Protect Domestic Abuse Victims from Prison
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On June 13, 2017 my husband forced me out of our home in a fit of rage and used 911 to have me evicted. He falsely accused me of hitting him with a broom and I was immediately arrested by police protocol. I was handcuffed, shackled, stripped, finger printed and put in a prison cell block with 20 other repeat offenders. The next day I met briefly with an attorney, plead not guilty and was released with a court date because I had no prior offense or arrest history. At no time did I ever receive a pamphlet or a resource for domestic violence. I was left in a state of confusion and grief, abused by my husband and raped by the justice system. I intend to stop this from happening. Innocent victims of domestic violence cannot be treated as criminals by an accusation and police protocol. All domestic violence cases should involve some kind of counseling. The assault law needs to change to protect innocent women. The police alone should not be handling this process and local DV community service organizations should be involved. Women are being traumatized and victimized under the current policy with no outreach at all.
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