Legal Momentum is pleased to announce that the Mary Byron Project has awarded Legal Momentum’s National Judicial Education Program (NJEP) its 2014 Celebrating Solutions Award. This award recognizes innovative programs that can serve as national models in their approach to breaking the cycle of domestic violence.
The Celebrating Solutions Award recognizes NJEP’s groundbreaking effort to educate judges and justice system professionals about the intersection of sexual assault and domestic violence and its critical implications for the safety of victims and their children. NJEP has developed an extensive interactive web course titled Intimate Partner Sexual Abuse: Adjudicating This Hidden Dimension of Domestic Violence Cases, published articles and training curricula, and educated thousands of judges and other professionals on the topic. All of NJEP’s resources on adult victim sexual assault can be accessed at www.njep.org. "Judges need to be aware of and consider sexual abuse in the context of domestic violence when making decisions that impact the safety of a victim and her children," stated NJEP Director Lynn Hecht Schafran. "Sexual violence perpetration is a leading risk factor in predicting whether a batterer will go on to kill his victim and her children. Yet, all too often, it is overlooked and trivialized."
Since its inception in 1980, NJEP has worked tirelessly to eliminate from the courts myths and misconceptions about gender-based violence by educating judges and other justice system professionals, so that victims receive the full protection of the law and the respect that they deserve.
Based in Louisville, Kentucky, the Mary Byron Project was established in 2000 in memory of the young woman whose tragic murder led to the creation of automated crime victim notification technologies. As a nationally recognized thought leader on domestic violence, the Mary Byron Project cultivates and supports efforts that extend beyond crisis management to attack the root causes of this epidemic and help build safer, healthier communities.
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