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Requisites for Any Court Handling Domestic Violence Cases

Published: April, 2001| BWJP

This resource enumerates the necessary components and requisites for any court handling domestic violence cases, as well as dedicated domestic violence courts and dockets. This document was compiled… View this resource

Community Safety Assessment Report

Minneapolis, MN Case Processing of Misdemeanor Domestic Violence Cases, Year 1: Initial Police Response to Arraignment

Published: September, 2000| Sharonna Lee, Kristine Lizdas, J.D., Connie Sponsler, Edited by Denise Gamache

BWJP decided to focus its initial examination on two specific interactions, based on the chronology of case processing and in response to concerns raised by the Family Violence Coordinating Council.… View this resource

Policy Analysis

The Evolution of Domestic Violence Theory and Law Reform Efforts in the United States

Published: September, 2000| Loretta Frederick

Criminal justice system intervention in domestic violence cases takes place in the context of more than two decades of organizing and legislative change. This history has repercussions for today's… View this resource

Tools & Guides

Effective Advocacy on Behalf of Battered Women

Published: August, 2000| Loretta Frederick

This brief article describes the role of the advocate, defines the characteristics of a battering relationship, and lists key advocacy principles when working with victims of battering. View this resource

Tools & Guides

Intimate and Caregiver Violence Against Women with Disabilities

Published: July, 2000| Trish Erwin

At the intersection of disability and domestic violence is a population of women that has been rendered invisible by a lack of services in the battered women's movement and a lack of recognition of… View this resource

Policy Analysis

Crime Victim Compensation: Policy Paper Series

Published: February, 2000| Barbara Hart, Esq.

This paper examines the context and gives an overview of the Victims of Crime Act; also considers policy implications. View this resource

Tools & Guides

Advocacy and the Battered Women's Movement

Published: October, 1999| Stephanie Avalon

Any advocate working within the courts knows the justice system continues to pose significant challenges to battered women attempting to access the system. Those challenges, and the barriers that they… View this resource

Policy Analysis

Specialized Criminal Domestic Violence Courts

Published: October, 1998| Julie Helling

The National Center for State Courts surveyed courts by mail in 1998 and received approximately 200 responses indicating that the court had some type of specialized procedures for domestic violence… View this resource

Tools & Guides

Advocates and Victim/Witness Specialists: Differing Roles to Achieve Common Goals

Published: September, 1997| Stephanie Avalon

This article compares two major groups of victim service providers working in the court system: advocates working for battered women's program and victim/witness specialists employed by prosecutor's… View this resource

Tools & Guides

Advocacy in a Coordinated Community Response: Overview and Highlights of Three Programs

Published: September, 1997| Rose Thelen

This article gives an overview of advocacy - namely individual advocacy and systems advocacy - and describes them as an integral part of a community response to domestic violence. It also stresses the… View this resource

Laws & Regulations

Department of Defense Victim Witness Assistance Procedures

Published: June, 2004| Department of Defense

This is a Department of Defense (DoD) instruction that implements policy, assigns responsibilities, and prescribes procedures to assist victims and witnesses of crimes. It provides guidance on… View this resource

Research & Statistics

Domestic Violence and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Severity for Participants of a Domestic Violence Rehabilitation Program

Published: June, 2004| April Gerlock

This article, published in Military Medicine, describes participants of a domestic violence program, which was designed to help lessen attrition, and compared completers and non-completers of the… View this resource

Promising Practices & Policies

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

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

Research & Statistics

Patterns of Spouse and Child Maltreatment by Discharged U.S. Army Soldiers

Published: January, 2004| James E. McCarroll, Robert J. Ursano, Zizhong Fan

This journal article, reports the results of a study involving review of records of the U.S. Army's transitional compensation (TC) program and the Army Central Registry (ACR) of child and spouse… View this resource

Research & Statistics

Health-Related Consequences of Physical and Sexual Violence: Women in the Military

Published: September, 2000| Anne G. Sadler, Brenda M. Booth, Deanna Nielson

This study, published in Obstetrics & Gynecology, suggests that the sequelae of violence against women are an important public health concern. More than a decade after rape or physical assault… View this resource

Research & Statistics

Spouse Abuse Recidivism in the U.S. Army by Gender and Military Status

Published: January, 2000| James E. McCarroll, John H. Newby, Robert J. Ursano

This article, published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, reports on the examination of military spouse abuser recidivism using Army Central Registry (ACR) records. 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

Tools & Guides

Violence Against Women: A Curriculum for Empowerment, Facilitator's Manual

Published: January, 1985| Susan Schechter, Sharon Szymanski, Michele Cahill

A manual for facilitators of battered women's groups. The curriculum and workshops were the attempt of the authors to "institutionalize consciousness raising within shelters" and it "offers tools to… View this resource