Family Violence and Domestic Relations Programs

The Family Violence and Domestic Relations Program (FVDR) seeks to improve court and community responses to family violence. To that end, the FVDR provides specialized training and technical assistance to judges, advocates, attorneys, and others throughout the country on domestic violence, primarily in the civil or criminal justice context. To date, the FVDR has trained more than 10,000 judges on domestic violence through the National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence.
Also, FVDR seeks to chart the course for change in the handling of child protection and custody cases in the context of domestic violence through operation of the Resource Center on Domestic Violence: Child Protection and Custody and is currently coordinating the Family Court Enhancement Project, which aims to improve custody decision making with families experience domestic violence.
Staff, judges, and domestic violence experts work together to provide training tailored to the needs of the requesting jurisdiction, to facilitate planning sessions on court and practice reform, and to provide in-depth assistance on some of the most complicated issues arising in domestic violence cases. Specific areas of focus include child protection and custody, children exposed to violence, protection orders, firearms, supervised visitation, sex trafficking, and child support.
Click the links to the left for more information on specific programs and our work in these important areas, to request technical assistance on a specific topic, or to browse publications or other resources.