What is a Domestic Violence Court?

What is a Domestic Violence Court?

Violence Courts are designed to address traditional problems confronted in domestic violence cases (e.g., withdrawn charges by victims, threats to victims, lack of defendant accountability, and high recidivism). They apply intense judicial scrutiny of the defendant and close cooperation between the judiciary and social services. A designated judge works with the prosecution, assigned victim advocates, social services, and the defense to protect victims from all forms of intimidation by the defendant or his or her family or associates throughout the entirety of the judicial process; provide victims with housing and job training, where needed; and continuously monitor defendants in terms of compliance with protective orders, substance abuse treatment and other services. Close collaboration with defense counsel ensures compliance with due process safeguards and protects defendants’ rights. One variant of this model is the Integrated Domestic Operational Descriptions of Drug Courts and Other Problem-Solving Courts Violence Court, in which a single judge handles multiple cases relating to one family, which might include criminal actions, protective orders, custody disputes, visitation issues or divorce proceedings (Mazur & Aldrich, 2003).