KEY POINTS:

  • Judges interface directly with victims and perpetrators: they must consider both the safety of victims and the legal rights of perpetrators.
  • Orders that best protect victims, witnesses and communities are those that are drafted by judges in light of context, history and pattern of violence within the relationship between the victim and the perpetrator.
  • Communication among judiciary and probation teams is critical as it helps safeguard the immediate physical safety of the victims, as well as provides crucial follow-through so that they can remain safely in their communities.

Judges are committed to both the safety of the victim and the legal rights of the perpetrator; they ensure that the safety of victims is paramount, that perpetrators are held accountable, and that justice is served. By identifying and working with the judiciary and probation, the DVHRT can dramatically decrease fatalities through the collection and sharing of information relevant to the context of a case. This collaborative work keeps victims safe within their communities, and ensures that others within the community do not become casualties of domestic violence.