National Center for the Prosecution of Violence Against Women
The National Center for the Prosecution of Violence Against Women (NCPVAW) exists to serve prosecutors and allied professionals as they fight to deliver justice to survivors of domestic violence / dating violence, sexual violence, and stalking and to hold criminals accountable. We are a division of the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA), headquartered in Alexandria, VA, right outside of Washington, D.C.
- We host national training events, including the National Institute on the Prosecution of Domestic Violence and the National Institute on the Prosecution of Sexual Violence.
- We provide trial advocacy training through the National Advocacy Center (NAC) geared towards building courtroom skills for prosecutors who handle sex crimes and domestic violence / dating violence and stalking cases.
- We provide training at state and local conferences on subjects that are relevant to the jurisdictions, expertly delivered by experienced and tested trial prosecutors.
- We design and conduct multi-day state and local trainings, in consultation with our hosts, to address the needs expressed by the jurisdiction and audience type.
- We publish articles, monographs, and other resources on topics relevant to the prosecution of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking
- We provide case consultation for prosecutors, advocates and law enforcement, including jury consultations (and the writing of jury selection questions / questionnaires), writing lines of cross-examination of defense witnesses, assisting with expert witness location and witness preparation, and advising prosecutors regarding the screening of cases, filing of charges, and offering of plea agreements.
- We host an extensive defense expert database of transcripts, resumes, CVs and background material on those who frequently testify on behalf of defendants.
- We assist prosecutors in addressing the media, both with case specific questions and when addressing issues of domestic violence, sexual violence, dating violence, and stalking. We give media interviews on these subjects and are available to assist in educating the public and policy makers about relevant issues.