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Webinar Recording

Assessing Risk and Lethality for Parents and Children in Domestic Violence Cases

Published: May, 2018| Rebecca Thomforde-Hauser and Janice M. Rosa

Please join us for a webinar highlighting ways in which courts and judges can better understand and respond to domestic violence risk factors in civil cases, highlighting outcomes from a national… View this resource

Webinar Recording

Should She Stay or Should She Go: Helping Domestic Violence Survivors with Interstate Cases

Published: May, 2018| Deborah Goelman, Esq. and Amie Lewis, MA

This webinar on basic interstate custody issues will provide participants with an overview of the various federal and state laws that govern interstate custody cases. It is designed for attorneys… View this resource

Webinar Recording

Mapping Gender: Shedding Empirical Light on Family Courts’ Treatment of Cases Involving Abuse and Alienation

Published: February, 2018| Joan S. Meier

What is really happening in the nation's family courts? This webinar discusses a national empirical study of custody courts' responses to domestic violence, child abuse, and parental alienation… View this resource

Webinar Recording

Should She Stay or Should She Go: Helping Domestic Violence Survivors with Interstate Cases

Published: December, 2017| Deborah Goelman, Amie Lewis, and Sarah Whitesell

This webinar on basic interstate custody issues will provide participants with an overview of the various federal and state laws that govern interstate custody cases. It is designed for attorneys… View this resource

Webinar Recording

Battered Mothers and Child Support

Published: September, 2016| Michelle Behl, Krista DelGallo

In this webinar presenters outline both potential risks and benefits for survivors posed by the IV-D Child Support system from thier vantage point in Texas. They also offer examples of policy and… View this resource

Webinar Recording

Advocacy for Protective Parents Facing Challenging Custody Litigation

Published: September, 2016| Lundy Bancroft

In this webinar, noted author and activist Lundy Bancroft (Why Does He Do That, The Batterer As Parent) discusses the challenges of sharing custody with an abusive partner post-separation. He also… View this resource

Webinar Recording

Parenting in the Context of Coercive Control

Published: July, 2016| Loretta Frederick, Nancy Ver Steegh

Recent years have seen a growing awareness that parenting in the context of domestic violence does not look the same in all families or under all circumstances – and that inattention to these… View this resource

Webinar Recording

Making the Case for Coercive Control

Published: June, 2016| Loretta Frederick , Nancy Ver Steegh

Family court professionals generally agree that domestic violence comes in many different shapes and sizes and impacts families in many and varied ways. The challenge comes in helping family court… View this resource

Webinar Recording

A Domestic Violence-Informed Approach to Child Custody Decision-Making

Published: June, 2016| Loretta Frederick, Nancy Ver Steegh

Notwithstanding an abundance of social science literature and persistent efforts to raise awareness about the adverse affects of domestic violence on children and parenting, family court systems… View this resource

Promising Practices & Policies

Calculating Safety: Reckoning with Domestic Violence in the Context of Child Support Parenting Time Initiatives

Published: April, 2015| Nancy Ver Steegh, Gabrielle Davis

This article explores domestic violence-related implications of federal and state initiatives seeking to establish parenting time in connection with entry of child support orders. The authors… View this resource

Website

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges/Family Violence Department

Published: January, 2015| National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

The Family Violence Department improves the way courts, law enforcement agencies, and others respond to family violence, while recognizing the legal, cultural, and psychological dynamics involved with… View this resource

Promising Practices & Policies

Domestic Violence and Child Custody: A 4-Part Model for Helping Judges Make More Informed Decisions

Published: June, 2013| Kristine Lizdas

Family court judges should consider the impact of violence on families when making decisions about child custody and visitation, according to Kristine Lizdas, a managing attorney at the Battered… View this resource

Statute Guides & Matrices

State Child Custody Laws Related to Mobilization / Deployment of SM Parents

Published: March, 2013| George D. McHugh, Christine Church

This spreadsheet provides a breakdown of state child custody statutes and their applicability to military servicemembers mobilizing or deploying. View this resource

Research & Statistics

Parenting Interventions for Men Who Batter

Published: June, 2012| Katreena Scott, Fernando Mederos

This Applied Research paper provides an overview of the research on the commonalities and controversies surrounding parenting interventions programs for men who batter with an emphasis on improving… View this resource

Policy Analysis

Practical Considerations for Parenting Interventions for Men who Batter

Published: June, 2012| Katreena Scott, Fernando Mederos

This Applied Research paper provides an overview of the practical considerations related to parenting interventions programs for men who batter. These include questions about program length and… 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

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

Promising Practices & Policies

Center for Court Innovation Child Support Protocol

Published: January, 2004| Liberty Aldrich, Judge Judy Reichler

This is a best practice guide for integrated domestic violence courts on how to handle child support, including information regarding federal child support protocols. View this resource