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Current Issue: Vol. 20, no. 8  (April 27, 2015)
A Current Awareness Service of Cornell Law Library
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Battered Women's Justice Project
    The Battered Women's Justice Project (BWJP) is a collaboration between the Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs and the National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women. BWJP promotes the improved safety of battered women and children by improving government and community responses to domestic violence cases through education, training, research, safety audits, and the promotion of best practices. In addition to customized trainings for law school clinics and government agencies, and technical assistance for recipients of the Grant to Encourage Arrest Policies and Enforcement of Protection Orders (GTEAP), many resources are available for free through the “Resources” section of BWJP's website. Click on “Resources” to access a list of BWJP publications, including articles and guidebooks geared toward practitioners, organized by category. Categories include the Defense of Battered Women, Fire Arms, and Coordinated Community Response to Domestic Violence. The Military section provides valuable information on understanding the military's handling of domestic violence cases and tips for collaboration between military and civilian agencies. The “Featured Resources” page provides links to handbooks, statistics, and programs recommended by BWJP. Additional links to other relevant websites are listed alphabetically by title on the “Online Resources” page. E-newsletters providing commentary and links to resources on a specific topic can be found in the archive in the “Publications” section. Also in the “Publications” section are several commentaries in which researchers analyze topics such as Domestic Violence and Firearms, including links to relevant studies. In the “Promising Practices” section, BWJP highlights jurisdictions that have successfully implemented policy and/or procedural changes to the way domestic violence cases are handled. Lastly, BWJP provides free registration and online access to its excellent and frequent webinars, including an archive of previously recorded webinars through its “Resources” section. Webinar topics vary widely; examples include the intersection of domestic violence and suicide, immigration (the U Visa), LGBTQ issues, and monitoring of offenders on probation. This website is an excellent resource for practitioners and law school clinics.
    [Author: I. Haight]
Bike Law University
    Founded in 1880, the League of American Bicyclists represents bicyclists in the movement to create safer roads, stronger communities, and a bicycle-friendly America. Bike Law University is a resource series created by the League to present state traffic laws related to bicyclists in a layperson-oriented format. These resources give greater depth and context — including comparative charts — to state law resources and the League’s bicycle-friendly state rankings. An interactive map lets users click on the state(s) of interest, where they can see how their state is rated in terms of bicycle friendliness. The site also has state bike laws, model legislation, and all state laws that pertain to bicyclists such as BUI, helmet laws, dooring laws, etc. Users can subscribe to the Bike League’s bi-weekly e-newsletter, and there are social media links to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+.
    [Author: S. Leers]
REDRESS: Ending Torture, Seeking Justice for Survivors
    Established in 1992 by Keith Carmichael, himself a torture survivor, REDRESS is a London-based human rights organization that works with local civil society groups in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America to help torture survivors obtain justice and reparation. The website presents information on its activities in areas of continuing concern regarding torture and torture victims. The site provides access to publications (as well as citations to publications) that give detailed information on these topics and on reparation law, including international treaties, key cases with commentary, and an extensive collection of reports issued by REDRESS since 1999. REDRESS publishes a number of newsletters (available on the website) and maintains several e-mailing lists. A collection of streaming videos is available in the "New & Events" section of the website. The language of the site is overwhelmingly English but there are some parts translated into Russian, French, Spanish and Arabic as well. The site keyword-searchable.
    [Author: J. Luke]

InSITE contributors: I. Haight, S. Leers. J. Luke, J. Pajerek (editor)


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