¤when the victim's appearance is required, the issuance of subpoenas (even for willing witnesses), unless the use of the subpoena would jeopardize the victim's safety;
¤notification to the victim of defendant's release from custody;
¤setting short adjournment dates;
¤arranging or providing assistance with transportation, such as to a shelter or to court;
¤courthouse security programs and the provision of escorts-including separate waiting rooms and having court officers intervene when the defendant/respondent or others attempt to interact inappropriately with the victim;
¤court-based victim advocacy programs;
¤courthouse child care centers; and
¤supervised visitation orders for perpetrators of domestic violence when parties have children in common.
c.Case files, incident reports, crime reports, witness statements, pre-sentence reports and other materials in domestic violence cases should be clearly designated as "domestic violence." To the extent legally possible, the statements, addresses, and telephone numbers of victims/petitioners should be held confidential.
It serves no purpose for a victim to relocate or seek temporary refuge with friends or family members if the legal system is going to make her whereabouts known. A victim needs to be notified that the defendant's attorney may have access to her address through discovery, and that the district attorney needs proactively to request that the court protect this information.
Legal practitioners, courts, and court personnel should be alerted to the need for orders of protection for third-party witnesses during the pendency of criminal proceedings.