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Offender Focused Domestic Violence Initiative

Published: August, 2015| Marty Sumner, Chief of Police

The High Point Police Department in partnership with researchers, practitioners, prosecutors, and community has developed a focused deterrence initiative targeted at the chronic domestic violence… View this resource

Tools & Guides

Firearm Checklist for Advocates

Published: August, 2015| NCPOFFC

This checklist provides information for advocates facilitating a discussion with survivors about firearms. It also provides key information on the federal Gun Control Act provisions prohibiting the… View this resource

Tools & Guides

Firearm Checklist for Judges

Published: August, 2015| NCPOFFC

This checklist for judges provides key information on the federal Gun Control Act provisions prohibiting purchase or possession of firearms by those subject to a protection order (18 USC 922 (g)(8))… View this resource

Tools & Guides

Firearm Checklist for Law Enforcement

Published: August, 2015| NCPOFFC

This checklist for law enforcement provides information on two classes of persons prohibited under the domestic violence related provisions of the federal Gun Control Act. Those subject to a… View this resource

Tools & Guides

Firearm Checklist for Prosecutors

Published: August, 2015| NCPOFFC

This checklist for prosecutors provides key information on the federal Gun Control Act prohibiting those subject to a protection order (18 USC 922 (g)(8)) or those convicted of a misdemeanor crime of… View this resource

Promising Practices & Policies

Duluth Addresses Witness Intimidation

Published: July, 2015| Rhonda Martinson, Scott Miller, Edited by Stephanie Avalon

Unchecked witness intimidation can deter domestic violence victims and witnesses from calling for help, accessing the justice system, and participating in court processes. To learn how and when… View this resource

Policy Analysis

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

Published: July, 2015| Sandra Tibbetts Murphy

In Elonis, the Court held that use of the negligence standard with respect to the communication of a threat, is not sufficient to support a conviction under 18 U.S.C. § 875(c). Download resource for… View this resource

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

High Point, NC Focuses on Offenders to Deter Domestic Violence

Published: July, 2015| Marty A. Sumner, Edited by Stephanie Avalon

The High Point strategy addresses the problem at earlier stages of offending before the violence escalates. The first three years of implementation resulted in re-offense rates of only 14% across 1… 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

Website

WATCH

Published: January, 2015| WATCH

A Minnesota Court Monitoring Program. WATCH's mission is to make the justice system more effective and responsive in handling cases of violence, particularly against women and children, and creating a… View this resource

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WomensLaw.org

Published: January, 2015| WomensLaw.org

Free access to legal information, including information on restraining orders, custody, divorce, immigration, and tribal law. Also, links to sheriffs' offices, and court forms and instructions on… View this resource

Tools & Guides

Responding to Transgender Victims of Sexual Assault

Published: June, 2014| Office for Victims of Crime

This is an online guide for responding to transgender victims of sexual assault. Although not specifically created for the corrections community, this guide should be of interest to those working in… View this resource

Tools & Guides

A Passport to Safety: A Judge's Bench Card

Published: May, 2011| NCJFCJ, NCPOFFC

This tool provides key information on full faith and credit and firearms to judges. Included are benchcards for both issuing and enforcing courts dealing with domestic violence protection orders. 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

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

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