Tuesday, March 11, 2008
The legal system once again, turned a deaf ear on a woman who did everything in her power to remain alive. In dangerous abusive relationships the legal system continues to provide an open road to offenders in these cases. In allowing offenders who are criminals to continue the abuse and manipulate a system, that still behaves like these cases are "a private family, matter. Hogwash!
First, the laws on the books often do very little for anyone in a dangerous abusive life threatening relationship. The courts need to toughen up and put the criminal offender away.
Second, Why not use the same no nonsense approach that is used for child predators? Or even drunk driving offences. Cindy did not select to be beaten and abused. She defended herself in obtaining numerous court orders, contacting the police each time there was a violation of the court order, she installed camera's in her home.
She retained her residence and the same place of employment, and, took extra precautions living like a prisoner in her own environment.
Former boyfriend kills real estate agent in murder-suicide-The highlighted link provides the story:
There are many additional strategies she may have been able to apply like move totally out of the state. Have her name changed legally by a court. Have no contact with friends or family. And possibly change professions so she could not be located.
These type of violent "serial" relationships have become all too common.
And the strategies for these women must now take a new direction if they are to remain alive.
Some of what must happen is that the laws must be strengthened for these dangerous offenders.
Another important aspect is the information highway that we all use with great ease must have tighter controls. The credit card companies, cable, telephone, utilities, all must either on their own or with the nudging of our legislature enact safety measures where information cannot come back to the victim once they have relocated in order to save their lives.
We can all begin by contacting our legislature. Or we can form a task force that will light the behinds of the legal system to do more than shuffle papers and yawn.
I especially would like to see those in the real esate industry get behind this silent epidemic that has tragically claimed one of your own.
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