Mother with child, father with son, little girl writing on her book

(NJIDV Faculty Judge Phyllis Kotey, Dr. Linda Baker and Judge Victor Reyes)

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

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

The NJIDV has collaborated with a broad range of professionals, including judges, attorneys, advocates, academics, mental health experts, social scientists, child experts, elder abuse and geriatric medical experts, 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 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 elder abuse, and at the various levels of their careers.