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Tools & Guides

Advocacy Challenges in a CCR: Protecting Confidentiality While Promoting a Coordinated Response

Published: January, 2011| Sandra Tibbetts Murphy

This article examines the conflict advocates face between the victim's need for confidentiality and the broader need for collaboration in a CCR, and explores how an advocacy program balances these two… View this resource

Promising Practices & Policies

Model Policy for Responding to Missing Persons Investigations

Published: May, 2010| Joanna Arlow, Edited by Stephanie Avalon

Advocates in Washington state told us that “police often contact our shelters and programs and want to know if a survivor who has been reported missing is using our services. Clearly, they are not… View this resource

Promising Practices & Policies

Domestic Violence Programs and Children's Records: Issues of Confidentiality and Release

Published: December, 2009| Sandra Tibbetts Murphy, Jenna Yauch

Preserving confidentiality for battered women and their children is central to ensuring their safety and allowing them to regain and retain control over their lives. The vital services of a shelter or… View this resource

Promising Practices & Policies

Alberta Shelters Assessing Danger

Published: July, 2009| Jan Reimer, Carolyn Goard, Edited by Stephanie Avalon

Dr. Campbell, professor of nursing and public health at Johns Hopkins University, originally developed the tool in 1985. Continuing research has updated and validated the Danger Assessment, leading… View this resource

Policy Analysis

Domestic Violence Advocates and the Unauthorized Practice of Law

Published: May, 2009| Kristine Lizdas, Sandra Tibbetts Murphy

This document is intended for both volunteer and paid staff of nongovernmental domestic violence programs who work directly with victims of domestic violence currently engaged in one or more legal… View this resource

Tools & Guides

Confidentiality: An Advocate's Guide

Published: September, 2007| Julie Kunce Field, Deb Goelman, Barbara Hart, Rebekah Lee, Sandra Tibbetts Murphy, Kim Tolhurst, Roberta Valente

Confidentiality and privilege are key to keeping battered women safe and represent the cornerstones of all successful advocacy and shelter programs. This guide is intended to familiarize advocates… View this resource

Tools & Guides

Sample Motion to Quash Grand Jury Subpoena

Published: September, 2007| Sandra Tibbetts Murphy

This document serves as a sample motion to be submitted by a domestic violence program that has received a subpoena in a grand jury proceeding, ordering it to disclose confidential information. View this resource

Tools & Guides

Female Officers as Victims of Police-Perpetrated Domestic Violence

Published: April, 2007| Diane Wetendorf

The purpose of this article is to increase advocates' knowledge of how the expectations and values of the female officer's profession and workplace culture influence her behavior and decisions… View this resource

Tools & Guides

Violence Against Native Women: A Guide for Practitioner Action

Published: October, 2006| NCPOFFC

This guide contains information on protection orders and Native American women and domestic and sexual violence. It provides specific information on the barriers to justice faced by Native women and… View this resource

Tools & Guides

Advocate Safety Envelope

Published: August, 2006| NCPOFFC

This tool is for advocates and survivors to help with protection order enforcement. This envelope was developed to provide law enforcement the information necessary to enforce a protection order. To… 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