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This webpage houses additional documents relating to domestic violence, sexual violence, dating violence, repeat violence, and stalking.

If you are in immediate danger of Domestic Violence, please call 911.

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Childhood Maltreatment and Adulthood Domestic and Sexual Violence Victimization among People with Severe Mental Illness

This study was designed to investigate the association between childhood maltreatment and adulthood domestic and sexual violence victimization among people with severe mental illness, and to explore this association in terms of gender differences and potential mediators. Results demonstrated that men and women with SMI who reported experiences of childhood maltreatment were two to five times more likely to report domestic and sexual violence victimization in adulthood, and people with severe mental illness have high prevalence of experiences of childhood maltreatment and adulthood domestic and sexual violence victimization.

Intimate Partner Violence among Sexual Minority Populations: A Critical Review of the Literature and Agenda for Future Research

A survey of 96 articles, published from 1999 to the present, documents that rates of IPV among LGB individuals are equal to or greater than rates observed among heterosexual individuals. A number of risk factors for IPV victimization and perpetration among LGB individuals have also been identified.

Occurrence and Impact of Domestic Violence and Abuse in Gay and Bi-sexual Men: A Cross-sectional Survey

This cross-sectional survey measured adult experience and perpetration of negative and potentially abusive behaviors with partners and its associations with mental and sexual health problems, drug and alcohol abuse in gay and bisexual men attending a UK sexual health service, and found associations with several negative behaviors.

Recent Physical and Sexual Violence against Adults with Severe Mental Illness: a Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

People with severe mental illness (SMI) have high prevalence of lifetime victimization, but little is known about the extent and risk of recent domestic/sexual violence. This article aims to synthesize evidence on prevalence, odds, and risk factors for recent violence against people with SMI, with a focus on domestic and sexual violence. July 2016.

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Building Cultural Justice: How Courts are Improving Access and Understanding in Domestic Violence Cases

This guide is designed to help viewers explore ideas surrounding culture, specifically a survivor’s culture as it relates to enhancing safety and access to justice. It was developed by the Center for Court Innovation in partnership with Casa de Esperanza and the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence to accompany the short video entitled Building a Culture of Justice.

Enhancing Cultural Responsiveness in the Courts Overview

This overview is designed for Florida's judges to help enhance access to justice by fostering more culturally responsive courts. It includes questions to ask, places to start, next steps, and resources.

Florida's Office of the State Courts Administrator's Web Page on Fairness and Diversity

This web page describes the Florida Supreme Court Standing Committee on Fairness and Diversity's work, and lists several useful resouces, including the 2015-16 Best Practices Guide and the Recognizing and Eliminating Bias in Court Operations Guide.

Integrating Procedural Justice in Domestic Violence Cases: A Practice Guide

The Center for Court Innovation developed an excellent resource guide for courts wanted to increase procedural justice and perceptions of fairness in domestic violence court.

Procedural Fairness Benchcard

Research has shown that higher perceptions of procedural fairness lead to better acceptance of court decisions, a more positive view of individual courts and the justice system, and greater compliance with court orders. This Procedural Fairness Benchcard was created by the National Center for State Courts.

Florida Injunctions for Protection, An Overview

Is a video that focuses on the needs of parties considering a petition for protection. It is hoped that the video will assist petitioners (as well as respondents) in understanding Florida’s four orders of protection and the requirements for filing a petition.

Florida Injunctions for Protection, the Hearing

Is a video designed as an orientation to civil domestic violence court; the video provides important information about court room procedures, discusses the participants in the hearing, and answers many of the questions litigants might have about what will happen when they come to court.

 

The Civil Injunction for Protection Brochure for Petitioners

This brochure discusses the types of injunctions available to petitioners, what protection may be available, and what to expect during the injunction process. These brochures have been sent to every courthouse where domestic violence petitions may be filed.

The Civil injunction for Protection Brochure for Respondents

This brochure explains what a temporary injunction means, what the respondent can and cannot do while the temporary injunction is in effect, what to expect at the hearing in court, and what possible restrictions the judge may order if a final injunction is ordered. These brochures have been sent to every courthouse where domestic violence injunction hearings may be held.

