Court Watch Executive Director Job Announcement

Executive Director Job Announcement

Executive Director Job Announcement COURT WATCH MONTGOMERY (CWM) is seeking a new EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR (ED) to provide vision, energy and leadership in our efforts to make systemic improvements/changes in how our courts manage civil and criminal domestic violence cases. OUR VISION AND MISSION: Court Watch Montgomery aims to ensure that all victims of intimate partner violence […]

Court Watch Montgomery announces leadership transition

Court Watch Montgomery

President of the Court Watch Montgomery Board John Ford announced today that Laurie Duker, who co-founded Court Watch in 2010, will be stepping down as Executive Director and assisting with the transition to a new Executive Director over the next six months. “Although it was a very difficult decision to step down,” said Duker, “I’m […]

New laws take effect in Maryland today!

New laws take effect in Maryland

New laws take effect in Maryland today which were passed by the legislature in the winter/spring 2019 season in Annapolis.  Many impact domestic violence victims: Firearms New firearms laws allow the prosecution of anyone loaning a gun to someone known to be legally barred from possessing them or when it is known the gun will […]

When courts are closed

when courts are closed

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Upcoming domestic violence webinars

Executive Director Job Announcement

Two upcoming domestic violence webinars: Domestic violence and technology: New international research and resources for practice Wednesday, October 9, 2019 / 2:00-3:30pm CDT Content: Dr. Molly Dragiewicz and Dr. Bridget Harris will present recommendations for future research, policy and practice on technology and domestic violence based on the first Australian study focused on survivors’ experiences of technology-facilitated coercive […]

While we were sleeping

while you were sleeping the Trump Administration

In case you missed this, (because we did), it’s important to note that the Trump Administration changed the definitions of domestic violence and sexual assault when no one was watching, in April or 2018.  Although the Office of Violence Against Women is claiming the new definitions won’t affect what interventions they fund, the move is […]

Victim brain injury: new screening tools

victim brain injury

Researchers now estimate that 90% of people with a history of interpersonal violence have signs and symptoms of traumatic brain injury.  These injuries, which often include depression, impaired problem-solving ability, and difficulty concentrating, all put victims at risk for continued abuse and can make it harder to leave abusive relationships.  The treatment of brain-injured domestic […]

Kudos to the judge

Kudos to the judge

Kudos to the judge at District Court who recently: Okayed a respondent’s request to go put money in his parking meter, saying, “Sure. I don’t want you to get a ticket. That’s $40.” In a separate case, expressed concern at the beginning of a hearing that the respondent had been speaking with the petitioner prior […]

Are County police documenting domestic violence incidents?

Are Montgomery County police documenting domestic violence incidents when they respond to a 911 call? Court Watch recently obtained alarming data on domestic violence 911 calls from the Montgomery County Police Department. We were extremely surprised by the large percentage of calls for which no report was written. In 2018, there were 2,029 emergency 911 […]

County Council increases funds for safe visitation services

funds for supervised visitation

In spite of very tight budget constraints for next year, the Montgomery County Council unanimously agreed to increase funds for safe visitation services for FY ’20.  Judges can now prevent all contact between victims and offenders and make sure that children are safe during visitation by continuing to send families to the Safe Passage Center […]