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Webinar Recording

Developing and Implementing a Practice Guide on Domestic Violence for Parenting Evaluators: One Community's Experience

Published: November, 2011| Merril Cousin, Rachael DelVillar, Anne Ganley, PhD

Parenting evaluations are frequently offered in contested custody cases, and many professionals who conduct them do not have expertise or training in domestic violence. Survivors, advocates, and… View this resource

Webinar Recording

Applying the Safe and Together Model to Custody and Visitation

Published: October, 2011| David Mandel, MA, Bridget Reilly, MA

The Safe and Together model is being implemented in a number of states and jurisdictions (Connecticut, Ohio, Colorado, Florida, Kansas City, MO) to improve case practice and cross system collaboration… View this resource

Webinar Recording

Supporting Battered Mothers Involved in Custody Disputes

Published: September, 2011| Dr. Shannon Schmidt

Battered mothers need help and support now. Specialized support groups for custody challenged battered mothers are one way to provide that support. Shannon Schmidt has been leading such a group for… View this resource

Tools & Guides

Advice from Battered Mothers to Legal and System Professionals

Published: September, 2011| Stephanie Avalon, Loretta Frederick

In Minnesota there is a support group of battered mothers who have experienced protracted custody litigation involving their abusers. We asked these mothers what advice they would give family court… View this resource

Statute Guides & Matrices

Parental Kidnapping Statutes: Highlight

Published: September, 2011| BWJP, National Clearinghouse for Defense of Battered Women

This chart is designed as a reference guide to each state's parental kidnapping statute or statutes, with particular emphasis on whether these statutes contain language potentially relevant to… View this resource

Webinar Recording

Invisible Forces Guiding Decision-Making in Family Court

Published: August, 2011| Gabrielle Davis, J.D., Stephanie Avalon, Denise Eng

Even when domestic violence is recognized and documented, resulting judicial decisions fail to adequately account for violence and control that still exist and impact the safety and well-being of… View this resource

Webinar Recording

Custody Issues and Military Families

Published: July, 2011| Dean Christine Church

Military families are very mobile, which presents special issues for military parents seeking to initiate, enforce, or change a custody order. This webinar provides basic information for advocates who… View this resource

Promising Practices & Policies

The Ohio IPV Collaborative Builds Competency Within Child Protective Services

Published: July, 2011| Denise St. Clair, Edited by Stephanie Avalon

Linking children’s safety to the safety of their mothers, the late Susan Schechter coordinated and consulted with Advocacy for Women and Kids in Emergencies (AWAKE) at Children's Hospital in Boston… View this resource

Webinar Recording

Developing Protocols to Ensure Multiple Opportunities for Safe Disclosures of Domestic Violence

Published: July, 2011| Anne Menard

Anne Menard shares lessons learned from assisting a range of program developing protocols to address domestic violence, included federally-funded programs who thought the populations they were serving… View this resource

Webinar Recording

Safety Planning with Battered Mothers Exchanging Children: The Role of the Advocate

Published: May, 2011| Jennifer Rose

In the first of a two-part webinar that will address the challenges of parenting with former partners, Jennifer addresses the role of the advocate in working with battered mothers who share parenting… 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