Volunteer – help protect our neighbors!
Help us make Montgomery County courts places where domestic violence victims are safe, respected, and receive efficient and effective protection. We want to ensure that offenders are treated to reduce re-abuse and all visitation arrangements are safe and secure. Please scroll down to learn more about our volunteer opportunities. We need your help!
Volunteer Application Form:
- Fill out online Application Form OR
- Download Application Form and mail to Volunteer Training Coordinator, Eileen Bernstein, at 2418 Henslowe Drive, Rockville, MD 20854.
Monitor protective order or domestic violence criminal hearings
Observe restraining order hearings between intimate partners from 8:30 am until as late as noon in one of three courthouses. We ask each volunteer to commit to working two mornings each month. Fill out a “questionnaire” on each case to create a body of information about how domestic violence cases are handled in Montgomery County’s courts.
Investigate domestic violence court files & listen to hearing CDs
Investigate court records to obtain quotes from domestic violence victims from their court applications, fill in data missed in hearings, help with specific research studies. Transcribe parts of important hearings from CDs.
Help build our website – educate, disseminate promising judicial practices & enable other court watches
Help keep our community up to date and disseminate important news.
Assist with our intern program
Help us guide students effectively so they further our goals and do meaningful work.
Write case studies
Develop written descriptions of intimate partner violence cases based on court documents that show, in anecdotal form, strengths and weaknesses of the county courts’ approach to legally protecting victims of domestic violence.