Checklist for Litigants Seeking an Injunction for Protection

This checklist explains the five different types of civil protective orders avaliable in Florida.

How to Prepare for an Injunction for Protection Court Hearing

This brochure explains how to prepare for a hearing on a petition for an injunction for protection.  It is designed to assist both petitioners and respondents.

The Florida Council Against Sexual Violence

This Florida based group was established to provide information and training on issues pertaining to sexual violence.

The Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence

This Florida based group was established to provide information and training on issues pertaining to domestic violence. 
 

More Helpful Links:

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Find a local domestic violence shelter near you

 

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Get Psych'd About Batterer Compliance

Is a video that discusses the recently published OCI Best Practices Guide for Enforcing Batterer Accountability (available in PDF format). It also discusses some of the newer technologies that can be used to stalk victims of domestic violence.

This video has been distributed to stakeholders throughout Florida, including Guardians ad Litem, court personnel, and judges who may be involved with the domestic violence injunction process.

 

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Sex Trafficking Brochure for Parents

The Arizona State University (ASU) School of Social Work, Office of Sex Trafficking Intervention Research, along with The McCain Institute for International Leadership at ASU, developed a very informative brochure for parents that discusses common myths surrounding sex trafficking, details how juveniles can become victims of sex traffickers, and highlights ways in which parents can protect their children from becoming victims. Please review this brochure for very valuable information.

Children’s Exposure to Intimate Partner Violence and Other Family Violence

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Juvenile Justice Bulletin. This Bulletin discusses the National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence (NatSCEV), the most comprehensive nationwide survey of the incidence and prevalence of children’s exposure. (October 2011).

Custody and Visitation in Civil Protection Orders: Guiding Principles and Suggested Practices for Courts and Communities

This publication, developed by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, provides guiding principles and encourages judges to consider and address custody/visitation issues in protection orders.

The Office of Juvenile Justice Toolkit: Enhancing Police Responses to Children Exposed to Violence

This Toolkit provides practical tools and resources to assist law enforcement agencies in building or enhancing effective operational responses to children exposed to violence (with or without a mental health partner). This toolkit contains tools targeted to police leaders and frontline officers. .

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Study and Domestic Violence

This ACEs overview, presented by the Centers for Disease Control, is part of an interactive website that provides a wealth of information, demographics, and outcomes that result from childhood ACEs.

Patterns of Adjustment among Children Exposed to Intimate Partner Violence: a Person-centered Approach

This study examined profiles of adjustment in an ethnically diverse sample of 291 school-age children recruited from community-based domestic violence services. Results provided support for three distinct profiles of socio-emotional functioning among children: Resilient, Struggling, and Severe Maladjustment.

Domestic Violence and Children: Questions and Answers for Domestic Violence Project Advocates

This fact sheet was developed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network in collaboration with domestic violence advocates from across the country, and explains how domestic violence affects children. 

Protecting Children Exposed to Domestic Violence (December 10, 2014)

This webinar, developed and presented by Professor Teresa Drake from the Levin College of Law at University of Florida, examined the effects of domestic violence on children and how these effects may last long into adulthood. It also discussed issues relating to child custody and time sharing.  Due to technical difficulties, only the PowerPoint slides are available at this time.  PPT

Pathways from Witnessing Parental Violence during Childhood to Involvement in Intimate Partner Violence in Adult Life: The Roles of Depression and Substance Use

The aims of this study were to determine the prevalence of witnessing parental violence (WPV) during childhood and of current intimate partner violence (IPV) victimization and aggression in a Brazilian sample, in order to verify pathways between WPV and involvement in IPV as an adult. The mediating roles of substance use and depression were investigated. WPV was associated with being a victim of IPV in adult life, but not with becoming a perpetrator, regardless of being a victim of physical violence during childhood. There was a direct effect of WPV on IPV mediated by depressive symptoms. Alcohol and cocaine consumption and age of drinking initiation mediated only when combined with depressive symptoms. Intergenerational transmission models of IPV through exposure during childhood can help to explain the high rates of domestic violence in Brazil. Our findings provide evidence to implement targeted prevention strategies where they are needed most: the victims of premature adverse experiences.

