In the months of April and May 2012…
DC DV Court Watch Project volunteers sat in on 288 CPO cases.
Where the gender of the parties was recorded:
Petitioners: 184 females, 40 males. Petitioners were female in 82% of the cases;
Respondents: 53 females, 168 males. Respondents were male in 76% of the cases.
Where the perceived race of the parties was recorded:
Petitioners: 150 black/African American, 10 white, 9 Hispanic, 3 Asian, 0 “other”
Respondents: 138 black/African American, 6 white, 11 Hispanic, 2 Asian, 0 “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):
39 were married,
89 previously dated or were romantically involved,
0 involved stalking, where in which, there was not necessarily a prior relationship,
44 had a child in common,
8 had a partner in common,
20 were relatives,
13 were roommates.
Where the outcomes of the cases were recorded:
Dismissed With Prejudice: 1,
Dismissed Without Prejudice: 114 (82 of which were because Petitioner was absent, 4 of which were due to failure of service multiple times, and 28 of which were at Petitioner’s request–often because of failure to serve Respondent)
86 granted (81 were through consent orders or default because Respondent did not appear, and 5 were in contested hearings);
4 denied (in contested hearing)
59 granted (27 of which were because no service of process had occurred, 14 of which were at Petitioner’s request, 6 of which were ordered by the judge, and 12 due to trailing criminal case)
You may notice in looking at this data that volunteers observed significantly fewer cases in the months of April and May than in previous months. This is partially due to the fact that many of our volunteers are students who are not in Washington, DC for the summer. The other reason that this is the case is because we have begun to stress more pointedly that the quality (i.e. a completely and accurately filled out form) is more important to the accuracy and richness of the data set and analysis than the quantity of cases recorded. Our volunteers have been doing an excellent job of ensuring that all possible data that can be collected is reflected correctly and fully on the form. You will notice that the proportion of data about the cases relative to the number of cases recorded by volunteers in April and May is much higher than in previous months.
Thank you for your continued interest in and support of the DC Domestic Violence Court Watch Project! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in getting involved.