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Domestic Violence Kills

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Petition to Bill Nelson, Bernie Sanders, Michelle Obama, Marco Rubio, U.S. House of Representatives, Florida State Senate, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Georgia State House, Georgia State Senate, Kathy Castor

Kelly Garrison Law - Domestic Violence Law

We would like to pass the Kelly Garrison Law - A law that states any man or woman that has been charged with domestic battery and or has a restraining order against them must wear either an ankle bracelet or some other form of tracking device.  This should be law and if it was, Kelly Garrison would be alive today!  Please support my request for the Kelly Garrison Bill to be passed.View her story here! Here's the story from the Tampa Bay Times ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Tampa woman slain in Georgia had sought protection from ex-husband Published: April 6, 2018 Updated: April 6, 2018 at 09:28 PM TAMPA — John Wise always said "hello" to neighbor Kelly Garrison, but it wasn’t until they shared some strawberry daiquiris that he ever got to know her. Barely two minutes after she left his Carrollwood apartment that night, Dec. 30, he heard a scream "like nothing I’ve ever heard before." It was coming from Garrison’s front door. Wise, 54, kicked it in. It was dark, but he saw a man wearing a hoodie and a headlamp pinning Garrison down. Her gasps for air sounded like her last. He kicked the assailant in the head and lifted him off her. The two struggled for several minutes before the attacker fled. "I was fighting for my life," Wise said. But Wise wasn’t there Thursday morning when Kelley James McDonald tracked Garrison, his 35-year-old ex-wife, to her sister’s home in Georgia. In a few horrific moments, McDonald fatally shot both women then himself, orphaning the 2-year-old daughter the couple had together, authorities said. McDonald, 39, also shot a 16-year-old girl in the home, seriously injuring her, according to the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office. Garrison, who taught elementary grades at Corbett Preparatory School in Carrollwood, was harassed and threatened by her ex-husband for more than two years, according to a petition for protection she filed in Hillsborough County a few days after the Dec. 30 attack. That led the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office to secure a warrant for McDonald’s arrest on charges of breaking and entering and assault, sheriff’s records show. Deputies trying to find him heard from one family member that he was hiding out, the records show. An injunction granted by the court ordered McDonald to stay at least 300 feet away from Garrison and to surrender any firearms to the Sheriff’s Office. Four months later, however, McDonald was still at large. On Thursday, he arrived in Dahlonega, Ga., about an hour north of Atlanta, and found his daughter and ex-wife at her sister’s house, Lumpkin County Sheriff Stacy Jarrard said at a Thursday afternoon news conference. "They had left the Florida area to come here and hide for safety and the suspect found them at this location," Jarrad said. After entering the house about 8:30 a.m., McDonald shot Garrison’s sister, 38-year-old Tracy Lynne Runnels, then continued through the house and shot the 16-year-old girl, the Sheriff’s Office said. Then he fatally shot Garrison before turning his gun on himself. Another girl, 13, escaped through a back door and called 911. McDonald’s daughter was not injured, but the 16-year-old girl underwent a number of surgeries and was recovering Friday, the Sheriff’s Office said. • • • Garrison and McDonald met in 2009 and married in 2011. By the spring of 2016, McDonald’s behavior was alarming his wife, her petition in Hillsborough County states. It included an eight-page attachment chronicling months of threats and harassment before and after their divorce in October. McDonald accused Garrison of cheating on him, threatened to "take care" of a male acquaintance of hers, hacked her email account and refused to let her go to the beach "because he said guys would hit on