Courts play an essential role in stopping domestic violence and ensuring a safe environment for children. Domestic Violence and Child Custody Disputes: A Resource Handbook for Judges and Court Managers, which was developed by The National Center for State Courts with funding from the State Justice Institute and the National Institute of Justice, provides judges and court managers with a concise guide to
- Determining when domestic violence is occurring between parties to a custody or visitation dispute
- Coordinating the management of such disputes to maximize the safety and efficiency of court processes
- Ensuring that resolutions to custody and visitation disputes effectively address the best interest of the child and the safety of victims
This handbook also discusses procedures and practices for dealing with domestic violence cases, such as consistent, routine screening practices; resources for informing the decision-making process, such as custody evaluations and guardians ad litem; collaboration with other units of government and community service agencies; and ways to enhance safety in court proceedings and mediation sessions.