Advocacy: The Backbone of Interventions for Victims

Advocacy forms the backbone of interventions to support victims of intimate partner violence and end the violence in their lives. Despite much progress, the legal system continues to pose many challenges.

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Child Custody and Family Court

Research confirms what experienced practitioners know: child custody cases often move through court systems without adequate regard for peoples’ real life experience of domestic violence.

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Community Safety Assessment

The Community Safety Assessment is carried out in a community by a local team to examine how work practices in institutions strengthen or impede safety for victims of intimate partner violence.

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Coordinated Community Response (CCR) Models Within the Criminal Justice System

With crimes of intimate partner violence, sexual assault and stalking, it is vital that the criminal justice system responds in effective and collaborative ways that promote victim safety and hold offenders accountable. When efforts are coordinated across agencies and practitioners, the system’s overall ability to achieve these two goals is enhanced.

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Implementing and Enforcing Firearm Prohibitions in Domestic Violence Cases

Implementing and enforcing firearm prohibitions in domestic violence cases is a major step in homicide prevention.

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Gender-Based Violence

Gender-based violence is more than discrete incidents of physical abuse; but also includes long-standing oppressive practices supported by cultural and religious traditions, and the use of coercive control by individuals and the state.

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Military and Veteran-Related Intimate Partner Violence

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a significant problem within the military and among veterans just as it is within the civilian population as a whole.

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Military Sexual Assault

Sexual assault is a pervasive problem in the United States, including in the Armed Forces. Public beliefs and attitudes about sexual assault lead to complacency and acceptance of a “rape culture” in the United States where rape is normalized, excused, tolerated, and even condoned.

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Offender Intervention Within a Coordinated Community Response

Responding effectively to stop intimate partner violence (IPV) requires understanding the context of the violence, the intent of the violence, and the impact and meaning of the violence to the victim.

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Protection Orders and Enforcement

Protection orders can be critical to survivor safety. However, orders will not be effective if survivors aren’t presented with an understandable and clear process to obtain an order, and if abusers are not held accountable when they violate civil or criminal protection orders.

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Integrating Risk Assessment in a Coordinated Community Response

To meet the goal of enhanced safety for an increasing number of victims, service providers and interveners are inevitably involved in attempting to identify the most dangerous offenders and manage the risks posed to victims. In response, risk assessment tools in the domestic violence field have been developed to assess both an offender’s risk of re-offending, and a victim’s risk of lethal assault.

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