National Judicial Institute
The National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence was created in a partnership between the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) and the Family Violence Prevention Fund (FVPF). Funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Violence Against Women Office, the Institute will help state court judges enhance their skills in handling civil and criminal domestic violence cases.
When we talk about the topic of domestic violence it is important to know just how much of an impact certain actions have on the development of our brains, and the state of mind in children. Additionally, evaluating the impact of such actions needs to be documented and researched for further study so there can be concrete results and methods on how to best deal with such issues.
All these topics and more need to be covered by the institute and some of the best ways of dealing with such issues is by providing training and conferences on educating the populace.
The training needs to have a highly interactive and educational substance as it aims to inform judges on the various scenarios that domestic violence engulfs.
These topics of training include:
- Exercises on the practical side of the courtroom examination
- The culture and issues of domestic violence
- Decision-making skills and how to act
- The behavior of perpetrators
- The behavior of victims
While the training methods need to be established there need to also be set milestone goals so the training can have a positive effect.
The objectives of this training will be to :
– Evaluate the amount of impact that domestic violence has on the children as well as on adults. Nobody should be subjected to domestic violence but a clear measure of impact needs to be assessed so further research goals and methods on how to deal with domestic violence can be implemented.
– Clear identification of the amount of restoration that needs to go into the victim’s lives. As there are various victims of domestic violence and while everyone deals with it in their own certain way, there still must be a standard of what constitutes as protection and the amount of help that a restoration project can get involved in the victim’s lives.
– Identifying and removing barriers for better access to the victims and for the victims.
– Identifying and establishing ethics rules that will mandate how participation procedure needs to be established and enforced.
– Evaluation of biases on a case-by-case scenario as this will set a precedent for future cases.
Acknowledging the fact that training is the best tool when it comes to prevention of domestic abuse it is also well established that holding conferences where people can share their experiences, findings and further the research on understanding how to prevent and stop domestic violence. Forming a clear and understanding picture about domestic violence in our society is detrimental to the health of the population as domestic violence should never be considered as even remotely acceptable and should be scorned at the first signs. For every domestic abuse victim, there is a bystander that can help if he had the knowledge of how they can help. Let’s focus our training to further the education and to teach people on how to deal with domestic violence in all forms.