May 23, 2016

Integrated Domestic Violence Courts

OLR Report 2016-R-0012 summarizes the key elements of New York’s integrated domestic violence (IDV) court.

In an IDV court, one judge handles all cases in family, criminal, and matrimonial cases in which domestic violence is an underlying issue.  IDV courts are intended to reduce contradictory court orders and enhance services to victims and families. These courts are staffed by judges trained in many areas of law and the underlying aspects of domestic violence.

Under the New York model, IDV court judges and non-judicial staff participate in statewide training and education programs. These programs address the dynamics of domestic violence, staff roles and responsibilities, program coordination among court agencies and outside organizations, and the use of specialized computer systems.