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Utah Lawmakers To Tackle Domestic Violence

Posted by familydynamics on January 21, 2008

Utah lawmakers will be examining measures that relates to domestic violence in this year’s legislative session. While I agree with what they are doing, I have a problem with them wanting stats concerning the relationship between the victim and the accuser.

* HB0247 Domestic Violence and Dating Violence Amendments, Rep. David Litvack, D-Salt Lake City. Would make victims of dating violence eligible for protective orders. Only cohabiting couples – those who are married or live together – and couples who were previously married or have children together are now able to get protective orders.


* HB0065 Crime of Strangulation or Smothering, Rep. Jennifer Seelig, D-Salt Lake City. Strangulation and smothering would be defined as a felony rather than having prosecutors determine whether to charge it as a misdemeanor or felony. Advocates say the crimes are among the final red flags in relationships that turn deadly.


* Protective Order – Crime of Inducing Breach, Scott McCoy, D-Salt Lake City. The bill would make it a class C misdemeanor to induce the breach of a protective order.
“I’ve had constituents call and say, ‘Fine, I’m trying to abide by my protective order, but [the petitioner] calls me, sends me something in the mail, e-mails me, and if I respond . . . I’m breaking the protective order,’ ” McCoy said.


* Protective Order Amendments, Rep. Lorie D. Fowlke, R-Orem. Judges would be required to hear the defense of an accused abuser before extending a 20-day “ex parte” protective order. The amendment would limit extensions even after a defense is presented to 180 days and give judges authority to appoint attorneys to represent children involved in protective orders.


* Law Enforcement Tracking of Domestic Violence Statistics, Sen. Jon J. Greiner, R-Orem. Departments from Utah’s 10 largest cities would be required to record details they find when they make domestic violence calls, particularly the relationship between the victim and the accused offender.

I am still a little puzzle over their emphasis on the relationship between the victim and the accused offender because most of the time if one has a relationship with the accused, their request for help usually do not receive much attention. What do you think?

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Drug Addicts Get ‘Cold Turkey’ Compensation

Posted by familydynamics on January 20, 2008

Do you think that a drug addict should be compensated because he/she had to go cold turkey while in prison? Well, that is exactly what is going on in Wales:

Thousands of pounds is being paid out in compensation to drug addict prisoners being forced to go cold turkey in Welsh jails, a Wales on Sunday investigation has revealed.

While many victims of crime receive paltry sums in compensation after the turmoil they have been through, the Prison Service is being forced to pay out to jailbirds having to go without drugs.

It followed claims the practice amounts to assault and a breach of human rights.

Almost £11,500 was paid out to three drug addicts in Cardiff and Parc prisons in the past year alone.

The sum paid to addicts was part of more than £50,000 paid out in compensation to prisoners in Welsh jails last year for a number of reasons.

The Ministry of Justice said they had to settle a number of compensation claims for prisoners due to “the way they went through detox”.

But the payouts have been fiercely criticised, with one MP describing it as “a lose-lose situation for the taxpayer”.

What do you think?

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Alabama’s Governor Sends Money To Fight Domestic Violence

Posted by familydynamics on January 19, 2008

The Governor is authorizing more than $135,000 to the Elmore County Commission to help reduce domestic violence in Autauga, Chilton, and Elmore counties.

The grant will enable the 19th Judicial Circuit Domestic Violence unit to continue assisting victims and investigating and prosecuting cases involving domestic violence. The unit’s specially trained attorneys prosecute all domestic violence cases in the three-county area.

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Domestic Violence Abusers Want Control And Power

Posted by familydynamics on January 18, 2008

Control & Power

According to domestic violence experts, those are the two things abusers wield over their victims.

Diane Bedrosian, executive director with South Suburban Family Shelter, said “the fear of losing someone or something” is what usually provokes the violence.

Bedrosian said women looking to end an abusive relationship are encouraged to first consult a domestic violence agency. “Most women are killed while in the process of leaving their spouse or boyfriend,” she said.South Suburban Family Shelter is a Homewood-based agency that provides services to victims of domestic violence.

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Database Of Domestic Abusers Proposed

Posted by familydynamics on January 17, 2008

Many women could be spared the agony and perhaps loss of life that stems from domestic violence if they could search online and find out whether or not their potential boyfriend or partner is an abuser. The state of California is hoping to make that dream come true:

California would become the first state in the nation to provide an online database of domestic violence offenders, under a bill proposed Wednesday by a Bay Area lawmaker.

AB 1771, by Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, D-San Francisco, would require the Attorney General’s Office to develop an online database that would report the name, date of birth, county, and date of offenses for individuals convicted of felony domestic violence.

The database also would include those convicted of multiple counts of misdemeanor domestic violence. The idea is patterned after the sex offender online databases created by “Jessica’s Law.”

Let’s hope more states follow suit because more disclosure can help save potential victims.