me and try to sleep with me," she wrote in the petition. In August 2016, she found an audio recorder in her purse, and her husband admitted placing it there, the petition says. The following month, a family counselor urged Garrison to file for divorce. "She said (McDonald) needed help from a psychiatrist for his serious psychiatric problems and that he has all the signs of a violent person who could lose control at any time," Garrison wrote. Last April, McDonald told Garrison that if she went through with a pending divorce, their daughter "won’t have any parents," she wrote. Garrison was puzzled. "He said it again but louder, ‘She will not have ANY parents,’" she wrote in the court filing. The following month, Garrison moved out of the townhome the couple shared. On moving day, according to the petition, McDonald told her, "I’ll get you back for this when you least expect it." The divorce was finalized Oct. 27, but McDonald continued to harass and threaten Garrison for the next two months, the petition says. Records show McDonald had two prior arrests in Florida. He entered a pretrial diversion program after a 2009 arrest on charges of resisting an officer without violence on the Florida State University campus. In September 2012, he was arrested in Hillsborough County on a charge of grand theft, later dropped after he completed pre-trial diversion. Donna McDonald, who said she was McDonald’s stepmother, declined to comment Friday. "We’re still in shock," she said. • • • The petition Garrison filed also details the Dec. 30 attack. McDonald was waiting for Garrison in her apartment. He forced her to the ground, wrapped his arm around her neck and covered her mouth, the petition says. "He was forcing my head down with such force that it felt like my neck was going to snap," Garrison wrote. "I couldn’t breathe. .?.?. I was praying for God not to let me die this way and leave my daughter without a mother." Wise, the neighbor who intervened, said he hurt this shoulder in the fight. McDonald is 6-foot-2 and weighed 185 pounds when he was arrested in 2012. A former mixed martial arts fighter, Wise works as a property manager. After McDonald fled, Wise went back to his apartment to get his gun. When he returned, the lights were on in Garrison’s apartment and he saw blood and strawberry daiquiri spilled on the floor. Garrison, able to stand, told Wise, "That’s my ex-husband." Some of Wise’s family asked him why he got involved at all: "When it’s a child or a woman, I can’t stick my head in the sand." • • • In the following weeks, Wise became something of a guardian for Garrison. He would text her coming back from his 4:30 a.m. daily trip to the gym and she would leave for work after he made sure all was clear. He worried McDonald might attack him. About seven weeks ago, Wise stopped hearing from Garrison. He thought she was in protective custody. He was shocked and shed tears when a reporter told him Friday she had been killed. "I can’t believe it’s been four months and they hadn’t caught that guy," Wise said. The Sheriff’s Office used every tool it had to find McDonald, including help from the local U.S. Marshals’ task force, sheriff’s spokesman Danny Alvarez said. "This is a tragic incident," Alvarez said. "You can fathom how frustrating it is to be looking for him at this level and not find him." Garrison was in her second stint teaching primary school grades at Corbett Prep, said headmaster Joyce Burick Swarzman. Seven weeks ago, Garrison went on leave so she could head to Georgia. "She knew what she needed to do," Burick Swarzman told the Tampa Bay Times on Friday. The school learned of Garrison’s death Thursday night. Burick Swarzman said staffers planned to tell children Friday. "This is one of these senseless things that are unthinkable, unimaginable, and horrific and so unfair," she said. "We are all mourning her loss." Garrison was beloved by the students, well-liked at school. "Her dream was for her baby to grow up here at Corbett Prep. Everyone will miss her light." Times senior researcher Caryn Baird contributed to this report. Contact Christopher O’Donnell at (813) 226-3446 or codonnell@tampabay.com. Follow @codonnell_Times.

