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Ozha Wazbeganniss: Exploring Supervised Visitation and Exchange Services in Native American Communities

Supervised visitation and exchange services for families who have experienced intimate partner violence is a needed resource for tribal communities. This report highlights recommendations stemming from discussion groups held with Native American professionals and consumers about how these services can be created in a way that both meets the needs of families and is valued by the community. Some of the topics explored include the significance of kinship, jurisdictional complexities, impact of poverty and oppression, confidentiality, and other cultural considerations.

On The Right Path: Moving Toward a Safe, Sound and Cost Effective Juvenile Justice System in Ohio

This bulletin highlights of the state of the current juvenile justice system and advocates for the use of cost-effective, evidence-based, and safe practices.

Helping Courts With the Co-Occurrence of Domestic Violence and Child Abuse

Protecting families where there is co-occurring child abuse and domestic violence poses a real challenge to courts and social services systems. A new publication, Helping St. Louis County Families: A Guide for Court Professionals on the Co-occurrence of Domestic Violence and Child Abuse/Neglect, provides practical information to court professionals on the overlap of domestic violence and child abuse to help shape their practice to handle these cases more effectively. The guide was developed as an outgrowth of the 1999 Greenbook, published by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, which provided guidance to State courts on the development of best practices. St. Louis County, MO, was one of six communities selected by the U.S. Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services to serve as a demonstration site in implementing the principles of the Greenbook. The current guide provides information on the context for domestic violence and such specific issues as confidentiality, safety planning, protection orders, visitation, family support meetings, personal bias, and vicarious trauma. It was written by Lauren J. Litton and is intended for attorneys, judges, social services providers, and volunteers working with families in co-occurrence cases.

Building an Anti-Sexual Violence Coalition in Ohio ~ Stakeholder Survey Summary

This Report summarizes the findings and themes that emerged from a statewide information gathering effort designed to assist the newly formed Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence in its development of a coalition that would be responsive to the needs of its stakeholders.

Reflections from the Field: Considerations for Domestic Violence Specialists

Interdisciplinary collaboration is becoming a common way of addressing complex and multidimensional social problems. The interest in interdisciplinary response to intimate partner violence raises critical questions about how best to support and encourage collaborating professionals to improve outcomes for families through individual and systemic advocacy. Both the civil and criminal arenas engage in efforts to develop a seamless, comprehensive, coordinated, and interdisciplinary system of delivery of domestic violence services. The creation of specialized domestic violence positions has been the direct result of these partnerships and endeavors.

Guiding Principles

This publication outlines a framework for communities implementing supervised visitation and exchange services with Safe Havens: Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Grant Program money from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office Violence Against Women. They are guiding principles for any community that wants to bring together courts, supervised visitation providers, domestic violence agencies, government representatives and other community-based organizations to account for safety when helping families that have experienced domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, child abuse, or stalking.

Access to Justice: Civil Legal Representation for Victims of Domestic Violence in El Paso County, Colorado

The Greenbook Project of El Paso County (Project) recognizes that legal assistance for victims of domestic violence is a key component to affording safety for both victims and their children. With time of the essence, the Project wanted to identify gaps in services and begin to examine ways to leverage resources to meet the needs of victims of domestic violence locally. The Project contracted with I.S.P. Consulting to conduct a preliminary gathering of information and highlight both short and long term opportunities to increase legal assistance.

Helping Battered Women and Their Children: A Guide for Domestic Violence Advocates on the Co-Occurrence of Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment

This guide was written by and for domestic violence advocates in St. Louis County, Missouri. Domestic violence service providers have a historical commitment to helping battered women and their children. In fact, the message ‘keeping a mother safe will also keep her child safe’ originated from the domestic violence movement. The advocacy community believed it was imperative for their sector to produce a document that could assist advocates to think through how to improve their approach and understanding of co-occurrence cases.

Assisting Battered Women Involved in the Child Protection System: A Framework for San Francisco Domestic Violence Advocates in Co-Occurrence Cases

Domestic violence advocates are in a position to assist battered women and their children when it comes to issues around child abuse and neglect without dishonoring the legal parameters that uphold fundamental philosophies of their work. Advocates have opportunities to open the lines of communication with their clients about co-occurrence in order to identify child abuse and neglect indicators and provide services to diminish those indicators; support and aide in the successful completion of a FCS case plan if in existence; link clients to legal and other social supports; create environments that remove perceptions of shame about involvement with FCS; and promote cooperation and collaboration with the client and the other systems involved in her life.

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Putting a Face on Every Child: Ohio's Juvenile Justice Reforms

(May 2010)

Ohio, like many other states, mirrored its juvenile system on the adult criminal justice system. Mandatory sentencing laws accompanied that decision, obligating judges to give out fixed sentences without regard to the crime involved, safety risks, or the youth’s capacities. The short video highlights how mandatory get-tough-on crime laws continue to fail Ohio’s youth resulting in low and moderate risk kids being incarcerated for lengthy sentences in large, warehouse-like facilities that are far from home and not resourced to respond to individual needs. As a result, many of these kids come out of the system years later more dangerous than when they entered. Children’s Law Center, Inc. was fortunate enough to have incarcerated youth, family members, and professionals working in the system share their stories. The DVD is one of two that will be produced on reform efforts in Ohio to help highlight current issues facing Ohioans and opportunities to enhance responses for youth, families and communities. This video spotlights the need for greater judicial discretion and cost-effective sentencing options that foster rehabilitation, by building a continuum of care based upon evidence-based practices that emphasize keeping youth in their communities, in the least restrictive setting possible, with the highest level of intervention, supervision, and services.

I.S.P. Consulting was highly responsive and fulfilled our needs in a timely and professional manner. The reports and analysis provided us with insights into how to improve legal services for battered women and their children.

Amber Ptak

Greenbook Project Manager, TESSA

Exploring Reentry: Creating a Continuum of Care to Support Ohio's Youth

Rethinking Juvenile Detention in Ohio Issue Brief

Ohio Juvenile Justice System: Perspectives from the Field - Summary of Stakeholder’s Priorities

Adolescent Brain Development & Juvenile Justice

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