Publications

Family Violence: Legislative Updates
Family Violence: Legislative Updates
September 28, 2016
Provide a state-by-state guide to domestic and family violence legislation passed in 1995 through 2015 sessions. Legislators, judges, attorneys, domestic violence coalitions, and others interested in state domestic and family violence legislation will find these publications useful and informative as a guide to what legislative changes were made to address domestic violence in legislation across...More
10 Steps for Presenting Evidence in Court
10 Steps for Presenting Evidence in Court
September 26, 2016
When you go to court, you will give information (called “evidence”) to a judge who will decide your case. This evidence may include information you or someone else tells to the judge (“testimony”) as well as items like email and text messages, documents, photos,and objects (“exhibits”). If you don’t have an attorney, you will need to gather and present your evidence in the proper way. Courts have...More
10 Ways to Find Help with Your Case
10 Ways to Find Help with Your Case
September 26, 2016
If you are the victim of domestic violence and need legal help, this guide will help you find someone who can help you with your case. A lawyer who knows about domestic violence may be the best person to help. Parts of this guide will give you ideas about how to find one. However, you may not be able to find a lawyer to represent you in court. This guide also gives you ideas of other ways to get...More
Model Order Appointing a Custody Evaluator
Model Order Appointing a Custody Evaluator
June 8, 2016
This model order is a tool designed to assist judges in drafting orders for the appointment of custody evaluators, particularly in cases where domestic violence is an issue. The order and companion commentary guide a judge through considerations in key elements of an appointment order. Electronic copies of the order are available for easy modification to comply with local rules and practice. More
Synergy, Vol. 19, No. 2
Synergy, Vol. 19, No. 2
May 18, 2016
This Synergy issue discusses collaboration between child welfare agencies, the courts, and domestic violence organization. The issue reintroduces the Greenbook Initiative, discusses the provisions in the 2010 Reauthorization of CAPTA related to collaboration, and identifies the need for evidence based research supporting the effectiveness of collaborations. The issue contains interviews of Lonna...More
Decision-Making in Custody Cases Involving Domestic Violence: A Review of the Literature
Decision-Making in Custody Cases Involving Domestic Violence: A Review of the Literature
April 29, 2016
This publication summarizes results of empirical research studies on decision-making in custody cases involving domestic violence. It specifically focuses on how a variety of case-related factors and individual characteristics may influence the decision-making of three key professional groups: judicial officers, custody evaluators, and mediators. Case-related factors include type and nature of...More
Moving Toward Evidence-Based Practices: A Guide for Domestic Violence Organizations
Moving Toward Evidence-Based Practices: A Guide for Domestic Violence Organizations
April 12, 2016
  Over the last five years, the domestic violence field has actively sought to participate in evidence-building practice (EBP) and evidence-based documentation. Responding to national conversations suggesting that programs and practices should be able to demonstrate empirical evidence of their effectiveness, advocates and survivors have sought to define and document successful outcomes and...More
Using Data in Domestic Violence Work: Spotlight on the Ohio Domestic Violence Network
Using Data in Domestic Violence Work: Spotlight on the Ohio Domestic Violence Network
April 12, 2016
Professionals in the domestic violence field looking to build individual or organizational data and evaluation capacity are often interested in learning about how others have used data to inform their work. As part of an evidence-based pilot program, the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence: Child Protection and Custody (Resource Center) worked with two pilot sites that had programs or...More
Using Data in Domestic Violence Work: Spotlight on the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Using Data in Domestic Violence Work: Spotlight on the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence
April 12, 2016
Professionals in the domestic violence field looking to build individual or organizational data and evaluation capacity are often interested in learning about how others have used data to inform their work. As part of an evidence-based pilot program, the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence: Child Protection and Custody (Resource Center) worked with two pilot sites that had programs or...More
Synergy, Vol. 19, No. 1
Synergy, Vol. 19, No. 1
February 4, 2016
  The Winter 2016 issue of Synergy, the semi-annual newsletter of the ​​Resource Center on Domestic Violence: Child Protection and Custody's (RCDV: CPC), ​is now available! Volume 19, No. 1 of Synergy is an introduction to the innovative work of the Full Frame Initiative (FFI), a national nonprofit organization that works to break cycles of poverty and violence through systems change. Our lead...More