Opportunities for Educators

Encourage praxis by incorporating service learning into your course requirements. The CourtWatch Project provides students the opportunity to observe court proceedings while contributing to systems advocacy aimed at improving the process for survivors of domestic violence in Washington, DC.

The Court Watch Project is a volunteer-staffed project in which court proceedings in the Domestic Violence Unit at DC Superior Court are monitored.  That information is published for the court, the Bar, and the public to ensure transparency and to give victims a greater voice in how the court processes domestic violence cases. Find out more about our published reports on our Reporting Back page or follow our latest updates on the CourtWatch Blog.

Volunteers will attend court in the Domestic Violence Unit of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia to observe Civil Protection Order cases and record case outcomes using a tablet provided by DC SAFE. This data will then be analyzed for a report. Volunteering for this project will be an important contribution to a project enhancing access to justice.

Volunteer shifts occur in two-and-a-half hour blocks Monday through Friday from 9:30am until 4:00pm. Volunteers must be over the age of 18 to participate.

CourtWatch Project Staff are available for on-campus training sessions. If you would like to incorporate the CourtWatch Project into your curriculum, please complete this inquiry form.

Interested fields of study: Legal Studies, Criminology, Criminal Justice, Sociology, Women’s Studies, Social Work.

For more information e-mail safevolunteers@dcsafe.org