WE NEED A NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE REGISTRY FOR ALL STATES
  • Petitioned Virginia Governor

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President of the United States
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WE NEED A NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE REGISTRY FOR ALL STATES

    1. Mary Kay Stewart
    2. Petition by

      Mary Kay Stewart

      Chesapeake, VA

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PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE!!!! http://chn.ge/1aSrT2B   We are making great 
progress with State Officials, so far responses from Congressman Randy Forbes and Delegate Lionell Spruill's Office. They are also very concerned with the issue of Domestic Violence and plan to research to see if legislation can be drafted in upcoming session to help with addressing this issue and accomplish this proposal. I was also told they will be speaking with Senator Mark Herring who has been a leader on this issue in the General Assembly.  We have decided to take this to a NATIONAL LEVEL asking this Registry be required in ALL states. Some states have already adopted this and we need to push for each and every state to have this vital information as well.                                Please continue share this and ask them to SIGN
and REPOST!

 
This type of information is absolutely crucial to be Public knowledge. Would you want a family member of yours getting involved with someone with a record like this and had no way of obtaining knowledge of it??? Why can you assault a complete stranger and that be on a Public court website? But if it happens in your HOME (when the MAJORITY of it does) it's kept from other possible victims? The Victims name need not be known but the OFFENDER and HIS CONVICTION should most definitley known to protect others.

This cause is very near and dear to my heart. I was a victim of domestic violence in 1994-1995. Like many victims of abuse, they don't call the police, or follow through with pressing charges out of fear or simply being convined by the abuser that it will never happen again. Also, the fear of not knowing what they will do if the abuser in finally jailed for his actions. What are they to do then, how are they able to support themselves and take care of the children? After the last battle, i finally decided i had to get out and actually follow through with this man being punished. I was terrified to show up in court but with the help of the Samaritan House, they gave me the strength to do what i knew right and he was given two months in jail for violating probation from another abused victim offense before me. Since then, i have seen a few charges online in Circuit Court case info, and even been contacted by some of his more recent victims as late at 2013. I tried to convince them they are not his only victim as he claims and "it won't happen again". But more than not his charges for abuse are in JDR court because they shared a residence which the public can't see as we can on Circuit Court and General District court sites. We are able to see how may DUI's or Drug charges one has, to allow us to choose if thats a person we want to associate with. We can see violence against a stranger but NOT violence inflicted on a wife or live in girlfriend if they lived with him???? I personally want to know if a person i may be interested in has a violent past for my sake and my son's sake. I would not welcome a habitual offender drunk or drug addict into my life nor someone of KNOWN violence. We have a Sex offenders list to warn us to beware of these people. Why not a Domestic Violence website???? Who is to say which is the less of the two evils? They both cause life long damage and can turn the abused into and abuser themselves later on in life. My abuser has been charged and convicted with at least a half dozen more assault charges as felony's since 94, done jail time for these crimes. Yet we can't have this information on some website or court site to forewarn futher victims??? I can see how many traffic tickets you've have, warrants in debt, unlawful detainers, drunk in public, or urinating in public. But i don't care about THAT, i want to know something that could potentially harm me or my children. They have all these dating sites now where people can make up ANYTHING they want to about themselves. Just waiting for someone to bite, but they bite based on what's listed not on the truth about this person. And since these sites note that they do not verify criminal record it's up to you to do the work to find out to protect yourselves from the crazies out there just waiting for a new victim.

By the most conservative estimate, each year 1 MILLION women suffer non-fatal injuries by an intimate partner. By other estimates, 4 MILLION American women experience a serious assault by an intimate partner during an average 12-month period. Nearly 1 in 3 adult women experience at least one physical or sexual assault at some point during their lives. 37% of women who experience domestic violence reported that the abuse had an impact on their work in the form of lateness, missed work, keeping a job or career promotions. The cost of intimate partner violence exceeds $5.8 billion each year, $4.1 billion of which is for direct medical and mental health services. Victims of intimate partner violence lost almost 8 million days of paid work because of the violence perpetrated against them by current or former husbands, boyfriends and dates. This loss is the equivalent of more than 32,000 full-time jobs and almost 5.6 million days of household productivity as a result of violence. There are 16,800 homicides and $2.2 million (medically treated) injuries due to intimate partner violence annually, which costs $37 billion. Almost one-third of female homicide victims that are reported in police records are killed by an intimate partner. In 70-80% of intimate partner homicides, no matter which partner was killed, the man physically abused the woman before the murder. Less than one-fifth of victims reporting an injury from intimate partner violence sought medical treatment following the injury. Intimate partner violence results in more than 18.5 million mental health care visits each year.  Domestic Violence Wheel Image

To:
Virginia Governor
President of the United States
Virginia State Senate
Virginia State House
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives
Make Convicted Domestic Violence Offenders Names available to the public.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. So many ask "Why do they recant and go back"?

