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 needs. Often, domestic violence staff members feel ill-equipped to deal with these “high needs” women, feel that their presence is a threat to others, or do not have the information and skills needed to be most useful. This can result in women having no access to services they desperately need, which jeopardizes their safety as well as their freedom. We describe a collaborative effort to create a Best Practice Toolkit useful for both criminal legal personnel and domestic violence advocates. The team included community organizations, survivors, university researchers, and state and national organizations.

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