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Prosecution Diversion in Domestic Violence: Issues and Context

Published: July, 2003| Jane Sadusky

This paper examines the issues surrounding prosecution diversion and the context for reconsidering its role and related cautions in promoting victim safety and offender accountability. View this resource

Policy Analysis

Structural Racism, the Criminal Justice System, and Violence Against Women: Literature Review

Published: March, 2003| Gavin Kearney

Literature on domestic violence, the criminal justice system, and race/ethnicity all discuss a number of problems with using the criminal justice system to address domestic violence. This article… View this resource

Tools & Guides

Why Should Advocates for Battered Women Want Batterers To Be Provided with Adequate Legal Representation When They Are Arrested for Assaulting Their Partners

Published: August, 2002| Loretta Frederick

The existence of a competent defense bar in any community does not undermine the effort to use the law to stop domestic violence. A fair and well-functioning criminal legal system may create general… View this resource

Community Safety Assessment Report

Minneapolis, MN Case Processing of Misdemeanor Domestic Violence Cases, Year 2: Arraignment to Sentencing and Progress Report on Implementation of Safety Audit Recommendations from Year 1

Published: March, 2002| Sharonna Lee, Kristine Lizdas, J.D., Connie Sponsler, Rhonda Martinson, J.D., Edited by Denise Gamache

This is a continuation of the audit: "Case Processing of Misdemeanor Domestic Violence Cases, Year 1." The first section of this report addresses the audit findings on arraignment through sentencing.… View this resource

Tools & Guides

Working Effectively with the Police: A Guide for Battered Women's Advocates

Published: August, 2001| Jane Sadusky

Battered women's advocates and police departments in several jurisdictions have been successful in developing a more effective police response to domestic assault cases. This article highlights… View this resource

Tools & Guides

Effective Interventions in Domestic Violence Cases: Context is Everything

Published: May, 2001| Loretta Frederick, Julie Tilley

In order to intervene effectively in domestic violence cases, it is important to understand the complex issues of violence within intimate relationships, including the 1) intent of the offender, 2)… View this resource

Promising Practices & Policies

Requisites for Any Court Handling Domestic Violence Cases

Published: April, 2001| BWJP

This resource enumerates the necessary components and requisites for any court handling domestic violence cases, as well as dedicated domestic violence courts and dockets. This document was compiled… View this resource

Community Safety Assessment Report

Minneapolis, MN Case Processing of Misdemeanor Domestic Violence Cases, Year 1: Initial Police Response to Arraignment

Published: September, 2000| Sharonna Lee, Kristine Lizdas, J.D., Connie Sponsler, Edited by Denise Gamache

BWJP decided to focus its initial examination on two specific interactions, based on the chronology of case processing and in response to concerns raised by the Family Violence Coordinating Council.… View this resource

Policy Analysis

The Evolution of Domestic Violence Theory and Law Reform Efforts in the United States

Published: September, 2000| Loretta Frederick

Criminal justice system intervention in domestic violence cases takes place in the context of more than two decades of organizing and legislative change. This history has repercussions for today's… View this resource

Tools & Guides

Effective Advocacy on Behalf of Battered Women

Published: August, 2000| Loretta Frederick

This brief article describes the role of the advocate, defines the characteristics of a battering relationship, and lists key advocacy principles when working with victims of battering. 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

Tools & Guides

An Approach to Legal Advocacy for Individual Battered Women

Published: June, 1997| Jill Davies

This chapter was developed for non-lawyer advocates working with individual battered women. Effective legal advocacy requires a thorough understanding of the law, the courts, and domestic violence. View this resource

Tools & Guides

Violence Against Women: A Curriculum for Empowerment, Facilitator's Manual

Published: January, 1985| Susan Schechter, Sharon Szymanski, Michele Cahill

A manual for facilitators of battered women's groups. The curriculum and workshops were the attempt of the authors to "institutionalize consciousness raising within shelters" and it "offers tools to… View this resource