Domestic Violence

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.

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.

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 tailored 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. 

In The News

Recent Events

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.

Publications

Adapting Deterrence Strategies for Domestic Violence Offenders

Adapting Deterrence Strategies for Domestic Violence Offenders

By Rebecca Thomforde Hauser and Nida Abbasi

Recent research has uncovered promising strategies for deterring recidivism among domestic violence offenders. Courts across various jurisdictions promote effective deterrence by engaging in evidence-based strategies such as judicial monitoring and imposing certain and consistent consequences in response to non-compliance. This fact sheet describes the concept of deterrence and how it can be implemented in domestic violence cases to enhance victim safety and hold offenders accountable

Publications

Can Restorative Practices Address Intimate Partner Violence?

Can Restorative Practices Address Intimate Partner Violence?

This monograph explores whether and how restorative practices might be safe and effective as a response to intimate partner violence and provides practitioners with a series of questions to assist in developing key policies and principles for these interventions.

To Read the Summary of a Roundtable Discussion

Publications

Integrating Procedural Justice in Domestic Violence Cases

Integrating Procedural Justice in Domestic Violence Cases

This fact sheet explains the concept of procedural justice and offers a few simple strategies for courts and domestic violence stakeholders to enhance procedural justice and improve outcomes for both victims and defendants.

Video

Promoting Compliance in Domestic Violence Cases: A Morning with Judge Jerry Bowles

Promoting Compliance in Domestic Violence Cases: A Morning with Judge Jerry Bowles

Monitoring compliance with orders of protection in domestic violence cases is crucial. Circuit Court Judge Jerry Bowles of Louisville, K.Y., takes a hands-on approach to monitoring civil protection orders by conducting regular compliance review hearings. This video takes you into the courtroom to see how he holds respondents accountable while promoting the principles of procedural fairness.

Most Popular Research

Publications

The U.S. Attorney General’s Defending Childhood Initiative: Formative Evaluation of the Phase I Demonstration Program

The U.S. Attorney General’s Defending Childhood Initiative: Formative Evaluation of the Phase I Demonstration Program

By Rachel Swaner and Julia Kohn

This report describes the nature and scope of children's exposure to violence in eight sites nationwide that were selected to participate in the Attorney General's Defending Childhood demonstration program. This report describes the strategies the sites chose and draws key lessons from the planning phase. 

Publications

Evidence-Based Strategies for Working with Offenders

Evidence-Based Strategies for Working with Offenders

By Michael Rempel

This fact sheet distills a growing body of research about evidence-based strategies in five areas for reducing recidivism among criminal offenders: assessment, treatment, deterrence, procedural justice, and collaboration.

Publications

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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