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Tools & Guides

Reducing Language Barriers To Combating Domestic Violence: The Requirements Of Title VI

Published: January, 2004| Carolyn Ham

In addition to the usual obstacles to leaving a violent relationship, battered immigrant women face a host of additional issues such as fears about being deported, loss of legal immigration status and… View this resource

Tools & Guides

Potential Collateral Consequences of a Conviction for Misdemeanor Domestic Assault

Published: October, 2003| Carolyn Ham

This handout outlines many of the possible collateral consequences of a conviction for misdemeanor domestic assault in areas such as housing, immigration, and family court. View this resource

Tools & Guides

Injustice Defined: Why Battered Women Cannot And Should Not Be Charged With Violating Civil Protection Orders That Were Issued At Their Request

Published: October, 2003| Carolyn Ham

This memo provides advocates and attorneys with arguments against charging and convicting women with the violations of their own civil protection orders. View this resource

Tools & Guides

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

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

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

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