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Domestic Violence Issues

The Attorney General’s office has one attorney that is specifically dedicated to work involving issues of domestic violence. This work goes beyond actual prosecution of cases and encompasses policy formulation on a statewide level. This attorney is active on the following committees connected with domestic violence issues: Domestic Violence Fatality Review Commission (housed in the Attorney General’s Office and chaired by this attorney); Child Fatality Review Committee; Domestic Violence and the Workplace Initiative; Council on Domestic Violence; Advisory Council on Domestic Violence for Social and Rehabilitation Services; Kids Legislative Strategy Committee; Project Safe Neighborhoods; Elder Abuse and Death Investigation Committee; Amber Alert Advisory Group and STOP Advisory Team. The Attorney plays an active role in related legislative efforts such as the legislation that created the Domestic Violence Fatality Review Commission and the recent legislative amendment to the mandatory reporting law to include clergy. This attorney also coordinates the local domestic violence prosecutors statewide. The attorney hosts quarterly meetings and trainings for these prosecutors and distributes relevant case law and legislative and administrative updates.

In addition the Criminal Division’s Trial and Investigative Unit prosecutes cases of misdemeanor and felony level domestic violence, including homicides. The Appellate Unit handles appeals involving domestic violence cases referred by local prosecutors. The Attorney General’s Office also provides training related to domestic violence and sexual assault and consults with local prosecutors on domestic violence matters.

The Domestic Violence Fatality Review Commission’s Report from 2014 can be accessed by clicking here – (This report and the reports from 2003 through 2013 are also listed in the Report Section of the AG’s web page). In addition, a Case Referral Form for the Domestic Violence Fatality Review Commission can be accessed by clicking here.

Domestic and Sexual Violence: A Workplace Issue

The Attorney General's Office has joined with the Governor's Office, the Vermont Commission on Women, Vermont's Council on Domestic Violence and domestic violence advocates to address domestic violence as a workplace and public health and safety issue. Domestic and sexual violence does not stay at home when Vermont victims go to work; it affects productivity, increases absenteeism and raises the risk of violence in the workplace. Make your workplace a safe space. Learn more about the Vermont campaign at:

  • 2012 State of Vermont’s Domestic and Sexual Violence Policy ( Adopted 5/15/12)

  • 2011 Vermont Study on the effects of domestic violence in the workplace entitled:

    Schmidt, M.C. and Barnett, A. (2012, January). Effects of Domestic violence in the Workplace: A Vermont survey of male offenders enrolled in batterer intervention programs in Vermont. Burlington, VT: University of Vermont, Center for Rural Studies. http://www.uvm.edu/crs/reports/2012/VTDV_WorkplaceStudy2012.pdf

    -- Executive Summary available at this link: http://www.uvm.edu/crs/reports/2012/VTDV_WorkplaceStudy2012_ExecSummary.pdf

  • Sample Domestic Violence in the Workplace Brochure

  • Model Personnel Policies for Vermont Employers

    See below for additional related links on domestic violence.

    Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services
    Vermont Network Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
    Vermont Commission on Women
    Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council
    Vermont Refugee Resettlement program
    Vermont Crime Information Center
    Vermont's Safe At Home Program
    Vermont's Department of Children and Familes
    Vermont's Department of Aging and Disabilities
    Futures Without Violence
    National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
    National Workplace Resource Center
    Office on Violence Against Women
    Bureau of Justice Assistance
    Bureau of Justice Statistics
    American Bar Association - Commission on Domestic Violence

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