Stop the decriminalization of domestic violence.
  • Petitioned Larry Wolgast

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District 5 Council Member
Larry Wolgast
Topeka, Kansas City Council
Mayor Bill Bunten
Shawnee County District Attorney
Chad Taylor
City Councilmember, District 3
Sylvia Ortiz
City Councilmember, District 9
Richard Harmon
City Councilmember, District 4
Denise Everhart
City Councilmember, District 6
Chad Manspeaker
City Councilmember, District 7
Bob Archer
City Councilmember, District 1
Karen Hiller
City Councilmember, District 8
Andrew Gray
City Councilmember, District 2
John Alcala

Stop the decriminalization of domestic violence.

    1. Em J
    2. Petition by

      Em J

      Los Angeles, CA

Faced with the worst budget crisis since the great depression, the Topeka Kansas City council is considering the repeal of an ordinance banning domestic violence because some say the cost of prosecuting those cases is just too high. Countless women and children will immediately be put into harms way if this is repealed and could even die. The health related costs of domestic violence exceeds $5.8 Billion each year. Nearly $4.1 Billion of that is for direct medical and mental health care services, and nearly $1.8 billion are for the indirect costs of lost productivity or wages. Victims lost almost 8 million days of paid work because of the violence. Please sign this petition to let the Topeka City Council know that this is not ok. Read this article to see what is happening.  http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/10/06/338461/topeka-kansas-city-council-considers-decriminalizing-domestic-violence-to-save-money/

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    1. We did it!

      Em J
      by Em J
      Petition Organizer

      Its official folks! Topeka has resumed prosecution of misdemeanors! Thank you to everyone for your support and your time. Click the link below and read all about it.

    2. Reached 4,000 signatures
    3. Domestic Violence Now Legal in Topeka!

      Shelby Knox
      Senior Campaigner

      Last night, by a vote of 7 to 3, the Topeka City Council repealed the local law that makes domestic violence a crime. This is the latest move in a game of political chicken, in which the council is trying to force the DA to pay for prosecuting cases and the DA is trying to wrangle more money for his office out of the county budget. But as the politicians squabble, abusers rest easy knowing battering their partners is no longer a punishable crime.

    4. Reached 2,500 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Dorothy Garrett STURGIS, KY
      • almost 3 years ago

      Domestic Violence is wrong and the people that commit it need to be locked up.

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    • Ana MeiLi Carling YONKERS, NY
      • about 3 years ago

      This is appalling. A policy like this will cost the city much more than it saves, in lives and in money. I implore you to consider other ways to cut costs.

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    • C.A. Poole PASADENA, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      /Why is something that would be assault if it was done to a stranger still a crime, and now yuou want to decriminalize assaults against the helpless -- women and children? What is fair about that? What is America supposed to stand for? We should be about protecting all those who cannot fight back!

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    • Rita Guthrie SAN ANGELO, TX
      • about 3 years ago

      If this were 1951 instead of 2011, I wouldn't be surprised by the lack of compassion for women and children who can't defend themselves.

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    • CarolAnn Peterson CALIFORNIA CITY, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      By not protecting battered women, this is legalized murder

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