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Technology and Data Sharing Enhance CCR

Published: December, 2010| Julie Christianson, Edited by Stephanie Avalon

Law enforcement reports and corresponding court data have been collected and entered into the Domestic Abuse Information Network (DAIN) database. Coordinated Community Response (CCR) Project staff… View this resource

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Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs Produce Training Materials

Published: June, 2010| Dawn Larsen, Edited by Stephanie Avalon

(/assets/documents/pdfs/stalking_sexual_assault_manual_law_enforcement_agencies.pdf) One of the goals of the response team was to adapt and/or develop screening tools to assess for sexual assault and… View this resource

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Model Policy for Responding to Missing Persons Investigations

Published: May, 2010| Joanna Arlow, Edited by Stephanie Avalon

Advocates in Washington state told us that “police often contact our shelters and programs and want to know if a survivor who has been reported missing is using our services. Clearly, they are not… View this resource

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Skagit County Model Stalking Protocol

Published: April, 2010| Ken Bergsma, Edited by Stephanie Avalon

In addition to the increased risk, it was clear that these elements of domestic violence were often not addressed comprehensively by advocates, identified by law enforcement, or charged regularly as… View this resource

Amicus Brief

Amicus Brief for Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project: Robertson v. Watson

Published: March, 2010| Sandra Tibbetts Murphy

In this case, the petitioner obtained a civil protection order, which the defendant later violated. Petitioner sought to enforce the civil protection order by filing a private action for contempt when… View this resource

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Model Policy for Judges on Imposing, Modifying and Lifting Criminal No Contact Orders

Published: February, 2010| Jennifer Long, Christopher Mallios, Sandra Tibbetts Murphy

This paper sets forth a victim-centered analysis for judges to use when facing difficult decisions regarding the entering or modifying of no contact orders in criminal domestic violence cases. View this resource

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Model Policy for Prosecutors on Imposing, Modifying and Lifting Criminal No Contact Orders

Published: February, 2010| Jennifer Long, Christopher Mallios, Sandra Tibbetts Murphy

This paper sets forth a victim-centered analysis for prosecutors to use when facing difficult decisions regarding the entering or modifying of no contact orders in criminal domestic violence cases. View this resource

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Misdemeanor Investigation Pilot Project Reflects Successful Collaboration

Published: February, 2010| Kris Arneson, Edited by Stephanie Avalon

A comparison chart (below) of the case resolution data for the comparison year and data obtained through the end of the 2nd Quarter of the Pilot show a 23% increase in the overall conviction rate for… View this resource

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Maryland’s Lethality Assessment Program: From Research into Practice

Published: December, 2009| Dave Sargent, Edited by Stephanie Avalon

The murder of battered women is inherently difficult to predict, since homicide is thankfully rare. Fewer than 1% of battered women are killed. Jackie Campbell’s research examined characteristics both of women who were killed, and also women who would have died but for extreme good fortune or immediate medical care which saved their lives. View this resource

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Domestic Violence Programs and Children's Records: Issues of Confidentiality and Release

Published: December, 2009| Sandra Tibbetts Murphy, Jenna Yauch

Preserving confidentiality for battered women and their children is central to ensuring their safety and allowing them to regain and retain control over their lives. The vital services of a shelter or… 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

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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

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