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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Domestic Violence Division Created in Cook County

Some changes are planned in Chicagoland courts for the New Year.  From the Chicago Tribune:

The chief judge of Cook County Circuit Court is creating a domestic violence division to try to improve communication among judges and ensure that abuse victims don't fall through the cracks.

Chief Judge Timothy Evans said he favors other recommendations made by a task force -- such as hiring new judges, strengthening sanctions against offenders and improving the intake of victims who turn to the court system for help. But he said he held off on those reforms until he gets more feedback from key players in the court system.

"There are no easy answers, but I want to make people safer," Evans said Tuesday.

The reforms come nearly a year after the Tribune found that certain victims had been killed by their abusers in spite of seeking legal protection and that less than one-sixth of domestic-violence cases brought each year in Cook County result in convictions.

Under the new domestic violence division to be launched in mid-January, all judges who handle domestic violence-related cases will report to a single presiding judge, Evans said.

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Better laws against domestic violence are absolutely necessary! The death rates from domestic violence increase every year and there is no excuse. These women, men, and children absolutely need better protection. That is why the amazing woman I work for Marala Scott has written her memoir In Our House to share the horrific stories of the domestic violence expericenced first hand by her family. In Our House is a chilling and eye opening story and everyone should read and share. It describes in great detail how bad and dangerous domestic violence can be! Also the book has lead Marala to create the Indicators of an Abuser which are listed on the book website. I strongly encourage everyone to check out the website and book and to pass the information along to everyone they know! Lets get the word out and try to prevent domestic violence from happening in the first place!

Posted by: CarrieT | Jan 7, 2010 1:13:20 PM

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