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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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August 2009
This Applied Research paper reviews the definition, evolution, and utilization of ìbattered woman syndromeî in the courts and offers a critique of its framework and its use.
Authors: Mary Ann Dutton With contributions from Sue Osthoff and Melissa Dichter
August 2009
This Applied Research paper presents an overview of the uses of expert testimony, the qualifications and roles of experts, the literature on the use of testimony on the effects of battering, and considerations for future research.
Authors: Kathleen J. Ferraro and NoÎl Bridget Busch-Armendariz
January 2009
This VAWnet document provides a historical and research overview of Parental Alienation Syndrome and Parental Alienation, identifies strategic issues for advocates working with victims, and offers guidelines to improve courtsí treatment of these issues.
Authors: Joan S. Meier
January 2009
This Applied Research document discusses the role of victims within restorative justice, reviews the research on restorative justice, and discusses the potential harms and benefits of using restorative justice in cases of intimate partner violence.
Authors: James Ptacek and Loretta Frederick
August 1998
This document highlights some of the legal and cultural trends surrounding custody and visitation decisions and identifies a strong need to consider more carefully the dynamics of domestic violence in these decisions.
Authors: Daniel G. Saunders