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Domestic Violence: Policy & Systems Advocacy

The actions of governmental bodies - their laws, practices, regulatory measures, and funding priorities - profoundly affect how women and their families experience life and freedom from domestic violence. This area provides information and tools to assist in the critical thinking and critical action of individuals and their collective(s) working to end domestic violence through public policy and systems change.

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The Protected Innocence Challenge is a study of US state law to assist advocates in their work to end domestic minor sex trafficking. An interactive map provides each state’s ranking on 41 key legislative components that must be addressed in the state’s laws in order to effectively respond to the crime of domestic minor trafficking.
Authors: Shared Hope International
May 2011
This 2-pager provides an overview of students’ rights related to gender-based violence and harassment. It provides information about Title IX and offers a list of Dos and Don’ts.
Authors: American Civil Liberties Union, Women’s Rights Project
Spring 2011
This brief examines urban and rural differences in the community context of partner violence and the effectiveness of protective orders. The study uses data from an urban area and a rural area in Central Appalachia in Kentucky.
Authors: TK Logan and Robert Walker
February 2011
This guidance from HUD makes it clear that residents who are denied or evicted from housing as a result of domestic violence may have basis to file a discrimination complaint with HUD under the federal Fair Housing Act.
Authors: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
September 2009
This study addresses several gaps in the research literature on civil protective orders by examining protective order effectiveness, enforcement, and cost effectiveness.
Authors: TK Logan, Robert Walker, William Hoyt, and Teri Faragher
Updated 2009
This booklet provides an overview of domestic violence experienced by immigrant victims and safety planning with immigrant victims.
Authors: Legal Momentum and Organizacion en California de Lideres Campesinas
This guide aims to assist legal professionals working with victims of human trafficking in recognizing trafficking victims among existing domestic violence caseloads.
Authors: American Bar Association
The purpose of these Standards of Practice is to provide a reference for lawyers representing victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking in civil protection order cases, and to encourage lawyers to provide high quality legal representation to those clients.
Authors: American Bar Association
November 2001
This report examines victim's rights state statutes and discusses how case law has interpreted their application.
Authors: National Center for Victims of Crime
This summarizes the U.S. Supreme Court decision to strike down Civil Rights Remedy of the Violence Against Women Act. This Civil Rights Remedy law had provided survivors of DV and SV the right to sue their assailants in civil federal court.