Published: July, 2013| Janelle Kendall, Ann Cofell, Kim Salitros

In 2009, the Stearns County Domestic Violence Partnership opened the nation’s first repeat felony domestic violence court. While offenders are identified as appropriate for the Domestic Violence Felony Court, victims have access to community based victim services, victim assistance available through the county attorney, and a legal aid attorney. The Stearns County Domestic Violence partnership includes legal aid services to provide civil legal services for victims and their children. Janelle Kendall explains why these services are such an important component in the operation of the court. Co-presenters discuss what they provide to victims and how these services have increased the safety and well-being of victims.