Since 1993 the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) has worked at the national, state and local levels to promote court leadership and capacity to respond effectively to domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence. Courts have made significant strides to improve access to legal remedies and protections for victims and to strengthen their collaborative role in enhancing community safety. Many of these successes have been supported by program funding authorized by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
Courts need ready access to the latest innovations and knowledge gained by colleagues addressing the many complexities of violence against women. VAWA and the Courts brings together information and resources developed through ongoing NCSC projects and past initiatives to improve court policy and practice related to violence against women issues. This site is organized by statewide, cross-jurisdictional and local efforts focus areas with additional information sources and links to other organizations.
- The Statewide Efforts section focuses on the VAWA Courts Assistance project, which promotes the establishment of statewide points of contact to help maximize and coordinate effective use of the five percent set-aside for courts under the VAWA's STOP Violence Against Women Formula Grants to States.
- The Cross-Jurisdictional Efforts features Extending Project Passport and the accomplishments of states and tribes to improve access to and enforcement of protection orders across jurisdictions by adopting a recognizable first page for their protection orders.