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

Increasing Survivor Safety and Offender Accountability Through Court Watch Programs

Published: July, 2014| NCPOFFC, Monica N. Player

This promising practice article provides information on how Court Watch Programs are used to pinpoint systemic problems and gaps in the protection order system. View this resource

Promising Practices & Policies

A Roadmap to Risk Assessment: Maine’s Use of the Ontario Domestic Assault Risk Assessment Tool

Published: June, 2014| Julie Colpitts, Faye Luppi, Edited by Stephanie Avalon

In the first phase, MCEDV engaged stakeholders to identify high-risk behaviors and gaps in the coordinated community response. There was consensus that Maine had difficulty identifying high-risk… View this resource

Webinar Recording

Effectively Working with Victims of Domestic Violence in Community Corrections

Published: June, 2014| Jen Wright, Michele Roenitz-Sigfrids

In this webinar two experienced officers discuss practices and policies that enhance safety for victims, and are productive for corrections. They discuss case examples on the importance of setting… View this resource

Tools & Guides

Representing Victims of Intimate Partner Violence Connected with the Military – A Handbook for Civil Attorneys

Published: June, 2014| Ellen Schell

This handbook provides legal and military policy information needed by civil attorneys representing survivors and victims of intimate partner violence who are connected with the military. View this resource

Webinar Recording

A Roadmap to Risk Assessment: ODARA and Maine’s CCR

Published: May, 2014| Faye Luppi, Julia Colpitts

Presenters describe the year-long process leading to the recommendation that Maine risk assessment practice be updated to include the Ontario Domestic Assault Risk Assessment (ODARA) tool. ODARA… View this resource

Webinar Recording

The Impact of Differential Sentencing of Batterers

Published: May, 2014| Andrew Klein, Ph.D., Judge Michael Denton, James E. Henderson Jr., MSW

The faculty discuss research from a statewide study in Rhode Island on the impact of differential sentencing of batterers on recidivism. The investigation examined the severity of sentencing of DV… View this resource

Webinar Recording

Fatality Reviews: Process and Outcomes

Published: April, 2014| Heather Storer, Kelly Starr, Taryn Lindhorst, Jenny Aszman

The faculty discuss research on Domestic Violence Fatality Review (DVFR) team initiatives. DVFR teams are a means of identifying systemic gaps in the response to domestic violence and in clarifying… View this resource

Webinar Recording

Strategies to Prosecute Interstate Domestic Violence Cases

Published: April, 2014| NCPOFFC, Margaret Grohban

This webinar contains information on intimate partner homicide, domestic violence and abuse trends, VAWA and its amendments, the definition of interstate domestic violence and common types of abuse… View this resource

Webinar Recording

BEST Party Model: Shaping Party Environments to Prevent Sexual Violence

Published: March, 2014| Ed Heisler

For many college students, parties and college are like books and classes. They just go together. Students come to college to earn a degree, but college parties are an integral part of the… View this resource

Promising Practices & Policies

Stearns County Felony Domestic Violence Court: Increasing Victim Safety and Batterer Accountability through a Targeted Response to Dangerous Cases

Published: February, 2014| Janelle Kendall, Edited by Stephanie Avalon

Trying to address the overcrowding of the jail, Stearns County Attorney Janelle Kendall learned that 30 to 40 people were responsible for committing about 100 felonies a year. These repeat offenders… View this resource

Research & Statistics

The Prevalence and Problem of Military Veterans in the Maricopa County Arrestee Population

Published: June, 2010| Michael D. White, Arizona Arrestee Reporting Information Network (AARIN)

This report seeks to address the knowledge gap in the area of justice-involved veterans through an examination of booked arrestees in Maricopa County, Arizona. Using interview data from the Arizona… View this resource

Policy Analysis

Veterans and the Justice System: the Next Forensic Frontier

Published: June, 2010| Debra A. Pinals

This article, published by the Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, suggests that it is increasingly critical for forensic psychiatrists to develop skills and knowledge related… View this resource

Tools & Guides

Handbook for Legislation on Violence against Women

Published: January, 2010| United Nations

This Handbook for Legislation on Violence against Women, prepared by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs/Division for the Advancement of Women (DESA/DAW), is intended to assist States and… View this resource

Research & Statistics Policy Analysis

Last Stand The Criminal Responsibility of War Veterans Returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Published: January, 2010| Thomas L. Hafemeister, Nicole A. Stockey

This article, published in the Indiana Law Journal, explores the prevalence and impact of PTSD, particularly in war veterans, the relevance of this disorder to the criminal justice system, and the… View this resource

Research & Statistics

A National Portrait of Domestic Violence Courts

Published: December, 2009| Melissa Labriola, Sarah Bradley, Chris S. O’Sullivan, Michael Rempel, Samantha Moore

With funding from the National Institute of Justice, this study explores how criminal domestic violence courts have evolved, their rationale, and how their operations vary across the U.S. This study… View this resource

Promising Practices & Policies

Attorneys As First-Responders: Recognizing The Destructive Nature of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder On The Combat Veteran's Legal Decision-Making Process

Published: December, 2009| Evan Seamone

The author examines interviewing and counseling techniques that can be utilized by criminal defense attorneys when representing military-related clients who have post-traumatic stress disorder. View this resource

Policy Analysis

Texas Public Policy Foundation Policy Brief "Veterans' Courts"

Published: November, 2009| Mark A. Levin

This policy brief discusses the problem of incarcerated veterans, what Veterans Courts are, the role of victims in these programs, the purpose of these court programs, and support for them. View this resource

Policy Analysis

Combat Veterans, Mental Health Issues, and the Death Penalty: Addressing the Impact of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury

Published: May, 2009| Anthony E. Giardino

This article, published by the Fordham Law Review, argues that combat veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury at the time of their offenses should not be… View this resource

Research & Statistics

Making Arrests in Domestic Violence Cases: What Police Should Know

Published: January, 2009| David Hirschel

Based on data from the National Incident-Based Reporting System and a multistate survey of incident records kept by police, this study examined police arrest practices in domestic violence cases, with… View this resource

Research & Statistics

Practical Implications of Current Domestic Violence Research: For Law Enforcement, Prosecutors, and Judges

Published: January, 2009| Andrew R. Klein

The purpose of this work is to describe to practitioners what the research tells us about domestic violence, including its perpetrators and victims, the impact of current responses to it and domestic… View this resource