The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) is the comprehensive technical assistance provider for judges. The NCJFCJ, in partnership with Futures Without Violence (FUTURES), provides the National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence (NJIDV), which offers interactive, skills-based domestic violence workshops for judges and judicial officers nationwide. The Judicial Engagement Network (JEN), also a project of the NCJFCJ’s, in partnership with the Center for Court Innovation (CCI). JEN, is a network of judges and project for judges, by judges. JEN identifies, connects, and brings together judges and judicial officers to promote best practices, increase access to justice, provide resources, and encourage collaboration among judges and judicial officers in order to improve communities and systems responses to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. To learn more about NCJFCJ, visit ncjfcj.org; to learn more about NJIDV, visit njidv.org; and to learn more about JEN, visit judiciaengagementnetwork.org

Publications

Can I or Can't I? Extra-judicial Activity and Judicial Leadership

Recognizing that judges have grappled with the propriety of participation in extrajudicial activities for decades, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges’ (NCJFCJ) 2017-2018 Family Violence and Domestic Relations Steering Committee set the development of guidance on extra-judicial activity as a priority to encourage judges to engage in judicial leadership. This guidance is the result of the review of judicial ethics codes promulgated by states, the District of Columbia, Territories and tribes, as well as opinions issued by judicial ethics committees and commissions. This guidance is designed to serve as a tool for judges evaluating whether a proposed extra-judicial activity meets the requirements of the judicial code of conduct in the jurisdictions where ethics opinions have been published.

The publication can be downloaded at this link:

https://www.judicialengagementnetwork.org/images/documents/judicial_leadership/on_off_the_bench/NCJFCJ_Judicial_Ethics_Final_Dec2018.pdf

Civil Protection Orders: A Guide for Improving Practice

This publication is known as the CPO Guide and is an updated version of the publication: A Guide for Effective Issuance & Enforcement of Protection Orders, also known as the Burgundy Book. The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, in partnership with the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women developed the CPO Guide as a tool designed to support the work of professionals dedicated to enhancing the effectiveness of the civil protection order process. It provides guidance for advocates, attorneys, judges, law enforcement personnel, and prosecutors to help ensure that protection orders are effectively issued, served, and enforced across the country.

To download a copy of this publication please visit the link found here: https://ta2ta.org/media/com_library/resources/1-1-civil-protection-orders-a-guide-for-improving-practice.pdf

The Power of Pro Bono: A Judicial Toolkit for POWER Act Implementation

This toolkit offers free resources from the ABA for implementing the federal Pro Bono Work to Empower and Represent Act of 2018 (POWER Act), focused on helping victims of domestic, dating, sexual, and stalking violence gain access to critical pro bono legal services. The POWER Act authorizes the chief judge in each federal judicial district to host at least one public event annually to promote free legal services for survivors of these types of gender-based violence. Download the toolkit here: https://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/administrative/probono_public_service/power-toolkit-8-30-19.pdf

Technology Guide for Judges

Technologies like text messages, emails, or social media are popular means of communication and information sharing. People can be in constant contact with each other through their devices such as cell phones, computers, and tablets.Gaming consoles also allow users to talk, text, or video chat through their X-box or PlayStation independent of playing a game. It is now common practice for people to engage with these technologies socially and professionally. While these technologies have great potential to connect individuals and communities, they also can be misused to intimidate and harass others or to invade their privacy. This guide includes some of the current technologies and technology terms that may arise in cases involving technology abuse. For more information or to download the guide please visit this link: https://njidv.org/images/Documents/Technology%20Guide%20for%20Judges%20FINAL.pdf

Effective Responses to Teen Sexting: A Guide for Judges and Other Professionals

This report reflects research on the latest legal, educational, and programmatic responses to teen sexting and answers questions judges and other community
leaders may have about this challenging issue. The guidelines at the end of the report suggest key factors for judges to consider in adjudicating these cases and offer suggestions for how judges and other community leaders can educate the public about sexting, prevent unintended consequences for teens who engage in this activity, and distinguish between voluntary, social/sexual experimentation or exploration and coercive, controlling and detrimental tactics that could belie destructive and dangerous youth relationships.

To view the full report please visit http://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/userfiles/file/Judicial/Effective%20Responses%20to%20Teen%20Sexting.pdf

Full Faith and Credit: A Judge’s Guide

This publication is also known as Passport to Safety and is designed to facilitate the efforts of states, tribes, and territories to implement Full Faith & Credit Provisions of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Since its initial printing in 1999, VAWA has been amended three times – in 2000, 2005, and 2013. This version reflects the 2005 amendments and expands Passport to Safety from its original issuing and enforcing bench cards to include two new subject-area cards: one on firearms and one on custody, visitation, and support provisions within protection orders. To download a copy please visit https://ta2ta.org/media/com_library/resources/2-2-2-full-faith-and-credit---a-passport-to-safety--a-judge-s-guide.pdf

Domestic Violence, Developing Brains, and the Life Span: New Knowledge from Neuroscience

