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The Role of Restorative Justice in the Battered Women's Movement

Published: September, 2003| Loretta Frederick, Kristine Lizdas

This article provides a comparison of the principles and practices of the restorative justice and battered women's movements. It provides an analysis and critique of each movement's response to… View this resource

Promising Practices & Policies

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

Tools & Guides

Understanding the Military Response to Domestic Violence: Tools for Civilian Advocates

Published: May, 2003| Judith Beals, Patricia Erwin

This Handbook is designed to assist civilian advocates who are working with military victims of domestic violence -- both active duty victims and partners of active duty service members. The handbook… 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

Battered Women's Risks Chart

Published: December, 2002| Adapted from Jill Davies & Eleanor Lyon

This chart was adapted from "Safety Planning With Battered Women: Complex Lives/Difficult Choices" by Jill Davies and Eleanor Lyon, and describes the three types of risks that battered women face:… 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

Laws & Regulations

Department of Defense Victim Witness Assistance Procedures

Published: June, 2004| Department of Defense

This is a Department of Defense (DoD) instruction that implements policy, assigns responsibilities, and prescribes procedures to assist victims and witnesses of crimes. It provides guidance on… View this resource

Research & Statistics

Domestic Violence and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Severity for Participants of a Domestic Violence Rehabilitation Program

Published: June, 2004| April Gerlock

This article, published in Military Medicine, describes participants of a domestic violence program, which was designed to help lessen attrition, and compared completers and non-completers of the… 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

Promising Practices & Policies

Center for Court Innovation Child Support Protocol

Published: January, 2004| Liberty Aldrich, Judge Judy Reichler

This is a best practice guide for integrated domestic violence courts on how to handle child support, including information regarding federal child support protocols. View this resource

Research & Statistics

Patterns of Spouse and Child Maltreatment by Discharged U.S. Army Soldiers

Published: January, 2004| James E. McCarroll, Robert J. Ursano, Zizhong Fan

This journal article, reports the results of a study involving review of records of the U.S. Army's transitional compensation (TC) program and the Army Central Registry (ACR) of child and spouse… View this resource

Research & Statistics

Health-Related Consequences of Physical and Sexual Violence: Women in the Military

Published: September, 2000| Anne G. Sadler, Brenda M. Booth, Deanna Nielson

This study, published in Obstetrics & Gynecology, suggests that the sequelae of violence against women are an important public health concern. More than a decade after rape or physical assault… View this resource

Research & Statistics

Spouse Abuse Recidivism in the U.S. Army by Gender and Military Status

Published: January, 2000| James E. McCarroll, John H. Newby, Robert J. Ursano

This article, published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, reports on the examination of military spouse abuser recidivism using Army Central Registry (ACR) records. 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