Training Materials

Below are a variety of Training Materials developed by or in partnership with the National Center for State Courts.

Additional Training Materials can be found under Resources.

The State Court Violence Against Women Point of Contact: A Guide for Practitioners.

The Violence Against Women Point of Contact (VAW POC) handbook provides guidance on navigating the VAW POC position and practical advice from other VAW POCs.

Video Remote Interpreting Implementation Tip Sheet:

Benefits and limitations for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors with limited English proficiency.

Interpreting for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Cases

Interpreting for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Cases consists of three self-paced interactive modules guided by a virtual coach. Participants in the course will be immersed in first-person encounters and interactive learning.

Working Effectively with Interpreters in Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Cases

This course is designed for judges to address common misconceptions about how court interpreters should perform their role in ensuring due process and equal access to justice and how judges can facilitate their ability to fulfill their responsibilities. The course is designed for judges, but all professionals who work with court interpreters will find it helpful.


This webinar explores the role of the Violence Against Women Point of Contact (VAW POC) within the context of the courts. Presenters offer valuable perspectives and approaches to establish, enhance and/or maximize the role of the state court VAW POC. The webinar shares skills for identifying strategies to bring court needs, challenges and perspectives to statewide STOP implementation planning efforts, accessing resources to assist courts in effectively addressing existing and emerging issues on violence against women, and leveraging funding to support court initiatives. (Please note that the closed caption transcript is not accurate in some places.  The captioner experienced audio challenges at various points).

Webinar: Meeting the Diverse Needs of All Victims
Presented by Jose Juan Lara (Casa de Esperanza) and Nida Abbsai (Center for Court Innovation)

This webinar examines the obstacles litigants face that prevent them from accessing justice in domestic violence cases, focusing specifically on the role of culture and implicit bias. Participants think critically about the cultural needs of litigants and role-specific strategies to enhance culturally-responsive practices in and beyond the courthouse. Additionally, participants learn about the role of implicit and systemic bias in the courthouse and how those biases may emerge in their professional capacity, as well as tools to overcome those biases.

Webinar: Using Web-Based Technologies to Promote Safe Access to Protection Orders During Pandemics and Natural Disasters

Participants in the webinar will hear an overview of web-based technologies for protection orders and learn how AZPOINT, the Arizona Protective Order Initiation and Notification Tool, and Indiana’s Protection Order E-Filing Service are enhancing the courts’ capacity to provide safeguards for survivors during the COVID-19 pandemic and into the future. Webinar Slides

Webinar eCourts: Civil Domestic Violence System

Stephanie Satkowiak, Domestic Violence Specialist in North Carolina's Judicial Branch, discussed the successes of the eCourts Civil Domestic Violence (ECCDV) System, the challenges with its implementation, and how the system has helped to increase access for survivors to file protection orders in North Carolina. This webinar incorporated a discussion on providing the latest judicial resources to victims of interpersonal violence. Stephanie elaborated on how the system allows services to orbit around the victim instead of the victim having to make all the effort. Webinar slides