Formed in 2017, APA’s Domestic Violence (DV) Prosecution Committee brings the nation’s leading working DV prosecutors and victim advocates together to advance the field of domestic violence prosecution and address the needs of DV prosecutors, managers, and victim advocates. The Committee is comprised of 25 to 30 prosecutors and victim advocates from major jurisdictions experienced in DV prosecution and management. Committee members represent over 30 million community members and are responsible for tens of thousands of felony and misdemeanor cases every year. The work of these practitioners focuses on intimate partner violence (IPV). The Committee’s work is informed by the experiences of current working DV prosecutors, national experts and allied DV partners.

Read the Committee’s Position Statement

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Committee members include DV prosecutors and victim advocates from the following jurisdictions:

DeKalb County, GA (co-chair)

King County, WA (co-chair)

Alameda County, CA

Alleghany County, PA

Boulder County, CO

Bronx, NY

CO Attorney General’s Office

Davidson County (Nashville), TN

Denver, CO

East Baton Rouge, LA

Fulton County, GA

Honolulu, HI

Jackson County, MO

Kings County, NY

LA City, CA

Maricopa County, AZ

Marion County, IN

Milwaukee, WI

Multnomah County, OR

New York, NY

Orleans Parish, LA

City of Phoenix, AZ

Pima County, AZ

Prince George’s County, MD

San Francisco County, CA

Santa Clara County, CA

Seattle, WA

Shelby County, TN

VA Attorney General’s Office

Webinars

To have access to our full webinar library with dozens of training videos and materials, please visit our webinar database and sign up as a member today!

Our Conferences

The Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, through its Domestic Violence (DV) Prosecution Committee, hosts an annual National Domestic Violence Prosecution Conference each year. The 2024 conference was held in Phoenix, AZ January 17-19, 2024. 

Details about the 2025 conference will be posted as they become available!  

Role of Advocates in Prosecution Support

Victim advocates play a critical role in enhancing outcomes for victims, defendants, and the community at large. To provide guidance on these roles, the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys Domestic Violence Prosecution Committee developed The Victim Advocate Roles & Responsibilities Checklist, a tool to guide offices in optimizing interactions between prosecutors and advocates and fostering inter-office discussions about advocates’ specific role in the prosecution process. It is a quick-reference sheet for how —and which— advocates can assist with specific areas of support to both victims and attorneys throughout the prosecution process. It is a visual aide to educate prosecutors, support staff, administration, and advocates alike on how they can effectively partner.

We have supplied a blank template for each office to create their own tailored checklist and an example checklist which serves as a guide.

Trends in
Domestic Violence Response

Remote Orders of Protection in Civil and Criminal Cases Involving Intimate Partner Violence and Animal Abuse

Policy Statements

Position Statement on Pretrial Release in Domestic Violence Cases

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VAWA Reauthorization Support Letter

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Efficacy of Batterer’s Intervention Programs Position Letter

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Toolkits

APA’s DV Prosecution Committee developed a comprehensive DV Diversion Planning Toolkit that seeks to provide guidepost questions and considerations for program developers and highlight innovative alternatives to incarceration for DV-related offenses. APA acknowledges the complexity of DV prosecution and the desire of state, local, and federal prosecutors to build sustainable, data-informed diversion programs in response to these crimes. With the implementation of this toolkit, DV diversion programs can bolster victim safety, prevent recidivism, address the root causes of violence to disrupt the cycle of violence, and create safer communities. Click below to access toolkit resources and case studies.

DV Diversion Planning Toolkit

News

APA Statement on Uvalde and Mass Violence

June 6th, 2022|Comments Off on APA Statement on Uvalde and Mass Violence

June 6, 2022 The events of the horrific shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas are devastating, and words cannot express the sorrow

APA Releases Position Statement for Pretrial Release in DV Cases

July 8th, 2021|Comments Off on APA Releases Position Statement for Pretrial Release in DV Cases

The Association of Prosecuting Attorneys has published a position statement on pretrial release in domestic violence cases. To read the seven recommendations, click the