents an initial effort to draw attention to the knowledge, institutional capacity and resources needed to comprehensively address the intersection between HIV & AIDS and VAWG. The aim is to stimulate debate and collaboration among practitioners and advocates around how to identify and promote effective prevention policies and practices that can be adapted to various contexts."

Tool for Attorneys Working with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Survivors of Domestic Violence (pdf)

added 10/21/2011
Morgan Lynn

Six page document that provides information on important considerations for working effectively with LGBT clients who have experienced domestic violence.

Towards a Common European Framework to Monitor Progress in Combating Violence Against Women (pdf)

added 09/30/2009

"Contains proposals for policies and indicators that could form the basis for a tool to monitor State progress in combating violence against women, as well as case studies of European initiatives that illustrate good practices."

Trafficking in Persons Report 2009 (pdf)

added 06/23/2009

"The ninth annual report seeks to increase global awareness of the human trafficking phenomenon by shedding new light on various facets of the problem and highlighting shared and individual efforts of the international community, and to encourage foreign governments to take effective action against all forms of trafficking in persons."

Trafficking: Considerations and Recommendations for Battered Women's Advocates (pdf)

added 10/28/2005
Firoza Chic Dabby

Offers domestic violence advocates some considerations and recommendations for working with victims of trafficking. After a brief overview of statistics and issue analysis, the document provides considerations and recommendations for advocates in seven key areas: (1) Arrest, (2) Custody and Release, (3) Legal representation and the investigation process, (4) Endangerment and confidentiality, (5) Shelter Services, (6) Complex traumas and oppressions, and (7) Medical records and care.

Transgender People, Intimate Partner Abuse, and the Legal System (pdf)

added 02/20/2013
Leigh Goodmark

This is the first law review article to specifically concentrate on the intimate partner abuse of trans people. The article begins by discussing the difficulties of engaging in scholarship around this topic, noting the lack of a shared language or knowledge base for discussing intimate partner abuse in the trans community. The article then documents the barriers confronting trans people seeking relief from intimate partner abuse, situating those barriers in the broader context of the structural and institutional violence and discrimination that are so prevalent in the lives of trans people. The article then examines the gendered nature of intimate partner abuse against trans people. The article concludes that we cannot create effective systemic responses to intimate partner abuse without understanding the particular needs of discrete groups of individuals subjected to abuse—like trans people.

Understanding Domestic Violence in Multi Ethnic Rural Communities: A Focus on Collaborations Among the Courts, the Law Enforcement Agencies, and the Shelters (pdf)

added 06/04/2003
Satya P. Krishnan Ph.D.; Judith C. Hilbert Ph.D.; Keith McNeil Ph.D

This study examined the experiences of domestic violence of Hispanic and Anglo women recruited at a domestic violence shelter. It documented and compared the domestic violence experiences of women living in rural communities, examined the various correlates of the domestic violence, and evaluated the formal services offered to study participants by the local shelter, courts, and law enforcement over a 1-year period.

Understanding Women’s Experiences Parenting in the Context of Domestic Violence: Implications for Community and Court-Related Service Providers

added 11/15/2005
Peter G. Jaffe and Claire V. Crooks

This Violence Against Women Online Resources commissioned document describes the intersection between woman abuse and parenting. The authors identify and discuss seven central themes that highlight the challenges of parenting in the context of woman abuse. Specific implications and recommendations for community and court service providers are also offered.

UNiTE to End Violence against Women: The Framework for Action (pdf)

added 05/15/2009

"The overall objective is raising public awareness and increasing political will and resources for preventing and responding to all forms of violence against women and girls – in all parts of the world. The Framework for Action provides an overall “umbrella” for the efforts to be undertaken at global, regional, national and local levels. It identifies five key outcomes as benchmarks for the Campaign, to be achieved in all countries by 2015, and outlines a UN Programme of Activities and expected Outputs."

Update of the 'Battered Woman Syndrome' Critique

added 11/08/2009
Mary Ann Dutton with contributions from Sue Osthoff and Melissa Dichter, VAWnet: The National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women

"This Applied Research paper reviews the definition, evolution, and utilization of “battered woman syndrome” in the courts and offers a critique of its framework and its use."

