Unsupervised visits with violent dads – in the child’s best interest?
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posted under: Safe visitation services for dv victims
The Washington Post today editorialized urging County Executive Leggett and the County Council to fully fund a new facility to provide both safe child exchange and supervised visitation services to families experiencing domestic violence. Mr. Leggett’s new budget for fiscal year 2018 will be made public March 14th. It is critical that…
posted under: Denials of protective orders
A female victim recently showed a District Court judge a picture of a bruise on her arm as part of her testimony that she needed the protection of the court. The victim had previously had a final protective order against the same respondent. The judge denied the order, as well as a…
The Washington Post reports that last week (Feb. 2017) half a dozen Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents showed up in a Texas courtroom where an undocumented woman was seeking a protective order against her boyfriend for punching, kicking, choking and attempting to stab her. The agents arrested her. Both the…
Report: Judges should do more to confiscate guns from those guilty of domestic violence
WASHINGTON (ABC7) — Ninety-nine percent of judges in 126 domestic violence cases failed to tell those convicted they were no longer allowed to own a gun, according to Court Watch Montgomery. What is being done to remedy this issue? Kevin Lewis has the story.
Nonprofit group calls to keep guns away from domestic violence offenders
SILVER SPRING, Md. — Nonprofit group Court Watch Montgomery released a report recommending that district and circuit court judges verbally tell domestic violence offenders they are barred from gun ownership.
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
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