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Domestic Violence (DV) &
Integrated Domestic Violence Courts (IDV)


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Overview

New York State’s Domestic Violence Courts (DV) make decisions regarding criminal offenses involving intimate partners. Essential features of DV Courts include: a dedicated judge; specially-trained staff; resource coordination; on-site victim advocacy; and collaboration with technical assistance teams.

An Integrated Domestic Violence Court (IDV) hears domestic violence matters involving both criminal and family law cases. In an IDV Court, one judge is assigned to the family's cases.

Both courts have been developed as part of the justice system’s coordinated response to domestic violence and are dedicated to enhancing victim safety and holding offenders accountable. DV & IDV courts connect victims to needed services, ensure intensive court monitoring of abusers, and promote increased coordination between the court, community partners and victim services providers.

As of January 1, 2018, there were 41 operational DV Courts and 39 IDV courts in New York State.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Contact Info

For further information on Domestic Violence Courts or if you would like to schedule a court visit, please contact the Office of Policy and Planning at: opp@nycourts.gov