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Domestic Violence University was inspired by a statewide assessment conducted in 2003 by the Office of the State Court Administrator. A survey was circulated that asked court employees how they felt about their domestic violence training. Overwhelmingly, the responses were, "not enough!" Administrative Judge Amy Karan viewed these responses as a cry for knowledge and education and created this in-house training program.

The Eleventh Judicial Circuit’s Domestic Violence University has provided training to various departments within the circuit, enhancing the existing knowledge of the Court, its staff and judicial partners. The successful implementation of the Domestic Violence University program is attributable to the long standing collaboration between the Domestic Violence Court and local non-profit and private organizations.

Instructors include Judges, immigration advocacy staff, police officers from Miami-Dade County’s Police Department, the Coral Gables Police Department’s Victim’s Unit, a representative from the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Victim’s Services Office, advocates from local area shelters, staff from the Department of Children and Families, University of Miami Child Protection Team and Florida International University’s Victim Advocacy Center. The “faculty” volunteer their time and materials to give the court the most progressive up-to-date information on current issues. These professionals are all committed to educating the justice partners, thereby furthering the longstanding collaborative efforts of the court system, its employees and the citizens of our community.

For more information Call 305-349-5584

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