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Judicial Resources

“Judicial leadership is absolutely crucial in our communities. We are the natural leaders, innovators, collaborators, and conveners – and we are often the most recognizable face in any project.”
                    ~ Judge H. Lee Chitwood, Pulaski County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court, Virginia

In 2019, the NCJFCJ Board of Directors adopted a Resolution Regarding Animal Cruelty and Its Link to Other Forms of Violence, which notes the empirical research demonstrating a direct link between animal cruelty and interpersonal violence, including intimate partner abuse, child abuse, and elder abuse and the need to assist judges in better understanding the issues and implications for juvenile and family court cases.

Also in 2019, the NCJFCJ and its partner ALDF developed a technical assistance bulletin Animal Cruelty Issues: What Juvenile and Family Court Judges Need to Know, which provides information about the link, its impact on families, and the ways in which judicial officers can respond. 

In its Spring 2020 In Session publication, the NCJFCJ featured an article from Dr. Martha-Elin Blomquist titled, Judges Have a Role in Addressing Animal Cruelty and Interpersonal Violence.

The NCJFCJ has also created A PSA Template for Promoting Awareness of the Links Between Animal Cruelty and Family Violence, encourage judicial officers to work with their communities to promote awareness and action.

The NCJFCJ worked with Judge Katherine Tennyson (Ret.) to develop a judge-to-judge letter on judicial involvement in addressing the LINK between animal abuse and family violence.  In her letter, Judge Tennyson highlights the National LINK Coalition’s Toolkit for Starting a Link Coalition in Your Community, which includes practical tools for community leaders, including judges, for beginning and sustaining a community-based coalition around addressing the link and discusses ways to identify partners, build a coalition, and recommended action planning to encourage, “local solutions to meet local concerns, augmented by additional resources.”  

For more resources on community coalition building, guides for judges on judicial leadership and other resources CLICK HERE.

“Local Link coalitions, uniting community organizations and individuals around a common cause of preventing and responding to family violence issues, are creating systemic changes …“
                    ~ From the Toolkit

The NCJFCJ also has developed series of webinars on the link, and you can find those webinars “here.

Case-Specific Resources