On February 24th, Monroe County implemented the Protection Order Registry (POR) / Odyssey CMS interface. The POR / Odyssey interface allows transactions that are processed in one system to be automatically updated in the other system. The interface increases productivity and eliminates duplicate data entry.
In addition to implementing the interface, the office of the Circuit Court has partnered with the Monroe County Prosecutor’s Office, I.U. School of Social Works, I.U. Protective Order Project and The Middle Way House. Working together, trained advocates assist victims when they apply for a protective order. Each day the Clerk’s office is staffed with a representative from one of these agencies. As a result of this collaboration, petitions are completed electronically via the POR Advocate Access and printed on-site for the petitioner to review and sign. With the official filing of the petition with the court, the electronic petition that was created with the help of the trained advocate will be imported into the Registry to initiate a case in the POR without dual data entry. An additional benefit is that a copy of the petition is attached to the case in the Registry for judges and law enforcement to view if and when needed. With the implementation of the POR / Odyssey interface, a case is also created in Odyssey from the information that the trained advocate entered into the POR Advocate Access application without additional data entry.
Monroe County is a model for other counties, and with this innovative partnership they are providing improved services to victims of domestic violence!