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

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Some counties have special courts that focus only on domestic violence cases. The judge and people that work there are specially trained on domestic violence issues. The courts have better resources for victims, have domestic violence community partners at the courthouse, and are better able to monitor abusers. There are two types of special domestic violence courts:

  1. Domestic Violence (DV) Courts only handles cases with criminal domestic violence charges.
  2. Integrated Domestic Violence (IDV) Courts bring different related cases involving domestic violence in a family together in one place in front of one judge. The cases can be from criminal, family and divorce courts.

The court decides if your case belongs in one of these special courts. Visit DV/IDV Locations to see if there is a court in your county.

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