Enhancing Judicial Skills in Domestic Violence Cases Workshop

October 21, 2012 to October 24, 2012
Reno, NV

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 three-day, hands-on, highly interactive workshops that will provide an essential foundation for new and experienced state court judges 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.

This program is pending approval.  Your application will be held in order of receipt and the registrar will contact you when the program has been confirmed.  We appreciate your patience.

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 in each workshop is limited to 50 judges. All state court judges nationwide are eligible to attend the workshops, but priority will be given to judges from jurisdictions currently receiving one of the following OVW Grants: Court Training & Improvements Grant Program; Grants to Encourage Arrest Policies and Enforcement of Protection Orders; STOP Violence Against Women Formula Grants Program; Rural Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Child Abuse Enforcement Assistance Program; and Domestic Violence Transitional Housing Assistance Program. Priority is also given to OVW funded jurisdictions that send more than one judge. Priority will also be given to judges who have not attended a workshop previously. 

The program is offered free of charge. A $75 activity fee covers the cost of a reception, which cannot be financed with OVW grant funds. Local OVW funded and some courts might cover their judges’ travel and per diem costs. All participants are responsible for their own travel and per diem costs.


To apply for participation in a workshop, please visit  http://www.njidv.org/. Participation is limited to 50 judges and applications will be reviewed on a first-come first-serve basis subject to the eligibility guidelines outlined above. Partial coverage of travel expenses may be available to a limited number of participants with special funding needs.