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Tools & Guides

Domestic Violence Risk Assessment Bench Guide

Published: August, 2009| Loretta Frederick, Drafted by the Minnesota Gender Fairness Implementation Committee

This is a research-based risk assessment bench guide designed by the Minnesota Gender Fairness in the Courts Implementation Committee for use by judges, although it has not been formally implemented… View this resource

Promising Practices & Policies

Kentucky VINE Services Puts Public Safety First

Published: July, 2009| Jenifer Gamble, Edited by Stephanie Avalon

Kentucky VINE Historical Perspective On the evening of December 6, 1993, Mary Byron sat in her car in the parking lot of a Louisville Mall. It was her 21st birthday and Mary was leaving her job at the… View this resource

Policy Analysis

Countering Confusion About the Duluth Model

Published: June, 2008| Graham Barnes, Michael Paymar

In this paper, the authors examine and respond to research and criticism from three sources and clarify other myths and misinformation about the Duluth Model. Given the difficulty of changing… View this resource

Amicus Brief

Giles v. California Amicus Curiae

Published: March, 2008| Sandra Tibbetts Murphy, Kristine Lizdas

In this criminal case, Defendant had killed his girlfriend but claimed it was self-defense and, in his trial, sought to exclude statement the girlfriend had made to law enforcement who responded to an… View this resource

Tools & Guides

Full Faith and Credit: Enforcing Protection Orders Pocket Guide

Published: January, 2008| NCPOFFC

This pull-out pocket guide for law enforcement is a quick reference from the Law Enforcement Officer’s Guide to Enforcing Protection Orders Nationwide. It provides responding officers with information… 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

Community Safety Assessment Report

El Paso County, CO Institutional Safety and Accountability Audit Report: A Project of the El Paso County Greenbook Project

Published: August, 2007| Lisa Tessarowicz, Amber Ptak, Rhonda Martinson

A multi-disciplinary team in El Paso County, Colorado mapped their domestic violence prosecution system, conducted focus groups of battered women, interviewed numerous practitioners, observed domestic… View this resource

Community Safety Assessment Report

La Crosse County, WI Domestic Violence Safety and Accountability Audit: Phase 2: Post-Arrest through Prosecution, Findings and Recommendations

Published: July, 2007| La Crosse County Domestic Violence Safety and Accountability Audit Team, Dar Jaeger, Jane Sadusky

The La Crosse County Safety Audit - Phase 2 explored the following question: How do post-arrest and prosecution responses to domestic violence cases in La Crosse County enhance or diminish victim… View this resource

Community Safety Assessment Report

Bellingham-Whatcom, WA Domestic Violence Safety and Accountability Audit: Findings and Recommendations for Prosecution and Probation Responses

Published: January, 2007| Sue Parrott

This audit explored the question: How do prosecution and probation recognize and respond to the complexities of risk and safety for all victims of domestic violence in the City of Bellingham Whatcom.… 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