Court Watch Committee

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Goal: FVTFs should create a committee to enhance information sharing and improve domestic violence system processes within their local community.

Objectives:

1. FVTFs should track domestic violence cases as they move through the system and observe and record points at which cases might fall through the cracks of the system.

  • FVTFs should create a court watch program for their local judicial system. The following are questions that could be considered during a court watch program:
  • Are batterers being ordered to FVIP, anger management, or nothing at all?
  • Are ex parte orders and Temporary Protective Orders accessible to victims?
  • Are repeat offenders being sentenced accordingly?
  • Are Judges asking batterers to surrender their firearms?

Court Watch Resources:

      WATCH

      Court Watch Montgomery

  • FVTFs should consider conducting a safety audit. In depth information about safety audits can be found at Praxis International.

2. FVTFs should use the results of the court watch program and/or safety model to develop information-sharing protocols for agencies involved in responding to domestic violence.

3. FVTFs should consistently evaluate the effect and impact the protocols have on family violence victims.

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