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

Publications

Domestic Violence Court Self-Assessment: Revisiting Goals, Challenges and Progress

Domestic Violence Court Self-Assessment: Revisiting Goals, Challenges and Progress

For communities that have established a specialized domestic violence court, a self-assessment is an opportunity to revisit the goals and objectives identified as part of the initial planning process.

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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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Most Popular Research

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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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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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