Unsupervised visits with violent dads – in the child’s best interest?
Every year over 8,000 adults are abused by their partners in Montgomery County.
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It is critical that deserving victims of domestic violence get 7 day temporary orders when they need them – but that isn’t always happening in Montgomery County District Courts. A judge in Maryland need only find “reasonable cause” to believe there is bodily harm, stalking or a serious threat to issue a 7…
In a May, 2014 report, Court Watch Montgomery brought to light the dangerous visitation practices being regularly ordered by judges as part of Protective Orders. We now have a real chance of getting safe visitation services up and running in the next six to twelve months – but it won’t…
Some criminal domestic violence dockets go more smoothly than others. It was infuriating last week to see what happened to a victim who took the brave step to come to court to testify against her former partner, who was charged with violating her protective order six times. The defendant’s criminal record included numerous…
Court failing children of domestic violence?
Four children in one county, dead after unsupervised visits with their fathers — visits moms had warned judges might endanger their children.
An extraordinary new study suggests judges and elected leaders in Montgomery County are doing too little to protect children in homes with a history of domestic violence.
Dozens of volunteers observed hundreds of court hearings and what they found shocked them.
Volunteers from Court Watch Montgomery say they saw constant echoes of the story of the three Castillo children, who were drowned by their father one by one in a bathtub on an unsupervised visit in March, 2008. They also saw echoes of the case of 15 month old Prince Rams, who was also allegedly murdered by his father while he was with him alone in October, 2012.
NBC4 – Group Keeps Watch on Domestic Abuse Cases in Montgomery County
In Montgomery County, Md., 25 people have volunteered to monitor cases in District Court in which victims ask a judge for a protective order restraining an abusive spouse or acquaintance from approaching the victim or threatening violence.
In the past six months, Court Watch Montgomery has monitored 642 cases.
“I’m a former law professor recently retired and I’m a lawyer and I’ve been in courtrooms where judges have their own little fiefdom, and in domestic violence cases, women are victims and they come in again and they’re victimized by some judges,” Court Watch Montgomery volunteer Joyce Batipps said.
Most judges do a good job, volunteers say, but four judges were impatient or rude.
Montgomery Week in Review
Montgomery Week in Review host Don Mooers and the panel discuss the community impact of the Affordable Care Act, affordable housing in Montgomery County, social media and introduction to the work of Court Watch Montgomery. Take a look
Guests : Shu-Ping Chan – US Asia Links, Laurie Duker – Court Watch Montgomery, Henry Hailstock, Montgomery Week in Review, Melpi Jeffries – League of Women Voters of Montgomery County
Montgomery Week in Review airs on Montgomery Channel 21 Thursdays at 12 noon and 8 p.m.; Sundays at 12 noon and Mondays at 1 p.m.
Court Watch Montgomery Works To Protect Victims Of Domestic Violence
An organization working to improve the effectiveness of protective orders against victims of domestic violence in Montgomery County has just released a report with a series of recommendations.
Over the past year, 25 volunteers with Court Watch Montgomery sat through several hundred hearings in circuit court involving domestic violence cases.