The Stearns County Domestic Violence Court was recently recognized by the U.S. Office of Violence Against Women as a “mentor court.” The designation means other jurisdictions could learn useful lessons from how Stearns County runs their program.
The Star Tribune has the story.
The court was created six years ago under the leadership of Stearns County Attorney Janelle Kendall. It oversees about 509 felony domestic abusers at a time. The most serious offenders are the cases flagged for review. Offenders attend weekly hearings and a special surveillance officer monitors the men’s whereabouts. The main goal organizers say is to enforce rules and court orders that domestic abusers so often ignore and to keep the men from injuring or even killing their partners.
“This is homicide prevention,” said Kendall.