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Domestic violence laws

22 petitions

Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to End Abuse Wisconsin, Governor Tony Evers, Senator Patty Schnacter, Donald J. Trump, Scott Walker, Tony Evers, Wisconsin State Senate, Wisconsin State House, FOX News, ABC, Bernie Sanders, Tammy Baldwin, Judge Joseph Boles

Stop making victims in Wisconsin pay for their safety

Victims of domestic abuse are encouraged to leave their abusers and protect their children. However, when they do, the Wisconsin (broken) legal system is designed to perpetuate the cycle of abuse by not only protecting the perpetrator and allowing them to use the court system to legally harass and abuse their victims by proxy, but they also force the victims to pay for their safety. An abuser can file a motion for anything at anytime so long as they pay the filing fee, then the courts order the victim to pay for things such as Guardian Ad Litem fees (which become astronomical when you have a perpetrator who fights them every step of the way. Perpetrators force their victims continuously into family court and make them pay for it, whether they can afford it or not, thus allowing them to financially abuse, control and torture and retaliate against their victims. Judges will also grant these motions forcing the victims to pay without ever having a hearing. This is of course on top of lawyers fees that the victim accrues to retain someone to help them navigate the courts and represent them. Most victims don’t have disposable income and the means to afford this like their abusers do and the victims (both parent and child) pay the ultimate price. In cases where abuse (domestic and child) have been established, the abuser should have to pay for the court costs. By allowing the current status quo to continue the courts are endangering the lives of survivors and sending the message that the perpetrators still maintain all control. Please help me fight not only for my family, but for those suffering just like me, and  those who will need the courts help in the future. Don’t allow us to become another statistic of domestic violence abuse/homicide that you see on the news. Tell Wisconsin legislators and judges that this needs to end now. Join our voice and help us stand up. 

Samantha McClellan
318 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to New York State Senate, New York State House

Protect Children of Domestic Violence - Senate Bill S3869

Last month, I was interviewed in my home regarding a new, NYS bill I’ve been working on with state legislators. It’s for a segment regarding my bill and two others, all aimed at protecting and empowering victims of domestic violence. It will air in February. As as survivor, the bill I’m working on focuses on protecting children of abusers as it pertains to visitation and custody. Interestingly, Congress is working on the same bill; on a Federal level - it has a great amount of support. This bill would block access to children by parents who have committed acts of domestic violence until a year of batterer intervention has been completed. It also allows the courts to access files, such as medical records, that would otherwise be sealed.  While those who are educated on the matter know victims don’t choose to be victimized nor can be identified as any type of particular person, many still blame the victim for choosing to stay, having poor judgement or low self esteem. I advocate from the perspective that domestic violence is a societal problem. Because it is. Domestic violence tears at the fabric of communities, dismantling family units and causing a ripple effect of repercussions that are felt for many years. It’s costs NYS taxpayers millions a year to bring justice, more officers are shot nationwide responding to DV calls than any other type of firearm related fatality. Boys raised in homes where DV is present are twice as likely to become abusers. Too often it spills into our communities, into places that are meant to be safe havens om their own; schools where abusers harass the children and teachers; Work where abusers harass colleagues; upwards of 60% of mass shooters have a DV history making our malls, places of worship, theaters..... making the community unsafe and bringing this “private issue” into your home. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IS CHILD ABUSE.  Please read this link below, it mirrors the NYS bill which can be read here. If you’re a resident of NY, please sign the petition to show your support for protecting our children.   

Vanessa Pahucki
2,079 supporters
This petition won 3 months ago

Petition to Women leaders in San Antonio

Mētú - Women of Diversity Defeating Violence

We are a diverse group of women leaders in San Antonio, Texas. Some of us are survivors of domestic abuse, all of us are horrified that a man who has been accused of domestic violence by both his former and current wife is on the cusp of becoming the mayor of the 7th largest city in the country. We are worried what the election of this man would say to our sisters, sons and daughters. We are convinced his election would set the cause of women back decades in our city. Greg Brockhouse, currently the Councilman for District 6, has for years held close ties as a strategist and key advisor for the police and fire unions in San Antonio. Perhaps it is those ties that account for the convenient disappearance of his police records on these matters. Making our case more difficult is the fact that the organizations tasked with protecting women and children from domestic violence in our city rely on city funding that they stand to lose if this man becomes mayor. For this reason they are justifiably fearful and may be reluctant to call him out. Specifically, we have joined together to draw attention to this situation because: In 2018 there were 28 domestic violence related murders in San Antonio. This number has quadrupled since 2015. Domestic Violence is an epidemic in our community. We believe strongly that a man who abuses women is not fit to serve as mayor of our city. We suspect that the evidence shows a pattern of abusive behavior that should not be so easy to sweep under the rug. We believe that Greg Brockhouse’s character and personality are consistent with that of domestic abusers and other bullies. We believe that in a Brockhouse administration women will have reduced opportunity and power. Sadly, part of the pathology of this problem is that the victims of abuse, are often complicit in protecting their abusers. We are reaching out to distinguished individuals and organizations in hopes that you will help us shine a light on this man, on this issue, and begin a loud and TIMELY conversation about domestic abuse, how to recognize it, how to escape it, how to END it (and hopefully how NOT to elect it).

Mētú San Antonio
3,192 supporters