Caitlyn’s Courage Domestic Violence Pilot Program in Buncombe County

Buncombe County recently became one of nine Counties to become a part of a pilot program, Caitlyn’s Courage, aimed at providing greater protections for victims of domestic violence.  Buncombe County was invited to join the small number of pilot Counties when Chief District Court Judge Calvin Hill was contacted by program officials in early November.  After assessing initial interest in the program, Judge Hill requested Judge Patricia Young along with Judge Julie Kepple to lead the program into existence.  After a few meetings organized by Judge Young to clarify initial implementation issues, the program came into existence.  Judge Hill signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on December 21, 2020 and forwarded it to program headquarters where it was approved.  Buncombe County began using the electronic monitoring system on January 4, 2021.  This system is designed to give victims greater notice when abusers are in their vicinity.