3. Enhancing the Response of the Justice System: Civil Remedies
What Civil Justice Practitioners Can
Do To Make a Difference
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- Increase victim access to competent counsel.
- Design a civil legal system that is responsive to violence against
- Adopt custody codes that articulate "safety first" as the controlling
legal principle in custody and visitation cases involving domestic or
sexual violence or stalking.
- Promote the recovery and future safety and well-being of victims of
sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, and stalking.
- Develop and implement statewide and tribal protocols for law enforcement,
prosecution, courts, and state registries.
- Consider making violation of criminal protection orders related to
violence against women a crime.
- Exempt victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking
from mediation or other alternative dispute resolution processes.
- Ensure that decisions reached in marital dissolution, child custody,
and other family law proceedings for cases involving domestic violence
or child abuse adequately safeguard victims and their children.
- Change statutes, processes, and policies as needed to prevent victims
from bearing the primary burden of the economic losses suffered from
male violence against women.
- Be aware of the risks of mediation in cases involving domestic violence.
for agencies and organizations that can help you provide services, support,