The Justice for Families Supervised Visitation Grant Program (Supervised Visitation Program) requires a partnership with a domestic violence program. Domestic violence advocates generally advocate for adult victims of domestic violence.

Domestic violence advocates provide victims with information and resources, explore the range of options available to victims, and support the choices victims make. This role enables advocates to gain valuable insight into victims’ experiences with domestic violence, including experiences with the civil and criminal justice systems. As such, domestic violence advocates are in a position to: help develop center policies and procedures; help assess these policies and procedures for unintended consequences to child(ren) and adult victims; train partners about the dynamics of domestic violence, the impact of domestic violence on children, and available community resources; and build relationships with centers in ways which support meaningful referrals that impact long-term, post-separation safety.

Advocacy Information

  • Advocacy Beyond Leaving: Helping Battered Women in Contact with Current or Former Spouses by Jill Davies, Futures Without Violence (2009). This guide offers practical suggestions to assist advocates working day-to-day with victims and uses the familiar and concrete framework of woman-defined advocacy to explain advocates’ important role in safety planning when victims are in contact with current or former spouses. Read this guide
  • Domestic Violence Program and Children’s Records: Issues of Confidentiality and Release by Sandra Tibbets and Jenna Yauch, Battered Women’s Justice Project (2009). The importance of confidentiality in the lives of battered women and their children cannot be understated. Preserving confidentiality for these women and children is central to ensuring their safety and allowing them to regain and retain control over their lives. This paper provides guidance to domestic violence programs regarding children’s records and serves as a starting place for internal policy development on this issue. Read this paper
  • From Classroom to Courtroom: The Legal Advocacy Clinic as a Collaborative Effort to Address Domestic Violence Issues in the Community by Tricia P. Martland in Vol. 3, No. 2 of Family & Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly (2010). This article discusses providing court advocacy services to victims of domestic violence through the Legal Advocacy Clinic, a collaborative effort between an academic institution and a non-profit agency. The Legal Advocacy Clinic is the first of its kind to offer undergraduate criminal justice students the opportunity to advocate for victims of domestic violence. Read the abstract
  • Helping Children Thrive: Supporting Woman Abuse Survivors as Mothers by Linda Baker and Alison Cunningham, Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System (2004). This guide is for service providers assisting victims of domestic violence. It addresses the needs of abused women as mothers, the parenting of abusive men, how abusive men effect family dynamics, the effects of power and control on mothers, the potential impact of woman abuse on children of different ages, and strategies used by young people to cope with violence in their homes and offers guidance on parenting children exposed to violence. Read this guide
  • Resource Guide for Advocates and Attorneys on Interpretation Services for Domestic Violence Victims by Chic Dabby and Cannon Han, Asian Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence (2009, revised 2010). These guidelines focus on court interpretation for domestic and sexual violence victims with limited English proficiency. Read these guidelines
  • Turning Points: A Nonviolence Curriculum for Women by Ellen Pence, Laura Connelly, and Melissa Scaia (2010). Turning Points is a curriculum for facilitating groups with women who use both legal and illegal violence against their partners. Groups focus on helping women understand the connection between the violence they experience and the violence they use. The curriculum’s overall goal is to help them end both. The curriculum includes: a facilitator’s weekly sessions manual; a participant’s workbook; a facilitator’s guide on DVD/CD; and DVDs featuring short lectures, vignettes, and women telling their stories. View this curriculum

  • Advocacy on Behalf of Battered Women by Ellen Pence in Sourcebook on Violence Against Women (2001). This chapter offers some observations about the current state of institutional advocacy in the U.S. battered women’s movement. Specifically, it discusses advocacy efforts to create civil and criminal court responses that effectively protect women who are being battered and examines efforts to correct the criminal court system’s historic hands-off approach to men who beat their wives and partners. Read this chapter
  • Confidentiality and Information Sharing Issues for Domestic Violence Advocates Working with Child Protection and Juvenile Court Systems by Jill Davies (2001). This paper explains basic advocacy practice and legal concepts related to information sharing and provides a framework for making decisions about how to handle and use information when working with women involved in the child protection or juvenile court systems. Read this paper
  • Effective Advocacy on Behalf of Battered Women by Loretta Frederick, Battered Women’s Justice Project (2002). This article discusses the characteristics of a battering relationship, the impact on battered women’s advocacy needs, and advocacy principles as applied to working with battered women. Read this article
  • Making Social Change: Reflections on Individual and Institutional Advocacy with Women Arrested for Domestic Violence by Martha McMahon and Ellen Pence in Vol. 9, No. 1 of Violence Against Women (2003). This article offers strategies that activists can use to advocate for women who have been victims of domestic violence and who have been arrested for using domestic violence. Read this article

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Domestic Violence Information