Telomeres and Early-life Stress: An Overview

Recent findings in telomere biology have suggested a new avenue for exploring the adverse health effects of childhood maltreatment. More recently, shorter telomeres have been demonstrated in several psychiatric conditions, particularly depression. Sustained psychosocial stress of a variety of types in adulthood appears to be associated with shorter telomeres. Now, emerging work suggests a robust, and perhaps dose-dependent, relationship with early-life stress. These findings present new opportunities to re-conceptualize the complex relationships between experience, physical and psychiatric disease, and aging.

The Effects of Exposure to Domestic Violence on Babies and Children

This video, produced by the 11th Circuit, provides valuable information about the severe and lasting negative impact that exposure to domestic violence has on babies and children. This video also teaches that babies and children who live in a home where a parent is being abused are effected and hurt even if they never directly witness the actual violence.

 

Promising Practices for Time Sharing in Domestic Violence Cases

In 2015 the OCI developed a promising practices guide to provide guidance on temporary parenting plans and temporary time-sharing schedules in domestic violence injunction proceedings to enable petitioners to navigate parenting arrangements safely and knowledgably.

 

Florida Supervised Visitation Directory.

This directory displays supervised visitation providers throughout Florida.

 

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Florida's Office of the State Court Administrator's Web Page on Child Support

This web page lists valuable information, links, videos, and other resources regarding child support in Florida, including the Child Support Benchbook.

Child Support Guidelines: Using the IV-D Guidelines Program (December 8, 2015)

Assistant Attorneys General Garcia-Solis and Simpson of the Child Support Enforcement Bureau of the Office of the Attorney General give an one hour overview of the Child Support Guidelines Worksheet and explain how information should be entered on the worksheet. The excel document, developed by the Department of Revenue, can be used in all case types for determining child support.  The speakers also address time-sharing, shared parental responsibility, Social Security benefits and related issues. CLE credits have been approved for this webinar (#1600480N). The excel document is updated on a regular basis by the Department of Revenue.

If you are a judicial officer and need the latest version of the excel spreadsheet to use from the bench, please contact the virtual court support at vcsupport@flcourts.org.

 

The Best Practices Model on Child Support in Domestic Violence

The Best Practices Model on Child Support in Domestic Violence provides helpful guidelines for judges facing child support issues in a domestic violence case. This training video helps users understand how to properly access the excel spreadsheet to determine child support.

 

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Elder Abuse Community Action Plan for Victoria

Elder abuse is a form of family violence that tends to be under-reported. The unique dynamics of elder abuse require a different approach. In Victoria, this is the first action plan developed specifically to assist the community to tackle elder abuse. The plan, developed by the National Aging Research Institute with support from Seniors Rights Victoria, the Office of Public Advocate, and community service providers, identifies gaps and sets out 10 priorities to address elder abuse.

The priorities include: 

  • The need to clarify the relationship between family violence and elder abuse 
  • Raise community awareness of elder abuse and promote a positive image of older people to reduce ageism
  • Increase ways to help older people disclose elder abuse without fear, and
  • Provide education and training on elder abuse for all health professionals in health and aged care services 

Financial Exploitation: Florida Law Provides Powerful Help for Seniors

This article reviews the various Florida statutes that address, and provide remedies for, financial exploitation of the elderly by adults who have any one of a number of various relationships with the elder.

Preying on the Graying: A Statutory Presumption to Prosecute Elder Financial Exploitation

Written by Professor Andrew McClurg, a law professor at the University of Memphis Law School, this article reviews the need to protect the elderly from financial expoitation, and proposes the adoption of state criminal statutes that create a permissive presumption of exploitation with regard to certain financial transfers from elders.

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Medical Forensic Sexual Assault Examinations:  What Are They and What Can They Tell the Courts?

Inaccurate assumptions about medical evidence in adult victim sexual assault trials undermine fairness in the justice system. These trials bring with them expectations about the kinds of injuries “real” victims sustain, the kind of medical evidence that will be offered, who will present it, and what the medical evidence can “prove”. This webinar will provide accurate information about the purposes and processes of medical forensic sexual assault examinations and what they can and cannot “prove.” It will also explore some of the legal issues these examinations raise for judicial resolution. The CLE reference number for this webinar is: 1705487N.

