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Premised on the “one family-one judge” concept, IDV Courts allow a single judge to hear multiple cases involving the same family where the underlying issue is domestic violence. IDV Courts also aim to promote informed judicial decision-making, increase consistency in court orders, decrease the number of court appearances, and provide enhanced services to victims while ensuring offender accountability. In 2003, Chief Judge Judith Kaye made the implementation of IDV courts a statewide initiative.


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Judges who sit in DV and IDV courts attend training every year. Since the inception of the OFVC in 2015, the office has been committed to providing training to DV and IDV judges and their staff to update them on the relevant, applicable law, and on issues such as risk assessment, cultural competency and implicit bias, as well as health and wellness.

The 2016 Annual statewide Judicial Symposium on Domestic Violence was held on December 1-2, 2016 at New York Law School. The sessions included: Offender Accountability – Putting the Principle to Work in a DV/IDV Court; Building on a Trauma Informed Court System and the Use of ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences); Custody and Visitation Orders in Domestic Violence Cases; Elder Abuse and Capacity in Domestic Violence Courts; A Different Lens: A Photographer’s View and a Legal Perspective of Domestic Violence; and “Diving into Practice” breakout sessions.

In furtherance of the Elder Justice Initiative, the OFVC also held its first Judicial Symposium on the Financial Exploitation of Older Adults on May 1, 2017 at the Judicial Institute in White Plains. More than 140 judges and non-judicial staff from around the state, representing both civil and criminal courts were in attendance. The symposium featured national experts on financial exploitation, the aging brain, and financial capacity.

The Family Violence Task Force held its 2016 annual training on September 21 at the Judicial Institute in White Plains and on September 22 in Rochester. The one-day training was entitled, “Evidence, Ethics and Evaluating Risk in Domestic Violence Cases” and included the following sessions: Risk Assessment; Evidence in DV & Sexual Assault Cases; Violence Among LGBT People of Color; and Ethical Issues Facing Jurists in Domestic Violence Cases.

In addition, in April 2016, the OFVC produced a program called Firearms and Domestic Violence. This program was recorded and is now readily available for viewing by judges and court personnel. The program addressed, among other things, statutes governing firearms, including the NY SAFE Act and relevant federal statutes; Orders of Protection; the surrender and return of firearms and useful practice tips for judges.

The OFVC also organized a DV/IDV Regional Meeting for the 5th, 6th and 7th Judicial Districts in December 14, 2015 which included a discussion of the IDV Court Model by Hon. Esther Morgenstern – whose Kings County IDV Court serves as a National Mentor Court; The Role of the Resource Coordinator; The Role of Stakeholders, and a session entitled Operations & Teamwork: Model Protocols for the Court Clerk, Resource Coordinator, Judge and Stakeholder. Also included in the program was an interactive, educational training exercise designed for learning about domestic violence. Essentially, this exercise gives the participants some insight into the day-to-day reality for women who are the victims of domestic violence. A training for the 3rd District was held on April 12, 2016, and included, in addition to the sessions mentioned above, a presentation on the consequences of immigration law in domestic violence cases and the role of technology in DV and IDV courts. A training for the 4th District will also be held in the near future.

The office of the Statewide Coordinating Judge for Family Violence Cases held its 2015 statewide Judicial Symposium on November 19 and 20th. The sessions included: Trauma, Mental Health and High Conflict Separation; Domestic Abuse in Later Life; Fairness and Bias in Domestic Violence Cases and Balancing a Life on the Scales of Justice: Health and Well-being in the 21st Century. There were also facilitated breakout sessions where judges from around the state discussed best practices for DV and IDV judges.

In 2015, the Family Violence Task Force held a one day training on September 16th at the New York State Judicial Institute entitled, “Understanding the Ties that Bind: Judicial Responses to Domestic and Sexual Violence.” The courses offered were: The Power of Language in Domestic and Sexual Violence Proceedings; Trauma and Domestic Violence; Implementation of State and Federal Firearms Laws; and Ethical Issues Facing Jurists in Domestic Violence Cases.

To keep up to date on all of our OFVC training seminars, please visit


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Domestic Violence Forms and Petitions

Family Offense Forms and Petitions

Court Help DIY Forms – Uncontested Divorce, Custody/Visitation, Child Support, Guardianship and More

NYC Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence
The NYC Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence (OCDV) collaborates closely with government and nonprofit agencies that assist domestic violence victims and operates the New York City Family Justice Centers in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens, with a Family Justice Center opening in Staten Island in spring of 2016. These one-stop domestic violence service centers provide vital social service, civil legal and criminal justice assistance under one roof.

NYC Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence CARE Program
(Creating Awareness about Relationship Equality)

New York City Family Justice Centers

Sanctuary for Families

Sanctuary for Families DVIEP services for NYCHA residents
If you live in housing administered by the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), you are eligible for services through the Sanctuary for Families Domestic Violence Intervention, Education & Prevention (DVIEP) Program (including victim of domestic violence emergency transfers). You can call during daytime business hours to request services, or leave a message.

Safe Horizon

Connect NYC

Violence Intervention Program, Inc.

New York State office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention

Resources on Teen Dating Violence

UCS Domestic Violence Policy

Wellspring, DV victim services in Saratoga County

Seven Dancers Coalition

Domestic Violence and Strangulation Guide

Judge Kaplan moderates CLE video: Firearms and Domestic Violence (court users only)

Bench Guide - The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction in Cases Involving Allegations of Domestic Abuse | Appendices
– A New York Bench Guide for Federal and State Court Judges

The Legal Project

Legal Services of the Hudson Valley



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Publications of Interest

Western State University Law Review, 1999-2000, Essay
Judith S. Kaye and Susan K. Knipps
Copyright (c) 1999-2000 Western State University Law Review Association, Inc.; Judith S. Kaye and Susan K. Knipps

An Argument for a One-Judge/One-Family Approach to Domestic Violence: Lessons Based on New York’s Model
By Honorable Judy Harris Kluger and Liberty Aldrich, Esq.

Courthouse Dogs Foundation uses trained facility dogs to provide emotional support in court
Fall 2015 / Winter 2016 issue of Sooner Lawyer, a publication of the University of Oklahoma College of Law


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Office of the Statewide Coordinating Judge for Family Violence Cases