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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.


BWJP Position Available

The Battered Women's Justice Project is hiring a Training and Technical Assistance Director

The Training & Technical Assistance (TTA) Director leads Training & TA Program staff in the development and delivery of national and local trainings, as well as the development and execution of special projects related to justice system reform in cases of violence against women. The TTA Director reports to the Executive Director and serves on the BWJP Management Team, helping to define and implement strategies for organizational growth and effectiveness. The position is located in Minneapolis, MN, and is open in anticipation of the retirement of the current TTA Director, who will mentor the successful applicant over the next year. See the full description here.

Tahirih Justice Center Job Opening

The Tahirih Justice Center is hiring a
Public Policy Attorney

The Public Policy Attorney will assist in the development of legislative and policy proposals emerging from Tahirih’s groundbreaking national campaigns, such as the Forced Marriage Initiative (FMI). The Public Policy Attorney serves as one of Tahirih’s spokespeople on policy issues to Tahirih supporters, advocates and colleague organizations, legislators and policymakers, and the media. The Public Policy Attorney also works closely with Tahirih’s communications staff to enhance public understanding and to ensure that stakeholders are informed and invested in advocacy to protect and empower immigrant women and girls. See the full description here.

Featured Webinar

Housing Protections for Survivors of Domestic Violence in Rental Housing

Jan. 14th, 2015
1pm CT

Renee Williams, Staff Attorney, National Housing Law Project and Catherine Bishop, Senior Attorney, National Housing Law Project.

 Last year, President Obama signed the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 into law. The law continues many of the housing protections that had been provided by VAWA 2005 and further expands these safeguards in several crucial ways. For example, the protections extend to more federally subsidized housing programs, cover survivors of sexual assault, mandate emergency transfer plans, and require that housing providers notify applicants and tenants of their VAWA housing rights. The webinar will discuss these protections. The presentation will also provide an overview of the emerging issue of local nuisance ordinances being enforced against survivors, including the recent Norristown settlement. This discussion of nuisance ordinances will also feature an overview of fair housing protections for survivors. Finally, the webinar will address strategies for advocates in interactions with landlords who may not understand or respond to survivor needs. Attendees will be able to ask questions of the presenters.

Register here.

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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New Article

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.

Handbook Available

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." 

image of Battered Women's Justice Project name in textpromotes 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.

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