Courtroom volunteers keep eye on victims' interests
There are about 3,000 domestic violence cases ongoing in Kane County. Three thousand potential local victims of domestic abuses. Three thousand people who likely depend on the help of the court system to keep them safe.
But they need not depend solely on the system. A group of local volunteers has made its mission to keep an eye the court process itself, as a "watch dog," making sure legal proceedings are handled in the best interest those injured by the acts of domestic abuse.
Fox Valley Court Watch, established in 2010, works to provide an impartial assessment of the effectiveness with which domestic violence cases are handled in court, thereby promoting victim safety and abuser accountability.
“Historically, there's been a lot of mystique and mystery and misinformation,” said Jim Kintz of St. Charles, president of the Fox Valley Court Watch board of directors. “This [domestic abuse] is a crime and it should be prosecuted and judged that way.”
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