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Group receives grant to help victims of domestic violence

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges was given a $1 million grant to achieve better outcomes for victims of domestic violence. The Nevada-based group operates mainly in Reno but provides training for judges and other groups across the country. It has been operating for 25 years and is considered a vital resource for those looking to learn more about domestic violence. With its latest grant, it hopes to provide information about child protective orders and child custody issues in domestic violence cases.

According to a representative for the group, it has trained 10,000 judges in the past 20 years on issues about the topic. The group also connects with other advocacy groups such as the Committee to Aid Abused Women. Also based in Reno, it views groups such as the NCJFCJ as a great resource for technical assistance for how to help victims of domestic violence. In addition to judges, it hopes to educate attorneys, child protective workers and domestic violence advocates who want more information.

The group hopes to reach as many people as possible who deal with these issues to help victims of domestic violence get what they need. It also hopes that the resources provided to these concerned parties may change the way courts and communities respond to victims of domestic violence.

When domestic violence causes a marriage to dissolve, it may impact the rights of the parents as they relate to child custody. As it may not be in the best interest of the child to see an abusive parent, that parent may not be allowed custody or visitation. With the help of a family law attorney, it may be possible to deny them such visitation for the foreseeable future.

Source: KTVN, "Domestic Violence Grant Will Help Train Family Court Judges", Jennifer Burton, September 15, 2014

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