American Judges Association


Date of this Version

July 2002


Published in Court Review: The Journal of the American Judges Association, 39:2 (2002), pp. 24-30. Copyright © 2002 National Center for State Courts. Used by permission. Online at


Domestic violence has emerged from the privacy of one’s own home, where only the victims were aware of the abuse, to more public domains, where one can witness the impact of such abuse on society through our court system. Judges, in both the civil and criminal arenas, exercise considerable power in instituting a wide range of possible dispositions in cases involving domestic violence. The Family Violence Prevention Fund’s National Judicial Education Advisory Committee concluded that judges made the most significant decisions affecting the lives of victims, abusers, and their children. Judges can also play a significant role in shaping society’s response to the issue of domestic violence.

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