Local state lawmaker seeks more protection for domestic-violence victims

Asia's Tech News Daily

Dec. 4—Throughout his career in law enforcement, including his time as Joplin police chief, Missouri lawmaker Lane Roberts says he would often see domestic violence perpetrators abuse the courts to manipulate and intimidate their victims.

Rep. Roberts, R-Joplin, is hoping to close the loopholes through pre-filed legislation that would establish additional protections for assault victims and eliminate avenues of exploitation. Roberts was Joplin police chief from 2007 to 2014. He also previously served as police chief in Oregon and Washington state cities.

The effort, he said, is his effort to fix things that he has known for some time are wrong. “These are things that I've been dealing with for several decades. Even back in the early days, I knew that abusers were taking advantage, that victims were often on the receiving end, and the law didn't do all it really could to protect them.”

In trying to ensure due process, Roberts said, the law can unintentionally re-victimize the victim. For example, having to face your abuser in court in order to receive a protection order year after year can be very traumatic.

“Over the years, I've become more detail oriented, wondering what we could've done,” said Roberts. “Previously, I had to explain to some victims why we couldn't do that very thing because the law didn't make provisions for it. That's the nature of law. You can or you can't. There's no gray area. What we're looking at here is an opportunity for me to fix, amend or create protections for things that have loopholes, things that could be avoided or things that were not provided by the law.”

Roberts said many survivors have to come up with tactical plans just to maneuver in and out of the courthouse to evade their abusers. Domestic violence centers in the region work with survivors on safety plans, maintaining control and advocating for justice. Officials with the two nearby shelters — Lafayette House and Safehouse Crisis Center — are lauding Roberts' efforts to advocate for domestic violence survivors.

Brooke Powell, executive director of Safehouse Crisis Center in Pittsburg, Kansas, said abusers are highly manipulative and use the power of intimidation to gain control.

“Abusers know what they're doing,” said Powell. “They're very good at their craft. I know from experience that when we go to court with the victim for the protection order hearing, the perpetrator will then say, 'I didn't get that paperwork. I wasn't served. I didn't know.' It pushes everything back, and it is deflating for the victim because they're putting their all in trying to stay safe.”

Susan Hickam, executive director of Lafayette House in Joplin, said if abusers are willing to hurt the person that they love, then they don't care about how they treat a court system, a law enforcement officer or anyone else.

“They're going to do everything they possibly can to get the results that they want, and this goes even with the courts,” she said. “To find loopholes within any court proceeding or any language of law, it's part of what they do because it's what they practice in their everyday life.”

Elements of the bill

A section in the bill would allow victims to testify on camera instead of going to court in-person, which Powell described as a “game-changer” for victims that may encourage others to come forward against their attackers. The online method prevents the abuser from knowing when and where a victim will be.

“With a video conference, you're eliminating that potential for close contact,” said Hickam. “Furthermore, when we are present for court, you're putting an additional risk when a victim is coming into the courtroom and leaving the courtroom because what we do know about abusers is the potential for stalking occurs.”

Other provisions in the measure would prevent the perpetrator from pleading ignorance or failing to appear after receiving notice from the court for a protection order. If a protection order is properly served and the respondent fails to appear in court on the day of the hearing, they're (still) responsible for having knowledge of any conditions contained in the judgment.

“When a respondent is served a notice, that serves to notify them of any conditions that come from that, and we're going to assume that he knows about it,” said Roberts. “Right now, sometimes folks will plead ignorance, 'I don't know. I wasn't there for the hearing.' This says, if you get the notice, then you know there's going to be conditions that are your responsibility.”

Another element in the bill would protect personal information by not disclosing the home or workplace addresses of the victims and their witnesses when testifying in court, unless it's found necessary by the court.

“The victims or family members do not have to divulge their addresses or places of work, as a matter of public record, and that's obviously for their own safety,” said Roberts.

The measure, House Bill 1699, also may hold the perpetrator responsible for attorney's fees throughout and after judgment.

