Erie County, New York is home to two mentor court sites: The Erie County Integrated Domestic Violence Court and the Erie County Felony Domestic Violence Court.
The Erie County Integrated Domestic Violence Court is a specialized part of New York State Supreme Court developed to better serve families in crisis. Integrated domestic violence courts are dedicated to the idea of "One Family- One Judge," allowing a single judge to hear related cases involving domestic violence complainants and their families. The court has changed the way the justice system treats families and children by promoting more informed judicial decision-making, creating consistency in orders of protection and reducing court appearances, as well as providing enhanced services to complainants and ensuring offender accountability.
The Erie County Felony Domestic Violence Court was developed to hear all felony domestic violence cases in the county, seeking to promote justice while providing a comprehensive approach to case resolution, increasing offender accountability, ensuring complainant safety, integrating the delivery of social services and eliminating inconsistent and conflicting judicial orders.