In the month of March 2012…
DC DV Court Watch Project volunteers sat in on 301 CPO cases.
Where the gender of the parties was recorded:
Petitioners: 197 females, 49 males. Petitioners were female in 80% of the cases
Respondents: 59 females, 184 males. Respondents were male in 76% of the cases.
Where the perceived race of the parties was recorded:
Petitioners: 180 black/African American, 11 white, 13 Hispanic, 1 “other”
Respondents: 163 black/African American, 7 white, 12 Hispanic, 1 “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):
34 were married,
115 previously dated or were romantically involved,
5 involved stalking, where in which, there was not necessarily a prior relationship,
31 had a child in common,
11 had a partner in common,
16 were relatives,
10 were roommates.
Where the outcomes of the cases were recorded:
Dismissed With Prejudice: 0,
Dismissed Without Prejudice: 92 (60 of which were because Petitioner was absent, 3 of which were due to failure of service multiple times, and 25 of which were at Petitioner’s request–often because of failure to serve Respondent)
91 granted (79 were through consent orders or default because Respondent did not appear, and 12 were in contested hearings);
1 denied (in contested hearing)
107 granted (36 of which were because no service of process had occurred, 19 of which were at Petitioner’s request, 9 of which were at Respondents request, 11 of which were ordered by the judge, and 22 due to trailing criminal case)