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Domestic violence laws

21 petitions

Started 3 weeks ago

Petition to Ron Wyden, Kate Brown, Jeff Merkley, Oregon State Senate, Earl Blumenauer, John Lively, Greg Walden, Nancy Nathanson, Peter A. DeFazio, Suzanne Bonamici, Kurt Schrader, Tina Kotek, Peter Courtney, Alissa Keny-Guyer, Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, Laurie Monnes Anderson, Margaret Doherty, Jennifer Williamson, Ginny Burdick, Jackie Winters, Mitch Greenlick, Kim Thatcher, Arnie Roblan, Greg Smith, Oregon Governor

Separate legal representation for victims when the system fails.

Domestic Violence Survivors and Survivors of any other Violent Crimes Need Help Currently victims of violent crimes have advocates assigned to support them as the offender is being prosecuted to ensure they have a voice throughout the process and ensure their rights, as are laid out in the Crime Victim's Bill of Rights, are enforced. The reality is these advocates are contracted with the District Attorney's office and obligated to pass on any information the victim discloses to the District Attorney's Office. This creates an obvious conflict of interest when the victim is asserting their rights have been violated, especially if they believe their own advocate is violating their rights. The advocate, is in all actuality, meant to further the agenda of the legal system. These advocates are not allowed to be completely supportive of the victim or impartial given who they are obligated to report to. No victim should feel further victimized by the system, but it happens all the time. Having sat in a courtroom as a victim and feeling attacked by both the defendant's attorney and the deputy district attorney, I realized how convenient it was that no the outside party existed to protect me. Therefore, I propose that victims should receive, at no charge, a lawyer working outside of the District Attorney's office to represent their interest should they request one when the system has failed them and when their basic victim's rights have been violated. A criminal is entitled to a public defender and a victim, who's basic rights are just as important and clearly outlined by the law, should be afforded the same consideration.  Not all victims are educated nor do we all have an extensive understanding of the law, which is why the advocates are meant to help. However, I had the presence of mind to ask my advocate if our conversations were confidential and when I learned they were not I wondered how many victims had felt betrayed by this process? How many victims do not have the skillset to advocate for themselves when the system has failed them? I am somewhat educated and have a remedial understanding of the law. I drafted what turned out to be an eleven page letter outlining every one of my rights that had been violated in chronological order by the police, my advocate, and the Deputy District Attorney. I submitted copies of this letter to the District Attorney, the Judge handling my case, my advocate, and the Deputy District Attorney. I plan on submitting a similar letter to the Chief of Police. I never received even an acknowledgement my letter had been read. Victims need to have someone on their side, not someone who appears to be on their side. Some Victims lose their lives because their rights were violated! Please help me make a safer system for Victims everywhere.

Megan McIntyre
71 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to JP Morgan

A Place For Life! A peaceful place for healing and meditation.

I am petitioning to tear down the Watts family residence at 2825 Saratoga Trail, Frederick, Colorado. Due to the true horror, and disturbing events that took place in the home, August 13th/14th, 2018, I do not believe the residence will ever be suitable for habitation again. It would also be disrespectful to the deceased to allow anyone else to move in. More importantly, Shanann Watts and her 3 children, Bella, Celeste and Niko deserve to be honored, so their memory and legacy will live on in such a way that their deaths will remind us of what true love is.  There is no love greater than a mother's love for her children. Domestic violence, and crimes against women is rampant around the world. Lets band together as women, children, and parents, to make a statement to the world, that we the people, will not tolerate such heinous acts from one human to another! This is the beginning of a new era. An era where we all step forward together, and change the things that have ruined so many lives, as well as taken lives of innocent people. The RIGHT thing to do is tear down the house.  I am purposing a green garden area, in place of the home, with grass, large trees, a water feature and park benches.  A place for people to reflect on their own lives, as well as pay their respects to Shanann and her children. Please assist Shanann and the kids, by signing this petition!  YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Thank you for your time, love and support! Please watch this 4 min video on my YouTube channel:  https://youtu.be/GWv6ECKgw24 FaceBook page - fb.me/audreybriggs68 www.youtube.com/audreybriggs Instagram audreybriggs68  

Audrey Briggs
1,240 supporters
Update posted 1 month 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
3,190 supporters