Mythbreakers: Chapter 39 Injunctions

This video discusses common myths and misconceptions associated with the Chapter 39 injunction process. It also discusses the differences between Chapter 39 injunctions and Chapter 741 injunctions.

Use of Facility Dogs in Judicial Proceedings

Ellen O’Neill-Stephens, JD, and Celeste Walsen, DVM, presented a one hour webinar on the use of facility dogs in judicial proceedings on February 9, 2017. Topics of discussion within the webinar are: the law in Florida and other states; recent appellate decisions in Florida and other states; recently proposed legislation in Florida; circumstances in which a facility dog may be used; and jury instructions. One hour of CJE has been approved for judges who attended the presentation on February 9, 2017. One hour of CLE has been approved; the course number is 1700917N.

Promising Practicing for Enforcing Final Injunctions

In 2012, the OCI conducted a 6-month pilot program to assess methods of enforcing final injunctions. As a result of the pilot, the OCI developed a promising practices guide for enforcing final injunctions. The steps outlined in the guide may assist courts in providing effective enforcement to ensure respondents follow the terms of the final order. This guide is available in PDF format, and as a Powerpoint slideshow.

Additionally, the OCI produced a final report on the pilot program, which details the process used in the pilot program, the results of the program, and future steps to promote the promising practices guide.

 

2012 Case Management Guidelines

The 2012 Case Management Guidelines provides Florida Case Managers with a valuable resource that examines each stage in the domestic violence process and outlines the case management process.

 

Aequitas - The Prosecutor's Resource on Violence Against Women

This website has a wealth of documents and resources available on vital issues such as elder abuse, witness intimidation, and more.

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A Passport to Safety

This publication is designed to facilitate the efforts of states, tribes, and territories to implement Full Faith & Credit Provisions of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Since its initial printing in 1999, VAWA has been amended twice - once in 2000 and again in 2005. This version reflects the 2005 amendments and expands Passport to Safety from its original issuing and enforcing benchcards to include two new subject-area cards: one on firearms and one on custody, visitation, and support provisions within protection orders.

Elizabeth Ricci and Niel Rambana, "Immigration - Options for Victims of Crime"

This webinar was presented on May 7, 2015, by immigration lawyers, Elizabeth Ricci and Neil St. John Rambana. For more information on the background of the webinar, please see this brochure, and view the accompanying  video. Due to technical issues, the webinar was not recorded; however, you may click here for a link to the PowerPoint. Florida Bar members can report their CLE credits online at www.floridabar.org. Course number: 1504620N

 

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Judicial Wellness for Florida Judges and Court Staff: Tools for Self Care in Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Cases

Sexual violence has traumatic effects on victims; judges and court staff can also experience secondary trauma as a result of hearing sexual violence cases.Wellness is an important component to good judicial decision making, job satisfaction and professional health. In this webinar, participants will identify tools for wellness for court professionals facing compassion fatigue and vicarious (secondary) trauma.  Internationally recognized trauma expert Dr. Peter Jaffe, and National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges faculty Hon. Elizabeth Berns, along with Andrew Wentzell, from the Office of Court Improvement, will also discuss anonymous survey data collected by the Florida Office of the State Court Administrator from court professionals. This data speaks to the levels and perceptions of secondary trauma and knowledge of coping mechanisms by court professionals, judges and attorneys. Don't miss this exciting webinar which is relevant for all professionals who work with domestic violence and sexual assault cases. This webinar is available for CLE, course number 1609140N.

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Florida's Office of the State Courts Administrator's Web Page on Human Trafficking

This web page lists valuable information, links, and resources regarding human trafficking in Florida.

Human Trafficking Overview

  • This document is an overview of the relevant federal and Florida law regarding human trafficking cases, as well as tips for how a judge can recognize these types of cases, steps to follow if a human trafficking victim appears in court, an initial list of remedies available for victims, service needs of victims, and an initial resource list.

