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Best Practice Toolkit for Working with Domestic Violence Survivors with Criminal Histories
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Published by the Michigan Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, this Toolkit was developed to assist correctional professionals and those in the criminal legal system working with survivors of domestic violence. “Corrections officers can avoid or minimize crisis within the institution by understanding the impact of trauma of people, and engaging in more trauma-informed behaviors. Defense attorneys need to understand domestic violence in order to effectively assist their clients, while probation officers need to understand how survivors’ ability to meet court requirements might be impacted by their abusers’ controlling behaviors. A primary goal of this toolkit is to provide information and referral sources to assist both criminal legal and domestic violence professionals in overcoming barriers to effectively working with domestic violence survivors charged with crimes.”

Sections of the Toolkit include:

  • Overview of the Criminal Legal System
  • How Domestic Violence May Impact Women Before, During and Beyond Incarceration
  • Advocating for Domestic Violence Survivors Across the Different Stages of the Criminal Legal System
  • What Criminal Legal Professionals Need to Know About Working with Domestic Violence Survivors
  • Women’s Needs After Incarceration: Understanding and Effectively Addressing System-Level Barriers
  • Working Together: Practical Guidance to Enhance Collaboration Between the Criminal Legal and Domestic Violence Sectors
  • Helping Women Stay Free and Safe: Additional Information and Resources

Access the Full Toolkit


This announcement is available at NIC’s Gender-Responsive News for Women and Girls.  Feel free to forward to friends and colleagues.  Subscribe to the newsletter at

For additional resources on Justice-Involved Women go to NIC’s Women Offenders.

Posted Tue, May 10 2016 6:30 AM by Susan Powell


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