Other formats: pdf

Vermont's Model Protocol: Law Enforcement Response to Children at the Scene of a Domestic Violence Incident (pdf)

added 03/12/2010
The Vermont Network Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Vermont Social and Rehabilitative Services, and Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council

"The intent of this protocol is to assist law enforcement officers in their response to children at the scene of domestic violence incidents. In addition, the protocol outlines an effective response which includes: assessing whether children have been physically harmed, minimizing the impact and repercussions to children who are present, empowering children as much as possible in the process, maintaining victim safety, and maintaining batterer accountability."

Victim-Defendants: An Emerging Challenge in Responding to Domestic Violence in Seattle and the King County Region

added 08/06/2003
Meg Crager, Merril Cousin, and Tara Hardy

This report contains information for practitioners and policy-makers in criminal justice and community-based agencies who share the goal of ensuring safety, justice, and support for domestic violence survivors who commit domestic violence-related crimes. The authors welcome feedback from readers on whether they know of programs specifically for DV survivors who have been arrested and charged with DV-related crimes. This information would be added to an updated report. Feedback can be sent to info@kccadv.org.

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Victimization and Trauma Experienced by Children and Youth: Implications for Legal Advocates (pdf)

added 09/28/2012
Lisa Pilnik, JD, and Jessica R. Kendall, JD, Child & Family Policy Associates

The goal of this issue brief is to build the capacity of dependency and delinquency judges, attorneys, and legal advocates to meet the needs of children and youth who are victimized and exposed to violence or other traumatic events.

Violence Against Immigrant Women: The Roles of Culture, Context, and Legal Immigrant Status on Intimate Partner Violence

added 08/19/2008
Anita Raj and Jay Silverman

"Intimate partner violence against immigrant women is at epidemic proportions, but research has only recently begun to address the concern. A review of the legal, medical, and social science research literature reveals little data, but that which exist demonstrate that immigrant women's cultures, contexts, and legal status (a) increase vulnerability for abuse, (b) are used by batterers to control and abuse immigrant women, and (c) create barriers to women seeking and receiving help. Data also reveal that immigrant culture and context offer resiliency factors through which programs and policy can be used to better serve these populations."

Violence Against Women in Vietnam (pdf)

added 04/06/2007

This report was prepared for the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). The report draws attention to the lack of ways for the victims of violence obtain reparation and identify the mechanisms guaranteeing the impunity of torturers.

Violence Against Women: Classic Papers

added 08/21/2009
Raquel Kennedy Bergen, Jeffrey L. Edleson and Claire M. Renzetti

The purpose of this project was to assemble some of the classic works in the field of violence against women so that new generations of students, practitioners, and researchers would have a collective understanding of the work that has shaped the field. Included are commentaries from the original authors, when available, reflecting on why they authored the work when they did and the influence of their work on the field.

Violence by Intimates: Analysis of Data on Crimes by Current or Former Spouses, Boyfriends and Girlfriends (pdf)

added 07/07/2008
US Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics

"Compiles some U.S. BJS and FBI data on violence between people who have an intimate relationship: spouses, ex-spouses, and current and former boyfriends and girlfriends. Includes violent crimes of murder, rape, sexual assault, and simple assault."

Violence in Families: Assessing Prevention and Treatment Programs

added 08/01/2006
Rosemary Chalk and Patricia A. King, Eds.

This is a full-text online book made available courtesy of The National Academies Press. This important book, published in 1998, details out chapter by chapter the different types of interventions to be utilized by different types of professionals, as well as makes recommendations.

Violence, Pregnancy and Abortion: Issues of Women's Rights and Public Health (pdf)

added 09/09/2003
Maria de Bruyn

The second edition of this monograph reviews worldwide data on the the relationship between violence, pregnancy and abortion and suggests measures different sectors of society can take to reduce the suffering of women and girls, and to ensure their basic human right to be free from violence.

Walking A Tightrope: Balancing Victim Privacy and Offender Accountability in Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prosecutions, Part 1 (pdf)

added 06/10/2013
Viktoria Kristiansson, JD

This article is Part I of a two-part series addressing two types of victim privacy laws – confidentiality and privilege. Part I provides an overview of confidentiality laws in order to assist prosecutors in effectively balancing offender accountability with the safety needs and expectations of victims during criminal investigations and prosecutions. Part II of the series provides a discussion of common privileges and the scenarios in which conflicts with these privileges may arise. Part II also provides prosecutors with strategies to protect privileges when the privacy interests of victims might outweigh the need to disclose privileged information.
Link to Part II Here

