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.

In The News

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.

Articles

Effective Court Communication: Assessing the  Need for Language Access Services for Limited  English Proficient Litigants in Domestic Violence,  Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, and Stalking Cases

Effective Court Communication: Assessing the Need for Language Access Services for Limited English Proficient Litigants in Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, and Stalking Cases

Ensuring meaningful access to justice for Limited English Proficient (LEP) litigants is an essential responsibility of the justice system. To gauge the status of language access services for litigants in domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking cases, the Center for Court Innovation and the National Center for State Courts conducted a needs assessment of courts, government agencies, and community-based organizations in the fall of 2013. This report outlines the findings and makes recommendations for strengthening language access.

Audio

“They’re Not Talking About Me”: Race, Cultural Responsivity, and Domestic Violence

“They’re Not Talking About Me”: Race, Cultural Responsivity, and Domestic Violence

In this New Thinking podcast, Dr. Oliver Williams brings questions of race, faith, and incarceration into a conversation on domestic violence. Drawing on his work with both victims and perpetrators from African-American, Latina, and other immigrant and diasporic communities, Dr. Williams examines the import of cultural responsivity in the justice system’s response to domestic violence.  

This product was supported by Grant No. 2013-TA-AX-K042 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, or recommendations expressed in this podcast are those of the speaker(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

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

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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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.

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