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Promising Practices & Policies

Missouri’s Shelter Rules Project Provides Guidance to Examine and Reduce Shelter Rules

Published: April, 2012| Kenya Fairley, Edited by Stephanie Avalon

The project engaged shelter leaders from seven regions that comprise Missouri. Participants met and agreed to work toward reducing rules or implementing a voluntary services approach at their… View this resource

Tools & Guides

Islamic Marriage Contracts: A Resource Guide For Legal Professionals, Advocates, Imams & Communities

Published: March, 2012| Maha Alkhateeb

This guide was developed as a resource for legal professionals and advocates working with Muslims, and for Muslim leaders and community members. It is meant to provide and clarify information about… View this resource

Promising Practices & Policies

Michigan’s Open Doors Project Creates Toolkit for Working with Survivors of Domestic and/or Sexual Violence Who Have Criminal Histories

Published: February, 2012| Cris M. Sullivan, Ph.D., Edited by Stephanie Avalon

As recently featured in a BWJP webinar (resource-center/resource-results/open-doors-development-of-a-best-practice-toolkit-for-working-with-domestic-violence-survivors-with-criminal-histories.html)… View this resource

Webinar Recording

Still Feeling Invisible Practical Steps for Your CCR to respond to LGBTQ Needs

Published: January, 2012| Aaron Eckhardt

Most coordinated community responses (CCRs) have only informal arrangements to respond to violence with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) communities. Often ‘heterosexually… View this resource

Webinar Recording

Open Doors: Development of a "Best Practice" Toolkit for Working with Domestic Violence Survivors with Criminal Histories

Published: November, 2011| Dr. Cris M. Sullivan, Dr. Sheryl Pimlott Kubiak, Paula Callen

The majority of incarcerated women have also been victims of intimate partner violence. Upon their release from jail/prison, these women have difficulty finding services that address their complex… View this resource

Promising Practices & Policies

New Zealand's KIDshine Not Just Promising but Proven and Effective

Published: October, 2011| Donna Williamson, Edited by Stephanie Avalon

Since 2002, KIDshine has added followup contacts with abused mothers and their children in Auckland through in-home visitation to address safety planning, trauma, and recovery. Formerly called The… View this resource

Tools & Guides

Seeking Dismissal of Charges Against a Battered Woman for Violation of Civil Protection Order or Criminal No Contact Order: Sample Brief

Published: September, 2011| Sandra Tibbetts Murphy, Madina L. Nguyen

This sample brief form argues that a government agency is not permitted to arrest and/or prosecute a battered women, listed as a protective party, for allegedly violating a civil protection order or… View this resource

Promising Practices & Policies

Seattle's Peace In The Home Helpline Provides Culturally Specific Responses

Published: March, 2011| Sharon Chew, Edited by Stephanie Avalon

The Peace in the Home Helpline – (888) 847-7205 – is a unique and cost-effective call transfer system that uses existing technology to route LEP callers to community-based programs that can meet… View this resource

Tools & Guides

Full Faith and Credit for Protection Orders: Assisting Survivors with Enforcement Across Jurisdictional Lines

Published: March, 2011| NCPOFFC

This guide for advocates provides information on the full faith and credit provision of the Violence Against Women Act, 18 U.S.C. §2265, enforcement and registration of protection orders, and tips to… View this resource

Tools & Guides

Advocacy Challenges in a CCR: Protecting Confidentiality While Promoting a Coordinated Response

Published: January, 2011| Sandra Tibbetts Murphy

This article examines the conflict advocates face between the victim's need for confidentiality and the broader need for collaboration in a CCR, and explores how an advocacy program balances these two… View this resource

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Abuse of Power

Published: January, 2014| Diane Wetendorf, Inc.

Provides resources for victims of law enforcement-involved domestic violence and their advocates. View this resource

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Responding to Crime Victims with Disabilities/Resource Directory for Service Providers

Published: January, 2014| National Center for Victims of Crime

This Resource Directory is designed to help community advocates working in the fields of crime victim assistance, disability services, law enforcement, and allied professions improve their response to… View this resource

Research & Statistics

Addressing Domestic Violence in Immigrant Communities: Critical Issues for Culturally Competent Services

Published: February, 2012| Sheetal Rana, Leni Marin

Immigrant women as a social category are a diverse group. In the U.S., there are approximately 18 million women and girls who have emigrated from many countries around the world, under a myriad of… View this resource

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National Directory of Programs With Experience Serving Immigrant Victims

Published: January, 2012| The National Immigrant Women's Advocacy Project

A directory of service providers with experience working with immigrant victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, U-visa crimes and human trafficking, by state. This directory is also useful to… View this resource

Research & Statistics

LGTBQH Intimate Partner Violence

Published: December, 2011| National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs

For the past 14 years, the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) has produced this report to document intimate partner violence (IPV) within lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer… 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

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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

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

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