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.