In October and November 2012, DC DV Court Watch Project volunteers sat in on 224 CPO cases.
Where the gender of the parties was recorded:
Petitioners: 167 females, 33 males. Petitioners were female in 84% of the cases;
Respondents: 51females, 118 males. Respondents were male in 70% of the cases.
Where the perceived race of the parties was recorded:
Petitioners: 162 black/African American, 9 white, 9 Hispanic, 0 Asian, 0“other”
Respondents: 119 black/African American, 8 white, 8 Hispanic, 0 Asian, 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):
22 were married,
48 previously dated or were romantically involved,
3 involved stalking, where in which, there was not necessarily a prior relationship,
38 had a child in common,
6 had a partner in common,
22 were relatives,
13 were roommates.
Where the outcomes of the cases were recorded:
Dismissed With Prejudice: 5,
Dismissed Without Prejudice: 50 ( 22 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)
70 granted (64 were through consent orders or default because Respondent did not appear, and 6 were in contested hearings);
1 denied (in contested hearing)
94 granted (39 of which were because no service of process had occurred, 13 of which were at Petitioner’s request, 37 of which were ordered by the judge, and 5 due to trailing criminal case)
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