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Topeka May Make Domestic Violence Legal To Save Money

Topeka May Make Domestic Violence Legal To Save Money

 

Many cities, counties and states across the U.S. are feeling increasing pressure to reduce local budgets and cut costs.  Public safety programs in particular have taken the brunt of these cuts, with firefighter and police presence being gouged to save staffing costs.

Kansas is going a step further.  Finding some crimes too costly to move through the legal system, one county has decided it will no longer prosecute misdemeanors, including domestic violence.  The county legislators’ assumption was that the cities would pay for the prosecution themselves.  But Topeka, Kansas, has chosen to take a different approach, and is considering just no longer making domestic violence a crime.  The city council is now meeting to discuss “repealing the part of the code that bans domestic battery.”

Ending the prosecution of domestic violence would not only leave women open to increased physical violence in the future, as there would be no repercussions for a partner’s abusive actions, but could potentially mean the harm or even death of the women whose abusers are currently in the system and will be released rather than prosecuted, which Fox News states total at least 30.

As one former abuse victim stated bluntly, “They need to invest in headstones, because these women are going to end up in cemeteries.”

Is a woman’s health and life worth so much less than a balanced local budget?  As Feministing puts it, “Thanks, austerity!”

 

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7:20PM PST on Feb 1, 2012

Sorry for the typo, I meant In-Bred!

7:18PM PST on Feb 1, 2012

Charlie S. I agree with you completely! SADLY & VERY UNFORTUNATELY these Un-bred IDIOTS have already proven to be EXTREMELY STUPID, what they haven't proven is if there is a limit to their STUPIDITY!!!!!!!!!!

12:15PM PST on Feb 1, 2012

Then maybe domestic violence needs to be a felony. I suppose when the man or woman is murdered that is more cost effective? Just how stupid are these people?

11:48AM PST on Nov 20, 2011

I suppose this new law would allow for either spouse to be the aggressor.. Right?? So while one may get punched ,, The other could take a board to head if they fell asleep...
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Maybe if the courts would speed the process up a bit ~ They could save money.. So many frivolous suits that are just asinine, bog the system down..

3:29PM PST on Nov 6, 2011

WTF!

3:31AM PST on Nov 6, 2011

This is so terrible. Always when i hear about terrible things it makes med sad, and i cannot understand how someone could do something terrible - hurt, rape or kill a person or animal. When i was a child this also happened to me... and surviving this is more terrible than not (parents and other may think different, but a victim?), living with all this pain... living with guilty feelings... full with hate for the own self
No one can understand, because most people cannot imagine this, cannot imagine how much it change. Some of them think, that this would not be so terrible, because all would make some sexual experiences, and so it would not matter if there were some without own interest or wish. This cruel and superficial society makes me sick.

I know that it is not good to wish someone who does terrible things something as a punishment. But when i hear about violent people then i think why are they so "afraid" to go to someone equal and get some hits for their selves. This is a perversion, to think being more a man when beating a woman or a girl. This men are a shame for all normal men.

"We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not yet learned the simple art of living together as brothers." (Martin Luther King)

6:30AM PDT on Nov 4, 2011

To get a taste of violence, Topeka city councilors should be beaten black and blue by some thugs.

6:29AM PDT on Nov 4, 2011

Horrible!

6:27AM PDT on Nov 4, 2011

Horrible!

4:00PM PDT on Oct 29, 2011

Why am I not surprised this happens in Topeka, Kansas, home of the horrendous abominations that call themselves haters of the USA? This initiative to save public money is a blank card for all abusers to go on hitting their family members and in the process normalize domestic violence for another generation. Shame on you, representatives of the people!

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