February 2012 Statistics

In the month of February 2012…

DC DV Court Watch Project volunteers sat in on 195 CPO cases.

Where the gender of the parties was recorded:

Petitioners: 137 females29 males, 1 transgender; petitioners were female in 82% of the cases.

Respondents: 52 females, 120 males; respondents were male in 70% of the cases.

Where the perceived race of the parties was recorded:

Petitioners: 118 black/African American, 8 white, 8 Hispanic

Respondents: 101 black/African American, 8 white, 11 Hispanic

The racial break-down of cases recorded for parties were disproportionately African-American Volunteers recorded 86% Black, 6% White, 7% Hispanic.

Where the relationship of the parties in the cases was recorded:

59 previously dated or were romantically involved,

12 were relatives,

11 were roommates,

6 involved stalking, where in which, there was not necessarily a prior relationship.

Petitioners were filing for Civil Protection Orders based on incidents of intimate partner violence (IPV) in approximately 67% of cases.

Where the outcomes of the cases were recorded:

Dismissals

Dismissed With Prejudice: 1 (requested by Petitioner);

Dismissed Without Prejudice: 42 (25 of which were because Petitioner was absent)

CPOs

53 granted (34 were through consent orders, 18 were default because Respondent did not appear, and 4 were in contested hearings);

1 denied (in contested hearing)

Continuances

69 granted (20 of which were because no service of process had occurred, and 13 due to trailing criminal case)

Breakdown of outcomes in CPO hearings recorded by volunteers.

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