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The Intersection of Domestic Violence and the Military: Working Across Disciplines

This special collection of resources examines the intersection between the prevalence of traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder among veterans and domestic and sexual violence.

When War Comes Home: The Effect of Combat Service on Domestic Violence

This study is the first to estimate the effect of war service in the Global War on Terrorism on domestic violence. Results show that assignment to combat substantially increases the probability of intimate partner violence and child abuse.

Domestic Violence and the US Military

Circuit Judge Howard McGillin, Jr., of the Seventh Judicial Circuit presented a one hour webinar on July 21, 2016, on Domestic Violence and the US Military. Military families are subject to extraordinary stresses. This one hour training  is intended to enable attendees to understand those stress factors while helping to ensure that abusers are held accountable for their actions. Judge McGillin explains the Department of Defense’s policy concerning DV and discusses the differences between military protective orders and civil injunctions for protection.  He also identifies services offered within the military for victims, family members, and the abuser. CLE (# 1605526N) has been approved. 

 

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The Impact of Opiods on the Courts

Widespread use of opioids has had a devastating impact on many U.S. communities. This impact is evident on court dockets across the country on a daily basis. Courts must play an active role in providing solutions to this deadly epidemic. The National Center for State Courts has launched a webpage with statistics and other resources about opioids and the Courts.

A National Portrait of Domestic Violence Courts

Written by Melissa Labriola et al, this article provides an excellent overview of the domestic violence court situation throughout the nation, and provides a good amount of information, both on domestic violence courts across America and those in Florida specifically.

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ)

The NCJFCJ, in collaboration with a number of other agencies and organizations, has developed a large online library of webinars, devoted to a number of family court and domestic violence court issues. The NCJFCJ has also developed several publications for subjects such as domestic violence and child dependency.

The National Center for State Courts (NCSC)

The NCSC has several online resources available on their website.  

VAWA and the Courts

This project by the National Center for State Courts, has a wealth of online documents and information available.

The National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence

  This national group is organized to provide skills-based trainings to judges and judicial officers.
 

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

 This national group was established to provide information and training on issues pertaining to domestic violence. 

CAVNET

The CAVNET is a listserve aimed at providing a network for advocates, researchers, and experts addressing violence against women, crime victims with disabilities, human rights, child abuse, and elder abuse, across disciplines. CAVNET is a partner with Lifetime Television's End Violence Against Women Campaign and a Ms. Foundation for Women Grantee.. To apply for membership, send resume and request to mdubin@pobox.com<mailto:mdubin@pobox.com.

Synergy

The National Council for Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ),  Family Violence and Domestic Relations Department (FVDR) produces a bi-annual newsletter, Synergy, that highlights special topics in the area of child protection and custody and provides updates on statutes, case law, and efforts to address family violence. The Fall 2016 newsletter has an excellent article from Florida Judge Lynn Tepper, on accounting for domestic violence from the bench when hearing petitions for child support or applications for financial relief in protection orders. PDF

The Domestic Violence Report (Civic Research Institute)

This series of newsletters is a valuable resource for anyone interested in current, topical issues pertaining to domestic violence research, legislation, and practice.

The Sexual Violence Report (Civic Research Institute)

This series of reports brings together ideas from experts in criminal and civil law, nursing and emergency medicine, law, nursing and emergency medicine, law enforcement, counseling and social services. Each issue examines health and forensic research programs and initiatives around the world, survivor support programs and therapies, innovative criminal and civil remedies, medical findings, therapeutic innovations, and more. 

 

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Mass Murder and Domestic Violence: A Comprehensive Study of Mass Murder Precipitants and Motivations of Offenders

Much speculation has been made in the media as to the causes of mass murder in the United States, yet little empirical research exists to verify factors leading to violence. Prior research primarily relies on case study methodologies or small data sets, but none have focused on the underlying issues observed in a comprehensive national sample. Data for the current study include 152 mass murders reported through the FBI’s Supplementary Homicide Reports and USA Today from 2007 to 2011, which were then matched with media reports for each event. The current study shows that mass murders typically occur following a triggering event, are committed by non-strangers, and are rarely committed by persons with mental illnesses. A more realistic image of these incidents is critical, as misperceptions of offenders and case characteristics can improperly shape public policies.

