Based in Rockford, Illinois, the Winnebago County Domestic Violence Coordinated Courts set a national example for responding to domestic violence. Intimate-partner criminal cases are heard in one courtroom, civil cases (including all domestic violence-related divorce cases and intimate partner orders of protection) in another. On-site victim advocacy, advanced clerical practices, open communication among the court and community agencies, and other innovative practices are key to the success of the court. The court has been designated a mentor by the Office on Violence Against Women at the U.S. Department of Justice. Mentor courts provide support to communities interested in implementing specialized domestic violence courts or enhancing their current responses to domestic violence cases.