First Lady Judge Katie O'Malley Participates in National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence Workshop

Joins colleagues from across the country to share knowledge and foster better judicial practices for domestic violence cases

ANNAPOLIS, MD (February 14, 2011) – This week, First Lady Judge Katie O’Malley joins judges and experts from across the nation to participate in the National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence (NJIDV) “Enhancing Judicial Skills in Domestic Violence Cases” workshop in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The workshop, a judicial education program, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women, the Family Violence Prevention Fund, and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. Judge O’Malley serves as a seminar leader to help facilitate discussions and share knowledge on best practices for domestic violence-related cases.

“I am so honored to join my colleagues from across the nation to help raise awareness about domestic violence and help create better practices in the courtroom,” said Judge O’Malley. “As a judge, I have seen the tragic results of these cases far too many times. For every person that lives the horrifying reality of domestic violence, the pain extends beyond the walls of a home, weakening our schools, communities, and our nation. The work we are doing this week will help us all better protect victims and their families in domestic violence cases.”

Founded in 1998, the NJIDV brings together various professionals and experts including judges, attorneys, advocates, academics, mental health experts, social scientists, child experts, elder abuse experts, and community leaders to create programs for the judiciary. The Institute works to enhance knowledge and skills of trial court judges and judicial officers. The workshop settings are based on peer-to-peer learning models that involve all participants equally and actively.

“Judges know best what judges need to learn,” said Michael Runner, Family Violence Prevention Fund Director of Legal Programs. “Judge O’Malley is a great participant and person, and we are happy that she has volunteered her time to come and teach her colleagues on how to do a better job in domestic violence cases.”

The First Lady has been a steadfast advocate for the rights of victims of domestic violence. For years, she has served in the fight to end domestic violence, participating in several House of Ruth functions and giving lectures both in Maryland and overseas. In March 2009, Judge O’Malley spoke in Washington, DC as a guest of the U.S. State Department on women’s rights in America and domestic violence. The following May, she traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia to speak to students of Leningrad State University on the effects of domestic violence on women internationally.

In Maryland, Judge O’Malley joined Governor O’Malley and Lt. Governor Brown to support and successfully pass legislation to remove firearms from the hands of domestic abusers. She continues to visit public and private schools, colleges and universities, and organizations around the state to promote domestic violence awareness for all families and children. In October 2010, the Governor’s Office for Crime Control and Prevention awarded approximately $2.17 million in FY 2010 Services. Training. Officers. Prosecutors Violence Against Women Act (STOP VAWA) funding to 65 grantees.

Please visit the First Lady’s new page on her web site for additional resources. For more information on the NJIDV project, please contact Jennifer Talancon at jtalancon@ncjfcj.org, call (775) 784-1662 or visit www.njidv.org.

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About the Office on Violence Against Women
                      
The mission of the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) is to provide federal leadership to reduce violence against women, and to administer justice for and strengthen services to all victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. This is accomplished by developing and supporting the capacity of state, local, tribal, and non-profit entities involved in responding to violence against women.

For more information on the Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women, please visit http://www.usdoj.gov/ovw

About the Family Violence Prevention Fund

The Family Violence Prevention Fund works to prevent violence within the home, and in the community, to help those whose lives are devastated by violence because everyone has the right to live free of violence. For more than two decades, the Family Violence Prevention Fund (FVPF) has worked to end violence against women and children around the world. Instrumental in developing the landmark Violence Against Women Act passed by Congress in 1994, the FVPF has continued to break new ground by reaching new audiences including men and youth, promoting leadership within communities to ensure that violence prevention efforts become self-sustaining, and transforming the way health care providers, police, judges, employers and others address domestic violence. 

For more information on the Family Violence Prevention Fund, please visit http://www.endabuse.org

About the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

The objective of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges is that all judges who hear juvenile, family and domestic violence cases have the knowledge, skills and commitment to achieve positive outcomes in their courts and communities. NCJFCJ's Family Violence Department works with courts and communities to create safety and justice for victims of domestic violence and their children. 

For more information on the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, please visit http://www.ncjfcj.org


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