Should I Stay or Should I Go? Helping Survivors with Interstate Custody and Relocation Cases

New Webinar Recording Available! Should I Stay or Should I Go? Helping Survivors with Interstate Custody and Relocation Cases.

Have domestic violence survivors ever asked you about leaving the state with their children to flee from abuse?

The LRC, in partnership with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, will be offering a webinar which will focus on basic interstate custody and relocation issues for advocates. The webinar will provide participants with an overview of the various federal and state laws that govern interstate custody cases and is designed for advocates who wish to understand how these laws fit together. Case scenarios will be used to demonstrate how advocates can help survivors address the economic, safety, and legal issues involved when they cross state lines for safety. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions during the presentation. (90 minutes)

Click here to view the recording!

Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB)

Upcoming Webinar! "How to Become a Grant Reviewer"

April 26, 2019 ~ 8:00am PT / 11:00am ET 

In support of the Family and Youth Services Bureau’s (FYSB) 2019 discretionary grant reviews, F2 Solutions, the grant review contractor, will lead official recruitment efforts, with a “How to Become a Grant Reviewer” training webinar to provide valuable information regarding the required skills and commitment necessary to function in a grant reviewer capacity. The webinar is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (EST) on Friday, April 26th, 2019. As a potential Grant Reviewer for FYSB, we want to provide you with an opportunity to learn more about the grant review process.  FYSB’s discretionary grant reviews are anticipated to occur during the period of July through September 2019.

To become more acquainted with FYSB’s discretionary grant review process, please register for the “How to Become a Grant Reviewer” training webinar using the registration information below:

Webinar Information & Registration
Title:    How to Become a Grant Reviewer
Date:    Friday, April 26th, 2019
Time:   8:00 a.m. PT / 11:00 a.m. ET (60 minutes)

Click here to register!

Please Note: Upon clicking on the link above, you will be asked to verify your time zone. Once you select a time zone and click “Save”, you will be directed to the training webinar registration page. Please scroll to the bottom of the webpage and click the “Register” button. Enter your information, as requested, and click “Submit” in the bottom right hand corner. 

Participation in the “How to Become a Grant Reviewer” webinar is not a prerequisite for consideration in being selected as a FYSB grant reviewer.
Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB)

FYSB is Now Accepting Applications!

Become a Grant Application Reviewer

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF), Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) is gearing up for its 2019 grant review season. They will soon begin identifying qualified candidates to read, score, and evaluate grant applications in response to FYSB’s anticipated Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs).

Grant reviews are tentatively scheduled to be held between July and September 2019. Program specific requirements will be shared, beginning in May 2019.

Approved Reviewers will be invited to join virtual panel review teams that work remotely, using secured web-based technology, to evaluate federal grant applications. Reviewers will receive monetary compensation for the successful completion of an objective panel review period.

Download Full Recruitment Information Here

Custody Mediation and Domestic Violence: A Resource Guide for Mediators

New Resource Available! Custody Mediation and Domestic Violence: A Resource Guide for Mediators

Mediation is widely used in the area of family law, where custody mediation is often mandated by statute or ordered by the court. According to statistics collected by the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS), approximately 1 in 4 women and 1 in 10 men experience contact sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner and report an intimate partner violence related impact during their lifetime. Intimate partner violence is also reported in more than half of all divorce cases. Based on these numbers, custody mediators are likely to encounter domestic violence in at least half of their cases.
For this reason, the NCJFCJ's Resource Center on Domestic Violence: Child Protection and Custody (RCDV:CPC) has prepared this guide as a reference tool for mediators seeking to improve their practice on custody cases involving domestic violence. This publication is not intended as a substitute for thorough and ongoing training on domestic violence, but rather seeks to provide mediators with helpful links to existing literature and resources on this important topic.

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How to Navigate Custody Mediation in Cases Involving Domestic Violence

​RCDV: CPC's New Self-Represented Litigants (SRL) Resource: How to Navigate Custody Mediation in Cases Involving Domestic Violence

If you are a domestic violence survivor and have been ordered or referred to mediation for your custody case, this guide can provide you with some basic information. A lawyer who understands domestic violence and mediation practice in your area would be most helpful. But many survivors cannot find or afford lawyers to represent them. For this reason, we created this guide for self-represented litigants. It includes general information on custody mediation and tips for how to prepare.
10 steps for presenting evidence in court

​RCDV: CPC's New Self-Represented Litigants (SRL) Homepage

Victims who cannot afford to hire an attorney or find legal representation must represent themselves in court and need practical and informed assistance in preparing evidence, conducting themselves in court, and understanding the purpose and consequence of the proceedings/processes in which they are participating. The Resource Center on Domestic Violence: Child Protection and Custody (RCDV: CPC) has developed a series of SRL guides designed to assist victims in finding guidance and preparing and presenting evidence for a court so that the domestic violence they experienced--and its impact on their children's wellbeing--is considered. These resources have been translated into Spanish and reviewed for plain language. These resources now are available in one place on the RCDV: CPC website:
apply for voca funding

Apply for VOCA Funding: A Toolkit for Organizations Working With Crime Victim Survivors in Communities of Color and Other Underserved Communities

Asian & Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence

New Resources on Services and Protections for Immigrant Survivors

New Resources on Services and Protections for Immigrant Survivors
This Domestic Violence Awareness month is a time to strengthen our resolve to make sure that our community response to domestic violence is truly relevant to all survivors. Please find below a statement from our Policy Director, Grace Huang, for Huffington Post (originally posted here)We also invite you to browse our recent publications on supporting immigrant survivors: 
Additional information and resources are available on our website.



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