Domestic Violence Training and Victim Advocacy

Battered women's advocates in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union (CEE/FSU) and around the world work to further women's human rights to be free from domestic violence in a variety of ways. Advocates work to provide necessary services to battered women, including referrals, legal advice, shelter, crisis centers, and hotlines. Together with other members of the community, they have worked to develop common understandings of domestic violence and to coordinate the responses of the legal, medical, and social service professionals to enhance victim safety and batterer accountability. Advocates also work to prevent domestic violence through lobbying and community education, as well as through the creation of batterers' intervention programs.

Coordinated Community Response
Learn strategies for coordinating various segments of the community - including health care providers, social workers, law enforcement, and child protective services - to ensure that battered women have recourse in the community and batterers are held accountable.

Victim Protection, Support, and Assistance
Find guidelines for developing specific mechanisms - such as shelters, safehouses, hotlines, mediations, and crisis centers - to provide battered women with the information and support they need to protect themselves and their families from abuse.

Law Enforcement, Prosecutions, and the Judiciary
Legislative reform in the area of domestic violence will not be successful without proper enforcement. All too often, the justice system puts obstacles in the way of battered women seeking escape. Find out how to ensure that the enforcement and judicial systems function effectively.

Orders for Protection
An order for protection is a civil remedy utilized in many countries to protect victims of violence. Learn how the law can protect battered women and find best practices for ensuring that orders for protection protect women and children from violence.

Child Custody and Family Law Issues
Domestic violence has unique implications for the children of battered women. Learn how batterers exploit the legal system to maintain control over battered women, and how women can help ensure they receive custody and protect their children.

Batterer's Intervention Programs
Governments often use intervention programs as alternatives to incarceration to attempt to teach abusers to control and eliminate abusive behavior.  Learn the history and theory behind these programs and find tips for running them effectively.

Lobbying and Community Education
Lobbying and education are key components of any advocacy strategy. Find tips for lobbying for reform in domestic violence laws and policies, and learn how to build awareness and understanding about the realities of domestic violence within the community.