Domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and trafficking are among the most challenging issues justice systems are asked to address. The Center is committed to using proven strategies to improve the safety of victims and their children, enhance offender accountability, and offer a more individualized approach to justice. This work demands coordination across disciplines and systems as well as a consistent focus on listening to survivors. The Center offers national programs, webinars, and podcasts along with providing support nationally to the Office on Violence Against Women Justice for Families Program grantees by conducting on-site needs assessments and training. In New York, the Center helped establish the city’s first domestic violence court which has served as a model for dozens of courts across the state. The Center has also helped New York State disseminate the integrated domestic violence court model in which a single judge handles criminal domestic violence cases and related family issues, such as custody, visitation, civil protection orders, and divorce.
The Center for Court Innovation offers free technical assistance, supported by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women, to jurisdictions across the United States interested in creating or expanding existing family, civil, criminal, and integrated domestic violence court projects. The Center also facilitates site visits to Domestic Violence Mentor Courts designated by the Office on Violence Against Women. Visit the domestic violence technical assistance page for more information, and use this map to learn about domestic violence court projects across the country.
In The News
- Read the Office on Violence Against Women's blog post, Child Custody Decisions in Cases Involving Domestic Violence: Guiding Principles.
- Watch our latest video on how courts improve access and understanding in domestic violence cases by implementing culturally-responsive practices.
- Watch a local news report about the Mentor Court in Winnebago County, Illinois.
- Check out the latest issue of the National Domestic Violence Courts Technical Assistance Bulletin.
Palm Springs Judicial Leadership Summit
Judges from around the country gathered at the Palm Springs Judicial Leadership Summit in spring 2016 to discuss strategies for improving responses to sexual assault and domestic violence cases. The summit also served as a kickoff for the Judicial Engagement Network, an association of judges that will focus on improving court responses to these kind of cases. The Leadership Summit and the Engagement Network are collaborations among the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and the Center for Court Innovation.