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North Dakota's first domestic violence court aims for easier accountability Wednesday, October 23, 2019

G.F. Herald

Grand Forks County’s domestic violence court marked more than a year of operation on Tuesday, Oct. 22.

A series of speakers at the county’s administrative building outlined how the court works and how well it has been working since it got up and running in August 2018. It’s the first court of its kind in North Dakota.

According to Community Violence Intervention Center staff, the court doesn’t necessarily mean fewer repeat offenders, but it makes it easier for offenders to get in -- and stay accountable to -- “offender programming,” such as New Choices, a program that aims to help offenders understand more about domestic abuse, reflect on themselves and use better relationship skills.

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