The Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence produces a wide-array of publications to assist attorneys representing victims of domestic and sexual violence.
All publications are available on the ABA Webstore.
Many are available for free with a nominal handling and shipping fee.
The Impact on Domestic Violence on Your Legal Practice
This updated and expanded edition provides an overview of domestic violence and the law, and aids attorneys in every field of practice in representing clients responsibly by helping them recognize domestic violence and how a legal matter may be affected by domestic violence. Over 25 authors contributed to this comprehensive reference, making it a valuable tool in assisting attorneys with the intersection of domestic violence and the law.
The Impact Book's list price is $100, but it is available free of cost (however, there is a small handling fee included) to OVW grantees. If you are an OVW grantee, you can access the discount code here.
Civil Law Manual: Protection Orders and Family Law Cases, 4th Edition
This long-awaited update of the popular resource manual is designed to guide the victim's attorney through the process of representing domestic violence victims in either protection order or family law cases. Thr Fourth Edition includes updated references and sample documents, an expanded discussion of assessing client needs to promote safe and effective legal outcomes, and re-designed layout and chapter division.
The Civil Law Manual's list price is $100, but it is available free of cost (not including handling fees) to OVW grantees. If you are an OVW grantee, you can access the discount code here.
Standards of Practice
With "black letter" adopted by the ABA House of Delegates in August 2007, these Standards of Practice are intended to improve the quality of legal representation of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. The Commission is available to provide assistance with integration of the Standards or developing training for attorneys using the Standards.
Comprehensive Issue Spotting
This is a screening and referral tool for civil attorneys to facilitate effective and holistic client-centered representation. The tabbed booklet is designed to encourage attorneys and clients to identify areas beyond civil protective orders in which clients may need legal assistance, and provide clients with the knowledge and information to make informed decisions regarding accessing additional resources.
Tool for Attorneys Working with LGBT Survivors of Domestic Violence
If you are currently representing survivors of domestic violence, it is likely that some of your clients are LGBT, whether or not they are "out" to you. Likewise, if you represent LGBT clients, it is likely that some of them are enduring violence and/or coercion in their relationships. In many ways, domestic violence committed in LGBT relationships is similar to domestic violence committed in heterosexual relationships, but it is also different in some important ways. This tool provides an understanding of these differences in order to foster ethical and effective representation to LGBT victims of domestic violence.
What Rights Do I Have as an LGBT Victim of Domestic Violence?
This "know your rights" brochure provides LGBT victims of domestic violence information about domestic violence, and in a simple, direct manner helps facilitate the identification of abusive behavior and presents resources available to assist survivors in finding help.
Tool for Attorneys to Screen for Domestic Violence (10 pkg)
It is important for all attorneys representing individuals to screen their clients to determine if they are victims of domestic violence so that they may most effectively, ethically, and safely represent them. The Screening Tool provides clear, effective ways to properly screen a client for domestic violence in an easily accessible format. It is sold in packs of 10 for easy distribution.
Litigating for Deaf Clients
Representing victims who are d/Deaf in domestic violence cases requires more than hiring an American Sign Language interpreter at your expense or passing notes as a means of communication. This publication details practical skills and steps to take to develop an integrated language access plan for work with victims who are d/Deaf. This includes steps to take for emergency, or “unscheduled” court dates, issues of confidentiality for victims who are d/Deaf, and the importance of linguistic accuracy for positive litigation outcomes.
Use of Electronic Evidence in Domestic Violence Litigation
Technology seemingly pervades every aspect of modern interaction and communication. In domestic violence cases, it is no different, as abusers have adapted to exert coercive control over their partners using technology and the Internet. Preserving and entering this evidence at trial is playing an increasingly critical role in domestic violence litigation. This publication details a four-step framework and sample direct examination questions that will assist attorneys in analyzing the utility and practicality of introducing electronic evidence into domestic violence litigation.