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Enhancing Judicial Skills in Domestic Violence Cases Workshop

The workshop addresses the topics described below, using hypothetical case problems, role-play exercises, small group discussions, and faculty demonstrations. This highly interactive format enables judges from different jurisdictions and levels of experience to learn from one another. The National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence (NJIDV), a partnership of Futures Without Violence and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, offers hands-on, highly interactive workshops that 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 domestic violence cases. Judicial participants will leave the workshop with greater knowledge and skills for handling cases involving domestic violence.

Scholarship Availability: NJIDV may be able to assist in covering travel-related expenses for judicial officers. If you would like to request scholarship assistance, please complete this form and submit to

Continuing Judicial Skills in Domestic Violence Cases Program

The continuing Judicial Skills in Domestic Violence Cases (CJS) Program is specifically designed for judicial officers who have successfully completed the Enhancing Judicial Skills in Domestic Violence Cases or an equivalent education program. The CJS Program offers an opportunity for an in-depth discussion on specific topics and court assignments.

CJS Topics

  • Civil Protection Orders
  • Creating Equal Justice for People with Cognitive and Intellectual Disability in Domestic and Sexual Violence Cases (NEW)
  • Criminal Cases Involving Domestic Violence
  • Cyber Violence (NEW)
  • Effective Accountability in Domestic Violence Cases
  • Family Court Cases Involving Domestic Violence
  • Immigration and Domestic Violence




National Judicial Conversations on Domestic Violence

A Judge-to-Judge Series

This conversation series provides judicial officers with an opportunity to engage in a virtual discussion with their peers and subject-matter experts.  This interactive session encourages peer exchanges and provides up-to-date information on topics relevant to the judiciary.

Centering Children: A Podcast Series

A four-part series

Dr. Peter Jaffe and Dr. Linda Baker from the Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children at the University of Western Ontario discuss the impact of domestic violence on children in the Centering Children Podcast Series facilitated by Aaron Polkey, Staff Attorney with Futures Without Violence and hosted by the National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence.


A Pandemic "Black Box" on Abuse in Later Life and the Courts

Join us for this one day virtual conference to explore the state of elder abuse since the pandemic, to highlight areas of critical import to the courts serving older adults, and to learn of promising practices that increase court efficiency and effectiveness while better serving older adult survivors of abuse in later life.

This workshop will include several keynotes, including a panel discussion with leaders in law enforcement, the courts and the community. Two opportunities for problem solving judicial workshops in criminal and civil cases will be offered.

Stalking & Risk Podcast Episode

This episode features Jennifer Landhuis, Director of SPARC and Leslye Orloff, JD, Director of NIWAP. They discuss the role of stalking in Federal courts, Tribal courts, and immigration courts; state family, juvenile, civil, and criminal court cases; and administrative law adjudications, including immigration and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission adjudications. Judicial officers are strongly encouraged to read the full Guide prior to using its accompanying bench cards.

Stalking Matters

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