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Animal Abuse and Domestic Violence

Published: January, 2017| Mary Lou Randour, Ph.D.

When abusers use violence in the home as a means of controlling and threatening the partners and children, it can be—and often is—directed at the pets as well. Pet abuse is one of the forms of… View this resource

Webinar Recording

What Advocates Should Know About Gender-Based Violence on Campus

Published: December, 2016| Anton Tripolskii

This webinar introduces advocates to the evolution of campus-based responses to sexual violence, stalking, and intimate partner violence in the past decade.    View this resource

Webinar Recording

What Criminal Justice Professionals Should Know About Campus Disciplinary Processes

Published: December, 2016| Anton Tripolskii

This webinar compares the way in which gender-based violence is addressed on campus with the criminal process, and explains how these processes can proceed concurrently. It also discusses the effects… View this resource

Webinar Recording

Responding to Rape Denial: A Talk with Jody Raphael

Published: October, 2016| Jody Raphael

Jody Raphael discusses the distortion of rape statistics, attacks from feminists and conservatives, and the question of whether there is a “rape epidemic”. She also covers the truth about false rape… View this resource

Webinar Recording

Building LGBTQ Responses Within the Austin, Texas Police Department

Published: October, 2016| Greg Abbink, Michael Crumrine

Law enforcement's response to intimate partner violence and sexual assault within LGBTQ communities is often unsatisfactory. Many LGBTQ organizations encourage more effective practices or, in worst… View this resource

Webinar Recording

When the Victim is Arrested: Seeking a Just Response

Published: September, 2016| Quetita Cavero, Mary Ingham, Cindene Pezzell, Sandra Tibbetts Murphy

In this webinar the presenters discuss victims of ongoing coercive control who have been arrested as a direct or indirect result of their experiences of being abused. This discussion explores many of… View this resource

Webinar Recording

Sexual Assault by Law Enforcement

Published: August, 2016| Andrea Ritchie

Through research conducted as a Soros Justice Fellow, Andrea Ritchie determined that 52 percent of 35 police departments surveyed in the U.S. do not have a policy addressing or preventing sexual… View this resource

Webinar Recording

Bringing the Prosecution into Your CCR Team

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

As one of the central players in the criminal justice system response to domestic violence and other gender-based crimes, the prosecutor wields a great deal of power and when the person who occupies… View this resource

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

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