Court Watch Montgomery works towards the day when all domestic violence victims coming to court for legal protection are safe, treated with respect, and receive comprehensive legal protections that help stop their abuse.

MoCo residents expected to experience intimate partner violence in their lifetimes.
Protective orders filed in Maryland so far this year.
Maryland protective orders denied or dismissed so far this year.

Rocio Nikaury Morcelo

Rocio Nikaury Morcelo, 43 years old, was fatally stabbed by her boyfriend 34 times in the stairwell of her Wheaton, Maryland apartment. Her three children heard the attack. Three months before her death, Rocio filed a protective order in District Court, stating, “He has been threatening me and my kids for days that he is going to kill us.”  Morcelo received an interim protective order, but she did not show up to her next hearing, and her case was dismissed.

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Court Watch Montgomery reduces intimate partner violence in Maryland by ensuring victims have access to responsive justice and vital services that can stop the abuse quickly and permanently. Learn More About Us.