The Criminal Justice System Responds to Domestic Violence Abusers

Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., and Chief District Court Judge Martha Rasin Address Various Members of the Criminal Justice System

April 4, 2000

The Attorney General’s and Lt. Governor’s Family Violence Council will host a one-day town hall meeting from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 5, 2000 at the Ten Oaks Ballroom in Clarksville, Maryland. The meeting is being organized by the Domestic Violence Abuser Research Collaborative of the Family Violence Council. More than 100 individuals from various criminal justice systems are expected to attend. Attorney General Curran will speak at 9:15 a.m. and Chief Judge Rasin at 10:00 a.m.

The town hall meeting will allow abuser intervention programs, victims’ advocates, state’s attorneys, law enforcement, court commissioners, parole and probation agents and judges from around the state to share tactics that the criminal justice system uses to maximize the effective and efficient use of community resources to reduce and prevent family violence and hold abusers accountable. There will be a demonstration of an abuser’s intervention group session, panel presentations and the opportunity for the audience to share how, through a coordinated community response, they respond to domestic violence abusers.

"In order for us to continue having an impact on reducing and preventing domestic violence, there must be ongoing coordination and collaboration between all segments of the criminal justice community," said Attorney General Curran. "This town meeting brings those segments together to ensure that domestic violence abusers are criminally accountable for their actions." Lt. Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend Co-chair of the Council said, "Abuse is a family tragedy, and we must do all that we can to end the horrible cycle of violence. We must do everything we can to prevent family violence, to intervene when violence occurs, and to hold abusers accountable for their devastating actions."

Additional highlights include dynamic presentations by Dr. Chris Murphy, Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Maryland, Baltimore County and Coordinator of New Behaviors Program in Columbia, Maryland, Videtta Brown, Director, Domestic Violence Unit of the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office, Corporal David Thomas, Montgomery County Police Department, David Weissert, Coordinator of Commissioner Activity for Maryland, Pat Campbell, Victim Advocate of Heartly House in Frederick, Peggy Araya, Division of Parole and Probation and Olga Butler Ceasar from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board.

Members of the media will be given access to the morning session.

Media inquiries: Sean Caine (410) 576-6357