Court Training and Improvements Program [Department of Justice] Law and Legal Definition

The Court Training and Improvements Program is the U.S. Department of Justice grant program created by the Violence Against Women Act of 2005 (VAWA 2005) to improve court responses to adult and youth domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

The program funds can be used for the following statutory program purposes:

a. improved internal civil and criminal court functions, responses, practices, and procedures;

b. education for court-based and court-related personnel on issues relating to victims' needs;

c. collaboration and training with Federal, State, tribal, territorial, and local public agencies and officials and nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations to improve implementation and enforcement of relevant Federal, State, tribal, territorial, and local law;

d. enabling courts or court-based or court-related programs to develop new or enhance current court infrastructure;

e. develop community-based initiatives within the court system;

f. assist offender management, monitoring, and accountability programs; ; and

g. providing technical assistance to Federal, State, tribal, territorial, or local courts wishing to improve their practices and procedures or to develop new programs.