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Domestic Violence

Mission and Goals

New York’s DV Courts are dedicated to enhancing victim safety and increasing offender accountability by facilitating victim access to needed services, providing judicial monitoring and promoting coordination among the justice system, community stakeholders and social service providers. DV Courts promote:

  • informed judicial decision-making based on comprehensive and current information;
  • justice and the protection of the due process rights of defendants;
  • victim safety and greater access to supportive services;
  • linkage to social services and other resources;
  • a coordinated response and collaboration among criminal justice agencies and community-based groups offering social services and assistance to domestic violence victims; and
  • increased confidence in the court system.


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Office of the Statewide Coordinating Judge for Family Violence Cases