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The Use of Expert Testimony on Battering and Its Effects in Criminal Cases:  Examining Case Law from 1994-2016

Plea Bargains

Toolkit for Systems Advocacy for Victims of Battering Charged with Crimes

Issues to Consider When Facilitating Groups with Battered Women in Jail or Prison

Working with Battered Women in Jail:  A Manual for Community-Based Battered Women's Advocates

Victimized Again:  How the Reentry Process Perpetuates Violence Against Surviviors of Domestic Abuse

Domestic Violence Expert Testimony: Legal Settings and Issues

Advocates as Expert Witnesses: Weighing Benefits and Drawbacks

Domestic Violence Expert Witnesses: Tips to Help Prepare for your First Case

Domestic Violence Expert Witnesses: Immigration Proceedings

When Community-Based Advocates Testify as Experts: Understanding and Explaining Trauma and its Effects

Domestic Violence Expert Witnesses: Overcoming Challenges in Battered Women's Self-Defense Cases

Got Justice? Options for Prosecutors When Battered Women Fight Back

Victims of Battering with Concurrent Open Criminal Charges and Civil Protection Cases: Considerations for Community-Based Advocates and Civil Attorneys

The Impact of Parental Kidnapping Laws and Practice on Domestic Violence Survivors

Three Formerly Incarcerated Women Talk About Reentry

When Victims of Battering Reenter Their Communities After Jail or Prison: A Compilation of Resources for Addressing Civil Legal Issues

In Their Own Words: Victims of Battering Talk About Being Arrested and Convicted

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Reentry Resources:  When Victims of Battering Return to the Community After Jail or Prison

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Webinars

Ending Mass Incarceration Series Webinar Archive

#1 — Centering Our Work on Historically Marginalized Communities

#2 — Why Opposing Hyper-Incarceration Should be Central to the Work of the Anti-Domestic Violence Movement

#3 — Dancing the Carceral Creep:  The Feminist Anti-Violence Movement and the Pursuit of Criminalization  1973-1986

#4 — But How Do We "DO" Racial Justice?

#5 — Eliminating Racial Inequality Throughout the Criminal Justice System

#6 — Exploring Restorative Justice to Address Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence: Centering the Wisdom, Needs, & Safety of Survivors

#7 — Exploring Restorative Justice to Address Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence: Centering the Wisdom, Needs, & Safety of Survivors Part 2

#8 — Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color

When Victims of Battering are Charged with Crimes Series Archive

#1 — Part 1: Background and Overview

#2 — Part 2: Effective Advocacy Strategies

#3 — Helping Victim Defendants Navigate Concurrent Protection Order Proceedings

#4 — Defense-Based Advocacy: Principles and Practices

Reentry Series Archive

#1 — A Woman's Journey Home:  Challenges for Reentering

#2 — A Second Chance:  The Kentucky Domestic Violence Association's Reentry Coaching Project 

#3 — Victimized Again:  How the Reentry Process Perpetuates Violence Against Survivors of Domestic Violence

#4 — Formerly Incarcerated Women Talk about Reentry

#5 — When the Battered Mother is Incarcerated:  Impact of the Child Welfare System

#6 — Women at the Crossroads:  DV Survivors with Criminal Justice Involvement, Part 1

#7 — Women at the Crossroads:  DV Survivors with Criminal Justice Involvement, Part 2 ​

#8 — Sister Outsider:  The Long Journey Home for Incarcerated Survivors of Battering

#9 — Reentering and Reuniting:  Incarcerated Survivors of Battering and their Children

#10 — Justice-Involved Women:  Understanding Trauma and Violence

#11 — Her Size 10 Feet Won't Fit Comfortably in His Size 10 Shoes:  Working with Reentering Victims of Trauma ​​

#12 — Violence, Trauma, and Reentering Women Living with HIV:  Issues to Consider

#13 — Changes from the Inside Out:  Yoga and Meditation with Incarcerated Individuals

#14 — Parole, Part 1

#15 — Parole, Part 2

Expert Witness Series Webinar Archive

#1 —  When Advocates are Asked to be Expert Witnesses:  Weighing Possible Drawbacks and Benefits

#2 — Testifying as an Expert Witness:  Understanding the Role of Experts and Different Legal Arenas

#3 — Considerations for Aspiring Experts at Community-Based Domestic Violence Programs

#4 — Preparing for Your First Case as a Domestic Violence Expert Witness

#5 — Prosecutors' Use of Expert Testimony to Explain Victim Behavior in Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Cases ​

#6 — Understanding the Role of Experts in Immigration Proceedings Involving Victims of Battering, Part 1

#7 — When Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Advocates Provide Expert Testimony on Behalf of the Defense 

#8 — Understanding the Role of Experts in Immigration Proceedings Involving Victims of Battering, Part 2 ​

#9 — Working Together:  What Attorneys and DV/SA Experts Can and Should Expect From One Another

#10 — Working as an Expert Witness in Domestic Violence Cases:  Lessons from the Witness Stand

#11 — Expert Witness Testimony in Cases Involving Domestic Violence

#12 — Providing Expert Testimony about the General Dynamics of Battering

#13 — Domestic Violence Expert Witnesses in Civil Legal Proceedings

#14 — Preparing for your First Case as a Domestic Violence Expert Witness

#15 — Re-framing Woman Battering as Coercive Control:  Expert Testimony and Case Presentation

Amicus Briefs

​Evelyn Bozon-Pappa v. US, 11th Circuit, Certiorari US Supreme Court, March 2000

Michelle Byrom v. Epps, 5th Circuit, Certiorari US Supreme Court, September 2013

Faye Copeland (Copeland v. Washington) – US District Ct., W.D. Missouri, January 1999

Keisha Cherie Ashford Dixon (Dixon v. US), 5th Circuit, Certiorari, US Supreme Court, February 2006

State v. Megan Goff, Supreme Court of Ohio, 2010

State v. Jennifer Helmedach, Supreme Court of Connecticut, 2009

Brandy Holmes v. Louisiana, 5th Circuit, Certiorari US Supreme Court, May 2009

State v. Jennifer Lewis, Supreme Court of Georgia, 1995

Commonwealth v. Beth Markman, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 2003

US v. Kenia Munguia, US Ct. App. 9th Circuit, April 2011

Gaile Owens v. Steele, 6th Circuit, Certiorari US Supreme Court, August 2009

People v. Nettie Reay, Supreme Court of California, January 2002

People v. Barbara Sheehan, New York Supreme Court Appellate Division, 2012

State v. Vernita Smith, Supreme Court of Georgia, March 1997

State v. Rhonda Stewart, Supreme Court WV, 2011

Weiand v. Florida, Supreme Court of Florida, January 1997

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