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The commission also works with law schools to integrate domestic violence education into the curriculum.
In May, it published “Teach Your Students Well: Incorporating Domestic Violence Into Law School Curricula—A Law School Report,” which describes the current extent of domestic violence education in each of the nation’s law schools.
As the commission moves into its second decade under its new chair, Margaret Bell Drew of Norwood, Mass., it is well-positioned to continue its leadership in providing a legal response to the serious worldwide problem of domestic violence.The commission’s Web site is an invaluable resource for attorneys, law students, legal educators and victims of abuse, offering comprehensive training materials.Last October, the commission launched CDVLAW, an e-mail discussion list for attorneys representing victims of domestic violence, to provide them with a forum to share experiences, case law and strategies.Constantly being criticized and told you aren’t good enough causes you to lose confidence and lowers your self-esteem.As a result, you may start to blame yourself for your partner’s abusive behavior. In fact, your partner may just be trying to control or manipulate you into staying in the relationship.
Committed to raising awareness about partner violence among teenagers, the commission has published a brochure, “Teen Dating Violence: There Is No Excuse,” and it is working on a Teen Dating Violence Initiative with the Steering Committee on the Unmet Legal Needs of Children and the Center on Children and the Law.