Fifty-fifth district court judge Tom Boyd announced Monday the new Fast Track for Domestic Violence Program. Through it the 55th District Court is cracking down on domestic abuse defendants with tougher rules and speeding domestic abuse cases through court. Now all domestic abuse defendants will be ordered to have no contact with the victim or witnesses, to get rid of any dangerous weapons, and to stay away from alcohol in order to be released on bond. Plus all pretrials will be set within three weeks of arraignment.
This program started October 1st in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Judge Boyd says, "The community needs to know that we are working to stop domestic violence. Domestic violence is one of the most prevalent and significant issues courts face. It is a crime that has the potential to escalate to lethal levels when the criminal justice system does not appropriately intervene." As for how prevalent Domestic Violence is, Judge Boyd says 20 percent of cases in the 55Th District court are domestic violence cases.
If you are a victim of domestic violence there is help. You can call the National Domestic Violence Hot line at 1-800-799-SAFE.