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The Battered Women's Justice Project, in partnership with the National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women, provides resources for advocates, battered women, legal and justice system personnel, policymakers, and others engaged in the justice system response to domestic violence.


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Wisconsin Addresses Firearms Surrender

Federal law prohibits respondents in Orders for Protection from possessing firearms since the passage in 1994 of the original Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).  Many states, Wisconsin included, have also legislated prohibitions similar to the federal prohibition. Enforcement of these prohibitions, however, has been an ongoing problem. Wisconsin not only developed clear protocols to facilitate enforcement of firearm surrender, but also piloted the protocols in four counties and evaluated the process. In 2014 these protocols became a legislated mandate. Read More

NCAVP Releases Annual Report on LGBTQ Intimate Partner Violence; OutFront MN Responds

The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) released their annual report on LGBTQ intimate partner violence this week. The Battered Women’s Justice Project spoke with Eva Wood, Anti-Violence Program Community Access Specialist for OutFront MN about the significance of the report, and about what local domestic violence programs can learn from the report’s findings. Watch the video below:

Announcing a new Technical Assistance Guidance from the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence in partnership with FORGE:

Sheltering Transgender Women: Providing Welcoming Services by michael munson (September 2014)

This Technical Assistance Guidance highlights effective strategies for integrating trans women into shelter, building on the knowledge that most shelter staff and allied professionals have already developed practice, familiarity, and skill in providing shelter services to women.
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Intimate Partner Violence, Military Personnel, Veterans, and Their Families

This article was written by Glenna Tinney, the Senior Advisor for BWJP’s Military Advocacy Program, and Dr. April Gerlock, BWJP’s consultant for military and veteran-related topics. It was published in the Family Court Review in July 2014 (Tinney, G., & Gerlock, A. A. (2014, July). Intimate Partner Violence, Military Personnel, Veterans, and Their Families. Family Court Review, 52(3), 400-416. doi:10.1111/fcre.12100). This article addresses the intersection between intimate partner violence and combat-related conditions such as posttraumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, substance abuse, and depression and the implications for family court personnel working with military and veteran families.


The Battered Women’s Justice Project is pleased to announce the online publication, “Representing Victims of Intimate Partner Violence Connected with the Military – A Handbook for Civil Attorneys." 

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