“Predominantly, this is an issue where a woman has to get help, and it gets too costly,” Roberts said. “The respondent doesn't want to pay and finds ways to duck out of it. This essentially says that whatever the judge says he's going to pay, he's going to pay, and it will be throughout the proceedings, not just for a certain portion of it.”

The remaining sections of the bill, like having the respondent pay $1,000 to a local domestic violence shelter or not getting offered a plea bargain in a domestic violence case, are currently under review and may be amended.

“The contents of this bill are too important to sacrifice it to one or two specific elements,” said Roberts. “If necessary, I will amend or remove those elements to be sure the bill has a good chance of passing.”

Roberts successfully proposed HB 292 during the 2021 legislative session to tighten the state's stalking laws, which allows for orders of protection to be extended for up to a lifetime; includes pets in protection orders; and modifies the definition of “stalking” to include the use of technology such as social media, GPS or the use of third parties. These modifications became law in June.

Hickam said no matter what any law says, it's important to constantly look at how language is written and update any measures to meet today's standards.

“It's because as things change within our daily lives, we need to always be looking at those things,” she said. “We need to be willing to go forth and make those changes to our laws consistently, so that we're addressing the needs of here and now.”

Internet Explorer Channel Network
Asia's Tech News Daily
News Related


Aboubakar gembira kejayaan Cameroon

© Provided by Sinar Harian KAPTEN Cameroon, Vincent Aboubakar gembira apabila berjaya membantu pasukannya mara ke pusingan kalah mati Piala Negara-Negara Afrika 2022 biarpun sekadar terikat 1-1 ketika berdepan Cape ... Read more »

Cardinals' Budda Baker stretchered off field after scary collision with Cam Akers

As if it couldn’t get worse for the Arizona Cardinals on Monday night, safety Budda Baker was stretchered off the field after taking a shoulder to the head from Rams ... Read more »

Lara Dutta reveals Salman Khan wakes up only post 12 am, calls her at midnight

Salman Khan shares a great bond with Lara Dutta. Lara Dutta and Salman Khan have always left us impressed with their films. Lara shares a great bond with Salman. Recently ... Read more »

Schenn, Barbashev score twice in Blues' 5-3 win over Preds

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Brayden Schenn and Ivan Barbashev each had two goals and two assists as the St. Louis Blues came from behind to beat the Nashville Predators 5-3 ... Read more »

Rams rout Cardinals to set up NFC divisional playoff showdown vs. Tom Brady, Buccaneers

INGLEWOOD, Calif. — Monday night was a night of many firsts. It was the first NFL playoff game at SoFi Stadium, the first time the NFL had a postseason game ... Read more »

Kiss scores 31, Bryant rolls past St. Francis 82-52

SMITHFIELD, R.I. (AP) — Peter Kiss had 31 points, nine rebounds and six assists to lead Bryant to an 82-52 rout of St. Francis of Pennsylvania on Monday night. Charles ... Read more »

Florida A&M beats Mississippi Valley St. 78-70

ITTA BENA, Miss. (AP) — MJ Randolph had 22 points as Florida A&M defeated Mississippi Valley State 78-70 on Monday night. DJ Jones had 14 points, seven rebounds and three ... Read more »

Dollar Down, Yen Reacts to Bank of Japan Policy Decision

© Reuters Dollar Down, Yen Reacts to Bank of Japan Policy Decision By Gina Lee Investing.com – The dollar was down on Tuesday morning in Asia, while the latest policy ... Read more »

Coronavirus remains active in dead bodies for 9 days: Centre

© Provided by The Times of India NEW DELHI: The Centre on Monday informed the Supreme Court that as coronavirus remains active in a dead infected person for up to ... Read more »

India records 2.38 lakh Covid cases in 24 hours, 158 crore vaccine doses administered so far

On Tuesday, January 18, India recorded 2,38,018 new cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, taking India’s current active caseload to 17,36,628. The active cases are currently at 4.62 ... Read more »

