At the request of both the Domestic Violence Judicial Council Advisory Committee and District Judges Domestic Violence Advisory Committee, below are A Judicial Guide to Safety in Domestic Violence Cases Bench Cards.
Judges are in a unique position to address the problem of domestic violence. Court intervention has the potential to significantly impact families dealing with domestic violence; however, in order to effectively intervene, domestic violence-specific education and resources are crucial.
Developed by both the Domestic Violence Judicial Council Advisory Committee and the District Judges Domestic Violence Advisory Committee to provide judges with an overview of domestic violence laws, this eleven card reference guide is dynamics-focused, practice-focused, and statute-focused. Under the sub-heading Courtroom Dynamics, the cards provide judges with a cursory overview of the context of domestic violence and really focus on the “who,” “what,” “why,” “when” and “how” of domestic violence. Under the sub-headings of Orders of Protection, Custody and Visitation, and Criminal, the cards function as a quick reference to both Arkansas and Federal statutes and national judicial recommended practices.
The aim is to provide judges with an important starting point with which to promote victim safety and offender accountability, to increase consistency in judicial responses to domestic violence and to provide judges with information to ensure competent judicial decisions.
Bench Cards Legend:
Yellow Ribbon: Denotes Recommended practices by National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence in conjunction with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Yellow Arrow: Denotes statutory requirements under Arkansas Code Annotated, Arkansas Rules of Criminal Procedure and Arkansas Rules of Civil Procedure