Assessing the effectiveness of unified family courts in North Carolina in reducing rates of domestic violence and improving health

The Foundation's program, Public Health Law Research: Making the Case for Laws That Improve Health, was designed to build the evidence for public health law and policy, translate research findings into practical tools to increase the support for and use of law by policy-makers and public health practitioners, and to translate findings to other fields and venues to improve and protect health.This grant support to Duke University will assess the effectiveness of unified family courts, as implemented in North Carolina (NC), on health and school outcomes of children ages 0-17 and health of women ages 18-49, through their effects in reducing rates of domestic violence. The study will examine processes of family courts as they relate to domestic violence and abuse of adult women and children in the NC unified family court system and will analyze changes in school-absenteeism, dropouts, progression to next grade, and suspensions/expulsions. Deliverables for this project include 2 papers; one to be published in a policy and law journal and the other to be published in a health policy journal. There are also plans to share findings with the NC Administrative Office of the Courts.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $140,058.00

Awarded on: 11/2/2009

Time frame: 12/1/2009 - 5/31/2011

Grant Number: 67149


Duke University

207 Allen Building
Box 90001
Durham, 27708-0001


Elizabeth Gifford
Project Director


Frank A. Sloan
Project Director