National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence

National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence

Formed in 1998, the National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence is a dynamic partnership among the US Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women, the Futures Without Violence and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. The NJIDV has provided highly interactive, skills-based domestic violence workshops for judges and judicial officers nationwide since 1999. During the past 10 years, the NJIDV has developed a continuum of judicial education that currently includes the Enhancing Judicial Skills (EJS) in Domestic Violence Cases Workshop, Continuing Judicial Skills (CJS) in Domestic Violence Cases Program, Judicial Education Roundtables, Faculty Development, and Technical Assistance for state and regional adaptation and replication of NJIDV programs.

Most recently, NJIDV’s four-day Enhancing Judicial Skills in Elder Abuse Cases Workshop provides a hands-on, highly interactive workshop that will help new and experienced state court judges and judicial officers to improve their skills and ability to respond to cases involving violence against the elderly.

National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence

Since 1999, the National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence (NJIDV), have offered education programs for judges from around the country, helping them develop or enhance their skills in handling a wide range of criminal and civil cases involving domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. The NJIDV hands-on interactive workshops offer information on the dynamics of domestic violence and related issues, as well as practical advice from experienced judges and other professionals on how to handle all aspects of these complex cases fairly and effectively.

To date, some 3,500 judges from across the nation have participated in the NJIDV's four-day Enhancing Judicial Skills in Domestic Violence Cases (EJS) Workshop or replications and adaptations of this education program. Many judges have also completed two or more court assignment and special topic courses offered as part of the mid-level NJIDV Continuing Judicial Skills in Domestic Violence Cases (CJS) Program. Judges return from these programs to their communities with a vastly greater understanding of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking, improved tools for handling the nuts and bolts legal issues, and a stronger sense of their courtroom and community roles to help end and prevent domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. Judges also learn how to support victims’ efforts to achieve safety, obtain support, and realize autonomy while holding batterers accountable for their conduct and offering them opportunities to change battering behavior.

NJIDV’s four-day Enhancing Judicial Skills in Elder Abuse Cases Workshop provides a hands-on, highly interactive workshop that will help new and experienced state court judges and judicial officers to enhance their skills and ability to respond to cases involving violence against the elderly.

NJIDV Mission Statement

The NJIDV will develop and deliver a continuum of education - practical, academic, and collaborative - that engages state court judges and judicial officers in:

  • Acquiring and maintaining foundational knowledge and skills for handling cases involving domestic violence safely and effectively,
  • Identifying and resolving complex, critical issues that arise in court cases involving violence against women and children,
  • Advancing the state of knowledge about how the justice system can intervene in and prevent violence against women and children, and
  • Exercising leadership in the court and community to end and prevent violence against women and children.

The NJIDV has collaborated with a broad range of professionals, including judges, attorneys, advocates, academics, mental health experts, social scientists, and community representatives, in designing and delivering programs and projects for the judiciary. Institute education programs focus primarily on enhancing the knowledge and skills of law-trained trial court judges and judicial officers (commissioners, referees, etc.). All NJIDV programs use a peer-to-peer education model that involves all participants actively in the learning process. The continuum of education addresses the needs of judges with all levels of experience in domestic violence and at the various levels of their careers.

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