“Write a different ending” portraits used in Annapolis hearing

It was nice to run into Delegate Vanessa Atterbeary (D-Howard) in Annapolis this week. She thanked me profusely for the 6 portraits of domestic violence homicide victims that we had sent her. Each defendant was disqualified from possessing a gun in Maryland, but had one. Del. Atterbeary held up the portraits during a Judiciary Committee hearing […]

Lively discussion at the Neshante & Chloe Davis DV Task Force

Court Watch was pleased to testify today in front of the Neshante & Chloe Davis DV Task Force. The task force will make wide-ranging recommendations about reforms needed to prevent domestic violence. The task force is led by Sen. Anthony Muse and Del. Vanessa Atterbeary and includes representatives from the Governor’s Office of Crime and […]

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. […]

Continuing ed needed for domestic violence judges

When District Court judges are unavailable to hear domestic violence protective order cases, retired judges pitch in. Recently two different visiting domestic violence judges didn’t know about a major change in domestic violence law that took effect Oct. 1, 2015.  The new law is important – it allows dating violence victims to file for full year protective orders instead of […]

Judges fail to discuss gun restrictions with convicted abusers

convicted abusers

Court Watch’s new study shows judges told only 1 out of 126 convicted abusers they were banned from possessing or purchasing guns. When a domestic violence abuser has access to a gun the chances of a victim being killed rise 500%. Judges need to be actively applying Maryland law by informing relevant convicted offenders verbally and in […]