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Law Library News for October 16, 2000

Ann Hemmens, editor

Law Library News Archive

 

MARIAN & Cascade Training: Find the Books You Need

by Mary Whisner

This summer, we improved the keyword searching in MARIAN, the Law Library�s catalog. Now the catalog is even more flexible and powerful than it was before. The summer also saw the unveiling of Cascade, a catalog that combines the holdings of all the state four-year colleges. You can find � and directly order � books from around the state.

If you�d like to learn more about MARIAN and Cascade, come to one of the training sessions we�re offering this week. The sessions are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, (Oct. 17-19) at 12:30 in the Legal Research Training Center (Room 29). No sign-up is necessary. Sessions are open to students, faculty, and staff. Please note that food and drink are not allowed in the Legal Research Training Center.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The goal of the various events sponsored at the local, state and national level is to connect battered women�s advocates across the nation and to educate the public about the issue of ending violence against women and children.

How can you learn more about domestic violence?

Books & Articles

To find books on the topic available in Gallagher Law Library, search MARIAN, our web-based catalog, using keywords such as �family violence,� �domestic violence� or �wife abuse.� To find law review articles, search in LegalTrac (an index to U.S., U.K., Canadian and Australian law review articles) with keywords �conjugal violence,� �domestic violence� or �family violence.�

The King County Coalition Against Domestic Violence, http://kccadv.org/readinglist.html, created a bibliography of books on the topic which is organized into categories targeting particular audiences such as "women of color," "children," and "same-sex domestic violence."

A short bibliography of materials is also available at the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence website, http://www.ncadv.org/resources/reading.htm.

Selected Websites

American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence website contains information on law schools teaching domestic violence law, a bibliography including publications by the Commission, and links to websites containing statistics.

The Department of Justice Violence Against Women Office was created in 1995 to implement the 1994 Violence Against Women Act and to provide national leadership in the work to end domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. Their website includes information on federal domestic violence laws and regulations, research and statistical publications.

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence is a national advocacy group which has been working for passage of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization bill that would authorize $3.3 billion to address violence against women over the next 5 years and includes coverage for dating violence and new programs for transitional housing, supervised visitation centers, civil legal assistance and judicial education, as well as provisions to give additional protection to battered immigrant women.

How Can You Become Involved?

Student groups

The Immigrant Families Advocacy Project works with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project and pro bono attorneys to assist immigrant women who are victims of domestic violence to get their permanent residency in the United States. The Law Women's Caucus works to promote equal access to justice and equal representation within the legal system. This group is involved in assisting immigrant women who are victims of domestic violence.

Local organizations

Local legal service agencies and information organizations working to assist people dealing with domestic violence are listed in the guide, Free or Low-Cost Legal Advocacy, Information, and Referral for King County Residents.

New Beginnings (206-522-9472; PO Box 75125, Seattle 98125) is a local organization providing a shelter, counseling, and support services for abused women and children as well as a 24-hour crisis line.

The Northwest Women�s Law Center  is a legal advocacy group working to advance the rights of women in Washington, Alaska, Idaho, Montana and Oregon, through litigation, legislative advocacy, legal rights education and self help programs. Visit their website to learn more about the impact litigation and advocacy measures the Center is involved in regarding domestic violence.