October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. Family & Children’s Services is proud to announce a brand new program dedicated to combating domestic violence in our community. Victoria Lowe, F&CS Case Manager, explains this new program called Tulsa County Integrated Domestic Violence Court (“Tulsa County IDV Court” or “IDV Court”).
Q: Why did the program begin?
A: The program was created for Tulsa County District Court to assess its current approaches to domestic violence cases. Through a collaborative effort with its stakeholders, the Court will focus first on misdemeanor domestic violence cases between intimate partners as well as any related protective order cases. The hallmark of the program is systematic judicial monitoring of DV offenders in partnership with local agencies and providers.
Q: Is this new to Tulsa or a continuation of partner efforts?
A: The IDV Court is a new program to Tulsa pursuant to a grant awarded in 2013 from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women.
Q: Who are our partners?
A: Partners of the IDV Court are Family & Children’s Services, Family Safety Center, and the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Department. The Planning and Development Team includes those listed above as well as to the Tulsa County District Attorney, Tulsa County Public Defender, DVIS, Tulsa Police Department and a member of the private defense bar.
Q: Who is on staff for the program?
A: I [Victoria Lowe] was hired as the IDV Court Case Manager and began the position on September 22, 2014. My responsibilities include collecting data for tracking and reporting purposes to improve case accountability, monitoring offender compliance of court orders, and providing background information to the judge about DV cases.
Q: Where will your office be located?
A: At the Tulsa County Courthouse in Suite 607.
Q: What is the program goal and a little more information about what you will be doing?
A: The Tulsa County IDV Court will operate as a specialized part of the Tulsa County District Court. The IDV Court is dedicated to the idea of streamlined processes for victims, offender accountability, and due process for all litigants. The IDV Court was designed to enhance victim safety through case consolidation of eligible cases and case coordination. The IDV Court’s objectives are to:
- Promote informed judicial decision making by obtaining comprehensive and up to date information on all issues involving the offender and family
- Promote victim safety through the elimination of conflicting orders and diligent monitoring of offender compliance with court orders
- Encourage a coordinated response and greater collaboration among criminal justice, child welfare agencies, and community-based groups who offer assistance and/or services to DV victims.
Learn more about protective orders HERE.
Learn about warning signs of Domestic Violence and what you can do to help yourself or a friend HERE.