Enhancing Judicial Skills in Domestic Violence Cases Workshop

April 14, 2013 to April 17, 2013
San Francisco, California
The Tuscan Inn

This workshop is full. Additional Enhancing Judicial Skills workshops have been scheduled for September and December. If you'd like to be considered for one of these upcoming workshops, please contact the registrar.

The National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence (NJIDV), a partnership of the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and Futures Without Violence (formerly the Family Violence Prevention Fund), offers hands-on, highly interactive workshops that will provide an essential foundation for new and experienced state, tribal and territorial judges and judicial officers to enhance their skills in handling civil and criminal domestic violence cases. Judicial participants will leave the workshop with greater knowledge and skills for handling cases involving domestic violence.

A judge participant in this workshop will be better able to:

• Evaluate impact of violence on adult victims and children who witness violence.

• Identify the protection and restoration requirements of domestic violence victims.

• Describe patterns of batterer conduct, assess dangerousness of specific batterers, and impose effective intervention and accountability mechanisms for batterers.

• Resolve difficult evidentiary issues and apply an understanding of domestic violence to judicial fact-finding.

• Identify administrative and community barriers to accessing/achieving justice in DV cases

• Devise methods of overcoming barriers to justice, become motivated to work to remove barriers, and use information regarding available community resources to assist in removing barriers.

• Recognize and apply ethics rules that govern participation in extrajudicial activities, e.g., domestic violence councils, legislative proposals, local court rulemaking, and education programs of non-judge providers.

• Define culture and cultural competence, enhance respect for the dynamics of difference, and identify ways in which culture is relevant in the courtroom.

• Recognize cultural misinformation and avoid assumptions about a person or facts of a situation based on misinformation.

• Identify and evaluate potential biases that might influence courtroom demeanor or interpretation of facts and making of decisions in DV cases.

• Identify common decision-making points where understanding DV might affect how you make decisions and what you decide.

• Draft and issue effective orders that (a) stop violence, (b) protect adult victims & children, (c) require appropriate batterer treatment in criminal and civil DV cases, and (d) facilitate enforcement in DV cases.

• Assess the impact of domestic violence on cases involving sentencing, custody and visitation issues.

• Evaluate batterer intervention programming and information regarding appropriate treatment/intervention options.

• Identify the potential benefits of conducting review hearings (in conjunction w/ probation services) to monitor batterer conduct in DV cases.


Participation is open to new and experienced state, tribal and territorial judges and judicial officers wishing to enhance their skills in handling civil and criminal domestic violence cases. Participation is limited to 50 judges and judicial officers. Applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. 


To apply to attend, please click here or contact Jenny Talancon, at jtalancon@ncjfcj.org or (775)-784-1662.

Cost & Activity Fee: There may be a nominal registration fee associated with each workshop in addition to a nominal activity fee that may be needed to cover costs which cannot be financed with OVW grant funds.  Once you have been confirmed into the workshop, the registrar will contact you regarding your payment amount and preference. Participants are responsible for their own lodging, travel arrangements, and costs. For more information on the workshop, travel, and lodging, please visit www.njidv.org, or contact the registrar.


The Tuscan Inn, 425 North Point St. will serve as the workshop hotel. The federal per diem rate is $155 plus tax. Please note that you are not accepted into this workshop until you have received a confirmation packet via email from the registrar. If accepted, hotel reservation information will be provided at that time.