Are Batterers Different from Other Criminals? An fMRI Study

Thus, the main aim of this study was to compare the brain functioning of batterers to that of other criminals when they are exposed to IPV or general violence pictures. Results demonstrated that batterers, compared to other criminals, exhibited a higher level of activity in three specific areas of the brain as well as a lower level of activity in one specific area of the brain.

Antisocial Traits, Distress Tolerance, and Alcohol Problems as Predictors of Intimate Partner Violence in Men Arrested for Domestic Violence

Men with antisocial personality disorder (ASPD) traits are at an increased risk for consuming alcohol and perpetrating intimate partner violence (IPV). However, previous research has neglected malleable mechanisms potentially responsible for the link between ASPD traits, alcohol problems, and IPV perpetration. Efforts to improve the efficacy of batterer intervention programs (BIPs) would benefit from exploration of such malleable mechanisms. The present study is the 1st to examine distress tolerance as 1 such mechanism linking men’s ASPD traits to their alcohol problems and IPV perpetration.

Adult Pornography and Violence against Women in the Heartland: Results from a Rural Southeast Ohio Study

There is growing quantitative evidence revealing that rural women are at higher risk of being victimized by intimate violence than their urban and suburban counterparts. This study examined that correlation and found that in a sample of rural Ohio women, pornography was a major factor in the problem of rural woman victimization.

From Social Merchandising to Social Spectacle: Portrayals of Domestic Violence in TV Globo’s Prime-time Telenovelas

This article addresses the representation of domestic violence in two Brazilian primetime TV Globo telenovelas—Mulheres Apaixonadas and A Regra do Jogo—through the use of social merchandising
about domestic violence. We conclude that, although the story lines in these two programs might seem progressive and empowering to women who seek to leave their abusers, ultimately they fall
short in one important aspect: Women’s way out is usually through a new romantic relationship. We also note that a recent insertion of domestic violence social merchandising has failed, turning the
depiction of domestic violence, instead, into a spectacle. Another interesting finding is that domestic violence is portrayed solely as a women’s issue and not a domestic one involving power.

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Understanding Stalking - A Review of Stalking Dynamics and Stats

This document was prepared by the Stalking Resource Center. April 2015.

Working with Stalking Victims

This document was prepared by the Stalking Resource Center. April 2015.

Using Technology to Stalk

This document was prepared by the Stalking Resource Center. April 2015.

The Stalking Resource Center: "The Intersection of Stalking and Sexual Assault"

The Intersection of Stalking and Sexual Assault, was originally presented July 17, 2013 by Michelle M. Garcia, Director, Stalking Resource Center, National Center for Victims of Crime. This webinar presents the often overlooked link between stalking and sexual assault. Stalking is a crime that is often co-perpetrated with other crimes, such as domestic violence and sexual assault.  Research supports a connection between stalking and sexual assault – both pre- and post-assault.  In this webinar, we explore the nature and dynamics of stalking, focuses on its intersection with sexual assault. She also discusses ways in which this information impacts our responses to and services for victims. This session provides useful information and strategies for a wide variety of professionals, including prosecutors and other lawyers, law enforcement, medical professionals, judges, victim advocates, journalists and communications professionals, and others who interact with and write about sexual assault victims. Judges and others interested in this webinar can view it at this website.  

 Strangulation

Strangulation: All Things Medical (March 10, 2015)

The Strangulation Training Institute, in conjunction with the Office of Court Improvement, has created a webinar regarding the medical effects domestic violence strangulation can have, as well as the implications for lethality and long-term survival. This is the first of two webinars by the Institute. 

The webinar material can be viewed by downloading the following pdf.

Strangulation: All Things Legal (April 14, 2015)

The Strangulation Training Institute, in conjunction with the Office of Court Improvement, has created a webinar regarding the medical effects domestic violence strangulation can have, as well as the implications for lethality and long-term survival.  This is the second of two webinars by the Institute. 

The webinar material can be viewed by down loading the following pdf.

