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Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Judges Across U.S. Look to Reno for Help

The Nevada Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges moved from Chicago to Reno, Nev., in 1969. They provide expert advice to judges and officers of the court all across the nation on the issue of domestic violence. Courtesy: National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
The Nevada Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges moved from Chicago to Reno, Nev., in 1969. They provide expert advice to judges and officers of the court all across the nation on the issue of domestic violence. Courtesy: National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
October 26, 2015

RENO, Nev. - It is an issue that is gaining plenty of national attention this month, and odds are few Nevadans know Reno is the place many judges across the U.S. turn to when they need expert advice on domestic-violence cases.

Eryn Branch, program director for domestic relations with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, says her group has spent the past two decades helping more than 60,000 judges and professionals who deal with domestic-violence issues.

"Our main mission is to make sure our Juvenile and Family Court Judges are so competent around the issues of domestic violence, children exposed to domestic violence, and helpful interventions," says Branch.

The group was founded in 1937 and started educating judicial officers on domestic violence in 2004. The group recently received 10 awards totaling more than $4 million in funding for their work on domestic violence.

Branch says the group provides expert help to judges and judicial officers in Nevada and many more across the nation.

"You have a tendency to kind of overlook people who are in your backyard and yet we have judges that are in Minneapolis and San Antonio and Naples, Fla., asking, 'Can you help?,'" she says. "So, we are here to help everyone."

Branch says the funding will help the group get the word out in Nevada and the nation for those in the justice system who deal with issues such as teen-dating violence, elder abuse, child protection, firearms and children exposed to domestic violence.

Mike Clifford, Public News Service - NV