More victims are getting “no contact” orders
Virtually all domestic violence victims with children who come to court ask for a “no contact” order that bans the abuser from having any type of contact for one year. Although judges put “no contact” in the protective order, they regularly make a dangerous exception and order victims to have contact with their abuser every other week to exchange their children, without making sure the victim is safe while they do it.
Court Watch provided powerful data in our 2014 REPORT showing the dangers that current visitation practices create for victims and recommending that the county establish a safe visitation center. Within 48 hours of our report, the County Executive launched a task force to consider our recommendations. Court Watch partnered with numerous county leaders and local organizations to build support for the center and to ensure it was adequately funded.
With the opening of the Safe Passage Center in late 2017, every Montgomery County judge now has a secure, family-friendly visitation center that they can order couples to use to make sure that victims are protected from all contact with their abuser.
Since the beginning of 2018, the Safe Passage Center has already saved 46 victims from continued unsafe and traumatic contact with their abuser.
We won’t stop until every domestic violence survivor in Maryland asking for a “no contact” protective order gets one that bans all contact – no exceptions.