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The Battered Women's Justice Project, in partnership with the National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women, provides resources for advocates, battered women, legal and justice system personnel, policymakers, and others engaged in the justice system response to domestic violence.

New Resource!

The Battered Women’s Justice Project is pleased to announce the online publication, “Representing Victims of Intimate Partner Violence Connected with the Military – A Handbook for Civil Attorneys."  

Survivors and victims of intimate partner violence who are military service members, veterans, or partners of service members or veterans often have specific legal issues related to the military.  Attorneys not connected to the military must understand those issues or they run the risk not only of inadequate representation, but also of increasing danger to their clients.  Although there are many resources for those who represent service members and/or veterans, for those who represent intimate partner violence survivors, little information has been available on the ways these two areas intersect for military-related survivors.  This handbook provides that information and is organized around legal topics that affect this group.  

Although the handbook contains information useful to military attorneys or legal assistance officers, the target audience is attorneys and legal advocates who are relatively unfamiliar with the structure, culture, and laws of the military.

A new face at BWJP

The Battered Women's Justice Project is pleased to announce that Brian Clubb has joined us as the Military Advocacy Program Coordinator. Glenna Tinney, who was serving in this position, is now the Senior Adviser for the Military Advocacy Program. Brian manages a special project to develop a model coordinated community response to intimate partner violence (IPV) where perpetrators have co-occurring combat-related conditions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder and/or traumatic brain injury. Brian is responsible for enhancing and maintaining a network of subject matter experts to serve as resources for victim advocates serving military-related victims. He also monitors legal, military, veteran, and public policy developments nationwide that affect civil and criminal justice responses to intimate partner violence.

Brian provides consultation, training and subject matter expertise to many organizations that have not traditionally worked together to address military and veteran-related domestic and sexual violence. He is available to consult with any agency that is faced with responding to the unique needs of military-related victims and perpetrators of domestic and sexual assault. Brian can be reached via email at bclubb@bwjp.org or by phone at 571-384-0985. 

Best Practices & Helpseeking Obstacles: Law Enforcement and Advocacy

Aug 11th, 2014
1pm CT

Dr. Sherry Hamby is Research Professor of Psychology and Director of the Life Paths Research Program at the University of the South, John Guard is a detective with the Major Crimes Division of the Pitt County, NC Sheriff’s office, and Margaret (Peg) Ruddy is the Executive Director of the Women’s Resource Center of Scranton, PA, serving in that capacity for 22 years and employed by WRC for 30 years.

Description: The faculty will discuss the findings of a national study of domestic violence witnessed by children. Among other findings, an exemplary level of police response (that which included at least 6 “best practices” for law enforcement – follow up after initial contact, safety planning with victim, assessment of child’s needs, provision of 911 telephone, description of protection orders and court procedures, connection with available shelter and services, explanation of effects of domestic violence on children, and efforts to help victims feel safe) was most associated with arrest. Contact with advocates involving referrals and protection order information was most associated with separation from domestic violence perpetrators. Obstacles to accessing services were identified. Helpseeking was not deterred by obstacles in the directions anticipated by researchers. Criminal justice case attrition was high across the full spectrum of criminal legal interventions. Practitioner faculty will reflect on the research and analyze it in light of the “best practices” and obstacles to service in their respective fields.

Article: Hamby, S., Finkelhor, D., Turner, H. (2014). “Intervention Following Family Violence: Best Practices and Helpseeking Obstacles in a Nationally Representative Sample of Families with Children.” (Publication in process.)

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NCJFCJ launches website

Designed by and for the OVW TA community as part of the TA2TA project, this website will facilitate the collaboration and communication integral to the continued strength and sustainability of the work of this project, the OVW TA community, and its constituents. In growing partnerships, strengthening relationships, and convening to identify promising practices and emerging trends, TA2TA projects such as this website will lay the foundation for better day-to-day realization of work on OVW-funded projects while generating a strategic plan and future vision for the OVW TA Program.

image of Battered Women's Justice Project name in textpromotes change within the civil and criminal justice systems to enhance their effectiveness in providing safety, security, and justice for battered women and their families.  We offer training, technical assistance, and consultation on the most promising practices of the criminal and civil legal systems in addressing domestic violence.

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