Icon graphic representing trauma & neuroscience.  Trauma & Neuroscience

Domestic Violence & The Courtroom Knowing The Issues... Understanding The Victim

This educational booklet created by the American Judges Association, provides information about victims of domestic violence and stresses the need for sensitivity and understanding for the victims who appear before the court. This booklet will help a judge to promote zero tolerance of domestic violence and provide a courtroom sensitive to the needs and safety of the victim. (2013)

The Florida Family Court Tool Kit: Trauma and Child Development (Office of Court Improvement)

The information and practices in this tool kit will improve judicial decision making and improve outcomes for children. The practices are in keeping with guiding principles from In re: Report of the Family Court Steering Committee, 794 So. 2d 518 (Fla. 2001). Federal regulations, state statutes, Florida Supreme Court opinions, and a judicial canon support these practices and authorize trauma screening and treatment.

Domestic Violence, Developing Brains, and the Lifespan: New Knowledge from Neuroscience

The author suggests that, before reading this article, you go to YouTube.com and watch the video First Impressions: Exposure to Violence and a Child’s Developing Brain (15 minutes) featuring Dr. Bruce Perry, senior fellow of the Child Trauma Academy in Houston, Texas, and Dr. Linda Chamberlain, founding director, Alaska Family Violence Prevention Project.

The New England Journal of Medicine recently published an article titled “Silent Victims—An Epidemic of Childhood Exposure to Domestic Violence.”  It called on healthcare providers to understand the prevalence and neurobiological consequences of children’s exposure to domestic violence and take action to mitigate it."

Essential Components of Trauma-Informed Judicial Practice

This issue brief provides information, specific strategies, and resources that many treatment court judges have found beneficial.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network's Benchcard for the Trauma-informed Judge

These two benchcards provide judges with useful questions and guidelines to help them make decisions based on the emerging scientific findings in the traumatic stress field.

Patterns of Adjustment among Children Exposed to Intimate Partner Violence: a Person-Centered Approach

This study examined profiles of adjustment in an ethnically diverse sample of 291 school-age children recruited from community-based domestic violence services.

Trauma: Preparing for a Trauma Consultation in Your Juvenile and Family Court

This manual, developed by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, centers around the idea that being trauma informed means asking "what happened to you and how can we help?" verses "What is wrong with you?"

Intimate Partner Sexual Abuse: The Hidden Dimension of Domestic Violence

Lynn Hecht Schafran, Esq., Director, National Judicial Education Program

The term “intimate partner sexual abuse” encompasses a continuum of behaviors from verbal degradation relating to sexuality to felony-level sexual abuse and torture. Cases involving this type of abuse present complex challenges for the judiciary, beyond the overarching goal of protecting victims and their children while ensuring due process for the accused. This webinar provides current interdisciplinary research from law, medicine and the social sciences. Participants will learn about the implications for the courts of the severe impact of intimate partner sexual abuse, how the law itself often undermines victim safety, how to create a court environment in which victims feel safe disclosing, cultural issues that affect disclosure, which risk assessment instruments include intimate partner sexual abuse as a factor, how to assess the capability of batterer intervention and sex offender treatment programs to address intimate partner sexual abuse and more. The CLE reference number for this webinar is: 1705488N.

Seeing Individuals Through a Trauma Lens: Getting from ACEs to Trauma-informed Justice

Circuit Judge Lynn Tepper of the Sixth Judicial Circuit presented a one hour webinar on March 30, 2016, on the importance of viewing individuals through a trauma lens. The webinar: discusses the effects of trauma; explains Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs); discusses how these experiences have the potential to carry lifelong mental and physical consequences; examines the factors that contribute to an abused or neglected child’s resiliency; and stresses the importance of presuming a trauma history of all litigants in judicial proceedings. CLE has been approved, (# 1602823N). 

The webinar material can be viewed by downloading the following pdf.  PDF
Additional online resources can be found here.

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Tribal Court Judge Sexual Assault Benchbook

This benchbook was written by the Tribal Law and Policy Institute in 2011.

If you are interested in submitting an article or resource to the FIIV, please send an email to vcsupport@flcourts.org. Thank you.