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Alberta Shelters Assessing Danger

Published: July, 2009| Jan Reimer, Carolyn Goard, Edited by Stephanie Avalon

Dr. Campbell, professor of nursing and public health at Johns Hopkins University, originally developed the tool in 1985. Continuing research has updated and validated the Danger Assessment, leading… View this resource

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Kentucky VINE Services Puts Public Safety First

Published: July, 2009| Jenifer Gamble, Edited by Stephanie Avalon

Kentucky VINE Historical Perspective On the evening of December 6, 1993, Mary Byron sat in her car in the parking lot of a Louisville Mall. It was her 21st birthday and Mary was leaving her job at the… View this resource

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Enforcing Domestic Violence Firearm Prohibitions: A Report on Promising Practices

Published: September, 2006| NCPOFFC

This report provides an overview of firearm laws and information on model programs and promising practices as they relate to the removal of firearms from abusers in the United States and tribal… View this resource

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Memorandum of Understanding Concerning Full Faith and Credit of Protection Orders

Published: January, 2005| NCPOFFC

These forms provide a model memorandum of understanding between tribal and county governments concerning the inter-jurisdictional enforcement of protection orders. The model MOU addresses service of… View this resource

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Community Policing and Domestic Violence: Five Promising Practices

Published: October, 2004| Jane Sadusky

In 1999, the Battered Women's Justice Project began working with four communities to examine how domestic violence intervention could move beyond the limits of the criminal justice system and develop… View this resource

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A Balanced Collaboration: Vermont's Protocol for Law Enforcement Response to Children

Published: June, 2004| Jane Sadusky

Partnership and collaboration in name only has characterized many attempts to draft protocols or working agreements and build a coordinated community response. Vermont had a different experience in… View this resource

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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

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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

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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