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  • Vicarious Trauma
  • Volume 9 | Winter 2008

what's new

The following are new or innovative resources we’ve heard about that we hope will be useful to practitioners. If you know of resources that you would like to be included in future eNewsletters, please send them to Rebecca Henry at Rebecca.Henry@americanbar.org.

Commission Website Adds Two New Features

The website of the ABA Commission on Domestic violence has added two new features to assist attorneys representing victims. The Policy page includes a detailed listing, organized by topic, of over 80 domestic violence-related policies adopted by the ABA House of Delegates. The Training Information page includes registration information for upcoming trainings, as well as free, downloadable materials from past trainings. Both features will be updated on a regular basis.

New Pocket Checklist for Attorneys to Screen for Domestic Violence

Thanks to Commissioner Laura Farber’s great advocacy, the ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section has adopted the Commission’s screening tool screening tool: on domestic violence into a handy card for attorneys to use in their every day practice.

ADT AWARE program


Though this isn’t a new resource, it’s a valuable one, so we thought we’d give it a mention!
Since 1992, ADT Security Services has offered the ADT AWARE® program, which stands for “Abused Women's Active Response Emergency.”

The program is a coordinated effort among ADT Security Services, representatives of local law enforcement agencies, prosecutor's offices and battered women's shelters. After these community groups have selected participants for the program, ADT donates and installs electronic security systems in the homes of victims of domestic violence. The systems include a hold-up alarm pendant, which can be worn or carried with the victim while in the home. In the event of an imminent attack, the victim can press the button on the pendant, sending an immediate, silent alarm to ADT, which in turn notifies the appropriate police agency. Law enforcement agencies participating in the AWARE® program have agreed to respond to these AWARE® alarms on a priority basis.

ADT donates the equipment, installation and monitoring of the AWARE® systems. There is no charge whatsoever to either the victims or the community. Agencies within the community are asked to simply set criteria for selection of victims who are at the highest level of risk for lethal attack by their batterers.

[Source: ADT website ]