Funded as a Special Interest Resource Center: Civil & Criminal Justice Responses to Domestic Violence by the Family and Youth Services Bureau, Department of Health and Human Services, with additional funding provided by the Office on Violence Against WomenDepartment of Justice.
Promising Practices & Policies

Memorandum of Understanding Concerning Full Faith and Credit of Protection Orders

Published: January, 2005| NCPOFFC

These forms provide a model memorandum of understanding between tribal and county governments concerning the inter-jurisdictional enforcement of protection orders. The model MOU addresses service of… View this resource

Promising Practices & Policies

Community Policing and Domestic Violence: Five Promising Practices

Published: October, 2004| Jane Sadusky

In 1999, the Battered Women's Justice Project began working with four communities to examine how domestic violence intervention could move beyond the limits of the criminal justice system and develop… View this resource

Community Safety Assessment Report

Freeborn County, MN Safety and Accountability Audit Report

Published: October, 2004| Kristine Lizdas, J.D., Rhonda Martinson, J.D.

This is the report from the first phase of the Freeborn County Safety and Accountability Audit. It explores Freeborn County's dispatch and law enforcement response to domestic violence calls. View this resource

Tools & Guides

Bridging Domestic Violence Intervention and Community Policing: Partnership and Problem-Solving Tools

Published: August, 2004| Jane Sadusky

In 1999, the Battered Women's Justice Project began working with four communities to explore the application of community policing, with its emphasis on community engagement and problem-solving, to… View this resource

Promising Practices & Policies

A Balanced Collaboration: Vermont's Protocol for Law Enforcement Response to Children

Published: June, 2004| Jane Sadusky

Partnership and collaboration in name only has characterized many attempts to draft protocols or working agreements and build a coordinated community response. Vermont had a different experience in… View this resource

Tools & Guides

When Is Arrest Not An Option The Dilemmas of Predominant Physical Aggressor Language and the Regulation of Intimate Partner Violence

Published: February, 2004| Trish Erwin

This article explores the philosophical, practical, and legal issues involved in using predominant physical aggressor language in response to addressing intimate partner violence. It also includes a… View this resource

Tools & Guides

Reducing Language Barriers To Combating Domestic Violence: The Requirements Of Title VI

Published: January, 2004| Carolyn Ham

In addition to the usual obstacles to leaving a violent relationship, battered immigrant women face a host of additional issues such as fears about being deported, loss of legal immigration status and… View this resource

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

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