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Results displayed are grouped first by VAWnet Special Collections then by individual related materials. For assistance in locating a resource, use our online contact form.

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December 2015

Navigating the Civil Legal System: Resources for Survivors of Domestic Violence, Their Advocates, and Legal Professionals

Survivors of domestic violence can face a number of legal issues that either directly stem from, or are affected by, the actions of those who use abuse and violence. These issues can include obtaining protection orders against an abuser; filing for divorce; seeking custody of and/or visitation with minor children; and filing for child support. This Special Collection is specifically focused on those legal issues most commonly arising in family court.
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September 2014

Human Trafficking

This collection aims to illuminate different forms of, and perspectives on, human trafficking and to provide relevant resources to help guide more informed and critical advocacy, research, and thought.
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July 2013

Safety & Privacy in a Digital World

This Special Collection provides information and resources to support the safety and privacy of those who may or do experience technology-assisted abuse. It reviews the ways in which technology can be misused, offers tips for enhancing data security and personal privacy, and explores considerations for advocates and organizations serving survivors of abuse.

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December 2015

Tribal Law and Order Act

President Obama signed the Tribal Law and Order Act into law on July 29, 2010.
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July 2015

Supporting Survivors: The Economic Benefits of Providing Civil Legal Assistance to Survivors of Domestic Violence

Author(s): Jennifer S. Rosenberg, Denise A. Grab
This report focuses on assessing the economic benefits of providing civil legal assistance to domestic violence victims by examining the underlying transaction between an attorney and her client.
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April 2015

Choosing and Working with a Lawyer

This section of WomensLaw includes information on choosing and working with a lawyer in civil court proceedings, such as protection orders, custody, and divorce.
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February 2015

Tribal Legal Code Resource: Domestic Violence Laws Guide for Drafting or Revising Victim-Centered Tribal Laws Against Domestic Violence

Author(s): Sarah Deer, Maureen White Eagle, Kelly Stoner, Carrie A. Martell, Hallie Bongar White
This guide includes exercises, examples, and discussion questions to help you customize your laws to meet the needs of your community. This resource was revised and updated in March of 2015, including changes addressing issues concerning the 2010 enactment of the Tribal Law and Order Act and VAWA 2013.
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January 2015

Find Legal Aid

LSC is an independent nonprofit established by Congress in 1974 to provide financial support for civil legal aid to low-income Americans. The Corporation currently provides funding to 134 independent nonprofit legal aid organizations in every state, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories.
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January 2015

State and Local Bar Associations

This directory links to the contact information of many state and local bar associations. A bar association is a professional organization of attorneys who practice law in the same county, city, or state, or who practice law in a particular topic area (for example: family law). Some bar associations are voluntary, while others require that all attorneys practicing in that location or practicing that area of law are members.
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September 2014

Youth Access to Protection Orders: A National Overview

Each state’s civil domestic protection order laws and their impact on minors seeking protection from abusive relationships were assessed and steps for improving protections were outlined in this document.
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August 2014

Joint Custody Presumptions and Domestic Violence Exceptions

This chart includes information on whether a state’s laws create a preference, or presumption, for joint or shared custody in cases where there has been a history of domestic violence.
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August 2014

Family Law in the 50 States

The charts summarize basic laws in each state by topic, including custody, alimony and grounds for divorce.