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Webinar Recording

When the Victim is Arrested: Seeking a Just Response

Published: September, 2016| Quetita Cavero, Mary Ingham, Cindene Pezzell, Sandra Tibbetts Murphy

In this webinar the presenters discuss victims of ongoing coercive control who have been arrested as a direct or indirect result of their experiences of being abused. This discussion explores many of… View this resource

Webinar Recording

Sexual Assault by Law Enforcement

Published: August, 2016| Andrea Ritchie

Through research conducted as a Soros Justice Fellow, Andrea Ritchie determined that 52 percent of 35 police departments surveyed in the U.S. do not have a policy addressing or preventing sexual… View this resource

Webinar Recording

Bringing the Prosecution into Your CCR Team

Published: August, 2016| Mary Ingham, Sandra Tibbetts Murphy

As one of the central players in the criminal justice system response to domestic violence and other gender-based crimes, the prosecutor wields a great deal of power and when the person who occupies… View this resource

Webinar Recording

Prosecution 101: Vital Lessons for Advocates

Published: August, 2016| Mary Ingham, Sandra Tibbetts Murphy

The prosecutor plays a central role in a well-functioning coordinated community response to domestic violence, however many people outside of the prosecutor’s office, including advocates and victims… View this resource

Policy Analysis

U.S. v. Bryant Supreme Court Summary and Analysis

Published: July, 2016| Sandra Tibbetts Murphy

This resource presents the facts and progression of the case, and finishes with the conclusions that can be drawn. Download resource for full summary and analysis. View this resource

Webinar Recording

Responding to Youth Violence Through Community Advocacy

Published: July, 2016| Shabnam Javdani

This webinar presents the four phase community advocacy model, how it has been used in local communities, and presents evidence for its effectiveness. The presenter focuses specifically on how… View this resource

Promising Practices & Policies

The ROSES Program: Applying Evidence-Based Models of Advocacy Intervention with Girls

Published: June, 2016| Shabnam Javdani, Edited by Stephanie Avalon

All youth who commit violent offenses are at increased risk to end up in the criminal justice system as adults but girls who commit acts of violence are three times more likely than boys.i  Long term… View this resource

Webinar Recording

Arresting Victims: The Unintended Consequences of Pro Arrest Policies for Women and Girls

Published: June, 2016| Shabnam Javdani

Many people believe that increasing arrests of women and girls reflect a reality that women and girls have become more violent.  Research does not support this belief. This webinar will describe… View this resource

Webinar Recording

Have Laws Against Domestic Violence Increased the Criminalization of Girls?

Published: May, 2016| Francine Sherman

Every day in the U.S., abused and traumatized girls enter and are pushed through the justice system. Despite decades of attention, the proportion of girls in the juvenile justice system has increased… View this resource

Webinar Recording

Sexually Explicit Media and Communication: Selected Research Findings and Practice Implications

Published: May, 2016| Jeff R. Temple, PhD , Emily F. Rothman, ScD

Dr. Temple will discuss sexting (a combination of the words sex and texting), the practice of electronically sending sexually explicit images or messages from one person to another.  Sexting has… 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