We help courts and communities respond creatively and effectively to domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and dating violence.
Combining lessons learned at the local level with the latest research, our experts provide community-led, data-driven support to jurisdictions across the country looking to enhance their responses to domestic violence. With support from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women, our experts offer training and hands-on assistance that rejects any one-size-fits-all frameworks. Our work focuses on victim safety and covers civil and criminal justice system responses to domestic violence from initial needs assessments to implementation, evaluation, and ongoing training.
On the latest edition of our 'New Thinking' podcast, Afua Addo, our coordinator of Gender and Justice Initiatives, explains our new project aiding justice-involved black women who are survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual assault.
The Ada County Domestic Violence Court in Boise, Idaho, was created to improve the handling of some of the justice system’s most challenging cases: those involving violence among intimate partners. The court was designated a national Domestic Violence Mentor Court by the federal Office on Violence Against Women for its groundbreaking innovations, which include services to improve victim safety and defendant monitoring.
Victim safety is at the core of every domestic violence court's mission. A Domestic Violence Mentor Court, Dallas's County Criminal Court 10 places special emphasis on ensuring offenders surrender firearms. This new video from the Center profiles the court, and features interviews with court staff and a victim and defendant.