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Domestic Violence Bills Passes With Unanimous Vote

Posted by familydynamics on January 16, 2008

There is good news for Wisconsin residence who may find themselves in an abusive relationship. Two bills have recently been passed that will aid those victims in receiving the help they need:

The Safe Housing Act, SB 269, will allow victims to terminate leases if they are in imminent physical danger and have legal documentation, such as a domestic abuse injunction. The bill will also void leases that punish tenants for seeking the help of law enforcement, health, or safety services (for example, by increasing rent or decreasing services). It will remove one of the many economic barriers that make it more difficult for victims to leave abusive relationships.


The Strangulation Prevention Enforcement Act, AB 499, will give law enforcement better guidance to adequately handle the severity and danger of strangulation for victims. It will also make the crime of strangulation a felony. The bill will be a powerful tool for intervening in a potentially lethal form of domestic violence and prevent it from intensifying.

Let’s hope more states take note and help make it easier for domestic violence victims to leave their abusers.

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Resource Center Opens To Help Domestic Violence Victims

Posted by familydynamics on January 15, 2008

I will be trying to post more articles dealing with domestic violence since that is a cause close to my heart. I would like to provide abuse victims more information concerning this growing problem.

If you live in the State of Ohio, there are new resources available to you:

There’s a new tool in Lucas County meant to help victims of domestic violence. A new domestic violence resource center opened its doors yesterday. Yesterday morning, Lucas County commissioner Tina Skeldon Wozniak joined judges from the domestic relations court to announce the opening. The new center, housed at the family court, will provide access to legal and safety information including crisis intervention for those in immediate need.

If you are in need of help, please take advantage of these resources. Do not make the same mistake I made.

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Agreement May Be Reached To Protect Children Online

Posted by familydynamics on January 14, 2008

Social networking sites may now be required to release their plans on how they will protect children from online predators:

Attorneys general from 49 states will announce an agreement today aimed at protecting children from online predators, Bloomberg News reported today.

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, co-leader of the group of states pushing social-networking sites to better protect children, issued an advisory that the “major agreement” would be announced 11 a.m. in New York.

This is good news because the public have the right to know.

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How Would You React To A Home Burglar?

Posted by familydynamics on January 13, 2008

Home burglaries are on the rise and some burglars get off with a light sentence. These burglars rob us all of our sense of security as well as causing us great financial loss. But what would you do if a burglar invaded your home while you were sleeping? One Richmond, Virginia family was faced with such a dilemma:

Residents in one Richmond neighborhood may have a tough time sleeping tonight after hearing about that deadly home invasion.

Police say 28 year-old Jevon Eugene Woolridge broke into a home in the 700 block of North 32nd Street Friday night.

Police say he had a gun, and after a struggle one of the residents ended up killing the robber.

The burglar, in this case, paid a hefty price: his life. Burglars should realize all of the harm they cause: They not only harm the individual they burglarized, but society as well.

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Widow Scammed By Online Fake Boyfriend

Posted by familydynamics on January 12, 2008

A BRISBANE widow is on the verge of bankruptcy after being seduced out of $60,000 in successive online romance scams.

The 65-year-old first-time internet user was also new to dating when she went looking for love online last year.

After joining a meeting website for seniors, the woman was approached by a man claiming to be an English professor of physics who was building a robotic tractor.

The woman, who wants to be identified only as Shirley, quickly fell in love with “James” who over several months sent photos of himself, his children and his passport.

“I wanted to meet like-minded people,” she said.

“We were supposed to be married this Christmas. He asked if I could assist him with his project and I didn’t hesitate because we were a couple. I borrowed $20,000 on a personal loan and sent him the lot.”

Shirley, who had been on her own since she was widowed 10 years ago, also sent him $10,000 for airfares.

She has now been forced to postpone her retirement to pay off a large debt.

“James” turned out to be one of a gang of Nigerian scammers targeting dating sites.

While she was “dating” James, another gang member posing as a Texan pharmacist also pursued Shirley.

The second man, “Kay”, told her James was a Nigerian scammer, prompting Shirley to begin researching the internet.

Shirley discovered “James” had scammed $220,000 out of seven other women in the past year.

After checking out his business credentials on the internet, Shirley said she had felt comfortable about “Kay” and had feelings for him.

He, too, provided her with photos and documentation which later turned out to be fake.

“Eventually I maxed out five credit cards and eventually spent $30,000 on him. He said he was going to Nigeria to buy holistic medicine for his business,” she said.

Like many duped in these scams, a sympathetic Shirley sent money to “Kay” for car accidents, medical bills and business investments.

Detective Superintendent Brian Hay said the men worked in tandem as part of a scam which costs Queenslanders millions of dollars a year.

Det-Supt Hay, head of the Queensland police fraud squad, said there were several warning signs for the scams, including requests for cash transmissions, the cashing of travellers’ cheques and money to help pay a fee to release an inheritance.

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