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Protecting Victims of Domestic Violence

Protecting Victims of Domestic Violence

20 Pages


Agency: Battered Women’s Justice Project

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Protecting Victims of Domestic Violence: A Law Enforcement Officer's Guide to Enforcing Protection Orders Nationwide

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Publication Date: Mar 2011

Full faith and credit requires that valid civil and criminal protection orders must be enforced to protect victims wherever a violation of an order occurs, regardless of where the order was issued. In 1994, Congress enacted the full faith and credit provision of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The federal law directs jurisdictions to give full faith and credit to valid protection orders issued by other jurisdictions. 18 U.S.C. § 2265 (2006).


Investigations Policy/Protocol Development

VAWA Crime(s):

Dating Violence Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Stalking


Chief/Sheriff/Executive First Line Supervisor Investigator/Detective Patrol Officer/Deputy Prosecutor