WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Court Watch Montgomery Works To Protect Victims Of Domestic Violence

Play associated audio

An organization working to improve the effectiveness of protective orders against victims of domestic violence in Montgomery County has just released a report with a series of recommendations (pdf).

Over the past year, 25 volunteers with Court Watch Montgomery sat through several hundred hearings in circuit court involving domestic violence cases.

"We wanted to see what the process looked like from a victim's point of view," says Judy Whiton, one of the co-founders of the group. "We wanted to be assured that they felt safe in the courtroom."

Whiton says the volunteers heard some awful things, like how a pregnant victim was beaten by an offender. Whiton says fear is the common denominator for most of the victims.

Laurie Duker, the other co-founder, says it's important to get domestic violence victims to go to court in the first place to seek protective orders, as well as return. Her organization has issued a list of recommendations that promote this.

"We ask judges to tell offenders that it's a crime to violate an order and if they violate them they can go to jail," Duker says. "We ask judges to hold offenders for 15 minutes, so a victim can walk safely without to her car or the bus."

These recommendations are discretionary, but Duker says they are optimistic because there are "a lot of good judges in Montgomery County," but adds: "There's a saying, 'You can't push a robe.'"

WAMU 88.5

The Role Of Music In Presidential Campaigns

Presidential candidates today frequently use popular pieces of music as campaign "theme songs"...often without approval from the musicians themselves. But using music on the campaign trail is not a modern phenomenon: it goes back to our earliest presidential elections. In the 1800s songs were used out of necessity: to reach potential voters who could not read. We investigate the history, evolution, and modern-day role of music in political campaigns.

NPR

From Dock To Dish: A New Model Connects Chefs To Local Fishermen

Prominent chefs are signing up for restaurant-supported fisheries: They commit to buying fresh-caught seafood, whatever the species, from local small fishermen. A pilot program launched in California.

WAMU 88.5

The Role Of Music In Presidential Campaigns

Presidential candidates today frequently use popular pieces of music as campaign "theme songs"...often without approval from the musicians themselves. But using music on the campaign trail is not a modern phenomenon: it goes back to our earliest presidential elections. In the 1800s songs were used out of necessity: to reach potential voters who could not read. We investigate the history, evolution, and modern-day role of music in political campaigns.

NPR

Yahoo CEO To Take Limited Leave After Giving Birth To Twins

NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Slate DoubleX Gabfest's Hanna Rosin about Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's decision to take just two weeks worth of parental leave after having twins in December.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.