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Welcome to our website. The office of the Hon. Deborah A. Kaplan, Statewide Coordinating Judge for Family Violence Cases, works together with the administrative judges and judges who sit in New York State’s Domestic Violence (“DV”) courts and Integrated Domestic Violence (“IDV”) courts, to refine practices and promote better and more consistent outcomes in matters involving family violence. Our court system has created these specialized courts to provide critical services and a coordinated response to domestic violence, which are led by a judge and court staff trained to handle the myriad issues that arise in DV cases. These courts ensure intensive judicial monitoring, enhance victim safety and hold offenders accountable, and promote increased coordination among the court, community stakeholders and victim services providers.

Justice Kaplan’s office is committed to providing DV and IDV judges and their staff training and updates on the relevant, applicable law, as well as on issues such as cultural competency and implicit bias.

Justice Kaplan’s office is also responsible for reviewing how the growing number of domestic violence cases involving older New Yorkers are handled, as well other types of cases, both civil and criminal, involving this population. According to a 2015 self-reported study conducted by the New York State Office for the Aging, in the past year the total incidence rate in New York State of any form of elder abuse was 76 per 1,000, comprised of both financial and non-financial mistreatment. The most common form of mistreatment of elders was major financial exploitation (theft of money or property, using items without permission, impersonation to get access, forcing or misleading to get items such as money, bank cards, accounts, power of attorney), which has an incidence rate of 41 per 1,000. Other forms of elder abuse include physical and emotional abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect.

Justice Kaplan’s office is charged with developing programs, protocols and training that will ensure that judges, their staff and all court personnel are aware of and responsive to the needs of older New Yorkers. In order to tackle these issues, as part of the Elder Justice Initiative, Justice Kaplan has formed the New York State Judicial Committee on Elder Justice as a standing advisory committee of the Chief Administrative Judge of the Courts, which is a collaboration between the courts, judges, non-profit service providers, government agencies, academics, mediators, social workers, law enforcement, prosecutors, legal services attorneys and other members of the bar, to improve how cases involving older New Yorkers are handled.

On our website you will find information regarding our DV and IDV courts and the issues that arise in these courts, as well as resources for victims of family violence and elder abuse. In addition, you will find information about the Elder Justice Initiative, as well as articles of interest regarding elder abuse.


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