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Domestic Violence Courts

Domestic violence court is designed to address traditional problems of domestic violence, such as low reports, withdrawn charges, threats to victim, lack of defendant accountability, and high recidivism, by intense judicial scrutiny of the defendant and close cooperation between the judiciary and social services. 

A permanent judge works with the prosecution, assigned victim advocates, social services, and the defense to ensure physical separation between the victim and all forms of intimidation from the defendant or his/her family throughout the entirety of the judicial process; provide the victim with the housing and job training he/she need to begin an independent existence from the offender; and continuously monitor the defendant in terms of compliance with protective orders and substance abuse treatment. 

Additionally, a case manager ascertains victim needs and monitors cooperation by the defendant.  Close collaboration with defense counsel verifies due process and protects the defendant's rights.