Court Watch Montgomery is looking for new Board Members!

Are you passionate about making Montgomery County a safer place to live? Do you have an interest in or personal connection to intimate partner violence? We are looking for new board members to join our team! If you are looking for a way to get involved with your community and have time to devote to a […]

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 video on local domestic violence prevention

local domestic violence prevention

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. The video also highlights work being done by the Sheriff, Family Justice Center, the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council, Court Watch […]

Court Watch Montgomery featured in Bethesda Magazine

Court Watch Montgomery

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Samantha Bee uses our data on domestic violence and guns

domestic violence and guns

Samantha Bee took a hard look last night at domestic violence and guns – and she used Court Watch’s data in our “Abusers with Guns” study to highlight the critical role judges play.  We’re about 3 min, 50 seconds in. Samantha Bee used Court Watch data showing that 126 abusers convicted of assault in criminal […]

New outreach campaign to victims

outreach campaign to victims

A new County outreach campaign to victims in Montgomery County Maryland is placing large signs on 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 Executive Leggett as […]

Court Watch volunteers win Montgomery Serves Award

Lots of Court Watch volunteers turned out for Montgomery Serves awards night, where County Executive Ike Leggett and Council member Craig Rice presented them with the Volunteer Group of the Year Award.  Rice used the occasion to stress the importance of full funding for the monitored exchange and safe visitation center. Court Watch started with […]

Many groups testify for Monitored Child Exchange & Supervised Visitation Center

Advocates for domestic violence victims and their children have been coming out in force to push for full funding of our first County-run monitored child exchange and supervised visitation center for domestic violence victims and their children. Today a host of organizations testified as part of the Montgomery County Council’s public hearings on the FY18 budget. […]

Court Watch volunteers win big!

Court Watch Montgomery’s 70 volunteers are the proud winners of the Montgomery Serves Community Service Award for 2017!  The award honors some of the County’s most devoted and effective volunteers. Court Watch volunteers spent more than 8,000 hours reducing domestic violence by improving how courts handle domestic violence cases. Volunteers collected detailed information on over […]

Court volunteers discuss domestic violence with judges

This week 18 court volunteers spent over an hour discussing the protective order and domestic violence criminal dockets with District Court Administrative Judge Eugene Wolfe, and Judges Mitchell, Moffett, Williams and Sabett. It was a valuable opportunity to more fully understand the court’s approach to domestic violence cases and to share Court Watch’s concerns about […]