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Community Safety Assessment Report

Jackson County, OR Prosecution Response to Misdemeanor Domestic Violence

Published: December, 2003| Jen Maile, Rhonda Martinson, J.D.

This audit examined how misdemeanor domestic violence prosecution responds to domestic violence. A team of criminal justice practitioners and battered women's advocates carried it out; team members… View this resource

Tools & Guides

Potential Collateral Consequences of a Conviction for Misdemeanor Domestic Assault

Published: October, 2003| Carolyn Ham

This handout outlines many of the possible collateral consequences of a conviction for misdemeanor domestic assault in areas such as housing, immigration, and family court. View this resource

Tools & Guides

Injustice Defined: Why Battered Women Cannot And Should Not Be Charged With Violating Civil Protection Orders That Were Issued At Their Request

Published: October, 2003| Carolyn Ham

This memo provides advocates and attorneys with arguments against charging and convicting women with the violations of their own civil protection orders. View this resource

Policy Analysis

Minnesota's Standards for Batterer's Programs: A Policy Review and Report on Implementation in Hennepin County

Published: October, 2003| Sarah Myott

This report was created as a result of work conducted by the Battered Women's Justice Project and Hennepin County Community Corrections in order to begin work to implement MN Statute 518B.02, which… View this resource

Tools & Guides

The Role of Restorative Justice in the Battered Women's Movement

Published: September, 2003| Loretta Frederick, Kristine Lizdas

This article provides a comparison of the principles and practices of the restorative justice and battered women's movements. It provides an analysis and critique of each movement's response to… View this resource

Promising Practices & Policies

Prosecution Diversion in Domestic Violence: Issues and Context

Published: July, 2003| Jane Sadusky

This paper examines the issues surrounding prosecution diversion and the context for reconsidering its role and related cautions in promoting victim safety and offender accountability. View this resource

Policy Analysis

Structural Racism, the Criminal Justice System, and Violence Against Women: Literature Review

Published: March, 2003| Gavin Kearney

Literature on domestic violence, the criminal justice system, and race/ethnicity all discuss a number of problems with using the criminal justice system to address domestic violence. This article… View this resource

Tools & Guides

Why Should Advocates for Battered Women Want Batterers To Be Provided with Adequate Legal Representation When They Are Arrested for Assaulting Their Partners

Published: August, 2002| Loretta Frederick

The existence of a competent defense bar in any community does not undermine the effort to use the law to stop domestic violence. A fair and well-functioning criminal legal system may create general… View this resource

Community Safety Assessment Report

Minneapolis, MN Case Processing of Misdemeanor Domestic Violence Cases, Year 2: Arraignment to Sentencing and Progress Report on Implementation of Safety Audit Recommendations from Year 1

Published: March, 2002| Sharonna Lee, Kristine Lizdas, J.D., Connie Sponsler, Rhonda Martinson, J.D., Edited by Denise Gamache

This is a continuation of the audit: "Case Processing of Misdemeanor Domestic Violence Cases, Year 1." The first section of this report addresses the audit findings on arraignment through sentencing.… View this resource

Tools & Guides

Working Effectively with the Police: A Guide for Battered Women's Advocates

Published: August, 2001| Jane Sadusky

Battered women's advocates and police departments in several jurisdictions have been successful in developing a more effective police response to domestic assault cases. This article highlights… View this resource

Amicus Brief

Office on Violence Against Women Statement on Giles v. California

Published: July, 2008| Cindy Dyer

In the case of Giles v. California, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the doctrine of forfeiture by wrongdoing applied only when a defendant caused a victim’s absence from trial and did so with the… View this resource

Promising Practices & Policies

At A Crossroads: Developing Duluth's Prosecution Response to Battered Women Who Fight Back

Published: January, 2007| Mary Asmus

This monograph tells the story of how city prosecutors, battered women's advocates, and other practitioners in Duluth's criminal justice system came together to address the unique issues presented by… 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

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