Specialized court and criminal justice responses to domestic violence and sexual assault are designed to improve the safety of victims and their families, and enhance offender accountability. The Center helped establish New York’s first domestic violence court, which has served as a model for dozens of courts in New York 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. Based on lessons learned from New York, the Center now works with jurisdictions nationally on implementing domestic violence court best practices.
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
- Listen to our latest podcast with Judge Jeffrey Kremers discussing procedural justice in domestic violence cases.
- 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.
- Read about Tulsa’s Integrated Domestic Violence Court.
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.