Center for Excellence in Family Court Practice

Domestic Violence and Family Court Project

In collaboration with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

The Domestic Violence and Family Courts Project was co-sponsored by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and revolved around a think tank of 37 leaders in from family court, family law, domestic violence advocacy and academic communities.  The think tank focused on issues of differentiation in domestic violence. 

The Wingspread Conference led to a commitment of participants to continue working together in groups on issues related to terminology, screening and assessment, interventions, outcomes (i.e., parenting plans) and education. A special issue of Family Court Review, featuring articles co-authored by writers from different professional and ideological backgrounds, was published in July 2008.  Many of the co-authors presented together at the AFCC 45th Annual Conference in Vancouver. 

In the years following, several Wingspread participants provided training and presentation for numerous organizations.  There has been strong collaboration between AFCC, NCJFCJ and key leaders in the domestic violence advocacy community (notably the Battered Women’s Justice Project and Praxis International) and AFCC continues to collaborate with these partners on issues related to domestic violence and family court.

Resources

Report from the Wingspread Conference on Domestic Violence and Family Courts (PDF)
Nancy Ver Steegh and Clare Dalton, Family Court Review, July 2008

Domestic Violence in Separating Families: Debates and Dilemmas in Developing Appropriate Parenting Plans (MP3) AFCC Member Content
AFCC 45th Annual Conference, Vancouver, BC, May 2008
Nicholas Bala, LLM, Peter G. Jaffe, PhD, Janet R. Johnston, PhD, Jennifer McIntosh, PhD.

Domestic Violence, Differentiation and Family Court: Tensions, Terminology and Collaboration (MP3) AFCC Member Content
AFCC 45th Annual Conference, Vancouver, BC, May 2008
Clare Dalton, JD, LLM; Joan B. Kelly, PhD, Nancy Ver Steegh, JD, MSW

Family Court Review Special Issue on Domestic Violence, July 2008

The Domestic Violence and Family Court Project was funded in part by the Johnson Foundation and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Planning Committee

  • Billie Lee Dunford-Jackson, JD, Co-chair
  • Peter Salem, MA, Co-chair
  • Hon. Karen Adam
  • Hon. Susan B. Carbon
  • Loretta Frederick, JD
  • Janet Johnston, PhD
  • Hon. William Jones (Ret.)
  • Mary Ferriter, JD
  • Hon. Hugh Starnes
  • Nancy Ver Steegh, JD, MSW,
    Co-reporter
  • Clare Dalton, JD, LLM,
    Co-reporter
  • Bernie Mayer, Co-facilitator
  • Lonnie Weiss, Co-facilitator