Projects At-a-Glance

The following promising court-based projects are detailed in the table below:

Promising Court-based Projects

In 2012, the National Center for State Courts surveyed state court administrative offices about the allocation and use of Violence Against Women Act STOP program funds for court-based projects. The survey asked respondents to identify promising STOP-funded projects in their state.  Survey respondents identified a variety of projects related to training, development of benchbooks and other hands-on tools, provision of advocates in court processes, coordination of resources to address domestic violence and sexual assault, and technology solutions for improving access to protection orders.

Domestic Violence Points of Contact (AOC DV POC)

POC map A goal of the Conference of State Court Administrators and the 2010 National Leadership Summit on Domestic Violence is the institution of domestic violence points of contact (DV POCs) in state court administrative offices (AOCs). DV POCs play a pivotal role in acquiring, leveraging and coordinating resources to support and improve court responses to domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking. Seven states created a DV POC position as a result of their participation of the National Leadership Summit. Six states identified their DV POC as a promising project (Arkansas, Minnesota, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, and Utah.) STOP program funds support twelve of the DV POCs now instituted in forty (40) states.

 State Promising Project Project Description  Project Contact(s) 
California Tribal Projects Unit
Following an assessment of the needs of Native American victims of family violence in California (see Policy Paper and Research Report), the Administrative Office of the Courts established a Tribal Projects Unit in 2009.  The Unit is a liaison to tribal communities in California and informs the development of state judicial branch policies, positions, and programs to ensure the highest quality of justice and service for California’s Native American communities. The Unit’s scope of work covers all case types, including cases involving domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. Among its several activities, the Unit staffs the Tribal Court/State Court Forum, a standing advisory committee of the California Judicial Council comprised of tribal court and state court judges, and the director of the Office of Native American Affairs at the California Attorney General’s Office.

Jennifer Walter

District of Columbia Satellite Service Location with Remote Access to Court for Protection Orders
The Southeast Domestic Violence Intake Center, a collaboration of local public and private agencies, is located at a medical center in an underserved area of the District of Columbia. The Center provides a safe and secure location for domestic violence victims seeking assistance and services. The Center uses video conferencing technology to allow an individual seeking a protection order to communicate with a judicial officer located at the courthouse to obtain a temporary protection order via fax. Center staff also work with victims to explain court proceedings, assist with case preparation, provide personal safety information, make emergency referrals to shelters, and provide legal referrals.

Cheryl Bailey
Deputy Executive Officer
D.C. Courts

Florida Interactive Online Judicial Training
Virtual Court is a distance learning tool for introducing judges and court staff to issues and challenges that typically arise in civil domestic violence cases.  Designed to supplement in-person training, this interactive module presents video scenarios and case documents that allow an individual to be thoroughly immersed in and make decisions regarding a hypothetical domestic violence injunction case.  Each scene is viewed from the perspective of the judge’s bench.  Learners watch testimony or argument, review the case file, and make a ruling. The program provides feedback complete with legal analysis and citations and offers links to resources such as relevant Florida Statutes and the Domestic Violence Benchbook.

Kathleen Tailer

Austin Newberry

Andrew Wentzell

Montana  Pro Bono Legal Services Coordinator
The Pro Bono project aims to increase the amount of no cost civil legal assistance available from volunteer attorneys.  The project addresses needs identified in Montana’s 2005 Legal Needs Study and by other study groups and organizations.  The project covers all areas of the state including programs specific to both urban and rural areas.  Local programs will develop protocols for early identification of at-risk litigants (domestic violence survivors, elders and individuals with disabilities) and provision of legal counsel for particular civil matters.

Patty Fain

New York Services for Prostituted Women and Girls
The New York State Unified Court System is seeing promising results in its innovative STARS (Services To Access Resources and Safety) program.  This program links prostituted women and girls in the Bronx and Manhattan to domestic and sexual violence services.

Bruna DiBiase


This project is supported by Cooperative Agreement No. 2014-TA-AX-K045 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.