Courts in Montgomery County, Md., a suburb of Washington, D.C., are launching a new program to safeguard domestic abuse victims, reports Legal Times. The pilot project will allow victims to file to temporary protective orders without ever stepping foot in court, where they can be at risk of being attacked by their abusers.
The victims will be able to file from the Montgomery County Family Justice Center, and have judges hear their requests via a video link to the courthouse. Judge Ben Clyburn says there have been several instances where women were killed by their abusers at or near couthouses in Maryland. “The period of time where the victim is trying to escape, to get to the courts for that initial protection, is the most dangerous, because that's the time the abuser knows they're about to lose control,” Clyburn said.