The Liverpool FC and Chelsea weakness that has given Man City huge advantage in title race

Memories of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa are all played out to the annoying high-pitched drone of the vuvuzela. Similarly, when the 2021-22 Premier League title race is ... Read more »

The Kapil Sharma Show: Krushna Abhishek extends an olive branch to Govinda over his ongoing family feud, 'Maine jo kuch bhi seekha hai unhi se seekha hai'

© Provided by BollywoodLife.com Krushna Abhishek and Govinda have been in the news for the longest time thanks to their ongoing family feud. Govinda’s wife Sunita Ahuja and Krushna’s wife ... Read more »

Just like Jasmin Bhasin, we'd also like some awwdorable 'Pet Therapy'; PIC

© Provided by Pinkvilla Jasmin Bhasin always comes into our mind when we think about any popular celebrities in the telly industry. She is a powerhouse of talent and has ... Read more »

Les Grobstein, Chicago reporter who got Lee Elia's rant, dies at 69

CHICAGO — Les Grobstein, a longtime Chicago sports radio reporter and talk show host who recorded Lee Elia’s famous profanity-laced postgame rant about Cubs fans, has died. He was 69. ... Read more »

Drag Race UK vs The World: Meet the contestants competing to be named Queen of the World

The cast of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK vs The World has been announced. The series, which begins in February, will see queens from Drag Race franchises around the world compete ... Read more »

Rita Martinez, hindi naisip sumailalim sa breast reduction at mag-take ng testosterone

© Provided by PEP.ph Kuntento at komportableng-komportable ang The Voice Philippines Season 2 finalist na si Rita Martinez sa kanyang physical appearance kaya hindi pumasok sa isip niyang tularan si ... Read more »

Bigg Boss 15: Karan Kundrra's father welcomes Tejasswi in family, says ‘She is in the heart of the family now'

© Provided by Pinkvilla The upcoming episode of the reality show Bigg Boss 15 will be a very emotional one. The contestants will be getting a chance to talk to ... Read more »

No prescription is required to get tested if you are showing any symptoms of Corona: Satyendar Jain

© Provided by The Statesman No prescription is required to get tested if you are showing any symptoms of Corona: Satyendar Jain Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain said that no ... Read more »

Succession's Brian Cox REVEALS why he turned down Pirates of the Caribbean role; Calls Johnny Depp 'overrated'

© Provided by Pinkvilla Brian Cox has been the talk of the town since his exceptional performance in the popular series, Succession. He recently launched his new memoir called Putting ... Read more »

Tonga could be cut off for weeks amid efforts to repair undersea communications cable

The mission to repair the undersea communications cable that connects Tonga with the rest of the world could take up to a fortnight, the cable operator has warned, due to ... Read more »

Betty White's assistant shares one of her last photos

Betty White would have celebrated her 100th birthday on Monday and her assistant commemorated the day by sharing one of the final photos taken of the beloved late actress. © ... Read more »

Song Ji Ah Issues Apology After Netizens Call Her Out for Wearing Fake Designer Clothes

© Provided by Preview.ph It’s been a rollercoaster month for Song Ji Ah, the breakout star of the reality dating show Single’s Inferno. From catapulting to social media fame thanks ... Read more »

Pokémon Fans, You Gotta Catch These Cool New Gaming Chairs

© Provided by Spot.ph (SPOT.ph) Pokémon fans, you may have heard that your favorited animated series is turning 25 this year. While that might make some of you feel a ... Read more »

Tonga runway ash blocks New Zealand air relief

New Zealand is sending aid to disaster-struck Tonga, but ash on the capital’s main airport runway is preventing relief planes from landing. It will also take days before military ships ... Read more »

Heart Evangelista Has the Best Advice If You're Feeling Lost in Your 20s

© Provided by Preview.ph The name Heart Evangelista was not built overnight. After working in showbiz for over a decade, becoming a businesswoman in her own right, and finding international ... Read more »

