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17th Judicial Circuit Domestic Violence Coordinated Courts, Winnebago County (DVCC)

The Winnebago County Domestic Violence Coordinated Courts (DVCC) were established in 2012 as one of the nation’s first coordinated courts, funded by a grant from the Department of Justice/Office on Violence Against Women. Under the supervision of Presiding Judge Rosemary Collins, the primary focus of the DVCC is victim safety and offender accountability. The DVCC is comprised of a dedicated domestic violence criminal court and a dedicated domestic violence civil court, which hear all levels and types of intimate-partner related criminal and civil cases. Grant funds have been utilized to enhance victim advocacy opportunities within the court setting, to streamline offender accountability and compliance monitoring practices, and to provide intensive training to judicial and court staff. Judges and staff assigned to the DVCC have attended extensive national training on domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking.

Winnebago County was awarded a Specialized Court Enhancement grant award in the amount of $300,000 to continue the work of the DVCC in late 2013. Funding has supported efforts focusing on intimate-partner sexual abuse, enhanced victim advocacy and safety, expansion of the DVCC to include domestic violence related parentage cases and improving the response to custody and visitation issues.  The DVCC continues to engage in evidence based practices that have included Probation Group Reporting, real-time data sharing across disciplines and post-hearing victim advocacy.  Project partners are currently working on a process to allow for access to orders of protection outside of normal courthouse operating hours.

The Winnebago County DVCC is staffed by a Project Manager and a Case Docket/Resource Coordinator. Grant funds also support the employment of a full-time Victim Service Provider, employed through the State’s Attorney’s Office, and a part-time Legal Victim Advocate, employed through Remedies Renewing Lives, both of whom work in the Domestic Violence Assistance Center located in the lower-level of the Winnebago County Courthouse.

Orders of Protection

The DVCC hears over 1,100 requests for emergency protection each calendar year. Emergency orders of protection are heard during business hours each day that the courthouse is open. Specialized procedures for assigning orders of protection to appropriate courtrooms have been implemented to promote offender accountability, victim safety and informed judicial decision-making in an effort to reduce conflicting orders affecting the same litigants and/or family.  Assistance with orders of protection is provided at the Domestic Violence Assistance Center (DVAC), the Circuit Clerk’s Office, the Law Library Self-Help Center, or through legal counsel. Assistance may also be available through the Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic or Prairie State Legal Services.


The City of Rockford participated in “Shining the Light on Domestic Violence” during October, Domestic Violence Awareness month, by lighting the Morgan Street bridge purple.


DVCC Project Partners

-Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office

-Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office

-Winnebago County Adult Probation

-Winnebago County Circuit Clerk’s Offic

-Rockford City Police Department

-17th Judicial Circuit Family Violence Coordinating Council

-Remedies Renewing Lives

-Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic

-Prairie State Legal Services

-Children’s Safe Harbor

-Rockford Sexual Assault Counseling, Inc.

-Rockford Rescue Mission

-Visiting Nurses Association


Domestic Violence Mentor Court Initiative

In late 2014, the Winnebago County DVCC was designated by the Office on Violence Against Women to serve as one of six national Domestic Violence Mentor Courts. The Winnebago County DVCC was awarded a two year grant in the amount of $91,222, which will allow the 17th Judicial Circuit DVCC to host site visits, share specialized practices and procedures, enhance current services, and assist with the planning and development of the Domestic Violence Court Summit.  Funds also support the addition of a part-time Case Docket/Resource Coordinator to staff the domestic violence criminal court to assist with offender compliance monitoring and the coordination of order of protection cases.

For questions regarding the Winnebago County Domestic Violence Coordinated Courts, please contact Jessica Maveus, Project Manager, and 815-516-2474, or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Helpful Links:

Remedies Renewing Lives (Domestic Violence Shelter/Services)

National Domestic Violence Hotline (24 hour Help):

17th Judicial Circuit Family Violence Coordinating Council:

Children’s Safe Harbor (Safe Visitation Exchange/Supervised Visitaion):

Resource Materials:    

DVCC Community Resource Guide
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