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Webinar Recording

Calculating Safety: Domestic Violence and Child Support Parenting Time Initiatives

Published: October, 2015| Nancy Ver Steegh, Gabrielle Davis

Policy makers and stakeholders have been engaged in a national discussion about establishing parenting time for never-married noncustodial parents when initial child support orders are entered.… View this resource

Webinar Recording

Rural Domestic Violence: Custody and Beyond

Published: July, 2015| Dr. Melanie Shepard, Melissa Scaia, MPA

Dr. Shepard presents findings from two studies: a study exploring the perceptions of rural women on custody and visitation arrangements with abusive ex-partners and an examination of the successes and… View this resource

Promising Practices & Policies

System Change in West Virginia’s Child Protection System

Published: January, 2015| Joyce Yedlosky, Edited by Stephanie Avalon

Domestic violence and child abuse are often co-occurring, putting child protection agencies and DV advocacy programs seemingly at odds. View this resource

Tools & Guides

Practice Guides for Family Court Decision-Making in Domestic Abuse-Related Child Custody Matters

Published: June, 2014| Loretta Frederick, Gabrielle Davis

These practice guides are designed to improve decision-making by family court professionals involved in domestic abuse-related child custody matters. They provide guidance on how to identify… View this resource

Webinar Recording

What Can We Learn From Turned-Around Cases

Published: April, 2014| Joyanna Silberg, Ph.D., Stephanie Dallam

In this presentation, new information is presented about the results of a case analysis of 27 custody cases involving the abuse of children. In these cases, a judge initially ordered the children into… View this resource

Webinar Recording

The Child Custody/Child Protective Service “Sandwich”

Published: February, 2014| Joyce Yedlosky

Battered women and their children are often “sandwiched” between child custody proceedings and the Child Protection System (CPS). This webinar focuses on the systemic structures, assumptions and… View this resource

Webinar Recording

Custody - Challenges for Battered Women: Research & Practice

Published: August, 2013| Lenore Walker, Ed.D., Becki Truscott Kondkar, J.D.

Dr. Walker and Professor Kondkar discuss the challenges confronted by battered women as they consider whether to seek a custody/parenting time order from a court. In making decisions about mediation… View this resource

Webinar Recording

Islamic Marriage Contracts & Divorces: Implications for Legal Advocacy

Published: June, 2013| Abed Awad, J.D., Chic Dabby

Advocates and attorneys working with Muslim battered women are often faced with complicated legal issues surrounding civil and religious marriages and civil and religious divorces. Because abusers… View this resource

Policy Analysis

Custody Project History and Future Directions

Published: June, 2013| Gabrielle Davis

This project report highlights the National Child Custody Project's progress, and includes emerging themes and the challenges and limitations of current practice. A proposed conceptual framework for… View this resource

Tools & Guides

Advocating for Battered Mothers: The Least You Need to Know

Published: February, 2013| Stephanie Avalon

The Battered Women’s Justice Project is deeply committed to reform in the arena of custody litigation. Much of this effort involves analysis of structure and training of practitioners. It’s clearly a… View this resource

Promising Practices & Policies

Calculating Safety: Reckoning with Domestic Violence in the Context of Child Support Parenting Time Initiatives

Published: April, 2015| Nancy Ver Steegh, Gabrielle Davis

This article explores domestic violence-related implications of federal and state initiatives seeking to establish parenting time in connection with entry of child support orders. The authors… View this resource

Website

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges/Family Violence Department

Published: January, 2015| National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

The Family Violence Department improves the way courts, law enforcement agencies, and others respond to family violence, while recognizing the legal, cultural, and psychological dynamics involved with… View this resource

Promising Practices & Policies

Domestic Violence and Child Custody: A 4-Part Model for Helping Judges Make More Informed Decisions

Published: June, 2013| Kristine Lizdas

Family court judges should consider the impact of violence on families when making decisions about child custody and visitation, according to Kristine Lizdas, a managing attorney at the Battered… View this resource

Research & Statistics

Parenting Interventions for Men Who Batter

Published: June, 2012| Katreena Scott, Fernando Mederos

This Applied Research paper provides an overview of the research on the commonalities and controversies surrounding parenting interventions programs for men who batter with an emphasis on improving… View this resource

Policy Analysis

Practical Considerations for Parenting Interventions for Men who Batter

Published: June, 2012| Katreena Scott, Fernando Mederos

This Applied Research paper provides an overview of the practical considerations related to parenting interventions programs for men who batter. These include questions about program length and… View this resource

Tools & Guides

A Passport to Safety: A Judge's Bench Card

Published: May, 2011| NCJFCJ, NCPOFFC

This tool provides key information on full faith and credit and firearms to judges. Included are benchcards for both issuing and enforcing courts dealing with domestic violence protection orders. 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