BWJP’s National Center on Protection Orders and Full Faith & Credit (NCPOFFC) provides technical assistance and training on protection orders, the Full Faith and Credit (FFC) provision of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and inter-jurisdictional enforcement of protection orders.

The Full Faith and Credit (FFC) provision of VAWA requires that protection orders issued in one jurisdiction must be recognized and enforced in other jurisdictions. The effective enforcement of protection orders across jurisdictional lines is vital to the safety of victims. The National Center on Full Faith and Credit (NCFFC) was created in 1995 to support the implementation of the FFC provision of VAWA. The office also addressed federal legislation on firearms prohibitions related to domestic violence.

In 2009, the name was changed to reflect the comprehensive scope of protection order-related work undertaken by the office, thus the National Center on Protection Orders and Full Faith & Credit (NCPOFFC).

We provide problem-solving technical assistance and training to individuals and jurisdictions on the following:

  • Identifying and resolving systemic problems in local procedures for issuance, service and enforcement of protection orders.
  • Interjurisdictional enforcement of protection orders.
  • Child custody provisions within protection orders.
  • Federal and state firearms prohibitions related to domestic violence.
  • Federal domestic violence and stalking crimes.

Audiences include, but are not limited to, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, judges, court administrators, court personnel, civil attorneys, victim advocates, and other allied professionals.