Domestic Violence

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.

Technical Assistance

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.

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Language Access and State Courts

Language Access and State Courts

This 2012 webinar discusses strategies for meeting the needs of litigants with limited English proficiency.

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Interviews

Elizabeth “Libby” Pollard Hines, Judge, Domestic Violence Docket, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Elizabeth “Libby” Pollard Hines, Judge, Domestic Violence Docket, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Judge Elizabeth “Libby” Pollard Hines presides over a specialized docket dedicated to domestic violence cases in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She spoke with Robert V. Wolf about her work.

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Prostitution Diversion Programs

Prostitution Diversion Programs

By Sarah Schweig, Danielle Malangone and Miriam Goodman

Many communities across the country grapple with how best to respond to prostitution.

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A National Portrait of Domestic Violence Courts

A National Portrait of Domestic Violence Courts

By Sarah Picard-Fritsche, Melissa Labriola, Samantha Moore, Chris S. O'Sullivan and Michael Rempel

This study explores the goals, policies, and practices of criminal domestic violence courts nationwide.

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With 11 Questions, Officers Assess Homicide Risk

With 11 Questions, Officers Assess Homicide Risk

David M. Sargent of the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence has taught thousands of law enforcement officers how to implement the Lethality Assessment Program, which uses a short survey to assess victims' risk of being killed and a simple protocol to encourage them to get help.

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