While technology is not inherently violent, people who engage in intimate partner violence often employ technology as a means of obtaining and maintaining coercive control. Various technologies equip offenders with very efficient means to commit the crimes of stalking, intimidation, and harassment, while also enabling them to pinpoint their victims' physical locations. Although it is challenging to stay one step ahead of the many different ways to abuse technology, it is important for judges and court staff to keep current on the latest issues associated with technology and domestic violence.
Though many judges have seen elder abuse, not all may fully understand it. Often considered a "hidden" crime, elder abuse includes physical abuse, emotional abuse, verbal abuse, sexual abuse, financial exploitation, abandonment, neglect, and/or self-neglect. It can also be seen in civil, criminal, probate, family, and mental health proceedings, creating a variety of issues for the judicial system.