Safe Havens: Lessons From a Decade of Change
December 14, 2016
While the need for supervised visitation and exchange for victims of domestic violence and their children had long been recognized, the Safe Havens Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Program (Safe Havens Program) provided a key opportunity to expand services available and to do so in a way that accounted for the realities of domestic violence. By focusing on the realities of domestic...More
Vision 21: Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth Guiding Principles
December 5, 2016
Vision 21: Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth Demonstration Initiative's Guiding Principles are designed to guide efforts to develop and better align all of the systems of care that respond to the needs of children, youth, families, and caregivers who have experienced victimization or been exposed to violence in the homes, schools, and communities. These Guiding Principles were...More
Synergy, Vol. 19, No. 3
November 14, 2016
This issue of Synergy focuses on the child support system, its evolving role in the lives of low-income families, and the implications of that evolution for domestic violence survivors and their children. The issues gives readers an an overview of the child support system and goes on to explore the challenges around safety and fairness that  the child support process can pose for low-income...More
31 Facts for Domestic Violence Awareness Month
October 18, 2016
  May 22, 2017, marks the 80th Anniversary of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.   For nearly a century, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges’ (NCJFCJ) mission to “improve the lives of the families and children who seek justice” has been a guiding principle in our work for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. For our annual 2016 Domestic Violence Fact...More
October 4, 2016
The Family Violence and Domestic Relations Department (FVDR) produces a bi-annual newsletter, Synergy, that highlights special topics in the area of child protection and custody and provides updates on statutes, case law, and efforts to address family violence. The first issue of Synergy was published in Spring 1994. Synergy can be downloaded below, ordered via facsimile, email
Family Violence: Legislative Update Volume 21
September 28, 2016
Family Violence: Legislative Update Volume 21 is now available! This volume focuses on the 2015 legislative sessions. In 2015, for the first time in recent years, efforts to enact and reinforce victim rights and protections edged out measures to strengthen the criminal justice response and protection orders, although both remained active areas of legislation in many states. Across all of these...More
Family Violence: Legislative Updates
September 28, 2016
Provide a state-by-state guide to domestic and family violence legislation passed in 1995 through 2015 sessions. Legislators, judges, attorneys, domestic violence coalitions, and others interested in state domestic and family violence legislation will find these publications useful and informative as a guide to what legislative changes were made to address domestic violence in legislation across...More
10 Steps for Presenting Evidence in Court
September 26, 2016
When you go to court, you will give information (called “evidence”) to a judge who will decide your case. This evidence may include information you or someone else tells to the judge (“testimony”) as well as items like email and text messages, documents, photos,and objects (“exhibits”). If you don’t have an attorney, you will need to gather and present your evidence in the proper way. Courts have...More
10 Ways to Find Help with Your Case
September 26, 2016
If you are the victim of domestic violence and need legal help, this guide will help you find someone who can help you with your case. A lawyer who knows about domestic violence may be the best person to help. Parts of this guide will give you ideas about how to find one. However, you may not be able to find a lawyer to represent you in court. This guide also gives you ideas of other ways to get...More
Model Order Appointing a Custody Evaluator
June 8, 2016
This model order is a tool designed to assist judges in drafting orders for the appointment of custody evaluators, particularly in cases where domestic violence is an issue. The order and companion commentary guide a judge through considerations in key elements of an appointment order. Electronic copies of the order are available for easy modification to comply with local rules and practice. More