25 Dispute Resolution Magazine 20 (Spring 2019)
Until recently, because of concerns about safety and parties’ abilities to make good decisions in cases with a history of high intimate partner violence or abuse (IPV/A), in the District of Columbia’s Superior Court such cases were screened out of mediation and sent back to the family court. But two big program additions — videoconferencing and shuttle mediation — have allowed parties in these cases to consider mediation. The Multi-Door Dispute Resolution Division of the DC Superior Court (Multi-Door) implemented this change after several years of preparation: its administrators added safety measures, provided in-depth training for staff and mediators, and consulted with experts to design a research study to compare videoconference, shuttle mediation, and the prior practice of returning these cases to court.
Applegate, Amy; Adams, Jeannie M.; Beck, Connie J.; Holtzworth-Munroe, Amy; and Rossi, Fernanda S., "New Services for Families in the DC Superior Court" (2019). Articles by Maurer Faculty. 2879.