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National Judicial Institute on Teen Dating Violence

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The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court JudgesFutures Without ViolenceBreak the Cycle, and the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, is offering a hands-on, highly interactive workshop 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 teen dating violence cases. Judicial participants at the National Judicial Institute on Teen Dating Violence will leave with greater knowledge and skills for handling cases involving teen dating violence.

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

  • Define adolescence and describe the impact of brain development and environmental factors on adolescent behaviors, particularly in cases of teen dating violence;
  • Identify the dynamics of teen dating violence, including the impact of gender, role of peers, motivations for using violence, and the short and long term impacts on all parties;
  • Differentiate teen dating violence from adult domestic violence;
  • Assess dangerousness and risk factors, including the presence and impact of trauma, for youth who appear in court;
  • Recognize protective factors that might enhance an individual youth’s resiliency, well-being, and safety;
  • Discuss the uses of assessments and screening of youth in the context of teen dating violence;
  • Identify a judge’s leadership role in the court and the community to promote healthy relationships among teens; and
  • Select developmentally appropriate interventions and accountability mechanisms that recognize the circumstances unique to teen dating violence.


There is no registration fee for this program. Participating judges will be responsible for their own travel, lodging, meals, and other costs. Registration is limited to 35 participants. Please use the following link to complete your registration:

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Travel Arrangements and Lodging

The National Judicial Institute on Teen Dating Violence is currently pending approval from the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). Please do not make any travel arrangements (except securing time away from your position) until you receive confirmation from the registrar that OVW approval has been received.

The NCJFCJ will have a room block reserved at a local hotel with rooms available for participants at the government rate. A reservation link will be shared with accepted participants


Please contact the registrar Heather Hull at if you have any questions.