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FAMILY VIOLENCE COURT

A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DIVERSION PROGRAM

Addressing Victim and Offender Needs

FAMILY VIOLENCE: A Look At The Problem

Family Violence comes in many forms. It is not limited to spouse on spouse.

The two key factors involved in this crime are the relationship between victim and offender and an act of violence.

It has been twenty years since the Ohio General Assembly first enacted the Ohio Domestic Violence Act. In recent years domestic violence arrests have inundated the dockets of courts throughout Ohio. In 1996 there were 1,536 domestic violence cases filed in Akron Municipal Court. In 2000 there were 2,125 domestic violence cases filed.

The Family Violence Court is a domestic violence diversion program, the only one of its kind in Ohio, and one of very few throughout the country. The Family Violence Court was made possible from a grant from the Office of Criminal Justice Services. It was created through the joint efforts of the municipal court's probation department and Oriana House, Inc., the Akron prosecutors office, the Summit County prosecutors office, Victim Assistance, Battered Women's Shelter and the Akron Police Department.

Judge Kathryn Michael presides over this court. Offenders who enter this program are required to complete a twenty-six week violence cessation program, as well as case management, one year of probation and other treatment as needed.

For more information contact Probation Officer Jill Forster at (330) 375-2760 or by fax at (330)375-2392.

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The Honorable Kathryn Michael
Presides over the Family Violence Court
 

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