August and September 2012 Statistics

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, 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,

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

19 had a child in common,

had a partner in common,

11 were relatives,

13 were roommates.

 

Where the outcomes of the cases were recorded:

Dismissals

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)

CPOs

41 granted (33 were through consent orders or default because Respondent did not appear, and 8 were in contested hearings);

denied (in contested hearing)

Continuances

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)

 

Thank you for your continued interest in and support of the DC Domestic Violence Court Watch Project! Please email kvandertuig@dcsafe.org if you are interested in getting involved. Check back in very soon to see our mid-year report on all data collected!

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