Employers, 2.d.). Judges and prosecutors should instruct offenders that possession of a firearm, including rifles, shotguns, and certain starter pistols can be a violation of this federal law. In addition, courts should routinely include weapons surrender provisions in orders of protection.
i.As far as practicable, victims should have the opportunity to make their wishes known regarding the terms of orders of protection, conditions of pretrial release, contemplated plea agreements or stipulations, and recommendations for conditions of probation.
Law enforcement officers, legal practitioners, judges, probation, and court staff should consult with victims to identify specific safety concerns that should be addressed in the court's orders and any conditions of release, and, without placing the burden of decision-making on the victim, courts should craft orders that consider those expressed concerns.
Victims of domestic violence should also be apprised that they are not required to arrange for service of orders of protection, and that such service will be promptly conducted or arranged by the municipal police department or sheriff's department in the jurisdiction. [See FCA §153-b (c)]
When dealing with victims, providers should be aware that abusers will often attempt to coerce their victims not to pursue the charges or to "drop" the order of protection. Victims should be asked whether they have been contacted, directly or indirectly, by their abusers, with the intent of changing their minds on moving forward with the case. Further, information or statements that victims provide regarding their wishes on the disposition of cases should be held confidential.
j.Criminal justice agencies, courts, probation, and other community corrections and legal professionals should create clearly designated mechanisms for providing victims with reasonable notice of the issuance, service, modification, or vacating of orders of protection; the issuance and execution of warrants; releases from custody; contemplated plea agreements and stipulations; and changes in conditions of probation or parole.
These contacts can be made directly to the victim or to a person she designates, as appropriate.
k.Criminal justice agencies, courts, probation and other community corrections and legal professionals should collaboratively develop-and find resources to implement-victim-witness protection programs utilizing advanced