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
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
Every week, Court Watch Montgomery volunteers watch and collect data in protective order court in Silver Spring and Rockville. Here are some of their notes on recent cases: "No Amharic interpreter was available for
In 2017, ten states including Maryland piloted a survey to measure the percentage of high school students that identify as transgender and assess the link between being a transgender high school student and dating violence.
The prosecutor made a strong case: the victim was of tender age (8) and the sexual offense, which continued over a six month period, was violent. The defendant was a threat to children. The judge
Maryland's new "red flag" law allows police, victims and health professionals to petition Maryland courts when an individual, family member or client has a gun and is an imminent threat to themselves or the community.
Courts all across the state have begun implementing new Maryland gun laws that: improve firearm transfers upon conviction of a domestic violence crime; and make more people eligible to more quickly get Commissioner or court
The Commission on Judicial Disabilities has completed its hearings scrutinizing the professionalism of Baltimore Judge Devy Patterson Russell. The 11-member panel has not announced the timing of their deliberations. District Court Judge Patterson Russell testified in
The High Point model approach for working with domestic violence offenders and victims has significantly reduced offender recidivism. What's their secret? Could it work in Maryland? At least one Maryland county is using portions of
A new 15-minute video on domestic violence prevention has been produced by Montgomery County. Two victims (a teenager victim of same sex abuse and a middle-aged woman) each describe their abusive relationship and how they escaped.