Walking A Tightrope: Balancing Victim Privacy and Offender Accountability in Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prosecutions, Part II (pdf)

added 06/10/2013
Viktoria Kristiansson, JD

This article is Part II of a two-part series addressing two types of victim privacy laws – confidentiality and privilege. Part I provides an overview of confidentiality laws in order to assist prosecutors in effectively balancing offender accountability with the safety needs and expectations of victims during criminal investigations and prosecutions. Part II of the series provides a discussion of common privileges and the scenarios in which conflicts with these privileges may arise. Part II also provides prosecutors with strategies to protect privileges when the privacy interests of victims might outweigh the need to disclose privileged information.
Link to Part I Here

What Makes a Domestic Violence Court Work? Lessons from New York (pdf)

added 03/14/2010
Robyn Mazur and Liberty Aldrich

This document presents the New York State Model as an example of promoting victim safety and defendant accountability in cases involving domestic violence. The article concludes that although domestic violence courts can play an important role in increasing accountability for defendants and safety for victims, broader systems change is needed.

When Children Experience Domestic Violence: Expert Opinion

added 04/30/2008
National Coalition for Child Protection Reform

This document includes a summary of a ruling made by a New York Judge to stop removing children from battered women because children of such women are exposed to domestic violence.

Why strangulation should not be minimized (pdf)

added 08/20/2012
Marna Anderson

From the Spring 2009 issue of Watch Post, this article explains how in 2005 Minnesota became one of just six states (now 10) with a statute making strangulation of a family or household member a felony-level crime. The article goes on to explain the initial and continuing impact of the law on victim safety as well as recommendations for further work.

With an End in Sight (pdf)

added 04/07/2009
Cheywa Spindel, Elisa Levy, Melissa Connor, UNIFEM

"With an End in Sight" narrates inspiring stories showing how groups of people are moving ahead and creating new ideas to combat violence against women. It provides knowledge, insight and hope of how violence against women can be eliminated with combined effort, compelling advocacy, and wide-reaching education.

Women and Health: Today’s Evidence, Tomorrow’s Agenda (pdf)

added 04/30/2010

"This report reviews evidence on the health issues that particularly affect girls and women throughout their life course. This report uses currently available data to draw attention to the consequences and costs of failing to address health issues at appropriate points in their lives."

Women in Mongolia: Mapping Progress under Transition

added 04/07/2009
Nalini Burn, Oyuntsetseg Oidov, UNIFEM

This publication tells of Mongolian women's experiences in the context of the political and economic transformation of their country. It shares reports of women encouraged to bear many children, inadequate health care or resources, and high rates of maternal mortality. Recommendations informed through case studies are presented for improving their social and economic status and increasing their political participation.

Women in the Wake of the Storm: Examining the Post-Katrina Realities of the Women of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast

added 12/12/2007
Avis A. Jones-DeWeever, Ph.D.

This report shares findings garnered from a series of interviews held with a diverse group of women from throughout the Gulf region. In telling their stories, it provides an analysis of women's increased vulnerability during times of natural disasters and lays out policy recommendations that pinpoint how best to address those needs in the wake of this disaster, and in anticipation of the next.

Women's Experiences of Abuse as a Risk Factor for Incarceration

added 11/01/2005

This VAWnet document describes how violence perpetrated against women and girls increases their risk of arrest and incarceration through the intersections of interpersonal and structural violence.

Other formats: pdf

Women's Human Rights: A Fact Sheet (pdf)

added 12/16/2003
Amnesty International

This factsheet outlines women's human rights violations and the obligation states have to protect those rights.

Working to End Violence Against Women in Brazil

added 07/13/2010

"This VAWnet special collection highlights and celebrates the tremendous work being done in Brazil to end violence against women. The selected materials and resources provide a snapshot of the magnitude of the problem and highlight various recommendations for public policy as well as opportunities for community involvement and action."

Youth Exposed to Domestic Violence: A Handbook for the Juvenile Justice System to Enhance Assessment and Intervention Strategies for Youth from Violent Homes (pdf)

added 05/12/2004
London Family Court Clinic

This handbook contains information that will help you learn about: domestic violence and its impact on adolescents; evaluating risk and safety planning for victims of domestic violence; coordinated justice responses to domestic violence and the role of juvenile custody programs and probation; risk assessment and reduction with adolescent perpetrators of intimate partner and family violence; promising practices for adolescent perpetrators of intimate partner and family violence; and resources on domestic violence for adolescent victims and perpetrators.