New Family Domestic Violence Court introduced by Allen Superior Court

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WANE on 3/27/2023 by Rex Smith

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — The eighth and newest problem-solving court was introduced at the Allen County Courthouse on Monday.

Allen Superior Court’s Family Relations Division announced it is now provisionally certified for a Family Domestic Violence Court.

Heading the press conference was Judge Lori Morgan, who will hear all domestic violence court cases.

Judge Morgan said this new court program is the first of its kind in Indiana because it marries domestic violence and the family aspect of it that often doesn’t get looked at it domestic violence cases.

“We’ve really come up with a good process that we feel will be beneficial for families and children in our community,” she said. “We are so excited about the opportunities that will be offered to children and families in Fort Wayne.”

This new problem-solving court is backed by a panel of experts and stakeholders who’ve been meeting for months, coming up with the the right type of services that will help children who witness domestic violence in their home, and aims to help avoid seeing repeat offenders in court.