      Mary Kay Stewart
      Petition Organizer
      Why Do Domestic Violence Victims Recant?

      Many Victims Change Their Stories Clipart.com It is so common for victims of domestic violence to decide to recant their testimony and not follow through on pursuing charges against their intimate partner that some states have passed laws requiring mandatory arrest and prosecution of the cases whether the victim cooperates or not.

    2. Senate Members response and support

      Mary Kay Stewart
      Petition Organizer

      Dear Ms. Stewart,
      Thank you for contacting me to share your personal experience with domestic violence, and to request support for the creation of a domestic violence registry in the state of Virginia.
      Your proposal of establishing measures that could protect individuals from physical and mental harm is well sound. In previous General Assembly sessions, legislation of this nature has been introduced. Unfortunately, the votes for passage were unattainable. In response to your question on how to acquire maximum support for this initiative, I would recommend that you petition the support of each member of the Senate and House of Delegates. Inevitably, if I am presented with the opportunity to vote on legislation that will create a domestic violence registry during the upcoming 2014 General Assembly session, I will provide full support.
      Again, thank you for your correspondence. If I can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.

      Sincerely,
      Kenneth C. Alexander

    3. Another preventable death, if we only knew...

      Mary Kay Stewart
      Petition Organizer
      Man Arrested for Killing Adrian Peterson's Son Accused of Abusing 3-Year-Old in 2012

      Patterson is being charged with Aggravated battery of an infant and Aggravated Assault. He is currently being held on a $750k bond. Kelonland.com details Patterson's criminal history. A check of Patterson's criminal background in South Dakota reveals nine pages of trouble. Court documents reveal the 27 year old has been arrested multiple times on various charges.

    4. More Domestic Violence Stats and Facts

      Mary Kay Stewart
      Petition Organizer
      Domestic Violence: Statistics & Facts

      Domestic violence (also known as intimate partner violence) can happen to anyone, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, income, or other factors. The Victims One in 4 women will experience domestic violence during her lifetime. Women experience more than 4 million physical assaults and rapes because of their partners, and men are victims of nearly 3 million physical assaults.

    5. The Abused want Validation!!!

      Mary Kay Stewart
      Petition Organizer

      I am reading your posts and not only do you want this Registry to protect others. You want VALIDATION for what you have endured. It is so factual that the abuser makes their victim out to be a crazy liar and having people doubting you instead of him. Unfortunately, they are so cunning and convincing it works. This is also another reason I want this to pass, my abuser has done this same thing many times over his last 20 yrs of habitual abuse. It was never HIS fault, HE was the victim in some sick way. Keep signing and sharing people!!!! I don't care where you live, this needs to be in affect for every state and if we all speak out from everywhere we are THEY WILL HEAR US SOONER OR LATER!!!!

    6. State Officials are responding, keep signing and sharing!!!!

      Mary Kay Stewart
      Petition Organizer

      We are making great progress with State Officials, so far responses from Congressman Randy Forbes and Delegate Lionell Spruill's Office. They are also very concerned with the issue of Domestic Violence and plan to research to see if legislation can be drafted in upcoming session to help with addressing this issue and accomplish this proposal. I was also told they will be speaking with Senator Mark Herring who has been a leader on this issue in the General Assembly. Please continue share this and ask them to SIGN. The LIKES are nice but the SIGNATURES are what we really need.

    7. Reached 100 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Rebecca Carpenter PONCHATOULA, LA
      • 4 months ago

      I am a domestic violence survivor and it is a very serious issue. Not only did it affect me, but also my three children. I think it would be amazing if women could look up potential partners to check for history of domestic violence to protect herself and her children.

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    • Angel Shook Hays MECHANICSVILLE, VA
      • 6 months ago

      Victim

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    • Leiah speer MOYOCK, NC
      • 10 months ago

      because i was hurt myself these people need to have a warning strapped to them you would never know they were abusive until its too late

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    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • about 1 year ago

      The world has never yet seen a truly great and virtuous nation, because in the degradation of women, the very fountains of life are poisoned at their source.

      -- Lucretia Mott

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    • Sheila LATIMER MOYOCK, NC
      • about 1 year ago

      This is important to me simply because it's the RIGHT THING TO DO!! It's as if the law is designed to PROTECT the abuser and that's DISGUSTING.

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