  • 1 is 2 Many Public Service Announcement. This PSA was produced by the White House and features professional athletes and other male role models who deliver the message that dating violence is unacceptable. Joining the President and Vice President in the PSA, are Joe Torre, Major League Baseball Executive Vice President, Baseball Operations, and Manager of four World Series championship teams, David Beckham of the LA Galaxy, Eli Manning of the New York Giants, Jeremy Lin of the New York Knicks, Evan Longoria of the Tampa Bay Rays, Jimmy Rollins of the Philadelphia Phillies, and ESPN correspondent Andy Katz. Watch Video
  • Intersection of Disability, Diversity, and Domestic Violence: Results of National Focus Groups by Elizabeth Lightfoot and Oliver Williams in Vol. 18, No. 2 of the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma (2009). This article examines the unique issues faced by people with physical and sensory disabilities in accessing help for domestic violence, with a particular emphasis on the experiences of people of color with disabilities. Read this article
  • Substance Abuse and Intimate Partner Violence by Larry Bennett and Patricia Bland, National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women (2008). This paper discusses the co-occurrence of substance abuse and intimate partner violence, highlights the special role of men’s drunkenness in intimate partner violence, examines substance abuse by victims of intimate partner violence, and presents issues related to coordination and integration of substance abuse and intimate partner violence services. Read this paper
  • The Parenting of Men Who Batter by Lundy Bancroft in Court Review: The Journal of the American Judges Association (Summer 2002). This article discusses the parenting characteristics commonly observed in batterers and the implications for children’s emotional and physical well-being, their relationships with their mothers and siblings, and the development of their belief systems. Read this article
  • Understanding Women’s Experiences Parenting in the Context of Domestic Violence: Implications for Community and Court-Related Service Providers by Peter G. Jaffe and Claire V. Crooks, Violence Against Women Online Resources (2005). This paper identifies and discusses seven central themes that highlight the intersection between women abuse and parenting. Specific implications and recommendations for community and court service providers are offered. Read this paper
  • Violence Against Women with Mental Illness by the Council of State Governments Justice Center (2007). This report reviews existing literature on mental illness and victimization; provides information on relevant mental health or victim service programs and resources; and recommends research, methods of developing policy and programs, and types of training and education to improve services for this population. Read this report

  • Conceptualizing Trauma and Resilience Across Diverse Contexts by Pratyusha Tummala-Narra in Vol. 14, No. 1 of the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma (2007). This article provides a multicultural understanding of trauma and resilience as experienced in the lives of individuals from diverse cultural and racial backgrounds. Read this article
  • Intimate Partner Violence in Immigrant and Refugee Communities: Challenges, Promising Practices, and Recommendations by Michael Runner et al., Futures Without Violence (2009). This report examines the issue of intimate partner violence in immigrant and refugee communities in the United States from a variety of standpoints, including the legal rights and practical challenges facing immigrant and refugee victims of violence, the ways systems are responding, and the promising practices. Read this report
  • It’s In Their Culture: Fairness and Cultural Considerations in Domestic Violence by Sujata Warrier in Vol. 46, No. 3 of the Family Court Review (2008). This essay develops a critical framework on the issue of culture and provides specific ways in which a more nuanced understanding of culture is helpful for court personnel as they grapple with how to work with a diverse population. Read this essay
  • Power and Control Wheel by Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs. The Power and Control Wheel was developed from the experience of battered women in Duluth who had been abused by their male partners. It does not attempt to give a broad understanding of all violence in the home or community, but instead offers a more precise explanation of the tactics men use to batter women. View the Power and Control Wheel
  • Violence Against Immigrant Women: The Roles of Culture, Context, and Legal Immigrant Status on Intimate Partner Violence by Anita Raj and Jay Silverman in Vol. 8, No. 3 of Violence Against Women (2001). This article reviews the research literature and finds that the little data that exists demonstrates that immigrant women’s cultures, contexts, and legal status (a) increase vulnerability for abuse, (b) are used by batterers to control and abuse immigrant women, and (c) create barriers to women seeking and receiving help. Read this article

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Safety Planning Information

  • Assessing Risk Factors for Intimate Partner Homicide by Jacquelyn C. Campbell et al, National Institute of Justice Journal (2003). This study of the Danger Assessment Tool finds that despite certain limitations, the tool can, with some reliability, identify women who may be at risk of being killed by an intimate partner. Read this study
  • Safety Planning by Jill Davies, Greater Hartford Legal Assistance (1997). This paper discusses how to implement comprehensive safety planning for battered women using a women-centered model. It also discusses batterer-generated and life-generated risks and the role of advocates in supporting safety planning strategies. Read this paper
  • Safety Planning for Domestic Violence Victims with Disabilities by Cathy Hoog, Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services for the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (2010). This protocol and recommended policies are intended to support domestic violence agencies to strengthen and increase their safety planning services to people with disabilities and to advance self-determination for people with disabilities by offering safety planning that is cognizant of environmental and social barriers. Sample safety planning questions are provided that may help advocates build trust with a survivor and gain a detailed understanding of the ways an abuser can use a disability against a survivor. Read this protocol

Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Information

  • Guiding Principles of the Safe Havens: Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Grant Program by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice (2007). This resource was created to guide the development of and administration centers with an eye toward addressing the needs of children and adult victims of domestic violence in visitation and exchange settings. The Guiding Principles look beyond the visitation and exchange setting to address how communities funded under the Supervised Visitation Program can address domestic violence in the larger community. Read the Guiding Principles
  • Kent, Washington Safe Havens Demonstration Site Safety and Accountability Audit: Final Report by Praxis International, Inc. (2007). This report explores how a victim of battering, who might benefit from supervised visitation, finds out about it, decides whether or not to use it, effectively communicates that decision to the court, and locates an appropriate visitation program. Read this report
  • Supervised Visitation Programs: Information for Mothers who Have Experienced Abuse by Jill Davies, Futures Without Violence (2007). This guide is for mothers who have experienced abuse and whose children are in supervised visitation programs. It is designed to help women whether they are visiting children or bringing children to visit. Read this guide