Domestic violence stories about individual victims and abusers in Maryland courts bring to life the need for judges, bailiffs, clerks and interpreters to use simple, nationally-recommended practices that help keep victims safe. Overall, Montgomery County judges use these practices approximately 51% of the time.

Court Watch volunteers who collect data in County courtrooms, are trained to look for both positive and negative practices. Both are reflected in the stories below.

When a judge accuses a credible petitioner of lying, or denies a woman with a photograph of a bruise a protective order, we want our community to know.  Maryland has a strong protective order law. But where’s the justice?

Court Watch Montgomery issued it’s first major report (Oct. 2011)

2019-07-22T21:25:03-04:00October 3rd, 2011|Court Watch News, Domestic Violence Cases in Court, Domestic Violence Homicides, Domestic Violence Stories|

Protecting Victims of Domestic Violence in Montgomery County: Challenges and Opportunities with Protective and Peace Orders Court Watch Montgomery has released our first report analyzing data collected by volunteers in domestic violence protective order dockets

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