Shoshanna Smith
3,952 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to New Jersey Governor, Sheila Oliver, Cory Booker, New Jersey State House, New Jersey State Senate, Robert Menendez, Frank Pallone, Bill Pascrell, Donald Payne, Chris Smith, Rodney Frelinghuysen, Leonard Lance, Albio Sires, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Frank LoBiondo, Stephen Sweeney, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Donald Norcross, Nicholas Scutari, Annette Quijano, Chris Brown, Scott Garrett, Jennifer Beck, Vincent Prieto, Diane Allen, Jeff Van Drew, Joseph Vitale, Christopher Connors, Josh Gottheimer, Loretta Weinberg, CNN, MSNBC, FOX News, FOX Broadcasting Company, ABC, CBS, NBC, Netflix, News Corp., New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post, Kirsten Gillibrand, Domestic Violence Advocates, Narcissistic Awareness, Covert Malignant Narcissists Destroy, Survivors of DV

STOP ABUSER and his UNETHICAL LAWYER - TERRORIZING MOM & 4 KIDS!!!

SAVE US- a devoted MOM and 4 INCREDIBLE CHILDREN- from the nightmare caused by a MALIGNANT NARCISSIST and his UNSCRUPULOUS LAWYER!! We are TWO years into being TERRORIZED by a delusional, enraged narcissistic ABUSER and his attorney (friend/ colleague who lacks all moral compass and conscience). The legal system serves as a powerful tool of DESTRUCTION when MISUSED by a CONTROLLING ABUSER. My children and I have been TORTURED and TERRORIZED through the misuse of the Courts by my perpetrator and his lawyer. I have been humiliated, defamed, slandered, attacked, maligned. Never missing an opportunity to cause harm, they have used every legal maneuver, letter, motion, court appearance to launch their continued ABUSE and WARFARE. It is SPORT to them. While my perpetuator is unhinged and needs help, his attorney has enabled his client's sadistic pursuits without ANY regard to FACTS nor ANY professional ethics. I have been thrown into a physical health crisis only to have these two BULLIES gaslight and provoke, deflect, distort, blameshift, and attack with more fervor. We have been put through the wringer, with no end in sight, due to these two BULLIES whom are on a scorched earth warpath. Even with competent, smart counsel to help us, there is no end in sight to their torture. This is because there is no way to reason with two BULLIES whom only desire to cause ANGUISH and DESTRUCTION, and have ZERO REGARD for what is FACT, REASONABLE or IRREFUTABLY BEFORE THEM.   WE NEED, WE are DESPERATE for others to HELP US BRING AWARENESS to what HARM and DESTRUCTION an ABUSER and his UNETHICAL LAWYER cause by misusing the legal system as their TOOL of TERROR.  #MeToo #NoMoreAbuse #NarcissisticAbuseAwareness #MalignantDivorce #KidsHaveRightsToo #AbusersClaimAlienation #PeopleAreNotPossessions #DVHappensToAnyone #NoMoreVictimBlaming #EmpoweredAndSpeakingOut #StrongSurvivors Please FOLLOW our story!! Will update with more ways to SUPPORT us!! Twitter: @nash_glori  Local (NJ) Newspaper Story and National Newspaper Story to be published.  National Cable News Segment, Date TBA.  DV Documentary participated in, Date TBA.  Upcoming Meetings with Elected Officials, Local and National.   Collaboration with DV Advocates, Washington DC.  PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE (initials are fine). THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART!!  NarcAbuseNoMore911@gmail.com https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/family-court-and-cluster-b-personality-disorders_us_597130b9e4b06b511b02c21b?ncid=engmodushpmg00000006 http://lundybancroft.com/articles/understanding-the-batterer-in-custody-and-visitation-disputes/ https://www.truth-out.org/news/item/35101-for-domestic-violence-survivors-family-court-becomes-site-of-continued-abuse                  

GLORI NASH
96 supporters
Update posted 6 months ago

Petition to NEW YORK TIMES, Lois Capps, FOX News, California Governor, California State Senate, California State House, Jerry Brown, Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Paul Cook, Nancy Pelosi, Melissa Melendez, Kevin McCarthy, Maxine Waters, Darrell Issa, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Mike Honda, John Garamendi, Xavier Becerra, Jackie Speier, Sam Farr, Barbara Lee, Adam Schiff, Scott Peters, Jerry McNerney, Anna Eshoo, Mike Thompson, mcraven , James Mattis

