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47th Dist. Judge Marla Parker Earns Domestic Violence Prevention Award

47th Dist. Judge Marla Parker Earns Domestic Violence Prevention Award

Farmington, Farmington Hills, MI – 47th District Court Judge Marla Parker recently received the 2020 Oakland County Domestic Violence Prevention Award.  She was honored because of her dedication to protecting survivors of domestic violence and holding abusers accountable.

Judge Marla Parker presides over the 47th District Court serving Farmington and Farmington Hills.  She has worked tirelessly as an advocate for domestic violence victims and was the driving force behind the entire staff at the Court being trained in domestic violence awareness and prevention.

She is an active member of the High Risk Response Team (HRRT or Heart Team) of Farmington Hills/Farmington.  This multidisciplinary group includes representatives from the Farmington Hills Police Department, City of Farmington Department of Public Safety, HAVEN, Call to Action Coalition, Mai Family Services, Oakland University, Jewish Family Services, Farmington Public Schools, Beaumont Hospital, State and City prosecutors, and the 47th District Court.  Heart Team members meet regularly to pursue education, share resources, and establish practices to identify high risk situations with the goal of preventing the tragedy of domestic violence.

Judge Parker plays a key role in the group and is committed to preventing intimate partner homicide and improving life and safety for all survivors of domestic violence in the community.  She champions this cause with fellow District Court Judges by promoting the need for similar coordinated community response teams in surrounding cities throughout Oakland County.

“Judge Parker is dedicated to keeping survivors safe in every single domestic violence case that appears in her courtroom,” said Colleen Monaghan, First Response/Court Advocate for HAVEN.  “She is a powerful force against domestic violence both inside and outside the courtroom.  Judge Parker makes it clear that her biggest priority is the safety of survivors and their families above all else.”

Judge Parker requires that victims speak to an advocate at HAVEN to learn about resources that are available and to develop a safety plan.  HAVEN is an Oakland County program that provides shelter, counseling, advocacy, and education for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Previous story:  Farmington Hills Domestic Violence Prevention Serves as Model for Other Cities (Oct. 10, 2019)

For more information about domestic violence prevention, go to https://www.haven-oakland.org/.

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