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Frequently Asked Questions on Relocation for Victim Advocates
September 20, 2017
This guide is designed to help you understand some of the legal issues involved in helping a domestic violence survivor who is considering moving from one state or tribal jurisdiction to another with children. We recommend that a survivor speak directly with an attorney in her state who is knowledgeable about domestic violence and interstate issues before leaving the state. You can call the Legal...More
10 Things to Know About Family Court
September 20, 2017
If you are the victim of domestic violence and need legal help, this guide contains some basic information about family court. While a lawyer who knows about domestic violence is the best person to help, many survivors cannot find or afford lawyers to represent them in court. This quick guide provides general information about family courts across the country. Keep in mind some information may...More
Applying principles of adolescent development in delinquency proceedings
August 16, 2017
In partnership with the National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) and the State Justice Institute (SJI), the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) released the bench card Applying Principles of Adolescent Development in Delinquency Proceedings outlines key principles and research on adolescent development that judges should consider and integrate at each stage of a child's...More
Access to Juvenile Justice Irrespective of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression (SOGIE)
August 16, 2017
In partnership with the National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) and the State Justice Institute (SJI), the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) released the bench card Access to Juvenile Justice Irrespective of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression (SOGIE), provides guidance on working with youth or other juvenile court participants that identify as...More
La Deportación y los/las Niños/as
August 11, 2017
Aunque las cortes de familia y los sistemas para el bienestar de menores fueron creados para proteger a las familias y para servir el mejor interés de los/as menores, los esfuerzos recientes para hacer cumplir las políticas de inmigración han creado un ambiente en el que las víctimas de violencia doméstica que son inmigrantes ya no se sienten seguras al buscar ayuda a través de esos canales. La...More
10 Pasos para Presentar Evidencia en la Corte
August 4, 2017
Cuando vaya al tribunal, le dará información (llamada “evidencia”) a un/a juez/a que decidirá su caso. Esta evidencia puede incluir información que usted u otra persona le dice a el/la juez/a (“testimonio”) y también cosas como emails y mensajes de texto, documentos, fotos y objetos (documentos u objetos de prueba conocidos como “exhibits” en inglés).   More
10 Maneras de Encontrar Ayuda para su Caso
August 4, 2017
Si usted es víctima de violencia doméstica y necesita ayuda legal, esta guía le ayudará a encontrar a alguien que le pueda ayudar con su caso. Puede que un/a abogado/a con conocimiento en violencia doméstica sea la mejor persona para ayudarle. Partes de esta guía le darán ideas sobre cómo encontrar a uno/a. Sin embargo, es posible que no encuentre a un/a abogado/a para representarle en la corte....More
Custody and Visitation in Civil Protection Orders: Guiding Principles and Suggested Practices for Courts and Communities
August 2, 2017
The board of directors of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges voted to adopt the principles and practices in this guide at their July 2017 meeting. Despite the fact that the majority of state civil protection order statutes confer legal authority upon judicial officers to include custody, visitation, and other child-related relief in civil protection orders (CPOs), judges...More
What Can Juvenile and Family Courts Do to Respond to Trauma?
April 25, 2017
In partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Ad Council, Futures Without Violence launched the Changing Minds campaign last fall 2016. The effort strives to raise awareness, teach skills, and inspire action most specifically among professionals such as school resource officers and other law enforcement, teachers, athletic coaches, school counselors, nurses, and other front-line...More
Deportation and Children
April 24, 2017
Although family courts and child welfare systems were created to protect families and to serve the best interests of children, recent immigration enforcement efforts have created an environment in which immigrant victims of domestic violence no longer feel safe seeking relief through those venues. The once untenable possibility that an immigrant victim of domestic violence could be deported while...More

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