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The Department of Justice has just released a one-page document highlighting some of the tribal provisions found in Title IX of VAWA 2013.
Champion of Change
Glenna Tinney has been honored by the White House as a Champion of Change. She has worked tirelessly for more than three decades to facilitate
change in both the civilian and military systems to eliminate violence against
women. Currently she serves as the Military Advocacy Program Coordinator for the
Battered Women’s Justice Project.
Strategies for System Change: Rethinking System Responses to Trafficking Victims
Date: May 21, 2013
Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm CT
Presenters: Helen Rubenstein, Staff Attorney, and Michele Garnett McKenzie, Advocacy Director, The Advocates for Human Rights.
Content: In recent years Minnesota has taken significant steps toward protecting victims of sex trafficking and holding perpetrators accountable. Join Helen Rubenstein and Michele Garnett McKenzie of The Advocates for Human Rights for an overview of the issue and of progress toward a victim-centered approach to ending sex trafficking, including an overview of the Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Youth Act, the No Wrong Door model of comprehensive housing and services for sexually exploited youth, and ways in which we can prepare for the law’s implementation in 2014.
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Denver’s Triage Project Demonstrates Value of Advocate-Initiated Response
Begun in January 2006, Denver’s Triage Project involves a collaborative, multidisciplinary team that seeks to identify and assess risk factors for ongoing severe domestic violence, provide active and immediate outreach to support victims, and achieve rapid containment of offenders. Outreach by community-based advocates who initiate contact ensures that DV victims receive valuable information regarding protection orders, safety planning, counseling and linkage with other services within 48 hours of the reported incident. Continue reading...
Custody Evaluators’ Beliefs About Domestic Abuse
Three important new studies explore the relationship between custody evaluators’ beliefs about domestic abuse and the parenting recommendations they make to the court. Continue reading...
Domestic Violence and Firearms
The role of firearms in domestic violence-related homicides is enormous and beyond controversy. Firearms are used to commit the vast majority of domestic violence-related homicides against women, and the majority of all homicides committed against women involve an intimate partner. Firearms are frequently used in the intimate partner setting to threaten and control women and children with devastating consequences. Continue reading...
Kasandra's Murder Highlights Popular Misconception: Traumatic Brain Injury
Does Not Cause DV
In December, Kasandra Perkins was murdered by her partner, Jovan Belcher. Among many biographical facts about Jovan is that he was a linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs. Indeed, thousands of women are murdered annually in the United States by their intimate partners, implicating all ethnicities, vocations, and socioeconomic levels. We don't know why Jovan Belcher murdered Kasandra Perkins, but many people in the media have speculated as to whether or not a traumatic brain injury (TBI) from successive football-related concussions caused Jovan to murder Kasandra. Continue reading...
promotes change within the civil and criminal justice systems to enhance their effectiveness in providing safety, security, and justice for battered women and their families. We offer training, technical assistance, and consultation on the most promising practices of the criminal and civil legal systems in addressing domestic violence.