Enhancing the Response of the Justice / Legal System

Civil Actions and Remedies

Increase victim access to competent counsel.

Design a civil legal system that is responsive to violence against women.

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.