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Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs Addresses Intimate Partner Sexual Assault

Published: October, 2010| Jennifer Levy-Peck, Edited by Stephanie Avalon

Because many IPSV survivors feel out of place in either domestic violence or sexual assault support groups, WCSAP created an IPSV Support Group Guide with a full curriculum for a psychoeducational… View this resource

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Washington State Arrest Grant Targets Intimate Partner Sexual Assault and Stalking

Published: September, 2010| Mike Davis, Edited by Stephanie Avalon

The Vancouver Police Department Domestic Violence Unit (http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/domestic-violence-unit) in the State of Washington is on call and available 24 hours a day. Between… View this resource

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Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs Produce Training Materials

Published: June, 2010| Dawn Larsen, Edited by Stephanie Avalon

(/assets/documents/pdfs/stalking_sexual_assault_manual_law_enforcement_agencies.pdf) One of the goals of the response team was to adapt and/or develop screening tools to assess for sexual assault and… View this resource

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Model Policy for Responding to Missing Persons Investigations

Published: May, 2010| Joanna Arlow, Edited by Stephanie Avalon

Advocates in Washington state told us that “police often contact our shelters and programs and want to know if a survivor who has been reported missing is using our services. Clearly, they are not… View this resource

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Skagit County Model Stalking Protocol

Published: April, 2010| Ken Bergsma, Edited by Stephanie Avalon

In addition to the increased risk, it was clear that these elements of domestic violence were often not addressed comprehensively by advocates, identified by law enforcement, or charged regularly as… View this resource

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Misdemeanor Investigation Pilot Project Reflects Successful Collaboration

Published: February, 2010| Kris Arneson, Edited by Stephanie Avalon

A comparison chart (below) of the case resolution data for the comparison year and data obtained through the end of the 2nd Quarter of the Pilot show a 23% increase in the overall conviction rate for… View this resource

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Model Policy for Judges on Imposing, Modifying and Lifting Criminal No Contact Orders

Published: February, 2010| Jennifer Long, Christopher Mallios, Sandra Tibbetts Murphy

This paper sets forth a victim-centered analysis for judges to use when facing difficult decisions regarding the entering or modifying of no contact orders in criminal domestic violence cases. View this resource

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Model Policy for Prosecutors on Imposing, Modifying and Lifting Criminal No Contact Orders

Published: February, 2010| Jennifer Long, Christopher Mallios, Sandra Tibbetts Murphy

This paper sets forth a victim-centered analysis for prosecutors to use when facing difficult decisions regarding the entering or modifying of no contact orders in criminal domestic violence cases. View this resource

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Maryland’s Lethality Assessment Program: From Research into Practice

Published: December, 2009| Dave Sargent, Edited by Stephanie Avalon

The murder of battered women is inherently difficult to predict, since homicide is thankfully rare. Fewer than 1% of battered women are killed. Jackie Campbell’s research examined characteristics both of women who were killed, and also women who would have died but for extreme good fortune or immediate medical care which saved their lives. View this resource

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Domestic Violence Programs and Children's Records: Issues of Confidentiality and Release

Published: December, 2009| Sandra Tibbetts Murphy, Jenna Yauch

Preserving confidentiality for battered women and their children is central to ensuring their safety and allowing them to regain and retain control over their lives. The vital services of a shelter or… View this resource

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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

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A Community Process: Strategies to Improve the Response to Domestic Violence

Published: June, 2014| James E. Henderson Jr., MSW

James E. Henderson Jr., MSW, a trainer and lecturer on domestic violence, discusses probation group conferencing, motivational interview techniques, and the importance of community collaboration. View this resource

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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

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Attorneys As First-Responders: Recognizing The Destructive Nature of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder On The Combat Veteran's Legal Decision-Making Process

Published: December, 2009| Evan Seamone

The author examines interviewing and counseling techniques that can be utilized by criminal defense attorneys when representing military-related clients who have post-traumatic stress disorder. View this resource

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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

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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

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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