Summer 2007 Newsletter - Page 5

Domestic Violence Resource for Judges

KCSDV has begun to distribute "Information for Judges about Domestic Violence," a collection of articles gathered by KCSDV for judges.

This three-ring binder contains articles from journals and resources from judicial publications targeted specifically at judges and their judicial duties. Some information includes best practices or checklists for judges in handling cases in which domestic violence is present.

Although only 70 copies were initially made, many member programs have requested more for district, magistrate and municipal judges in their service areas, and these additional copies will be distributed by programs or sent directly to the judges.

For more information, contact Jean Rosenthal, legal services committee coordinator at KCSDV, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 785-232-9784.


Protection Order Manual Now Available

KCSDV has published the Kansas Protection Order Manual in an effort to assist those involved in the protection order system in Kansas.

Funded by the Federal S.T.O.P. Violence Against Women Act Grant Program as administered by Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius' Federal and Other Grants Program, the manual is the result of a collaborative project between KCSDV, Kansas Legal Services (KLS) and the Office of Judicial Administration.

Because it will be distributed to advocates, courts and KLS attorneys statewide, its main focus is on statutory law and best practices gained by those involved in the field. It includes screening and safety information, specific laws and procedures and immigration information. It also contains all relevant Kansas statutes and summaries of Kansas cases.

For more information, contact Joyce Grover, general counsel at KCSDV, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 785-232-9784.


KCSDV Welcomes

Danae Roberts joined KCSDV in January. She received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Kansas in 2006. Danae has worked as a research specialist at the Kansas City Free Health Clinic, a research assistant for the Center for Research on Learning at the University of Kansas, the Heartland Forgiveness Project, and the Wisdom Study Project. Danae's areas of expertise are learning theories and practice, human development, research and data collection methodologies (including quantitative, qualitative and statistical analyses), training program implementation and evaluation, and proposal and research results writing.

Kathy Ray joined KCSDV in December as the Curricula and Protocol Coordinator for the GTEAP project. She has worked with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault for the past three years, and most recently served as the Parent/Child Advocate for The Crisis Center in Manhattan, Kan. Kathy received her bachelor's degree from Kansas State University in sociology with minors in women's studies and business. She is currently working towards her master's degree in social work from Washburn University.

Mickayla Fink joined KCSDV in January as the Prison Rape Policy Coordinator, working in conjunction with the Kansas Department of Corrections. For the two years prior to working at the KCSDV, she was a graduate instructor of English and Women's Studies at K-State. Mickayla also worked for more than four years at K-State's Women's Center, and volunteered for two years at the Crisis Center, Inc, a KCSDV member program in Manhattan. She has a master's in English and cultural studies, and a graduate certificate in women's studies, and a bachelor's in political science and women's studies, all from K-State.

Sara Rust-Martin is a recent graduate of Washburn University School of Law. Prior to joining KCSDV, she was a Governor's Fellow. Prior to attending law school Sara served as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer. She also has experience as a supervisor of childrens' programs at a community mental health center, and as the program director of a drug and alcohol treatment center. Sara earned a bachelor's degree in social work from Pittsburg State University and a master's degree in social work from the University of Kansas. She has served as the GTEAP Project Coordinator since December.

Tami Shenk became Accounting Assistant in February. She has 14 years experience in accounting. Tami has an associate's degree in art from Highland Community College.

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