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Webinar Recording

Guardians at Litem -A SAFeR Approach to Enhancing Domestic Violence Practice

Published: October, 2021| BWJP

Guardians at Litem -A SAFeR Approach to Enhancing Domestic Violence Practice Guardians at Litem Training Series Manual DOWNLOAD (assets/documents/pdfs/gal-manual.pdf) Guardians at Litem Training Series… View this resource

Tools & Guides

Getting Child Support When the Coparent is Abusive

Published: August, 2021| SAFeR

Defining Domestic Violence When most people hear the words “domestic violence,” they think of physical or sexual violence. But some partners never physically attack their victims. People who abuse find… View this resource

Tools & Guides

SAFeR Mediation Discussion Guide

Published: January, 2019| SAFeR

The SAFeR Mediation Discussion Guide is designed to help survivors, advocates, attorneys, mediators, judges, and others talk about whether a case is appropriate for mediation and, if so, how mediation… View this resource

Tools & Guides

Accounting for Abuse in Orders for Protection

Published: November, 2018| NCPOFFC

This protection order guide is designed to help survivors, advocates, attorneys, and judges consider the range of behaviors the respondent has engaged in – from physical, sexual, emotional, economic… View this resource

Webinar Recording

A SAFeR Approach to Considering Child-Related Relief in Orders for Protection

Published: September, 2018| Gabrielle Davis

Battered parents frequently struggle to secure statutorily permitted child-related relief in civil protection orders. This webinar will introduce one strategy that advocates, attorneys, and survivors… View this resource

Tools & Guides

Intimate Partner Violence Screening Guide

Published: March, 2018| Gabrielle Davis

This initial domestic abuse screening guide is designed to help you identify domestic abuse and coercive controlling behaviors in family law cases. It is a simple screen that attempts to detect… 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

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