Safe Passage Center is open! Judges can now protect victims & their children during court-ordered visits.
Every year over 8,000 adults are abused by their partners in Montgomery County.
Every domestic violence victim deserves rapid & comprehensive legal protection.
We make sure victims are treated well in court rooms.
We create lasting changes in courts that help domestic violence victims end their abuse quickly and permanently.
Court Watch Montgomery is a 501©(3) non-profit. We take no money from the courts or Maryland state government.
Recently we’ve been spending some time interviewing domestic violence survivors who want to talk about their experiences in court. Some came to court to obtain a protective order, others to give testimony in a criminal case. Some participated in a custody or divorce case. Their stories help us understand…
The Safe Passage Center is now open for both monitored child exchanges and supervised visits for families experiencing domestic violence. The Center can reduce stress for the entire family by providing a healing environment. The Center is open: Tuesday 5:00pm – 8:00pm Wednesday 5:00pm – 8:00pm Friday …
A District Court judge recently became irritated during a temporary protective order hearing and accused a traumatized petitioner of lying. In her petition, Bridget [name changed] told a credible and all-too-common story: “He was drunk and I had told him I didn’t want to be with him and he said…
Samantha Bee takes a hard look at domestic violence & guns – and uses Court Watch’s study to do it
Samantha Bee took a hard look last night at domestic violence and guns – and she used Court Watch’s “Abusers with Guns” study to highlight the critical role judges play. We’re about 3 min, 50 seconds in.
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.