North Korea tests 'tactical guided missiles' in military push

© STR North Korea has said it launched two tactical guided missiles, in its fourth major weapons test of the year North Korea said Tuesday it had launched two tactical ... Read more »

Significant damage reported on Tonga's main island after volcanic eruption, tsunami

© Provided by DW An eruption occurs at the underwater volcano Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai off Tonga A closed airport and lack of communication continued to hinder international relief measures on ... Read more »

Family of delivery driver killed in tornado sues Amazon over warehouse collapse

© Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Midwest Tornadoes-Amazon Warehouse – Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. The family of a delivery driver killed last month ... Read more »

London transport: MPs fuming at South Western Railway cuts and say commuters have 'anxiety'

London MPs are “appalled” at slashes to South Western Railway train services claiming cuts are causing “anxiety” for local commuters. The increase in cases of the Omicron Covid variant has ... Read more »

NZ and Australia sent surveillance flights to Tonga, the only way to figure out what happened after a tsunami cut off internet and phone access

NZ and Australia sent surveillance flights to Tonga, the only way to figure out what happened after a tsunami cut off internet and phone access A tsunami hit the Polynesian ... Read more »

Three options left to insulate households from '50% increase in energy bills'

Business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng will hold fresh talks with energy companies this week as the government narrows its options for insulating consumers from a forecast 50% increase in bills. that ... Read more »

DJ Shaun Keaveny lines up a new career after BBC 6Music

In analogue times, leaving a prime time radio slot might have seen a DJ move from, say, Fab FM, to the graveyard shift on Radio Quiet. © Shaun Keaveny For ... Read more »

West End: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is hosting special 'House Pride' performances

Magic loving Londoners are being invited to dust off their wands and don their robes for a series of special performances from the team behind one of London’s most awarded ... Read more »

ANC MP wants Ramaphosa hauled before Scopa over ‘misuse' of state cash

© Provided by Times Live An ANC MP has taken aim at President Cyril Ramaphosa, wanting him to answer to allegations that state funds were used for party campaigns. Mkhuleko ... Read more »

Moti family denies interdicting police, as they confirm leaving SA

© Provided by SowetanLive The family issued a statement on Sunday morning denying the allegations. Last Sunday, SAPS spokesperson Lt-Col Robert Netshiunda told TimesLIVE the family had obtained an interdict ... Read more »

‘Saya maafkan dia', kata bapa selepas anak penggal kepala isteri

© Provided by Free Malaysia Today Lelaki itu masih terkejut dengan kematian isterinya, tetapi sudah memaafkan anaknya kerana dia darah dagingnya. PETALING JAYA: Bapa kepada lelaki yang memenggal kepala ibu ... Read more »

Saingan MHL 2022 bermula 18 Februari

© Provided by Sinar Harian KONFEDERASI Hoki Malaysia (KHM) melalui jawatankuasa pertandingan menetapkan tarikh penganjuran kejuaraan TNB Liga Hoki Malaysia (TNB MHL) 2022 akan bermula pada 18 Februari hingga Jun ... Read more »

Youngblood lifts Kennesaw St. over North Florida 62-60

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Chris Youngblood had 16 points as Kennesaw State narrowly beat North Florida 62-60 on Monday night. Demond Robinson had 12 points, seven rebounds and four blocks ... Read more »

Arizona Cardinals' Budda Baker carted off field during NFC wild-card playoff game vs. Los Angeles Rams

Pro Bowl safety Budda Baker was carted off the field and ruled out with a concussion during the third quarter of Monday night’s NFC wild-card playoff game between the Arizona ... Read more »

Volkswagen Group China's component factory in Tianjin resumes some shifts

© Reuters/AXEL SCHMIDT A Volkswagen logo is pictured during the Volkswagen Group’s annual general meeting in Berlin BEIJING (Reuters) – Volkswagen Group’s China unit said on Tuesday its component factory ... Read more »
On free-english-test.com you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic