Strategies to Facilitate Service and Enforcement of Foreign Protection Orders

August 13, 2020
3:00pm - 4:00pm

Service and enforcement are two critical components of the protection order process  These two parts help hold offenders accountable and enhance the safety of law enforcement, victims and the entire community. This presentation will focus on addressing challenges in service and enforcement of foreign protection orders under the full faith and credit provision of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Through the use of scenarios, participants will examine and evaluate the enforceability of various types of orders (i.e., ex parte, mutual, criminal, and tribal orders). Participants will learn strategies to enhance communication and collaboration to facilitate service and enforcement of orders.

As a result of this presentation, participants will be better able to:

  • Understand law enforcement mandates under full faith and credit provision of VAWA
  • Evaluate the enforceability of various types of protection orders
  • Utilize strategies and tools to improve service and enforcement of foreign protection orders


Monica N. Player is an Attorney Advisor for the National Center on Protection Orders and Full Faith & Credit (NCPOFFC). She provides training and technical assistance on issuance and enforcement of protection orders, full faith and credit, and federal and state firearm laws related to domestic violence. Prior to assuming her current position, Ms. Player was an attorney at the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV).  There she managed the Services*Training *Officers* Prosecutors (STOP TA) Project and provided technical assistance and training to STOP Violence Against Women Formula Grant Program grantees. Ms. Player has a background as a family law practitioner and managing attorney at the House of Ruth Domestic Violence Legal Clinic in Maryland. There she represented survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking in divorce, custody, and protection order proceedings.