Domestic Violence

Publications

Tip Sheet for Planning Court-Based Domestic Violence Training

Tip Sheet for Planning Court-Based Domestic Violence Training

By Kathryn Ford and Kate Wurmfeld

This training tip sheet is designed for court administrators, managers, judges, advocates, and other practitioners looking to enhance court and community responses to domestic violence from judicial and non-judicial personnel. It is intended to promote consistency and best practices in training and guide jurisdictions in thinking about effective training strategies.

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The Allegheny County Sex Offense Court: Using Evidence-Based Practices to Increase Accountability and Safety

The Allegheny County Sex Offense Court: Using Evidence-Based Practices to Increase Accountability and Safety

By Rebecca Thomforde Hauser

This monograph summarizes what justice-system practitioners can learn from the growing body of research into effective ways to manage sex offenders and incorporate evidence-based best practices such as procedural fairness, risk and need assessments, and deterrence. As part of that summary, the paper offers an in-depth profile of the Fifth Judicial District of Pennsylvania’s Sex Offender Court. Located in Allegheny County, Pa., which includes the City of Pittsburgh, the specialized court has been in operation since 2011. Working with its partners, the court has created a response to sex offenses that enhances both victim safety and offender accountability.

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Integrating Procedural Justice in Domestic Violence Cases: A Practice Guide

Integrating Procedural Justice in Domestic Violence Cases: A Practice Guide

By Danielle Malangone

This guide is designed to help courts and domestic violence stakeholders assess their current practices and integrate new strategies to enhance procedural justice. The materials in this guide are based upon promising practices identified through both the Center for Court Innovation’s operating programs and national training and technical assistance.

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Breaking Barriers: Enhancing Responses in Veterans Treatment Courts and Domestic Violence Courts

Breaking Barriers: Enhancing Responses in Veterans Treatment Courts and Domestic Violence Courts

This document features information about the respective court models as well as recommendations for how veterans treatment courts & domestic violence courts can improve their response to domestic violence through reducing information gaps.​

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Domestic Violence Risk Factor Guide: An Implementation Manual for Civil Courts

Domestic Violence Risk Factor Guide: An Implementation Manual for Civil Courts

The goal of this guide is to increase the capacity of civil judges and self-represented litigants to identify and respond to domestic violence risk factors in civil protective order hearings. With funding from the State Justice Institute, the Center has created three risk factor guide templates and an Implementation Manual. These address the need for self-represented litigants to have a tool outlining the domestic violence risk factors and legal remedies available to them through the civil protective order process, along with the need for judges to have clearly articulated risk factors linked to legal sanctions, conditions, and mandates.

Publications

Fact Sheet: Intimate Partner Sexual Abuse: A Checklist for Justice-System Practitioners

Fact Sheet: Intimate Partner Sexual Abuse: A Checklist for Justice-System Practitioners

Directed at justice-system practitioners and agencies and others working with victims and offenders, this fact sheet provides answers to some of the most common and salient questions about intimate partner sexual abuse. It also includes a series of concrete recommendations to aid the justice system in identifying and responding to the abuse in order to better support the safety and healing of victims and to hold offenders accountable. This fact sheet is a companion piece to our previous publication designed for victim advocates, 'Intimate Partner Sexual Abuse: A Guide for Listening and Responding to Survivors,' undertaken in collaboration with Safe Horizon.

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10 Things Courts Should Know About Their Local Intervention Programs for Abusive Partners

10 Things Courts Should Know About Their Local Intervention Programs for Abusive Partners

By Rebecca Thomforde Hauser

This two-page handout is designed for courts that include programming for abusive partners in their case dispositions. It lists the 10 most important questions court staff should ask as they consider making referrals and provides general information on national best practices.

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Intimate Partner Violence as a Community Problem: Community Perspectives from Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn

Intimate Partner Violence as a Community Problem: Community Perspectives from Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn

By Suvi Hynynen Lambson and Warren A. Reich

This study documents perceptions of intimate partner violence in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. Using community surveys and focus groups, researchers found just over a third of community members surveyed perceived intimate partner violence to be a major problem in the community. The study also examines some residents’ conflicting feelings about calling for police intervention and the perceived absence of alternatives. It concludes with recommendations to decrease the incidence of intimate partner violence in the Bedford-Stuyvesant community, including: increased education about intimate partner violence; greater attention to the different ways women and men experience and are affected by it; addressing cultural norms about violence; and improving trust in law enforcement.

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What Courts Should Know: Trends in Intervention Programming for Abusive Partners

What Courts Should Know: Trends in Intervention Programming for Abusive Partners

By Rebecca Thomforde Hauser

Programs that work with perpetrators of intimate partner violence are changing as practitioners across the United States employ new strategies to improve outcomes for both offenders and survivors. Courts and judges have an opportunity to build on this exciting time of change. This document describes the innovative approaches to risk assessment, treatment modality, compliance, and procedural fairness that intervention programs for abusive partners are using to enhance victim safety and offender accountability.

Interviews

Using Volunteers to Evaluate the Courtroom Experience: A Conversation about CourtWatch of King County, Wash.

Using Volunteers to Evaluate the Courtroom Experience: A Conversation about CourtWatch of King County, Wash.

Court observation programs around the country send volunteers into courts to observe, collect data, and sometimes issue reports about what they've seen. Their goals include keeping courts accountable to the public and improving transparency, but not all courts are eager to receive public feedback. CourtWatch of King County, Washington, has worked closely with its local courts since the program's founding, trying to build a relationship that is more collaborative than adversarial. As Laura Jones, manager, and Mary Laskowski, services and outreach coordinator, explain to New Thinking host Robert V. Wolf, this collaborative approach has allowed CourtWatch to support judges and court administrators in efforts to improve the court experience for everyone.

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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

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Can Restorative Practices Address Intimate Partner Violence? Summary of a Roundtable Discussion

Can Restorative Practices Address Intimate Partner Violence? Summary of a Roundtable Discussion

By Erika Sasson

In May 2016, victim advocates, restorative justice practitioners, tribal peacemakers, prosecutors, federal policymakers, and others came together in Santa Fe, N.M., to discuss whether and how restorative practices could be used to safely and effectively respond to intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and dating violence. This document synthesizes a complex discussion into a series of themes for future reflection and planning around the issues raised. The national roundtable was convened by the Center for Court Innovation and the National Council for Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and was sponsored by the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

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Cultural Responsiveness and the Courts

Cultural Responsiveness and the Courts

For a justice system to be truly just, it must be accessible to all individuals. However, litigants may face challenges when courts are not responsive to their cultural identity. For survivors of domestic violence, these challenges present additional barriers towards accessing justice and obtaining fair outcomes. This viewers' guide serves as a companion to the short video Building a Culture of Justice, which explains how justice-system staff and stakeholders can serve litigant needs by implementing culturally responsive practices in courts handling domestic violence cases.

Video

Building a Culture of Justice: How Courts are Improving Access and Understanding in Domestic Violence Cases

Building a Culture of Justice: How Courts are Improving Access and Understanding in Domestic Violence Cases

For a justice system to be truly just, it must be accessible to all individuals. However, litigants may face challenges when courts are not responsive to their cultural identities. For survivors of domestic violence, these challenges present additional barriers to accessing justice and obtaining fair outcomes. Watch Building a Culture of Justice and read the viewers' guide to learn how justice-system staff and stakeholders can serve litigant needs by implementing culturally-responsive practices in courts handling domestic violence cases.

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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.

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