Domestic Violence Court in South Texas helps offenders

Staff Writer

EDINBURG, Texas (AP) — After a physical altercation with her ex-wife, a 29-year-old single mom found herself with two options: she could face up to a year in county jail or apply to take part in Domestic Violence Court.
The Monitor reports Mary, who at the time was facing a charge of assault causing bodily injury, chose the latter, and last month joined three others to become the first graduates of Hidalgo County's newest specialty court. The Monitor is not using Mary's real name for her protection.
On a Wednesday afternoon in late March, Mary walked across a makeshift stage in County Court-at-Law No. 1 as "Pomp and Circumstance" played in the background. She was there to receive a plaque from County Court-at-Law Judge Rodolfo "Rudy" Gonzalez...To read more, please refer to our print or online edition.