When the new Integrated Domestic Violence Court (IDV) in Tulsa County needed help with assessment, the Director Kelly Greenough (recently appointed to a seat as a District Court Judge), reached out to the Community Advocacy Clinic for assistance. Since 2014, the CAC has helped the IDV Court with research, analysis and self-assessment. In the beginning, CAC students helped the court understand the range of possible assessment methods. Today, CAC students have developed a survey for victims and defendants with cases before the Court.
This work is possible through a unique partnership between law students and faculty at the CAC and psychology students and faculty from The University of Tulsa Institute for Trauma, Adversity, and iNjustice (TITAN). Key partners in this long-term project include Dr. Joanne Davis, an expert in trauma, and Kelsey Hancock, a graduate student and TITAN coordinator.
The CAC and TITAN hope to pilot the litigant survey in 2016. The survey will eventually help the Court understand the experiences of litigants, including victims and offenders, with the goal of identifying the Court’s strengths and areas for improvement.
CAC students have produced the following reports for the IDV Court: