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October is Domestic Violence Month September 23, 2004 7:59 AM

Everyone, Next month is Domestic Violence Month across the country. Let's work to support your local and state efforts to enforce DV laws, enhance services for victims and their children, and educate the general public about this issue. Thanks, Stephanie  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Lets not forget the victoms here at Care2 September 23, 2004 12:40 PM

As well as help support and councle some of the people who are suffering with this right now here at Care2. Some folks can't donate because they are currently suffering. We as members of Care2, DO care and I for one will listen and be mindful of any of you who are suffering from an abuser.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 September 23, 2004 2:32 PM

I was just wondering if October is only DV Month in the US or if it is as well in Canada. I kinda wish that I lived in the US now, I would try to make this issue such an election issue...  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
stop domestic violence September 23, 2004 4:41 PM

i was a victim of domestic violence 5 years ago and by the grace of god i was able to get out. there are SUPPOSE to be laws in place to protect victims but these laws are never enforced. a batterer can spend as little as 24 hours in jail and repeat offenders spend less than a year in jail just to get out and batter again. i hear people say all the time " the victim has to want to leave" but some of them can't for whatever reason and most of them end up dead. i am begging the state legislation to make stronger laws, enforce them and make examples out of these people who batter and for god sakes these restraining orders? why is it the police won't do anything unless the batterer harms the victim? every 6 seconds in the U.S a woman/man is beaten and it's time we stand up and take action if law enforcement officals wont. please do not be afraid SOMEONE will help you even if you think there is no where for you to go. right now someone you know could be crying out for help. please dont ignore this and think someone else will do something about this because that "someone else" could be a victim themselves  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Domestic Violence Laws September 27, 2004 12:42 PM

Debbie, I am sorry to hear about your experience (touching heart). As you lobby your state lawmakers, you can also help them out by crafting legislation yourself (just write it out, they'll know what language to use) and pressuring your attorney general to send a strong statement to law enforcement agencies about prosecuting abusers, etc. In Illinois we have some great laws--like VESSA Victims Economic Security and Safety Act--which makes it illegal for an employer to fire a victim because she is abused, or has to take off work to pursue justice, etc. Its the only state in the nation with this law. We have another law that requires minimal imprisonment for a first offense domestic batttery, the offender must serve a minimum of 48 hours, and 72 hours for subsequent convictions, etc. You can also see what the fines are for domestic violence and sexual battery. Make sure they are enforced. If a man knows his ass will have to pay $1000 to $3000 per incident, he'll think twice about his actions. You can also ask your state to remove statute of limitations on crimes commited against women like rape. Right now, in most states, you have up to 2 years to report a rape and have some arrested. Remove the statute of limitations like in cases of murder. In some cases it may take 2 years for the woman to recover enough to even report the incident, let alone stand a trial, etc. [In some states they won't charge a spouse with rape if he is accused of sexually assualting his wife.]  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
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