Domestic Violence: Post-Separation Violence

 

Approximately 33 million (15%) of all U.S. adults admit that they have been a victim of domestic violence.

Domestic Violence involves a pattern of abusive or threatening behavior used to gain power and control over another. Domestic violence manifests in many forms including: physical, emotional, psychological, sexual, financial, and legal abuse.

Domestic violence often escalates when a victim chooses to leave the relationship, and will continue after separation. This is especially dangerous for victims who have children, and are involved in family court litigation with an abusive partner.  Or, those who have contact with an abusive ex partner through a custody or visitation arrangement.

Read about how domestic violence manifests post separation, and the tactics of a batterer hereDomestic Violence: Post-Separation Violence (AbuseWatch.net)

Info Sheet: Responding to Stalking: A Guide for Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Programs

The Stalking Resource Center, in partnership with Inspire Action for Social Change, and the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women, offers an important resource for understanding and assessing the risk of stalking in the setting of supervised visitation and safe exchange programs online at no charge.

“Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange programs are critical to enhancing safety for children and adult victims by increasing opportunities for supervised visitation and safe exchange, by and between custodial and non-custodial parents, in cases involving domestic violence, dating violence, child abuse, sexual assault, or stalking. Stalking poses a particular challenge for victims, as it can occur before, during, and after a visit or exchange. It is essential that supervised visitation and safe exchange program staff are able to effectively recognize and respond to stalking.”

This guide includes an overview of the dynamics of stalking, the intersection of stalking and domestic violence, how to assess for stalking, and considerations for policy and procedure.

To download or read the guide, please click here: Responding to Stalking

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