The MISSION of the NCJFCJ is to provide all judges, courts, and related agencies involved with juvenile, family, and domestic violence cases with the knowledge and skills to improve the lives of the families and children who seek justice.
Program areas at NCJFCJ
Crime control & prevention programs: the Family violence and domestic relations (fvdr) program is dedicated to improving how courts and stakeholders respond to domestic violence. In fy 2019 the fvdr provided training to 3,617 Judges, Court professionals, and providers and conducted 288 technical assistance requests. Fvdr continues to be recognized as a National source for judicial training, resources, and expertise on all aspects of domestic violence, protection orders, the intersection of domestic violence and child maltreatment and custody, self-represented litigants, and a host of other issues related to domestic violence. Fvdr is also the technical assistance provider to all the ovw providers and to ovc for the linking systems of care project. The ncjfcj and fvdr maintain several related websites, a lending library of books, videos, curricula, bench tools, policy manuals, and other publications related to domestic violence, including a model code which is under revision.
Crime control & prevention programs: research is a vital component of the Council's efforts to improve the lives of children and families. Since its inception, the Council's research division, the National center for Juvenile justice (ncjj), has been a resource for independent and original research on topics related to Juvenile justice and matters that come before Juvenile and Family courts. Ncjj works to improve the effectiveness and fairness of Juvenile and Family Court systems, improve outcomes, and inform policy development. Ncjj disseminates information online and in print. Ncjj's projects provided training or assistance for approximately 1,000 Judges and others through more than 30 in-person or online events. Ncjj updated content of the statistical briefing book and each of the nine easy access online data analysis tools and added content to ncjj.org and Juvenile justice gps (jjgps.org) as appropriate. Ncjj also published numerous publications throughout the year including: Juvenile Court statistics and related fact sheets; National report bulletins, data snapshots, and the Council's Juvenile and Family Court journal.
Crime control & prevention programs: in fy 2019 the child welfare and Juvenile law (cwjl) program, also known as the Juvenile and Family law program, provided training to 2,895 Judges and Court stakeholders and conducted 336 technical assistance requests. The cwjl is recognized for its judicial training in the best practices for child abuse and neglect proceedings, domestic child sex trafficking, the indian child welfare act, Juvenile drug treatment courts, Juvenile justice guidelines, Juvenile probation, community alternatives to detention, and secure placement. The cwjl program works directly with state and tribal courts to implement the enhanced resource guidelines (ergs) and Juvenile drug treatment Court collaborative teams to implement the Juvenile drug Court guidelines. The program also provides trauma consultations to courts and performs research and evaluation in areas such as dependency Court improvement, compliance with the indian child welfare act, and disproportionality in child welfare. The ncjfcj maintains websites including webinars and related publications, as well as an inventory of related hard copy publications.