Domestic Violence Benchbooks: A Guide to Court Intervention

Domestic Violence Benchbooks: A Guide to Court Intervention.
by Ling, Elizabeth. Crank, Katie. Center for Court Innovation. 2015
Judges and justice system staff are uniquely positioned to address the problem of domestic violence. Court intervention can significantly impact victims and families, but in order to effectively intervene, domestic violence-specific education for judges is critical. As a comprehensive technical assistance provider for the Office on Violence Against Women, the Center for Court Innovation often receives inquiries from courts nationwide on benchbooks and other judicial resources regarding domestic violence and sexual assault. This guide and recommended set of practices was created in response to these requests. Understanding that domestic violence laws differ from state to state, this project focuses on the dynamics of domestic violence rather than state statutes. Link to document.