Unsupervised visits with violent parents – in the child’s best interest?
If you are a victim you aren’t alone. People are ready to help you.
Tell your County Council members we need safe visitation centers for domestic violence victims and their children.
Every year over 8,000 adults are abused by their partners in Montgomery County.
Domestic violence victims coming to the courts for protection should be safe.
Every domestic violence victim deserves rapid & comprehensive legal protection
We make sure victims are treated well in court rooms.
We are reducing domestic violence by gathering data in courtrooms & identifying problems. Courts are implementing our recommendations & saving lives!
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Court Watch recently contributed to the County’s campaign to place ads on MoCo County buses and in bus shelters reaching out to anyone suffering from domestic violence. The ads ask “Are you afraid of your partner?” Ads are in both English and Spanish and share emergency crisis phone numbers. County…
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department has many important jobs. One of their most important tasks is making sure that respondents who possess a gun or multiple firearms turn them into the Sheriff’s Office for the length of their final protective order. Judges also have an important role to play…
A Queen Anne’s County man was arrested this week on charges of attempted murder following an alleged physical assault that included threats to kill the survivor with a shotgun. The woman’s partner fired at or near her, but she was not hit by the shot. The victim suffered repeated physical…
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
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.