This article, written by Lynn Hecht Schafran and published in the Summer 2014 issue of The Judges Journal, discusses current science on the impact that witnessing domestic violence has on children's developing brains.We are at a watershed knowledge-development point with respect to understanding the impact of domestic violence on children. This has been a subject of judicial concern and commentary for decades. Now, with the advent of magnetic resonance imaging, neuroscientists have produced scores of studies documenting on a neuronal level the profoundly negative impact of exposure to domestic violence on children, and how children can recover when exposure to the violence is eliminated and they are secure in the care of their non-abusing, primary caregiver parent.  Te read this full article please go to https://ta2ta.org/media/com_library/resources/142-142-142-domestic-violence--neuroscience--and-developing-brains.pdf

What Courts Should Know: Trends in Intervention Programming for Abusive Partners

Programs that work with perpetrators of intimate partner violence are changing as practitioners across the United States employ new strategies to improve outcomes for both offenders and survivors. Courts and judges have an opportunity to build on this exciting time of change. This document describes the innovative approaches to risk assessment, treatment modality, compliance, and procedural fairness that intervention programs for abusive partners are using to enhance victim safety and offender accountability. For more information or to download this report please follow this link https://ta2ta.org/media/com_library/resources/367-monograph-march2017-what-courts-should-know.pdf

Webinars

Centering Older Survivors in Your Work

October 22, 2019

Presented by: NCALL National Resource Center on Abuse in Later Life Presenters: Juanita Davis, NCALL Associate Director and Lisa Furr, NCALL Program Manager

To commemorate Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL), the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), and the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) presented this webinar to enhance understanding of the unique barriers older survivors face when dealing with abuse.

Violence Against Women - It's a Men's Issue

May 29, 2013

Jackson Katz, Ph.D.

Domestic violence and sexual assault are often called “women’s issues”. Jackson Katz points out, in this TEDTalk, that these are intrinsically men’s issues and shows how these violent behaviors are tied to definitions of manhood. A call for use all, women and men, to speak up and out about unacceptable behavior and be leaders of change.

Survivor-Defined Success Webinar

October 24, 2019

Kelsey Sanders, Sara Hardesty, Joyce Bilyeu, and Jennica Lawford

In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, four members of the National VOICES Chapter, spoke about survivor-defined success in Family Justice Centers.

Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault in your Courtroom: Introduction to the Immigration System and Status Options

June 27, 2018

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

This webinar introduces basic avenues to immigration status for survivors of domestic violence/sexual assault and identifies what happens in court proceedings that help and harm a survivor’s ability to gain safety through secure immigration status.

Other Tools/Resources

Office on Violence Against Women

The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) provides federal leadership in developing the national capacity to reduce violence against women and administer justice for and strengthen services to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

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Office for Victims of Crime

OVC, a part of the U.S. Department of Justice, oversees programs and grants for service providers and other professionals who assist victims of crime.

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Family Violence Prevention and Services

The Family Violence Prevention and Services Program administers the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA), the primary federal funding stream dedicated to the support of emergency shelter and related assistance for victims of domestic violence and their children.

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National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL)

NCALL is the comprehensive technical assistance provider for OVW’s Enhancing Training and Services to End Abuse in Later Life Program. NCALL provides training and services that address elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation, including domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking, involving victims who are 50 years of age or older.

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Alliance of Tribal Coalitions to End Violence (Alliance)

The Alliance is the comprehensive technical assistance provider for Tribal Coalitions. The Alliance provides education, peer consultation, standardization of practice, and resource referral to Tribal Coalitions and others to enhance their abilities to ensure a coordinated community approach to ending violence (domestic violence, sexual assault, and sex trafficking) against American Indian and Alaska Native Women.

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Alliance for HOPE International

Alliance for HOPE International houses the Family Justice Center Alliance (FJCA), which serves as a technical assistance provider for OVW-funded Family Justice Centers. The FJCA also serves as a clearinghouse, research center, and national affiliation organization for Family Justice Centers and other multi-agency models that serve victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse, child abuse, and/or human trafficking.

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Vera Institute of Justice (Vera)

Vera is the comprehensive technical assistance provider for recipients of OVW’s Education, Training, and Enhanced Services to End Violence Against Women with Disabilities Grants. Vera also provides technical assistance and training to increase the capacity and desire of OVW grantees to effectively respond to violence against people with disabilities and Deaf people and operates the Disability and Deaf National Resource Center.

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Futures Without Violence (FUTURES)

FUTURES provides the Institute for Leadership and Education Development (I-LED), which offers hands-on workshops and technical assistance to help OVW grantees to improve the organization, quality, and consistency of education and training programs. FUTURES also provides the Supporting Organizational Sustainability to Address Violence Against Women Institute (SOS Institute), which offers resources, technical assistance support, and an interactive, multi-day training to help OVW grantees, partner organizations, and community-based organizations enhance their programming organizational infrastructure and capacity.

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