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Webinar Recording

Prosecution 101: Vital Lessons for Advocates

Published: August, 2016| Mary Ingham, Sandra Tibbetts Murphy

The prosecutor plays a central role in a well-functioning coordinated community response to domestic violence, however many people outside of the prosecutor’s office, including advocates and victims… View this resource

Policy Analysis

U.S. v. Bryant Supreme Court Summary and Analysis

Published: July, 2016| Sandra Tibbetts Murphy

This resource presents the facts and progression of the case, and finishes with the conclusions that can be drawn. Download resource for full summary and analysis. View this resource

Webinar Recording

Responding to Youth Violence Through Community Advocacy

Published: July, 2016| Shabnam Javdani

This webinar presents the four phase community advocacy model, how it has been used in local communities, and presents evidence for its effectiveness. The presenter focuses specifically on how… View this resource

Promising Practices & Policies

The ROSES Program: Applying Evidence-Based Models of Advocacy Intervention with Girls

Published: June, 2016| Shabnam Javdani, Edited by Stephanie Avalon

All youth who commit violent offenses are at increased risk to end up in the criminal justice system as adults but girls who commit acts of violence are three times more likely than boys.i  Long term… View this resource

Webinar Recording

Arresting Victims: The Unintended Consequences of Pro Arrest Policies for Women and Girls

Published: June, 2016| Shabnam Javdani

Many people believe that increasing arrests of women and girls reflect a reality that women and girls have become more violent.  Research does not support this belief. This webinar will describe… View this resource

Webinar Recording

Have Laws Against Domestic Violence Increased the Criminalization of Girls?

Published: May, 2016| Francine Sherman

Every day in the U.S., abused and traumatized girls enter and are pushed through the justice system. Despite decades of attention, the proportion of girls in the juvenile justice system has increased… View this resource

Webinar Recording

Sexually Explicit Media and Communication: Selected Research Findings and Practice Implications

Published: May, 2016| Jeff R. Temple, PhD , Emily F. Rothman, ScD

Dr. Temple will discuss sexting (a combination of the words sex and texting), the practice of electronically sending sexually explicit images or messages from one person to another.  Sexting has… View this resource

Webinar Recording

Integrated DV Courts, Dedicated DV Courts: Vision, Reality, Research

Published: April, 2016| Hon. Matthew D’Emic , Hon. Michael Denton , Hon. Daniel Angiolillo (Ret.), Amanda Cissner, M.A.

This webinar reports on the findings of research conducted by the Center for Court Innovation on Integrated and Dedicated DV Courts across the country. The presenters describe the vision, model… View this resource

Policy Analysis

On Topic: Abusive International Marriages, Sex Tourism, and Trafficking

Published: March, 2016| Building Our Future

As public discourse around sex trafficking has increased substantially over the past several years, a concern has emerged that the label of “sex trafficking” is being applied too casually and often… View this resource

Promising Practices & Policies

SHARP Narratives Convey the Big Picture of Victims' Experience of Stalking

Published: March, 2016| TK Logan, Edited by Stephanie Avalon

Stalking can be defined as an “intentional course of conduct that induces fear or concern for safety.” According to a recent study… View this resource

Tools & Guides

Information on the Legal Rights Available to Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence in the United States and Facts about Immigrating on a Marriage-Based Visa Fact Sheet

Published: January, 2011| US Citizenship and Immigration Services

Immigrants are particularly vulnerable because many may not speak English, are often separated from family and friends, and may not understand the laws of the United States. For these reasons… View this resource

Website

Safety & Privacy in a Digital World

Published: January, 2011| VAWnet

This Special Collection provides information and resources to support the safety and privacy of those who may or do experience technology-assisted abuse. It reviews the ways in which technology can be… View this resource

Research & Statistics

Violence Against Women in the United States and the State’s Obligation to Protect

Published: January, 2011| University of Virginia School of Law

Despite legal and policy measures designed to protect victims, domestic violence remains a pervasive rights violation in the United States. Legal and policy developments in the criminal justice system… View this resource

Research & Statistics

Final Technical Report to the National Institute of Justice on “A Multi-Site Assessment of Five Court-Focused Elder Abuse Initiatives”

Published: June, 2010| Lori A. Stiegel, J.D., American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging

This project assessed the five court-focused elder abuse initiatives in existence when their study began to examine how they handle elder abuse cases and determine whether they improve the criminal… 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

Men Who Murder Their Families: What the Research Tells Us

Published: June, 2009| Jackie Campbell, David Adams, Richard Gelles

In this video experts discuss cases of domestic violence that escalate to homicide followed by suicide. Although the economy and unemployment are risk factors, prior domestic violence is by far the… 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

Tools & Guides

Meeting the Legal Needs of Human Trafficking Victims: An Introduction for Domestic Violence Attorneys and Advocates

Published: January, 2009| Jean Bruggeman, Elizabeth Keyes

This publication was developed pursuant to a generous grant from the ABA Enterprise Fund, as part of a collaborative effort by several ABA entities aiming to provide attorneys with leadership and… View this resource

Community Safety Assessment Report

Safety & Accountability Audit of the Response to Native Women Who Report Sexual Assault in Duluth, Minnesota

Published: January, 2009| Mending the Sacred Hoop & Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault

Executive Summary of a Safety Audit from 2006-2008 View this resource