Investigating Integrated Domestic Violence Courts: Lessons from New York

Forthcoming in Osgoode Hall Law Journal, Vol. 51, No. 3 (2014)

Osgoode Legal Studies Research Paper No. 21/2014

56 Pages Posted: 16 Apr 2014

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Jennifer Koshan

University of Calgary - Faculty of Law

Date Written: 2014

Abstract

Extensive law and policy reforms in the area of domestic violence have occurred in the last several decades in the United States and Canada, the latest being the development of specialized domestic violence (DV) courts. DV courts typically operate in the criminal realm, particularly in Canada. A recent innovation that is relatively unique in the U.S. is Integrated Domestic Violence (IDV) courts, where criminal, civil and family matters are heard together in a one judge/one family model. This paper examines the literature on DV and IDV courts in Canada and the U.S., and situates these reforms in the context of domestic violence reforms more broadly. Then, it presents a case study of an IDV court in Manhattan, New York, including the results of interviews with litigant advocates and justice sector and institutional representatives as well as courtroom observations. The author concludes that there are many potential benefits to IDV courts, along with some challenges that Canadian jurisdictions intending to implement such courts should address.

Keywords: Domestic violence, Integrated Domestic Violence courts, violent crime, family law

JEL Classification: J12, K14, K36, K41, K42

Suggested Citation

Koshan, Jennifer, Investigating Integrated Domestic Violence Courts: Lessons from New York (2014). Forthcoming in Osgoode Hall Law Journal, Vol. 51, No. 3 (2014); Osgoode Legal Studies Research Paper No. 21/2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2425020

Jennifer Koshan (Contact Author)

University of Calgary - Faculty of Law ( email )

Murray Fraser Hall
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4
Canada

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