Help Change the Silent Epidemic of Domestic Violence in the Military

Dear Readers, I ask anyone that can understand the severity that domestic violence victims and their children suffer to please sign this petition. In doing so, I am hoping that this will help me to get the superior court Judge to reconsider his decision of giving the children’s father full custody and move away order.  After years of me trying to leave, I was relieved to start proceedings in April of 2015 finally. When the divorce papers were initially filed, we agreed that I would retain full physical custody and we would share legal custody of our two younger children ages four and five. As a woman who has been diagnosed with battered women’s syndrome, I was satisfied with this agreement.  I concluded that this would dissolve our marriage and free my children and me with the least amount of anguish in a speedy manner. So, I chose to accept his offer versus exposing the domestic violence we endured. In October of 2015, he petitioned for full custody. In doing so, he began his cycle of violence again. My spouse used our dysfunctional family dynamics to achieve his personal agenda of alienating me and smearing my reputation. He proceeded to obtain decelerations from my family members whom I am estranged from and others to write slanderous false allegations against myself.  As a result, he was able to convince the judge that he should be granted temporary full and legal custody. Meanwhile, I retained full custody of my other children from previous relationships.  The simplicity of this divorce had now taken a turn for the worst. For fear of putting my children and me at further risk of abuse, I was forced to expose the domestic violence history now. Let me start with 30 allegations of spousal and child abuse with the younger children’s father as the perpetrator since 2009. Of the 30 allegations, of which 14 of them were appointed a Treatment Manager to be reviewed, which a majority of these were found to have met-criteria for abuse. There is additional history from his prior marriage where the same abuse was documented and found to have met-criteria and provided to the judge. As a victim of domestic violence, I sought guidance through VAFB Family Advocacy in 2012 and was assigned a Domestic Violent Advocate to assist me up until the present time. I provided documentation to the courts of the history of domestic violence, and the courts will not acknowledge the documentation. The documentation I have submitted supports the fear that I have for my children and me regarding our safety. In March 2015, death threats to my life spoken by my spouse to his coworkers resulted in his coworkers reporting these threats to his command. His command then placed a military protective order protecting myself against him which continues to be in place. I was denied, by his leadership after multiple attempts, to obtain a copy of the military protective order so that I can get a civilian restraining order. In my efforts to get this document, I then reached out to our local congressman.    My efforts to get assistants from the military to provide documentation to the courts have been ignored, except that of a Family Advocacy Treatment Manager at VAFB. The Treatment Manager has testified in the court of all the met-criteria documented abuse. As a result, my husband filed an Inspector General (IG) complaint and Command Directed Investigation against the Treatment Manager claiming that he purged himself while testifying in my divorce/custody hearing. This IG investigation activated by my spouse was a blatant attempt to keep me from services from Family Advocacy, reduce my support group by alienating me, trying to stop me from speaking out, and an attempt to silence the Treatment Manager with intimidation. My husband went as far as to testify in court under oath that the Family Advocacy Treatment Manager would be fired for his testimony. This investigation did not result in perjury. After this investigation was unfounded, he then proceeded to harass and stalk the Treatment Manager and his family. This harassment has influenced the Treatment Manager to pursue a restraining order. Also, my former domestic violent advocate from 2009 was issued by his command a military protective order against my husband for similar behavior. To further provoke this situation, my husband has worn his military uniform throughout the divorce proceedings which he uses as a statement to claim military male privilege. This is a false representation of the military uniform and against UCMJ (The Uniform Code of Military Justice) and AFI (Air Force Instruction) codes. This wearing of the military uniform is used as an attempt to persuade the judge by gaining favor versus a basic civilian domestic court proceeding. Domestic Violence in the military is handled vastly different to that of the civilian world. I have personally experienced all of the different types of abuse including that which is illustrated in the military power and control wheel. The various types of abuse include; using coercion and threats, intimidation, isolation, using children, using economic abuse, claiming military/male privilege, minimizing, denying, blaming, and the use of emotional abuse (National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence, 2016). Domestic violence is a massive epidemic when it comes to the military and the lack of follow through to protect the victims and punish the perpetrator. While there are resources in place such as Family Advocacy and Domestic Violence Advocates, the accountability with my experience by leadership is nonexistence. Lack of support is especially hard when the victim's crossover into the civilian world to get help when military silences the victim by not responding or helping the victim and protecting the service member. We need to fight for victims to have more rights by directing military commanding officers to respond back to victims when they report such crimes and take action. There needs to be better assistance from the military when a wife leaves a domestic violence service member to get civilian help by acknowledging the abuse that has happened within the military. Members need to be held accountable for their actions that are detrimental to others regarding domestic violence to spouse and children. Domestic violence in the military is a silent epidemic that needs attention. Please sign this petition to help stop this from repeating not only for my children and I but others. In my personal experience, the domestic violence has continued for years, and the military is very aware, yet, I see no changes, thus, putting my children and me at further risk. Pretending or acting as though there is not a problem with domestic violence in the military is not helping the victims. This is a brief summary of the horrendous almost twenty-two months of me attempting to regain custody of my younger children while being terrorized by my spouse. He has shown nothing to date that has proven to be true. In fact, all allegations and declarations he has submitted against me I have provided the court proof to discount his claims. The judge needs to reexamine the evidence that has been presented to the court to make a just ruling. If my spouse is granted a move away order and full custody I will then be forced to move near my children, therefore, isolating me from my support system. An out of state relocation would place me in a vulnerable position to start over in courts for custody and deal with ongoing abuse.  I ask for sympathy and empathy towards my children and myself, as our safety continues to be a risk. Thank you for taking the time to read my story as I plead for your assistance to stop this cycle by signing this petition.   Sincerely,   Lindsay       Reference: National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence. (2016). "Wheels" Adapted from the Power and Control Wheel Model. Retrieved from http://ncdsv.org/publications_wheel.html  

Lindsay Lindskog
830 supporters