DC DV Court Watch Project volunteers sat in on 132 CPO cases.
Where the gender of the parties was recorded:
Petitioners: 89 females, 24 males. Petitioners were female in 78% of the cases;
Respondents: 35 females, 79 males. Respondents were male in 69% of the cases.
Where the perceived race of the parties was recorded:
Petitioners: 85 black/African American, 11 white, 2 Hispanic, 1 Asian, 7“other”
Respondents: 86 black/African American, 11 white, 0 Hispanic, 1 Asian, 13 “other”
The racial break-down of cases recorded for parties were disproportionately African-American.
Where the relationship of the parties in the cases was recorded (with some overlap):
21 were married,
39 previously dated or were romantically involved,
7 involved stalking, where in which, there was not necessarily a prior relationship,
19 had a child in common,
5 had a partner in common,
11 were relatives,
13 were roommates.
Where the outcomes of the cases were recorded:
Dismissed With Prejudice: 2,
Dismissed Without Prejudice: 29 ( 15 which were because Petitioner was absent, 2 of which were due to failure of service multiple times, and 8 of which were at Petitioner’s request–often because of failure to serve Respondent)
41 granted (33 were through consent orders or default because Respondent did not appear, and 8 were in contested hearings);
2 denied (in contested hearing)
47 granted (15 of which were because no service of process had occurred, 6 of which were at Petitioner’s request, 20 of which were ordered by the judge, and 6 due to trailing criminal case)
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