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Best Practices Toolkit for Working with Domestic Violence Survivors with Criminal Histories

Funder: Michigan Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence
PI: Kubiak, S., & Sullivan, C.
Dates: 2010 – 2011
A grant proposal outlining multiple strategies including a needs assessment, building collaboration between systems and educating practitioners in both systems, was funded for three years (awarded to the Michigan Coalition against Sexual and Domestic Violence – MCASDV). The crowning achievement by the university partners (myself, Dr. Cris Sullivan and three doctoral students) was a ‘best practices toolkit’ that illuminated the issues that women with histories of interpersonal violence face across the criminal justice continuum (arrest, court process, probation, jail, prison, parole). The toolkit was sent out for local and national review (i.e. Dr. Joanne Belknap, University of Colorado; Dr. Beth Richie, University of Illinois, Chicago; Ann Menard, Director of National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, etc.). The toolkit was completed in December 2011 and we have been involved in national training efforts using the toolkit. The 172 page toolkit and related resources are available electronically here.
Collaborators: Sheryl Kubiak, Cris Sullivan, Nkiru Nnawulezi, Gina Fedock
Start Date: 2010
End Date: 2011
2009-2010. Kubiak, S., & Sullivan, C.  Evaluation of the Open Doors Project: Enhancing Domestic Violence Services for Formerly Incarcerated Women. Michigan Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.  $75,000.