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Policy Analysis

Ohio v. Clark Supreme Court Summary and Analysis

Published: July, 2015| Sandra Tibbetts Murphy

In Clark, the Court further refined the application of the “primary purpose” test in addressing whether statements fall under the purview of the Confrontation Clause. Download resource for full… View this resource

Promising Practices & Policies

Illinois Model Protocols Help Find Justice for Victims with Disabilities

Published: July, 2015| Shirley Paceley, Teresa Tudor, Edited by Stephanie Avalon

Finding justice for victims with disabilities has been a focus of the Illinois OVW Arrest Grant. Through this initiative administered by the  Illinois Family Violence Coordinating Council… View this resource

Webinar Recording

Identifying, Documenting, and Charging Crimes of Intimidation

Published: June, 2015| Rhonda Martinson, Scott Miller

Unchecked witness intimidation can frighten witnesses and seriously hurt prosecution. To learn where and when intimidation arises, a local team in Duluth, MN observed 9-1-1 call takers and dispatchers… View this resource

Webinar Recording

From Sports Equity to Full Equality in Education: Title IX and Campus Sexual Assault

Published: June, 2015| Wendy Murphy, J.D.

This webinar provides an overview of the history of title IX and how it came to be widely understood as applicable to the problem of campus sexual assault. It also provides information about recent… View this resource

Webinar Recording

Sex Trafficking: A Court Watch Program

Published: June, 2015| Amy Walsh Kern

Subsequent to the 2011 passage of Minnesota’s Safe Harbor Law, which stands as a national model for laws requiring children who are sex trafficked to be treated as victims and not criminals, WATCH has… View this resource

Webinar Recording

Offender Accountability by the Numbers

Published: May, 2015| Michelle Patterson, MSW, MPA, Jennifer K. Meckna, J.D.

This webinar provides foundational information and lessons learned to begin the journey of using data to assess offender accountability in a community. It is designed from the perspective of a… View this resource

Webinar Recording

Human Trafficking: The Miami-Dade Prosecution Model

Published: May, 2015| Carmen Duran, Brenda Mezick

Miami’s Trafficking Task Force focuses on providing protective care and services to victims. A two-pronged approach is necessary. The victim must first be rescued from the web of deceit and abuse into… View this resource

Webinar Recording

Assessing Helpfulness for Immigrant Crime Victims

Published: April, 2015| Leslye Orloff, Detective Shelli Sonnenberg Wardle, Jane Anderson, William Tamayo

The U visa is a form of legal immigration status that offers protection from deportation, work authorization, and a potential path to lawful permanent residency for immigrant victims of certain crimes… View this resource

Webinar Recording

Suicide and Domestic Violence: Where Science and Practice Meet

Published: April, 2015| Dr. Jacquelyn Campbell, Dr. Kate Cerulli

The faculty reviewed the research demonstrating the links between experiencing domestic violence with increased risk for suicide and suicidality (attempts and ideation) among women in the US and… View this resource

Webinar Recording

When Men Murder Women

Published: March, 2015| Rebecca E. Dobash, Russell Dobash, Susan Fuller

Faculty discussed the findings of research in the UK on femicide (domestic violence murder, sexual murder and the murder of older women) and the implications of the research for policy and practice. 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

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