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AEquitas is the comprehensive technical assistance provider for prosecutors and domestic violence prosecutions. AEquitas focuses on developing, evaluating, and refining prosecution practices related to gender-based violence and provides case consultation, legal research, identification of expert witnesses, and peer reviews. To learn more about AEquitas, visit https://aequitasresource.org/

Publications

Protecting Victims of Domestic Violence: A Law Enforcement Officer’s Guide to Enforcing Protection Orders Nationwide

Battered Women's Justice Project

This guide for law enforcement provides guidance on the inter-jurisdictional enforcement of protection orders pursuant to the full faith and credit provision of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), 18 U.S.C. §2265, interstate domestic violence and stalking crimes 18 U.S.C §§§2261, 2261A, 2262, and firearm prohibitions 18 U.S.C. §922(g) (8) and (9). A quick reference pull out pocket guide is included for responding officers.

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The Prosecutors' Resource on Elder Abuse

AEquitas

This Prosecutors’ Resource is designed to assist with investigating and prosecuting cases involving abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation of an older victim. It includes foundational knowledge on the various forms and co-occurrence of elder abuse crimes, the characteristics of victims and perpetrators, the aging body, and issues of competency and capacity that will all inform prosecutors’ decision-making in cases and interactions with victims. This Prosecutors’ Resource also provides prosecution strategies for working with older victims and addresses the individual steps and considerations for prosecuting elder abuse cases from the initial interview and investigation through sentencing.

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Prosecutor’s Guide to Safety and Economic Security for Victims of Violence Against Women

Wider Opportunities for Women

The Prosecutor's Guide provides an in-depth look at how prosecution teams can help victims of domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking recover from violence and be safer in the future by addressing the linkages between abuse and economic security. It includes checklists with specific actions that prosecution staff can take to address economic security, training guidelines for prosecutors, policy recommendations and a pocket guide to accompany trial notebooks.

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A Prosecutor’s Guide to Full Faith and Credit for Protection Orders: Protecting Victims of Domestic Violence

Battered Women's Justice Project

This guide for prosecutors provides information on enforcement of protection orders pursuant to the full faith and credit provision of the Violence Against Women Act, 18 U.S.C. § 2265, interstate domestic violence and stalking crimes 18 U.S.C §§§ 2261, 2261A, 2262, and firearm prohibitions 18 U.S.C. § 922(g).

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Civil Protection Orders: A Guide for Improving Practice

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

This publication is known as the CPO Guide and is an updated version of the publication: A Guide for Effective Issuance & Enforcement of Protection Orders, also known as the Burgundy Book. The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, in partnership with the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women developed the CPO Guide as a tool designed to support the work of professionals dedicated to enhancing the effectiveness of the civil protection order process. It provides guidance for advocates, attorneys, judges, law enforcement personnel, and prosecutors to help ensure that protection orders are effectively issued, served, and enforced across the country.

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Webinars

Survivor-Defined Success Webinar

October 24, 2019

Kelsey Sanders, Sara Hardesty, Joyce Bilyeu, and Jennica Lawford

In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, four members of the National VOICES Chapter, spoke about survivor-defined success in Family Justice Centers.

Violence Against Women - It's a Men's Issue

May 29, 2013

Jackson Katz, Ph.D.

Domestic violence and sexual assault are often called “women’s issues”. Jackson Katz points out, in this TEDTalk, that these are intrinsically men’s issues and shows how these violent behaviors are tied to definitions of manhood. A call for use all, women and men, to speak up and out about unacceptable behavior and be leaders of change.

Centering Older Survivors in Your Work

October 22, 2019

Presented by: NCALL National Resource Center on Abuse in Later Life Presenters: Juanita Davis, NCALL Associate Director and Lisa Furr, NCALL Program Manager

To commemorate Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL), the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), and the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) presented this webinar to enhance understanding of the unique barriers older survivors face when dealing with abuse.

Other Tools/Resources

Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence (APIGBV)

APIGBV operates the Interpretation Technical Assistance and Resource Center (ITARC), which works to improve system responses to limited English proficient (LEP) victims by providing technical assistance and training on the development and implementation of language accessible services. Technical assistance and training includes, but is not limited to: civil rights compliance and language access planning; interpreting for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault; and building pools of qualified interpreters through workshops on interpretation ethics and skills building.

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Futures Without Violence (FUTURES)

FUTURES provides the Institute for Leadership and Education Development (I-LED), which offers hands-on workshops and technical assistance to help OVW grantees to improve the organization, quality, and consistency of education and training programs. FUTURES also provides the Supporting Organizational Sustainability to Address Violence Against Women Institute (SOS Institute), which offers resources, technical assistance support, and an interactive, multi-day training to help OVW grantees, partner organizations, and community-based organizations enhance their programming organizational infrastructure and capacity.

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Vera Institute of Justice (Vera)

Vera is the comprehensive technical assistance provider for recipients of OVW’s Education, Training, and Enhanced Services to End Violence Against Women with Disabilities Grants. Vera also provides technical assistance and training to increase the capacity and desire of OVW grantees to effectively respond to violence against people with disabilities and Deaf people and operates the Disability and Deaf National Resource Center.

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Alliance of Tribal Coalitions to End Violence (Alliance)

The Alliance is the comprehensive technical assistance provider for Tribal Coalitions. The Alliance provides education, peer consultation, standardization of practice, and resource referral to Tribal Coalitions and others to enhance their abilities to ensure a coordinated community approach to ending violence (domestic violence, sexual assault, and sex trafficking) against American Indian and Alaska Native Women.

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National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL)

NCALL is the comprehensive technical assistance provider for OVW’s Enhancing Training and Services to End Abuse in Later Life Program. NCALL provides training and services that address elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation, including domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking, involving victims who are 50 years of age or older.

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Family Violence Prevention and Services

The Family Violence Prevention and Services Program administers the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA), the primary federal funding stream dedicated to the support of emergency shelter and related assistance for victims of domestic violence and their children.

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Office for Victims of Crime

OVC, a part of the U.S. Department of Justice, oversees programs and grants for service providers and other professionals who assist victims of crime.

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Office on Violence Against Women

The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) provides federal leadership in developing the national capacity to reduce violence against women and administer justice for and strengthen services to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

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