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Promising Practices & Policies

Kentucky VINE Services Puts Public Safety First

Published: July, 2009| Jenifer Gamble, Edited by Stephanie Avalon

Kentucky VINE Historical Perspective On the evening of December 6, 1993, Mary Byron sat in her car in the parking lot of a Louisville Mall. It was her 21st birthday and Mary was leaving her job at the… View this resource

Amicus Brief

Giles v. California Amicus Curiae

Published: March, 2008| Sandra Tibbetts Murphy, Kristine Lizdas

In this criminal case, Defendant had killed his girlfriend but claimed it was self-defense and, in his trial, sought to exclude statement the girlfriend had made to law enforcement who responded to an… View this resource

Tools & Guides

Violence Against Native Women: A Guide for Practitioner Action

Published: October, 2006| NCPOFFC

This guide contains information on protection orders and Native American women and domestic and sexual violence. It provides specific information on the barriers to justice faced by Native women and… View this resource

Tools & Guides

Pretrial Release Conditions in Domestic Violence Cases: Issues and Context

Published: May, 2006| Jane Sadusky

This paper examines the question of pretrial release, conditions in domestic violence cases, focusing on balance between constitutional rights of the accused and protection of victims of crime… View this resource

Tools & Guides

Domestic Violence and Probation

Published: December, 2005| Fernando Mederos

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… View this resource

Statute Guides & Matrices

Enhanced Penalties for Domestic Violence: State Statute Chart

Published: March, 2005| Eve Zamora

The following is an alphabetical listing of all states that have enacted statutes enhancing penalties for domestic violence crimes. The term "enhanced penalties" as used in this document encompasses… View this resource

Promising Practices & Policies

Community Policing and Domestic Violence: Five Promising Practices

Published: October, 2004| Jane Sadusky

In 1999, the Battered Women's Justice Project began working with four communities to examine how domestic violence intervention could move beyond the limits of the criminal justice system and develop… View this resource

Tools & Guides

Bridging Domestic Violence Intervention and Community Policing: Partnership and Problem-Solving Tools

Published: August, 2004| Jane Sadusky

In 1999, the Battered Women's Justice Project began working with four communities to explore the application of community policing, with its emphasis on community engagement and problem-solving, to… View this resource

Promising Practices & Policies

A Balanced Collaboration: Vermont's Protocol for Law Enforcement Response to Children

Published: June, 2004| Jane Sadusky

Partnership and collaboration in name only has characterized many attempts to draft protocols or working agreements and build a coordinated community response. Vermont had a different experience in… View this resource

Tools & Guides

When Is Arrest Not An Option The Dilemmas of Predominant Physical Aggressor Language and the Regulation of Intimate Partner Violence

Published: February, 2004| Trish Erwin

This article explores the philosophical, practical, and legal issues involved in using predominant physical aggressor language in response to addressing intimate partner violence. It also includes a… View this resource

Tools & Guides

Handbook for Legislation on Violence against Women

Published: January, 2010| United Nations

This Handbook for Legislation on Violence against Women, prepared by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs/Division for the Advancement of Women (DESA/DAW), is intended to assist States and… View this resource

Research & Statistics

A National Portrait of Domestic Violence Courts

Published: December, 2009| Melissa Labriola, Sarah Bradley, Chris S. O’Sullivan, Michael Rempel, Samantha Moore

With funding from the National Institute of Justice, this study explores how criminal domestic violence courts have evolved, their rationale, and how their operations vary across the U.S. This study… View this resource

Research & Statistics

Making Arrests in Domestic Violence Cases: What Police Should Know

Published: January, 2009| David Hirschel

Based on data from the National Incident-Based Reporting System and a multistate survey of incident records kept by police, this study examined police arrest practices in domestic violence cases, with… View this resource

Research & Statistics

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

Published: January, 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 domestic… View this resource

Amicus Brief

Office on Violence Against Women Statement on Giles v. California

Published: July, 2008| Cindy Dyer

In the case of Giles v. California, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the doctrine of forfeiture by wrongdoing applied only when a defendant caused a victim’s absence from trial and did so with the… View this resource

Promising Practices & Policies

At A Crossroads: Developing Duluth's Prosecution Response to Battered Women Who Fight Back

Published: January, 2007| Mary Asmus

This monograph tells the story of how city prosecutors, battered women's advocates, and other practitioners in Duluth's criminal justice system came together to address the unique issues presented by… View this resource

Promising Practices & Policies

Vermont’s Model Protocol: Law Enforcement Response to Children at the Scene of a Domestic Violence Incident

Published: June, 2004| Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council, Vermont Department for Children and Families, Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence

The intent of this protocol is to assist law enforcement officers in their response to children at the scene of domestic violence incidents. The goals of an effective response include assessing… View this resource