Jay E. Town, U.S. Attorney
Northern District of Alabama
Louis V. Franklin, Sr., U.S. Attorney
Middle District of Alabama
Richard W. Moore, U.S. Attorney
Southern District of Alabama
I want to share with you several resources that might assist you and your networks respond to the increase in domestic violence incidents that many communities are seeing in Alabama and around the country. While many workplaces in our community are suspending or decreasing operations, it’s imperative that access to justice for victims remains open and unrestricted in order to protect victims from violence. The Alabama Administrative Office of Courts has encouraged all courts to take full advantage of technology to create opportunities for victims and advocates to safely engage with court personnel to seek protection and assistance. Many courts around the Northern District of Alabama are utilizing video conference hearings between court personnel with victims and advocates. Also, many courts are utilizing e-filing and e-mailing of petitions to ensure that they are exercising all possible means to be sensitive and responsive to victims and public safety. If your local jurisdiction is having difficulties in responding to the evolving environment created by COVID-19, please let me know. Federal agencies and local community foundations have created funding opportunities and best practice guides to assist courts navigate through the atmosphere created by COVID-19. And, our office would like to assist and support the efforts of any of our partners that are in need of improved access for victims of crime.
Today, US Attorney Jay Town shares his thoughts on the commitment that the justice system must demonstrate to victims during this time - Too many victims of domestic abuse are sheltering in a crime scene.
The Office of Violence Against Women highlights several of the accommodations that local courts have implemented to continue to protect victims of violence - Courts, Police and Advocates Use Technology During Pandemic to Help Prevent Domestic Violence.
The National Network for Safe Communities discuss ways to protect victims of violence - Intimate Partner Violence in the Context of COVID-19.
Assistant United States Attorney
United States Attorney's Office - Northern District of Alabama
1801 4th Avenue North
Birmingham, AL 35203